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P|oe 2 January_ 15. 1981 Ouad-Cltv Herald We welcome Jean Sllvius as a regular Quad City Herald staffer this week. Jean has been a contributing writer for the paper for a couple of years, now she is learning the rest of the "what- furs" about putting a paper into publication each week. This brings our staff up to number eight, plus the Editor and myself, all the better to serve you, our readers. If memory serves me correc- fly, just a few short years back we only had two full time employees, the Editor and I. Those have been long, full, hard years of learning, trial and error, all most satisfying years. Years of ac- complishment, years of progress. Had there been time I should have kept a diary, I could write a book of hilarious tribulations, disasterous and otherwise. We have come a long way, how do I know- the complaints are more frequent. When we receive complaints we know the paper is cir- culating and being read. Oh, the compliments are there, also, which we dearly appreciate, but it is the complaints that make us wonder why, what, how come and stubborn determination sets in to do a better job, to publish a better newspaper. $** Another year passed me by on Saturday, 39 and holding! Calls and cards from kids and friends made it a mighty nice one again this year. I even got a whipping stick, a shoe string everybody in shape! I'm sure with practice I can make that old shoe string sting with a snap like a wet noodle. $$$ Leslie Poole discovered this recipe in the back of an old cookbook and gave me a copy so we all could enjoy it. Makes one more anxious than ever for the long, warm days of summer to be at hand. An Infallible Recipe for Preserving Children Take: I large grassy field Yz dozen children 2 or 3 small dogs A pinch of brook and some pebbles Mix the children and dogs together well and put them in the field, stirring constantly. Pour the brook over the pebbles. Sprinkle this field with flowers. Spread over all: A deep blue sky. Bake. s _ecurely taped to a long stick for keeping M ansfield may t.utv e gym for sale: The Mansfield School District plans to sell the gym in the old school for $100,000 if the proposed levy is passed in the upcoming election. "This will bring in additional revenue for the education of our children," said Supt. David James. Mansfield will put a bond before the voters on February 3 that would finance a new school facility. The passage of the bond would necessitate the sale of the present school site. There is a $90,000 bond outstanding on the gym. "This works to the advantage of the taxpayers," said James. "The state only required $985,00 from the Mans- field District to build the new school. This was a savings of $90,000 on tb , February bond issue." The interest on the present $90,000 is seven percent. If it. had been included in this bond it would: be financed at 9.5 percent. The remaining cost to build the school will be provided by the state from revenue of school land in the state. This money is designated aid in the building of new schools. F und started for fi:r{00 victims A relief fund has been set-up at Mid Valley Bank in Brewster to aide Bar- bara Sullivan and her family in com- pensating for the total loss of their trailer and possessions in a fire January 6. Any contributions to this fund would be greatly appreciated. If anyone has Correction The Bow Ties are not affiliated with the Senior Citizens group as stated in the article last week on the Brewster talent show. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused them and the various other per- sons the article mistakenly stated were appearing in the Talent Show. In the feature article Mrs. Sch- weighardt was born in 1898, not 1889, and she lived on Pearl Hill, not Dyer Hill. any furniture, clothing, or appliances tact Mary Pierce or Jerry Tret'old at that they could contribute, please con- Harmony House. The Ouad-City Herald welcomes letters to the editor All letters must be signed Unsigned letters will not be published, Please in. clude your address and telephone number for the editor's purpeses..] Piease limit letters to 500 words. Letters will be subject to'] editing. Guest editorial s are also welcome. / i Babies /p.. January 6 - A girl to Mr. and Mrs. An- dres Acosta, Brewster. January 7 - A girl to Mr. and Mrs. Pete Hofmann, Methow. Weather January 8 40 35 January 9 39 34 January I0 41 31 January 11 47 28 January 12 34 28 January 13 36 28 January 14 .qg. 28 weekly weather report through courtesy of Security section, Chief Joseph Dam. IConyon Country Drilling for water no e asy t ask: 0 u t d o o r s  hr/.n Z.I By:qi:akJ.pOurW:l0000;Lilp]Yecious cSYffm00rJ[ly Hallaeetus leucocephalus is a raptor - - a bird of prey. it is also our national symbol and, paradoxically, on the Federal threatened species list. This bird is widespread in the United States, but nowhere can it be called numerous - at least on a year-round basis. It is, of course, totally protected. Over thirty inches in length, with a wingspan approaching 7% feet, a mature bald eagle is easily identified. The dark auburn body plumage con- treats strikingly with a pure white head and tail. Both sexes are marked the same, but female birds are larger. Adult colors are not attained until the birds are four to six years old; im- mature bald eagles resemble golden eagles at a distance. There are distinguishing charac- teristics, however. Golden eagles have very broad wings and soar a bit more extensively than bald eagles. The latter usually display more white on the un- derside of the torso and glide with their