The Jamestown hands out these bravos this week:

  • Bravo to John Hancock of Gilby, North Dakota, who was recently commissioned by the North Dakota Water Users Association as a Commodore in the North Dakota Mythical Navy, according to a recent Forum News Service story. The award was created by former North Dakota Gov. William Guy to honor leaders who have proven a commitment to protect, develop and manage North Dakota’s water resources, according to the North Dakota Water Users Association, Hancock served on the Agassiz Water Users District Board of Directors for 43 years and also on the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association’s executive board for many years.
  • Bravo to fewer deaths being reported on North Dakota roads in 2019. Traffic deaths were below 100 for the first time in 17 years, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation. There were 98 traffic fatalities in 2019, although that preliminary number could change if any injuries reported in a traffic incident result in death, the department said. The number of deaths reported in 2018 was 105 and 116 in 2017. Gov. Doug Burgum said his Vision Zero traffic safety strategy which began in 2018 is showing success, working to decrease traffic deaths through public education, according to a Forum News Service story.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board.

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