Ready To Pay More For A National Forest Campsite?

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are interested in hearing your comments on a proposed fee increase at Hidden Valley Campground. Revenues from increased fees would help ensure these sites receive needed improvements and are maintained for years to come. The Forest Service proposes to increase the fee at Hidden Valley Campground from $10 to $15 for a single campsite. Of the recreation fees collected, 80-95 percent remain on the forest to operate, maintain and improve the facilities and programs at the recreation sites. The proposed fee changes bring the Forest fees into better alignment with private and public campgrounds, and will help the recreation sites be more financially sustainable.

Landill Bonding OK’ed By Covington City Council

Even the landfill needs love sometimes. In this case, Covington City Council has approved issuing bonds of up $5 million to pay for capital improvements at the Peters Mountain Landfill. There was a hearing this week to discuss the project after which the city’s engineering consultant talked about the scope of the project. Geeing financing ready for the work ahead will not be ready for the September 12th council meeting. The low bid for the work that apparently needs to be done came in just under $2.1 million.

Trump Raises Issue Over Trump Visit

¬†Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he doesn’t want President Donald Trump to visit Charlottesville if the president continues using rhetoric the governor says is dividing the country.
McAuliffe said in an interview on CBS on Thursday that Trump should come to the city if he wants to discuss how the nation can heal after the deadly violence during Saturday’s white nationalist rally.
But the Democratic governor says he doesn’t want Trump to come “to continue on with the speeches he has given the last couple of days.” McAuliffe says “those speeches are dividing us.”
McAuliffe said there’s no place in the country for people who incite or encourages the hateful behavior on display last weekend. McAuliffe says “this hate speech has got to end.”

VA Forests To Benefit From Partnership

The USDA Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) have signed a Good Neighbor Authority master agreement that provides a framework for cooperative efforts that enhance national forestlands and their watersheds.  With this agreement, the two agencies will now partner to address some of the most pressing environmental concerns facing the national forestlands in Virginia.
Authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill, the Good Neighbor Agreement allows the federal and state agencies to work together to treat insect- and disease-infected trees; reduce hazardous fuels to lessen the risk of wildfires; and

Holdren’s Country Store

Restoration of the former Holdren’s Country Store in Vinton is closer to reality after the town received a grant from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Town council is expected to accept the 50-thousand dollar grant at today’s meeting. The money will be used for environmental testing of the property.

New Walkway at Airport

Construction will soon get underway for a new walkway canopy at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. The nearly two-million dollar project will provide protection for travelers coming and going from the parking lot to the terminal. Construction is to start around Labor Day.

Dominion Energy Foundation

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation announced today that it will award $500,000 in grants to organizations providing essential services to active duty, veterans and military families in communities served by Dominion Energy. Non-profit organizations are invited to apply for one of 10 competitive grants of $50,000 each for short-term projects that promise measurable results to help veterans or their families. Projects could include initiatives such as workforce training programs; shelters or transitional housing; medical services, including addiction recovery programs; or support services for families.

Kars Unlimited

Kars Unlimited will be hosting another benefit at Mallow Mall in Covington VA. This event will be a benefit for Dough & Anita Simmons. Doug recently suffered a massive stroke which resulted in a brain bleed. He is still in the hospital and has a long road to recovery ahead of him. Anita suffers from a rare neurological disease called Ramsey-Hunt Syndrome, which is a degenerating, progressive, disease. The cruise in itself is a FREE event open to anyone. We will be accepting donations, will be holding a 50/50 drawing, and we will be raffling off assorted items during the evening. We hope you can all come out and support this event. For information contact any Kars Unlimited member.

Group Cancels Rally Planned On Confederate Monuments

A group supporting the preservation of Confederate monuments in Richmond has canceled its plans to hold a rally next month.
Organizer Bragdon Bowling told media outlets Tuesday that Americans for Richmond Monument Preservation is pulling its permit request for the Sept. 16 rally in light of the violence in Charlottesville.
The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Bowling says he doesn’t “want to be part of an event where people are hurt or killed.” Bowling says the group’s goal is to “save the monuments, not be engaged in social and racial issues.”
Bowling filed the permit request weeks before the Charlottesville white nationalist rally that turned deadly.
Mayor Levar Stoney says he thinks the monuments should stay but appointed a group to study ways to add historical context or new statues.

Good Neighbor Authority Agreement

The USDA Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) have signed a Good Neighbor Authority master agreement that provides a framework for cooperative efforts that enhance national forestlands and their watersheds. Authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill, the Good Neighbor Agreement allows the federal and state agencies to work together to treat insect- and disease-infected trees; reduce hazardous fuels to lessen the risk of wildfires; and conduct other activities that will restore or improve the forestland and corresponding watershed, to include fish and wildlife habitat. The completed master agreement between the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and the Virginia Department of Forestry follows similar agreements signed by national forests across the country.