wings in a very fiat horizontal position; golden eagles soar with their wings held at a slight upward angle. The tarsi (lower legs) of bald eagles are bare, whereas those of the golden variety are feathered to the toes. The head and neck of our national bird project con- spicuously in flight - contrasting with the more subdued profile of the golden eagle. Finally, white wing markings on immature bald eagles are limited to the ventral linings; golden eagles display dark linings with strips of white at the base of the primaries. Bald eagles originally nested throughout North America but cur- rently are thought to breed only in the Aleutians, Canada, Alaska, the nor- thern U.S., and Florida. Nests are generally placed in tall coniferous trees, and the same structure may be used year after year by apair of eagles. One such nest was found to be over twelve feet high and nine feet wide! Eggs are white, i numbering between one and three. Occasionally supplementing its diet with birds and mammals, the bald eagle is primarilya fish eater. As such, its habitat requirements include a nearby waterway. Polluted waters are extremely hazardous to these-birds; ingested chemicals can seriously affect health and reproductive ability. Studying the bald eagle is an expen- sive, time-consuming project. Though considered migratory, the birds don't travel in very predictable patterns: Juveniles, especially, have been known to wander - apparently in exploratory fashion - for many hundreds of miles. Weather, food supply, and man's in- fluence on the environment dictate where the eagles will go, and how long they will stay. To facilitate tracking these birds, the Federargovernment, with the assistan- ce of state biologists, has engineered a marking system A tough, bright- colored plastic cloth called a patagial is attached tb each wing of a trapped eagle, identifying its wintering area and providing an identification mark for observers near the bird's nest site - maybe thousands of miles away. How do you trap an eagle? Very carefully, of course, as injury to these birds cannot be tolerated. Generally, several specially-padded leghold traps are set around a fish car- cass in shallow water. These traps are never left unattended; the bait and birds are watched from a distance by a biologist until an eagle is caught or the traps rendered inoperative. A hood is first thrown over the head of a captured eagle, its feet then lashed together and a bandage wrapped around the wings. After physical measurements are taken, and iden- tification band is placed on one leg; then the wings are freed to accept the patagials. The preshaped plastic is riveted around the secondaries, in no way injuring or impairing the flight of the marked bird: Each state in the study has been assigned a color (Washington's is red) and may use only that shade. The patagiais are visible from a distance whether the bird is flying or perched. Hopefully this study will provide in- formation that can be used to preserve or improve critical bald eagle habitat. Abels visit in Seattle Alzora Abel and Manford and Jan Abel of Monse were in Seattle last week Mac and Ruby McGarr returned last week aRer spending the holidays with their daughters and their families in Hillsboro and Tigard, Oregon. Mrs. Madelinel Arden spent the holidays in Pasco with her daughter and family, Jane Bolson and children. Daughter Christy, who attends U. of W. at Seattle also joined them. where they visited with Mrs. Abel's sister, Babe Hillis of Omak, who is a patient in Providence Hospital, and' with her daughter, Barbara Tennyson and family of Olympia. Chris Spence left January 2 for Spokane where she is a student at Spokane Falls Community College. Kirk Kramer, who has been home for several weeks, left Monday to return to his studies at Finley College in Ohio. Ouad-City Herald Established 1901 Ike Valiance Doris Vallance Bert Sinclair Marlene Waisted Vicki Owsley-Lilly Marilyn Benge David La Vallie Jean Silvius Barbara Jones Rod Webster Editor & Publisher Office Manager News Composing News Bookkeeper ! Printer ! News- Composer Composing Advertising 1 Year Subscription Okanogan & Douglas County $6.00 Out of County $8.50 Out of State/7 $9.00 Single Cppy ) , .20 Subscriptionsmust be paid in advance MEMBER A I NAL B/W PAPER Association - Foured 1885 Published every week on Thursday at Brewster', Washington. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office in Brewster, Okanogan County, Washington 98812. Telephone 689-2507. Second-Class postage paid at Brewster, Washington USPS 241-920. essential to life on our planet,(earth in fact has been called the water planet) has been the subject of battles throughout history. Neighbor slew neighbor and entire countries waged war for the right to claim a simple com- bination of hydrogen and oxygen. For without water there would be little else. No green grass, no swimming hole, no 'branch' for two fingers of whiskey. Battles are still waged over water but this time it's Mother Earth herself who must be cajoled into revealing the "secret location. Probing into the bowels of the earth's crust, Marshall Miller and his crew of well drillers prod our planet for the life sustaining nutrient, opening up vast, arid wastelands to agrmulture and making'heretofore 'if#, man's land' habitable. Miller, a Bridgeport resident, decided on a career change about two years ago, exchanging orcharding for hunting water. "I took lots of geology in school at WSU but I couldn't make a living at it until I moved here." Independence in owning your own business is another prime consideration says