Archives for June 2017

Dam Operators To Conduct Pulse Release

Operators at Gathright Dam near Covington, Virginia, will conduct the year’s first pulse release of water from Lake Moomaw Wednesday. The pulse, conducted by the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, will begin at approximately 6 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. At the peak of the pulse, the dam will release 3,500 cubic feet per second and will increase Jackson River water levels 3 to 4.5 feet. The agencies advise people who use the river to be aware of the river fluctuations caused by the pulses. The pulse releases, which have been conducted since 2011, are designed to mimic the river flow that would occur without the dam during heavy rainfall. Monitoring data has shown that the increased flow scours excess algae from the downstream aquatic habitat and improves the health of the Jackson River.

Can Dems Take Advantage Of Midterm Elections?

Energized Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump means Virginians will have a lot more choices when they pick members to the state House of Delegates this year. But many Democratic candidates will be facing a stacked deck as Virginia is one of several states where favorably drawn districts have given Republicans a measurable advantage in past elections, an Associated Press analysis shows. There are 60 districts contested by both major parties, according to an early count by the Virginia Public Access Project. That’s more than double the number two years ago. Only 12 Republicans aren’t facing a Democratic challenger in November’s election this year, compared to 44 Republicans who ran unopposed or faced only a third party challenger in 2015.

Mountain View Students To Get Free Food

Regardless of their family’s financial status, all kids in Mountain View Elementary School will receive free breakfast and lunch starting in the next school year. The school is participating in a program coming about from the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. Eligiblity is based on the number of students who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for food. The county school board voted unanimously this week for Mountain View to take part.

WV AG Looks To Crack Down On Human Trafficking

West Virginia’s attorney general has drafted best practices for police in the state to address human trafficking and its coercion into prostitution and forced labor.
The Legislature passed a new state law earlier this year that sets criminal punishments and provides immunity from prosecution for minors who are victims.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says men, women and children of all ages can be victims.
Recommended practices include free training courses for officers, field screening questionnaires for potential victims and keeping current data on confirmed cases to identify trends and responses.
Morrisey says the initiative has gotten support from police.

Report: Pipeline Could Have Major Impacts On VA Forests

An environmental assessment of the proposed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline finds the project would have “significant” impacts on forests in Virginia and West Virginia but “limited” adverse effects otherwise. The analysis was published Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate natural gas pipelines. Its release marks a milestone in the approval process for the approximately 300-mile pipeline.

Millionaire in Roanoke

A Roanoke man is a millionaire. Jeffrey Mullen has won the one-million dollar top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Golden Spades scratcher game. Mullen says he plans to use his winnings to buy a new home and take care of family.

Teen Charged

A Roanoke teenager charged with killing her newborn child In January will remain in custody. The teen was in court Wednesday when prosecutors asked to have her bond revoked because she violated terms of her release. She was picked up earlier this month in Henrico County after she ran away from home.

Truett Appointed to Alleghany School

Ben Truett has been appointed to the Alleghany County School Division Post as supervisor of maintenahnce and transportation. According to the Virginian Review, Truett was appointed on Monday night. He resigned from a month ago from the Clifton Forge East District School Board as a representative. Currently, Truett is employed as site manager for Capstone Logistics in Salem. He has a degree in business from Roanoke College.

Meat Tips

July 4th is just around the corner, and of course, it is Barbecue season, do you know what how to cook all that meat? If not, or you just need a refresher, come out to the Mid City Mall stage tonight, from 6-7 pm. tonight. The Sixth annual Cork & Pork Festival in downtown Covington will have a bunch of new activities this year.
One includes a presentation from professionals on how to properly prepare the meat. The Kansas City Barbeque Society competition teams will be providing tips, according to the Virginian Review.

Virginians with Disabilities

A new state report says people with disabilities continue to struggle to find employment, particularly in rural areas. A report released recently by the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities said the employment rate for people with disabilities has not improved noticeably. The employment rates are lower than the Great Recession and only about a third of the state’s disabled population was employed in 2015.