JAMESTOWN - In what has become a familiar scenario over recent years, the Jamestown City Council's preliminary budget for 2016 includes a 5% increase in property taxes and a 5% increase in charges for all city-operated utilities. More
Jamestown Choralaires Launching 61st Season
Posted by KSJB News on 8/25/2015 9:13:00 AM.
JAMESTOWN - (Mark Sherfy) - The Jamestown Choralaires will begin their 61st year of choral music with their first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 9 at 8:30 PM in the Jamestown Middle School band room. They're looking for new members. More
Injunction Granted After two other federal courts denied similar requests, the US District Court of North Dakota has issued an emergency injunction, preventing the EPA Waters of the United States rule from take effect. The ruling by Judge Ralph Erickson also criticized EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, saying they violated its authority when it promulgated the rule. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is moving forward with implementation, with the exception of the 13 states that won its injunction. That means North Dakota and South Dakota are not subject to the rule, but it is in place in Minnesota.
Farm Groups Weigh in on Court Ruling Most major farm groups are encouraged by the North Dakota District Court decision to issue an injunction blocking implementation of the Waters of the US rule. The National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association are among those voicing support for the decision, which they say will give the courts and the public more time to figure out how to proceed with the rule. Julie Ellingson, executive vice president of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, is excited with judge Ralph Erickson’s decision. "This is the first important step in what will be a long journey."
EPA Decision Questioned The preliminary injunction issued in Fargo delays implementation of the Waters of the US rule in 13 states, including North Dakota and South Dakota. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association vice president of government affairs Colin Woodall is concerned with the interpretation coming from the Administration that this ruling only impacts those 13 states. "We think this is another great example of the arrogance of the EPA trying to find any way to move this forward and I think this is more about their agenda than it is about clean water." With so many questions about the rule, Woodall says it will be difficult for any enforcement action to take place. "We also have the issue of the Corps of Engineers memos that were leaked a few weeks ago where even the Corps, itself, disagreed with the way EPA has manipulated the data and ultimately, they wanted their name and any association with this rule pulled back."
MN Farm Bureau Minute Here's the latest from the Minnesota Farm Bureau. In this report, MFBF offers insight into the WOTUS rule.
Nearing the End Crary, North Dakota farmer Fran Leiphon can finally see the end of his spring wheat harvest. "It's been a bit of a struggle," said Leiphon, "It is lodged and it has been humid making it tough to go early or late in the day." Leiphon says the yields and test weights are good. "So far, the proteins are 14 or above."