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Thursday, August 13, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 39

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Pet Photo Contest put on by the Carthage Humane Society is taking place now until the end of the month. They will use 12 entries for their 2010 Calender. Entry fee is $10, no limit on entries. For info, call 417-439-7134.

Did Ya Know?... Jam Session Saturday, doors open @ 4:00 p.m., music starts @ 5:00 p.m. All acoustic instruments welcome! Salem Country Church, Red Oak II, Carthage MO, 417-237-0885.

today's laugh

A little boy opened the big, old family Bible with fascination. He looked at the old pages as he turned them. The Bible had belonged to his grandmother. Then something fell out of the Bible. He picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed between pages. "Momma, look what I found", the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked. With astonishment in the young boy’s voice he answered, "I think it’s Adam’s suit!!!!!"

Two kids were trying to figure out what game to play. One said, "Let’s play doctor." "Good idea." said the other. "You operate, and I’ll sue."

A teacher asked, "What is the shape of the earth ?" One lil’ girl spoke up: "According to my Daddy -- terrible!

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

People’s Ice Company Set To Double Equipment.

The People’s Ice company is receiving bids for the installation for a 15-ton to 20-ton ice making machine. This machine will be added to the machine already in use. The present capacity is ten tons per day, so the increase will be 150 to 200 percent.

It is also prooposed to divide up part of the present ice storage room into a number of compartments for cold storage purposesand the company intends to handle extensively butter, eggs, oranges and lemons in dry cold storage, utilizing the purpose of the seperate compartments.

In carrying out this plan, part of the increased machine capacity of the plant will be utilized in maintaining the cold storage service instead of manufacturing ice for storage, as has been the plan heretofore. The company is already prepared to furnish cold storage for a stipilated fee.

  Today's Feature

Council Snubs KAMO.


The Carthage City Council unanimously approved a decision to ignore a request by KAMO Power to demolish a portion of the skate park located in the Fair Acres Sports Complex. City Attorney Nate Dally told the Council that representatives of the power generation and transmission company notified him of their determination to force the issue because the skate park infringes on the company’s power line right of way.

City Administrator Tom Short says he was not aware of KAMO being contacted before construcion was commenced.

The right of way, which is fifty feet on either side of the center line of the power lines, was not officially documented until KAMO notified the City after the slab and fence for the park were constructed.

Park Administrator Alan Bull has said it took hours pouring over old maps before documentation of the right of way was found by Dally after being notified.

The utility line is part of KAMO’s 1160 miles of distribution lines and thought to have been in place since the 1950’s.


Inspector General Blasts Stimulus for Tiny Airports

by Michael Grabell, ProPublica

Millions of dollars in federal stimulus money are going to low-priority airports with questionable economic value and a history of mishandling grants, according to an advisory released Monday by the inspector general [1] for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The report follows an investigation by ProPublica and CBS News [2] last month that found more than $100 million was being directed to airports that have fewer than one flight an hour – including one serving an Alaskan village of 167 people.

In the four-page memo, the inspector general said the Federal Aviation Administration selected low-priority projects for stimulus money to ensure that every state got at least one airport project. The office advised the FAA to withhold grant money for the projects until it can justify the economic merit. And it called for a full audit of stimulus airport grants.

In a response [3], Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari said the FAA relied on long-standing rules to pick "prudent, high-priority projects" and noted that the report highlighted a small percentage of the 263 stimulus projects.

The agency didn’t need to conduct a cost-benefit analysis, he said, because most of the projects were necessary to bring the airports into compliance with safety standards.

To select airports for stimulus funding, the FAA relied on its National Priority Rating system, which scores projects on a scale of 0 to 100, based on safety, security and capacity needs. Typically, airports must score a 40 or higher to be approved. In the stimulus, the FAA raised the threshold to 62 to be certain worthy projects would be funded.

