K7BUC http://k7buc.org/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:51:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://k7buc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png K7BUC http://k7buc.org/ 32 32 Lorraine Sylvia (Strang) Olson – InForum http://k7buc.org/lorraine-sylvia-strang-olson-inforum/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:32:00 +0000 http://k7buc.org/lorraine-sylvia-strang-olson-inforum/

Lorraine was born January 25, 1933 in Dawson, ND to Stewart and Lillian (Hanson) Strang. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Steele. She started grade 1 at age 5 in Dawson City and graduated from Dawson High School in 1950. She attended Concordia College for one year and transferred to Valley City State College and graduated the 2-year Standard Teaching Certificate in 1952. Taught elementary school in Fingal, ND from 1952 to 1955, then married Wayne Olson at Trinity Lutheran Church, Steele, ND on June 16, 1955. They lived in a farm east of Fingal where Wayne farmed. They had 5 children: Carole, Darrel, DeAnn, Donovan and Barbara. Lorraine was a stay-at-home mom and helped on the farm with chores, driving a grain truck during harvest, feeding cattle, throwing pigs, stacking hay, and helping out as needed until let the boys be old enough to help.

Around this time, she began taking correspondence courses and attending summer school at VCSU to prepare to return to teaching, which she did in 1968 when Barbara was ready for kindergarten. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1973 and her Elementary Principal’s degrees in 1978, so she served as an instructional principal until her retirement in 1992. They moved to Valley City in June 1992.

At Fingal she was active in Sunday School, Bible School, Choir, WELCA, playing the organ at Messiah, Zion and St. Petri Churches and also served on the board of the ‘church. Due to her love of music, she taught her 3 daughters and most of her 8 grandchildren to play the piano.

In Valley City, she served as substitute organist at Trinity and the Care Center Chapel, served on various WELCA committees, volunteered at the museum, belonged to the Retired Teachers’ Association, and was a pianist there. One of her favorite times was when she helped plan bingo night each January at the Care Center.

Lorraine and Wayne moved to Good Samaritan Assisted Living on August 27, 2014. She was the piano accompanist at daily devotions and she shared her musical talents at many events. She took part in all the activities and especially enjoyed playing Rummikub with her friends.

Wayne moved to a retirement home in LaMoure, ND in 2015 and later to the Elim retirement home in Fargo, ND. Lorraine was unable to join him before his death. Following a fire in Elim in January 2020, Lorraine traveled to the Luther Memorial in Mayville, ND, where she never missed an event and continued to sing and play the piano. On November 18, 2022, she passed away peacefully.

Survivors: Children: Carole Gates, Bradenton, Fla.; Darrel (Julie) Olson, Fargo, ND; DeAnn (Mike) Holm, Peoria, Ariz.; Donovan (Brenda) Olson, Fingal, ND; Barbara (KC) McConn, Fargo, ND; 8 grandchildren: Nicholas (Lindsay) Olson, Audubon, MN; Jordan Olson, Gilbert, Ariz.; Megan Sabby, Seaside, Calif.; Riley Sabby, Palm Springs, CA; Madison McConn, Cave Creek, Ariz.; Co McConn, Fargo, ND; Taylor Olson, West Fargo, ND; Mataya Olson, Valley Village, CA; 2 step-grandchildren: Damon Holm, Oakland, CA, and Brady (Leslie) Holm, Pleasant Hill, CA; 3 step-great-grandchildren: Bennet and Kellan Holm, Pleasant Hill, CA, and Hailey Gilbertson, Audubon, MN; 1 brother: Donald (Alinet) Strang, Mesa, AZ; 2 sisters-in-law: Audrey Strang, Steele, ND and Janice Strang, Hutchinson, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Wayne, her parents Stewart and Lillian Strang, her sister Dorothy and brother-in-law Albert Motl, her brothers Horace and Norman Strang.

Funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Valley City, ND at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022, preceded by a visitation at 9:30 a.m.

Apple Cup 2022: Community Thoughts and Looking Ahead http://k7buc.org/apple-cup-2022-community-thoughts-and-looking-ahead/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:34:11 +0000 http://k7buc.org/apple-cup-2022-community-thoughts-and-looking-ahead/

Football, more than any other sport I have come across, requires community. I think it’s one of those “all is all” sort of things. This is the size of the list. This is the importance of fourth string players in practice.

It’s the fans who are screaming.

It’s the money.

This is the temperature and texture of the air on game day.

This is the distance to the nearest metropolitan center.

That’s the view from the stadium’s cheap seats, and that’s the number of not-so-cheap seats available to buy.

It is the will of family, friends and strangers to do whatever they can to help a player, a coach, a coach, a coach’s wife, a chef, a GA, a team doctor, a assistant sports director and/or one of the hundreds of people on a football team. needs to work.

That’s all it took to put old crimson on College Gameday every weekend for most of my life.

Football has to be special for a community to function, that’s my view. It is therefore natural that the nature and values ​​of this community are often reflected by the team itself. Perhaps not in any given game, nor in the style of play, nor in win-loss records in general. But not in those things either.

