Construction begins on Highway 29 realignment at Halfway River

first_imgHALFWAY RIVER, B.C. – This week, BC Hydro shares the construction of the Highway 29 realignment at Halfway River will begin, as part of the Site C project.BC Hydro and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are working together on the Highway 29 construction.According to BC Hydro, in this area of Highway 29, the reservoir will cover the existing highway. Requiring the construction of a new one-kilometre-long bridge and three kilometres of a new highway, slightly north of the existing highway.- Advertisement -Over the next few months, equipment and materials will move to the site, waste wood will be disposed, and site preparations for road and bridge construction will begin shares BC Hydro.This work is being done to prepare for filling the Site C reservoir, which will widen the Peace River and cover parts of the existing highway. In total, more than 30 kilometres of highway will be built in six different segments on Highway 29.What to expectAdvertisement Increased construction-related traffic in the areaTraffic control personnel and signageOccasional minor delays to trafficIncreased noise, dust and vibrationWork will take place 24 hours a day, seven days a weekBC Hydro asks drivers to allow more time for their travel and use caution near work areas.Learn more:Halfway River video animationHighway 29 realignmentDrivebc.comlast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe plan was imperfect, yes, but there is no perfect plan to address a policy so broken for so long that it has allowed millions of people to slip through and operate unknown throughout the country. And the agreement senators had worked out, which had border protection provisions as well as a path to eventual citizenship, was the most balanced plan that has emerged out of Washington yet. As the senators enjoy their Easter break, it would be a good time for them to reflect on their responsibility to work through the disagreements once they reconvene. Reforming immigration is too important a task to allow politics to get in the way. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT seemed so certain. In a rare appearance, Senate leaders from both parties announced to the public on Thursday that lawmakers had crafted an agreement on immigration reform. The first step in an honest reform of the nation’s broken immigration policy appeared to be under way. Then the bottom dropped out of the agreement. At the last minute, partisan bickering tanked the compromise that seemed so close. And on Friday, the day before a two-week spring recess, the agreement was thwarted by some Republicans who kept trying to force amendments that would have fundamentally changed it. In so doing, the Senate failed both the legal residents of the United States and the 11 million or so illegal ones living in society’s shadow. last_img read more

Man with bloodied knuckles fined €100

first_imgA man who was found by Gardai with bloodied knuckles has been fined €100 after he appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.Michael Dowd was found by Gardai at Ardmiran Park in Ballybofey at 1.35am on July 15th, 2017 and was drunk and unsteady on his feet. He was arrested for being drunk and disorderly but never paid a fixed charge penalty notice.Solicitor Gordon Curley told the court that his client had 31 previous convictions and had been in jail.However, since being released in April, he had not drunk and had turned his life around.Judge Paul Kelly, find Dowd, of Donegal Town, Ballybofey, €100.Man with bloodied knuckles fined €100 was last modified: September 17th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Judge rejects ‘accidental’ defence after two cars keyed

first_imgA LETTERKENNY man who claimed to have accidentally scored the side of two cars has been ordered to compensate the owners.Matt Bromley (31) of 60 Orchard Crescent, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage at Fortwell Court, Letterkenny on August 25, 2019. Sergeant Jim Collins said that Gardaí received a report of criminal damage at 4.43pm on the date in question Witnesses said that they saw a male damage two cars by scraping paint off them.“They noted that there were score marks from the front bumper to the back wing,” Sergeant Collins said.Bromley admitted to the offences when questioned by Gardaí.Appearing in court without a solicitor, Bromley, who has no previous convictions said: “I just walked without care on the footpath. I didn’t take care passing the cars.”Bromley claimed in court that he was carrying a bag and wearing a key chain at the time.Sergeant Collins said Gardaí believed Bromley had ‘dragged the key along the cars’.Asked by Judge Paul Kelly why he was pleading guilty if he believed it had been an accident, Bromley said: “I believe it was my fault.”The defendant said he didn’t see the damage and didn’t know the owners.Judge Kelly adjourned the matter until January 27 when he said Bromley had to bring €500 to court. Judge rejects ‘accidental’ defence after two cars keyed was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtMatt BromleySergeant Jim Collinslast_img read more