Yet, the FAA chose more than 50 projects below that mark, "raising concerns about whether the agency’s process resulted in funding the highest priority [stimulus] projects," the IG’s report concluded.

Among the projects mentioned are two new airports in the remote Alaskan villages of Akiachak and Ouzinkie. Ouzinkie, which is home to 167 people, received $13.9 million. But the report notes that it already has a gravel airstrip, a landing area for sea planes and access to cargo barges.

In its response, the FAA said the Alaskan airports don’t meet safety standards and that alternative means of travel are much less reliable than the IG’s report makes it seem. In Ouzinkie, the main means of travel other than plane is an open skiff ride to Kodiak Island. But according to the FAA, from Thanksgiving through March, that option is available only 10 percent of the time.

"These are hardly examples of government waste – both projects are simple gravel airstrips," Porcari wrote. "The costs of these projects have been checked and justified based on the high costs of moving materials and equipment to the areas."

The other low-priority projects cited by the inspector general were a $5 million taxiway in Findlay, Ohio; a $2 million runway extension in Wilbur, Wash.; a $2 million apron in Warrensburg, Mo.; and a new runway at an airpark in Dover, Del.

"The Dover project was chosen because it was the state’s only project that was ‘ready to go,’ " the report said.

The inspector general also found four grant recipients that have a history of problems managing grants. Those airport authorities in Guam, Puerto Rico, Pitkin County, Colo., and Owensboro, Ky., together received $15 million despite problems handling cash and contracts.

The Owensboro, Daviess County Regional Airport has been cited for poor administration of funds in 10 of the past 11 years, the IG’s report says.

In its response, the DOT said it has increased its oversight and that all problems with prior grants had been resolved to the inspector general’s satisfaction. "The department has emphasized the need for careful stewardship of all funds expended, and particularly Recovery Act funding," Porcari wrote.

The response didn’t cool criticism from Republicans, who used the report to attack the stimulus. "The IG’s investigation is more evidence that serious problems surround the stimulus program," said Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., the ranking member on the House transportation committee.

Just Jake Talkin'

The Council made a pretty strong statement with its vote to ignore the warnings of the "big" power company (see front page).

An easement typically gives the rights to access, not exclusive ownership. City officials have the opinion that if at some point in time the skate park obstructs access for some reason, the apparatus can be removed from the concrete slab. When work is complete, the park can be restored.

Although this particular situation may not be of any real consequence to KAMO, the longer term effect of letting an easement be encroached upon may in fact be worth puttin’ up a fight.

There are some who predict an injunction to halt the skate park project. As of yesterday, a opening is still scheduled.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

  Weekly Columns

Click and Clack Talk Cars

Dear Tom and Ray:

When I was in college in the late 1980s, I remember one of my chemistry professors telling me that he disposed of organic chemical waste by just pouring it in his gas tank and burning it along with his gasoline. I imagine the waste would have contained things like benzene, xylene, toluene, cyclohexane, cyclohexene and cyclohexanol, just to name a few. I am a high school teacher and I have a supply of organic waste collecting. I was wondering if disposing of waste this way would do any damage to my ‘94 Dodge Dakota or my wife’s ‘01 Ford Windstar. It seems like this would work, since gasoline is a mixture of organic compounds. But, if I ruined one of my vehicles, I would never hear the end of it, at home or at work.-- Tom

TOM: Well, perhaps in the old days before we cared about things like the environment, dying at a young age, or growing extra fingers, you could have tossed that stuff into the gas tank and driven off. But we strongly recommend against it.

RAY: For two reasons. One is environmental. Some of this stuff- like benzene- are known carcinogens. And even though there is a small amount of benzene in gasoline, its quantity is severely limited because we now know how dangerous it is.

RAY: The second reason is the dangers to your car. Like we said in the old days, fuel systems were exceedingly simple, you could burn almost anything. I would dispose of these chemicals safely and properly.

TOM: There are lots of plastic parts in your fuel system and too much benzene in you fuel can melt these things.

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