This is why rivalry games are so special. Because… well… you are two communities so close to each other that you are sometimes considered the same. There’s a reason Eli mocks Peyton Manning so easily during Monday Night Football.

This upcoming Apple Cup, we see two community avatars coming up. Two new coaches who know what it means to win in football. Two programs that showed flashes of genius, but enough errors or flaws that they were clearly not among the best in college football. Two teams led by players who transferred over the past season and played their butts.

They are, honestly, two pretty fun teams to watch*. A few things below that I get excited, or reluctant, to say I look forward to.

* I can’t believe I just said that about yacht enthusiasts

1) Two line shooters. Last week against Arizona, the Cougs fired a guard and a tackle or a guard and a TE over and over and over. What made it great was that the destination of the ball and who was carrying it changed all the time. Watson, Ward, Jenkins, Watson. It was basically the same room, but also…it wasn’t at all. It’s a good offense, and it’s fun for the lineman not to have to block anyone because the defense just went the wrong way. Case in point: Cam Ward TD’s first half last week.

2) Darts. Cam Ward has been throwing lasers recently, and he’s doing it with such suddenness. When he’s on it, it’s almost like Ward’s inside pace is half a count faster than most quarterbacks. This quick decision-making and her mechanics sometimes combine to give her 15-meter lasers an abrupt feel. It makes me laugh. Then I realize he put it on his receipt number and it’s a first try. I chuckle again.

Unfortunately, this is where I have to admit that UW quarterback Michael Pennix Jr. doesn’t really throw darts. His throws aren’t as sharp as they seem…. teleportation ? No no, because you can see them all the way. They feel like a free kick in football. He makes throws that slow down the other 21 players on the court, and it looks like they’re watching and holding their breath as much as you are.

Fortunately, these throws sometimes end up in the hands of the other team or on the ground. Which brings me to…

3) The Cougar Defense. Sometimes when an offense buzzes, it makes one or two guys feel like supermen. Defenses are not like that. When a tusk rolls, it should look like a large net. All encompassing. As dense as the sun. The thermal death of the universe. Inevitable.

This is how a great defense should feel. Sometimes during the inevitability you see Sam Lockett III get multiple interceptions, or Daiyan Henley leap off a tall building, or Francisco Mauigoa time a swing pass and run 97 yards home. But most of the time, you should just see opposing quarterbacks running from wall to wall, waving their hands in panic as the walls get closer, possibly raging as the inevitability of defeat sets in. to their conscience.


Then either the QB or the ball ends up on the ground, and we line up to do it all over again.

It’s funny! The kind of fun the WSU has had multiple times this season. My biggest hope, and Coach Dickert’s I guess, is to see that kind of defense take the field at Martin Stadium once again this year.

Few Close Shaves in Razor’s Edge Races: Ballots and Limits http://k7buc.org/few-close-shaves-in-razors-edge-races-ballots-and-limits/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 17:03:01 +0000 http://k7buc.org/few-close-shaves-in-razors-edge-races-ballots-and-limits/

Bow down, Independent Colorado Congressional Redistricting Commission.

After the state won a seat in the House, the commission created a textbook-perfect seesaw seat—the winning margin in the new 8th congressional district was less than one percentage point.

This contest north of Denver was the one we highlighted as a “razor’s edge” race after the redistricting. The 16 contests also resulted in other nail biters, as well as unexpected breakouts.

SPOUSES: Democrats won Michigan’s 3rd District in Grand Rapids and Ohio’s 9th District in and around Toledo by double digits. Look for Republicans arguing with each other over whether they could have capitalized on Ohio’s redistricting advantage had the GOP nominated a different candidate.

GIFT FROM THE GOVERNOR: Flip-the-House math worked for Republicans in part because of Florida, where a dominant re-election by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and a map he pushed helped the GOP win four seats.

In other Republican states, including Texas, cards have fortified Republican incumbents who have had close races in 2020 but not this year.

“But for redistricting, I’m not sure Republicans could have taken over the House,” Adam Kincaid, president and executive director of the National Republican Redistricting Trust, said in an interview. Republicans won eight seats in GOP-led states and the results in the rest of the country “were a washout,” he added.

STRATEGIC CHOICES: Where Democrats controlled redistricting, they took more calculated risks and most of their bets paid off. They won 14 of Illinois’ 17 districts and 3 of Nevada’s 4, often with narrow wins that effectively translated votes into seats. Democrats also beat expectations in Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

“It’s not just the Democratic states, it’s this complete picture of the states where we have prevented the Republicans from having control of the process that has kept the House alive and created competitive seats from which we could then compete. , and then we did it,” Kelly Burton, the chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, said in an interview.

OVER PLAYED AND PAID THE PRICE: Perhaps the biggest surprise in the House election was New York, a heavily Democratic state where that party won four fewer seats than in 2020.

Democrats initially acted as if New York could compensate Florida, one gerrymander by nullifying another. It didn’t work that way.

An aggressively pro-Democratic map was struck down and the court-ordered replacement map included six competitive districts President Joe Biden won in 2020 that Democrats lost Nov. 8.

