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John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.

Articles by John Ogle

Henrico Will Begin Building Cobbs Creek Reservoir Next Year

Henrico is taking steps to ensure the county’s long term water needs. Construction of the Cobbs Creek Reservoir, in Cumberland County, will begin next year.

During periods when river flow is high, the county will bring water into the reservoir and release it when the water flow is low.

The Cobbs Creek Reservoir will be constructed near the southern bank of the James River between Bremo Bluff and Columbia.

The Sixth Annual James River Expedition Enters Week 2 Sunday

The Sixth Annual James River Expedition kicked off last Sunday (7/10) on the Upper James in Eagle Rock. In total 27 students, from 21 high schools, will paddle the James from one end to the other.

The first group of 10, landed today (7/15) in Snowden. On Sunday the second group will launch from Rockcliffe Farm & Retreat Center in Concord on the Middle James leg of this educational adventure.

Dominion Solar Projects Creating 800 Construction Jobs

Dominion Virginia Power is building three solar facilities in the Richmond region and that will create construction jobs.

The projects are being built in Louisa, Powhatan, and Isle of White counties. Diane Corsello, Domininon’s Director of Generation Business Development, said, the three sites will generate 56 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 14,000 homes.

Building the three sites, intended to go online this year, will create 800 jobs. Two job fairs have been set up. Construction is expected to take six months.

Health Department Promotes Zika Mosquito Awareness

The Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association focuses yesterday on Zika virus prevention and collaborations with health providers to control its spread.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine, said every effort is being made to educate people about the Zika virus and the tiger mosquito that carries it.

Everyone, Dr. Levine said, should tip and toss, on their property. That is, tip out any standing water and toss out debris and do it weekly.

Hospital Association and State Health Department on Zika in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association gathered the media early this afternoon (7/13) to talk about Zika virus prevention and coordinated efforts to respond.

The State Health Commissioner, Dr. Marissa Levine, made it clear that education about the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is vital. The health department, she said, is focused on coordination.

Dr. Levine noted, controlling tiger mosquito breeding is key, and she added to encourage your neighbors to do the same.

Pokémon GO App Popular in Richmond Region

Pokémon GO was released at the end of last week, but the phone app game is showing up all over the Richmond area.

The Lewis Ginter Botantical Garden has seen an increase in visitors since the “pocket monsters” began to appear. As the Garden’s Jonah Holland and I were talking another couple came down the trail playing the game and said the garden was a distraction they were glad they were experiencing.

Holland noted the Botanical Garden isn’t really concerned that players will damage anything.

State Revenue, Short of Forecast, Will Impact Education Funding

Virginia’s revenue collections for fiscal 2016 fell short of budget forecasts by 1.5 %.

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis looked at the impact on education funding. The non profit institute says that’s bad news for public education.

Policy Analyst Chris Duncombe said not giving the 2% pay hike will cut $134 million.

Court Rules Dominion Smart Meter Patent Was Infringed

In a jury trial, Dominion Voltage, Inc. has prevailed in a patent infringement case against Alston Grid, based in Pennsylvania. The case involved Dominion’ Edge technology, software that improves power grid efficiency.

The process uses smart meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure.

In addition, Alston’s petitions challenging Dominion’s patent were denied by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Petersburg City Council Meeting on Budget Deficit Today

The City of Petersburg is facing a $7.5 million budget gap for the fiscal year that started 11 days ago.

City council is holding a special meeting today (7/11). Council will hear Interim City Manager Dironna Moore Belton’s recommendations for cutting personnel costs by 20%.

Other topics being discussed could include reducing work hours or across-the-board furloughs for 700 employees or, perhaps even, changing the city into a town.