United Rebel Sprint Series heads to Dodge City for Saturday showdown

first_imgBy David Smith Jr., OKTidbits  DODGE CITY, Kan. – The POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing kicks back into racing action this coming Saturday night, June 1 as they make their se­cond appearance of the season at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan., in a showdown with the track’s Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car division.   Brian Herbert will come into the night’s racing action as the current point leader while two-time and defending tour champion Zach Blurton is just four-points behind.  Drivers making up positions three through 10 in the early season point standings include Kade Hagins, Tracey Hill, Aaron Ploussard, Dalton Webb, Martens, Andy Shouse, Steven Richardson and Brandon Anderson.   Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. with race action slated for a 7:30 p.m. start time.  Grandstand adult general admission is $15 while kids ages 11 and under will be admitted for free into the grandstands. All pit passes are $30.   Twenty-eight drivers competed in that first event back in April at Dodge City and officials expect about that many this weekend for the $700 to win feature finale. This event will be a tune-up for the upcoming third annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals that are set to take place June 13-15.  More information pertaining to the URSS can be obtained by accessing the tracks official web­site www.unitedrebelsprintseries.comand their Facebook page: United Rebel Sprint Series. Ques­tions and inquires about the series can be answered by calling series president Rick Salem at 785 475-7010.last_img read more

Lawsuit seeks end of Iowa’s voluntary nutrient management strategy

first_imgDES MOINES — Two groups that support a moratorium on construction of new livestock confinements are filing a lawsuit against the State of Iowa — accusing state officials of failing to protect the Raccoon River from contaminants like farm chemicals and manure.“Our children deserve the freedom to play carefree, as we did, in water that is clean,” said Kimberly Stevens of Nevada, a member of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, one of the groups that’s filed the lawsuit.Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement activist Brenda Brink of Huxley joined Stevens and others for a news conference on the statehouse steps to discuss the lawsuit. Brink said the Raccoon River needs attention because it’s the source of drinking water for half a million Iowans.“This issue becomes more urgent every year,” Brink said. “The legislature refuses to address it.”The lawsuit seeks limits on when and how much liquid manure and farm chemicals may be applied on farm fields.“We are clearly saying that voluntary compliance, the current policy in our state, does not work when the system is controlled by corporate ag,” Brink said. “…We are calling for meaningful and mandatory compliance.”Emma Schmidt of Rockwell City is with Food and Water Watch, the other group that’s party to the lawsuit and she called the lawsuit a “momentous step” to force action.“We’ve tried everything, yet our legislators and our governor are continuing to ignore the fact that industrial agriculture is polluting our water, destroying our rural communities and driving independent family farmers out of the business,” she said.The lawsuit accuses state officials of abdicating control of the state’s waterways to “private interests.” A Des Moines Water Works lawsuit challenging how three northwest Iowa counties managed ag drainage into the Raccoon River was dismissed by a federal judge in 2017. This lawsuit is filed in state court. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig said he cannot comment directly on the lawsuit because his agency hasn’t gotten a copy of it yet. Naig said he remains focused on making “measurable progress on soil conservation and water quality” through the voluntary efforts of Iowa farmers.last_img read more

Yurt Rentals Now Available At Olympic National Forest’s Coho Campground

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by Olympic National ForestOlympia, WA – Olympic National Forest is now offering an alternative overnight option to recreation enthusiasts who want to camp without pitching a tent!  Three yurts, located in the Coho Campground on Lake Wynoochee, are available for rent at the rate of $65.00 per night.  The structures were recently completed by Wilderness Adventures, a concession group that will manage the rentals through an agreement with Olympic National Forest.“We are excited to have the yurts in place and pleased to offer this opportunity to the public,” said Dean Yoshina, Hood Canal District Ranger.  “Each of the yurts meets accessibility standards, is fully furnished, and can easily accommodate groups of five or six people.”The structures, 16-feet in diameter, are permanent tents made of vinyl canvas stretched over a wooden lattice.  Each is built on an elevated platform with a deck that overlooks the lake and equipped with heat, electric lights, a futon couch, a bunk bed, a table and chairs.  Picnic tables and fire rings are located outside. Campers must supply their own bedding (beds are twin, full, and queen sizes) and cooking supplies.The yurts are located a short distance from water faucets, newly rebuilt flush toilets, and a pleasant day use area.  They will be available on a “first come, first served” basis until November 17 when the campground will close for the season.  Coho Campground is expected to open again next May but visitors can reserve the yurts ahead of time by visiting http://www.recreation.gov/ and following links to Coho Campground.Coho Campground is located 35 miles north of Montesano.  From Route 12, turn north onto the Wynoochee Valley Road and continue 35 miles north to Forest Service Road 22.  Turn left on Forest Service Road 22 and then right on Forest Service Road 2294.  Coho Campground is located one mile ahead on the right.  For additional information about the yurt rentals, please call the Hood Canal Ranger District at 360-765-2200.last_img read more