Lewis & Clark Water System Director Sounds Off On Low Funding Numbers In Obama Budget, Explains Alternative

Lewis&ClarkTea, SD — Officials with the Lewis and Clark Water system that is supposed to provide Missouri River aquifer water to northwest Iowa, southeast South Dakota and southwest Minnesota have been advised that the Obama administration budget provides for only $3.2 million for the Lewis and Clark Regional Water system. Executive Director Troy Larson says that considering the extensive efforts of the tri-state Congressional delegation, governors, and project officials to convince the Administration to increase funding from the $4.5 million it proposed in fiscal year 2013, they really expected more.

Larson says there’s another reason more money should have been available.

The water systems paid in their share years ago, but the federal government has not been keeping up their end of the bargain. Lewis and Clark officials say that the funding in recent years hasn’t even kept up with inflation on the remaining federal cost share, and the project is QUOTE, “Dead In the Water”.

Larson says they’re trying everything to get around the earmark ban and the administration’s low budget numbers.

He says this appears to be the best solution so far to the funding problems they are running into, and they’re trying to get all tri-state Senators on board with it. But realistically, he says, the bill has long odds of passing.

Find more information on the project by following this link: www.lcrws.org.


Drought Is Not Over — Sheldon is Under a ‘Water Watch’

sheldon water tower smaller croppedSheldon, Iowa — The drought is not over…that’s what Sheldon Public Works Director Todd Uhl told the City Council Wednesday.  Uhl said water levels in the city’s wells are one to three feet lower than a year ago, therefore he recommended that the city declare a ‘Water Watch’.  Under a water watch Sheldon residents and businesses are encouraged to limit or curtail all nonessential uses of water in order to conserve precious water resources.   According to the city ordinance this includes no watering of lawns, shrubs or gardens between the hours of eight a.m. and 8:30 p.m.  No water should be used to fill private swimming pools, children’s wading pools, reflecting pools or any other outdoor pool or pond.  No water should be used to wash streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks or building exteriors.   No water should be used for nonessential cleaning of commercial and industrial equipment, machinery and interior spaces.   The ordinance also states that water should be served at restaurants only upon the request of the customer.

Uhl pointed out that compliance with the water watch is voluntary, but if water usage in the city is not significantly reduced, they may have to move to a ‘water warning’ which would be much more restrictive and would be enforced by the city.  He also pointed out that because of the drought, many lawns or portions of lawns may need re-seeding this spring.  He wanted residents to be aware that if they do re-seed a lawn they might not be able to apply needed water to restore the grass growth.


Sioux County Sheriff Looking For Information On Hit And Run Accident Near Sioux Center

Sioux Sheriff CarOn Thursday, April 18, at 3:14 p.m.,the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a hit and run accident that occurred at the intersection of Highway 75 and 430th Street,two miles south of Sioux Center, IA.

Elizabeth Scholten, age 24, of Maurice, IA was driving a 1991 Oldsmobile Regency northbound on Highway 75. Scholten slowed and began turning left onto 430th Street when a black Chevrolet pickup, which was northbound behind her, began passing and struck her vehicle. The black Chevrolet did not stop and left the scene driving northbound on Highway 75.

No injuries were reported.

The Oldsmobile sustained approximately $2,000 in damages.

Anyone with information about this accident is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text‐a‐Tip program.


Hospers Woman Taken To Hospital After Thursday Accident

Hospers AmbulanceHospers, Iowa — A Hospers woman was taken to the hospital after an accident on Thursday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:05 Thursday morning, 55-year-old Deborah Bishop of Hospers was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on 400th Street, a mile and a half west of Hospers when she lost control of the vehicle. It entered the north ditch and rolled.

Bishop was transported to the Orange City Hospital by the Hospers Ambulance.

The Chevrolet sustained about $4,000 in damages.

The Hospers Fire Department and Hospers Ambulance assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.


Orange City Man Arrested For “Carrying Weapons”

Michael MulderOrange City, Iowa — An Orange City man was booked into the Sioux County Jail on Thursday (4/18) after he was found to be carrying a weapon.

In the 1 AM hour, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 25-year-old Michael Mulder of Orange City.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on 400th Street, one mile west of Hospers.

Upon further investigation the deputy discovered that Mulder, a passenger in the vehicle, was in possession of a dangerous weapon (without a permit).

Mulder was charged with carrying weapons.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.


Congressman King Responds To “Gang of Eight’s” Immigration Bill

Congressman Steve King OfficialWashington, DC — Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the comprehensive immigration bill introduced by the Senate “Gang of Eight” this past week:

“The Gang of Eight’s bill is aggressive and outrageous amnesty,” said King. “It is instant legalization of all illegal immigrants in the United States, with very few exceptions. It contains only promises: the promise of a plan for border security, of a backup plan for the border security, and of workplace enforcement in the form of making E-Verify mandatory. What makes anyone think President Obama would enforce any future immigration laws when he has violated his own oath of office to take care that the laws be ‘faithfully executed’?

I expected this from Democrats who have long understood their brand of more taxes, more borrowing, and more government giveaways, and know how to sell it. It is the Republicans who should know better. Republicans who support this bill have effectively said to Americans, ‘we are prepared to sacrifice the Rule of Law on the altar of misguided and erroneous political expediency’.”