Archive for December, 2008

A look back at ‘08

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008


2008 has been quite a year for the history books in andamp lt a href andamp quot http www kxnet com t north-dakotaandamp quot class andamp quot kxInlineLinkandamp quot andamp gt North Dakotaandamp lt aandamp gt But what will people still be talking about 50 years from now On this New Yearandamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 8482 s Eve here is a look back at the stories that will impact the state for years to come This yearandamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 8482 s top story is also one of the top stories in North Dakota s 119 year history andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 339 If there is something that stands out about North Dakota history in 2008 it s the andamp lt a href andamp quot http www kxnet com t oilandamp quot class andamp quot kxInlineLinkandamp quot andamp gt oilandamp lt aandamp gt boom the andamp lt a href andamp quot http www kxnet com t bakken-oil-formationandamp quot class andamp quot kxInlineLinkandamp quot andamp gt Bakkenandamp lt aandamp gt andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 157 said Mark Halvorson of the State Historical Society of North Dakota andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 339 The 2008 oil boom if you incorporate it with the 1950 s and 1970 s it becomes one of the top 10 in North Dakota history andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 157 Halvorson said It seems everywhere you look in western North Dakota you see the signsfrom the rigs to the tank cars moving the oil The second big story involves mistakes handling nuclear weapons that made national headlines andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 339 Not only the flying of nuclear weapons from andamp lt a href andamp quot http www kxnet com t minot-air-force-baseandamp quot class andamp quot kxInlineLinkandamp quot andamp gt Minot Air Force Baseandamp lt aandamp gt to Louisiana but also the subsequent mishandling of a rocket propulsion unit that was left by the side of the road andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 157 said Halvorson andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 339 These are emblematic of our heightened concern for national security since 9 11 andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 339 The 5th bomb wing fails its security inspection but is rectified in handling nuclear weapons after the errors Corruption headlines our third story Halvorson andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 339 The whole story with the prosecution of andamp lt a href andamp quot http www kxnet com t sandy-bluntandamp quot class andamp quot kxInlineLinkandamp quot andamp gt Sandy Bluntandamp lt aandamp gt and WSI brings to mind the whole period of 34 35 andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 157 Blunt is convicted on one of two felony charges andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 339 It s those types of things those allegations of corruption North Dakotan s are very proud of our transparency in government andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 157 Halvorson said andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 339 We were the first state in the nation to recall a governor Lynn Frazier the initiated measure the recall the referendum these are parts of North Dakotans wanting to have responsible government andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 339 Next on the listpolitics and a first for North Dakota andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 339 The election of andamp lt a href andamp quot http www kxnet com t john-hoevenandamp quot class andamp quot kxInlineLinkandamp quot andamp gt John Hoevenandamp lt aandamp gt for a third four year term is unprecedented in North Dakota history andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 157 Halvorson said andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 339 Now Art Link in 1980 ran against Alan Olson and was defeated he was seeking a third fourth year term Now Bill Guy was elected andamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 157 Finallyon a whiter notethis winter will be talked about for years to come It s already one for the record books And weandamp 226 andamp 8364 andamp 8482 re not even into 2009 Some of the other top stories include our budget surplus crop values and financial difficulties of the State Mill andamp amp Elevator

Inside Look: Gazprom-Ukraine Dispute

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008


Russian Economic Outlook Amid Civil Unrest - Analysis and Discussion with Anders Aslund of Petersen Institute for International Economics

Crude’s Wild Ride; Obama & Energy Policy

Monday, December 29th, 2008


Oil price up this morning on Gaza news before paring gains Energy Department Fuel use down 4 2 from November 21 to December 19 Analysis by Kevin Book of Friedman Billings Ramsey

Preventing Nuclear Mistakes

Monday, December 29th, 2008


Wisconsin emergency officials are prepared to spend over a million dollars to help keep nuclear facilities running safely

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Monday, December 29th, 2008


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KRQE News 13 at 10 p.m. Dec. 26, 2008

