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    first_imgLetterkenny Golf News: Results from Tuesday 17th February 13-hole re-entry . Winner Celine Bradley (17) 25pts bot. Runner-up Marian O’Sullivan (10) 25pts bot. Third Anne Cannon (11) 25pts. Well done to all.Due to unsuitable weather conditions the Drive-in is again postponed. Revised date in next weeks bulletin. A reminder of the rescheduled Bingo Sunday now happening on March 1st at 5.30 after the rugby match in the clubhouse. Keep that date free and bring along any family and friends who fancy their luck. A raffle will also be held with lots of prizes.GOLF NEWS: CELINE BRADLEY COMES OUT ON TOP AT BARNHILL was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:golfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

  • Water policy guiding election

    first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Newhall County Water District board candidate B.J. Atkins and incumbents Barbara Dore and Maria Gutzeit are campaigning together, but their views on water policy differ by degree and volume. The three-person slate is vying against incumbent Joan Dunn and challengers Ed Dunn and Trish Lester for three seats on the five-member board. The top three vote-getters Nov. 8 will govern a small but often controversial public-water purveyor. Challenger Atkins and Dore, who is running for a third term, concur that development is inevitable in the Santa Clarita Valley, and that local water agencies must obtain an adequate supply to meet regional growth projections, while holding costs down for ratepayers. “You’ve got to run it like a business,” said Atkins, who heads an environmental consulting company. “The ratepayers are the constituents.” “You think the people are going to be here because we are building Newhall Ranch?” said Dore, referring to The Newhall Land and Farming Company’s planned 21,000-home development west of Interstate 5. “The people are here because of reproduction. So what are we going to do?” It’s an eightfold increase from the $4,000 spent in her last election. Gutzeit said there are more voters to reach this round, with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s controversial propositions likely boosting turnout. Reports for both Atkins and Dore were unavailable Friday, as the last pre-election filing deadline was Thursday. Atkins said he raised some $30,000, 75 percent of which was spent on the campaign. Dore said she raised about $25,000 and spent about $20,000. Both are endorsed by the local Republican Party. The election comes as the water agency faces complaints of higher rates compared with those of other providers, as well as threats from the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission to dissolve it. Some believe the district, which serves some 9,000 households and businesses spread between Newhall and Castaic, is inefficient. Also, a controversial resolution challenging the estimated water supply in the Santa Clarita Valley continues to shadow the race. Approved by a majority, including Joan Dunn and Gutzeit, it was seen by some as an attempt to slow development by shutting off the tap. The city of Santa Clarita and local school districts, which receive fees and public infrastructure from builders pushing new projects, denounced the move. Gutzeit joined Dore to rescind the resolution in April after an independent consultant verified the numbers. Atkins said the crises of the past year motivated his run. “I watched in horror the decisions being made by the Newhall County Water District,” he said. “I don’t understand it. I still don’t understand how it was done. … I want to be there to make the right decisions.” “We like to think we can make rational decisions,” said Dore, who voted against the resolution. The consultant found there was sufficient water available to meet projected demands for the next 20 years, pending future acquisitions. “If they want to stop development, get off the water board. We do not approve development. It’s not our job. Join the planning board.” Gutzeit urged a measured view. “We have to be realistic about the water supply,” she said. “What we need is water-sensitive development. Just like we think about the traffic impact, we need to think about the water impacts and how to lessen the impact if possible. “By the same token, we should not have school districts and business entities trying to get favorable numbers on water, because they’re not the experts either.” All three accept the projected demand presented in the Urban Water Management Plan – a 2005 update is pending approval by Newhall Water and the Castaic Lake Water Agency, the valley’s public water wholesaler. CLWA oversees deliveries from the State Water Project, which accounts for about half of the region’s supply. The document predicts water demand by 2030 could spike to 138,300 acre-feet per year as the Santa Clarita Valley’s population jumps from 250,000 currently to more than 428,000. Local water supply is projected at 125,680 acre-feet by 2030, and proposed transfer deals, water-banking in Kern County and decontamination programs could add about 86,700 acre-feet. “Overall, the CLWA and NCWD have a really good handle on what demand is going to be,” Atkins said. “We kind of know how thirsty the Santa Clarita Valley is going to be.” Dore, who holds Newhall’s rotating seat on the CLWA board and supports the plan, said, “You have to have enough banking, so you can still use it when the hose is turned off.” She said there’s enough water from the Sacramento River Delta to “satisfy the fish and the salmon” and for diversion to Southern California. “To me, going to the ocean is not beneficial use.” Still, critics continued to dispute the plan’s accuracy and its reliance on state sources, which could be disrupted. Others contend they’re pie-in-the-sky projections intended to justify growth. Gutzeit said there’s room for opposing views. “We need to take a seat in the issue and not pull ourselves out,” she said. “I’m not saying we’re always going to agree, but I think it’s better when you disagree sitting at the same table, and let’s compromise, rather than disagree and walk out the door.” “There is value to dissenting opinion,” Atkins said. “The dissenting opinions want to question what’s out there – I will listen.” But Gutzeit’s idea of inclusion extends even to the ballot box. “People need to look at electing the best individual directors to represent them,” she said. “I don’t like the game of one side against the other – development versus environment – it doesn’t result in good permanent policy. … The water district really shouldn’t be having biased slates on either side.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Gutzeit, meanwhile, seeks to balance growth and environmental needs. “We can solve the issues of water availability and environmental concerns,” said Gutzeit, currently the board’s president. “There is a tremendous amount of technology out there and … smart people willing to work on the issues. “Where it breaks down is when it gets into a battle of one side against the other. The environmentalists and the business interests need to work together and reach an acceptable compromise.” The slate is well-financed. According to campaign finance reports, Gutzeit has raised more than $35,000 from a broad base of contributors, including the grass-roots Citizens for Responsible Government and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce. She has spent about $21,000 and is endorsed by U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and local Sierra Club leaders. last_img read more