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ilUlllllllmlmllllUnlmullIBlllll Page 2 The Glenville Democrat -- Thursday, February 26, 2009 GREAT JOB, 1-79 wORKERS-- When any motorists stop at 1-79's Northbound Rest Area, and especially if they need help or directions, they'll find a cheerful, hard-working, knowledgeable and accommodating crew on duty. In the top photo one night on a recent weekend, Danny Miller (I- r), of Frametown, and Ricky Matheney, of Big Otter, are ready to aid any traveler. In the side photo, Timmy Rollyson, of Frametown, takes pride in offering instructions:, on West Virginia's highway traveling to out-of-state visitors, along with handing them a copy of aGlenville Democrat or Glenville Pathfinder newspaper. In addition to being helpful to motorists, this hard- working crew is charged with keeping the rest rooms clean, patroling the parking areas, and keeping the area clean. (Staffphetos by Dave Corcoran, St.) WIND DAMAGE, WED., FEB. 11 Gilmer County didn't escape the highest wind velocities in years on Wed. evening, Feb. 1 1 -- ones that did extensive damage not only here, but also in many other Mid-Western and Eastern United States communities. In parts of Glenville, the power was out, and at the Glenville State Softball Field on Mineral Road, the field's fences were mangled. The winds ranged from 60-to-80 miles per hour here, and in Pittsburgh to the north, they were registering 92 mph. (Photo by Jim Brandenburg, Staff Advertising Representative) Environmental News: Court Sides withMountaintop Removal Coal Mining Industry A panel of federal judges in Rich- mond ruled on Friday, February 13, in favor of the U.S. Army Corps of En- gineers in a controversial mountaintop removal mining case. The ruling will permit mining companies to conduct devastating mountaintop removal coal mining operations without acting to minimize stream destruction or con- ducting adequate environmental re- views. As a result, Appalachia could :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: now be facing up to 90 new : ?: remove c:oal, mining lii: : :. :::::;n:::::::::!.i!::!i: :ii;:::::: i:[i: :i:::: :i !.i: iii.i:::: :i:::i::::T:l;:i:::iii.::ii:::ii!::i!:ii:i:i::i:,, operations which woulddestroy huge [ili:i    ii  i i::.:: ::::i : ::; : !::.;. ::v:i!:::iii::::iiii;i!)l - swathsoftheAppalachianMountains. .................................. i::: :i:: :: : :.i:: ::i-:::::::::. : : ::i:i. :: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :'.Today, the coal industry, aided by ............................................ .............................. : the Bush administration, is allowing our water to be poisoned," said Judy Bonds. of Coal River Mountain Watch. "Tomorrow, it will be the East Coast's water supply, as the min- ing discharges will reach downstream water sources." "The problem is that the Corps and the court are not listening to the scmn- tists. The scientists tell us that the plans to mitigate stream losses have no scientific basis. The court gave blanket deference to Corps bureau- crats, and none to the contrary opin- ions. of stream scientists. The court's decision will open the floodgates to many more mountaintop removal mining permits that will destroy streams and threaten communities in HAPPY FAMILY REUNION Paul Buche, Sr. (center), the first cousin of Democrat/PathfinderPublisher- Editor Dave Corcoran, Sr., recently succumbed to cancer. Paul, most currently a resident of Seattle, WA, was a Iongtime hospital claaplain, noted for being a very caring, understanding, and Christian person. Here, he's pictured earlier in this decade with his two sons, Paul, Jr. (left) and Frank (right). They were participating in an Eagles Weekend at Lake Barkley State Park Lodge and nearby Kentucky Lake. There, they as a family and with the Corcorans of Glenville  enjoyed learning more about eagles, seeing them wild in nature, and having a good time together. Paul was always a happy and positive person, and his happiness and good attitude rubbed off on the rest of the family. '?i . i: :7 i i " :. :: :. ::ll blished :by C0rcora :NeSpie' : The 6ice :of: Gilmer;:CtitY:::::::: :::::: :! ...... .....::::?.... : v0hn)=iKigl  PsiRe!ease: Ed!tqt/PFffer Brow I ares: ii St:SdtrJGom e:iTchh cia6:(iart-tn) : ...... ..... Pat ficia.:Bff$On  OffiCe ReceiohsVAd sales Cassandra Huff-: NeWS:RedPhographer .......... Brandy:Buighamme- spors wtei':PhQlQg,er Ge0.ge l?tr := GSG iA:Pr0fess0 Emerit,JsCartoomst Mailyn rtg - Typ Sl3ffEe: StafftReOOrter " Pl:iblishedweekly : .: ':. :i::i:Fi: Periodicals Postage paid:atGlenville; WV 26351 .......... POSTMASTER: Send address correctionsto: The Glenville Dernocrat PO Box 458 108 North Court Street Glenville, WV 26351 Phone (304) 462-7309 Fax (304) 462-7300 * glenvillenewsad@rtol.netl : website: wwvv.g/envillenews.corn * Updated ASAP Available by Subscription Only, Price: =23.22 (tax included) in Gilmer County. Price: =29.68 (tax included) in West Virginia, Price: =33.00 (no tax required) for Out-of,State Subscribers. We cannot accept subscriptions for less than six months. VISA/MasterCard accepted, Appalachia," said Jim Hecker, Envi- ronmental Enforcement Director for Public Justice. Mountaintop removal mining is a destructive form of coal mining that has already buried more than 1.200 miles of streams and threatens to de- stroy 1.4 million acres of land by 2020. The mining poisons drinking water, lays waste to wildlife habitat, increases the risk of flooding and wipes out entire commumties. "Aside from the people, the moun- tains and streams of West Virginia are two of our greatest assets that should be protected fervently for the benefit of future generations," said Janet Keating, executive director of the Huntington-based Ohio Valley Envi- ronmental Coalition. Earthj ustice, an environmental law firm. had filed suit against the Corps for what it believed was a violation of the Clean Water Act for issuing per- mits to coal mining companies for mountaintop removal mining without mitigating for stream destruction or conducting adequate environmental reviews. "We believe the decision is wrong on the law and the science," said Steve Roady, Earthjustice attorney. "This fight is not over until mountaintop removal mining is over. We will continue to litigate, and in addition. the new administration must take im-, mediate steps to curb the terrible prac- tice of mountaintop removal mining and undo the mistakes of the past." During a campaign stop in Lexing- ton, KY, in August, 2007, President Obama implored, "We're tearing up the Appalachian Mountains because of our dependence on fossil fuels." "President Obama realizes the de- structive nature of mountaintop min- ing removal," said Earthjustice attor- ney Jennifer Chavez. '..'The new ad- ministration has a crit.ic al opportunity now to chart a new path away from this practice." Earthjustice and the Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Envi- ronment filed this lawsuit challeng- ing several West Virginiamountaintop removal permits in September, 2005, on behalf of the Ohio Valley Environ- mental Coalition, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and the Coal River Mountain Watch. The U.S. District Court for the Southern Dis- trict of West Virginia in March, 2007. found those perrits violated the Clean Water Act. For more information on mountaintop mining removal, visit http ://stopmountamtopremoval. org/ or www.sierraclub.org/mtr. --:-- '----::--- 3 Join our qJlenvlHe I Please make a pledge... Pledge Card I funderstatd that the City of Glenville has made application for a TEA Grant through the I West Virginia Dep'lh"tment of Transportation for approximately $400,000.00 which requires a 1 20% match, The City of Glenville made application for the funding as an effort to replace the ! sidewalk on the Northeastern side of Main Street and to widen Main Street by 2 feet. The City I | of Glenville agreed to make the application with the understanding that the 'vIain Street ! I Revitalization Gang" would help raise the funds. I would like to become a donor for this group I I in this effort. If the project is approved then I would like to pledge the following: . l I  $100.00 $500.00 $1000.00 $5000.00 ], I I Other (Please list the Amount). I I (* Pledges may be paid monmly over a designated period of time) I | I I understand that if the grant is received I will be responsible for the above pledge. I I ' I I , I I Signature Date I I I am making the following donation at this time: ] i Please make checks payable to the City of Glenville - Snde walk improvement project. ! I 201 North Court Street - I I " Glenville, WV 26351 I I I I A special account has been established with the City of Glenville to deposit these designated I I funds. Funds will be returned to the person making the donation if the project is not I I approved after a couple of attempts at the funding request. I I ame I ! Address: ..... I I Phone: ---  ---- I I .-..,,,----.__...______________________________________.