Other stories by Victoria K. Sicaras

  • Adventures in Facebook

  • Making the Grade

    When summer heads into fall, Gilliam County activities are fairly typical of Oregon's rural communities: Wheat farmers prepare for harvest, fly fishers ready for spawning season, and the county's road crew works its one-of-a-kind “gravel reclaimer.”

  • 2008 salary survey: Are your benefits flying south?

    This year we reformulated our annual survey to learn what keeps you and your colleagues working. We included questions about benefits, job satisfaction, and what respondents would like to see more of in their jobs and their benefits packages. What we discovered may surprise you. . .

  • Thirst Quenching in Dry Times

    The most critical issues facing drinking water managers involve infrastructure repair and replacement, business factors, regulatory matters, water resources, and the workforce.

  • An Award-Winning Assist

    Infrastructure enhancements like the widening of County Road 540A don't get off the ground without the Fleet Management Division, which repairs, maintains, and fuels nearly 2200 vehicles and pieces of heavy equipment for all county divisions, eight municipalities, several state agencies, and even...

  • Countywide Cross-Pollination

    There are many reasons Polk County, Fla., residents and elected officials should be proud. For one, the National Civil League dubbed it an All-American County for its grassroots community programs. And for another, people like working there. That's why it earned a Department of the Year Honorable...

  • A Dollar of Prevention = $1000 of Cure

    It's never easy to explain to constituents why a tree that appears to be healthy must be removed. Even if that tree is dying.

  • Clean Sweep

    Session: Clean Roads to Clean Air Program.Toronto's transportation coordinator explained how the city replaced its traditional mechanical sweepers with "dustless" regenerative-air sweepers, which remove fine road dust and smog-causing particulate matter.

  • APWA Calls for Increased Transportation Funding and Safety

    The APWA SAFETEA-LU Reauthorization Task Force approved a position statement Monday encouraging U.S. legislatures to preserve and enhance federal investment in surface transportation programs.

  • A conduit to cleanliness

    Chicago's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is one of a handful of U.S. treatment districts that doesn't disinfect its wastewater before discharging into local fresh water sources--and environmental groups aren't happy about it.