first_imgAshley Nicholl is led into court yesterdayA 21 year old man who went on a drunken rampage wrecking four holiday homes in Inishowen has been jailed for a total of ten months.Ashley Nicholl broke into the homes along with two other men during a drunken orgy of destruction on January 31st 2010. The men wrecked the houses in Moville, Malin and Culdaff which belonged to holiday-home owners from Northern Ireland and the UK.The men destroyed kitchens, stairs, living rooms, smashed mirrors and broke fridges and televisions during the rampage.It total they caused more than €56,000 worth of damage to the four properties.Nicholl was caught when a finger print taken from the scene of the house in Moville matched his when he allowed it to be taken.Nicholl admitted his part in the crimes but said he didn’t remember all of what happened because he was very drunk.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard the crimes were very unusual in that very little was taken but it appeared to be just a wanton act of mindless vandalism.Nicholl wrote a letter to the court and apologised for what he had done and promised to get a job and would try to repay the money when he did.Judge John O’Hagan held up photos of the damage to one of the properties for the courtroom to see.He said that such areas depend vastly on tourism and warned that people like Nicholl was putting the tourism industry in great danger by sending out messages like this to potential visitors.Nicholl’s mother was in court with her son and Judge O’Hagan thanked her for coming but told Nicholl that she must be very ashamed of him for what he had done.He sentenced him to two years for each of the four burglaries with all sentences to run concurrently.He also suspended the last year and backdated the sentence from when Nicholl first entered prison in May.MAN WHO WRECKED DONEGAL HOLIDAY HOMES IN €56,000 RAMPAGE IS JAILED was last modified: July 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ashley Nichollburglaryholiday homesInishowenlast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man who claimed he was in line for a €1 million cash windfall has received a suspended jail sentence for lodging bogus cheques.James McErlane lodged almost €90,000 using two separate cheques with AIB bank from two other banks but did not have the cash to cover them.Instead he was able to draw down €6,725 on a laser card and used the cash to pay for meals, groceries and a luxury holiday to Egypt before being caught. McErlane of 48 Whitethorn Close, Letterkenny, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court on Tuesday and told Judge Donagh McDonagh he was due €1 million in investments in October.Judge McDonagh ordered McErlane to provide proof of the investment including the broker he had the investment with.However no such broker or documentary evidence was given in court today.Judge Donagh McDonagh found McErlane guilty of fraud and sentenced him to a two year suspended jail term.He also ordered him to pay back the AIB a total of more than €10,000 which now represents the original sum defrauded by McErlane as well as accumulated interest.Judge McDonagh orfered him to pay €100 per month and warned him not to miss any payments.He also ordered him to complete 140 hours community service.McErlane paid €3,000 in court.BUSINESSMAN WHO CLAIMED HE WAS OWED €1MILLION FOUND GUILTY OF FRAUD was last modified: May 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSinn Fein has commended the swift action taken by Donegal County Council to tackle the illegal dumping at the Ross road in Bundoran.Local Town Councillor Diarmuid Doherty said the erection of warning signs was a vital step in twarting illegal dumpers in the area. “I would like to commend Donegal County Council for the quick response to this issue.“Just two days after I called for action last week, council work men removed the illegal dumped materials and erected no dumping signage and CCTV cameras.“It is great to see the waste removed and the area restored to its natural beauty. I would call on communities to highlight the problem of illegal dumping to the County Council wherever it occurs and try to eliminate the problem all together,” he said.  COUNCIL TAKES ACTION ON ILLEGAL DUMPING IN BUNDORAN was last modified: September 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Live updates: Raiders fade, fall to Chiefs 28-10

first_imgThe Chiefs make their final appearance in Oakland as they look to go 2-0 after opening with a 40-26 win over the Jaguars in a game that saw Mahomes injure his ankle and still go 25-for-33 for 378 yards passing and three touchdowns. Mahomes, though, comes to Oakland without Tyreek Hill. The speedy receiver broke his … Join us for live scoring updates, news and analysis Sunday at 1:05 p.m. when the underdog Raiders take on NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs at the Coliseum.last_img

