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6 - Hinton News Tues. March 19, 2019 < West Virginia is pursuing justice fo~' victims of sexual assault and other crimes through its continuing an d successful role in the national DNA Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. The Mountain State {s on track to finish testing the nearly 2,400 sexual assault evidence collection kil s inventoried as part of this multi- year effort. Many of these kits had never been submitted to a lab, remaining instead at hospitals or law enforcement offices. The ongoing te:iting has so far contributed nearly 3C0 profiles to the Combined DNA Index System or CODIS, the ne tional DNA database overseen by the FBI. The West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory ad ministers the state's participaticn wi ~l~ CODIS. This has truly been a team effort," said State Police Forensic Laboratory Director Sheri Lemons. "Everyone saw the importance of the initiative and the need to get the kits ten ted, with the goal being justice for the victims of sexual assault. The m~dtidisciplinary team has and continues to work to understand, address and remedy untested sexual assault kits in our state." To date, 106 of those CODIS entries have resulted in hits, matching either an offender or evidence collected in another crime. "Each of those hits represents a victim," said P. Renee Graves, coordinator of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) at the Division of Justice and Community Services. "You look at the hard work that the labs have done, you can't even fathom to be able to see all of this m<,ve forward has just been I}E d zing." ~nd ~bcse hits have not been entered into CODIS have linked West Virginia kits to offenders or cases in a dozen other states as well as Puerto Rico. The State Police lab will continue to enter both test results and offender profiles into CODIS, withthe understanding that more hits will occur in the coming months and years "By testing the DNA in these kits and getting the results into the CODIS system, it's possible for other investigators to get those leads, to learn that their perpetrator matches a case that was solved," said David Miller, the crime lab's forensic scientist supervisor. "So, it may have value beyond the immediate investigation, all across the country and not only in sexual assaults but also homicide and property crime investigations too." West Virginia's participation in SAKI reflects a collaboration of Justice and Community Services, the W.Va. State Police Forensic Laboratory, Marshall University's Forensic Science Center, the ProsecutingAttorneys Institute and the W.Va. Foundation for Rape Information Services (WVFRIS). "As the state sexual assault coalition, we continue to support the thousands of sexual assault victims who bravely reported their assaults but have waited so many years for the opportunity for resolution in their cases," said Nancy Hoffman, WVFRIS state coordinator. "We commend all the state and local partners who are working now to find justice for these survivors and who will be working with us to create a system that prevents this fi'om happening again." The West Virginia parip, e,~d~i);, has secured :'ritit'a{ gra~ i~.~, li) i,~d to We:~t Virginia: results ' from the U.S. Dclx. ofJt~,~tic(. ~,~ Despite State Tax Cut, Bleak Long-Term Outlook for WV Quotes "You may delay, but time will not." -- Benjamin Franklin "It takes discipline not to let social media steal your time."-- Alexis Ohanian Dan Heyman CHARLESTON, W.Va. The ~h:est Virginia Legislature has passed a 40 percent cut in thermal coal severance taxes, despite Revenue Department predictions that it would do little to change steam coal's steady decline. The lon',-term outlook is no b,tter, said Carey King, a research s(ientist and assistant director of the University of Texas' Energy Institute. King said thermal coal, used to generate electricity, has a lot stacked against it. Natural gas is likely to stay cheap and renewables ih continue to drop in price, while demand for electricity is flat. King said most coal plants are o!d, and the cost of a new plant is t,o big to risk. " 'Big' means ~ver a few billion d,Aiars," he said, "and when you don't have electricity demand increasing, it is hard to commit to large electricity-generation projects, but much easier to commit t(, smaller projects - like natural gas, i nd and solar - and in addition, t!, ey're cheaper, anyways." The coal industry has argued that k wer taxes and less environmental r, gulati0n would prompt a boom in mining jobs. According to the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, about 8 percent more coal miners are working now than ") ,; Eagle Brigade of Southern WV(including Three Rivers Avian Center, Bibbee Nature Club, Hanging Rock Migration Observatory, Pipestem State Park & guests) March 2, 2019. Bertha - Allen Waldron, Bob Dameron, Josh Parks & Chris Mullens. 