City of Yelm Recognized for Clean Audit

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of YelmThe Washington State Auditor’s office reported an unmodified opinion of the City’s financial statements for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.The City of Yelm Finance Department worked alongside the State Auditor’s Office to ensure that all financial records were updated and consistent with the City’s bank accounts.“We would like to thank the City of Yelm for the significant amount of work they put into ensuring the City of Yelm’s financial statements are correct and supported,” the State Auditor’s Office said in the audit exit interview. “We appreciate the City’s commitment to safeguarding public funds and creating effective control systems.”The City successfully addressed and resolved historic issues identified by the State Auditor’s Office by initiating a program of ongoing training, written financial policies, and upgrading the financial management software.“Our Finance Director and Senior Accountant have helped improve the culture of our Finance Department by adding policies, processes and procedures the City has historically lacked,” said Michael Grayum, City Administrator. “Their ability to work collaboratively with the State Auditor’s Office resulted in full reconciliation with all of our banking statements dating back to 2016.”The City has implemented several notable financial improvements, including a budget document that provides a narrative of each department’s yearly accomplishments, future goals and long-term revenue forecasts to guide future planning and forward thinking. Financial policies and internal controls have been established in a format that is clear and easy to understand, including the addition of flow charts, graphs and tables to provide a visual representation of City finance that is now accessible to anyone.The City looks forward to a continued to partnership with the Washington State Auditor’s Office in fulfilling our joint vision to increase trust and transparency in government.“We are grateful to State Auditor Pat McCarthy and her team of independent auditors who provide accountability that bolsters our culture of continuous improvement and advances our shared vision to increase trust in government,” said Grayum. “The professionalism, thoroughness, and collaborative approach of their audit team is greatly appreciated.”Washington has had an independent auditor since its territorial days. In 1889, Washington became a state and enshrined the State Auditor’s Office in the state Constitution, reflecting a continued commitment to making sure public money is spent wisely and in the public interest. From offices across the state, the state’s independent auditors help government work better and maintain public trust.The SAO Audit Reports for the City of Yelm can be found at:Financial: Audit Report: photo credit: Ruth Middlebrooklast_img read more

Bids for asphalt plant foundation invited

first_imgFour of Guyana’s major contractors on Tuesday submitted bids in excess of $40 million to the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) to lay the foundation for the Batch Mix Asphalt Plant which recently arrived in the country.The asphalt plant that arrived in Guyana from GermanyThe asphalt plant already costs in excess of $488 million, but will aid in producing top quality material, primarily used for road construction, once assembled. Guyana Times understands that the bids received from contractors were between $46 and $51 million.The four interested companies were Courtney Benn Contracting Services, H Nauth and Sons, Ivor Allen and S Jagmohan Hardware Supplies.The bids received will be considered before the contract is awarded.On July 15, the parts for the plant arrived in Guyana from Germany. They are to be assembled soon at the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) Garden of Eden branch, East Bank Demerara.It is expected to reduce costs in the construction of asphalt concrete roads in the near future.General Manager of the DHBC Rawlston Adams recently explained more in a brief telephone interview with this publication. According to him, “It will enable us to produce much more asphalt at a better quality than we are producing right now, because the plant that we are using is “mix” plant; this plant is a patch mix plant at a 160 tonnes per hour”.Once assembled, this plant will be the largest in the country and most modern in the region. With these qualities, the plant will be able to not only supply local needs, but international ones as well.During a visit to the Demerara Shipping Wharf, Subject Minister David Patterson inspected the parts of the plant where he explained that the decision to purchase a new plant was made since 2016. According to him, it will allow the Ministry to do “better and bigger things”.The new asphalt plant was procured through public tender during 2018 by the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation, signalling an increase in operations and growth in demand.Initially, the plant was expected to be in Guyana by February.As an infrastructural investment, this plant is expected to provide efficiency in the continuity of supply of materials to the Ministry in the execution of road construction and rehabilitation, without compromising quality or price, as the DHBC remains the cheapest asphalt concrete-producing company in Guyana.Further, as the product of a top brand worldwide, the new plant is expected to meet all required environmental standards regarding air and noise emissions.last_img read more

