Secretary of State Jim Condos to develop ‘Vermont Transparency Tour’

first_imgSecretary of State Jim Condos announced today that he is embarking on a ‘Vermont Transparency Tour’ to travel the state to help educate and train local and state government officials on the laws of the state regarding Access to Public Records and Open Meetings.   He said at least 12 training sessions are envisioned this summer.  ‘A change of the culture and attitude towards access to public records and open meetings is necessary for both state and local government,’ Condos said.  ‘Open government is good government,’ Condos stated in announcing the tour.   ‘Distrust in government is not good for our democratic process ‘ the public has a right to know the truth about what the government is doing.’ Condos continues, ‘As new legislation designed to provide for greater transparency in public records and open meetings progresses in the statehouse, it has become evident that local and state officials need training to better understand the law.’ This week Condos approached the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Vermont School Boards Association, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers, American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, and the Vermont Press Association to ask for their support of this endeavor. Condos is pleased to say that all have agreed that additional training is important and support the idea of taking this on the road.  Other groups will also be asked to endorse the plan. While the training sessions are designed for all state and local government officials, they will be open to the public.  The initial idea is to schedule two sessions a day, for two days a week over a three or four week period.  The locations will be sprinkled across Vermont and will allow most government officials to be within an hour’s drive of at least two or more sessions. Jim Condos is Vermont’s Secretary of State, after serving eight years as a Vermont Senator from Chittenden County, 18 years on South Burlington City Council and 30+ years of private sector business experience. Source: Condos’ office. 4.29.2011last_img read more

March 4, 2018 Police Blotter

first_imgMarch 4, 2018 Police Blotter030418 Batesville Police Blotter030418 Decatur County Jail Report  030418 Decatur County Law Report030418 Decatur County EMS Report030418 Decatur County Fire Reportlast_img

Competitive Clough captures four feature wins, Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year

first_imgIMCA Modified Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year Brandon Clough. (Photo by Joe Starr)WALLACE, Neb. – Brandon Clough hoped to be competitive in his first IMCA Modified season.He was better than that.Clough won four features on the way to capturing Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year honors. He was second in standings at Phillips County Raceway, just a single point out of first, and fourth at both Lexington Raceway and Lincoln County Raceway.“I am very happy with the year. Early in the season I didn’t figure I’d get any wins,” he said. “I had just hoped to be competitive. I am extremely pleased with our results from this season.”The Wallace, Neb., driver had another 12 top five finishes in 38 starts. After taking some early lumps, his first Modified win came on May 6 at Lincoln County, in just his seventh start in the new division.“There are some pretty fast cars that race there weekly. I didn’t quite know what to think at first after I won that night,” Clough admitted. “As the season went on and once we kind of figured out what we were doing, we were able to finish up toward the front more often.”Clough had started his on-track career in an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, then ran four seasons in a Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod.“I couldn’t make the cars work, tore stuff up and just didn’t have any success. I didn’t feel I was getting any better and decided to try something different,” he said. “I’m glad I did.”Starts-38Wins-4Additional Top Fives-12HIS CREW: Cheridawn Palmer, brothers Kyle and Tanner, Henry Henderson, Dillon Henderson and Jim Trusty.HIS SPONSORS: Parents Rod and Donna; Clough Farms, the D.A.M. Shop and Wallace Agency, all of Wallace; Noyes Irrigation of Grant; Goldfuss Shocks of Dwight; First Class Auto Design of Hoisington, Kan.; and 1st Class Chassis of Great Bend, Kan.last_img read more

Tip box set up for missing mother of 5

first_imgPatriot, IN—Brittany Hammond, a mother of 5, left home on December 12, 2018, telling her mother she would only be away about an hour, but she never came back.Eight months later, her family is still searching for answers to what might have happened to her. Her family says that the answers they may get might not lead them to a happy ending, but at least it would lead to some kind of end to the questions.They gathered at the Patriot boat launch this past Saturday to release balloons and lanterns, and to pray. Hammond’s family set up a tip box at the Patriot boat launch in Indiana, hoping someone will come forward with any information about where the young mother may have gone that day.The family says they receive calls and text message tips, but they never lead anywhere. The family spent the weeks immediately after Hammond’s disappearance searching for her themselves, walking the riverbank in every kind of weather.last_img read more

