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VaNews for Augusta County

Virus threat pushes jail head, prosecutors to release inmates at Middle River Regional Jail

By BRAD ZINN, News Leader (Metered Paywall - 3 to 4 articles a month)

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.

VaNews March 19, 2020

Augusta County Clerk no longer processing passports

By GABE CAVALLARO, News Leader (Metered Paywall - 3 to 4 articles a month)

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.

VaNews September 13, 2017

Feds order rebid of airport passenger service

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

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.

VaNews July 31, 2017

Weyers Cave airport asks feds to dump carrier

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

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.

VaNews July 25, 2017

How county pipeline case in Va. Supreme Court could shape eminent domain law

By GABE CAVALLARO , News Leader (Metered Paywall - 3 to 4 articles a month)

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.

VaNews April 27, 2017

Report: Animal waste polluting Shenadoah River

By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews April 27, 2017

County landowner's pipeline appeal set for Va. Supreme Court this week

By GABE CAVALLARO, News Leader (Metered Paywall - 3 to 4 articles a month)

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.

VaNews April 19, 2017

With DEQ order, pipeline faces additional hurdles

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

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.

VaNews April 10, 2017

Augusta County watches potential federal cut to land payment program

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

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.

VaNews March 20, 2017

Staunton City Council reinforces pipeline opposition

News Virginian

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.

VaNews March 1, 2017