“Cycle tearing for Democrats,” Burton said. —Greg Giroux

Results of `Razor’s Edge Races’

2nd from Arizona: The district was redrawn by a commission to favor Donald Trump by 8 percentage points. Former Navy SEAL Eli Crane (R) knocks down Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D) by 8 points.

22nd in California: Rep. David Valadao (R), the only Republican who qualified for a competitive election Nov. 8 after voting to impeach Trump, defeated state Deputy Rudy Salas (D) by 3 tips even after his Central Valley district was made slightly more Democratic by the California redistricting commission.

California’s 27: In North Los Angeles County, Rep. Mike Garcia (R) defeated former state deputy Christy Smith (D) for the third time in 30 months – this time by 7 tips after redrawing the district’s Republican-leaning excised Simi Valley precincts, Garcia won twice in 2020.

8th in Colorado: State Representative Yadira Caraveo (D) edged out State Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer (R) by seven tenths of a point in a newly drawn district that is about 40% Hispanic and where no incumbent has sought re-election.

17th from Illinois: Former TV weatherman Eric Sorensen (D) beat Esther Joy King (R) by just over 3 points after the Democratic Legislature map added more Democrats in the northwest 17th District, where Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) beat King by 4 points in 2020 before deciding to retire.

Kansas 3rd: Rep. Sharice Davids (R) defeated Amanda Adkins (R) by 12 tips in a rematch even after the Republican Legislature targeted Davids by moving the heavily Democratic northern half of Kansas City out of the 3rd District.

3rd in Michigan: Lawyer Hillary Scholten (R) crushed John Gibbs (R), a former Trump administration official, in 13 dots in the Grand Rapids area after Gibbs knocked down pro-impeachment Rep. Peter Meijer in the Republican primary. The redistricting commission map made the 3rd more Democratic than the district where Scholten lost to Meijer in 2020.

7th in New Jersey: Rep. Tom Malinowski (D) was ousted by 3 points by former state senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) after a redistricting commission map weakened Malinowski while bolstering Democratic incumbents elsewhere in the state. In 2020, Malinowski edged Kean by one point in a more Democrat-friendly district.

2nd in New Mexico: Rep. Yvette Herrell (R) fell to Gabe Vasquez (D), a former Las Cruces councilman, by less than 1 point after the Democratic-controlled redistricting, Albuquerque’s heavily Hispanic west side was added to the 2nd District.

New York’s 17th: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, lost by less than 1 point to State Assemblyman Mike Lawler (R) in a Hudson Valley district that backed Biden by 10 percentage points but was about 75% new to Maloney. He was the first DCCC leader to be re-elected since 1980.

1st from Ohio: Rep. Steve Chabot (R), Ohio’s longest serving Republican in Congress and a member of the House since 1995, all but two years, lost by 5 points to Cincinnati Councilor Greg Landsman (D) after redicing Consolidated Democratic-leaning Cincinnati to 1st.

9th in Ohio: Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D), the oldest woman in the House’s history, won by 13 dots on JR Majewski (R), a political newcomer whose ties to the QAnon conspiratorial movement and misrepresentations of his military record have dogged him in a significantly revised district to favor Trump by 3 points.

5th in Oregon: Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R), the former mayor of Happy Valley, defeated progressive lawyer Jamie McLeod-Skinner (R) by 2 points in one district, Biden would have won by 9 points. McLeod-Skinner defeated Rep. Kurt Schrader (D) in the primary after the Democratic legislature map added the Bend area, where McLeod-Skinner outplayed the more centrist Schrader.

7th from Pennsylvania: Rep. Susan Wild (D) edged out businessman Lisa Scheller (R) by 2 points in a rematch of a 2020 election which Wild won by 4 points. A court-approved map didn’t help Wild by adding pro-Trump Carbon County and removing Democrat-friendly neighborhoods in Monroe County, but Wild ran stronger in populated Lehigh and Northampton counties than she only did in 2020.

Virginia is 2nd: Rep. Jan. 6 select committee member Elaine Luria (D) lost by more than 3 tips to declare Senator Jen Kiggans (R) in a Southeast district that a commission’s map made more Republican in part by removing the share of heavily Democratic Norfolk 2nd.

7th of Virginia: Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D) won a third term narrowly 5 points on Yesli Vega (R), a supervisor from Prince William County, in a district between Richmond and Washington. About 75% of the neighborhood was new to Spanberger, which won even tighter races in 2018 and 2020 in a neighborhood entrenched in suburban Richmond.

Caught our attention

  • Arizona’s second county delays election certification (PA)
  • Court clears vote on Saturday in US Senate runoff in Georgia (PA)
  • Most congressmen looking for another job have been unsuccessful (NBC)
  • Status of Redistricting Lawsuits (Washington Post)


To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Giroux in washington at ggiroux@bgov.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Katherine Rizo at krizzo@bgov.com

City of Queen Creek offices closed on Thanksgiving Day http://k7buc.org/city-of-queen-creek-offices-closed-on-thanksgiving-day/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:33:00 +0000 http://k7buc.org/city-of-queen-creek-offices-closed-on-thanksgiving-day/

The Town of Queen Creek offices and recreation annex will close on Thursday, November 24 in honor of Thanksgiving Day. The Leisure Annex will also be closed on Friday, November 25.