Castaic earns top marks for middle school

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – The Castaic Union School District’s sole middle school has been recognized as one of the top 30 in the state. The California Middle Grades Alliance, which includes the state Department of Education, the California School Board Association and seven other organizations, commended the 3,300-student district for its leadership and commitment to middle school students. Castaic Middle School Principal Marcia Dains said the recognition is valuable because it helps to recognize the importance of the middle school years. “Kids at this age are so active and so social that you want to capitalize on that,” Dains said. “You don’t want to just concentrate on academics because there is a social and developmental component unique to this age group that you need to work with to help them through their academics.” Dains noted the district’s success in paying attention to each student. It went to bat for its middle school students recently, when the Hart Union High School District changed boundaries for incoming ninth-graders from the Castaic area. “They are involved in every situation that impacts our kids, their entry into middle school and their exit out to high school,” Dains said. (661) 257-5254last_img read more

Suicide bomber hits police unit

first_imgThe violence occurred amid reports of fighting in Ghazni province, south of Kabul. Three bombing suspects died when explosives they were carrying detonated before they reached their targets, a local police chief said Saturday, according to Agence France-Presse. Two Afghan soldiers were also killed in Ghazni province when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb, AFP reported. Violence has been rising across the country. Twelve NATO soldiers have been killed in the past week, most of them in roadside bomb explosions. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide bomber walked to the gate of a border police unit in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday and detonated his explosives, killing at least nine people – eight policemen and one civilian, local officials said. Five other policemen were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place at midmorning outside Khost, a town in eastern Afghanistan, news agencies reported. The Taliban have vowed to increase its use of suicide attacks, and NATO has said it expects a spring offensive by the group after a traditional winter lull in fighting. Initial reports of the Khost attacks said eight people had been killed, but one policeman later died in the hospital, said Gul Muhammadin Muhammadi, the director of the public hospital in Khost. One of the dead was a civilian who was near the gate when the explosion occurred, he said. last_img read more

BC Hydro responds to Amnesty International Site C Challenge

first_imgIn fact it argues, of the thirteen aboriginal groups with which BC Hydro continues to be engaged, only two First Nations remain opposed to the project in court, an obvious reference to the trio of unresolved cases involving challenges from the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations.It also notes while Amnesty highlighted court proceedings in its report, it did not mention that, to date, four judicial reviews of the environmental approvals of Site C have been dismissed in Federal and BC Supreme Court. This formal Hydro response follows a statement from its President and CEO, Jessica McDonald, claiming Amnesty has missed the mark in its report, and construction work on the project will not be halted. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro has now issued a detailed response to the global campaign launched earlier this week by Amnesty International calling on the federal and BC governments to withdraw all permits and approvals for the Site C dam project.In its statement Hydro claims to have a world class system that’s 98% clean, meeting two-thirds of new electricity demand through conservation, and it also claims to have the third lowest residential rates in North America.It says “We’re building Site C to meet the long-term energy and capacity needs of British Columbians,” adding, “The demand for electricity is expected to increase by almost 40 per cent over the next 20 years, as our population grows by over one million people and the economy expands.”- Advertisement -The statement contends once complete, Site C will provide clean, reliable and cost-effective electricity for more than 100 years, and without a third Peace River dam, BC is forecast to have an eight per cent capacity deficit and a two percent energy deficit within ten years – equivalent to the power needs of 100,000 homes. In response to the Amnesty complaints and concerns about First Nations consultation, the Hydro statement reiterates, it has been consulting and engaging with Aboriginal groups about Site C since 2007.It also says again that positive discussions with Aboriginal groups affected by the project are continuing, and that it has reached agreements, or terms for agreements, with a number of Aboriginal groups.Advertisementlast_img read more

West Ham eye Fiorentina centre-back to solve defensive crisis

first_img Facundo Roncaglia 1 West Ham have made an enquiry for Fiorentina defender Facundo Roncaglia, according to reports in Italy.Sam Allardyce is desperate to sign another centre-back this week and ease the club’s defensive crisis ahead of the London derby against Crystal Palace on Saturday.James Tomkins faces a spell on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury last Friday and James Collins will be missing this weekend as he serves a one-match ban following his dismissal against Tottenham.That has left Allardyce with Winston Reid as his only established central defender for the game at Selhurst Park.Italian website Tutto Mercato is claiming that the east London club have asked Fiorentina about Roncaglia’s availability.The Argentina international has also attracted interest from Genoa.Roncaglia can also operate as a right-back and his versatility will appeal to Allardyce, who will hope to bring in more new signings before the window closes at the end of August.last_img read more

