VDOF report on the spring fire season and a benefit for firefighters

Virginia Department of Forestry used by permission from VDF Communication Specialist Cory Swift-Turner

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) reports by email a review of the 2024 spring fire season.

In 2024 so far 411 wildfires burned nearly 20,000 acres in the first 3 months of the year alone.

On March 20 low relative humidity combined with gusty winds produced 88 wildfires in less than 24 hours.

Those fires occurring throughout Virginia damaged 29 homes and 28 structures.

VDOF and local firefighter suppression efforts are credited with preventing approximately $163 million in additional damage.

On that March Day Page County suffered some of the worst losses with over 8,000 acres burned.

Rockingham County had over 2,500 acres burned and those were some of the worst areas affected.

Fires and evacuations had to be ordered in Warren and Shenandoah Counties as well.

First responders and their resources across the valley were stretched beyond limits in their firefighting efforts.

To assist our firefighters and recoup some of those resources and losses 5 local bands are teaming up with the American Red Cross and Backseat events center to perform a benefit show.

The Fire in the Valley benefit show is Sunday June 2 starting at 1 p.m.

All proceeds go to the American Red Cross who have been assisting those who suffered losses.

For more information on the Fire In the Valley event click here.

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Sports: Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Nats Double Up Braves 8-4, Os Win Fifth Straight, Clarke Upsets Madison in 2B Baseball

Lane Thomas strokes a double in his return to the Nats’ lineup in an 8-4 win over Atlanta. Courtesy Nationals Radio Network…

Youngkin announces meeting date for veterans survivors task force

The first meeting of the Preserving Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Task Force will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. June 10 at the War Memorial in Richmond, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Friday.

The task force was established to address recent changes made by the General Assembly to the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP).

I am proud that so many Virginians, especially the many veterans who have already reached out to volunteer on behalf of our military families and all Virginians, are coming together to offer solutions to help preserve and sustain this important program for the future,” Gov. Glenn Youngkin said in a news release. “The Task Force will give stakeholders a venue to provide important information on the program, express their concerns and offer feedback on implementation guidance and suggestions for changes.”

The release states that General Assembly members have been invited to formally participate in the task force.

Virginians can provide feedback to the Task Force ahead of the June 10th meetingby emailing PreservingVMSDEP@governor.virginia.gov.

According to the release, the Task Force will be co-chaired by Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Craig Crenshaw, a retired Major General in the United States Marine Corps, and Secretary of Education Aimee Rogstad Guidera. Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears, Attorney General Jason Miyares, and their offices will participate in the Task Force’s work.

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Two killed in Clarke County motorcycle crash

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

Two people from Pennsylvania were killed Friday afternoon in a crash involving their motorcycle in Clarke County.

William R. Winemiller, 69, of York, Pennsylvania, was riding his 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Route 7 with a passenger, 67-year-old Jane L. Winemiller.  As they approached the intersection with Main Street near Berryville at about 2:30, the motorcycle collided with a 2018 Honda Civic that was stopped for the red light, Virginia State Police Sgt. Brent Coffey said in a news release.

Both Winemillers were transported to Winchester Medical Center, where they died of their injuries. State police said they were wearing helmets. The driver of the Civic was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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News Maker Sheriff Tim Carter on Shenandoah County Summer

As we try to do at least once a month we are checking in with Shenandoah County Sheriff Tim Carter in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

Sheriff Carter tells us that he and the staff are more than ready for summer and another Youth Leadership Camp.

The Sheriff tells us what the camp includes and involves and how it builds leadership qualities and friendships that last.

Sheriff Carter also tells us how the selection for attendees is made and who to contact in his office to get involved in the yearly camp.

Click here for Sheriff Carter’s latest news maker.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

BCSD continue the investigation of a murder suspect

Used by permission of Berkeley County Sheriff Department Office Administrator Brandy Sullivan

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD) report that they continue to investigate murder suspect David Antonio Calderon.

Working with the FBI information has come to light that Calderon has an extensive criminal history in his native El Salvador.

Arrest records show convictions of DUI, Sexual Assault/Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and narcotics related charges.

Calderon severed time in an El Salvador prison from 1999 to 2021.

Once released it is believed that Calderon entered the United States illegally to later attempt asylum in Canada only to be denied at the border.

Calderon is being investigated for his involvement with a body discovered in Martinsburg on May 6.

Calderon is incarcerated in Frederick County Virginia and fighting extradition to West Virginia.

Anyone with any information on Calderon or the May 6 investigation is asked to contact the BCSD at 304-267-7000.

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There’s hope if you fear or loath going over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Memorial Day Weekend means the unofficial start of summer and many will be going over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the Eastern Shore.

If you fear or loath going over the near 380 foot tall over 4-mile-long Chesapeake Bay Bridge, you are not alone.

In fact, there is now a service being offered that drives you over the bridge.

Kent Island Express Car Service offers a team member that can be scheduled to meet you to drive you either east or westbound over the bridge.

The Car service owner Steven Eskew asked that you call at least an hour ahead of your trip over the bridge.

Eskew or a team member will meet you at a designated location and drive you over the bridge.

Team members will follow and pick up their colleague to take them back over.

Eskew notes that during peak times his team has made as many as 44 trips in one day.

The request for assistance increased tremendously since the COVID pandemic and have hit a new high since the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Some people have even asked their driver to allow them to ride in the trunk of the vehicle until the trip was over.

Where drivers cannot allow that, they will allow you to lie down in the back seat with a towel or something over your head.

The trip is $40 each way and can cost $50 if you use a credit card.

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Youngkin applauds Micron investment in HCBUs

Governor Glenn Youngkin on Friday applauded Micron’s Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Semiconductor Network, a new partnership with that company, GlobalFoundries and the U.S. National Science Foundation that will make funding opportunities available for historically black colleges nationwide – including Norfolk State University, Hampton University and Virginia State University in Virginia.

“Micron has been a valuable corporate partner to Virginia’s Education system, with a long history of investing in Virginia’s HBCUs, including their support of the Micron-Norfolk State University Nanofabrication Cleanroom,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “Private sector leadership is critical to bringing STEM opportunities and innovation to our higher education institutions, and Micron’s latest announcement is another demonstration of its commitment to expanding opportunity, increasing access, and embracing innovation in Virginia.”

“Micron is investing in people and partnerships to expose learners from every background to opportunities they may not otherwise have. The inclusion of three local HBCUs in Micron’s MSI Semiconductor Network further bolsters our longstanding support of education in Virginia,” said April Arnzen, executive vice president and chief people officer at Micron and president of the Micron Foundation. “We’re honored to see initiatives like Micron’s MSI Semiconductor Network, which are at the forefront of our industry’s efforts to prepare the semiconductor workforce and research ecosystem to meet growing demand for talent, recognized by government leaders in the U.S. and globally.”

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