>Delegation speaks up on TV issue

>Kristin Harty Barkley
The Cumberland Times-News Sat Jan 29, 2011, 08:01 AM EST

OAKLAND — Two new voices have joined a virtual choir in Garrett County that is entreating federal officials to add Maryland television stations to the local channel lineup.

Sen. George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel introduced joint resolutions to the Maryland Senate and House on Friday, adding momentum to an issue that has vexed some residents for years.

The resolutions urge the Maryland Delegation to Congress to lobby the Federal Communications Commission — introducing legislation, if necessary — to amend its rules and allow Garrett County residents to receive broadcasts from stations in the Baltimore and Washington television market areas.

Currently, Garrett County is included in the Pittsburgh television market area, and most residents don’t have access to any Maryland-based television stations.

“This is not just a mild inconvenience for the people who may be Baltimore Ravens or Washington Redskins fans,” Beitzel wrote in a recent letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

“There is a more troubling byproduct. The citizens of Garrett County are inundated with the political landscape of Pennsylvania. As a result, the average Garrett County resident may know more about the goings on of Harrisburg than they do of their own elected representatives in Annapolis.”

A group of concerned residents approached Beitzel and Edwards in early December during a prelegislative breakfast, asking the local delegation to put its weight behind the issue. The Garrett County Commission has also pledged support.

The resolution sponsored by Beitzel has been assigned to the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, according to a press release from his office. Senate Joint Resolution 2, sponsored by Edwards, has been assigned to the Senate Finance Committee. Hearings on the matters have not been scheduled yet.

“Garrett County is the only county in the state not included in either the Baltimore or Washington media markets,” Edwards said in a prepared statement. “We’re supposed to be ‘One Maryland,’ so we are only asking that our constituents be given the opportunity to join the rest of the state.”

Contact Kristin Harty Barkley at kbarkley@times-news.com

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>The Realities of Real Estate: Is your agent an expert?

>Jay’s note: GREAT article about representing the best interest of your clients. I would never think of going to Baltimore to try and sell a commercial property; the opposite applies here with agents who want to work the market at Deep Creek Lake – and learn it in a day to become an ‘expert’.

By BOB and DONNA McWILLIAMS, For The Capital
Capital Gazette Communications Published 01/30/11

Some buyers and sellers believe that real estate agents are somewhat of a commodity, and as such, fairly interchangeable when it comes to completing a real estate deal. In reality, the differences between agents is significant and something you should consider when looking to buy or sell a home. Furthermore, there are a variety of aspects on which agents can differ, and some are more critical than others.

Agents are licensed by the state. As a result, an agent with a Maryland real estate license can legally sell essentially any kind of real estate anywhere in Maryland. But, and this is an important but, that doesn’t mean all real estate agents are necessarily qualified to sell everything under the sun. If an agent attempts to represent a client in an area of expertise outside the scope of their knowledge or in a geographic location where they normally don’t do business, they could run afoul of ethical standards that require them to not venture beyond their experience and abilities.

The most common limitation is geographic in nature. Although our real estate license might permit us to sell a house in Deep Creek Lake, we would never think of representing a buyer or seller in that location because we lack an intimate knowledge of the area. To properly evaluate property, it is necessary to sufficiently understand the important real estate nuances that exist in all communities. We actually got married up at Deep Creek Lake and have visited there many times, but that doesn’t give us the skills and abilities of a local agent. Those agents know the ins and outs of why a house located on one part of the lake might be substantially better than one situated in another area. Conversely, a Deep Creek Lake agent won’t know the merits of various neighborhoods around Annapolis. So, if an agent is representing clients in a particular location, they should have a reasonable understanding of that area or previous experience in doing business within the community.

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>Chamber Opposes A Marcellus Shale Drilling Moratorium

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Jan. 27, 2011

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce board of directors recently completed its 2011 Legislative Agenda. Members plan to present these issues to state lawmakers and other officials during this evening’s Mountain Maryland PACE Reception in Annapolis.

Among the agenda items is “Oppose Moratorium on Marcellus Shale Drilling.”

“Marcellus shale drilling could have an enormous economic impact on Garrett County,” a chamber newsletter stated. “With this taken into consideration, we must also become more educated on the environmental issues associated with drilling.

“We feel that it is not necessary to impose a moratorium on drilling. Since no permits have been issued as of yet, an informal moratorium has been in place, and we have adequate time to inform the regulatory pro-cess to ensure all precautions and appropriate measures are taken.

“It is clear that we must approach the prospect of drilling in Garrett County responsibly.”

Other chamber legislative agenda items and PACE “talking points” include “Support Tourism Promotion Funding,” “Support Mountain Maryland Recreational Trails/Garrett Trails,” “Oppose Minimum Wage Increase,” “Support Responsive/Responsible Government,” “Support Restoration of Highway User Funds,” “Support North/South Appalachian Highway,” “Oppose Comparative Fault,” and “Support Maryland Broadband.

More information about the agenda is available at www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/legislative

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>Beitzel Introduces Turbine, Property Marker Legislation

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Jan. 27, 2011

Del. Wendell Beitzel introduced two more bills for the Maryland General Assembly’s consideration last week in Annapolis. A previously introduced piece of proposed legislation, dubbed the “Buy American” bill, will go under committee review next week.

