Stantec Gives Update on Recommended Flood Mitigation Efforts

2/22/17 – 8:13 p.m. The consulting firm hired to handle the research into flood mitigation talked about their findings. Stantec Project Manager Scott Peyton said that they have a recommended plan of action. Scott Peyton The program costs 160 million dollars with a 30% contingency. Peyton added that each part of the plan is independent. The city and county can focus efforts on one before choosing to do the next. Peyton said that the diversion channel on Eagle Creek is not in the plan. Scott Peyton The dry detention basin requires fewer parcels of land than the diversion channel. Peyton added that the diversion channel would not be as effective as the Army Corps of Engineers said it would. Peyton said that the channel was based off statistics in the 25-year flood. In the 100-year flood, there will be roughly 1000 more cubic square feet of water in the creek. Scott Peyton USACE had a modeling error that showed a decrease of 4.6 feet of water during a flood when…

Dog surrendered with heartbreaking ‘owners manual’ gets another chance

Guinnevere Shuster/Humane Society of Utah(NEW YORK) — When a three-year-old dog named Rhino Lightning was surrendered by his family to the Utah Humane Society, he came with something very unusual: A colorful little notebook with pages of information about the pup, written by an eight-year-old girl. “We’ve had people bring in animals with a toy or maybe a letter,” said Deann Shepherd, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Humane Society of Utah. “But this is the first time a dog came in with a notebook from a child with instructions.” Sixteen pages of a 2 x 4 inch notebook’s worth of notes came with the dog. “Please don’t change his name,” she said in the notes. “He likes sleeping under blankets. Take him on at least 2 or 3 runs a day. Tell Rhino I love and miss him every night.” The little girl called Rhino Lightning a “striped dream.” Shepherd told ABC News that Rhino had been adopted from the same place in December by a family with…

Trump confidante says administration has ‘got to slow down,’ stop media war

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A friend and confidante of President Donald Trump says he believes that the administration has “been doing too much,” and that “they’ve got to slow down” and tone down its confrontation with the media. Chris Ruddy, CEO of conservative outlet Newsmax Media, has been a friend of Trump’s for nearly 20 years, much of that time as a member of the president’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. He told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein on the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast that the administration has been experiencing “messaging problems” during the first month in office, but calling those issues chaos “overstates it.” Ruddy said that all of the cabinet members are “A or A+ people,” but that Trump’s inexperience as a politician means he’s on a “learning curve.” “He is used to being very reactive, shooting from the hip and just telling people what he thinks,” Ruddy said. “I think there’s a view within the inside that they’ve been doing too much, that they’re stepping all over…

Tillerson and Kelly visit Mexico amid tension over deportation guidelines

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly stepped off a plane in Mexico Wednesday evening, tensions were brewing there over new guidance from the administration about deportations, border patrol and President Trump’s long-promised wall on the southern border. While Kelly’s department issued the guidelines, they now threaten to undermine such a high-level trip. Some fear that an immigration crackdown will result, despite the administration’s attempts to ensure that mass deportations are not in the works. The announcement caught the Mexican government by surprise and put officials there on a defensive footing just a day before the visit. But even as the Mexican foreign minister issued a blistering statement, the White House denied that anything was wrong. “The relationship with Mexico is phenomenal right now,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer Wednesday. The foreign trip is the first for Kelly and the second for Tillerson — although it is his first one-on-one visit to a foreign country. That’s a sign of…

Trump administration reverses transgender bathroom guidance

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration on Wednesday night rescinded an Obama-era directive instructing schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. In a letter sent to schools on Wednesday, the Justice and Education Departments said the Obama administration’s guidance — which cited Title IX — did not explain how it was consistent with the law. The letter claimed that the directive caused confusion and lawsuits over its enforcement. Anti-bullying safeguards will not be affected, according to the letter. “All schools must ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment,” the letter reads. Instead, the letter suggests that the states should take a “primary role” in establishing policy. “As President Trump has clearly stated, he believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level,” the White House said in a statement, adding that today’s letter “paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input…

Authorities move into Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CANNONBALL, N.D.) — Authorities have ended negotiations with the remaining protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline and have moved into the camp after some occupiers refused to leave, despite an evacuation order set by state and federal authorities. Some inside the camp were granted ceremonial arrests, authorities said, which involves them giving themselves up voluntarily to be peacefully arrested. Police used plastic zip ties to restrain the protesters who surrendered on the street. At least nine people who did not surrender voluntarily have been arrested thus far after the evacuation deadline expired, authorities said in a briefing Wednesday afternoon, adding that they estimate about 50 to 75 people remain in the camp currently. It is unclear what authorities plan to do to remove the protesters who refuse to leave and resist arrest. Officials said earlier that the Oceti Sakowin camp, which is situated at the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation near Cannonball, North Dakota, must be evacuated Wednesday by 2 p.m. local time and re-entry…

Weather Could Affect Wheat Crops

The unusually warm weather that we’ve seen might mess with wheat crops. OSU extension educator Ed Lentz says that the soil temperature could be primed for wheat to start growing early. Ed Lentz Lentz said that they should wait before adding any nitrates or fertilizer. Ed Lentz Lentz said another concern is plant disease. He says that farmers need to check their wheat crops to make sure nothing is developing.

Wife of Florida man accused in theater shooting over victim’s texting testifies in court

WFTS(NEW YORK) — The wife of the former police captain accused of fatally shooting a man in a Florida movie theater testified in court Wednesday in a hearing that will determine if his claim of self-defense meets the criteria under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Curtis Reeves, 74, is accused of shooting and killing 43-year-old Chad Oulson on Jan. 13, 2014, during a confrontation over texting before a showing of “Lone Survivor” at a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, police said. If Circuit Court Judge Susan Barthle rules in favor of Reeves, he will receive immunity from prosecution and will leave court as a free man with no criminal murder charges. Should Barthle decide Reeves did not meet the criteria to “stand his ground” during the encounter with Oulson, he will proceed to a criminal trial at a later date, where he can claim self-defense in the shooting but will not be able to utilize the protection under the Stand Your Ground law. Prosecutors say Reeves provoked the confrontation, The…