Rooney gets starting nod from Derby boss

first_img0Shares0000Wayne Rooney is set for his Derby debut on Thursday © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 31 – England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney will make his debut for second-tier Derby against Barnsley on Thursday, the club’s manager Phillip Cocu confirmed.Rooney, 34, joined Derby as a player-coach from MLS side DC United but has been ineligible to play for his new side until January. “If a player with the qualities, career and the experience of Rooney (is available) you have to be very happy and glad he is here,” said Cocu after Monday’s 2-1 home win over Charlton in the Championship.“He’s fit, he can start but he will need a few games. Expectation will be high when he starts playing but we have to give him a few games to build up his minutes and get in the team.“So maybe not perfect from the start but it’s important he will get in the team as soon as possible so we get a certain shape in our team.”Rooney’s debut can’t come soon enough for Derby.Their win on Monday moved them into 17th place in English football’s second-tier.However, they are still nine points shy of the play-off spots and 21 behind the two automatic promotion places.On Monday, teenage midfielder Jason Knight scored his first goals in professional football to give Derby the three points, ending a run of seven games without a win.Victory came despite the Rams playing most of the match a man down after Krystian Bielik was sent off for a crude challenge on Conor Gallagher.Knight put Derby ahead in the 10th minute at Pride Park when he forced the ball in at the back post only for Bielik to see red soon afterwards.But 10-man Derby still doubled their lead 13 minutes from time when Knight scored his second following a cross from Max Bird.Charlton ensured a nervous finish for the home side when the south London club pulled a goal back seven minutes from time thanks to Lyle Taylor’s successful penalty, awarded after Curtis Davies brought down Gallagher in the box.0Shares0000(Visited 32 times, 3 visits today)last_img read more

BARGAINS! Top 10 players out of contract next summer – REVEALED!

first_img 4. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top three players that are out of contract next summer – The Germany international has been constantly linked with a move to Manchester United this summer and Bavarian boss Pep Guardiola has urged the midfielder to make a decision on his future. The 30-year-old is at a crossroads – he has achieved all of his dreams with Bayern – but faces the prospects of slipping down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena if he stays put. A new challenge could see him re-energised, but the Bundesliga champions will be keen to sell him this summer rather than risk such a key player walking away for nothing. 7. Wesley Sneijder – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of talkSPORT’s list of the best players that are out of contract next summer – The mercurial Dutch midfielder is too good to see out his career in Turkey. It’s as simple as that. In fact, many fans across Europe were disappointed that he decided to join Galatasaray from Inter Milan two years ago. The 31-year-old may well be past his best, but he could do a job in one of the continent’s major divisions. The question is whether he has the drive to do so, however. 10 10 10 9. Ezequiel Lavezzi – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of talkSPORT’s list of the best players that are out of contract next summer – The Argentina international isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. He’s inconsistent and has failed to reproduce the sparkling form that he enjoyed at Napoli during his stint in Paris. However, he’s not over the hill and, in the right circumstances, could prove to be a hit elsewhere. The forward represents a risk, but he is one that clubs could be willing to take with no feed to be paid. 8. Pepe – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of talkSPORT’s list of the best players that are out of contract next summer – The Portuguese centre back is a hot head. Although he is amongst the world’s best defenders on his day, he has a tendency to lose his cool far too often. With just one year remaining on his contract, the veteran would strengthen the majority of squads across Europe. However, with uncertainty regarding Sergio Ramos emerging this summer, Los Blancos could decide to offer Pepe an extension. 10 5. Branislav Ivanovic – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of talkSPORT’s list of the best players that are out of contract next summer – The Serbian defender was recently offered a one-year extension by Chelsea by virtue over their policy to only offer players over the age of 30 short-term deals. However, it is difficult to believe that Jose Mourinho wouldn’t have offered one of his most reliable lieutenants a longer contract if he could have. Questions have been asked of Ivanovic of late, especially in regards to his positioning, but the warrior like defender is still one of the best right backs in world football. The transfer window is officially open and football clubs around the world are set to start throwing their money around.Expect records to tumble, fees to go through the roof and, inevitably, mistakes to be made.However, not everyone has to cost an arm and a leg.Player power is a big as it has ever been, so it’s no surprise to see players run down their contracts and become available on a Bosman free transfer.Such a scenario can be a club’s worst nightmare, but it can give players more than a couple of bargaining chips in regards to their next move.It is rare for a player of real class to be allowed to leave for nothing, but there’s several household names that could do just that next July.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see talkSPORT’s full list of the best players that are out of contract next summer… 10 10 10 6. Samir Handanovic – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top five players that are out of contract next summer – The superb Slovenian goalkeeper has slipped under the radar for several seasons. The 30-year-old has been at the San Siro since 2012, but word in regards to his ability has only just started to spread. Handanovic, would be an excellent addition to one of Europe’s elite, whether as a first choice or stellar deputy. If he fails to agree a contract with Inter Milan, don’t expect him to be short of offers next summer. 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of talkSPORT’s list of the best players that are out of contract next summer – The powerful Swedish striker has recently entered the final year of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain. Ibrahimovic remains one of manager Laurent Blanc’s best players, but the Ligue 1 champions are well aware that they will be unable to secure a decent fee for the ageing 33-year-old unless he is moved on during the current transfer window. The maverick striker will be in no rush, however, so don’t be surprised to see him finish his career at yet another club. 10 10 10. Robin van Persie – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see talkSPORT’s full list of the best players that are out of contract next summer – The Dutchman was once the man that led the Red Devils’ front line and helped to secure a 20th title, but has slowly slipped down the pecking order under countryman Louis van Gaal. However, he still has plenty to offer and won’t have lost his scoring touch just yet. The striker would represent a solid addition, despite his age, to plenty of sides. 2. Theo Walcott – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the best player that is out of contract next summer – Sign da ting? It’s a case of Groundhog Day for Gunners fans as Walcott approaches the end of his deal, just as he did back in 2013. The England international resisted the temptation to leave and signed a lucrative extension two years ago, but the outcome could be different this time around. A new contract is expected to be tabled for the forward, but Walcott is likely to expect assurances from Arsene Wenger that he will feature in his preferred position. 1. David de Gea – The Manchester United goalkeeper’s future is uncertain and he could walk out of Old Trafford for nothing next summer – The 24-year-old is a shadow of the slender figure that signed for Manchester United in the summer of 2011. Although the Spaniard’s ability was regularly questioned in the early stages of his spell on this shores, he has learnt to cope with the physicality of the English game and is now one of the best goalkeepers in world football. Real Madrid are keen to secure his services, but the Red Devils are desperate to secure his long-term future. The threat of losing the shot-stopper on a free could force the Red Devils’ hand. 10last_img read more


