Thursday Afternoon News, January 15
Local Option Sales Tax Grant Applications Now Available
(Le Mars) -- The 2015 Plymouth County Local Option Sales Tax Grant Applications are available to be picked up in the Auditor’s Office at 215 4th Ave. SE, or are available on line at www.co.plymouth.ia.us to download.
The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors allocated $100,000 of Local Option Sales Tax Funds to be awarded to grant recipients via the Local Option Sales Tax Advisory Board for FY 2015-2016. The appointed members of the L.O.S.T. Grant Advisory Board are Brad Cave and Lynn Bohnenkamp of Supervisor Dist. 1; Donna Rohe and Maryls VanOtterloo of Supervisor Dist. 2; JoEtte Hiemstra and Tom Letsche of Supervisor Dist. 3; Cam Kounkel and Doug Becker of Supervisor Dist. 4; and Tim Blum of Supervisor Dist. 5. The completed grant applications are due to the Auditor’s Office at the Courthouse by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 13th, 2015. If awarded grant funds, grant recipients will be notified, and the funds are available to the recipients beginning July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
If you have any additional questions, you may contact Stacey Feldman, Plymouth County Auditor at 712-546-6100.
Soderberg And Anderson Schedule Legislative Forum
(Le Mars) -- State Representative Chuck Soderberg and State Senator Bill Anderson have announced their first scheduled legislative forum will be held on Friday, January 23rd at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Le Mars. An hour has been set aside starting at 11:30 a.m. and continuing through the lunch period until 12:30 p.m. The legislators will be discussing various issues concerning the 2015 Iowa Legislative Session. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the meeting and discuss any issues that are of concern.
School Board To Hold Special Meeting
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting scheduled for Monday, January 19th at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be at the Le Mars Education and Administration Center. It is expected the Le Mars Teachers Association will present to the school board their initial bargaining proposal relating to the master contract for the 2015 - 2016 academic school year.
Big Sioux River To Be The Focus On Water Quality Project
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The United States Department of Agriculture has selected a project dedicated to improving water quality in the Big Sioux River as one of its "high-impact" projects for 2015.
The USDA says the 115 projects in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program will receive more than $370 million in total. Community partners nationwide will also contribute an estimated $400 million.
The department says the biggest concern of the Central Big Sioux Water Quality Project is the degradation of surface water quality from bacteria, nutrients and sediment. The project will assist land owners and producers with improving water quality by avoiding, controlling and trapping nutrient and sediment runoff.
The funding will also go toward installing 13 Animal Waste Management Systems.
University Of Iowa President Mason To Retire
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa President Sally Mason says she plans to retire after leading the school since 2007.
Mason announced Thursday that she will step down Aug. 1 after managing a devastating flood, major budget challenges and numerous controversies.
The 64-year-old biology professor came to Iowa City from Purdue University, where she had been provost. Almost immediately, she was thrown into managing one problem after another, many caused by events outside her control.
A historic June 2008 flood came to symbolize her tenure, when heavy rains caused the Iowa River to overflow its banks and damage and destroy numerous buildings.
Mason worked to keep the university open and spent the following years overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars of rebuilding projects.
Polical Organizations Urging Massasschuetts Senator To Run For President
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A group trying to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 presidential race has hired several staffers in Iowa.
The "Run Warren Run" campaign announced Thursday that it had opened an office in Des Moines and hired an Iowa field director and four other field organizers in the early-voting state. The field director is Blair Lawton, an Iowa native who worked for President Barack Obama's 2012 Iowa campaign.
The campaign is being organized by MoveOn.org and Democracy for America. They held their first Iowa meeting in Des Moines last month. The activists are trying to persuade Warren to seek the Democratic nomination in 2016, but the Massachusetts senator has said she isn't running.
MoveOn plans to spend $1 million on its Warren effort and Democracy for America has pledged $250,000.