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KHRT ND News - Thursday - 02/07/19 - Noon Edition

North Dakota's House is considering Republican-sponsored legislation that would prohibit local governments and law enforcement agencies from conducting firearm buyback programs...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's House is considering Republican-sponsored legislation that would prohibit local governments and law enforcement agencies from conducting firearm buyback programs. Primary bill sponsor Rep. Luke Simons told the Political Subdivisions Committee today that government should have nothing to do with such programs that he says do nothing to increase public safety. Buyback programs are designed to give people a safe place to get rid of unwanted weapons.

    Justin LaBar, a fourth-grade teacher from White Earth, spoke in favor of the legislation. He says gun buyback problems are an "affront to the 2nd Amendment" and an effort by anti-gun groups "to remove guns from the public." No one testified against the bill today, and the committee took no immediate action.


     LINCOLN, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Game and Fish Department has confirmed mountain lion tracks in the city of Lincoln, about a month after a lion wandered into the middle of Bismarck just a few miles away. Authorities shot and killed the lion in Bismarck in the interest of public safety. Wildlife officials believe that cat was traveling along the Missouri River in search of new territory and possibly followed a deer into the city, looking for a meal.

    Game and Fish furbearer biologist Stephanie Tucker says the tracks found in Lincoln indicate that lion moved through the community on its way south toward a wildlife management area along the Missouri. Mountain lion sightings outside of western North Dakota are uncommon, and sightings in the state's cities are rare.


    MINOT, ND - The recent influx of snow and cold has prompted several reminders from area officials.

    The Minot Police Department reminds residents of the need to remove snow from the sidewalks. City ordinance requires the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours following a snow event. Officers say this ordinance also prohibits moving snow from private property, such as a driveway, onto the public right of way (streets and avenues). Violations of the ordinance may result in a citation for $150 for failure to maintain sidewalks.


    Fire officials say frozen water pipes caused by frigid temperatures have become a primary reason for many recent Minot Fire Department responses. They say because fire sprinklers are monitored for water flow, broken pipes trigger a chain of events that ultimately results in a Fire Department response.
Residential water lines are also susceptible in the freezing temperatures.

    There are ways to help prevent water lines from freezing, including:

    1. Make sure exterior doors are clear of snow and ice. Doors should be able to close and latch. Ice and snow build up can prevent the door from completely closing, allowing cold air to enter the building.

    2. If there is an existing heater in the entryway, use it. The added cost of extra heat is well worth the expense if it prevents water lines from freezing. A safety reminder: Electric plug-in and gas heaters are not allowed in these locations.

    3. Outside pipes exposed to cold temperatures can be wrapped in heat tape. Heat tape should not, however, be used inside homes.

    4. Opening cabinet doors under sinks to allow warmer air to circulate in these areas will help keep water pipes warmer.

    Officials say if pipes freeze, it's important to contact professional help immediately.


    Xcel Energy is reminding customers to keep electrical equipment clear of snow and ice. Equipment like electric boxes and transformers should also be kept clear of snow and ice so Xcel Energy workers can access them when necessary.

    Customers can help Xcel Energy get a jump on power restoration by reporting outages. Customers have a number of ways to report their outage. Via the Xcel Energy mobile app available on iOS and Android. Online at Via text by texting 'OUT' to 98936 to report an outage, or text STAT to the same number to check the status of a power outage. Call 1-800-895-1999 and follow the prompts-the automated phone reporting system lets customers report outages in less than 60 seconds. Once the cause of the problem is identified, the system or an Xcel Energy representative will provide customers with an estimated restoration time.

    Other ways customers can prepare, stay safe

    Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume an electric line, even one that is on or near the ground, is energized and therefore dangerous. Never, under any circumstance, touch or move a downed power line. If you come across a downed power line, leave the area and report it immediately by calling 1-800-895-1999.

    Build a home emergency kit. Xcel Energy recommends assembling an easily accessible kit that can be used in the event of a power outage. Useful items may include:

    Xcel Energy phone numbers - 1-800-895-1999 for residential or 1-800-481-4700 for business. Battery-powered radio or television, flashlights, batteries, back up phone chargers, a phone that does not require electricity, non-electric alarm clock, bottled water and nonperishable food, manual can opener, first aid kit, extension cords (for partial outages), manufacturer's instructions on how to manually open power-operated doors (e.g., garage doors),

    If using a space heater, take care to ensure safety as more than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year in the United States, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. When using a space heater, make sure the heater has the label showing it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory, and read the manufacturer's instructions and warning labels. Additionally, inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs and connections; don't use it if they are frayed, worn or damaged. Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when leaving a room and don't go to sleep with a space heater on. Additionally, Xcel Energy offers rebates and incentives to install energy efficient furnaces and insulation.

    Observe food safety. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, food safety is directly related to the temperature of the food. To maintain refrigerator and freezer temperatures, keep doors closed as much as possible. A full freezer will stay at freezing temperatures for approximately two days and a half-full freezer approximately one day. Visit the USDA website for more information.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order on Wednesday granting an hours-of-service waiver for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane. North Dakotans are faced with extremely low inventories of propane supplies resulting from market conditions impacted by severe seasonal weather and increased heating fuel demands, the order states.

    Waiving the hours-of-service requirements will ensure that carriers and drivers can deliver propane to businesses, farms, ranches and private households to meet the state's needs. The waiver will remain in effect until Feb. 17. All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Transportation has closed sections of interstates and highways because of blizzard conditions that are making parts impassable. Interstate 29 northbound and southbound from Fargo to Grand Forks are closed. Interstate 94 eastbound lanes from Jamestown to Fargo and I-94 westbound lanes from Fargo to Valley City are shut down as well. Highway 13 from I-29 to Wahpeton is closed in both directions. Motorists who disobey a road closure may be fined up to $250.
     The Highway Patrol has advised against travel in all of eastern North Dakota due to heavy snow and blowing snow which is creating near zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions.


   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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