Zoo deals with loss of accreditation

Mill Mountain ZooIts executive director says you won’t notice changes at Mill Mountain Zoo -despite the loss of a designation it had since 1999. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has that story:

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Photos: Suspects sought for burglaries, vandalism to Montgomery County home, church and fire department

From the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office: Our office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying the suspects involved in vandalism and breaking/entering of the Longshop/McCoy Fire Department, a nearby residence, and a church in the McCoy area of Montgomery County.  Each of these incidents caused property damage and there were multiple items stolen, to include, a dual cassette deck, 5 disc DVD player, microphone, microphone stand, audio mixer, 18 hp Briggs & Stratton, portable motor, and a various other items.  These incidents occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday September 17, 2016. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigations Captain Ed Hertling at (540) 382-6915 ext: 44418.

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Good Sam seeks family support volunteers

good-samGood Samaritan Hospice is holding free volunteer training for those interested in working directly with patients, providing support to their caregivers and their families in homes and facilities. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details.

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Contact Rayelle Williamson at, (540) 776-0198 or rwilliamson@goodsamhospice.org

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Mill Mountain Zoo loses accreditation for lack of financial stability

Mill Mountain ZooFrom Mill Mountain Zoo: Friday, September 23, 2017 Since January of 2016, staff and board members at Mill Mountain Zoo have been busy completing their application for accreditation from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums(AZA). An exhaustive process, the application includes written documentation about the Zoo’s animal welfare and care practices, organizational issues, facilities, education outreach and fiscal stability as well as an on-site visit by a licensed veterinarian and a Zoo professional from another AZA facility. The application and inspection were completed in July and the Zoo was informed of the outcome at AZA’s national conference in San Diego two weeks ago.

Unfortunately, the AZA’s increasingly stringent standards for financial stability and sustainability have been steadily rising and the Zoo’s transformational change work which is supported by Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Virginia Tech and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Convention & Visitors Bureau, couldn’t overcome a 10-20 year history of tentative finances and the Zoo was informed that it would not receive accreditation. The Commission acknowledged the positive impact of the organizational and planning work done by Zoo staff and board over the last 18 months and also found no issues with the care and ongoing welfare of the Zoo’s animal collection and were complimentary of the Zoo’s staff in that regard.

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Two polls show Clinton’s Virginia lead over Trump cut about half in last month

WFIR-campaign-2016Two new statewide polls — both released yesterday — show Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump cut by about a half in the last month. The Quinnipiac and Roanoke College polls find a Clinton lead of six to seven percentage points in our state. The polling suggests Donald Trump still faces some challenges — and opportunities — in his efforts to even the race in Virginia, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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Click here for full Roanoke College Poll results

Click here for full Quinnipiac Poll results

 

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Clean Energy roundtable featured McAuliffe appearance

mcauliffe-clean-energyIt was billed as a Clean Energy Roundtable at the Roanoke Regional Chamber yesterday. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on an event highlighted with an appearance by Governor Terry McAuliffe:

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