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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, November 16, 2017 Page 5 Dr. Ralph S. Northam Virginia's Governor-Elect by Jerry Couch As of last Tuesday, Dr. Ralph S. Northam, current Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, is also Virginia's governor-elect. By law, the election results are provi- sional as of this writing. They will be formally cer- tified by the Virginia Department of Elections on November 24th. Democratic candidate Northam, a pediatric physi- cian, received 1,405,164 votes (53.88% of the total votes cast). Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, a career lobbyist, received 1,173,207 votes (44.99% of the total votes cast). Libertarian candidate Clifford D. Hydra, an intel- lectual property attorney, received 27,963 votes (1.07% of the total votes cast). In the race for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Democratic can- didate Justin E. Fairfax received 1,361,918 votes (52.65% of the total votes cast). Republican candi- date Jill H. Vogel received 1,222,662 votes (47.26% of the total votes cast). In addition, write-in candi- dates received 2,343 votes (0.09% of the total votes cast). In the race for Attorney General of Virginia, Democratic candidate Mark R. Herring received 1,379,981 votes (53.28% of the total votes cast). Republican candidate John D. Adams received 1,207,536 votes (46.63% of the total votes cast). In addition, write-in candi- dates received 2,355 votes (0.09% of the total votes cast). Locally, Northam received 1,506 votes in Russell County and 1,909 votes in Wise County. Gillespie received 5,144 votes in Russell County and 6,629 votes in Wise County. Virginia House of Delegates member Todd Pillion, a Republican, was unopposed in his election bid and will continue to serve as Virginia's Fourth District delegate. The Fourth District is com- prised of the counties of Dickenson and Wise, and a portion of Russell and Washington counties. Voters in Wise County approved a measure to per- mit the sale of beer and wine on Sundays (4,959 in favor and 3,525 opposed). Beer and wine can now be sold from 12 midnight on Saturday until 6:00 a.m. on Monday. In neighboring Lee County, voters overwhelm- ingly rejected a $47,213,470 (max) general obligation bond issue for capital improvements to the county's public schools. A total of 6,022 people voted against the measure with only 688 people voting in favor of it. This vote is indicative of the education funding problems all counties in Southwest Virginia are fac- Dr. Ralph Northam ing. So...the 2017 Virginia General Election has come and gone. We'll be having another one on November 6, 2018 and (hopefully) a large percentage of Virginia's 5,489,530 regis- tered voters will participate in it. As Americans, let us be thankful for all those who stood for public office - not just those who were elect- ed. And let us be thankful for our local election offi- cials whose efforts made it possible for us to exercise our most fundamental free- dom the RIGHT to VOTE. Note: Election statis- tics Contained in this a/-ticle were accurate as of Nov. 8th, Tallies may change slightly in the days ahead. For complete information concerning the 2017 gener- al election, go to www.election.virginia.gov which is the official web- site of the Virginia Department of Elections. MARKET CORNER NEWS Clinch River Farmers Market Saturday 10 am - 12 pm The Farmers Market will be open Saturday, November 18th beginning at 10:00 am. The market will feature produce, crafts, and baked goods. If you are looking for mustard, apples, turnips, apple butter, Christmas decorations, gift items and much more come by the market. Support your local farmers and crafters and enjoy a free cup of coffee at the Clinch River Farmers Market. Subscribe to the Times!l Call 276-762-7671 Russell County Extension News The Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division presents this week's Extension News. Extension Calendar of Events: November 28 Last day to vaccinate for the December VQA Sale December 4 VQA Feeder Cattle Sale Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction - 6 pm December 9 Last day to wean for the January VQA Feeder Sale December 11 VQA Steer Delivery Tri-State Market - Abingdon, VA December 13 VQA Heifer Delivery Tri-State Market - Abingdon, VA January 15 VQA Feeder Cattle Sale Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction -6 pm If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056 or check Virginia Cooperative Extension - Russell County on Facebook. SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE November VQA Feeder Calf Sale The latest Virginia Quality Assured Calf Sale was held on Monday, November 6th at 6:00 pm at Tri-State Livestock Market in Abingdon, VA. 1,874 calves sold as 28 lots. Over 80 buyers and producers were connected to the Tel-O-Auction Conference Line