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Iowa governor signs GOP property tax ‘transparency’ bill

first_imgDES MOINES — Republican Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that makes changes in how cities and counties set budgets and raise property taxes. The bill was a priority for Republican House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake.“Just making sure that the community has a good voice and they aren’t surprised when their taxes go up,” Upmeyer said during a recent interview with Radio Iowa.A two-thirds majority on a city council and county board of supervisors will have to approve any increase in property tax revenue of more than two percent. Another public hearing must be held if local government officials plan to increase property taxes.“So if, in fact, you’re raising taxes and you’re going to spend more money, if I’m a county supervisor, I should just let the public know: ‘We need more money for X, Y and Z and this is where we’re going to spend it,’” Upmeyer told Radio Iowa.Republican lawmakers said during debate of the bill that it may make local leaders think twice about raising property taxes. Critics like Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh, a Republican, say the “heavy hand of state government” is placing unnecessary limits on growing cities.“I’m elected by the people of my community to do a job and when somebody who doesn’t have that perspective starts to tell me how to do the job and I don’t know that they’ve got the expertise that I do, it bothers me greatly,” Walsh said last month during an appearance on Iowa Public Television.last_img read more

Alpine Experience Retires, Plans to Open Concept Store in Spring 2014

first_imgFacebook140Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Alpine ExperienceThe Alpine Experience, South Sound’s Premier Outdoor Retailer located in Downtown Olympia, has announced it will be holding a Retirement Sale and Storewide Liquidation as owners Val and Steve Hyer Senior will be retiring from the company.  Owner Joe Hyer, key staff, and former owner of Olympic Outfitters Ray LaForge will be collaborating on a revolutionary new retail concept, opening the spring of 2014.“The company operating agreement, to be in compliance with state laws, states that when owners retire, the company is dissolved, and all assets are disposed of,” says Joe Hyer, founder of the company.  The only method to keep the current LLC would be significant new capital infusions by the sole remaining owner, which is simply not possible.The Alpine Experience will be dissolved, but key long-time employees, in coordination with outside investors, including former Olympic Outfitters owner Ray LaForge, have developed a new retail concept, building on the strengths of Alpine Experience, but also recognizing the dramatic changes in the marketplace over the last decade.  The new retail ‘Marketplace’ will include the Bike Stand, The Olympia Footwear Company, a café, everyday essentials, and several ‘concept shops’ from key brand partners.  The concentration of this new company is on being a community-based retail marketplace.  The new company will be seeking investors and partners in the coming months.In the meantime, assets, including inventory and many other items, will be liquidated by the current company in order to wind up operations.  Shop early for the best deals and best selection, as inventory will move fast.“Watch for the final issue of the Mountain Life, and the DEBUT Issue of our new mailer, which will be even more fun, informative…and yes, wacky, than the Mountain Life ever was,” says Hyer.last_img read more

Johnson looking for a new home

first_imgLast month it was revealed the Warriors told their star player he could test his value on the free market, indicating they weren’t willing to re-sign him.Johnson took to social media Monday afternoon to “clear up” his situation.He said at this stage there’s no contract for him to sign beyond 2019 and that he’s already approached some rugby league clubs in Australia to pique their interest.The Canberra Raiders had been touted as a potential home for Johnson if he was to leave the Warriors, however the club said earlier this month that its not formally considering him as an option.Johnson signed a two year deal with the Warriors last year believed to be worth seven figures a season.The 28-year-old has played 162 NRL games since making his debut in 2011 and has been the face of the club for the past five years.In 2014 Johnson was named the world’s best player following New Zealand’s successful Four Nations campaign.last_img read more

Crawford Memorial Horse Racing Meet on September 23

first_imgThe Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club and Sports Facility at Alness Village on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice is scheduled to host a horse race meet on September 23; and currently, more than 40 entries have already been received for the card, which consists of six categories.There is the H & Lower race, which carries the most attract top prize of $300,000; the L2 & Lower race, which fetches a first place prize of $70,000; L1 & Lower race, with a prize of $100,000 for the winner; the J & Lower race, the victor of which would cart off $160,000; the L3 race, with a first prize of 50,000; and the Two-Year Maiden, which has a first place prize of $100,000. The entrants billed to compete include Chammaley, Not This Time, Party Time Orion, Kentucky Woman, Mary-Ann, Lucky Star, Gypsie Princess, Slim Shady and Baba Rosa; but there are many other horses billed to compete, and among them might be many of the proverbial dark horses.Entries will close on September 16, 2018. For further details, interested persons are kindly asked to contact President of the Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club & Sports Facility on 678-5342, or the club’s organising secretary Compton Sancho on 691-1175. The sponsors on board for this event include Kanhai’s Electrical on Regent Street, Curtains and Drapery Designs, Stag Beer, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, Candy Corner, and Attorney-at-law Poonai.last_img read more

