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........ 75 Ce00ts "Like" Us on Facebook. www.facebook.com/valleynv Thursday January 31 st, 2013 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 31 - Number 5 Looks like we're not going to see much of the above this year as the National Weather Service informs us that current drought conditions and a low threat of a significant spring snowmelt make for a vary low probablility of any major flooding this year. Current Conditions Make for Low Probability of Flooding Probably not going to see a lot of the above this spring, at least according to the National Weather Service. The NWS says there is a very low threat of a significant snowmelt this spring and that combined with drought conditions that have continued for over a year ,pretty much dampens the threat of any major flooding this year. Both Drayton and Grand Forks are sitting with about a 5 percent chance of reaching moderate flood levels. The moderate flood stage level for Drayton is 38 feet, which compared to some of the last few years of flooding, ain't much. And just a 5 percent chance at that. Throughout the Red River basin we're experiencing a fairly normal snowpack. The basin is also very dry with a large reduction in deep soil moisture content. The NWS says that even if we get hit with some wetter weather it might help the drought but certainly won't end it. As far as temperatures and precipitation are concerned, the spring outlook calls for below-normal temperatures and near-normal to slightly above-normal precipitation from February to April, this according to Mark Ewens, climate forecaster with the weather service in Grand Forks. If cool isn't cool, take heart, drier and warmer- than-normal conditions are expected to return through mid- to late summer. 2012 Pembina County 1/2 Mill "Self Help" Funds Awarded At the January 22, 2013 Pembina County :Commissioners meeting funds were awarded for the 2012 Pembina County 1/2 Mill "Self Help" Program. This funding is allocated to cities that undertake community improvement and betterment projects. The main objective of this program is to promote development and quality of life within a community. The following cities submitted applications and were : awarded funding: Bathgate: Cut and remove trees and stumps i n park and a new door for gazebo. Cavalier: Continuation of the Cavalier City Beautification Project. Continue to purchase and .maintain flowers along the streets and seasonal banners. Begun decorating the city gazebo and have added 20 new benches for community functions.. Crystal: City streets are in need of patching the potholes. Drayton: The Drayton Golf Course has battled water problems for years. In 1012 the Golf Course has received permission from the ND DOT to ditch the north end of the Golf Course into 1-29 ditch. The City Council agreed to contribute $3,000 from the Tourism Funds. Mountain: Continue Community Center project. Architectural fees continue to press the City of Mountain in excess of double their original quote. Neche:Hiredaprofessional to save the dying trees and trim all dangerous branches. Pembina: Installed a new fence on the ball field in South Pembina. St. Thomas: Continue with city beautification project. Landscape the Welcome sign on the north end of town. During the month of May application forms for the 2013 program will be sent to mayors and auditors in Pembina County. I encourage all communities to participate in the 1/2 Mill "Self-Help" Program. For further information contact Katherine Lunde, Red River Regional Council, Chase Building, 516 Cooper Ave, Grafton, ND 58237; Phone: 701-352-3550 or e-mail klunde@nd.gov. Titans Girls Take On North Border in Home Play "*iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiill The Drayton/Valley-Edinburg Titan girls took on North Border in a rare home game appearance. That's Jalyn Larson pictured above taking free shot. More on the game on page 6. Third Graders Challenged with 100th Day Celebration Pictured above, Mrs. Kraft signs Taryn Betz's passport while Ariaunna Larocque and James Knudston await their turn. It was all in celebration of their 1,00th day of school. Each page of the passport represented a country and contained a challenge related to the number 100. Once each challenge was completed their passport page was stamped. At right Taryn Betz and Nick VanCamp are working together to measure the height of the classroom ceiling. They would later be tasked with calculating how many of their classrooms would fit on top of .each other in a 100 foot tall building. Mrs. Kraft's third graders were provided with a 100th Day challenge on Tuesday. It actually wasn't their 100th day of school, it was their 101st as Mrs. Kraft had been sick on Monday, but it didn't seem to matter, the kids got a good workout. Mrs. Kraft gave the kids passports at the beginning of the day. Each page of the passport represented a country, providing a bit of geographic instruction, and each country had a specific challenge, all challenges associated with the number 100, which further stretched the brain. For example, they got a lesson in probability and statistics by having to roll a die 100 times and tallying which number, 1-6, came up each time. Once a particular page had been completed, the kids would bring their passports forward to be stamped, and move on to the next country. The last page and challenge in the book gave them entry back into the United States. I thought it was a very interesting exercise because the kids were learning to process an array of learning areas from making estimates to learning to take measurements, one area embedded in another. For example estimating where you would be if you were 100 miles in various directions from the town and then reading a map to validate their estimates. Not onlywas it educational way to celebrate their 100th day of school, but they were finding a lot of fun in taking on the challenges of problem solving. Take Back Medication Disposal Program Sheriff Brian Erovick would like to announce the implementation of the North Dakota Attorney General's medication disposal program. The program is called the "Drug Take Back Program". This program is designed to collect or "take back" any unused or expired prescriptions or over-the- counter medicines including pills, tablets, caplets, inhalers, nebulizer solutions or other liquid medications. In order to ensure patient confidentiality all items should be removed from its packaging that may contain the patient's name. Any liquid medicines should be left in their containers and anylabels with patient names on them should be removed or thoroughly blackened out. The collection receptacle will be located in the public lobby of the Pembina County Sheriff's Department located at 308 Courthouse Drive in Cavalier, ND. People may bring their medications in to the Sheriff's Department any time on any day and deposit them into the container. Even possessing a single controlled substance prescription tablet that is not prescribed to you is a Class C Felony in North Dakota. However, the Attorney General is advertising this as a "No Questions Asked" program. This program is very helpful because it allows for people to dispose of all types of medications, rather than just a few that pharmacies accept. Pharmacies will not accept controlled substance medications such asVicodin, Hydrocodone, and Valium. The North Dakota Take Back Program accepts all of them. This program does not accept any sharps or medical equipment items such as thermometers, glass, home- based care (HBC) or durable medical equipment (DME) supplies and pharmacy inventory. Abuse of prescription medication has become a very large problem in every U.S. state. The North Dakota Attorney General's Office wants this program to help get as many prescription medications out of circulation as possible and disposed of in a safe manner. Disposing of prescriptions in a sink or a toilet can be unsafe for water supplies. Disposal ifl trash always leaves open the possibility that they will be found by someone and consumed. Once the collection containers in this program are filled they are taken to a facility and safely incinerated. If you have any additional questions you may contact the Pembina County Sheriff's Department at 701 265-4122. Valley News and Views Electronic Edition For those of you who must have everything electronically, you can now subscribe to an online version of the Valley News and Views. Got to the website at www. valleynv.com to see a demo and sign up. Open House Don't forget the Drayton Chiropractic amd Xperience Fitness Center, Winter Survival Open House on Saturday February 2nd, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include food from Hastings Landing. Everyone is invited to drop by. I think the entrance at 911 North Main would be the best entrance. No Lady Di This Week Lady Di apologizes for no article this week due to conflicts with her work. Excusable, she's actually a producer, currently on the west coast and has been running around the country for months working for a variety of clients while managing to get her column to us. I talked to her a while back and told her it would be interesting to hear about her work and maybe hear a story or two from the road. She liked the idea and we should be hearing a tale to two in the future. Continued on Page 3