January 24th, 2012
Mild weather and a sense of civic duty have brought large numbers of voters to City Hall to participate in the mayoral and commissioner recall election.
"It's been constant," said election clerk Ellen Bolstad of the crowds at City Hall.
"There's been maybe a few 10 to 15 minute lulls, but somebody's here all the time," election judge Dorothy Olson said of the healthy turnout. "That's what you have elections for, though."
The North Dakota State University Extension Service has set dates for agricultural seminars to be held in the state.
The NDSU Feedlot School is underway today and tomorrow at the Carrington Research Extension Center in Carrington. The Feedlot School is an intensive series of courses for cattle producers, feeders, backgrounders, feed industry personnel and anyone else who is interested in learning more about feedlot production, nutrition, waste management and marketing.
Local, state and federal officials are set to hold a flood preparedness town hall meeting at the Barnes County Courthouse in the Commission Meeting Room Thursday, Jan. 26 from 6-9 p.m.
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state Emergency Services department, as well as representatives from the State Water Commission and local emergency services will be on hand to present and hear residents' flood concerns. Topics will include the 2012 flood outlook, as well as discussion of flood insurance and flood risk mitigation.
BISMARCK, N.D. â€“ Tax Commissioner Cory Fong and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring will co-host a meeting with representatives of the state's agricultural organizations to discuss the 2012 agricultural land values on Wednesday, January 25. The meeting will begin at 1:30 pm in the Pioneer Room (located on the Ground Floor of the Judicial Wing of the State Capitol). Staff from the Tax Department, Department of Agriculture, along with the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at NDSU will be on hand for the discussion.
Time to dig out those one-cent stamps. The cost of mailing a letter inside the country is set to cost a penny more, as the U.S. Postal Service raised its First-Class Mail stamp rate from 44 to 45 cents, effective Jan. 22.
According to Valley City Postmaster Sherry Johnson, the overall price increase is small and is needed to help address the Postal Service's current financial crisis. The price hike comes on the heels of the Postal Service sustaining a $5.1 billion net loss for the fiscal year ending in September 2011.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) issued a Travel Alert in parts of southern and eastern North Dakota Sunday morning. The Travel Alert has been extended to include the Valley City area due to freezing rain and potential heavy snowfall creating icy and snow covered roadways. The Travel Alert now includes areas surrounding Bismarck, Jamestown and Valley City.
Relay For Life 2012 is underway after a delicious spaghetti dinner kick-off held at the Valley City Eagles Club on Saturday, January 21st. The Barnes County Relay Team entertained with Disney theme, costume contests (both adults and children)and karoakee with Hammer's Entertainment.
Wayne Loberg, owner of local movie house The Theatre I & II, revealed in an email Thursday that The Theatre will be closing its doors for good Thursday, Feb. 2.Â Â
Loberg said that after working at the theater for nearly 30 years, he has reached retirement age. He stated regretfully in his email, "The economics of the movie business are such that continued operation is just not feasible. The numbers don't lie, andÂ theÂ Valley CityÂ moviegoing market simplyÂ can't sustain the huge cost necessary to keep a movie theater operating here. Sad butÂ seemingly inevitable."
The Valley City Police Department reports that a high risk sex offender will be living at 135 2nd St. southeast in Valley City.
Tyler Wayne Delmore, 27, was convicted of gross sexual imposition in Barnes County District Court on July 18, 2005 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl without a condom. Delmore was 19 at the time of the incident. He was sentenced to five years in prison with two years suspended and five years of supervised probation.
With the Jan. 24 recall election less than a week away, Valley City residents are reminded that absentee ballots are still available at City Hall until Jan. 23 for those who wish to cast their vote early.
Eligible voters who live within city limits can both register to vote and pick up their absentee ballots at City Hall. Once the ballot is filled out and sealed, voters must remember to sign and date the outside of the yellow envelope to make their vote official.