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Wednesday, March 18, 2009, Volume XVII,
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A big-city lawyer was
representing the railroad in a lawsuit filed by
an old rancher. The ranchers prize bull was
missing from the section through which the
railroad passed. The rancher only wanted to be
paid the value of the bull. The case was to be
tried before the justice of the peace in the back
of the general store.
The attorney for the railroad
cornered the rancher and tried to get him to
settle out of court. He did his best selling job,
and the rancher agreed to take half of what he
After the rancher had signed
the release and took the check, the young lawyer
couldnt resist gloating, telling the
rancher, "You know, I put one over on you. I
couldnt have won the case. I didnt
have one witness to put on the stand. I bluffed
The old rancher replied,
"Well young feller, I was a little worried
about winning myself, that durned bull came home
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Angery Letter to the
Dear Sir:-I have been aware for some
time that the Light Company were contemplating injunction
proceedings to restrain this this city from completing
its proposed electric plant. I am aware that a week ago
you decided not to take such a course; and I am aware
that since that time you have decided to get out an
injunction to be served on us before the 18th inst, the
date of opening the bids for our new plant.
It is said that whom the Gods would
destroy they first make mad, and I believe that your
people have been led by a passion to commit a folly.
It seems to me that good, hard sense
would cause you to let us alone and try and hold what you
have left. The sentiment of the people of this town is
not hostile toward the Gas Co., except that they bitterly
resent any action that hinders us from carrying out the
will of the people. Should you again delay us by legal
proceedings, our people will be incensed to such a degree
that it will be difficult to restrain them from mob
violence to your property.
The new council, while opposed to me
politically, is a unit in my support on the light
question and you will be deceived if you look for support
Should your company persist in further
delaying us with this injunction, it is only fair to give
you notice that I have the means at my command to at
once, without a dollar of the money of this city, put in
an electric light plant, according to the plans and
specifications now on hand; also a strictly first class
modern gas plant with six miles more of mains than now
laid, and if thought best a first class modern system of
water works with filter that will deliver clear,
sparkling water to every home in the city.
All except water works to be finished
to be finished and ready for lighting before October 1,
1899. If you think I am talking through my hat, get out
your injunction and you will be very quickly undeceived.
Chas. O. Harrington.
W.C. Thomas and all the clerks at his
hustling grocery store establishment are now neatly
uniformed in white caps, striped coats and white aprons.
They present a nobby appearance.
Attorney Takes The Heat.
The Public Safety Committee
failed to resolve three on-going parking issues
last Monday night in their regular monthly
meeting. Instead, they voted to send three broad
concepts to the City Attorney, David Dalley, to
flush out a comprehensive solution to their
At the heart of the issues is
where cars can be parked and for how long.
Jerry Gilpin, who has an
apartment on the square, appealed to the
Committee once again for a designated parking
space just off the square on Main Street. Gilpin
and committee member Bill Welch again began
haggling over what price would be fair to
"rent" the space. During the last
meeting, Gilpin had countered Welchs
recommendation of a dollar a day with a fifteen
dollar a month offer. Welch brought up the thirty
dollar fee during this meeting and Gilpin
countered with twenty-five dollars, allowing that
he shouldnt have to pay for weekends which
have free parking anyway.
After more discussion, the
Committee voted to have Dally put together some
type of recommendation for a limited number of
permits to be sold on a first come, first served
basis. No actual perimeters or recommendations
were given for guidance.
The City ordinance that
prohibits a disable vehicle from parking on the
public street for more than 48 hours was also
discussed. Police Chief Greg Dagnan explained to
the Committee that the ordinance wouldnt
apply to street legal vehicles parking in front
of other peoples houses, a complaint heard at the
last meeting. Dagnan recommended leaving the
ordinance as written. The Committee voted to send
the ordinance to Dally for clarification.
Dagnan also provided the
Committee with an example of a handicap parking
ordinance for review with some recommendations.
The Committee voted to have Dally come up with an
ordinance for the committee to review.
The statistics for parkin
tickets would indicate to me that the two hour
limit on parkin has a much larger impact on
those that work around the square than it does on
the tourist trade.
The numbers seem to show that
the weather has more to do with the volume of
tickets that anything. Durin the cold
months, when it appears that the thought process
is that it is worth a buck not to have to get out
and move the car.
Ive got to note that my
opinion isnt from any scientific
documentation, just a gut feelin that comes
from various conversations. I dont doubt
that a tourist or two gets aggravated at a one
buck ticket, but the real money, less than enough
to pay parkin enforcement salaries Id
guess, comes from the locals.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin
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Another way to keep pets
from sleeping on the sofa while you are out is to
use a carpet runner made of plastic. Put the
gripping side up, and both dogs and cats will
"This is for the
gardener who doesnt like to wear gloves:
Dig your fingernails into a bar of soap before
gardening in dirt, leaving a collection of soap
residue under the nails. Washing your hands after
gardening will be much easier." -- Lynn in
"I save the plastic
containers from baby wipes. They make terrific
organizers for all sorts of small things. Best of
all, they can be stacked." -- B.H. in
A great garden tip from
P. Allen Smith (get more at pallensmith.com):
When trimming an evergreen hedge, prune the sides
on a slight bevel, so the bottom branches stick
out a little further than the top. This prevents
the top from shading the lower branches and
making them sparse.
"My recipe cards
were a mess, so I entered the recipes into my
computer to get organized. However, I do love my
recipe cards, and some are passed down and very
special. I saved the special ones and framed them
to hang in my kitchen. I also made a collage out
of the holiday side-dish recipe cards and some
photos of dinners through the years. Its
very artistic, and I love it." -- M.L.P. in
Go Green Tip: To
increase or maintain a high miles per gallon in
your vehicle, dump unnecessary weight. Go through
your cars trunk and clean out anything you
dont need. The less your car weighs, the
better fuel mileage youll get
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