and another 270 were connected by Internet utilizing technology from DV Auction (https://vca.dvauction.com). While the majority of the calves were sold over the telephone, seven loads were sold on-line with bidding, interest from seven internet customers. Listed below are the average weights per load and the sales prices ($ ] Cwt): VQA STEERS: 485# - $179.00.; 545# - 174.00; 605# - $168.00; 630# - $173.00; 655# - $169.50; 680# - $161.50; 700# - $159.00, 725# - $159.00; 750# - $156.50; 770# - $155.00; 790# - $153.00; 820# - $156.00, 860# - $156.00; 915# - $151.00 VQA HEIFERS: 500# - $157.00; 555# - $155.00; 600# - $155.50; 630# - $156.00; 660# - $156.50; 690# - $152.50; 730# - $150.00; 775# - $144.00, 840# - 130.00 The next VQA Feeder Sale will be held on December 4th. If you would like to participate in this sale, please contact the Extension Office at 276-889-8056. The Russell County Extension Unit -- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell -- is located on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at www.ext.vredu/ Oxbow Ultra 2017 November 25 Are you ready to run? start/finish area. For further information Click the link to sign up or Packet Pickup on the early settlers and visit the Facebook page @ Packet Pickup will be history, visit http://moun- Oxbow Ultra. available race moming at tainpeeksmag.com/mp,0t/ https://ultrasignup.com/ the race site mp_01_sugar_hill.html register.aspx?did=49099 History of the Area Rules & Etiquette The Oxbow Trail is the We are fortunate to be The Oxbow Ultra will entryway to Sugar Hill. allowed the use of the trail be held beginning on The trail encircles a lake system and in order for this Saturday, November 25th created in the 1970s after race to continue and to be in St. Paul. The registration large floods swept through safe and fun for everyone, options available are - 6 the town of St. Paul. To we ask that you respect the hour day, 6 hour night, 6 prevent further flooding,rules and the trail. hour tuck, 12 hour day, 12 the river was shortened, Absolutely no littering. hour night, and 24 hours, bypassing the town and Trash can be left at the aid The start time for all day leaving behind easy to stations. events will begin at 9am. develop land in a flood- Some sections of the The 6 and 12 hour night free zone. The mile-long trail are narrow. Let the races will begin at 9pm. Oxbow Trail loops around runner ahead of you know For the 6 hour Ruck, Men the lake and joins the trails you plan to pass them so will be required to wear a leading to Sugar Hill. they can provide room. 40 pound vest or ruck and Sugar Hill contains the Be aware of runners women will be required to only public hiking trailswho may need to pass and wear a 20 pound vest or along the Clinch River inmove to the side of the tuck. Camping will be Virginia. This river is trail. available at no charge. The Southwest Virginia's hid-Be courteous to other course consists of a short den jewel and has been runners and to our volun- paved section, wide packed named by The Nature teers. dirt trails, and single track. Conservancy as the num- There will be a DJ on The trace will be limited to ber one river worth protect= the course for several hours 100 participants, so regis- ing in the entire continental during the day. Dancing is ter early! United States. The average mandatory. Singing is Awards hiker is unlikely to stumble optional. Finisher medals will be across the river's rarestNotes awarded to all participants! features --- the two-foot- Participants will not be The overall male and long Hellbender salaman- allowed to change events female winner of each der and 21 types of federal- once the race has started. event will receive an ly threatened or endan- For safety reasons, please award, gered mussels and fish, for notify a volunteer if you Course example. Even if you misswish to stop running prior The course consists of a these rare species, though, to the end of your event or 5 mile loop circling the a trip along Sugar Hill's if you will beoffthe course scenic Oxbow Lake then trails reveals an astonish- for an extended period of turns onto single track and ing profusion of plant and time, such as stopping to emerges onto a large openanimal life. sleep. This ensures we field on top of Sugar Hill.Established by French don't come looking for you Participants will pass bysettlers in 1791, this area, in the middle of the night! the remnants of a French marked by standing chim-CREDIT WILL BE Settlement before descend- neys, was once called St. GIVEN FOR COMPLEt- ing onto the trail next to the Marie on the Clinch. Later ED LAPS ONLY. Yap Clinch River, one of the owners farmed the land, must complete the lap yo~ most biodiverse rivers inand in the 1930s, created a are on before your event the United States. The trail maple syrup and sugar time is up for that lap to be then merges back onto a operation known as Sugarcounted in your total. dirt road leading to the Hill, NOTICE -IO THE PUBLIC OF A PETITION BY APPALACHIAN POWER COMPAN'~'2 FOR APPROVAL OF A RATE AI)JUSTMENT CLAUSE, THE EE-~RAC, PURSUANI IO 56-585. t A 5 e OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA AND FOR APPROVAL OF NEW ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS CASE NO. PUR-2017-00126 ]~n Pow.er Company (AP(~o) has applied fordapj2ros;al of six ~eW.' deman .d-side .... I map,agement .