Calif. wine country fires "by far... the biggest catastrophe we’ve ever faced"
It was about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 9 when Carmel Angelo, Mendocino County, California CEO, was notified by the sheriff’s office that a deadly wildfire was threatening the community.
Rural housing, opioid supply fix, USDA topics at RAC symposium in Wise County, Texas
For the first time in eight years, NACo’s Rural Action Caucus (RAC) met for its annual symposium — this year in Wise County, Texas — with a new secretary leading the Department of Agriculture.
Counties' drone safety and privacy ordinances could fall victim to a U.S. District Court decision
A U.S. District Court decision Sept. 21 could affect local government’s ability to implement safety and privacy ordinances for drone flights.
On October 16, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a directive designed to end the agency’s practice of “sue and settle” and improve transparency and public participation in EPA consent decrees and settlement agreements.
On October 17, the National Association of Counties (NACo), National League of Cities (NLC) and U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressing concern about the lack of local representation on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC).
On October 11, House Appropriations Chairman, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), introduced legislation that would grant supplemental appropriations to help aid communities that have been impacted by catastrophic damage caused by wildfires, as well as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.