VaNews for Augusta County
Middle River Regional Jail in Verona has started releasing some non-violent offenders in an effort to reduce the jail population as the threat of the coronavirus continues to grow.
"Right now we're so crowded that we don't have any capacity to move people around to segregate some offenders," said Middle River Regional Jail Superintendent Jeff Newton.
The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk's Office ceased processing passport applications Sept. 1, citing an inability to keep up with the workload in addition to its other duties.
The Code of Virginia assigns the office over 800 responsibilities and passport services are not among them — that's a federal service, said Carol Brydge, the circuit court clerk.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Friday ordered a rebidding of passenger air service at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport due to the poor performance of its current's airline, ViaAir.
The order from DOT acknowledges “numerous reports about poor service in terms of cancellations, on-time performance.” The order calls for proposals for new carriers to be received by DOT no later than Sept. 18.
Persistent cancellations and late flights by its commercial carrier has led Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport to ask the U.S. Department of Transportation to rebid flight service for the Weyers Cave airport.
The Augusta County pipeline case between landowner Hazel Palmer and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, made its way to the Supreme Court of Virginia last Wednesday, where the court heard oral arguments.
What happens from here with the court's ruling could be very important in resolving important issues surrounding Virginia's eminent domain law, said professor Molly Brady, a property law expert at the University of Virginia School of Law.
More than 410,000 tons of poultry waste and one billion gallons of liquid manure are generated every year from chicken, turkey and dairy and beef cow operations in the Shenandoah Valley counties of Augusta, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah.
Can Augusta County landowner Hazel Palmer deny Dominion Energy surveyors access to her property?
That is the question the Supreme Court of Virginia will consider Wednesday, along with another similar civil case from Buckingham County, involving the issue of private property rights in relation to the construction of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through Virginia just became a bit more cumbersome.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality this week notified the companies involved in both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline that each project must meet 401 water quality certifications for each stream crossing and wetland in Virginia.
The 401 water quality certification is part of the federal Clean Water Act.
President Donald Trump's proposed budget includes a 12 percent cut in the U.S. Department of Interior funding that could impact Augusta County.
Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine said in a release Thursday that among the potential Interior cuts are the department's payment in lieu of taxes program, which pays Virginia counties across the Shenandoah Valley and Southwest Virginia for federally owned land.
Mayor Carolyn Dull, representing Staunton City Council, has written the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to reiterate the city's opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Dull said in her letters the city is concerned about potential damage from the natural gas pipeline to Gardner Spring, a critical water source to Staunton and Augusta County.