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October 4, 1979

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.{ Thursday, October 4, 1979 Volume 26 Issue 9; I oa ,--i About $10,000 damage was ment Chief John Weaver said C-done to Nucla Marshal Bill about seventy percent of the L 't}achman's home as a result of house was damaged as the starting in the kitchen, result of heat and wa.ter. ucla-Naturita Fire Depart- Marshal Bachman said he ~0 awoke last Thursday morning to find the kitchen blazing. He grabbed a bed sheet to wrap around himself then got out of the burning house. "I Queen For A Day Senator Dan Noble of Norwood crowns Lena Nix, Pioneer Day Queen. Lena Nix was the first Norwood High School graduate. She was also the first librarian and is yet the Norwood Librarian. Lena's attendants were Faye Davis and Dora Spor. ion ig Television in the San Miguel Basin area has been poor at best, and absent completely all too often. While the possibility of a cable TV for the area exists, there is a new possibility {l of free ABC programming within the week. A new station, KJCT, than- nel 8, out of Grand Junction, hopes to begin broadcasting October 9 with the opening day for the World Series. The station has a coverage map which includes the San Miguel Basin area, as well as Moab, Utah to Rangely and Glen- wood Springs to Montrose. But, no guarantees are being made by the station that individual towns in the cover- age area will receive the signal. "There is no way of knowing how it is going to hit individual stations until the signal is being broadcasted," said Dick Win- ters, Sales Manager for KJCT. "Our signal will be that far," continued Winters, "but you can't tell about a "IV signal until you're on the air with them. It could be clear, but we might have terrain problems. Sometimes you might get a bounce down in a valley and sometimes an area that can be seen from a translator won't get the signal. But if you are down in a valley, you probably will have more trouble getting the signal. The signal will be broadcast at the 10,000 foot level off Grand Mesa. The programming will have local news as well as the ABC programming, includ- ing Monday night foootball which is popular with all foot- ball fans. The station antica- pates no problems with Grand Jtmction supporting two local stations and the change and variety of programming is be- ing welcomed by many. In the event the signal from the new station doesn't come to the Basin area dearly, the possibility of receiving the sta- tion still might exist. "If you get a weak signal, a good an- turned on the garden hose and yelled, "fire, fire, fire," he said. A neighbor, Dale Williams, was awakened by Bachman's fran- tic shouts. Williams reported the house fire to the Nucla Dispatch. At 7:01 aan., the fire alarm sounded. Within three minutes, fire trucks and volunteers re- sponded. Thirty volunteers a- long with three fire engines were at the scene, according to the report. Fire Chief Weaver said the cause of the fire is unknown. .The location was the kitchen in a low area. The fire burned upward into the attic, accord- ing to Weaver. Marshal Bachman sustained minor burns on both feet. He ILT Colorado counties will re- ceive $6,618,715 in payment for fiscal year 1979 under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act. Checks will be mailed to 52 of Colorado's 63 counties this week to compensate them for the taxes they can't collect on tax-exempt Federal lands with- in their boundaries. Hart, who was the Senate sponsor of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act, has worked closely with Colorado counties on implementation of the law since its passage in 1976. tenna will definetly improve it," said Winter. And some- times some companies that have experts in detecting sig- nals can bring in a signal with special antennas, towers, or equipment. "Contact can be made with local antenna com- panies or someone like Channel Masters," continued Winter, "to determine if special anten- nas might work. Sometimes you see 50' towers, like ham radio antennas, to bring in a signal." Winters states that there was also a probability that, as cable TV was installed in the area, the station would be a- vailable on the cable. also suffered smoke inhalation. He was given medical attention by Dr. H. H. Rosenzweig at the Nucla Clinic then released. Bachman was taken to a friends home to rest and to get warm. He stated a few hours later~, "I'm so thankful to God that my family wasn't-home and that my life was spared, also ." The house belongs to Derro! and Annabelle Almond of Nucla. Bachman was renting the property. According to the report, there was fire insuance on the house. Contents belong- ing to Bachman were not in- sured. Montrose County Deputies Tom Stevenson and Shawn Cline responded to the fire. This is the third year counties have received payments under the law. "These payments are anim- portant contribution the Fed- eral government makes to local communities for its use of the land within their boundaries," Hart said. "It is a good ex- ample of how the Federal government can form a good partnership with local govern- ments." The total payments under the law nationwide are $105 million this year. Payments are made on natural resource lands, such as those run by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the Forest Service, and National Wildlife areas. The funds coun- ties receive may be used for any purpose. Congress is considering an appropriation of $108 million for the program in fiscal year 1980. Montrose County received $445,526 this year and San Miguel County received $I4,538. Look Inside Pioneer Day Page 8 Sports Pages 16 & 17 Ii:J I III I I $1ilill ....