first_imgYOU’VE been sending in some incredible pictures to our photographic competition.The only problem is that there were so many stunning images, we struggled to find a winner.So we finally decided on two – both of whom win lunch for 2 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny. So congratulations to Donegal man Paddy McFadden for his superb picture of a Sydney sunset (above). And to Pauline Edwards for her superb sunset at Malin (below).Paddy’s coming home soon…so he can enjoy lunch at the Radisson!AND THE WINNER OF OUR PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION IS… was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) picture competitionwinners announcedlast_img read more

Driver arrested after chases in Lodi, Santa Clarita areas

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A Mohawk-coiffed suspect arrested Tuesday by California Highway Patrol officers after a pursuit on the Golden State Freeway apparently had led officers in Northern California on a similar ride earlier in the day, a CHP spokeswoman said Wednesday. A Lodi Police Department official called local CHP Officer Dave Pokorney on Tuesday evening asking him about their suspect with the unusual hairstyle who abandoned a stolen car and tried to escape capture before his arrest near the transition road from Interstate 5 to the Foothill Freeway. Authorities said Joshua Lee Usrey, 20, a transient from Colorado, abandoned a stolen vehicle he had been driving at a high rate of speed and attempted to flee on foot, then tripped and fell down the side of a truck-route embankment. He was arrested near the transition road from the Golden State Freeway to the Foothill Freeway. “At one point in our pursuit, the suspect took off a knit cap and revealed a Mohawk haircut,” CHP Officer Michelle Esposito said. “When the officers (in Lodi) saw the tape of our pursuit, they recognized the guy from a pursuit they had earlier in the day.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Lodi police, she said, had tried to stop Usrey for speeding there, but drew back for safety reasons after he was clocked driving up to 120 mph on surface streets. Esposito said investigators discovered that Usrey had recently been released from custody in Amador County for unrelated drug-possession charges. A report in the Amador Ledger Dispatch newspaper said Usrey was arrested Dec. 14 on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance for sale. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday in Amador County. Usrey is suspected of driving while under the influence of drugs in Tuesday’s incident, Esposito said. He also was involved in a hit-and-run collision on Interstate 5 near Valencia Boulevard during the pursuit. The vehicle Usrey was driving had been reported stolen in the Stockton CHP area. Lodi police will be recommending that prosecutors there file separate charges related to their incident. Locally, Usrey is expected to be charged with grand theft auto, hit-and-run, driving under the influence of drugs and receiving stolen property, Esposito said. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 last_img read more