Pay more attention this year to reduce spray drift

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Erdal OzkanSpray drift not only result in wasting expensive pesticides and pollution of the environment, it may damage non-target crops nearby, and poses a serious health risk to people living in areas where drift is occurring. Drift happens! It accounts for about half of all non-compliance cases investigated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. As you know, we are experiencing an unusual weather situation in Ohio and several other Corn Belt states this year. Wet fields have made planting of corn and soybeans delayed or in many cases forced farmers to abandon it altogether looking for alternatives such as planting cover crops. Either situation presents added caution when applying herbicides in terms of spray drift which is defined as movement of pesticides by wind from the application site to an off-target site during or soon after application is done. When exactly the same types of crops, such as genetically modified beans, or non-GMO beans are planted in neighboring fields, herbicide drifting from one field to another may not show injury symptoms. However, drift must be one of your most serious concerns when spraying herbicides in fields where the adjoining fields have been planted with some other crops and cover crops. Even a small amount of drift may create significant damage on such crops under these conditions.Although complete elimination of spray drift is impossible, problems can be reduced significantly if you are aware of major factors which influence drift, and take precautions to minimize their influence on off-target movement of spray droplets. The factors that play a role in either the creation, or reduction of spray drift are: a) Spray characteristics, such as volatility and viscosity of pesticide formulation; b) Equipment and application techniques used for spraying pesticides; c) Weather conditions at the time of application (wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity and stability of air around the application site); and most importantly, d) Operator care, attitude, and skill. Here are five cost-effective things you can do to minimize spray drift.Pay attention to wind speed more than anything else. The risk of spray drift will increase with increases in wind speed. There is no magic wind speed number below which drift will be minimum. There are many other factors mentioned below that influence the wind speed you should stay under. Generally, wind speeds below 5 miles per hour, coupled with other good management practices, will significantly reduce the injury caused by drift. The best investment you can make is to buy a wind meter that tells you how high the wind velocity is at any given time. Having a wind meter handy will help you avoid a costly problem associated with spray drift.Pay attention to wind direction. If the wind is blowing in the direction of some sensitive crops downwind, stop spraying. Don’t take the risk. Come back later in the day or the next day when the direction of the wind has shifted away from the sensitive crops.If you can, keep your nozzles as close to the target as possible while still producing a uniform distribution of spray on the target. This doesn’t cost any money as long as it is practical to make it happen.When you’re ready to change nozzles, consider selecting nozzles that produce much fewer of the extremely small droplets that are most likely to drift away. Low-drift nozzles are in the market and do a tremendous job of eliminating extremely small, drift-prone droplets from the droplet spectrum. This is especially important when spraying systemic chemicals like Glyphosate. Since the active ingredients in these types of chemicals are translocated, not requiring a thorough coverage on the target weeds, there is no need to use small droplets that increases the risk of drift.There are chemicals that are designed to increase the droplet size, and reduce the number of very small droplets when added into the spray mixture. Most of them are some sort of polymer that tends to increase the viscosity and density of the spray mixture, which leads to larger droplets. This, however, should be the last defense against drift. First consider the other options such as better targeting of the spray and switching to low-drift nozzles.If you are using nozzles that produce relatively smaller droplets, avoid spraying under extremely hot and dry weather conditions. Under these conditions, evaporation of liquid from a droplet decreases its mass rapidly, increasing the drift distance of droplets.Pay attention to conditions that may be conducive to formation of a phenomenon called thermal inversion. Normally, warm air rises up. So, during late morning to early evening, the surface temperature is usually warmer than the air temperature near the ground. So, the small droplets discharged from a nozzle may follow this normal air movement from ground up, and eventually evaporate during this process. However, during very early morning (before sunrise) or sometime after the sunset, the air temperature at some distance above the ground may be warmer than the ground temperature. Under these conditions, the warm air above the ground is trapped between the ground and the inversion layer. Under these conditions, as shown in the picture below, the small droplets suspended in the air simply follow the horizontal air movement miles away from the application site. So, avoid spraying during very early in the morning or very late in the evening, if the weather is extremely calm.Practicing the recommendations I mentioned in this article will help you reduce the risk of spray drift significantly. At the end, you will be the one making spraying decisions. If there are any doubts about a spraying job that might result in drift, wait until there is no longer that element of doubt.More detailed discussion on these tips and other drift reduction strategies are outlined in following OSUE Extension Fact Sheets available online:FABE-525 (,FABE- 523 (, andFABE 524 ( Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Extension agricultural engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3006, or This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Selling for cash prices means leaving money on the table