Miller. Not only in his own work but in the people he meets. "Water is people's first requirement. We are one of the first people to come in on a job and that s exciting. "It's enjoyable working for indepen- dent clientele, people not happy to live within the confines of a city," he said. Miller and his two man crew driller Dan O'Connell and manager brother-in- law Gary Wert comprise MVM Quality Drilling and they like working for the unique brand of individuals that desire their services. Their present job site points up that fact only too well. Clinging to the side of the Columbia River's steep bank, up river some ten miles behind Chief Joseph Dam, Miller and crew are drilling two wells for V.M. Brock. The 58,000 pound drilling rig is positioned along the water's edge, braced by a platform of large timbers. Due to river level fluctuation, Brock cannot rely on a pumping station to irrigate his land. "This is the worst location I've ever drilled," laughed Miller, Access to the site consisted of Brock building a switch back road and winching the drilling rig down to the river with a catapillar. Drillers Dan O'Connell and Marshall Miller gather welding supplies to connect well casing. The rig slipped toward the river and had to be placed onthe platform, once a retaining wall to hold the muddy, clay soil. With muddy ruts over a foot deep, equipment and fuel to operate the drill must be lowered by cable to the site. "It's facinating work," said Miller. Drilling through a variety of material or soil is a unique experience. "You can have two holes twelve feet apart and never do the same thing twice, mechanically speaking," said Miller. Each location is different and a driller must be able to sense the struc- ture of the soil deep below the surface, like eyes at the end of the bit. "The ac- tual operating of the rig isn't so hard to learn as it is to learn to respond to the material," said O'Connell. "Drilling is half the job," he said, "it's developing the formation to get the water up and to know what's below". O'Connell started drilling in 1972 with Carmen Well Drilling. He and Miller met there about two years ago and decided to form their own company. "You can't see or foresee," said O'Con- nell. "Hard rock is the easiest to drill through," he said. "I can drill 300 feet in granite in a day and a half. "Drilling through b)ulders is the hardest. "You have to fight to get a straight hole," he added. According to Miller and O'Connell this section of Washington is the worst area to drill. "You have everything, all good or all bad." Miller's rig uses hydraulic and air pressure to force the carbide tipped bit deep into the soil. They use a rotating bit and cut with either air or a pneumatic hammer bit for six or ten inch holes. As the drillers force the bit deeper into ground, they slide a twenty foot section of casing into the hole and weld the sections together. Sometimes they insert plastic pipe to bring the water to the surface. When the hole is completed, the drillers must sense the type of soil con- figuration nearest the base of the well to promote proper water intake. "A large grate of rock promotes more water passage," said O'Connell. Variety keeps the job interesting, for Miller, A recent irrigation well was or- dered by a Loomis-based cattle corn- . : : : : : : ' Notices ol Church entertainments where an ad. mission fee is charged, cards of thanks, resolutions of condolence or notices intended to promote pr!vate business of any kind, must be paid for at regular Mtller's rigis located at the bottom of this steep hill behind Chief Joseph Dam. pany. "We hit 500 gallons per minute, and I thought that was a lot but they said keep on going," said Miller. They continued to drill until they hit 1200 gallons per minute when they noticed a large crowd had gathered. ,,people always stop and watch when we drill and I thought we just had a large ,, e force crowd, he said. In actuality th ttl of the water, required by the ca e company had washed out a county road below the drilling operation, stranumg motorists. Drilling demands some technical knowledge and a little seat of the pants intuition, like knowing what is at the end of the drill bit. You also have to find the water in the first place. ,,We look at the exposed formations and the lay of the land," O'Connel said, "and we witch.,, Witching is an art all three drillers believe in. "I can witch a little, said Weft, "and so can Marshall, but Dan has a feel for it." o'Connell Using a willow fork or wire . scouts the terrain 'till the right D.unee ' comes along "We like to cover .a ! the " to make the angles and do all we can well a good hole," he said. companies and the Army Corps of Engineers. A recent job near ioup t,oup Pass required Miller to check the' perimeters of a silicone mmmg operation. e site of . Hanford Reservation, th Washington's nuclear plant asked :" Miller and the crew to test water'/ radioactivity at various levels near me ' plant and report on the stability of the ground for future building sites. The' drillers had a good laugh at that job site. "When we'd blow the hole, the geologists would run around with but- terfly nets eatcl." g the k sampl for testing. It looked pretty funny, all those college boys and their netS," said Miller. While somenot so upstanding: drillers have given a bad name to the business, "they like to get in and out, , taking tile best holes," said Wert, quaaty Drilling does all theY can to in. i sure professionalism in their service. "We're getting pretty busY, people : know we'll do a good job," said Wdrt.. i Like the man says, "We dig water." /