$10,000 to Missouri for No Call List Violations

The state of Missouri will receive $10,000 for violations of Missouri’s no call laws. Missourian William Bergmann and his New York based C. Michael Exteriors contacted people on the state’s no call list selling home improvement contracting. The home improvement contractor will pay $10,000 and could pay an additional $5,000 for any future violations. To get on the state’s no call list call 1-866-BUZZ-OFF or sign up at www.ago.mo.gov.

Groundbreaking for Camp Pin Oak Lodge Reconstruction

A historic dining lodge that burned down at Lake of the Ozarks State Park will be rebuilt with a bigger kitchen, a new outdoor patio and indoor seating for 135 people. Camp Pin Oak originally was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1934 and 1938. The dining lodge was destroyed by fire last September. It’s being rebuilt by the Department of Naturakl Resources, with the help of students from State Fair Community College as part of a yearlong training and education project. Funding for the materials, equipment and training will come from a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Economic Development.

MoDOT Looking at Funding and Priorities

The Missouri Department of Transportation is working with the Missouri Transportation Alliance to try to come up with a long term plan to fund highway construction. Kirk Juranas is the MoDOT Central Missouri District Engineer and says the department is trimming the fat in preparation for a new plan.

Juranas says current funding is pulled from several sources.

Juranas says the goal is to have a long term funding strategy before the public and the state legislature in 2014. He says public input is needed before any funding is discussed.

More information about priorities and funding can be found online at www.missouritransportation.org.

Texans Take 2 Dam Days Marathon

Two Texans paddling tandem took first place at this years 2 Dam Days paddle and canoe marathon. Tommy Yonley and Mark Addison paddled from Truman Dam to Captain Ron’s on Saturday in 7 hours 53 minutes and 44 seconds. Captain Ron’s to Bagnell Dam on Sunday took the Texans 4 hours 37 minutes and 53 seconds. Olympian Mike Herbert from Arkansas won the men’s solo competition for the second year in a row, paddling the 90 miles with a Saturday time of 8 hours 6 minutes and 23 seconds and a Sunday time of 4 hours 38 minutes and 25 seconds. The women’s solo champion was Sandy Yonley, the wife of the tandem champion. The mixed tandem first place prize went to Chuck and Di McHenry of Ironton, Missouri. All stats for the weekend marathon are online at the www.2damdays.org.

Vehicle Hits Tree Injuring Richland Man

A Richland man is injured in an accident early this morning. Twenty-eight-year old Kevin Baum was driving his 2005 Suzuki south on Missouri 133, 3 miles north of Richland, when the vehicle went off the right side of the road and hit a tree. Baum was not wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries.

Congressman Hopes for Compromise on Shoreline Management Changes

Missouri’s 9th District Congressman hopes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will allow a re-hearing for Ameren Missouri regarding Shoreline Management Plan changes. The congressman and eleven of his colleagues sent a letter to FERC last week asking that FERC reconsider changes that could force the removal of homes and structures on the shoreline. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer says the rule changes could be widely interpreted.

The congressman says the federal bureaucracy is often unaware of the effects of their actions.

Luetkemeyer says the Lake of the Ozarks is unique and therefore a target.

The congressmen recommended that FERC allow Ameren to redraw their boundary line, grandfather some structures, and extend the May 2012 deadline to accommodate the company’s plans.

Man Killed After Fall Saturday

A Fairgrove, Missouri man dies in an ATV accident late Saturday morning in Miller County. Fifty-six-year old Ron Wendlant was riding his 2010 Yamaha on the Crybaby Campground in Kaiser when he fell off the vehicle. Wendlant was wearing safety equipment and suffered fatal injuries. This if the 44th fatality for Highway Patrol Troop F in 2011.