Oyster study confirms early Jamestown drought
The investigation, led by researcher Juliana Harding of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, used chemical signatures within oyster shells from an abandoned Jamestown well to reveal that the James River was much saltier between 1609 and 1612 than today, likely due to a drought-induced decrease in runoff from nearby freshwater rivers.
posted 06.04.2010Meals tax on November ballot
Middlesex citizens will get a third chance to approve a county meals tax in the November 2 election. Middlesex County Attorney Mike Soberick informed county supervisors Tuesday that Circuit Court Judge R. Bruce Long has ruled the county can place a meals tax referendum on the November ballot.
posted 06.02.2010GOP Congressional primary is Tuesday
The Republican primary for the party’s U.S. House of Representatives nominee from the First District will be held Tuesday, June 8. On the ballot, incumbent Rob Wittman of Montross is being challenged by Catherine Crabill of Irvington.
posted 06.02.2010Peregrin plucking is successful
En route to a safer neighborhood, three baby peregrin falcons were plucked from their nest 200 feet above the Rappahannock River last Thursday. They will be relocated to a safer home in the New River Gorge in West Virginia.