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Company Plans To Bid on Rocky Gap

A company, owned by former state Democratic Party Chairman Nathan Landow, plans to bid on the slots license at Rocky Gap State Park by tomorrow. The Washington Post says the bids close tomorrow, with a request for proposals issued in June. The anticipated date to award the license is in December.


Local Mail Center Under Consideration for Consolidation

It may be several weeks before we  know whether the Cumberland mail processing plant will be “consolidated,” as the U.S. Postal Service has it under review. The USPS is looking to close 300 of its 500 mail processing plants across the country. The Cumberland location has more than 100 workers. If the processing plant is closed, the retail operation should remain open.


Animal Shelter Wins Contest

The Allegany County Animal Shelter has won the state portion of a national contest, designed to aid animal rescue organizations. The Cumberland Times-News says the shelter will be the recipient of $1,000, and that there was some competition from some well-respected organizations. Nationally, the shelter ranked in the top 30 to 40 shelters nationwide during the course of the contest.


Suspects Developed in Bald Eagle Killing

The Maryland Natural Resources Police are developing persons of interest in the killing of a bald eagle on Hazen Road, near Rocky Gap State Park. The eagle was found, shot to death, by the caretaker of the property last Friday. The NRP believes that, either it was eating someone’s livestock, or a hunter shot it before realizing the consequences. Even though it was removed from the endangered species list four years ago, it is still protected by federal law. Fines of up to $1500 and a sentence of up to one year in jail can be imposed on anyone killing a bald eagle.


Keyser To Examine Regulating Cell Towers

The number of cell towers is expected to increase three-fold in the coming years, and the city of Keyser is looking to regulate the number in the city. At last week’s Mayor and Council meeting, representatives met with Jennifer Fox, owner of Fox Engineering, which has offices in Ripley and Fairmont, to discuss governing the number of towers in the city. While no action has been taken, the City Council is giving information received by Fox Engineering serious consideration.


Race May Slow Traffic

Although no local roads will be closed, a two-day foot race from Cumberland to Washington, D.C. may slow traffic in some areas this weekend. The Ragnar Relay/Washington, D.C. will be run this Friday and Saturday, and will pass through parts of Allegany and Washington Counties. There are 280 teams participating in the race, with each team using two vans. This is the fourth year for the 200-mile Ragnar Relay Series.


Almanack Makes Its Winter Predictions

The Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack is calling for at least three “Nor’easters” this coming winter, with the severity depending on what happens to water in the Pacific Ocean. If the La Nina phenomenon does not return, the region will, most likely, face a “pretty wet” winter, with average temperatures and an increased likelihood of a more severe winter, with heavier snow in February. La Nina is characterized by colder than normal water in the eastern Pacific Ocean around the equator.


Angel Food Ministries Cancels Distribution in Washington County

Washington County’s Angel Food Ministries is the latest victim of the economy, canceling distribution of discounted boxes of food. They had been sending boxes of food to area churches across the country for years, but with rising food prices and delivery costs, they have had to cancel that. Angel Food Ministries has also had to lay off 90 employees, and there is doubt as to when, or if, the service will return.


Maryland Bracing for Possible Gas Tax Increase

The state of Maryland seems to be moving closer to a gas tax increase. In late April, a blue ribbon commission began exploring the possibility of a gas tax increase. Governor Martin O’Malley quips that there is one tax that the business community universally supports, and that is the gas tax; and, there is one tax that the general public universally and unanimously opposes-and, that is the gas tax. While drivers are being taxed 23.5 cents a gallon, there could be another increase of between five and ten cents per gallon.

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