New construction driving property assessment increases in Dawson Creek, 2012 preview roll shows

first_imgThe preview assessment roll, which was received earlier this month by the City of Dawson Creek, shows that overall assessment values increased by 5.93 per cent compared to 5.78 per cent for 2011.The total residential assessment increased by $44.7 million, or 4.9 per cent compared to 2011. The average assessed value for a single family dwelling increased to $219,424 from $206,761 in 2011, or 6.12 per cent, and the number of folios (properties) increased by 33, or 0.76 per cent.The total commercial assessment increased by $27.9 million, or 9.09 per cent, over 2011. The average commercial assessment increased to $344,709 from $310,589 in 2011, or 10.99 per cent, though the number of folios decreased by six, or 0.62 per cent.- Advertisement -New construction (non-market changes) made up nearly 70 per cent of the residential assessment increase and about 84 per cent of the commercial assessment increase compared to about 55 per cent and 48 per cent, respectively, in 2011.Shelly Woolf, chief financial officer for the City of Dawson Creek, stated the data shows that assessment growth is strong and stable and that the investment climate is still positive in the city.The final details on assessment changes are only available after Dec. 31 when the 2012 completed roll is received. The City of Dawson Creek will use that completed roll to set 2012 tax rates.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Valley man pleads in Iran machine guns deal

first_imgHe intended to ship the guns and goggles to a faction in Iran’s government that is aligned with a former president who is a political foe of current leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. By arming an enemy of an administration with which the U.S. is politically at odds, Maghloubi was trying “to actually try and help a rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran,” said his attorney, Deputy Federal Public Defender Guy Iversen. “This had nothing to do with terrorism,” Iversen said. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment on the plea agreement. Maghloubi’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 26. A San Fernando Valley man pleaded guilty in a scheme to buy submachine guns and sell to them officials in Iran’s government opposed to the country’s current president, court records show. Under the plea agreement reached this week, Seyed Mostafa Maghloubi, an Iran-born U.S. citizen, acknowledged that he attempted to obtain night vision goggles and as many as 100,000 Uzis for shipment to Iran, in violation of U.S. laws. Maghloubi, 49 was the subject of a sting operation in February, when a person he had reportedly approached about buying the equipment brokered a meeting between him and a Los Angeles police detective that Maghloubi believed was an arms dealer, according to the plea deal. Maghloubi, who claimed to have high-level contacts with government officials in Iran, eventually took delivery of three Uzis and a pair of night vision goggles, the court papers show. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Painter Ave. progress

first_imgCouncilman Joe Vinatieri, whose law office is near Painter Avenue, said he thinks most people are happy to see the work get done. “It’s had all kinds of holes and bumps for quite a while now,” Vinatieri said. “It’s been very tough traveling down the street. I’m really excited to see that it will be done by Friday.” Vinatieri said the construction project is a big deal, judging by questions he fields. “I have people on a regular basis ask, `When are you going to fix Painter?”‘ he said. It hasn’t helped that during the past 21/2 years there have been water and sewer lines installed beneath the street, he said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yet traffic remains. During the lunch hour, southbound cars were backed from Wardman Street to nearly Philadelphia Street. Still to be done are permanent lane stripes, but that will come several weeks from now and shouldn’t block traffic as in the past, Pelser said. Shawnan Inc. of Downey was awarded a $1.3 million contract earlier this year to repave Painter, fix sidewalks and construct a median near Whittier Boulevard – extending up to Hadley Street. Pelser said the city has received only a few complaints. “People have been pretty good about it,” he said. WHITTIER – There’s good news for drivers on Painter Avenue. The construction that has tied up traffic most of the summer on the four-lane street north of Whittier Boulevard is expected to be done by the end of this week, said David Pelser, Whittier public works director. “After this week, it will look very nice,” Pelser said. “It will be smooth and look like a brand new street.” As of Tuesday, work had been completed from Whittier Boulevard to Mar Vista Street and was nearly finished up to Hadley Street where construction stops. last_img read more

Joe Hart Q&A: Messi over Ronaldo, his most gifted teammate and more!

