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Page 6 March 17, 2011 Golva Science Fair winners are, from left, Samuel Stoveland, third place; Lucas Nistler, first place; and Kirby Maus, second place. (Courtesy Photos) Science fair winners named Roc Doc By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters Golva School held its annual science fair on Thursday, March 3. Fifth and sixth graders compet- ed in the Elementary Division, and seventh and eighth graders competed in the Junior High Division. First place in the Elementary Division went to Cayden Sarsland for his project, "Time to Cool Down." In the Junior High Division, Lucas Nistler won first place for "Melting Matters." Kirby Maus won second place for "Rustin' Away," and Samuel Stoveland won third place for "The Gum War." Lucas Nistler, Kirby Maus and Samuel Stoveland qualified for the regional science fair in Mandan on March 16. Cayden Sarsland, first place, Elementary Division. Courthouse News The following are cases closed in Southwest District Court in Golden Valley County in February: Speeding violations: Ivy A. Maus, 30, Golva; David C. Abbott, 56, Billings, Mont.; Christopher L. Keeton, 48, Dickinson; Tammy L. Pust, 52, Roseville, Minn.; Jared B. Lewton, 39, Hettinger; Michael P. Legg, 22, Rifle, Colo.; Ray W. Kordonowy Jr., Sidney, Mont.: Shawn D. Ellis, 48, Wright, Wyo. Failed to yield right of way: Buddy W. O'Neal, 5 I, New England. Violation of 49 CFR 395.8K2 (log book not cur- rent): Neal R. Halsey, 52, Billings, Mont. Open receptacle: Crystal D. Rott. 42, Virginia Beach. Va. Possession of alcohol in C.M.V. not manifested: Randy P. Rott, 55, Virginia Beach, Va. Operating a vehicle in violation of size and weight limitations: Charles E. Schroeter, 35, Missoula, Mont. Issuing check of draft without sufficient funds or credit: Traci Cunningham, Beach Police report,, The following is the city of Medora's police report for February: 800-265-4728 - Traffic: warnings, 9; motorist assists, 1 ; vehicle unlocks, 2. - General police calls, 3; arrests, 2. Medical assists, 2. Bighorn license sells for $41,000 North Dakota's bighorn sheep license garnered the highest bid -to among states offering an auction license at the March 5 Midwest -to Chapter of the Wild Sheep -I Foundation annual meeting in Bloomington, Minn. North Dakota's 2011 bighorn -t sheep auction license, which allows the winning bidder the rare privi- lege of pursuing a North Dakota -Ic bighorn on a self-guided hunt, sold - for $41,000. An additional $15,000 was dedicated to sheep manage- ment in North Dakota. One hundred percent of the auc- tion license proceeds are used to enhance bighorn sheep manage- ment in North Dakota. I The best coverage of the area's news, sports and community events! 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The crash occurred at about 1:50 a.m. that day, when Feldmann lost control of the vehicle on an icy patch on a county road. Feldmann received minor injuries. Vehicle damages were estimated at $7,000, and there were no passengers in the car at the time, according to the Golden /alley County Sheriff's Department. Feldmann was later issued a citation alleging care required. (Photo by Richard Volesky) low fragile th solid earth beneath our feet Geology has surely been in the news lately, with the price of petrole- um moving relentlessly upward, a threat to global economic recovery because oil is so central to industrial society the world around. But now matters are suddenly worse. Even geologists like myself, used to the ferociously destructive power of earthquakes, have been taken aback by the tragic news from Japan. The largest seismic event since earthquakes were first measured in that nation, near an 8.9 on the Richter scale, has clearly devastated sections of the northeast coast, and major aftershocks will rock the region for at least days to come. The epicenter of the massive quake was under the sea, and a tsunami was immediately triggered by the event. The word "tsunami" has replaced what older readers may remember as a tidal wave, a name that was highly misleading because tsunami have nothing to do with the tides. The name tsunami is Japanese, a fact that shows Japan has been plagued by earthquakes and tsunami for as long as Japanese civilization has existed. Tsunami are usually caused by movement of the solid sea floor, a lurch either up or down, that sends an enormous body of vater on the move. The water packs a great deal of ener- gy, like an enormous sledgehammer. As a tsunami flows into more shallow conditions near the coast, the height of the wave increases more and more. That's why ships far out to sea are not tossed by massive waves, but people in a harbor can see a truly enormous surge of water coming toward them. The water can As a tsunami flows into more shallow conditions near the coast, the height of the wave increases more and more spill far inland, as it clearly has done in northeast Japan. Tsunami travel fast - at literally hundreds of miles an hour. Because of that :fact, there was little time between the quake itself and the tsunami hit- ting the coast of Japan. Much of the evident destruction of the quake is from the effects of seawater inundat- ing the land, sweeping whole build- ings off their foundations, undermin- ing roads and most urttbrtunately of all, quickly sweeping many local res- idents to their deaths. Because tsunami travel across the entire Pacific Ocean, damaging coasts thousands of miles away from the original earthquake, scientists have a tsunami warning system in place 24-7. Nothing is perfect, but it's a good system, and warnings in Hawaii preceded the arrival of the tsunami there. So far. Maul has had the highest wave, one recorded at about 7 feet. As usual with massive earthquake damage, fires have broken out and are burning out of control in some cities. Fires often tbllow major seis- mic events because natural gas pipelines are cracked and start to leak, and because electric lines fall and create sparks. To make matters worse, fire fighters can be hampered in their work because water mains are broken. We ,must all wish the Japanese people well as they start to cope with what has happened, and the U.S. has already pledged support for whatev- er the government of Japan thinks it needs to respond to the massive damage along its northeast coast. But we Americans should also find some time to reflect on the fact that two regions of the Lower 48 stand at risk of similar events - and we are generally less prepared than the Japanese to deal with major quakes. The first part of the country known to face earthquake dangers is, of course, the west coast. California most famously, but Oregon, Washington and inland states like Nevada are all slated for massive quake s in the future. But it's also true that the central part of the country, in the region centered around where Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee all come together, is another place where we geologists are sure there will be massive quakes. We've got to learn from what we now see in news reports coming out of Japan. We can do better on every- thing from protecting our infrastruc- ture to having family plans in place for emergencies. Let's let the tragic event in north- east Japan be a wake up call right here at home. (Dr. E. 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