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The first group of elk that are part of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) elk restoration project are scheduled to arrive in the state on April 30th. The 34 elk will complete their 90-day quarantine and final health testing in Kentucky before being transported by a semi-driven livestock trailer to Missouri. The elk will then be released from Kentucky pending approval by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA). The elk also have been fitted with ear tags, microchips, and GPS collars. After their overnight journey, the elk will be unloaded into a three-acre, double-fenced holding pen on MDC’s Peck Ranch Conservation Area in southeast Missouri. The pen is divided into four sections with one for young bulls, one for yearling calves, one for cows and one for pregnant cows. Peck Ranch is part of a 346-square-mile elk restoration zone covering parts of Shannon, Carter, and Reynolds counties. The elk will remain in the holding pen for up to two weeks pending results from the final round of health tests performed in Kentucky. Elk will be released from the pen following approval of the final test results by the MDA. Once the elk have been approved for release from the holding pen, MDC staff will open the gates and allow the elk to move on their own into the 12,000-acre Refuge Area of Peck Ranch. The Refuge will remain closed to the public for a few months to allow the elk to acclimate to the immediate area. During this time, the elk may move on their own from the Refuge into the larger restoration zone where public viewing is unrestricted.

Young Missourians have an opportunity for a summer job while learning new skills and discovering Missouri state parks and historic sites. Information about this year’s State Parks Youth Corps will be provided at a job fair on Saturday, April 16th at Montauk State Park near Salem. The job fair will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the park office. Staff from Montauk State Park will be available to answer questions about the program and what opportunities are available for this year at the park. The State Parks Youth Corps will provide jobs for youth 17-21 years of age from April 1st through November 30th. A total of 21 positions are available at the park. Youth will earn $7.25 an hour and work throughout the state, enhancing and improving Missouri state parks and historic sites. The program also will provide them with work experience and an opportunity to learn new skills and possible careers in natural resources. Youth corps members will perform a variety of tasks from routine maintenance work and trail construction to guided tours and social media efforts. Examples include painting buildings and repairing roofs and windows; planting trees and maintaining landscapes; building and maintaining trails; inventorying historic artifacts and native species; assisting in offices and visitor centers; and providing tours and programs. Applications and additional program information, including eligibility guidelines, are available at MO.gov. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit with the local Workforce Investment Boards about eligibility guidelines.  Montauk State Park is located 20 miles southwest of Salem on Highway 119. For information about the job fair at Montauk State Park, call the park at (573) 548-2201. For information on state parks, visit mostateparks.com.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol released their arrest reports for Dent County. On Wednesday, April 6th at 11:39 in the morning, 34 year-old Angelia Neff of Salem was arrested and charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance. She was taken to the Dent County jail and later released. Then on Monday, April 11th at 11:00 in the morning, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 26-year-olds Justin and Julie Dooley. They were charged with felony forgery, tampering with property in the second degree, and misdemeanor stealing. Justin Dooley also had a Licking warrant for his arrest for driving while having his license suspended. They were taken to the Dent County jail and put on a 24-hour hold. 

The seminar scheduled for today with Hospital Nutritionalist Jason Edwards at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers will be at Willow Springs today for SCA play at 4:30. Salem enters the game with a 6-3 record and 3-0 in the SCA. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com.

The Salem Tiger golf team took 4th place in the St. James Tiger Classic Tournament. Connor Stroburg was 8th overall and received a medal with an 85. Ben Adams was just outside the top ten with an 87. Alan Benowitz shot his best score for his career with a 93 and Dylan Sisco finished with a 95.

The Salem Tigers Tennis Team will be at Licking today at 4:00 before they play in the MMA Invitational this Saturday.

Lance Berkman hit a grand slam and drove in five overall, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rout the Arizona Diamondbacks, 15-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set. Skip Schumaker blasted a three-run shot for the Cardinals, who scored 31 runs in the series. Colby Rasmus and Gerald Laird both finished with three hits, including two doubles, in Wednesday's 17-hit outburst, which made life relatively easy for Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (1-1). Westbrook gave up five runs -- two earned -- in 5 1/3 innings, during which he threw 102 pitches. He allowed nine hits, walked two and struck out three. The Cardinals will be in Los Angeles to start a four-game series with the Dodgers starting at 8:35 on KSMO Radio.

Mike Aviles went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in and a run scored, as the Kansas City Royals used a six-run fourth to beat the Minnesota Twins, 10-5, in the finale of a two-game series at Target Field. Alex Gordon and Jeff Francoeur each had two hits and two RBI for the Royals, who bounced back from a 10-inning, 4-3 defeat in Tuesday's series opener. Kansas City starter Kyle Davies (1-1) got the win despite giving up five runs on 10 hits over five innings. Jeremy Jeffress picked up his first-career save with two scoreless innings. The Kansas City Royals will be in Seattle for a four-game series starting tonight.

The St. Louis Cardinals placed pitchers Brian Tallet and Bryan Augenstein on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. Tallet suffered a broken right hand during Tuesday's game against Arizona. In the fifth inning, Albert Pujols fielded a grounder and Tallet raced over to cover first base. Tallet and Arizona's Stephen Drew got tangled up, leading to Tallet falling on his wrist. In five relief appearances this season, Tallet was 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Augenstein sustained a right groin strain in Tuesday's contest. He was 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA over five games this year. The Cardinals recalled pitchers Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez from Triple-A Memphis to fill the roster spots.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ava Leora Vichman of Steelville, age 80, will be held today at 10:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Internment will be in the Steelville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gibbs Care Center Building Fund or the Steelville Food Pantry.

Memorial services for William Esco “Butch” Nash Jr. of Rolla, age 62, will be held Friday at 4:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 2:00 until service time. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

There will no service for Grover Junior Judd of Salem, age 80. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson’s Mortuary of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy early, then mostly cloudy this afternoon, high of 75.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 90% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 56.
Friday..Cloudy and breezy with a 60% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 62.
Friday night..Cloudy with a 40% chance for showers, low of 41.
Saturday..Partly sunny and breezy, high of 59.

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