Three Swimming Beaches are Closed for Bacteria Levels

Three swimming beaches are temporarily closed, after the Missouri Department of Natural Resources found bacteria levels higher than those recommended for waters used for swimming in samples taken Monday. Grand Glaize Beach at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, the public beach at Mark Twain State Park and the beach at Harry S Truman State Park are closed until further notice. There’s swimming today at Truman State Park’s campground beach and Lake of the Ozarks State Park Public Beach #1 in Kaiser. You can always get the current beach status at mostateparks.com

Pulaski County Child Kidnapping Arrest

Detectives in Pulaski County, have made an arrest in a 3-year old child abduction. 30-year old Keli Knutson, who used to live in Crocker, was arrested earlier this week in Shawnee, Kansas. She was charged with child kidnapping for taking her then 7-year old daughter in May of 2008. Sheriff J.B. King says Knutson left a note for her parents and the child’s father, telling them she was taking the girl and heading south. A few weeks before Knutson disappeared, a Pulaski COunty judge awarded joint custody to Knutson and the child’s father. The girl, now 10, is in the custody of Kansas Child Protective Srervices.

State Park Swimming Beaches Closed

The swimming beaches at three Missouri state parks have been temporarily closed due to bacteria levels. Grand Glaize Beach, also known as Public Beach #2, at Lake of the Ozarks State Park and the public beaches at Mark Twain and Harry S Truman state parks have been temporarily closed following results of water samples taken Monday that indicated bacteria levels higher than those recommended for waters used for swimming. Lake of the Ozark State Park’s Public Beach #1, which is located in Kaiser, is open, and so is the campground beach at Truman State Park.

Ameren Worker Understands Worries About Osage River Levels

Ameren Missouri’s Alan Sullivan says preventing floodwaters from wreaking havoc along the Lake shore and downstream in the Osage River is a “delicate balance” of knowing just how much electricity to generate and when to open and close the floodgates at Bagnell Dam. Sullivan, who was raised downstream in Miller County, says under its license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ameren has to keep the water level in Lake of the Ozarks at or below 660 feet above sea level so it is sometimes necessary to release water into the Osage no matter how he feels personally.

Some State Park Swimming Beaches Closed

The swimming beaches at three Missouri state parks have been temporarily closed due to bacteria levels. Grand Glaize Beach, also known as Public Beach #2, at Lake of the Ozarks State Park and the public beaches at Mark Twain and Harry S Truman state parks have been temporarily closed following results of water samples taken Monday that indicated bacteria levels higher than those recommended for waters used for swimming. Lake of the Ozark State Park’s Public Beach #1, which is located in Kaiser, remains open. The campground beach at Truman State Park is also open.

MoDOT Commissioenrs Approve Downsizing Agency

Missouri’s Highways and Transportation Commission has adopted a plan to shrink the agency, so more of the money it gets can be directed to road and bridge projects. The plan that calls for cutting MoDOT’s staff by 1,200, closing 131 facilities and selling more than 740 pieces of equipment. By 2015, the plan will save $512 million. The final plan calls for MoDOT to keep a strong presence in the three areas where the department will close district offices: Macon, Joplin and Willow Springs. The plan will also merge the Camdenton area engineer office with the maintenance and traffic facility in Osage Beach.