2 BAEA*(1 adult & 1 3rd year) Mouth of the Bluestone River- Rodney Davis, Julie & Corey McQuade, Jerry Gladwell, Jeff Hajenga, Daniel Ward, Christopher & Andrew Pinnick, Tim Hughes, Darrel Fernatt, Dehner Kelley, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Post, Suleka Deevi, Barb Koster, Kristen Richmond, Carolyn Garrell, Rebecca Bailey, Becky & Ernie Wheeler, Jeanne Smith, Ann McRae, Todd & Sandy Fenstermacher. 9 BAEA- (1 adult, 5 1st year, 2 3rd year & 1 4th year) Bluestone State Park - John Hawkins, Jim(compiler) & Judy Phillips. 7 BAEA - (2 adults, 2 1 st year, 2 2nd year & 1 4h year) 1 GOEA** - 1 immature. Rt. 20 Overlook, south of Bluestone Dam - Brian Hirt, Betsy Reeder, Mark Mengele, Brynn Kusic, Buddy Shaver, Kermit & Randy Stover, David & Anne Wills, the New York County District Attorney's Office, which have led the national initiative, starting in 2015 Thanks to this funding, DJCS developed a nationally recognized kit inventory and tracldng data system that has been implemented by the State Police lab. The data system is designed to track kits from collection through testing, with current efforts to expand tracking through adjudication. The grants have also funded training for both law enforcement and advocates who assist victims of sexual assault. "Our inventory was completed with 100 percent voluntary participation of our law enforcement," said Graves, who noted that there are more than 600 such agencies statewide. "Having that in conjunction with everyone working together as closely as the State of West Virginia does - our law enforcement, advocates, the rape crisis centers, the labs - the way that everybody works together is just amazing to see because you don't have that collaboration everywhere. That is going to help our victims moving forward, in both current and back cases." Some of the kits in the system date back to the late 1 980s - before modern DNA testing or the FBI's creation of CODIS. "The State Police crime lab had the forethought to save this valuable . evidence, believing it would one day yield results through technology not then available," said Melissa Runyan, forensic science supervisor of the State Police lab's DNA section. "Because of this thinking, kits that would have otherwise been (t(:)' (~"~ ! v, ": ~' '""<1 and are now Senator Joe Manchin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and a bipartisan group of 38 Senators sent a letter to the Chairman Richard Shelby (RAL) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT) of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the inclusion of back pay for federal contract workers impacted by the government shutdown within the upcoming disaster relief package. While federal workers harmed by the government shutdown have since been compensated for their lost wages, federal contract employees - including janitorial, food, and security services workers - who were furloughed or forced to accept reduced work hours have not. In their letter, the Senators urge the Appropriations Committee to include prowsmns to fix this wrong in upcoming appropriations Quotes "We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don't even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us have to stand on the sidewalk and watch US beg in the streets! It's time to put an end to this. It's time for us to let ourselves be loved." C. JoyBell C. The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that tl,e sm~ will set only to rise again. ' Hope in i ;;, i~ th(:' wot~:~ ,i all evils because it prolongs the torments of man." -- Friedrich Nietzsche "Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery." -- Bertrand Russell BLwk and white are the colors of photography. 'ro me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which 'mankind is forever subjected. Robert Frank "And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing ~s ~ttam. 'vVl~en ySu come out of the storm, you won't ' be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about." haruki murakami Bey & Chuck Wright. 