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USDA Conservation Funds Available for St. Joseph River Watershed
EAST LANSING, Michigan, Dec. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Michigan office issued the following news release:

Michigan farmers in the St. Joseph River watershed have until Jan. 19, 2018, to submit applications for 2018 conservation financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"The USDA, along with our state and local partners, are helping farmers protect the natural resources of the St. Joseph River watershed by incorporating conservation practices while maintaining or improving production," said USDA State Conservationist Garry ... Show Full Article

Ten Area Residents Indicted for $5.4 Million Meth Conspiracy
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Dec. 15 -- The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tom Larson, issued the following news release:

Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 10 area residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a $5.4 million conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Michaela Joeanne Hernandez,36, of Raymore, Mo., Brandy Michael Morgan, 44, of Kansas City, Mo., Anthony Dewayne Fifer, 46, of Mexico, Mo., Sharmyn Leanne Shryock, 27, and Jeffery Allen Jennings, 31, both of St. Joseph, ... Show Full Article

Regulation Change for Winter Tires in Germany
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany, Dec. 15 -- The U.S. Air Forces in Europe (86th Airlift Wing) issued the following news:

By Savannah L. Waters

Public Affairs

Germany's Federal Government has recently reviewed and clarified the specifications of winter tires in interest of traffic safety, which resulted in a change of regulation that began on June 1, 2017.

According to Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure's website, tires with the "Alpine" symbol will be the only valid tires for future use during winter months. The alpine symbol looks like a mountain encasing a snowflake.

Since ... Show Full Article

Norton Doctor Sentenced on Federal Drug Charge
ABINGDON, Virginia, Dec. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Rick A. Mountcastle, issued the following news release:

A Norton, Virginia physician who specialized in urology was sentenced this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon on a federal drug distribution charge, United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced.

Felix Eugene Shepard, Jr., 57, was sentenced today to six months in federal prison. Shepard Jr. previously pleaded guilty to one count of distributing oxycodone, ... Show Full Article

Fargo Man Found Guilty of Threatening a United States Senator
FARGO, North Dakota, Dec. 15 -- The Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota, Keith Reisenauer, issued the following news release:

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Reisenauer announced that on December 15, 2017, following a four-day trial, a federal jury convicted Kevin Lee Olson, age 56, Fargo, ND of Threatening Interstate Communications by knowingly transmitting an e-mail, for the purpose of issuing a threat to injure another person, and with knowledge that the communication would be viewed by another person as a threat.

On December 22, 2016, Olson sent an e-mail to United ... Show Full Article

Colorado NRCS Announces $3.9 Million in Funding for 2018 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
DENVER, Colorado, Dec. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Colorado office issued the following news release:

Colorado Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Clint Evans announced the availability of $3.9 million in funding for landowners to participate in the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Agricultural Land Easement (ACEP-ALE) in Colorado. Application packages are due on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. for funding consideration.

The purpose of the ACEP-ALE program is to protect the agricultural viability, ... Show Full Article

BLM Releases Final Environmental Assessment on Proposed King II Coal Mine Lease Modification Near Hesperus
DOLORES, Colorado, Dec. 15 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management's Colorado State Office issued the following news release:

Today, the Bureau of Land Management released the final Environmental Assessment and Decision Record for a lease modification for the King II coal mine near Hesperus, Colo. The decision could allow GCC Energy, LLC to expand its existing coal lease by 950 acres.

"This decision allows over 100 jobs to stay in our community, along with the economic benefits from federal mineral development," said Connie Clementson, BLM Tres Rios Field Manager.

The ... Show Full Article