According to a press release, the closure will not affect public safety or emergency services. If you have a water, sewer or street emergency during the shutdown, call 480-358-3131.

Trash and recycling services for Zone 4 residents will be delayed until Friday. Residents will need to get their carts out by 6 a.m. on Friday, November 25 for the service. Bulk bin services can be scheduled online at QueenCreekAZ.gov/BulkTrash.

As a reminder, scheduled bulk pickup must be curbside by 6 a.m. on the day of service. Bulk pickup is done between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., pickup times may vary. If scheduled bulk items have not been picked up by 6 p.m., please leave them at the curb and wait 24 hours before filling out a online missed pickup request.

The city’s normal business hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, closed Friday through Sunday. To access municipal services online, visit QueenCreekAZ.gov.

Normal hours of operation for the Recreation Annex are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. The Recreation Annex is located at 21802 S. Ellsworth Road.

This Thanksgiving, take advantage of the city’s free cooking oil recycling program. Waste oil is collected and turned into clean biodiesel fuel. Collection containers are available year-round at the Queen Creek Recycling Center located at 22638 S. Ellsworth Road and at Fire Station 2 located at 24787 S. Sossaman Road. Visit QueenCreekAZ.gov/CookingOil to learn more about the program.

Finally, as you prepare to travel for the holiday week, be sure to check the traffic alerts page to view an interactive map showing Queen Creek road closures, construction or accidents.

Cold weather tests Philly Marathon runners, while runner is surprised by his marriage proposal http://k7buc.org/cold-weather-tests-philly-marathon-runners-while-runner-is-surprised-by-his-marriage-proposal/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 23:20:46 +0000 http://k7buc.org/cold-weather-tests-philly-marathon-runners-while-runner-is-surprised-by-his-marriage-proposal/

The cold didn’t stop thousands of runners from hitting the sidewalk for the Philadelphia Marathon.

“It’s a tough race. I was trying to beat 2:30. Today was a very windy day on that back half and it just stopped him,” said Gerardo Moceri, who arrived at 38th place.

Emotional and exhausted, the runners crossed the finish line and a day built with its own challenges – distance, of course – had an increased level of challenge, with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees and strong gusts of wind .

Moceri, from Sedona, Arizona, was only running his third marathon and said if it hadn’t been for the wind he would have broken 2:30. He had to settle for a 2:31:49 finish and 38th place overall. “I was on the pace and there were real miles of wind which made it very difficult, but I was close.”


The event drew thousands of people to the city to test their physical and mental strength. All of the runners received a medal after crossing the finish line, but runner Phoebe Clowser received a bit more bling, in the form of a surprise engagement ring.

“Do you have an idea?” FOX 29’s Marcus Espinoza asked.

“Nope!” Phoebe replied

Espinoza then asked, “How does it feel to be engaged?”

“I’m in shock!” exclaimed Phoebe, newly engaged.

The race serves as a national qualifier for the Boston Marathon and it was clear that many wanted to not just finish the race, but also do their best.

“When I have a weekend off for this race, I really want to give it my all. Because it’s hard to find time to run races. You’re talking about two to three marathons a year,” Moceri said. .

So when a finish line is crossed, another journey begins and, for some, a whole new life awaits.

“It’s the best surprise ever and I love it so much, so it’s awesome!” Phoebe added.

]]> Berkshire town is one of the top 15 nationally for best fall foliage http://k7buc.org/berkshire-town-is-one-of-the-top-15-nationally-for-best-fall-foliage/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 19:28:50 +0000 http://k7buc.org/berkshire-town-is-one-of-the-top-15-nationally-for-best-fall-foliage/

As all of us Berkshire County residents are well aware, our beautiful region is a regular playground for leaf peepers during that wonderful time of year when fall begins and the foliage begins to turn.

However, one town in Berkshire County, in particular, was singled out as one of the best small towns in the country for fall foliage. I also don’t think I gave you a clue by using the word “small”. There are many small towns scattered throughout the Berkshires.

So if you had to guess, which city would it be? Before we give you the answer, let’s take a look at who actually bestowed this honor of one of the best small towns for fall foliage on one of ours here in the Berkshires.

Trips to discoverthe #1 travel discovery website and platform, recently compiled a list of small towns across the country that they say are not only great for viewing fall foliage, but also offer plenty of other reasons to visit.

And the small Massachusetts town is said to be one of the best in the country for fall foliage? That town would be Stockbridge.

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Along with the Red Lion Inn, Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Naumkeeg Mansion, and Stockbridge Bowl, Stockbridge offers great shopping and, most importantly, gorgeous fall foliage.

Trips To Discover ranked Stockbridge 12th in its list of the 15 Best Small Towns in the United States for Fall Foliage. And we Berkshire folks certainly appreciate it. Other small New England towns that also made the cut include Stowe, Vermont (#3), Camden, Maine (#4), Sugar Hill, New Hampshire (#6) and Kent, Connecticut (#15 ).

Take a look at the rankings yourself by visiting the Trips To Discover site here.

