The Hunker Down Edition, Part 2
A few quick hits this morning. I still have a ton of shoveling to do. I'm sure you do, too.
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A few quick hits this morning. I still have a ton of shoveling to do.
SPEAKING OF WHICH …: You know you’re in for it when the team from The Weather Channel starts the day broadcasting in front of the Sonya Margerum Fountain in West Lafayette.
Fair point. Thanks for stopping by. Next time, come when things are open.
Now, back to work, for all of us.
SNOW DAY UPON SNOW DAY: I’m guessing Chad Evans at WLFI is feeling a bit relieved that the promised snow – the stuff that had schools canceling; government offices clearing out, in Lafayette’s case through the rest of the week; businesses shuttering; and Purdue, notoriously stingy with snow days, running for remote classes Wednesday afternoon and again Thursday – hit on schedule. I had faith, Chad. I had faith. A walk downtown – yeah, I know, Lafayette Brewing Co. closed at 4 p.m., so lugging a growler was a mistake – was a bit treacherous, with that layer of ice left from the Wednesday morning rain under the afternoon snow, but proof that most people took the advice to hunker down seriously. (Also, speaking of WLFI, I ran into reporter Joe Paul between live shots on Main Street, missing a chance for some random background air time. My timing was off all day, I guess.) Let’s see what Day 2 of this thing brings. The National Weather Service’s forecast, on top of 8 inches Wednesday: 2 to 4 inches overnight and 3 to 7 inches more Thursday.
A few things to know:
Lafayette city offices and facilities will be closed through Friday. Trash pickup for Thursday and Friday will be pushed back one day.
West Lafayette: City Hall and the city’s Wellness Center will be closed Thursday. Thursday’s trash and recycling will move to Friday.
Tippecanoe County offices are closed Thursday, too.
As for Purdue, here’s a way into the details, if you missed the email:
ELECTION FILING DEADLINE …: Is noon Friday. Tippecanoe County’s election office is closed Thursday because of the storm. What happens if the County Office Building is closed Friday, too. (See: Lafayette City Hall.) County Clerk Julie Roush said that, by state law, the deadline would push back to noon Monday.
Here are a few races worth noting, via the state’s election filings this week:
Indiana House, District 27: A couple of Lafayette Republicans filed Wednesday for a shot to challenge state Rep. Sheila Klinker, a Lafayette Democrat first elected in 1982 running in her 21st campaign in the district. (She said in December that she was ready for a run in 2022, “and that’s probably it, I think.”) Klinker officially filed Wednesday, too.
Jim Hass, a Lafayette Republican, filed Thursday, which sets up a potential rematch with Klinker. Hass, a retired trucker, lost to Klinker in 2020 by a 62%-38% margin. He said he’d campaign on education, crime and poverty issues.
“I believe in our town and know that it needs strong representation in Indianapolis,” Hass said. “I was born in the district more than 60 years ago, and some of the challenges are different, but some are still the same. We still need to keep aiming higher, rather than letting things just happen to us.”
Hass will face Tim Radice, a Lafayette Republican who ran in the 2018 primary for Indiana’s 4th District seat in Congress. In that year’s primary, won by Jim Baird, Radice finished seventh. Radice was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.
U.S. House 4th District: Two Democrats – Howard Pollchik and Roger Day – who have run for Congress in Indiana’s 4th District in recent year filed this week for the Democratic primary May 3. The 4th District covers a section of west-central Indiana that includes Tippecanoe County and surrounding counties. In 2020, Pollchik finished fourth and in a four-person Democratic primary in the 4th District. Roger Day placed fourth of six candidates in the 2018 primary in the 4th District.
The winner in the Democratic primary would face U.S. Rep. Jim Baird, a Greencastle Republican running for a third term, or challenger Charles Bookwalter, a Republican from Thorntown. Here’s a look at how that primary is lining up.
SERVICES SET FOR CARROLL COUNTY DEPUTIES: Funeral services have been set for two Carroll County deputies killed early Saturday morning, when the squad car they were in hit a tree along Indiana 26 as they responded to a call for help from a Rossville town marshal about a fleeting driver.
Visitation for Deputy Noah Rainey will be 2-7 p.m. Saturday at Delphi Community High School, 301 Armory Road. His funeral will be 11 a.m. Sunday at the high school.
Visitation for Jail Deputy Dane Northcutt will start at 11 a.m. Monday and last until 1 p.m. funeral services at Soller-Baker Funeral Home, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. in Lafayette.
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