Friday, December 26th, 2008


In this newscast No word from Second Chance on eviction APD finally tops 1 100 officers

KRQE News 13 at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 2008

Friday, December 26th, 2008


In this newscast City logs 62nd bank robbery Roswell shoppers out in force

More subs for EB

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008


More work is coming for Electric Boat subbuilders

Austin reconsiders nuclear power

Thursday, December 18th, 2008


Is a proposal to consider nuclear power a good move for Austin

Guard Begins Security at MAFB

Thursday, December 18th, 2008


It was a historic moment at andamp lt a href andamp quot http www kxnet com t minot-air-force-baseandamp quot class andamp quot kxInlineLinkandamp quot andamp gt Minot Air Force Baseandamp lt aandamp gt this morning That s when the first members of the andamp lt a href andamp quot http www kxnet com t north-dakota-national-guardandamp quot class andamp quot kxInlineLinkandamp quot andamp gt North Dakota Air National Guardandamp lt aandamp gt went on duty alongside security forces from the base to protect nuclear missiles and facilities Officials say it s the first such arrangement in the US andamp lt a href andamp quot http www kxnet com t jim-olsonandamp quot class andamp quot kxInlineLinkandamp quot andamp gt Jim Olsonandamp lt aandamp gt reports on this morning s launch of a new arrangement between the Air Guard and Minot Air Force Base Eric Foss knows the missile fields around Minot - he grew up in Douglas Now the airman first class is charged with protecting those missile silos and control facilities Eric Foss ND Air National Guard andamp quot Mostly I ll be guarding the launch facilities andamp quot Foss and Staff Sergeant John Chalupa are on their first assignment at Minot Air Force Base - as members of the North Dakota Air National Guard s new 219th Security Forces Squadron SSgt John Chalupa ND Air National Guard andamp quot I m excited I like being out there I like the schedule It s shift work but it s one of those things you like who you work with Being on a flight it s like a family out there Everybody takes care of everybody andamp quot The men are the first two guard members to go on duty guarding the base s andamp lt a href andamp quot http www kxnet com t minuteman-III-missileandamp quot class andamp quot kxInlineLinkandamp quot andamp gt Minuteman Threeandamp lt aandamp gt missile operation The first such arrangement anywhere in the US according to military officials SSgt John Chalupa ND Air National Guard andamp quot This is a historic event and it didn t happen overnight - it s been ten years in the making andamp quot Brigadeer General Patrick Martin is assistant Adjutant General for North Dakota He says the 140 men and women who will ultimately be part of the new 219th will have the same high expectations of the Air Force s 91st Missile Wing Col Mike Spencer 91st Missile Wing andamp quot With perfection being the minimum standard in the nuclear field we cannot fail and we will not fail We are successful because of all of us here today andamp quot General Martin and Colonel Mike Spencer the vice commander of the andamp lt a href andamp quot http www kxnet com t 91st-space-wingandamp quot class andamp quot kxInlineLinkandamp quot andamp gt 91st Space Wingandamp lt aandamp gt addressed security forces Thursday morning - including the two Air Guard members getting ready for their first assignments in the field And the new personnel will take some schedule stress off the missile wing security forces Col Robert Becklund 119th Commander andamp quot We had guys working over night last night until 5 and that puts a strain on us and if you can come in and support this you re welcome andamp quot Col Mike Spencer 91st Missile Wing andamp quot This idea to have the National Guard here in North Dakota is a good idea It s taken a long time to get here but it s a good idea andamp quot Lt Col Tad Schauer 219th Commander andamp quot Feels pretty good There s been a lot of hard work and training to get to this point and now we re seeing it pay off andamp quot andamp quot From my perspective as the 219th Security Forces Squadron commander I thank you and look forward to doing a lot of good things in the future andamp quot At Minot Air Force Base Jim Olson KX News Guard members must go through almost a year of training to be certified to guard the nuclear weapons systems Minot Air Force Base is responsible for 150 Minuteman Three missiles that are buried in silos surrounding the base