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Maxine I. Sammons – Alexandria Echo Press http://k7buc.org/maxine-i-sammons-alexandria-echo-press/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 20:17:00 +0000 http://k7buc.org/maxine-i-sammons-alexandria-echo-press/

Maxine Irene Sammons, 69, of Brandon, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 13, 2022, at Knute Nelson Care Center in Alexandria.

A Christian Burial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Brandon with Fr. Peter VanderWeyst officiating. All military honors will be bestowed by the Minnesota Honor Guard and the Argonne Forest American Legion Post #278. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, December 1, at the Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria and will also continue one hour before the church service.

Maxine Irene was born on July 10, 1953 to Ralph and Patricia (Hophner) Roers in Alexandria, MN. She was baptized at Seven Dolores Catholic Church in Millerville. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1971 and after graduating from Alexandria Technical College, she enlisted in the United States Air Force. She was stationed at various Air Force bases, most located along the Mississippi River. It was during her time in the service that she met her husband. Maxine married Roger Sammons on January 25, 1975 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. After being honorably discharged in 1976, the couple moved to Georgia for a short time before returning to the Alexandria area to raise their family. She graduated from college and earned an associate’s degree in radiologic technology from Midwest State in 1978. She worked for Heartland Orthopedic for over thirty years as a radiologic technologist and retired in 2018. Maxine loved spending time outdoors. You often saw her fishing, planting her garden and tending to the flowers. She especially enjoyed spending time with friends and as much time as she could with her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church where she taught catechism, Auxiliary Post No. 278 of the American Legion of the Argonne Forest, and the Brandon Lion’s Club. Maxine was exceptionally kind, generous and loving and will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving her.

She is predeceased by her father, Ralph Roers; brother, William Roers; in-laws, Roger and Theresa Sammons; sisters-in-law, Elaine Kozlowski, Mary Ann Mitchell and Irene Roers; brothers-in-law, Jerry, Ricky, Tommy and Tim Sammons; and his nephews, Eric Roers and Keegan Duffy.

Maxine is survived by her husband of 47 years, Roger Sammons of Brandon; son, Nicholas (Laura) Sammons of Pearland, Texas; daughter, Amanda (Al) Hegg of Alexandria, seven grandchildren, Dylan, Austen, Carsten, Abbey, Landon, Evan and Allison; mother, Patricia Roers of Alexandria; three brothers, Daryl (Pam) Roers of Garfield, Michael (Diane) Roers of Miltona and Rick (Em) Roers of Moorhead; eight sisters, Elaine (Bob) Hagen of Arizona, Karen (Andre) Casabonne of Sun City, Arizona, Mary (Rod) Froemming of Garfield, Linda (Patrick Doolin) Roers of Billings, Montana, Jean (Dave) Duffy of Nashville, Tennessee, Julie (Lindy) Jones of Sartell, Donna (Todd) Tuma of Millerville, and Kim (Eric) Iverson of Oak Grove; brother-in-law, Russ Mitchell of New Castle Delaware; four sisters-in-law, Mary Roers of Litchfield, Kathy (Tom) Garcia of Middletown, Delaware, Pati (Jim) Pribbish of New Castle, Delaware, Kathy Sammons of Claymont, Delaware; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials are preferred over St. Ann’s Catholic Church for building improvements.

Arrangements provided by Lind Family Funeral & Cremation Services, www.lindfamilyfh.com

Veteran local government administrator to mentor ASU students as a Harrell-Hutchinson Visiting Urban Management Professional http://k7buc.org/veteran-local-government-administrator-to-mentor-asu-students-as-a-harrell-hutchinson-visiting-urban-management-professional/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:00:00 +0000 http://k7buc.org/veteran-local-government-administrator-to-mentor-asu-students-as-a-harrell-hutchinson-visiting-urban-management-professional/ November 17, 2022

Arizona State University students planning a career in city, town or county management can spend a year learning how it’s done from a veteran local government executive starting in January.

Robert J. O’Neill Jr., former executive director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), will share his many years of experience in these roles with public affairs students in 2023 as the first Harrell-Hutchinson Visiting Urban Management Professional.

Robert J. O’Neill Jr., former executive director of the International City/County Management Association, will share his many years of experience in these roles with ASU public affairs students in 2023 as the first Harrell- Hutchinson Visiting Urban Management Professional. Photo courtesy of Robert J. O’Neill Jr.
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O’Neill’s post is named after two former Arizona city managers, Lloyd Harrell of Chandler and Mike Hutchinson of Mesa. O’Neill begins his time mentoring ASU students Jan. 1 in a position that will involve in-person visits, Zoom conferences, speeches, discussions and consultations, said Shannon Portilloprofessor and director of School of Public Affairs. The school is based in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Portillo said she was especially happy to have O’Neill mentoring ASU students because she’s known him since she was at the University of Kansas, when they co-wrote one of her first publications.

“In addition to his long list of professional accomplishments, Bob has a long history of mentoring new professionals in local government,” said Portillo, herself a former Kansas County Commissioner who began her role at ASU in october. “We are thrilled to have our students and our community connecting with him over the next year.”