7 BAEA - (4 1st year, 2 2nd year & 1 3rd year). Bellepoint - Charlie Kahle, Dale Porter & Sharyn Ogden. 3 BAEA - (2 adults & 1 1 5t year) Mouth of Madam's Creek - Bev & Jim Triplett. 1 unidentified eagle. Brooks Falls - Ahna LoWry & Mindy Waldron. No eagles. Brooks Overlook - Jessy Perrine, Shelby Chapman, Ron & Wendy Perrone. 2 BAEA (adults). Rt. 122- Leigh Prince & David Shrewsbery. No eagles. Hans Creek Valley- Maury Johnson, Bob & Gladys Carter. No Eagles. Red Sulphur Springs - Rodney & Julie Bragg. 1 BAEA (adult). Greenbrier River(Alderson to Hinton) - Doug Wood, Dianne Anestis, Ronal d, Gwendolyn, Roslyn & Gabriel McAllister. 3 BAEA(2 adults & 1 1 st year). 66 participants located 34 Bald Eagles(ll adults, 13 1st year, 4 2nd year, 4 3rd year & 2 4th year), 1 Unidentified eagle and 1 Golden Eagle(immature) '):=Bald eagles **=Golden Eagles. Conditions - 38-49 degrees, 100% cloud cover, NW wind 0-10 mph & visibility 1.5-3 miles. NOTICE PIPESTEM RURITAN CLUB The Pipestem Ruritan Club meets every fourth Saturday at 6:00 p.m. We have a covered dish dinner and social hour before the meeting. We would like to invite anyone interested in learning about the service club to come and join us for fun and fellowship. For more info please call Janet Lilly at 466-4353. two years ago, although many are p~'oducing metallurgical coal for making steel, not thermal coal. Critics have argued that even e!iminating severance taxes would not make Appalachian steam coal c,mpetitive with coal from mines it, the western United States. David Schlissel, director of r.source planning analysis for the lhstitute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, 'said another trend is emerging that will h~qp renewables at the expense of a!l fbssil fuels - huge, grid scale b ttteries and pumped storage. "And it's a real game-changer, ill be storage," he said. "There a :e plans ibr substantial amounts - Cflitbrnia definitely, and New York, I ~hink, is still talking about it. And s!,orage will make it increasingly difficult for coal and natural gas to (' ~)npete." He said storage will make the e!ectric grid more reliable, even ~,s it shifts to intermittent sources such as sunshine and wind. As more storage comes online, its price will fall, he said, much like the price of renewables. The legislation to cut thermal- ,oal severance taxes now is on the ()V('IIIOV'S (I~ ",-~I(. ~/],!,)'(, ]])l,:'l;lllit.y s()wcd faith, hope, and unity. ,]oy's garden ) dossomed." -- Aberjhani Sponsors Needed and Teams Forming for Volleyball 4 Students in New Rivet" Community and Technical College's Browning Soci,al Service Club are preparing tbr Volleyball 4 Autism, a fundraiser for The Un-Prescription, on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Teams are forming and sponsors are needed. Registration for teams of eight is $100 if registered beibre the event or $150 at the door, and the 2019 event will have two divisions, one fin' those who play regularly and one for those with less experience. T-shirt sponsorships are available for $100, now through March 29. The 2019 tournament will kick- off at 9 a.m. with tlie battle fi)r the net challenge between the West Virginia State Troopers and the Raleigh County She)'i ff"s l)epartment and Becklcy City Police and Beckley Fire Department. "Volleyball 4 Autism is a cuhnination of what our social services students have learned. They're able to plan and organize, to write grants and to folh)w up with donors. With this event, we're taking (he lhing,~ If)a!. (hey'v<' b';i~ i!,'~l :~d pull,in~.', tl~em into [))';l('[ri('(: ((' t',O beyond what they've )'cad in books," New River CTC Assistant Professor of Social Services l)r. Kelli White explained. "It's a great experience for them. We see former students come back to help and participate." White started Volleyball 4 Autism ten years ago to help provide more families with access to diagnostic services through Autism Health. Now, college students run the fundraiser. Autism Health and the non- profit, Tht! Un-Prescription, has helped hundreds of tamilies by providing natural approaches to treat underlying medical problems that can cause difficult behaviors and aggression, sleep problems, constipation, delayed hmguage and poor social skills. Th(" cen{(q', based iu Beckley, cmrc)fliy s('r~('s patients from 16 SlateS, but funds raised through Volleyball 4 Autism help West Virginia families. Team registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 starting at Memorial Baptist Church, 1405 S. Kanawha St Beckley. team, donate or