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Page 8B -- The Glenviile Democrat/Pathfinder --Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004 I I I Ill l I I I I Reserve State , , Parks Lodge 61 ] t' ] R oomsand " aval " L; [ Cabins Two Years Farmington; a Tragic Reminder of a coal mine disaster Live concert Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at the When Susan sang songs from thins ByRobert C. Byrd, U. S. Senator Bush Administration, which haslective bargainin~ rights. Cultural Center in Charleston CD in a recent appearance on Moun- in Advance November marks the 36th anni,,er- championed the most anti-labor poll- Under this Administration's watch, You can get tickets by calling I- Beginning'December 1, 2004, the sary of the tragic Farmington Mine cies in more than acentury. The Bush 2.5 million good-payine manufactur- 800-594-TIXX (I -800-594-8499), rain Stage, 'Thompson said,"we were from Taylor Books in Charleston or inspired to invite her to be the guest public can reserve lodge rooms and Disaster it was this mine disaster, in White House has proposed increas- ing jobs, including several thousand through the Web site vocalist on this evening's program, cabins for December 2006 at a West which 78 coal miners lost their lives, in~ the allowable level of coal mine in West Virginia. have disappeared. We are so pleased she accepted." Virginiastate park, including those at that prompted Con_tress to pass the dust, rcversin~ the 1969 act and need- On average f34,000 jobs a month arc Holidays sparkle just a bit more Thompson himself is at home in a Blackwater Falls, Cacapon Resort, Federal Coal Mine lqealth and Safety lesslyexposin~2minerstoBlackLung, being shipped overseas. with West Virginia Public Broadcast- number of- places, including Hawks Nest, North Bend, Pipestem Act of 1969 --the most comprehen- Furthermore, the Administration has Todav, when the real value of the ing and the annual Joy to the World keyboardist for the Mountain Stage Resort, Twin Falls Resort and Tygart sive mine health and safety le~isla- proposed killin~ahost of mine-safety minimum wage is sinkin~ to record k a to J R tion to date. In addition to en~ting reeulations, inc'ludingrulesnecessary lows, the Bush Administration has concert. This year, Bob Thompson, band. For more than 30 years,La e state parks, accordin~ . his band, and special guest Susan Thompson's goal as a musician has Pope, chief of the Parks and Recre- new, stoneer safety and enforcement to protect miners form toxic chemi- trapped millions of workers in pov- Wernercreate the 12thannual Joy to been to communicate through his ationSectionoftheDivisionofNatu- provisions, the 1969 act protected cals. erty by blocking con,2ressional ef- the World concert on Thursday, Dec. music.ThroughouthiscareerThomp- ral Resources. America's coal miners from Black The Bush White House assault on forts to raise the sianda~d of living for son says he has tried toremember the These are the only areas that will Lung by limitin~ their exposure to American workers hardly ends with working Americans. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center in adviceofa fellow musician. "He used accept reservations for lodge rooms coal dust. The anniversary of the coal miners. The Administration has When the ~reat American labor Charleston. The 2004 concert will be recorded totell me, 'Whenever you sit down to and cabinstwoyearsinadvance.Two- Farmington Mine Disaster is an un- cut fundin~ for needed job training leader Samuel" Gompers was asked for national and international distri- your instrument, play as though it year reservations will be taken by fortunate reminder that the struggles programs. It is blockin~ efforts to what labor wanted, he had a simple phone only, beginning December 1, of American Labor have been a~]~ht provide unemployment'-benefits to answer, "more." President Bush has bution through Public Radio lnterna- might be the last time. So don't fool 2004. In addition to the traditional as better wages, shorterhours,andjob workersoftheirri~httoovertimepay, oil, more for big insurance compa- tional and Voice of America in De- around, don'tjive. Go ahead and say for safer working conditions as ~ell jobless workers. It is strippine many answered with more -- more for big methods of making reservations, be- cem,be_ r 2005. In addition, enjoy this what you've got to say." That's what ginning January 1,2005, reservations security. It also is a reminder that our It is repealine saf~tv rules necessary nies, more for the well- connected year s performance on West Virginia I do." PBS Friday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m. and More information about Thump-can be made two years in advance federal government must becommit- for the protection o(American work- high rollers -- but. sadly, less for Saturday, Dec. 25 at 6 p.m. son and his band at online at the listed parks through the ted to making America's coal mines ers. It has attacked the civil service America's working families. Vocalist Werner is often More informa- state , park webs ite " at,,,,safer" This message,_ seems lost on the system, it has, sought to weaken col- , ~e" as an incredibly versatile artist who's tion about Susan Werner at . After this ,, "w~ at home in a number of genres. Her, time. all reservations online, phone influences range from Nanci Griffith Taylor Books in Charleston. West and