(D.~:~.l).p!'ggr:amg, t,o extend two curreqz ,J~i~ prqgram| titat are set to expire in ,ruin, I and t~Vrevise i~, EE-t~;At_~ oy wnicn.-,rCo neo,eers tne Costs o|its t~S:..~ progrtlms, ~ :: :~: 7:: ,: : ,, i ( * APCo requests a total of $6.}21,333 fi~r its 20 t8 E E-RAC. According to APCo, this amo.unt would increase the bill of a residential Customer osing 1,000 kilowatt: hours per month by approximately $0.20. -The Commission will hear the case on ,~larch 15~ 20118, at I0 a.m. ~Furtherin~rma~j~n abuut ~his~aseis~vai~ab~e~n theS~C websitea~: ht~:~www~see~vir2inia~v~ea~ On September 29. 20I 7~ Appalachian Power Company ("APCo" or "Company"). pursuant to ~ 56-585.1 A 5 of the Code of Virginia ~md the Final Order ofthfStale Corporation Coral,ruSsian ("(~omt~ission") in Case No, I U E-=016-0008), fi led with the Commission its Petition tbr approval to impletpent new demand-side management ("DSM"~) proerams and 1o extend two existin~ DSM programs {collectively; "~oposed EE;~DR Portfolio" }. The (~ (~ }m~ianv 12hrther requests Comnfissmn app..rovaT of an updated rate adiustment clause ....... the "EE-RAC" ... to r/:cover the costs of the Proposed EE/DR Portfbho. On October 16. 2017~ the Company Med a Motion Ibr Leave to File Supplemental Direct Testimony, along with the Supplemental Direct Testimony of Fred D. Nichols, IL In its t etition, Af Co seeks approval to m}ptement six new energy etficieocy and demand restx}nse .. The Camp.any al,o reatlests aenrovat to extend the following two DSM programs, which the Commission approved in ('ase No.] I i172-2614-00{}_ }..f.r an additional tfit~ee-year period-starting in January 2019: (I) Residential Et~cient Products Program; and {2) Residential Appliance Recycling l~rogram. The Coral}any eslimates that it will spend approxinmteiy $27,3 million on the Pro~sed EE~I)R Portfolio over the threr-vear period startimz in January 2019, and is requesting recovery of~he costs of the Proposed EE/DR Porttbl]o, including a rna~in on the proaram expenses, through the existing EE-RAC. Soecifieally, the Cot l~anv~reques/s _appyoval to ~ontint~e the EE-RAC for the July 1, 20lg. throutth June 30. 2019 rate year {"-01 g Rate Year"2 for recovery of: 0) 2{I t 8 Rate Year costs associated with tile C0mpany's crrrem and proposed EE; DR programs: and (ii)any (over)/tmder recovery of costs associated with the EE/DR Pertiblio as at $ufie 30, ..018. The Company proposes a total EE-RAC revenue requirement of $6,92 t.333. A PCo used rates of return on cotn~ma equity o9,4% and 9,7% for purposes of calculating the prol~sed EE-RAC revenue requirement. AI Co states that it is not seeking recovery of lost revenues in this proceeding. if the proposed EE-RAC for the 2018 Rate Year is approved, the impact on customer bills would depend on the customer's rate schedule and usage. According to the Company., implementation of the proposed EE-RAC would increase the monthly biIl of a residential customer using 1.000 kilowatt hours per month by approximately $0,20, For catculaiing the propqsed EE-RAC rates, the Company has allocated the costs of the Propg~ sed EE/DR Porttbtio i'o tile Virginia lariffctasses in accordance with the methodology approved in the Commisskm's Final Order in Case No. PUE-2014-00039 and has updated the allocators and billing determ inams used to develop class revere.re re~tu irements for the year en~ting December 31, 2016, per the Commission's Final Order in Case No, PUF-2016-00089, , Interestex-t persons are enconraaed to review the Petition and supporting documents :thr the details of these i and other proposals, ~ TAKE NOTICE that the Coimnission may ap~Lx}rtion revenues amon~z customer classes and/or design rates in a rammer dfffei'ing from that shown in ~e Petition told sup_porting documents and thus may adopt rates that differTrom those appearing in the Company s Petition and supporting documents. " The Commission entered an Order for Notice and Hearing that, a mon~ other things, scheduled a public hearing on March 15.2018~ :~t I0 a.m.. in the Commission's second fl~or courtroom located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond. Virt~inia 23219. to receive testimony from members of-the public c~/i the Comi~an~*s Petition. At this ptiblicl~earin~, evidence related to the-Petition also will be received from the Cotfi~any. any respondents, and the Commission's Staff. Any p2rson desiring to testify as a public witness ai this hearing should appear in the Commission's eourtro