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December 17, 2009 Page 3 Hello, I'm back! And you didn't even know I was gone! That hurts. That really hurts. A nice time to leave. Way below zero with cows and calves to feed. Lucky I bought Shirley some nice work mittens before I left! It was her birthday and all. And I am a thoughtful guy. Well, I have to tell you about my trip. I think I'm getting dumber. If that is possible. I was hauling some pipe to west Texas. Which is a long way south of here. Across the cor- ner of South Dakota. Across scenic Wyoming. Through Colorado and New Mexico, and into west Texas near El Paso. 111 scenic Wyoming I got caught in the high winds north of Chugwater. Zero visibility and poor roads, Took low out of the transmis- sion on my pickup. In Colorado, I took a wrong turn 'while looking for a place to stay and think I went Over Pikes Peak. In New Mexico I crept over Raton pass in/'our low at ten miles per hour. Which seems awfully slow when you still have six hun- dred miles to go. Hat Tips By Dean Meyer In Colorado, I took a wrong turn while looking for a place to stay and think I went over Pikes Peak. see a sign. Las Vegas! 90 minutes away! Well, since the National Finals Rodeo was on, I got excited. I called Shirley and told her I might spend a day in Vegas if they didn't need this pipe right away. Being an under- standing wife, who was a littl~ chilly from feeding cows, that announcement was greeted with silence. Which I took to mean, "Have fun !" As I neared Las Vegas, I could see mountains off to the west. I even recognized some of them from a golf trip to Las Vegas last year. It was beautiful. I came over a little dered, how it could have happened so fast. I couldn't even see The Strip. Which is visible from outer space. Or so I've been told. There were only two exits off" the Interstate. Well, I'd been hearing about the economy and all. And how housing was really depressed in Vegas. But man, this was beyond anything I had imagined. I felt sorry for these people. Las Vegas had been set back a hundred years! Thinking of all the unemployed dancing girls and cocktail waitresses l felt 1 had to do something. So I pulled in for fuel. With tears in my eyes. As I was fueling up, a young couple pulled up at the pump next to mine. I wiped the tears from my eyes and asked how to get to the Strip. The looked confused. Poor things I thought. I imagine they are out of work. And probably have lit- tle kids at home, "What Strip'?" They were completely lost. I felt sony for them. Then. when I got into the deserts of New Mexico (the one Marty Robbins sings about) I final- ly could relax. So here I am driving along, whistling El Paso, when I rise in the desert road and there it was ! Las Vegas ! Boy, had they toned it down a lot since I was there last spring. The bright lights were turned off. I won- N . D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl I - ~J5 - YOU WILL VALUI VOU PRNACY/ YOU biD. WHeN YOU WROI ABOUT IT TRIGLgITER "flOAT I POUND DFoOIN "'You know", 1 gently chided. U "Caesars Palace, The Mirage. North D,,ot I Wynn's." Even though George Nelson is a very deserving $1.1 million winner, the North Dakota Lottery is still a scaT. Consequently, I have not been, joining the weekly pilgrimages to Wally's Supermarket in Graflon to buy lucky lottery tickets although I suspect that scores of superstitious gamblers have been making the trip since the state's biggest winners have been hauling their winnings home from tickets sold at Wally's. Webster defines a scaT as "a fraudulent scheme." There is no greater scaT in the gambling world than state lotteries, the North Dakota Lottery included. Just look at the figures. The Lottery sells around $25 million worth of tickets annually, distributed as follows: ry still The Lottery web- site boasts that this scam is "our most recent government- sponsored busi- ness enterprise." "Oh," the poor guy says, "You mean Las Vegas, Nevada. Not New Mexico!" Damn. Later, Dean $5.5 million for operating expenses; be true. The Lottery is constantly $5.5 million to the state general advertising chances that are too fund; $200,000 to fight gambling addiction, and $12 million for ,~,prizes. Now that $12 million in prizes .. ;represents around 45 per cent of Lottery receipts. That's got to be some form of fraud. Robbing banks would be more honest when we remember that the casinos on the Native-American reservations pay out 80 to 90 per cent. Knowing Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to be an upstand- ing, responsible person, I was sur- prised that he appeared in Grafton to present the symbolic check to the million dollar winner. After all, he rnns a consumer fraud division in his office and warns us weekly about some scat that is too good to good to be true. 'Of course, Wayne didn't cook up this enterprise. The voters of North Dakota sanctioned this enterprise in two separate elections and the legis- lature foisted administration on the O" attorney =eneral s office. The num- ber of co-conspirators involved in this seam is incredible. Consequently, he has the option of absolving himself with the old hand-washing maneuver. The Lottery website boasts that this scat is "our most recent gov- ernment-sponsored business enter- prise." Audits indicate that it is "also scaT the fastest-growing enterprise, reportin~ sales of only $6 million in 2004 and jumping to around $25 million today. The scam is, getting b]gger.. Allegedly, it tries to be a good scare, with no intention of being lar- cenous. The website claims that the North Dakota Lottery pledges to be "'responsible" and urges folks not to spend more than they can afford. "Remember! It's just a game. If gambling is no longer fun, please contact the Mental Health Association," the site advises. But the fun can now be extended. The Lottery is promoting the'use of credit cards for buying lottery tick- ets. That is a new definition of "responsible". Credit card debt has become the scourge of America and North Dakota state govermnent is now promoting it. Credit cards are an open invitation to addicts to spend more than they can afford. Most people who buy lottery tickets know that the odds of win- ning are from nil to poor. (For over 99 per cent, the odds are more "nil" than "'poor".) They don't mind spending a few dollars on a bad bet. But the smart gamblers - if gam- bling can be smart - will head for the reservations where Native- Americans will give them a better deal than they can get from North Dakota's newest government-spon- sored enterprise. I wasn't quite sure I had heard correctly. My friend, a fellow geol- ogist, and I were standing in the swimming lanes of a lap pool where we had stopped to give each other greetings of the season. "My hearing in this ear is a whole lot better," he had said. Or so I thought. "The surgery replaced the tiny, tiny third bone - the innermost bone - of the ear," he went on. "It had become ossified, sort of cemented to the rest of my head over the years, so it couldn't vibrate like it should." From high school biology I vaguely remembered three tiny bones in a little chain in the ear, bones that have the task of amplify- ing sound waves as they enter the ear. Sound waves in air don't pack nearly the "oomph" as pressure- waves in water, so if you want to hear in air (and most of us do), you need little mechanical anaplifliers - which is what the three ear-bones are. The third and final tiny bone gives the last boost of amplitication and also separates the air we live in from the water that fills and con- veys sounds within the inner ear. It's in that fluid that tiny, tiny hairs respond to pressure-waves and translate them into electrical signals that flow to our brains. Ttlat's the whole goal of an ear, from my point of view as a physical scientist, to translate sound waves into electrical signals. But the system doesn't work if that last, and most tiny of all, bone cannot flex and move. "The implanted piston goes in and out in place oF that last bone. And it works!" my friend said with evident pleasure. "I can hear sopra- nos again." Now, in truth, my own hearing standing in the swimming pool was problematic because I had mis- placed my good earplugs that day. My outer ears - the part you can reach with a Q-tip although you are not supposed to do so - had water Roc Doe By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters Other views By Ellen Feuerhelm That's the whole goal of an ear, from my point of view as a physical scien- tist, to translate sound waves into electrical signals. in them and shaking my head was- n't doing much to get the water out. All of that got me thinking about air and fluid in different parts of my ear. But only when I talked to my friend Ken Kardong, biology pro- fessor here at Washington State University, did I start to understand that my almost random questions about the matter were unearthing a bit of the long history of life on Earth. Ears are nothing new. Many fish have pretty complicated ears, including fluid-filled inner ears. Fish go back to the Paleozoic Era, the oldest era in the history of life that has complex vertebrate fossils (proper animals with backbones). There was one part of the Paleozoic in which there were many, many fish species in the seas - as we know from the fossil record - but still no complex species at all on land. That's how early and simple was what we geologists mean by "the early Paleozoic." When land-loving vertebrates first show uP in the fossil record they are amphibians - animals that move from the water to land and back. Reptiles follow amphibians near the end of the Paleozoic, again a fact we know from the fossil record. It's no surprise that the inner ears of fish would be filled with fluid. And since the inner ear is sep- arated from the other parts of the ear by a bone and seal, you can see how the inner ears of amphibians and then reptiles would likely remain fluid-filled while the outer parts of the ears started to become air-filled. ~.,~ When us fully-land-loving mam- mals come on the scene in the Mesozoic Era - the era dominated by the dinosaurs - we naturally enough have air-fille0 outer ears and fluid-filled inner ears. We still do. That's why swimmers need to drain our ears so the outer parts are filled with air. But we also display each day that fluid-filled inner ear that suggests our ancient lineage,, with earlier animals in the long chain of vertebrates that have lived I~ on Earth for so very long. May your holiday season be' filled with nothing but good sounds - which you can well and truly hear. (Dr. E. Kirsten Peters is a native of the rural Northwest, but was trained as a geologist at Princeton and Harvard. This column is a serv- ice of the College of Sciences at Washington State Univelwity.) 281 E MAIN - BEACH ND ~/01-872-4362 Pull Bingo Black Tabs Sandy Baertsch and Cindy Jack Nuemiller $25/each Live Friday a Saturday Hours: Mon-Fri. 3pm-lam Sat. lpm-lam Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-6:30pm Dec. 7, 1941 shocked the nation and was dubbed "'Day of Infamy." All those who died from the state of North Dakota as listed by the Naval History & Heritage Command died on the USS Arizona (BB-39 Battleship). It got the name "the day will live in infamy," from President Franklin Roosevelt. Today, the Battleship Arizona rests on silt in the harbor were it sank 58 years ago. Richard V. Welch, my father, was born on Dec. 7, 1926, and he stated that after the attack on Pearl Harbor his birthday was never a glorious event. Pearl Harbor Day was a day to remember those who yelled "Fire, Fire, Hit the creek!" My father died in the -Veterans Hospital during my senior year of high school. He never spoke much about his years of service in WWII or the Korean War. Today there are fewer veterans of that era around to thank. Richard V. Welch, my father, was born on Dec. 7, 1926, and he stated that after the attack on Pearl Harbor his birthday was never a glorious event. These are the names of those from North Dakota who died on the Arizona that Sunday: CPL Edwin Charles Borusky USMC, GM3c John Marvin Emery USN, Sic Kenneth Edward Gebhardt USN, S I c George Winston Hammerud USN, PFC James Notice to Our Valued Subscribers If your subscription expires, or if you are a new customer, it may require about two weeks before your subscription starts or restarts, depending on the day your payment arrived. This is because all mailing labels have to be printed two weeks in advance to help ensure timely delivery. 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