in-person will be avaitable on a Mandatory Use of Sohd Waste Collectmn Service andTheloniousMonktoJoniMitchell Virginia Public Broadcasting ad- first-comebasis. and Sting. On her newest CD, "I Can't vances education, culture and citizen- Be New," the singer-songwritership through high-quality program- moves distinctively away tYom tolk ruing and services. West Virginia and toward the jazzy American Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, songbook style recently embraced by and Read), To Learn artists such as Rod Stewart and Norah are all services of West Virginia Pub- Jones. tic Broadcasting. Gilmer County Commission cont'd ... Continued from page 1A tion was formed to appear before the council on the next Monday (Dec. 6) evening. See related story by Bill Williams on page IA. Commission President Larry Chap- man advised, "These notices need to be sent out, and can we (at the com- mission) help you do this?" The commissioners, then, left the room in order to let the committee of volunteers reorganize in private. The committee discussed the matters and appointed GSC Professor and County Surveyor Rick Sypolt as its chair. They also agreed to meet again within one week to take action on the un- sightly and unsafe properties that are of general concern in the county's neighborhoods. ., In. 9 .ther business, the commission- ers: 'c Heard George Frymier request payment of $2,400 for servicing the county's sewer plant at the Industrial Park; Met with Joanne Stewart, the Community Resources, Inc. manager who requested $10,000, so that she could meet her operating budget (Taken under advisement); Passed a resolution to adhere to the emergency procedures mandated by theNarional IncidentManagement Systems; Worked up ideas for grant re- quests of $20,000 for the Recreation Center and $15,000 for the Court- house roofs replacement (Voted to submit them to the proper agencies); Were given audits for the Ambu- lance Authority and County Court- house by the State Auditor's Office; Got a request from Randy Atkinson to have his road's (18/6 just off 18) name changed to Big Cove Road (No action taken); Learned that Glenville and Sand Fork Flood Hazard Mitigation grant applications of $257,000 were not funded, due to the state's lack of money; Heard Tanner resident, Run Mumma, read the law relative to the commission's need to let the media record its meetings, among other stat- utes (No action taken); Listened to a comprehensive pre- sentation by Dreamhome Develop- ment Corporation, of Calhoun County, for starting up home construction projects in Gilmer County See related story on page 1A; and Adjourned the meeting that began at 9 a.m. at about 4 p.m., with a one- hour break for lunch. Nov. 18 meeting addition Mr. Paul Macom, speaking for the United-Summit Center, appeared he- fore the commissioners, requesting that they vote to appoint Jill F/trio, a Steptoe & Johnson attorney, to the health agency's board to represent the counties in this region. The commis- sioners okayed her appointment. Supreme Court announces New The Supreme Couri of Appeals of West Virginia announces that Justice Joseph P. Albright will be chief jus- tice, effective January 1. 2005. Justice Albright was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals for a full 12-year term in November 2000. He previously had served on the Supreme Court from September 1995 through December 1996, when former Gover- nor Gaston Caperton appointed him to an unexpired term. A Parkersburg native, Justice Albright earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of "qlrBmr of Appeals Chief Notre Dame. He began his private law practice in 1962 in Parkersburg and surrounding counties. He has enjoyed a long career in public service, including serving as assistant prosecuting attorney of Wood County and former city attor- ney for the City of Parkersburg. He was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1970 and to six more terms commencing in 1974. He served as Chair of Education (1977-78), Chair of Judiciary (1979-84), and as 52nd Speaker of the House of Del- egates in 1985 and 1986. I H 1200 BOB PHILLIS Owner/Hearing Instrument Specialist WHERE: Gilmer County Senior Center DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004 TIME: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. PHONE: 1-800-303-3277 Beltone Hearing Instrument Center Country Club Road - Fairmont, WV 26554 ON SIT REPAIRS WHEN POSSIBLE/ West Virginia Workers Compensation Provider. Discounts at www., ,corn/phillis 2004 Beltone Electro~',~ Corporation "This is a very exciting option as many of our lodge parks are already offering online reservations." Pope says. "Visitors can reserve lodge rooms or cab~.ns for a getaway or special occasion such as a reunion, anniversary or meeting years in ad- vance." All current reservation policies are still valid. For more information or for reservation, please visit or call 1-800- CALL WVA and ask for the indi- vidual park. Waugaman competes 'William Tell' Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott L. Waugaman participated in the Air ForCe's air superiority exercise termed "Willkam Tell" at Tyndall'Air Force Base, Panama City, Fla. The two- week, air-to-air competitive exercise pits the Air Force's top F-15 fighter aircraft crews. The exercise tests aircrews in such areas as air dominance, evalu- ates cold and live fire competitions, combat tactics, even