Report: Bruce Bowen out as Clippers TV analyst after Kawhi Leonard criticism

first_imgFox Sports West reportedly declined to renew the contract of Clippers television analyst Bruce Bowen after he made comments critical of Kawhi Leonard in June, ESPN first reported Monday.Bowen was under contract with Fox Sports West, but the Clippers – like every major pro sports team – have significant input into the hiring of television broadcast talents and withheld approval on extending his contract, the report said.Bowen, a Cal State Fullerton product, served as a color commentator for Clippers broadcasts alongside play-by-play man Ralph Lawler during the 2017-18 season, replacing longtime analyst Michael Smith.On June 21, Bowen made an appearance on Sirius XM Radio and was critical of how Leonard handled his departure from San Antonio: Assuming Leonard, who was limited to nine games in 2017-18, plays a full season for the Raptors and re-establishes himself as one of the game’s best all-around players, he’ll be arguably the most sought-after player in a loaded free-agent class that is expected to include Klay Thompson (unrestricted), Kevin Durant (player option), Kyrie Irving (player option) and Jimmy Butler (player option) next summer. It is widely expected Leonard will decline his $21.3 million player option for 2019-20, and the Southern California native apparently prefers to play for one of the L.A. teams.The Clippers are projected to have nearly $40 million in salary cap space next summer and could clear enough additional space to offer a max-level contract to both Leonard and another elite free agent. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Bowen’s comments might have drawn additional attention, too, since he was a former Spurs player who won three titles under longtime coach Gregg Popovich. Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan in July after a falling out in which the Spurs and Leonard disagreed on how to handle his quadriceps issues.Leonard sought outside medical advice during the season and spent significant time away from the Spurs while training at the National Basketball Players Association facilities in New York. He was not with the Spurs during their first-round playoff loss to Golden State. “I think there’s nothing but excuses going on. First, it was, ‘Well I was misdiagnosed.’ Look here: You got $18 million this year, and you think that they’re trying to rush you? You didn’t play for the most part a full season this year. And you’re the go-to guy, you’re the franchise, and you want to say that they didn’t have your best interest at heart? Are you kidding me?Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I think he’s getting bad advice. I think what you’re starting to see now is an individual given a certain amount of advice, and it’s not the right advice. Here it is: You were protected in San Antonio. You were able to come up during a time where you still could lean on Tim (Duncan), Tony (Parker) and Manu (Ginobili).”The Clippers – along with the Lakers – are believed to be one of the front-runners to land Leonard during free agency next summer and the Bowen decision is perceived as one that sends a clear message about how the organization plans to protect star players.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

Damir Dzumhur lost against Federer in the First Round of Wimbledon

first_imgThe best BH tennis player, Damir Dzumhur, lost against Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon with the result of 3:0. It was 6:1, 6:3 and 6:3 for a Swiss player.Dzumhur and Federer played their second match this year after they met in the third round of Roland Garros by the end of May. The best BH tennis player was then defeated with the result of 3:0 (4:6, 3:6, 2:6).In today’s meeting at the Central court of the All England Club in London, Swiss won the first gem, nut Dzumhur equalized soon after a brilliant point.However, the seven-time winner of Wimbledon started more offensive in the further match and led with 4:1 after 14 minutes. Federer came again to the break after the double fault of Dzumhur in the sixth gem. Until the end of the first set, Federer won the seventh gem as well and led with 6:1 after 18 minutes.At the opening of the second set, Dzumhur saved two break balls and led with 1:0. The second tennis player of the world equalized again, but an excellent game, especially in the service, brought the lead back to BH tennis player. But, with no lost point, Federer equalized to 2:2.This was a historic day for BH tennis because this was the first time for some of BH tennis players to participate at the main part of the tournament in Wimbledon.(Source: Photo: read more