They used words like “blackmail” and “holding a gun to our heads.” But the St. Mary’s County Commissioners with extreme reluctance Tuesday approved the creation of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for transportation planning for an area that includes southern Calvert (including Chesapeake Ranch Estates and central St. Mary’s (California/Lexington Park). Last week the Calvert County Commissioners gave a similarly reluctant approval.
The requirement comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and is triggered when an “urbanized area” reaches 50,000 people, which is what happened in the last census to the swath of land on either side of the Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge. The federal agency requires the creation of MPO and their attendant bureaucracy when that happens.
Gov. Tom Corbett said today Pennsylvania has joined eight other Northeast states that have asked the federal government to reduce ozone-producing emissions in Midwestern states.
The other states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York Rhode Island and Vermont — filed a petition Monday with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions they say drift eastward on the wind and endanger the health of their residents.
The petition asked the agency to hold Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia to the same air quality standards as eastern states.
The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it could breathe new life into a federal rule requiring states to reduce power plant pollution from the South and Midwest that fouls the air in the eastern U.S.
Several justices suggested during a 90-minute argument that they believe the Environmental Protection Agency did not exceed its authority when it issued its cross-state air pollution rule in 2011. A divided federal appeals court panel invalidated the rule last year.
The suspension of a 6-year-old boy for kissing a girl at school is raising questions about whether the peck should be considered sexual harassment.
The boy’s mother said officials at Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon City, a southern Colorado city of 16,000, are over-reacting. Jennifer Saunders said her son was suspended once before for kissing the girl and had other disciplinary problems, and she was surprised to find out that he would be forced out of school again for several days.
First grader Hunter Yelton told KRDO-TV (http://tinyurl.com/lyhxh7l) that he has a crush on a girl at school and she likes him back.
Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon.
The increases would be offset by a variety of spending reductions and increased fees elsewhere in the budget totaling about $85 billion over a decade, leaving enough for a largely symbolic cut of more than $20 billion in the nation’s $17 trillion debt.
Federal civilian and military workers, airline travelers and health care providers who treat Medicare patients would bear much of the cost.
The Charles County Board of Appeals and the Charles County Compensation Commission meetings originally scheduled for today, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 have been canceled due to the inclement weather.
The Charles County Board of Appeals has rescheduled this meeting agenda for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room. For more information pertaining to this Board, contact Ms. Carrol Everett, Clerk to the Board of Appeals, at 301-645-0540 or EverettC@CharlesCountyMD.gov.
The Charles County Skatepark at White Plains Regional Park located on St. Charles Parkway, south of DeMarr Road, will offer free admission and equipment rental to all skateboarders ages 6 and older on the following dates:
Monday, Dec. 23
Thursday, Dec. 26
Friday, Dec. 27
Monday, Dec. 30
Each free session will run from 11 a.m. to dusk. The Charles County Parks Division wishes to thank our skateboarders for their patronage throughout the year, and encourage first timers to bring their boards and give the park a try.
A local family will be featured tonight (Tuesday, December 10) on a nationally televised cable TV show. Kevin Poole and his family will be interviewed on the National Geographic Channel show “Doomsday Preppers,” to air at 9 and 11 p.m. Preppers are survivalists preparing for the end of civilization.
Poole’s company, Triton Metals of Hollywood, began manufacturing pre-fabricated bomb shelters earlier this year, which was the subject of a Bay Net profile. See story http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/story_ID/31497
who blasts the developers’ awful growth plan for Charles County
...Heightened by Sinking Land
Communities and coastal habitats in the southern Chesapeake Bay region face increased flooding because, as seawater levels are rising in the bay, the land surface is also sinking._ A new USGS report released today concludes that intensive groundwater withdrawals are a major cause of the sinking land, or ‘land subsidence’, that contributes to flooding risks in the region.
“From a practical viewpoint, sea level is relative to the land surface,” said Jerad Bales, Acting Associate Director for Water at USGS. “Whether the water is rising or the land is sinking, or both, the effect is the same: greater vulnerability to coastal storms and loss of important coastal habitat, both of which result in economic losses.”