O’Neill served as Executive Director of ICMA from 2002 to 2016. Most recently, he served as Executive-in-Residence and Fellow at the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He was also president of the National Academy of Public Administration and held city and county executive positions in Virginia in the 1980s and 1990s before accepting a temporary four-month assignment as an advisor to the executive. of the Federal Office for Management and Budget in 2001.

“Local government is where politics meets the people”

O’Neill mentioned three things he plans to do when working with ASU students in the coming year.

First, he wants to encourage students to strengthen their commitment to public service, because this commitment will be important in the management of local government in the near future more than at any time in the history of the nation. .

“The reality is that local government is where politics meets people. So that’s what makes it so important. You can have big, wide philosophical conversations about national politics, but ultimately it’s what happens in your own local community that affects you the most.

At the federal and state levels, “it’s the policy or legislation that’s the product,” O’Neill said, but in local government, it’s how the policy affects every person, family, neighborhood and community. .

Second, O’Neill said he wants to encourage students “to be the kind of agents of change in their communities to make them better places for everyone to live.” And finally, he said, “I want to help them make their career choices in the future. Sometimes it’s hard to navigate these choices.

O’Neill’s year as a visiting professional is bolstered by a gift from Harrell, who served six years as city manager of Chandler after serving in similar roles in communities in Texas and Missouri, his wife, Nancy, and Hutchinson, who served five years as Mesa City Manager. , concluding a 28-year career with City. Harrell was an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs for over a decade; Hutchinson is executive vice president of East Valley Partnership.

Model, mentor, “an excellent year of learning”

Harrell said he was excited and proud that O’Neill had agreed to be the first guest pro.

“He had an extraordinary career in public management, culminating in his leadership of the nation’s first professional city-county management organization,” Harrell said. “He will no doubt be a distinguished role model and mentor to ASU students.”

Hutchinson agreed, saying O’Neill’s presence would mean a great learning year for the students.

“We are indeed fortunate to have someone of Bob O’Neill’s stature as our first guest professional,” Hutchinson said. “Bob has had a distinguished career as a practitioner and teacher and will bring a wealth of practical experience and guidance to his lectures.”

O’Neill’s Masters in Public Administration is from Syracuse University in New York. His Bachelor of Arts in Political Science was obtained at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Old Dominion also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws. Finally, he is a graduate of the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business.

O’Neill said he intended to share with students two thoughts he wanted to share with him early in his career:

  • Never think you can’t tell the difference. When O’Neill was starting out in local government, you were expected to “keep your head down, your mouth shut and learn something.” Today, students entering the field are much better prepared to get more involved, he said.
  • Don’t think of your career in a linear fashion; a straight line from department head to deputy city manager to city manager, for example. “There are many ways to serve the public, and you need to think more broadly about where those contributions can be. Housing, social services, financial management – there are different directions that can lead someone to the highest position,” he said.
6 Takeaways From Former Vice President Mike Pence’s CNN Town Hall http://k7buc.org/6-takeaways-from-former-vice-president-mike-pences-cnn-town-hall/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 04:09:00 +0000 http://k7buc.org/6-takeaways-from-former-vice-president-mike-pences-cnn-town-hall/


Former Vice President Mike Pence in a CNN town hall Wednesday declined to pledge support Former President Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign and left the door open to seeking the Republican nomination himself.

Speaking a day after the publication of his memoir, ‘So help me God,’ Pence was mostly shy when discussing his own plans while touting the Trump administration’s political agenda.

But Pence was more blunt when asked about the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol. The former vice president called it “the most difficult day of my public life.”

Pence also revealed more about his personal feelings about the day and his views on the state of American politics in the aftermath of a presidency he says did not end well.

Here are the takeaways from the town hall:

Asked about Trump’s new presidential campaign, which he announced on Tuesday, Pence said he thinks there will be “better picks” on the ballot two years from now.

Pence left open the possibility that one of those preferable options he thinks is him.

“I’ll let you know,” Pence told CNN’s Jake Tapper, who hosted the event.

Moments earlier, as he grappled with Trump’s question, Pence said, “I think it’s time for new leadership in this country that will bring us together around our highest ideals.”

Pressed by Tapper about his future, Pence replied, “There may be someone else in this contest that I would prefer more.”

Watch Pence’s response when asked if he would support Trump in 2024

It was, Pence said, the “toughest day of my public life.”

“I thought it was important, as Vice President, that I offer my opinions and advice to the President in complete confidentiality. And we did it,” Pence said of his role that day, when Trump and other allies of the then-president tried to convince him to launch an unconstitutional attempt to block or quash election results.

Pence said his decision to ignore Trump’s pleas was rooted in something deeper than their relationship.

“I had a higher loyalty, and that was to God and the Constitution. And that’s what started the showdown that was going to happen on January 6 because I was sworn to the Constitution of the United States,” Pence said.

Breaking up with the man who picked him as his running mate before the 2016 election and raised him to an Oval Office whisper “has been difficult,” Pence said.

“But I will always believe,” he added, “that we did our duty that day in upholding the Constitution of the United States and the laws of this country and the peaceful transfer of power.”