first_imgThis column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad edition, and follow on twitter @sportmagukWhat’s your earliest sporting memory? “Apart from football ones, it’d probably be Linford Christie winning at the Olympics in 1992. I remember everyone being gripped by what was going on. Obviously that was the Olympic pinnacle – the 100m final – so for a British athlete to win it was a great moment.”Who is the most talented opponent you have ever faced?“I’ve played against the top two players in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. But from recent experiences, I’d say Messi is the most skilful player I’ve ever faced. Just for the fact that every time he gets the ball he affects the game – and, most of the time, he ends up winning the game for his team.”What about the most gifted teammate you have played alongside?“Sergio Aguero, our striker at City, is probably the most naturally gifted. Him or David Silva.”Do you have your hands full with those guys in training?“A little bit. But Sergio is not really renowned for his training, so I see it more when he’s in action for my team on a match day.”Who’s your favourite current athlete who isn’t a footballer?“At the moment, I’m really excited about the journey of [heavyweight boxer] Anthony Joshua. I’ve been watching a lot of him, so I’m enjoying seeing how that unfolds.”Do you have any talents away from the football pitch?“A couple, but probably none that we can talk about… I loved cricket when I was growing up, I was a big fan and I played lots. I just stopped as I had to put all of my focus into football.’”What’s the strangest request that you’ve had from a fan?“Genuinely, it’s usually shampoo-related. People asking me have I got any on me, can they have some – that’s usually the line of questioning. I’ve started just handing it out free to people who ask for it.”Have you ever been given a nickname by anyone? “No, it’s always been the standard football one of people adding a ‘y’ on to your surname. That’s about as interesting as my nicknames go. Imaginative lot, footballers!”If you could change one rule in football…“Hmm. That when you’re losing, that a game doesn’t end. The old ‘next goal wins’ rule would be handy in that situation.”What’s your favourite film?“There’s loads of films that I absolutely love, but I’d have to say Gladiator.”That’s a very popular answer here. What is it about Gladiator that you love so much?“Russell Crowe plays it really well, it’s got great action and the storyline just keeps you gripped all the way through. It’s the kind of film I can easily put on, no matter what mood I’m in.”If you were stuck in a lift with a teammate – for Manchester City or England – who would be best and who would be worst?“The best one would probably be James Milner, because he’d find a way to get us out. He’s useful like that. The worst would be Jesus Navas, purely because he doesn’t speak great English and I don’t speak great Spanish.”No.1 goalkeeper Joe Hart relies on the UK’s no.1 shampoo Head & Shoulders to feel prepared and confident Joe Hart 1last_img read more

Rafael Benitez reveals he almost missed Newcastle win due to TV trouble

first_img Rafael Benitez had trouble with his TV Rafael Benitez found himself caught in a storm as he tried to watch Newcastle’s Premier League victory over Swansea from his armchair.The 57-year-old Spaniard was forced to admit defeat in his bid to get to South Wales after being laid low by surgery despite owner Mike Ashley having a helicopter standing by.In the end, Benitez had to watch the game on television at his home in the north-west, although he revealed even that did not go smoothly as the weather interfered with the satellite signal.He said: “There were problems with me staying at home because, when the game started, there was a storm and I couldn’t see the TV. I had to watch it on another TV.“I was on the sofa and on the phone all the time shouting. I enjoyed it. I obviously wanted to be there, but I was quite confident because everyone was telling me everything was fine during the week.“Everything was going according to plan. I could see the first minute, and you can see the mistakes on the TV, but some of the things I was trying to tell them, they already knew. It shows their work in all these years has been good.”Skipper Jamaal Lascelles’ goal ultimately made his manager’s day after a difficult week which had seen Benitez attempt and abandon the trip back to Newcastle three times.He said: “I want to say thank you to everyone here, the players, staff and fans for their messages. It was a special situation and everyone was showing sympathy. I appreciate that.“We won, so everything was good, but last week was not easy. I was trying to come back during the week, but was feeling sick.“On the day of the game, I was not feeling well. I was thinking: ‘What can you do for the team. If you are sick, you can do nothing’.“I was in contact with my staff during the week and they were telling me everything was good. It was better for me to stay at home because of my problems.”In the event, coaches Francisco de Miguel Moreno, Mikel Antia and Antonio Perez held the fort, and did so to such good effect that Benitez joked he might not be needed for Stoke’s visit to St James’ Park.He said with a smile: “I said to them they wanted to push me out!” 1last_img read more

Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal: Arsene Wenger enjoys away day victory

first_imgArsenal marked Arsene Wenger’s record-equalling match as a Premier League manager by winning 3-2 at Crystal Palace.At a time when there are still doubts about Wenger’s abilities despite his remarkable longevity – in overseeing his 810th Premier League fixture the Frenchman equalled the record of Sir Alex Ferguson – his team displayed so many of the traits he inspires.They often outplayed their hosts, securing victory when a finish from Shkodran Mustafi and two goals from Alexis Sanchez ensured they remain sixth and continue their push for the top four, but were also frequently stretched.Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal: Gunners stars rated and slatedPalace had been undefeated in eight and, though they next host Manchester City, by often resisting their visitors and going level with Andros Townsend’s goal, again demonstrated they can survive.The hosts had been the first to threaten when Yohan Cabaye struck just wide of the left post from 25 yards, but it was then that Arsenal’s first period of dominance began. Granit Xhaka had already gone close when, in the 25th minute, as Palace struggled to clear their lines, Alexandre Lacazette’s shot forced Julian Speroni into a save that only reached the unmarked Mustafi, who tapped-in with ease.Sead Kolasinac and Sanchez then combined brilliantly to send Mesut Ozil one-on-one with the goalkeeper, who this time impressively saved the German’s composed finish.The hosts’ equalising goal began as so many of theirs do. Gifted space on the left wing four minutes into the second half, Wilfried Zaha used his footwork to cross towards Townsend, who under little pressure finished first-time into the bottom left corner beyond the diving Petr Cech.Wenger’s team required time to recover from that setback, and it was only after a lethargic clearance from Christian Benteke – also the Palace villain earlier this season – after the hour that they were gifted the chance they had needed.When he half-heartedly cleared a corner to Calum Chambers, the defender returned possession to the Palace box and watched as Lacazette and Sanchez combined to create space for the latter to strike into the bottom left corner.As is so often the case with Arsenal, only with a further goal would victory begin to look likely, but on this occasion it followed four minutes later.With a brilliant chipped-pass from inside his own half, Jack Wilshere – often peripheral this season – sent Sanchez into space in the Palace area and, after he impressively controlled, the Chilean routinely poked beyond Speroni.Discouragingly for Wenger, amid Palace’s pressure and obvious ambitions, they scored another late goal his team did little to resist.It was in the 89th minute when, after a corner, former Tottenham winger Townsend crossed to James Tomkins, who under too little pressure at the back post headed in. Further pressure was to follow, but Roy Hodgson’s team were unable to score once again. The visitors recorded their third away league win of the season 1last_img read more

Eastside car seats replaced

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Davidson said safety seats’ limited life span and susceptibility to damage is reason not to buy them in second-hand stores, which many parents do because of their cost. Davidson showed a seat that she removed from the car of a woman who had bought it at a second-hand store. The seat’s blue plastic sides bore small, light-blue discolorations. That is a sign the plastic has stretched, as it would do if under the stress of being pulled in a collision, she said. Davidson conducts free child-safety seat inspections on Fridays at the CHP office, 2041 W. Ave. I. Parents should call the office at (661) 948-8541 to make an appointment. LANCASTER – Child car-safety seats don’t last forever, CHP Officer Martha Davidson said. Their plastic components weaken as they age, and the seats also weaken from stress, such as being in a collision, Davidson said. “Car-seat life is six years. They wear out,” she said. For just that reason, Lancaster California Highway Patrol station officials on Wednesday replaced child-safety seats on an Eastside Union School District van that transports special-education students. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Orange County Couple Stabbed During Early Morning Home Invasion, Two Subjects Wanted for Questioning