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCCorn yield estimates were reduced, slightly shrinking supply, while harvested acres were unchanged in USDA’s November report.Three weeks ago, I suggested there were demand issues within the USDA’s Feed, Ethanol and Export categories. This week’s report reduced demand in every category and with the ethanol grind and export data under-pacing USDA estimates the past couple months, this was probably justified.The feed category will be difficult to track. I’ve suggested the large wheat supply will likely replace some corn for feed if cash corn values remain strong while cash wheat prices remain at 10-year lows. However, over the last month feed ingredient prices have increased dramatically. Normally these by-products from corn, bean and wheat processing trade at values that encourage some livestock producers to replace corn and/or bean meal in the feed ration. The prices are so high now that many of these by-products should actually be replaced with corn and bean meal. While the amount of grain displaced probably isn’t huge, it could suggest that corn and bean prices might be a little low.The slow and late harvest is helping prices right now because end users have used about 10% of their yearly grind during the 4- to 6-week harvest delay. This creates a 10% increase in their storage capacity and has kept basis values strong and futures from dipping back to $3.50.During last week’s big harvest push across the Midwest for corn there was a pullback in futures and basis levels. Once harvest is complete and bin doors are locked, I wonder how aggressive farmers will be selling at current prices.For beans, there were almost no changes this month. Bean futures have pulled back some, but with harvest nearly over, some processors are getting more aggressive with basis bids. It varies though. My local processor is bidding 12 cents better than last week, but my local coop is only 2 cents better. This kind of spread difference should motivate farmers to get 100% on-farm storage to take advantage of these kinds of opportunities. The December corn basis – Is it a good level to sell?Recently, farmers have been asking about the strong basis levels for December delivery across the Midwest. Following shows recent bids and factors to consider when deciding if and when to set basis.Current basis bids near my farmNov: -16 (Dec)Dec: -7 (Dec)Jan: -16 (Mar)Feb: -15 (Mar)Based upon these numbers alone, December looks to have the best bid. But is it a good sale? Here are some things to consider: SpreadsIt’s important to look at the spread between December corn futures ($3.7725) and March ($3.865), which is currently a 9.25-cent spread. This means I need to take the -7 December bid and subtract the 9.25 cent spread difference to make the bids comparable with the January and February bids. So, the -7 December is actually the same as -16.25 against the March futures, but for December shipment. Spread historical trendsSpreads are about demand in the market. Since 2013 the spread between the December and March futures in the month of November has ranged between 8 and 14 cents. In years with larger corn carryouts (2.1-2.4 billion bushels) the spread trades between 13-14 cents. This is because when there is a lot of grain produced there is less demand and it usually means a wider spread between futures contracts. This is because the market needs someone to hold the grain longer until it’s needed at some point in the future and the market is willing to pay for that to occur.In years with smaller carryouts (1.3-1.7 billion bushels) the spread trades around 8-9 cents. This is caused by a pull in demand to take the grain out of storage sooner. This summer when the market took off to the mid $4s the basis rallied 40 cents and the spreads narrowed significantly. The market wanted all the cash corn it could find and not for it to be stored for later use.Now with current carryout estimates in the middle range (1.9 billion), the market seems to suggest the spread should be trading around 11 cents. While the spread today is trading at closer to 9, by the end of the month it could be closer to 11 cents. If that occurs it would make my local basis bid (shown above) for December delivery worse than the January bid. There is a cost to hold grainThe cost to hold the grain beyond December is determined by taking the operating loan rate of the farm times the value of cash grain divided by 12 months. Assuming a 5% loan rate, and the $3.70 current cash price, it costs 1.54 cents per month to hold grain (5% x 3.70 / 12 = 1.54 cents/mo) at this location. Where will basis values go?Just like futures, it’s hard to predict where basis values will go. There are a lot of external factors impacting basis bids, plus it can vary by location. Still, basis values usually trend higher from harvest until the following summer. Last year from November 1st basis values increased 5 cents by late November and there was another 5-cent increase by late January. If futures don’t rally in the next few months, and farmers wait for better prices, end users may have to increase basis to motivate farmers to sell. There could be another 10-20 cent rally in basis values between now and the end of January. Selling for cash prices means leaving money on the tableMost farmers only focus on cash prices when selling grain, but I find that is almost always a mistake. While futures and basis values make up cash prices, they almost never hit their highs at the same time because they are based upon different market variables. Instead farmers should decide on the best day and price to sell futures, and the best day and price to set basis, independently of each other. However, when deciding the best time to set the basis and move grain, farmers need to look at the spread along with basis bids. Selling for cash is like doing all three trades at the same time and it means leaving money on the table.Even though basis levels right now are the highest since the drought years, it still may not be the best time to set basis. Basis usually improves after harvest through the following summer, but it’s been a very unusual year. If the futures values are range bound the next few months basis values might have to do all the work to pry the grain out of the bins.last_img read more