weapons load- ing and maintenance. The competi- tion pits units representing five major commands, which include the Air Combat Command, Air Education ~ Training Command, Air National Guard, Pacific Air Forces, and U.S. Air Forces in Europe. This year marks the 50th anni- versary of the exercise, sponsored by the Air Combat Command headquar- tered at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The exercise was in an eight-year hiatus due to the high operational tempo and recent operations in Af- ghanistan and Iraq. Waugaman, a flight line expedi- tor with ten years of military service. is assigned to the 19th Aircraft Main- tenance Unit, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage. Alaska. He is the son of Randall and Norine Waugaman of Rural Route 2. Jane Lew. W.Va. "His wife, Mary, is the daughter of Richard and Kathleen Flanigan of West Milford, W.Va. The sergeant is a 1990 graduate of South Harrison High School, Lost Creek, W.Va. Photo sale here The Glenville Democrat and Path. finder newspapers have a number of photographs in our "Photo Morgue." They sell for four for $1.00, plus with any purchase in that amount, you get two free ones. Your picture, or one of your loved ones, may be there. Our offices at 108 North Court Street are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. In the main though, Wednesday through Friday are better days to hunt for any of your old pictures that we editors may have taken. Mondays and Tuesdays are deadline days, so there is much activity going on at that rime, making searching for information more difficult. New CK.30 Hydrostn( Tractors in Stock. Just in! New 3054 Kioti w/Loader & Backhoe ............. =19,900 ~ Ford Backhoe. 4WD ............................. s17,$00 784 tnlemat~nal. 65 liP. 4wd. w/Loader ....... H 3,$00 4610 Ford. 52 PIP. Diesel. 4w~ ..................... .s12,~0 ~Case $ntemati0oal, 54 HP, Diesel, 4WD...t12,$00 New Fo~e Se~-LOading Bale Wrapper i w~,e Hugojer Pkg. Deal ........................ t11,o~00 !580 Case Backhoe, Diesel ............................... sll,500 T5(; Terramite Backhoe, 20 HP, Gas ................ tB,000 4600 Ford, 52 HP, Diesel ................ ~........ ......... r'/,800 743 Bobcat, 40 HP, Diesel ............................... ?7,500 5000 Ford. 60 HP. Diesel ................................. tt,llO0 185 ASs Chalmets. 75 HP. Diesel. w/Full Cab t6,800 643 Bobcat. 30 HP. Diesel ............................... =6,000 New. 7'. 3 Point Backhoe w/Pump ................... =4,975 2000 Ford. 38 HP Gas ..................................... =4,200 B-6200 Kubota. 16 HP. 4WD. I Owner, 500 Hours ............................... *3,950 601 Ford, 34 HP, Gas, New Paint, Real Sharp t3,.5(10 880 David Brown, 40 HP, Diesel ....................... s3,500 New Kioti Tractors in Stock Used Effective June 1988, each person hauler to pick up bulky goods at three(3)feetinlength, width, orheight occupying a residence or operating a curbside. This service is designed as or at least fifty (50) pounds in weight. business in the state of West Virginia a customer friendly alternative to the Bulky goods pick up in your neigh- is required by law to either subscribe illegal disposal of such items. This borhood will occur each month (on a to and use a solid waste collection rule does not apply to service sup- specific day determined by your solid service or provide proper proof that plied by municipal governments, waste carrier.)" solid waste is disposed of at an ap- Each solid waste carrier is required The following are not included in proved facility in a lawful manner, to provide regularly scheduledbulky goods service: (a) automotive Public Service Commission Re- monthly bulky goods collection ser- components, parts, or frames that quires Waste Haulers to Pick up Tires viceavailabletoallsubscribinghouse- weigh at least two hundred (200) andOtherBulkyGoodsIllegaldump- holds located in that carrier's operat- pounds each; (b) automotive parts, ing of bulky goods such as appli- ing territory, suchasmotorsandtransmissions, that ances, furniture and tires continues to The carrier is required to mail, on have a high density; (c) hazardous be a growing concern in West Vir- an annual basis, written notice of its waste; (d) items that can be easily ginia, bulky goods collection schedule to all divided and placed into bags, boxes, Although the Divisions of High- residential customers, as follows: or other containers, less than three (3) ways and Natural Resources in coop- "Your service includes monthlyfeet high, long, or wide, that,' with eration with the Department of Envi- removal of oversized items such as, contents, weigh less than fifty pounds ronmental Protection have been bat- butnot limited to refrigerators, wash- each; and (e) construction and demo- tling this problem for more than 15 ing machines, clothes dryers, dish- lition debris generally. years through such programs as washers, ovens, stoves, microwave Thecarriermustalsoprovidebulky Adopt-A-Highway, Adopt-A-Dump ovens, and other appliances; televi- goods service, upon request, to non- and Make It Shine, the problem con- sions; home computers; air condi- subscribing households. tinues. In an attempt to make dis- tithers;bicycles; furniture; waste tires Call the Environmental Resources posalofsuchitemseasierforresiden- offtherim, havingaradiusofnomore Section of the Division of Natural tialcustomers, the Public than 16.5 inches, from automobiles, Resources at 800-322-5530 or the ServiceCommissionputintoeffect frompickuptrucks, from motorcycles, Public Service Commission at 800- a rule in 2003 that requires every from all-terrain vehicles, and from 344-5113 for additional information. West Virginia residential solid waste farm tractors; and other items, not included in the above, that are at least OSM Transfers $69 Million to United Mine Workers of America Combined Benefit Fund for FY 2005 The U.S. Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) announced today it is transferring $69 million to the United Mine Workers Combined Benefit Fund (CBF) to help defray the costs of health benefits for retired coal miners. Under Public Law 102-486, OSM is required to transfer annually a portion of the interest collected from the Aban- doned Mine Land Fund to the MWA Combined Beneft Fund. The UMWA fund provided medical benefits in Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 for 17,394 coal miners living in 45 states who worked for companies that no longer exist. States with the most miners receiving benefits are Pennsylvania (4,935), West Virginia (3,957), Kentucky (2,507), Virginia (1,200) and Ohio (883). The cash transfer is based on OSM's estimated interest earnings for the upcoming Fiscal Year. OSM projects its FY 2005 annual investment collections will he $69,040,000. In addition to the annual transfer, adjustments are made to prior year transfers based on actual interest collected, actual costs of health care, and changes to the unassigned benefi- ciary population. On October I, 2004, that population is 16,502. OSM's continuing obligation to make such transfers was jeopardized earlier this year when it appeared that Congress would not reauthorize OSM's authority to col- lect the AML fee that funds the annual transfers to the CBF. The AML fee was set to expire September 30. About two weeks before that deadline, OSM put in place an emergency rule that world have enabled it to continue collecting fees from coal operators to provide transfers to the Combined Benefit Fund even if the AML fee had been allowed to expire. currently exists on the amount of interest to be transferred annually to meet the needs of the unassigned beneficiaries; "Making all interest earned on the account available for transfer as needed, including the $76 million in "stranded" interest from prior years; "Clarifying that the fund's investment policies shall reflect both the needs of the fund and the unassigned beneficiaries of the CBF, supporting the Administration's effort to increase the fund's return on investment. This change, along with the Administration's extension of the prescriprion drug program and the transfer of stranded interest, will provide the CBF with an additional $310 million over the next two years alone. The Administration legislation would extend OSM's authority to collect the fee for AML reclamation and to make reforms in the distribution of AML funds that would devote more of the fees being collected to the worst AML problems. Sen. Arlen Specter (PA) has introduced the Administration's proposal as S. 2049 and Rep. John Peterson (PA) has introduced the legislation in the House as H.R. 3778. Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) created an abandoned mine recla- /~ marion program funded by a fee assessed on each ton of coal used, sold, or transferred (35 cents for surface-mined coal, 15 cents for coal from underground mines, and 10 cents for lignite). Money from these fees is placed in a fund, which, subject to appropriation, is used to reclaim lands and waters adversely impacted by mining conducted before the enact- ment of SMCRA and to mitigate the adverse impacts from these sites on individuals and communities. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 art)ended SMCRA to transfer, subject to certain limitations, an amount equal to On September 29, Congress approved a Continuing theamountofinterestearnodonthefundtotheUnitedMine ResohitiontofundgovernmentoperationsthroughNovem_ Workers of America Comb l , Benefit Fund for use in ber 20 and extended OSM's AML fee authority until paying health care benefits to 'unassigned beneficiaries" same date. Since the AML fee is still in force, OSM s -- former coal miners and their dependents for which no emergency CBF rule has not taken effect, company is responsible for paying premiums. The Energy OSM does not manage the fund or participate in making " Policy Act also amended SMCRA to extend collection of decisions about its administration. However, earlier this year the Bush Administration proposed legislation to reau- thorize and reform the Abandoned Mine Land fund which would also increase the stability of funding for th CBF by: "Removing the $70 million funding limitarion cap which iii i Columbia West Virginia Corporation is seeking to buy standing timber and logs in North Central West Vir[ginia. Columbia can also provide management plans for landowners to help in wildlife and timber management. Please Call: Dave Lewellyn (304) 472-8573 or Chad Brown (304) 368-1077 the reclamation fees through September 30, 2005, with an additional requirement that after that date the fee must he established at a rate sufficient to continue to provide for transfers to the Combined Benefit Fund with respect to unassigned beneficiaries. 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