German international Reus poised for Dortmund return

first_imgHe could feature in Saturday’s squad but head coach Peter Stoeger says a decision will only be made closer to the Bundesliga game.German daily Bild say Reus had targeted the away game at Borussia Moenchengladbach on February 18 — but he might feature sooner than planned.“Marco trained normally over the week, we know he wants to play and he knows that we would like to have him in,” said Stoeger on Thursday.“We will make a decision at short notice.”While Dortmund are reluctant to rush the injury-prone Reus back into action, the attacking midfielder is keen to find form and fitness four months out from the World Cup in Russia.A string of injuries have restricted him to 29 international appearances and nine goals for Germany.Injuries have seen him miss the last two major international tournaments.An ankle injury suffered in the final warm-up game ruled the fleet-footed playmaker out of eventual champions Germany’s 2014 World Cup in Brazil.He then missed the finals of Euro 2016 with a persistent groin injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marco Reus is desperate to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENBERLIN, Germany, Feb 8 – Injury-prone German international winger Marco Reus could make his return after torn cruciate knee ligaments for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday against strugglers Hamburg, just four months out from the World Cup.Reus, 28, has been sidelined since last May’s German Cup final, when Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin, and has been working his way back to fitness in recent weeks.last_img read more


first_imgA man accused of taking part in a major drug-growing operation has been refused an application to get a new passport – after claiming he needs to go to Thailand to get a divorce.Neville Leech, is accused with two other men of cultivating more than €450,000 of cannabis in Carrigans, Co Donegal on January 13th, 2010.Leech was charged with the possession of cannabis and was released on bail of €5,000 as well as an independent surety of €10,000. He was also ordered to hand over his passport and sign on at his local Garda station once a week.He appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court to ask for permission to seek a new passport to travel to Thailand to finalise a divorce.Leech, 34, of Pearse Park, Drogheda, claimed because he was not married in Ireland, he could not get a divorce here. Barrister Patricia McLoughlin asked if Leech could simply not get the papers sent to Ireland which he could sign.Leech said he had to go to Thailand and turn up in person to get the divorce from his Thai wife. Garda Sgt Niall Boyle said he was opposing the application for a new passport as Leech was facing a very serious charge and had fears that he would not return for trial.Leech said he merely wanted to get on with his life and wanted to finalise his divorce saying he would try and put up more bail money if needed. Judge Rory McCabe said he did not think there was an extradition agreement between Thailand and Ireland. He eventually refused the application saying that unless Leech brought documentary evidence that he needed to travel to Thailand to get his divorce, he would not grant him permission to get a new passport.EndsCARRIGANS DRUGS HAUL MAN REFUSED PASSPORT TO GET DIVORCE IN THAILAND was last modified: May 4th, 2011 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:CarrigansdrugsNeville Leechlast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man assaulted a young woman after twisting her arm behind her back after a row.Johnny McDonagh was warned by Gardai to move on and to resist from abusing the woman when they came across the incident outside the Friar’s Rest in Glencar, Letterkenny on November 10th last year.He was told to stop threatening the woman on three occasions and was then arrested. The victim, Fionnuala Molloy, later called to Letterkenny Garda station and made an official complaint that she had been assaulted.Inspector Kevin Gately told the court that Ms Molloy had to attend the doctor after the altercation.The court was told that McDonagh of The Big Isle, Letterkenny, was currently in jail and was due for release on assault charges and is due for release on August 17th next.McDonagh addressed the court and said he had been suffering from alcohol and drug addictions but was now “going down the right road.”Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until July 17th for further reports.LETTERKENNY MAN ASSAULTED WOMAN OUTSIDE TAKEAWAY was last modified: June 21st, 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) Tags:assaultFriar’s RestJohnny McDonaghlast_img read more