In the days that followed, Pence said, he was angry with Trump over the then-president’s role in the murderous insurgency.

“The president’s words and tweet that day were reckless,” Pence said. “They endangered my family and everyone in the Capitol.”

But Pence also shut down all speculation about whether he would testify before the House select committee set up to investigate on Jan. 6, saying “Congress has no right to my testimony.” He said it would set a “terrible precedent” for a congressional committee to summon a vice president to discuss deliberations held at the White House, arguing it would violate the separation of powers and “erode the dynamic” between a president and a vice president.

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Mike Pence reacts to video showing his family fleeing to safety

After CNN aired footage of Jan. 6 rioters chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” the former vice president said he was saddened to see the footage again, but that at the time, “it put me angry”.

Pence, who moved to a safe location when the Capitol was breached, said he told the Secret Service he wouldn’t leave, insisting he stay at his post, in part because he wouldn’t. didn’t want the crowd to see his procession go away.

“But frankly, when I saw these images, and when I read a tweet that President Trump posted, saying that I lacked courage at that time, it angered me immensely,” Pence said. . But, he added, “I didn’t have time for that.”

After years alongside Trump through various scandals and crises — and also benefiting from the former president’s political rise — Pence said he decided that in this fight they would take opposing sides.

“The president had decided at that point to be part of the problem,” said Pence, who told Tapper he “was determined to be part of the solution.”

Pence then discussed the meeting of House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders on a conference call, reaching out to Pentagon and Justice Department officials “to mobilize additional resources” to help police officers in Capitol Hill.

Congress finally reconvened the same day and, after Republican challenges to the count, finally confirmed Biden as the next president.

“We have demonstrated to the American people and to the world the strength of our institutions (and) the resilience of our democracy,” Pence said. “But those memories, those images will always be with me.”

Pence detailed his meetings with Trump in the days following the Capitol riot. When he first saw Trump in the White House a few days after Jan. 6, he said the then-president immediately asked about his family and whether he was okay.

Although this contradicts public perceptions of Trump, Pence said, he believed Trump was “deeply remorseful at the time.”

“I could tell he was saddened by what happened,” Pence said. “I encouraged him to pray. He told me several times that he was a believer, and I told him to turn to Jesus hoping that he would find the comfort there – and that I was finding at that moment.

In the days that followed, Pence said he saw Trump for another meeting and that the president was still “dejected.” After he finished talking about administration business, Pence said, “I reminded him that I was praying for him” and Trump was “dismissive about it.”

“As our meeting was coming to an end, I stood up,” Pence said. “I looked at it and said, I guess there’s just two things we’ll probably never agree on. And he looked up and said, ‘What?’ ”

“I mentioned my role on January 6,” Pence said. “And then I said, ‘I’ll never stop praying for you.'”

“He smiled slightly and said, ‘That’s right. Never change. And we parted amicably as much as we could as a result of these events.

In lamenting Republicans’ disappointing midterm performance in 2022, Pence observed that candidates who spoke about the future outperformed those who focused more on “challenging the past.”

“And I expect that to be taken to heart by Republicans,” Pence said.

When asked why, then, he chose to campaign alongside election deniers – including GOP Senate candidates Don Bolduc in New Hampshire and Blake Masters in Arizona, who both lost last week – Pence said party loyalty trumped other concerns.

“I’ve often said, ‘I’m a Christian, a Conservative and a Republican – in that order. But I’m a Republican,” Pence said, “and once Republican primary voters picked their nominees, I went to 35 states over the last year and a half to see if we could elect a Republican majority at the time. House, Senate, elect Republican governors across the country.

Pence added that his appearance on the stump with a candidate “did not mean, as it has not in the past, that I agree with every statement or every position that the candidates I support within of the Republican Party have taken”.

He also tried to make a false equivalence between Trump’s lies about voter fraud in 2020 and Hillary Clinton’s comments after 2016, noting that she had said that “Donald Trump was not a legitimate president, for years. years”.

“I think there’s been far too much questioning of the election, not just in 2020 but in 2016,” he said.

Pence very carefully crafted his explanation of the events leading up to Jan. 6, in that day’s attack on the Capitol and in his conversations with Trump afterward — and does not stray from that explanation.

As he unfolded these events, Pence’s comments have been virtually identical in his book, at the CNN town hall and in interviews with other news networks in recent days.

He had made it clear what he was ready to say. Among the key points: that Trump listened to bad lawyers before Jan. 6; that he was “angry” watching the attack on the Capitol; that he left Trump with a pledge to continue praying for him; and that the two no longer speak to each other.

But it’s equally clear where Pence won’t go: He won’t reveal any simmering resentment toward Trump, saying his faith commands forgiveness. He won’t entirely blame Republicans for agitating the party base with lies about voter fraud. It will not legitimize the work of the House committee investigating the events surrounding that day.

Pence’s slow, measured delivery of a cohesive message is a hallmark dating back to his days as a self-proclaimed “Rush Limbaugh on Decaffeinated” conservative radio host in Indiana.