first_imgMr. and Mrs. Meehan were transported to Indiana University Health of Paoli, and were subsequently taken to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky for treatment. Mr. Meehan is listed in stable condition, while Mrs. Meehan was released this morning after treatment.Investigators are currently looking for two suspects and a vehicle they are believed to be traveling in. The suspects are Tanner Stickney, a 20 year old white male, and Cody Lake, a 21 year old white male. Both are believed to be traveling in a silver 2002 Pontiac, with a printed sticker saying “Grand Prix” or “Grand Am” in the back window. The two were last seen at the Wal-Mart in Bloomington this morning. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Jasper Post of the Indiana State Police by calling 1-812-482-1441.The Indiana State Police is being assisted by the French Lick Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. A West Baden Springs couple is in critical condition this morning as a result of an early morning home invasion.Indiana State Police believe two Around 2:45 this morning, Orange County dispatch received a 911 call from Robert Meehan, 54, West Baden Springs, requesting medical assistance after being stabbed in his home at 942 Main Street. Upon arrival, French Lick Police observed Robert and Donna Meehan, 62, both suffering from stab wounds. Investigators believe that two males, wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks, entered the residence through a bathroom window on the north side of the home, and confronted the Meehan’s, demanding money and medications.After Mr. Meehan refused to comply with the suspect’s requests, he was stabbed in the abdomen and leg. Mrs. Meehan was then stabbed in the neck. Both suspects exited the residence and left the area in a vehicle.last_img read more

Crash Claims Life of Mother; Father and Infant Transported to Hospital

first_imgAn 18 year old front seat passenger was killed this afternoon in a rollover crash that sent the driver and her 11-month old girl to Louisville hospitals.The front seat passenger, Taylor N. Johnson, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clark County Coroner. The driver of the vehicle, Austin W. Porter, 19, Jeffersonville, was transported via air ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital and is listed in Critical condition.The rear seat passenger, Lori R. Porter, 11 months and child of Johnson and Porter, was transported via ambulance to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and is listed in stable condition.This afternoon at approximately 3:17, troopers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg were dispatched to a rollover crash on eastbound I-265 near the seven mile-marker.Trooper Zack Smith was the first to arrive on scene and found a 2002 Suzuki SUV off the south side of the roadway and resting on its side.The driver and front seat passenger of the vehicle had both been ejected from the vehicle. An 11 month old passenger in the vehicle was found still securely strapped into her child passenger seat in the rear of the vehicle.A preliminary investigation into the crash reveals that the SUV drove off the south side of the roadway for an unknown reason. After leaving the roadway the vehicle overturned as many as three times before coming to rest on its side approximately 100 feet from the roadway. The investigation is ongoing. Eastbound lanes of the roadway were temporarily closed. All lanes of I-265 were re-opened by 5:30..Troopers were assisted by officers from the Jeffersonville Police Department, the Jeffersonville Fire Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.last_img read more

Sligo Stages Rally will not be rescheduled for 2018

first_imgConnacht Motor Club have abandoned plans to try and reschedule the Sligo Stages Rally to a later date on the rally calendar, as the heatwave continues across the country.The event was due to take place this weekend, but was cancelled due to fears over the effect of the event on the roads in the extreme heat.A statement from Connacht Motor Club PRO Padraic Boylan read: “Unfortunately, the original concerns remain and this has led us to the decision to cancel the 2018 Sligo Stages Rally.“Our decision was influenced by the exceptional weather conditions and associated risks, we have continued to monitor and review the position closely this week to see if our genuine concerns could be mitigated. We have received tremendous support from everyone since our original decision – this includes Motorsport Ireland, Local Authorities, Gardai, Sponsors, Competitors, Media personnel, Residents on the rally route, Sligo Retail Park, Union Road Business Park Collooney, Murray Ambulance Service, fellow Motor Clubs and especially everyone committed to helping with the running of the event.“It is gratifying to know that the event is important in different ways to so many people, however, we have concluded that the risks remain such that our efforts could still be in vain by next weekend and rather than prolong a further period of uncertainty particularly during the peak tourism season, the sensible option is to abandon our efforts for the 2018 event.“The event has been a feature of the Irish Motorsport calendar since 1980 and there has been only 2 other occasions when factors beyond our control meant that the event didn’t happen – these include 1990 (Insurance crisis) and 2001 (Foot & Mouth) and the last thing we expected to pose a problem for 2018 was an overdue period of good weather conditions!“This has been a difficult decision for us, however we would rather look forward to 2019 with optimism, rather than look back on 2018 with regret should the circumstances have caused difficulty – we will now give the team a well-deserved break and regroup for the 2019 season in due course.“Sincere thanks to everyone involved for your support, understanding and patience in this matter and apologies to all for any inconvenience arising from the uncertainty relating to the event.”last_img read more