June 27th, 2012
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is working to inform Americans gearing up for their Independence Day celebrations next week that the new analysis of crash data shows July 4 is the deadliest day for teenage drivers and the motorists alongside them.
â€śI would really like to see the city conserve and capitalize its assets,â€ť said Valley Cityâ€™s newest commissioner, Madeline Luke. Two of Valley Cityâ€™s biggest assets, Luke says, are the Sheyenne River and a walkable downtown. Luke hopes to use her seat on the cityâ€™s commission to preserve both.
â€śI think people are naturally drawn to water,â€ť Luke said. She has lived in various communities with rivers, which she says are beneficial to both quality of life and attracting travelers.
The North Dakota Winter Show will soon host a Flea Market and Craft Fair that will run in conjunction with a Horsemanship Seminar and Riding Clinic on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12.
NDWS manager Dawn Riley said the process of soliciting vendors for the event began last week, and there is plenty of space for available for booths in the Main Arena of the Winter Show building.
Last week, Dr. Vitaliano Figueroa began employment at Valley City State University as the new Vice-President for Student Affairs. In this role, Vitaliano replaced Mr. Glen Schmalz who resigned his position earlier this year.
Valley City Public Works released its Annual Drinking Water Quality Report this month, which studied the cityâ€™s drinking water from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 in 2011.
â€śIâ€™m pleased to announce that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements,â€ť water treatment plant manager Wade Hesch said in the report.
The North Dakota Department of Health has found that Valley Cityâ€™s drinking water is susceptible to potential contaminants, but claimed the sources of that contamination â€śare no longer identifiable.â€ť
The normally small and quaint lakeside town of Sibley will be busier with locals participating in games and activities Saturday during Sibley Days. Ruth Eberle, who helps coordinate the event, said she hopes everyone can make it for a day of family fun.
The annual event, which will take place at the Sibley crossing, will begin at 10 a.m. with a craft and flea market outside The Fishtank, a bar and restaurant in Sibley. Eberle said anyone can participate in the market.
â€śYou can show up that morning and thatâ€™s just fine,â€ť she said. â€śYou donâ€™t have to register.â€ť
â€śRally for the Cureâ€ť tomorrow
The Valley City Town and Country Club will be hosting the â€śRally for the Cureâ€ť golf tournament Wednesday.
The tournament is a two-person scramble starting at noon. The $50 fee includes 18 holes, muffins, door prizes, dinner, a $20 donation to Susan G. Komen For the Cure, and more.
There will also be a quilt raffle in conjunction with the event.
To register call Susan Jorissen at 840-0165 or Debb Bjornson at 840-1088, or visit events.rallyforthecure.com/VCTCC.
Ladies golf results
June 20 Ladies Golf at Country Club
At 6 feet, 6 inches tall, Ty Buttrey stands well over his grandmother, Valley Cityâ€™s Jacquette â€śKettaâ€ť Stricklin.
Side by side, Kettaâ€™s head hardly reaches her grandsonâ€™s shoulder.
â€śHe didnâ€™t get the height from me,â€ť she jokes.
His response is more matter-of-fact.
â€śI got the athletic ability from you,â€ť he quickly responds.
Buttrey, who graduated from high school earlier this month in North Carolina, was ranked by Baseball America as the #38 prospect in the Major League Baseball draft, which took place earlier this month.
BISMARCK, N.D. â€“ In what Richard Betting, of People to Save the Sheyenne, calls a blow to government transparency in North Dakota, the State Water Commission will no longer allow citizens to call in and listen to SWC meetings.
David Laschkewitsch, director of administrative services for the SWC, said Friday that there are several reasons for the move, mainly that the commissionâ€™s phone technology is not conducive to the process.
â€śWe have no interest in hiding anything,â€ť he said. â€śThat is not our desire: to make it more difficult.â€ť
BISMARCK, N.D. â€“ The fate of the Sheyenne and Red River Valleys are in one manâ€™s hands: State Engineer Todd Sando.
On Friday, Richard Betting of the People to Save the Sheyenne and Valley City City Commissioner Madeline Luke of the Ad Hoc Downstream Group presented testimony to Sando at a hearing on the permit that would allow the newly constructed outlet on the east end of Devils Lake to operate. The outlet would drain into the Sheyenne River, which feeds into the Red River of the North and runs into Canada.