It’s an approach that has remained consistent throughout his political career, including 12 years in the House and four years as Indiana governor. Pence often repeats virtually the same message — line by line, paragraph by paragraph — even when that message doesn’t directly answer the question he was asked.

This story has been updated with additional developments.

Here’s how Waymo is using hyper-local weather data to improve the capabilities of its self-driving vehicles – FutureCar.com http://k7buc.org/heres-how-waymo-is-using-hyper-local-weather-data-to-improve-the-capabilities-of-its-self-driving-vehicles-futurecar-com/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 23:25:00 +0000 http://k7buc.org/heres-how-waymo-is-using-hyper-local-weather-data-to-improve-the-capabilities-of-its-self-driving-vehicles-futurecar-com/

Author: Eric Walz

Rain, fog, and condensation can affect the performance of an autonomous vehicle’s sensor suite.

Traveling in bad weather can be difficult for some drivers. Driving in the rain, for example, can reduce visibility, fog up vehicle windows, or cause unwanted reflections on wet road surfaces.

But for self-driving vehicles and robotaxis that will one day operate without a human behind the wheel, coping with inclement weather is a daunting challenge. It’s one of the reasons that developers of self-driving vehicles are using sophisticated weather data to help them operate more safely.

Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo, for example, is preparing to expand its self-driving service to San Francisco, California, and Phoenix, Arizona, before rolling out to new cities in the United States. In a recent blog post, Waymo shared some of the ways its self-driving robotaxi vehicles deal with rain, fog, and other bad weather conditions.

In San Francisco, where Waymo recently launched its robotaxis service, the fog that rolls in each evening from the Pacific Ocean is something the company’s self-driving vehicles need to be able to handle.

An autonomous vehicle relies on perception sensors, much like a human driver uses their eyes and ears to navigate safely. However, bad weather can be difficult for humans and can impact self-driving systems.

For example, condensation can corrupt sensor data and fogging up a camera lens can degrade its performance. Additionally, water droplets, road grime and ice can accumulate on vehicle sensor surfaces and degrade their sensing capabilities, while wet roads can become more slippery. For Waymo’s software-based autonomous vehicles, overcoming these challenges is vital to the safe operation of its commercial robotaxis that will transport passengers.

Waymo’s latest hardware, including cameras, radar and lidar, uses raindrops on vehicle windows to classify various weather conditions. This data is then combined with high quality terrain data from weather visibility sensors. All of this information is used by Waymo to generate a quantitative weather visibility metric.

Waymo says this metric is used to perform analysis of the weather around one of its autonomous vehicles in real time, essentially making each Waymo robotaxi vehicle a self-contained “mobile weather station”.

Although ground-based weather stations and satellites provide meteorologists with accurate data to make fairly accurate weather forecasts, Waymo says these high-tech weather tools and datasets often lack the precision and specificity to accurately reflect conditions. in which its vehicles drive.

For example, some of this Doppler radar weather data is measured at altitudes of approximately 3,500 feet and up to 9,000 feet. This may not correspond to current real-time weather conditions in the field where Waymo’s self-driving vehicles operate. Additionally, many weather stations are located near major airports and are not always the best and ideal source of real-time local weather information.

San Francisco’s climate can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, as locals can attest. Residents on the east side can enjoy the sun while the city’s Outer Sunset neighborhood can experience dense fog at the same time of day.

While remote weather data from satellites or radar can help fill in the gaps of local weather stations, they also don’t directly detect weather conditions on the ground where Waymo’s vehicles operate, especially when it’s cloudy. , according to Waymo. Thus, the company’s fleet of autonomous vehicles serve as mobile weather stations combining millions of data points to more accurately predict weather conditions on the ground for the entire fleet.


Doppler radar does not always reflect actual weather conditions on the ground, where autonomous vehicles operate.

This additional layer of weather data is used for Waymo’s ridesharing services in San Francisco and Phoenix, and the company said it will create similar weather maps for other cities as it expands its ridesharing service. autonomous Waymo One.

Waymo even created the first-of-its-kind “fog map” for San Francisco that offers unprecedented spatio-temporal resolution. It allows the company’s autonomous fleets to track the progress of coastal fogs as they arrive daily from the Pacific Ocean and burn away as the sun rises later in the morning.

Waymo’s autonomous weather detection vehicles can even detect drizzle and light rain that is invisible to the National Weather Service‘s local Doppler weather radar. This detailed weather data allows Waymo to locate where weather conditions are beginning to deteriorate or where they are improving.

This detailed understanding of current weather and its impact on Waymo’s self-driving technology stack presents additional opportunities for designing robot fleets that will frequently encounter varied weather conditions. For one, Waymo engineers can fine-tune the performance of the Waymo Driver in various weather conditions using various data augmentations and simulated environments representing the seasons of the year.

Since Waymo uses the same suite of sensors to navigate and autonomously collect weather data, the company will create a vast dataset that can be used to further enhance its weather simulation capabilities.

Waymo’s understanding of the weather is also used by its autonomous freight delivery company Waymo Via. Going forward, it will be used to help Waymo Via delivery partners and their customers by providing more accurate updates regarding their freight in transit, especially for longer haul freight deliveries over longer distances that cover multiple states and geographic locations.