City Budget Discussion Schedule Released

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John has released its 2009 budget calendar. Following the 2008 budget there were many concerns the process wasn’t transparent enough, so the City has released a schedule of when all the budget meetings will be held for 2009. City Manager Diane Hunter says the process is the same as last year but they are trying to make it more public. [asset|aid=646|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5e109737ff548bc2be4f9259d0484c2a-Diane – Public Process_1_Pub.mp3] Although these meetings are not open for discussion, the City and Council hope this will allow the public see how Council puts together the budget. There will be a 5 minute question period at the end of each meeting and once the budget is complete they will hold an open house to discuss the budget.The first meeting was held Monday afternoon and the second one is scheduled for Monday December 15th and will deal with Utility Rates.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Sen. Craig may not quit after all

first_imgSEX STING: Spokesman says politician is reconsidering move after support from Sen. Specter. By John Miller THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOISE, Idaho – Sen. Larry Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign after his arrest in a Minnesota airport sex sting and may still fight for his Senate seat, his spokesman said Tuesday evening. “It’s not such a foregone conclusion anymore that the only thing he could do was resign,” Sidney Smith, Craig’s spokesman in Idaho’s capital, told The Associated Press. “We’re still preparing as if Sen. Craig will resign Sept. 30, but the outcome of the legal case in Minnesota and the ethics investigation will have an impact on whether we’re able to stay in the fight – and stay in the Senate,” Smith said. Craig, a Republican who has represented Idaho in Congress for 27 years, announced Saturday that he intends to resign from the Senate on Sept. 30. But since then, he’s hired a prominent lawyer to investigate the possibility of reversing his plea, his spokesman said. Craig was a no-show Tuesday as Congress reconvened after a summer break and it wasn’t clear whether he’ll return at all since deciding to resign over his guilty plea in a sex sting this summer at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Another spokesman, Dan Whiting in Washington, said Tuesday that Craig was expected to spend the week in Idaho as the Senate votes on spending bills for veterans and other programs. Whiting did not rule out Craig’s returning to Washington before the end of the month. A telephone call Craig received last week from Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., urging him to consider fighting for his seat is affecting Craig’s decision to reconsider his resignation, Smith said. “It was a little more cut and dried a few days ago,” Smith said. “There weren’t many options. He was basically going to have to step aside. Now, there’s a little more to it.” On Tuesday, Specter, senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggested Craig’s GOP colleagues who pressured him last week to resign should re-examine the facts surrounding his arrest June 11. “The more people take a look at the situation, there may well be second thoughts,” said Specter, a former prosecutor. If Craig had not pleaded guilty in August to a reduced charge and instead demanded a trial, “I believe he would have been exonerated,” Specter said. Craig gave up his senior positions on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and the Appropriations veterans subcommittee last week, at the request of Senate Republican leaders. The Senate began debating the veterans spending bill Tuesday. Craig came under a steady drumbeat of criticism from Republicans in the days before he announced that for the good of the people of Idaho, he would step down Sept. 30. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called Craig’s actions “unforgivable” after the White House termed the situation disappointing. Republican Senate colleagues John McCain of Arizona and Norm Coleman of Minnesota said Craig should resign. With Republicans defending nearly twice as many seats as Democrats in 2008, Nevada Sen. John Ensign, chairman of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, said he would resign if he was in Craig’s circumstances but stopped short of saying the Idahoan should give up his seat. Craig’s third six-year term in the Senate expires in January 2009. McConnell’s spokesman and the senatorial campaign committee had no immediate comment on Craig’s reconsidering his decision to resign. Republican Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has not named Craig’s successor and has not said when he will. Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, also a Republican, is considered the front-runner for the job. Billy Martin, one of Craig’s lawyers, said the senator’s arrest in an undercover police operation in the Minneapolis airport “raises very serious constitutional questions.” Martin, who represents Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in his dogfighting case, said Craig “has the right to pursue any and all legal remedies available as he begins the process of trying to clear his good name.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more