House Bill 112: “Garrett County – County Commissioners –Commercial Wind Turbines” would give the commissioners the authority to enact ordinances in Garrett County regarding setbacks and decommissioning of wind turbines.

“This is a measure that both Senator Edwards and I have pursued during past sessions,” Beitzel said. “Slowly but surely, I believe that many are beginning to see the need for such commonsense legislation. As turbines continue to be placed on Garrett County’s mountainsides, I believe it is imperative to ensure that those who live, work, and play under these imposing structures are protected.”

Beitzel’s House Bill 113: “Real Property – Interference With Property Markers – Penalty Increase” would increase fines for vandalizing property markers.

“The interference with property markers has been a problem in Garrett County, especially within the Deep Creek Lake area,” Beitzel said. “Monuments marking property lines have been destroyed or moved over the years. As a result, surveying groups have gone to great expense to replace and/or relocate these markers.”

Current law states that interfering with property markers is a misdemeanor subject to a fine up to $500.

“The bill that Senator Edwards and I are proposing will increase the penalty to up to $2,500. This increase in the maximum penalty reflects the considerable costs incurred to replace and relocate these markers.”

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>Can We Keep Him, Grandpa? – Republican News

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With snow to spare and the school buses not running, 8-year-old Tad Rodeheaver and Eunae Rodeheaver, 6, decided to make the best of the situation and sculpted themselves a friend. Their snow turtle, which they named Icey, was the perfect size for riding, when their grandfather, Lonnie Rodeheaver, snapped this photo. The children are students at Kitzmiller Elementary School and the son and daughter of Mark and Sandy Rodeheaver of Deer Park.

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>Fire And Ice – Republican News

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The elements are indeed featured in this spectacular photograph, taken on the shore of Deep Creek Lake just before this most recent snow, when the days were snowless but frigid, and the single-digit temps kept the waterway frozen hard as stone. The winter has been brutal thus far, but is certainly not without arresting beauty. Photo by Jess Whittemore.

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>A look back at the Unprecedented February of 2010

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From the GarrettCountyWeather.com blog:

If you look under the Historical Weather tab of Garrettcountyweather.com you will find the Historic Garrett Snowstorm section. This section will be an ongoing project to document and depict famous weather events that have occurred in Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake over the years. If you have stories or photos you would like to share please send to admin@garrettcountyweather.com

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>Our Bay: DNR Digest

>ASK AN EXPERT

What fishing opportunities are available in the winter?

Although many people tend to think of fishing in Maryland as a warm-weather activity, there are plenty of opportunities to be had during the winter months.

Excellent trout fishing may be found in many of the waters in the western and central regions of the state. Deep Creek Lake is known for the good ice fishing for yellow perch, walleye and numerous other freshwater species.

The winter months are a great time to target chain pickerel in open water ponds, small lakes and the upper regions of tidal rivers and creeks. Often these areas are thick with grass beds during the warmer months, but make for great fishing during winter.

Maryland anglers are fortunate to have good fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass and muskellunge in the upper Potomac River. These coldwater fish can provide a lot of action from shore or small boats.

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>Police Need Help Finding a Wanted DC Fugitive

>Deandre Kelly considered armed and dangerous
Updated: Friday, 28 Jan 2011, 11:31 PM EST
Published : Friday, 28 Jan 2011, 11:31 PM EST

Maureen Umeh
maureen.umeh@foxtv.com
Video Story By MAUREEN UMEH/ myfoxdc

He’s considered armed and dangerous and tonight police need your help finding one of DC’s most wanted fugitives.

Deandre Kelly escaped from the Garrett County Maryland Detention Center Sunday night, while holding a gun to a jail deputy’s head.

Fox 5’s Maureen Umeh talked to a US Marshal who is hot on the trail of the wanted man.

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>Federal Authorities Now Heading Investigation Into Fugitive's Escape

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The investigation continues into the whereabouts of a Washington, D.C., fugitive after he escaped the custody of Garrett County sheriff’s deputies Sunday evening. Deandre Kelly, 29, had been arrested by Maryland State Police within about 30 hours prior to the escape.
An MSP K-9 unit conducted a traffic stop on a silver 2009 Kia Optima with Maryland tags at approximately 5 p.m. on I-68 Saturday. The stop was conducted for a speeding violation. Kelly, the front passenger, provided false identification indicating his name to be John Williams, 29, Washington.

When the driver and rear passenger exited the vehicle, Kelly jumped into the driver seat and continued east of Friendsville. He attempted to use the emergency crossover and struck a snow embankment. He began traveling west toward Friendsville and exited south onto Rt. 42. As he continued to flee police, the vehicle struck a guardrail, a bridge pillar, and another snow bank before becoming disabled and coming to rest on Morris Ave.

Kelly was immediately placed under arrest and charged with two counts of CDS possession with intent to distribute, two counts of CDS possession, possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, resisting arrest, false statement to a police officer concerning identity, possession of drug paraphernalia, and multiple motor vehicle charges.

Because of injuries sustained in the accident, he was first taken by ambulance to Garrett County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Troopers remained with Kelly until he was released from the hospital at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

Kelly was transported to the Garrett County Jail, where he was fingerprinted and accurately identified. He was found to be wanted by the United States Marshal’s Service, Washington. He was then taken to the MSP McHenry Barrack for processing before being seen by a district court commissioner. His bond was set for $100,000, and he was taken to the Garrett County Jail.

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