Saturday Afternoon News, May 14th
Bike Fair To Be Held At Olson Cultural Events Center
(Le Mars) -- Elementary students are invited to participate in Monday's Bike Fair to be held at the Olson Cultural Events Center in downtown Le Mars. The event is being sponsored by the Plymouth County Cyclists, along with the Le Mars Rotary organization and Floyd Valley Healthcare, and it will begin at 5:30 p.m. Mark Strub (Stroob) with the Plymouth County Cyclists says the bike fair will offer individuals an opportunity to have their bicycle inspected.
Strub says the Le Mars Police Department will also be registering area bikes. He says part of the bike fair will include having participants ride their bicycles through an obstacle course.
Jim Gerkeni (Ger-ken-ee) of the Le Mars Rotary club says local Rotarians have an interest in sharing bicycle safety with the area youth.
Refreshments consisting of hotdogs, chips, and soda pop will be served all free of charge. The program is free, and their will be prizes and other give-a-ways distributed at the Le Mars Bike Fair.
City Wastewater Hearing Delayed
Sioux City, IA - State environmental regulators have delayed a decision about whether to refer Sioux City to the Iowa Attorney General for consideration of penalties for emitting improperly treated sewage with high levels of harmful bacteria into the Missouri River.
The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission was scheduled to consider the referral at its meeting Tuesday but a spokesman says it’s been postponed to June at the request of city officials.
Sioux City could face heavy environmental penalties for discharging sewage between March 2012 and June 2015 in violation of state law and 12 federal permit regulations.
In July 2015 two plant supervisors admitted they manipulated water test results to make it appear city water had lower bacteria levels.
The attorney general has authority to levy higher environmental penalties against serious violators.
Vape Shops Could Vanish Over New FDA Rules
The F-D-A now classifies e-cigarettes as tobacco products and the liquid that goes into the devices will be regulated. Some fear it'll mean the end of the small, privately-owned vape shops that have cropped up around Iowa. Sam Salaymeh (sal-ah-MAY) runs vape shops in Sioux City and Omaha and says he and other store owners are still attempting to grasp the new regulations.
While the feds claim there are no complete studies on the dangers of vaping, Salaymeh says there's a large report out from the Royal College of Physicians in London which touts the many benefits.
Salaymeh says vaping has helped thousands of people kick the cigarette habit. He says the difference between vaping and smoking is like comparing bicycles to the space shuttle.
The new rules take effect in 90 days. They prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes in vending machines and prevent owners from offering free samples to customers. The sale of e-cigs will also be banned to anyone under 18, while the makers of the devices will be required to register with the F-D-A, provide a list of ingredients and apply for permission to sell them. Salaymeh says the new rules will eliminate all small vape shops and hand the industry over to big tobacco companies.