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I INF e care In Website: 25 Cents www.basinforum.com i i i i i i SIS County Commissioners Will Meet To Address The Issue of Childcare Linda Bircher just arrived to fill the vacant English teacher position at Naturita Middle School. Bircher comes to the =area from Sheridan; Wyoming-: She is originally Greeley ...... : :i Bircher has taught for 29 1/2 year, Bircher said one of her fav0rites classes she taught in the pas wag pho tography. Doyou mean I get paid for this,'she asked; pho: tography, Bircher also has a Weather Wee Care Day Care is the only licensed day care open in the Nucla.Naturita area after the clo- sure of the Kids Keepers Day Care last week. The children are enjoying a frozen snack while chilling out under a tree. Dale Williams: An Unsolved Mystery Unsolved Mysteries will be airing the case of Dale Williams on the Lifetime Channel, September 17,2002 at 6 pm. Dale was last seen May 27, 1999, wearing a dark blue T-shirt and blue jeans. He was driving a white 1994 Ford F- 250 long bed pickup. Williams was performing work related to his body shop in the West End area around the time he disappeared. When his family began to look for him, it was discovered that his shop was unsecured and his tools were left out. The door of a car that he had been working on was left open. By all appear- ances, when Williams left on Thursday, May 27, 1999, he was planning to be gone only a short period of time. The Nuela Marshall at the time, Matt Gudermu'th, began investigating the case on Friday, May 28, 1999. As news of Williams disappearance spread throughout the commu- nity, his many friends offered their assistance with the search. Dick Williams said many in the community helped in indescribable ways and he real- ly appreciates those in the com- munity that have a sincere con- cern in the case. "There are some that have been helping for over three years now faithfully," he said. Tami Lowrance spear- headed the local search which was then based out of Showtime Videos and dubbed The Dale Williams Rescue Center. Local volunteers spent endless hours combing the roads for any sign of Williams. His brother, Dick, searched the area by air hoping to find any clue On the following Monday afternoon, May 31, 1999, mem- bers of the Montrose County Sheriff's Department joined the search, and offered help with the investigation. The Nucla Marshall's Office also requested help from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. More than a month after his disappearance, the truck of Williams was discovered in the river below Uravan. Montrose County Lt. Shawn Cline report- ed that a local family was fish- ing in the river on Sunday Afternoon when, upon swim- ming to retrieve a tangled line, the pickup was discovered. There was no trace of Williams or a metal tool box that had been bolted onto the back of Cont. on Pg. 7 Dale Williams was last seen on Thursday, May 27,1999 (Grand Junctio Nat'l WeMMff Serve.e) Wednesday. Mostly cloudy. A chance of thunderstorms and rain showers. Highs in the mid 70s. Wednesday night. Mostly cloudy. A chance of thunderstorms and rain showers. Lowsjn the lower to mid 40s. Thursday. Mostly cloudy. A chance of thunderstorms and rain showers. "J':'riday. A chance of thunderstorms 'and rain showers. Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s to lower 50s. Highs in the tower 70s. Saturday. A slight chance of thun- derstorms and rain showers. Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower to mid 40s. Highs in the lower 60s to lower 70s. Sunday. Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Highs in the lower 70s. The Kids Keepers Day Care closed last week due to financial problems according to the owner. Tile owner, Carrie Zunich, said that three-quarters of the 15 children at the center were subsidized, and Montrose County cut the subsidy and lowered tile qualifying income for parents. With the cut in sub- sidles Zunich said she would need at least three more children It) keep the center open. Zunich said the county cut the $25 they were receiving per child to $18 a day. Before shut- ting down Zunich was applying for non-profit status in hopes of acquiring more funding options. Zunich had to lay off 2 of the 5 enlployees bclbre finally closing the doors. The Montrosc Board of County Commission- ers will meet on Wednesday, September 11, 2002, in Nucla. Zunich is on the agenda at the meeting concerning her child- care center. Pat Mewes, director of Health and Human Services tbr Montrose County said she had offered to raise the funds to $20 per child to be equitable with .'mother area child care center. She said she never heard back from Zunich. Wee Care Day Care is the only center in the Nucla- Naturita area licensed for chil- dren from multiple families and still operating. The Wee Care Day Care has no subsidies and is not affected by the cut backs set by the county. The largest day care cen- ter in Montrose County is Child Quest in Olathe. The director Lucy Miller said the center has felt the effects of the cutbacks. She said in 2000 the county cut all 60 slots the center was receiving for subsidies. Instead of receiving money for the allo- cated slots, the center was placed on a pay actual program. The center currently receives $18 per child. The center experienced a slight drop in attendance and made the center find money in other ways. Tim Heavers, Executive Director of the Montrose County Housing Authority, overseas the opera- tions of Child Quest. Heavers said the problem they are expe- riencing is the increased waiting list for funding from issuing only so many vouchers. "We had to start a waiting list because of only so much money available," Mewes said concerning the waiting list. "We never had a waiting list betore that I'm aware of." Cont. on Pg. I I