‘Mollywood’ shuffle ahead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OREM, Utah – After almost five years of making movies for Mormons, the group of filmmakers who were part of the genre’s most prolific production studio are branching out with projects that leave the church jokes behind with the hopes of engaging a broader audience. And they want to do it in their own backyard. Could Utah become a “Mollywood” of sorts – a family-focused, filmmaking Mecca that still caters to Molly Mormons, the nickname given to those who embrace the faith’s clean-cut morality? If filmmaker Richard Dutcher started it all with “God’s Army,” his 2000 film about missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Angeles, Dave Hunter and Kurt Hale perfected it. The two formed Halestorm Entertainment in 2001 and went on to release a string of movies over the past four years, mostly comedies, aimed exclusively at a Mormon audience. Members of the LDS church are discouraged from watching R-rated films. Halestorm’s films are made with small budgets that are easily reclaimed by screening in states such as Utah, Arizona and Idaho, where a significant amount of the population belongs to the Mormon church. DVD sales of the movies are where they make their money, they said. While Hale says the niche possibilities are endless – “there are three or four great stories on my desk right now … a Mormon horror comedy, a Mormon musical” – Hunter and Hale are ready to develop a broader, commercial base and maybe turn Utah into a wholesome Hollywood along the way. Their company has gotten the attention of motion picture industry insiders by shooting films for $400,000 to $500,000 and making double or triple that back. But that seems to be the ceiling. The company also has been an incubator for other filmmakers, including Jared Hess, who had a breakaway hit in “Napoleon Dynamite” last year. “We’re done engaging the Mormon audience,” Hunter said. Added Hale: “There’s just not enough Mormons.” Early next year, Halestorm plans to move into a $5 million production studio with 46,000 square feet of space that will house all of its offices, production and distribution, as well as two large soundstages. “We’ll be able to do a film from beginning to end in the studio,” Hunter said. They hope the studio, combined with Utah’s unique geography, will draw one big outside production each year. Within an hour of the studio, a crew could be filming on desolate salt flats, sand dunes, mountains or dense forests, and just a three-hour drive away is Utah’s red rock country. While Halestorm will remain true to its family-friendly ethic, it won’t monitor what other film producers want to do. “To have a censor board to read scripts and approve productions – that would not only be damaging to us, it would be damaging to the state of Utah,” Hunter said. Marketing to the Mormon niche has boomed recently, providing the devout with ample entertainment focused on their faith, including “The Work and the Glory” trilogy bankrolled in part by Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller. Its second installment had a nationwide release last weekend. A sampling of plots from Halestorm movies include a romantic comedy set in a singles’ congregation of the church, the trials and tribulations of a young man back from his two-year proselytizing mission and a spoof about a fictional Mormon boy band. Halestorm begins its foray into the mainstream with the upcoming release “Church Ball,” a farce about how viciously competitive Mormon church basketball leagues can be. It has a more recognizable cast, including Fred Willard and Gary Coleman, and the religious denomination of the church players is obscured. Halestorm deserves a lot of credit for finding and developing a niche market, said Jason E. Squire, an instructor of cinema practice at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. He said such films as “Napoleon Dynamite” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” are examples of how to break out of that niche while trying to maintain a certain ethic. “It doesn’t matter what kind of movie it is. What matters is capturing the audience’s imagination,” he said. Other filmmakers who have ties to Halestorm, and like Hale and Hunter were in the film program at church-owned Brigham Young University, have gone on to their own successes outside of strictly Mormon plot lines. Hess’ “Napoleon Dynamite” charmed audiences and garnered a multimillion-dollar deal at the 2004 Sundance Film festival. “He pitched us on it,” Hale said. “We thought it was the worst thing we’d ever heard.” The character-driven comedy was inspired by Hess’ hometown of Preston, Idaho, a 5,000-population burg just north of the Utah line. Though none of the characters was obviously Mormon, locals recognize the film’s Mormon country feel and Napoleon’s familiar inoffensive style of cussing. Ryan Little was a director of photography for many of the Halestorm movies and struck out on his own to direct “Saints and Soldiers” in 2003. The film about a band of World War II soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge had some critical success, including awards at some small film festivals and a nomination for an Independent Spirit award. One of the movie’s characters is a member of the LDS church who served a mission in Germany before the war. The character, though important to some of the film’s themes, blends into the larger plot – making it a movie that appealed to Mormon and non-Mormon audiences alike, Little said. “If you were Mormon you would pick up on the LDS themes,” Little said. But as they screened the movie at film festivals around the country, “it was really kind of eye-opening that you could make a film that could do both,” he said. The movie was embraced as a film by a Mormon filmmaker and as a war movie so true to its genre it initially received an R rating. A few cuts were made and the film was released as PG-13. Little wants to make movies that he believes in morally and ethically, but he doesn’t think that means exclusively Mormon material. He’s currently filming an adventure film called “The Outlaw Trail.” The movie follows a young boy who has inherited a belt buckle that belonged to Butch Cassidy. His goals are to make movies families can enjoy together and help build the film community in the state, he said. While Utah has lured filmmakers to its scenic vistas since the days of the spaghetti western, it’s never fully capitalized on its proximity to Los Angeles, less than two hours away by plane. Utah lawmakers are considering increasing incentives to entice more production companies. Mormon-genre films have made their mark on the Utah Film Commission’s revenues, bringing in $500,000 in 2001 and more than $2 million last year, said commission director Aaron Syrett. But that’s still a fraction of the more than $60 million the commission sees annually from filming in the state. Mark DeCarlo, the host of the Travel Channel’s “Taste of America” program and the star of Halestorm’s current release, “Mobsters and Mormons,” said he enjoyed working in Utah and was charmed by the “good, honest people” he met on the set. But to lure more productions, local filmmakers need to have a more Hollywood-like professionalism, he said. “They use a lot of friends and favors,” DeCarlo said. “In order for it to really compete with Hollywood, you need a professional class of person both in front of and behind the scenes.”last_img read more

