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STEVENS COUNTY - Area veterans and families should know they are not alone when trying to navigate the complex world of veterans benefits - Hugh Reimers, Veterans Service Officer for both Stevens and Pope Counties is available to help. "In a nutshell, a county veterans service officer helps veterans and their families apply for and get veterans benefits at the federal and state level," said Reimers. Reimers has worked with veterans in both Stevens and Pope Counties since 2003 since he was hired as the first joint officer in the area.
MORRIS - The City of Morris took the first step towards being recognized as a Yellow Ribbon Community as part of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program last month when local leaders met to learn about the program and begin drafting a plan for identifying and coordinating services for veterans in the community. The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program is designed to create awareness of the needs of service members - from any branch of the military - and their families and connect them with resources in the community.
MORRIS - The Morris City Council is considering a new ordinance that would allow golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, utility task vehicles or mini trucks on the roadways of Morris. The council gave the ordinance a first reading at their meeting Tuesday night and will hold a public hearing on the issue at their next meeting. Allowing more vehicles on Morris streets is something that the council has wanted to do for the last two years, said City Manager Blaine Hill. However, the city was prohibited from making the change because of state law until very recently.
A Morris man and a Hoffman man face felony-level drug charges after a tip to the Stevens County Sheriff's Department indicated one of the men was in possession of a "significant amount" of marijuana and unprescribed narcotics, a complaint filed in district court charges. Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan has filed a complaint charging Robert Allen King, 58 of Morris, with second and third degree possession of narcotics, third degree possession of narcotic mixtures and fifth degree possession of marijuana.
MORRIS - The Morris City Council approved the final assessments for an improvement project on east 8th Street, 9th Street and Arizona Avenue after only one objection was voiced during a public hearing at their meeting Tuesday night. City Inspecting Engineer Jay Fier told the council attendance at the assessment hearing was a "new low" that he took as a good sign for how well the project went.
MORRIS - The Morris City Council will hold a public hearing regarding assessments for an improvement project on east 8th Street, 9th Street and Arizona Avenue at their meeting at 5:15 p.m. tonight in the city council chamber. After the hearing, the council is scheduled to vote on a resolution adopting the assessments. The council is also scheduled to set a public hearing regarding the new zoning map for the city, which received a first reading at the council's last meeting. The council will also give a first reading to a new ordinance, No.
MORRIS - A 28-year-old man has been arrested and charged with possession of controlled substances after officers executing a search warrant discovered felony quantities of marijuana, methamphetamine, black tar heroin, numerous prescription medications and drug paraphernalia in his bedroom, the Morris Police Department reports. According to police reports, Brock M. Proudfoot has been charged with second degree possession of heroin, fifth degree possession of methamphetamine, and fifth degree possession of marijuana.
MORRIS - Money - how governments get it and how they choose to use it - was the topic of a community forum on Tuesday designed to help citizens better understand the government budget process.
STEVENS COUNTY - During a recess in their regular meeting on Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners convened as the County Ditch Authority to hear updates on ditch maintenance and participate in a discussion with Kurt Deter, county ditch attorney, on "hot topics in the county ditch world," said County Coordinator Brian Giese. "Ditches will be on your agenda more," Deter warned. People on ditch systems want to improve them, and many system are going through a redesign, he said.
STEVENS COUNTY - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners wants more information about the snow removal situation in Framnes Township before they will decide whether to contract with the township to provide blading and snow removal services. Highway Engineer Brian Giese estimated that providing these services to Framnes Township would generate $22,000 in additional revenue for the Highway Department, but that $13,000 of equipment-related expenses will be incurred. That leaves $9,000 to pay for the additional part-time staff Giese said he would need. "It's doable.