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12 - San M/gud Bas/n Forum, Thursday November 3, 1004 I I II I I i i i i i ii Fluoridation Is Returning To Nucla Water System After meeting with the State Fluoridation Engineer for the Colorado Department of Health. Bill McCusker, the town of Nucla was in full agreement with renewing fluoridation of the town's water supply again. Nucla Elementary School principal. Dr. Constance Mahaney. and the school nurse for the West End School District. Debble Dil- lon also were at the October 26 meeting to urge the town board to proceed with the program. McCusker was to go to the water treatment plant the day following the meeting wlth Public Works employee Archle Richardson to get the system back on line. In other action taken by the board, It was agreed to write a letter to Colorado's senators and congressmen in support of the Uravan site as the preferred location for the UMTRA mill tailings dis- posal, rather than Dry Flats. Terri Thomson. who has been working with the town to develop further com- puterization, presented a bid sheet for equipment and software for the town to send out for price quotes. Dale Williams attended the board meeting regarding a purchase of town property he had proposed at the previous meeting. Williams was ad- ! I vised that the board has not had an opportunity to dis- cuss his proposal at any length yet. The board did approve Williams" request to place a fifth-wheel trailer next to his property on Main Street. where the old movie theater had been located. The camper is being lived in and is located just south of the Sorority News Notes The Oct. meeting of ESA was in the home of Joanne Woods. The meeting was called to order by Pres. Janet Series who Introduced the guests. Aml Schierman. Klm Harrison. Diana Reams gave a report on the successful rush party. The Nucla Town Library was given a donation of 8150 for book tapes. Joanne Woods. Nada Strphens and Diana Reams volunteered to work at the mini health. Plans were made for the pledge dtn- ner to be held Nov. 1 at the Naturita Community build- Ing. The educational program. whose theme for this year is accomplishments of an ln- fluenUal woman in your life. was given by Vtcki Garber and Carolyn Been. I I I I II II ATTENTION HUNTER AND VISITORS If you ore planning to bring hay, straw or mulch onto National Forest System lands in our area, be sure that it is certlfiecl week-free. Orange and blue striped baling twine on the boles show that it is certified. All weed free hay and straw, including that certified in other states, must hove a document stating that is weed freeThe nearest sources of weed-free hay in our area are Montrose and the Dolores-C,,ortez area. A list of producers is available at the Norwood Ranger Dis- trict office. Pellets and culoea nay products ore not required to be codified, but it is recommended. Grain is to re- ClUlrecl to be certified. Pellets are ovailalole locally in both Nuclo and Norwood. Thank you for helping us reduce the effects of noxious weeds in our area, For more information, contact the U.S. Forest Service. Norwood Ranger District at 1760 E. Grand Avenue in Norwood. or coil us at 327-4261. i Ill, I I IIIII II Illll .Z.; ..... Williams property now. Trustee Paul Koski reported that work at the back of the library building is proceeding. He also noted the park needs to be winterized and reported that two more weeks of advertising for bids on the restrooms at Rainbow Reservoir are being run. One heater has been in- stalled in the building at the town park and the second is on site but not hooked up yet. A format for operations and communications between the town marshal's office and the county sheriffs depart- ment has been received. No action was taken by the board. A 1989 Dodge 4X4 pickup was purchased at the govern- ment auction recently. The board approved the hiring of Herb Brown to the public works department. A liquor license renewal was approved for the Nucla Moose Lodge. Another budget meeting was scheduled for November 2 at 7 p.m. and the next regular meeting will be Wed- nesday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. Weed -Free Forage Certification In 1993, When the Colorado legislature signed into law the "Weed Free Forage Carp Certification Act". it intended to establish a method to begin cleaning up the states hay. straw and mulch. It was not intended to be a mandatory program, nor has It become one-except on Federal lands, but a volun- tary program for producers of forage crops, landowners and consumers. By growing and selling crops that have been certified as weed free the producer is assuring that he Is not responsible for yet another infestation of some un- desirable plant. He is also guaranteeing himself top dol- lar for his crop. Though the price for weed free hay varies throughout the state 8125 and up appears to be the going price at this time. By purchasing hay that has been certified as weed free the consumer is preventing the Introduction of exotic weeds which can be costly and difficult to deal with once they have become estab- lished. Certified hay is guaranteed to be free of 17 weeds including several com- mon San Miguel Basin prob- lem weeds. On the list are Canada. bull and musk thistle, field bindweed. Rus- sian knapweed, whitetop and houndstongue- all of which are present locally and are undesirable to introduce into new areas. Also on the list are several very invasive weeds which we do not yet have in our local fields and which we wish to keep out. Among them are diffuse and spotted knapweed as well as the dreaded leafy spurge which is very common in many parts of the state and country. After months of considera- tion the USFS decided to re- quire certified forage on the lands It controls In Colorado. Kelly Llston, who is the Range Conservationist in the Norwood office of the Forest Service. explained "There are infestations of several exotic weeds already on the forest and we are planning control measures as funds allow, The weed free forage act may give us an opportunity to decrease the introduction of weeds at a pace faster than we can control them." Decreasing the spread of weeds onto National Forest land is much more desirable than removing them once they have arrived. "Preven- tion is easier, more cost effec- tive and is an environmentally friendly al- ternative to the use of her- bicides and other methods for weed control." stated Lis- ton. It Is hoped that visitors to the forests of Colorado will voluntarily comply with the new regulations. However enforcement with warnings and tickets is possible, and even probable, if voluntary compliance Is not achieved. Accountability Welcomes Public continued from page 11 In order to be effective In goal one. the Committee will be hearing from the faculty as to what level the cur- riculum has been developed so far, on a fairly regular basis. This week the mathe- matics curriculum was the main target as teachers are working with Dr. Annette Cooper of Fort Lewis College from 8th grade down to Kindergarten and the high schoo!  working on the uppereel's of the cur- riculum. For goal two. the Commit- tee has asked for quarterly reports from the building principals on how often dis- clpllnary action had to be taken in the prior quarter and at what level. Goal three will be ad- dressed by setting up a for- mat to be used by parents and community members who will be asked to visit the schools on an informal basis and get a clearer perspective of how the schools, students. and faculty are functioning as a whole. For goal three, it was sug- gested that school newspapers be placed in the grocery stores for the com- munity to pick up and keep apprised of what's taking place in each building. Also. for the Accountability Com- mlttee to release a summary of what transp/res at the meetings. With American Education Week being November 13-19. the schools are inviting parents to attend classes with their students for any part of the day on specified days at each school. This puts the parents in direct contact with what goes on in the classroom and gives the teachers the benefit of seeing parental involvement in the student's education as well. Contests are being held at the schools to see which clas. ses get the best percentage of parent turn-out that week. A brief report was given about the State Account- ability Conference which was held in Colorado Springs on October 7-9. The next District Account- ability Committee meeting will be at the Administration office In Naturlta on Monday. November 14. at 7:30 p.m.