Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. A new report says Montana has one of the highest high school dropout rates in the country.The new Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says 9 percent of Montana teens ages 16 to 19 had dropped out of high school, putting Montana in a tie for 44th worst among the states. Montana’s dropout rate in 2000 was 7 percent.Nationally, the dropout rate has fallen from 11 percent in 2000 to 6 percent in 2008.Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says her office will take a proposal to the 2011 Legislature to require students to stay in school until they are 18, or until they graduate. Students can now legally drop out when they are 16.She says it’s important for state policy to create an expectation that students graduate from high school. Email
MEXICO: Speaking at a recent conference in Cancún, federal Under-Secretary of Transport Carlos Almada outlined the 13 railway projects that are being taken forward by the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, representing total investment of 125bn pesos.As well as the projects for new passenger lines from Mexico City to Querétaro and Toluca, and a new railway from Mérida to Puerto Venado which are expected to cost a total of 95bn pesos, the government is planning to spend 30bn pesos to increase capacity for freight traffic on the existing network. Freight projects include a new line running for 190 km in the state of Jalisco between Encarnación on the route from Mexico City to Aguascalientes and La Capilla on the main line from the federal capital to Guadalajara. This would cut the transit time from Altamira on the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific port of Manzanillo to 16 h. A new tunnel at Manzanillo would double capacity for intermodal traffic moving by rail to 4 million TEU a year. New alignments are planned to avoid the centres of Coatzacoalcos, Celaya and Matamoros, enabling operating speeds to be raised and avoiding the need to move hazardous materials through residential areas.
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 24-year-old woman was arrested Sunday afternoon after a brief foot pursuit in Sterling. Investigation revealed Smith was driving on a suspended license and under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Smith suffered from suspected minor injuries and was medically cleared by Central Peninsula Hospital before being remanded to Wildwood Pretrial and held without bail on multiple charges, including: Felony Eluding, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of Accident, DUI and DWLS. The driver, later identified as Holly Smith of Sterling, failed to yield and Troopers say she attempted to elude officers for approximately 5 miles. Smith reportedly fled on foot down Cooper Street an officer quickly apprehended her. Alaska State Troopers say they tried to stop a 2002 Dodge Neon just before 2pm yesterday when it nearly hit two vehicles at mile 86 of the Sterling Highway. The vehicle drove into Sterling and attempted to turn onto Cooper Street, braking “aggressively” for approximately 400 feet before failing to negotiate a turn properly and crashing into the tree line at the intersection of Cooper Street and Sterling Hwy.
Blackwell: “So in 2011 and 12 the legislature appropriate funding to develop a drift boat takeout on the Lower Kasilof River. The initial public process identified property that would be suitable. The State has purchased those properties along the Lower Kasilof River. These two sites are now referred to as the Old Kasilof Landing, because of their historic significance. State Parks has developed three conceptual site plans and is accepting public comment on the plans.” Jack Blackwell is the State Division of Parks’ Superintendent for the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two public meetings were held this week to discuss conceptual plans for a public drift boat takeout on the lower Kasilof River, one in Anchorage and one in Kasilof. The conceptual plans are posted at: Kasilof Boat Launch; public comment will be taken until January 27. At the open house meetings, division staff presented a history of the project and listened to concerns… Blackwell: “The initial public scoping that was conducted in 2011 indicated that most of the people that submitted a questionnaire did support a traditional boat ramp, but we also heard concern about more power boats accessing the personal use fishery on the Lower Kasilof. So the three concepts that have been developed include a traditional boat ramp that would be restricted to retrieving drift boats from about mid June to about mid August.” Roughly 40 people attended the Wednesday meeting at Tustamena Elementary School in Kasilof.
Brazilian legend Rivaldo believes that Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with Barcelona and will remain at the club for many years to come. The Argentine was about to leave the “Camp Nou” after applying for a transfer, but was eventually dissuaded and he remained in Barcelona.The player’s current contract expires next summer, but according to Rivaldo, after the club’s presidential election in March next year and the expected removal of current president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Messi will initial a new contract.Gulliver/GettyImages“Messi said he would stay in Barcelona until the end of his contract, but I would not be surprised if he re-signed and stayed longer. He has criticized incumbent Bartomeu, and if a new one is elected in March, Messi will probably decide to stay. Messi has his life in the city and his family enjoys life there, and the fans love it. These are the reasons he will stay, and perhaps with a new president who understands Messi’s needs, he will be persuaded to stay and sign a new treaty. Leo loves Barcelona and nowadays the players are well enough prepared physically to continue their careers at a high level. “I see Messi in Barça under the age of 38,” said Rivaldo. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.