Thursday, December 8

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Farmers Find Their Alpacas Provide as Much Entertainment as Fiber | Livestock News

NEW COLUMBIA, Pa. — Known for their luxurious fleece, alpacas are a fiber artist’s dream. Alpaca fiber is four to six times warmer than wool, as soft as cashmere, hypoallergenic and moisture-resistant. For Pam Rosado, 66, owner of Country Vale Alpacas, her herd of 12 alpacas was “meant to be.” Her alpaca venture came at a time when she and her husband, Paco, were looking for a sustainable use for their pastured land.Pam Rosado recalls the time she was selling her homemade wares at a craft show in 2015, when a woman approached her.“I was selling shawls that I crocheted, and a woman came up to me and told me that alpaca fiber was the best,” she said. ...
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Out & About | Arts & Entertainment

Paintings from the “Paint Kingsport 2022!” art show have moved from the Renaissance Center to Impressions Fine Art, 246 Broad St. The show, which depicts scenes of Kingsport by local plein air artists, will be on display at its new location through Sept. 18. All paintings are painted by local artists from the Kingsport Art Guild and feature scenes painted on location in downtown Kingsport, Bays Mountain, Exchange Place and more. The Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University presents “Local Art in the Age of the 2020 Global Pandemic,” an exhibition featuring the work of 40 artists living or working in Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District during the earl...
Out & About | Arts & Entertainment
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Out & About | Arts & Entertainment

Paintings from the “Paint Kingsport 2022!” art show have moved from the Renaissance Center to Impressions Fine Art, 246 Broad St. The show, which depicts scenes of Kingsport by local plein air artists, will be on display at its new location through Sept. 18. All paintings are painted by local artists from the Kingsport Art Guild and feature scenes painted on location in downtown Kingsport, Bays Mountain, Exchange Place and more. The Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University presents “Local Art in the Age of the 2020 Global Pandemic,” an exhibition featuring the work of 40 artists living or working in Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District during the earl...
Nebraska ends fiscal year with record $6.35 billion revenues | Politics
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Nebraska ends fiscal year with record $6.35 billion revenues | Politics

LINCOLN — Nebraska closed out its fiscal year on a record high note, with net tax revenues nearing $6.35 billion, according to a new state report.The Nebraska Department of Revenue report, released Friday, shows the state collected $624 million more for the fiscal year that ended June 30 than predicted just four months earlier. The total is up 10.9% from those February projections, which in turn were $370 million higher than projections issued in October.The new revenue figures had some policymakers talking about tax cuts while others said the money should be used as a hedge against an economic downturn.  State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn, the Revenue Committee chairwoman, said the increased revenues mean lawmakers should do more to reduce taxes next year, perhaps by c...
Gianforte appoints affordable housing task force | 406 Politics
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Gianforte appoints affordable housing task force | 406 Politics

Gov. Greg Gianforte appointed a committee charged with tackling Montana’s housing crisis Thursday, asking the group to recommend steps the state can take to address affordability and availability.Gianforte signed an executive order Thursday creating the new Housing Advisory Council. The 26-member task force will meet for the first time next week with the directive of making recommendations to the state Legislature and state agencies to “increase the supply of affordable, attainable workforce housing.”“Owning a home is part of the American dream, but for more than a decade, it’s become harder and harder for Montanans to afford to own or rent a home,” Gianforte said in a statement, going on to call current regulations “burdensome.”The executive order also cites a shortage of...
Waco leaders share vision for violence interrupters | Local Govt. and Politics
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Waco leaders share vision for violence interrupters | Local Govt. and Politics

Waco police and Prosper Waco leaders provided more details this week on how they would tailor a "violence interrupters" concept, used with some measure of success in Brooklyn, for Waco."What this is not, is a call to put members of the community in harm's way," Waco Police Chief Sheryl Victorian said Wednesday.She said she does not want people to get in the middle of fights and try to break them up. ...
Nebraska education commissioner expresses frustration over board’s handling of his contract | Politics
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Nebraska education commissioner expresses frustration over board’s handling of his contract | Politics

Nebraska Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt publicly expressed frustration Friday over the way the Nebraska State Board of Education was handling the renewal of his employment contract, telling board members that he felt he was excluded from the process.He commented during the monthly meeting of the board at the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln.“It’s uncomfortable for me to sit here while you talk about me without me,” Blomstedt said. “I will say, and I do feel, as if I’ve not been in the process at this point in time. So, you all are agreeing to an offer that I have yet to consider.”The comments were a rare display of emotion for Blomstedt, a self-deprecating consensus-builder with a steady demeanor.Since taking the job in 2014, his contract renewals have been une...