sponsor the event email volleyball4autism@gmail, corn d legislation. The Senators write in part: "Contractor workers and their families should not be penalized for a government shutdown that they did nothing to cause. While federal employees received back pay at the end of the shutdown, federal contractors did not. Contractor employees perform jobs that are critical to the operations of our government, such as food service, security, and custodial work: These are often low-wage jobs that require workers to live paycheck to paycheck. As a result, the shutdown has left contractors struggling with unpaid rent and other mounting bills that many of these workers still cannot afford without back pay." In addition to Senator Manchin, the letter was signed by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tina Smith (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D- CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bob Casey (D-PAl, Doug Jones (D-ALl, Tim Kaine (D- VA), Bernard Sanders (I:VT), Mark Warner (D-VA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Edward Markey (D-MA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Kiobuchar (D-MN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Angus King (I-ME), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Catherine Cortez Masto (D- NV), Jon Tester (D-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Chris Coons (D-DE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Baldwin (D- WI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tom Carper (D-DE), Martin Heinrich (D- NM), Dick Durbin (D-ILl, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeff Merkiey (D- OR.), Tammy Duckworth (D-ILL Michael Bennet (D-CO), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Kamala Harris (D- CA). unces .S The 2020 New River Community and Technical College Shootout will expand from one day to three days, January 2:4, 2020, at the Beckley- Raleigh County Convention Center. The number of high school basketball teams participating will increase from 8 to 18 teams, including a high school girls' basketball division for the 2020 event TheNew River CTC FoUndation hosted ten boys' middle school and high school basketball teams at the inaugural event in January 2019 and provided student scholarships to participating high schools. "The 2019 Shootout was a success with nearly 900 people attending, and we look forward to next year's expanded event," said Executive Director for the New River CTC Foo~d~tjopiMichael Green. "We are overwhelmed by the interest of area high school teams to participate in next year's event and it is sure to be an entertaining one. The team roster is nearly complete with 15 of the 18 teams committed, and we are holding out for one or two big surprises. We will have a full slate of games on Thursday and Friday with the winners moving forward and competing on Championship Saturday," Green said. The "Most Outstanding Cheering "Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time." -- Steven Wright Section" tradition will continue for the 2020 event. Pocahontas County High School won the award this year after a close cheering battle with Shady Spring and Greenbrier East High Schools. Pocahontas County's school spirit won their senior class a $500 donation toward Project Graduation. Sponsors fm t, '2 !~ ~:',t),~ ,0m' included: Brick Street Foundation, Chick-fil-a Beckley, City of geckley, The Bank'of Monroe, Wendy's, KilCollin Dental, 99.5 WJLS, Greenbrier Medical Center and Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Ellis, PLLC. "Sponsorships will also be available for next year's event," Green added. "It is a wonderful opportunity for individuals or b u s i rf,#~ ~l~It~ NIle, Yet tibi r suppor~ for area:, high, ~h~le and assist students in pursuing their degree or certificate with much needed scholarships. Events like this one help the New River CTC Foundation award more than $100,000 in scholarships to deserving students each year. We would not be able to do what we do without our generous donors and their willingness to give." For more information on the 2020 New River CTC Shootout, call 304- 929-6734 or email foundation @newriver.edu. "Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one." -- Baltasar Graci~n Saint Patrick Catholic Church Friday, March 22nd and Friday, April 5th Eat in or take out from 4 PM to 7 PM. Meal includes: Fish (Fried or Baked), Cole Slaw, Au G,ratin Potatoes or Rice Pilaf, Sweet Roll, Dessert and Drink $10 per dinner L