Op/Ed: New methane regulations an expensive mistake

By Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris

Bureaucrats have been given another political target in their misguided war on fossil fuels—methane.

Methane emissions occur throughout the natural gas industry, for example. They come from normal operations and maintenance as well as due to unintended and irregular leaks and equipment venting.

SVC grads share Stanley Cup glory

Jason Seidling, SVC’07LATROBE, PA — Among those sharing the glory of raising the National Hockey League championship Stanley Cup trophy above their heads Sunday evening after the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in game 6 of the finals were Jason Seidling and David Geir.

Mass shooting at Orlando, Florida night club – 50 dead

Several dead after gunman enters Orlando night clubORLANDO, FL — Approximately 2:00 a.m. (EST), a gunman, identified by authoties as Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, entered a Florida night club, killing and wounding several people, according to authorties in Orlando.

Due to the number of casualties and those injured in the shooting, police declared a “mass-casualty” event. At least 50 are dead, while 40 or more were transported to local hospitals.

Op/Ed: The gods must be laughing

No matter what eco-activists say, truth does not apply to science

By Tom Harris

In February, the draconian California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016, Senate Bill 1161, was introduced by Democratic senators Ben Allen, Hannah-Beth Jackson and Mark Leno. Unbelievably, it passed both the state Senate’s environmental and judiciary committees. It was not until June 2 that the remainder of the Senate came to their senses and Sen. James Monning took the bill off the Senate floor. It can be reconsidered at a later date.

Local lenders receive Annual Awards from USDA Rural Development

HARRISBURG, PA — USDA Rural Development has announced this year’s annual lender awards to kick of National Homeownership Month. These awards are issued to the top ten lender entities in the state based on underwriting quality and total loan volume. Underwriting quality is measured by how many loans have become delinquent in their first year, while total loan volume is measured by the net amount of loans closed in the last year.

Weavers exhibit opens at SVC McCarl Gallery

LATROBE, PA — An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9, for an exhibit entitled Amish, Quaker and Mennonite Weavers and the Clash Between Pacifism and Nationalism at the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College.

USDA celebrates National Homeownership Month

Activities and Events across the Nation to Spotlight Efforts to Help Rural Residents Realize the Dream of Homeownership

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today kicked off National Homeownership Month by highlighting USDA’s ongoing role to help people buy homes in rural areas.

Eastern Westmoreland Chambers present Business After Hours at Fort Ligonier on June 8

Things are happening at Fort Ligonier, specifically a $13 million expansion and enhancement project to the historic site designed to make a great place even better. A history center, museum enhancements and fort restoration as well as more space for programming, offices and a space that can be configured into a theater or classrooms are all part of the plans. Annie Urban, Executive Director of Fort Ligonier, relishes the opportunity to host the event. “We’re always appreciative to be able to host people here,” she said. “And there have been so many different changes here at the Fort. It’s really a great way to reach out. People visit us and say they haven’t been here since the third grade field trip.”