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The weather conditions between now and March will determine any possible flood conditions in the area, according to Allen Schlag, hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Bismarck. “There are six to 10 weeks left in the snow accumulation season,” he said. “If we start putting snow on like we did from November through Christmas, it will not be a fun spring.” The moisture content of the snow on the ground now is consistent with years like 2009 and 2010 when flooding occurred along the James River.
The Jamestown Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan includes $32.2 million in street construction projects planned for now through 2030, according to Travis Dillman, project engineer with In
Raj Khosla, professor of precision agriculture at Colorado State University, challenged farmers to think about how far the technology of agriculture has come in the past 40 years to gauge what farming will look like in 2057. He showed a picture of a Global Positioning System receiver from 1976 to farmers and ag professionals Monday at the Precision Agriculture Summit at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center.
One person was recently sentenced on felony charges in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Dakota Jay Koros, 25, 312 9th Ave. SE, pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, Class A felonies, and failure to appear after release - bail jumping, a Class C felony. Koros was accused of willfully delivering methamphetamine to another person on May 9 and May 31. Koros was also accused of failing to appear for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 14.
Officials with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department anticipate weather-related wildlife deaths this winter. "This will be one of those winters you'll remember," said Kevin Kading, private lands section leader for the department. "In a winter like this, there will be losses."
Jamestown broke a three-quarter-long trend of growth in taxable sales and purchases in the third quarter of 2016, although the decline was small compared to statewide numbers. The Office of the State Tax Commissioner released its third-quarter 2016 report Thursday, showing North Dakota saw a 19.9 percent decline in taxable sales and purchases when the third quarter of 2016 is compared to the third quarter of 2015. Jamestown's decline in sales and purchases was 2.2 percent, dropping from $69.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 to $68.3 million in the third quarter of 2016.
Crime and epidemics seemed to be the top news stories of The Jamestown Alert in January of 1901. One of the big stories told how a young man who had lived in Jamestown and had family here was in trouble in Minneapolis for writing bad checks. What’s worse, he wrote many of the bad checks on a Jamestown bank. The most interesting part of the tale is in a minor headline.
Agreements needed to build a road connecting the Menards area to Jamestown Regional Medical Center have been at least verbally made, according to Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen. Andersen told the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors Monday that agreements with all property owners along the route had been reached.
Residents in Jamestown pay some of the lowest utility fees in the area, although it is difficult to compare fees from city to city, according to information gathered from Jamestown and three other North Dakota cities. For example, Fargo and Bismarck charge a utility fee for street lights and Fargo has a utility fee for its forestry service. The city of Jamestown covers expenses for those departments from its general fund property tax collections.
Early winter signs indicate a chance for flooding this spring along the James River, according to Daryl Ritchison, extension meteorologist for North Dakota State University. "We're on pace to set a snow record or match the bad winters of 1996 and 1997 and 2009 through 2011," he said. "Right now we're equal to or within an inch of where we were in 2009." Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager, said Jamestown received about 100 inches of snow in the 1996 to 1997 winter.