Virgin Galactic strikes deal with New Mexico

first_imgLONDON – Virgin Galactic, the British company created by entrepreneur Richard Branson to send tourists into space, and New Mexico announced an agreement Tuesday for the state to build a $225 million spaceport. Virgin Galactic also revealed that up to 38,000 people from 126 countries have paid a deposit for a seat on one of its manned commercial flights, including a core group of 100 “founders” who have paid the initial $200,000 cost of a flight upfront. Virgin Galactic is planning to begin flights in late 2008 or early 2009. New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said construction of the spaceport, to be built largely underground in the south of the state near the White Sands Missile Range, could begin in early 2007, depending on approval from environmental and aviation authorities. Virgin will have a 20-year lease on the facility, with annual payments of $1 million for the first five years and rising to cover the cost of the project by the end of the lease. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Experts predict that thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of private investment will be created in the next 20 years as the private sector develops new commercial markets in the space industry in New Mexico,” Homans said in London. “Virgin is the beginning and many other space companies will follow.” Virgin Galactic said it had chosen New Mexico as the site for its headquarters because of its steady climate, free airspace, low population density and high altitude. All those factors can significantly reduce the cost of the space flight program. The spaceport, to be located some 25 miles south of the town of Truth or Consequences, will be constructed 90 percent underground, with just the runway and supporting structures above ground. Stephen Attenborough, the Virgin Galactic executive in charge of marketing the space flights, said the 100 founder members were committed to “stepping up to the plate” and boarding a flight early in the operations. “Many of the others will need to wait until the price comes down and will want to wait for proven reliability and safety,” he said. Trevor Beattie, a London-based advertising director who paid for his ticket within days of Branson’s announcement of the company’s launch, said he was not concerned about safety. “My only concern is that the longer they leave the launch, the more likely we all are to be hit by a bus,” said Beattie, who has dreamed of going to space since watching the 1969 moonwalk. Branson formed Virgin Galactic after watching SpaceShipOne, a craft designed by Burt Rutan and funded by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, become the first privately manned rocket to reach space last year. SpaceShipOne went on to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize with two suborbital flights in five days from Mojave. Virgin Galactic has a deal with Rutan to build five spacecraft, licensing technology from Allen’s company, Mojave Aerospace Ventures. Virgin Galactic plans to operate its initial flights from the Mojave base ahead of the projected opening of the New Mexico spaceport in late 2009 or early 2010. Virgin Galactic also unveiled its logo – the pupil of an eye incorporating an eclipse. Branson’s iris will be used for the final design. Branson is due to join New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in the United States today to unveil the spaceport plans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe North West 10K committee are to be honoured at a civic reception on Wednesday next, March 28th at 7pm in the council offices in Letterkenny.The 10K attracted many characters down through the years!The committee have helped a number of charities down through the years managing to raise more than €500,000 through the event.Faces from past and present are expected at the event which continues to grow from strength to strength. Congratulations to all involved in what is a truly well-deserved honour. NORTH WEST 10K TO GET CIVIC RECEPTION NEXT WEDNESDAY was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 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:civic receptionNorth West 10klast_img read more