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   Winslow Mail (Newspaper) - June 16, 1999, Winslow, Arizona                                1999, Winslow USPS 686-960 1521-6993  Postage Paid at Ariz. 86047  mcimail 1894  106 Number 24  Winslow, June 16,1999  Copy 50 fire burns across 5,000 acres Winslow wildland fire that started Friday afternoon of Whiteriver encompassed almost 5,000 acres before it was contained late the same According to the Forest seventeen homes and other structures were total acreage lost in Arizona this year is now at over 15,000, and one-third of those were gone in just a few The forest is so after both a light monsoon last year and only a small amount of snow last that any spark can set off a conflagration similar to the White Mountain firestorm on the spokesman for the U.S. Forest especially praised the work of bulldozer crews made the They cleared the perimeter the wind dying down at the perimeter Dyson said that if the fire had started earlier in the it would probably have been a different working out of the Winslow airfield were grounded on Saturday because the of which had reached to 5,000 feet above the flames on had been forced into the valleys by a morning No one could see to position air that point the both those on the ground and those waiting to go in the had no idea that the fire was essentially There were grim both from pilots in Winslow and from firefighters caught by TV camera that this fire could last a long If it took out 5,000 acres in only a few this is a prediction of the end of a major and only fortunate circumstances saved is believed that the fire started due to human perhaps a child playing with But another fire of human origin occurred near Lake during the and was put out before it could This is believed to have started from a the fire north of Whiteriver the Bureau of Indian Affairs sent four single engine t u large air fire and sent engines to protect equipment and crews headed to the fire all through Friday By Saturday morning there were at least eight aircraft at the Winslow airfield in up from three available concerns on Friday were structures in the path of the and the spotting of fire over the control lines on the said that the fire was contained on Friday but no one knew it. Everyone feared it would spark and embers would fly in the wind setting off fires around the crews report the dousing of one such fire early but essentially the perimeter and the wind stayed the fire could be checked through the thick smoke Saturday Dyson were cold thank is a severe loss to the Fort Apache Reservation where the forests afford both recreation and commercial income from The land is essentially Jim also of the Forest spoke of the habitat which will not soon be Oak trees may in a few but many species will have to find new homes for a number of seasons and some of them are on the endangered have been battling fires along the Mogollon Rim and around North Rim of the Grand Canyon since Usually the fire season does not even begin until and is by the coming of the monsoon rains in is the worst fire this Governor Hull flew in Sunday afternoon and toured the area with Tribal Chairman Dallas Total costs for this fire are estimated above press this was a fire the Forest Service was labelling as - - on Third injures and co-pilot Terry Johnson and Kerri Ballard got a break at the Winslow Saturday morning while 10" waits for the the call to carry a slurry load over the Whiteriver forest coming soon to L. S. Scala Winslow streets of Winslow are going to look different Chamber of Commerce showed a full room its new banners at the June 10 There are three sets of elegant will on Second and Third one set is special for North Park and the Christmas and sky blue to banners are planned to hang at the banners look terrific and they come with a 75 wind guarantee President Mark Gaily and the got a big hand for this banners requires a bucket truck and a lot of so the job is not over Once the hangers are they can be used for special banner signs so we can think big for Chamber project is also ready to Judy Douglas the meeting with a new Winslow leaflet that will be printed on slick stock and used in It looks great and picks up the sky blue color in Welcome to The back details attractions in Winslow and the surrounding Chamber committed to buying worth of them right so you should be able to find one in the reaches Phoenix or Chamber voted to donate money to the Little League to help fix the heard a report on the Chamber Ambassador's program outreach to new and voted to support the new West's Best Pow project which will go along with the Heritage Days - j. members also into some innovative suggestions from Bob Hall on new Chamber got a lot i early hour this of shows watershed project to and police personnel assist at the Paula Navajo County Public Works Department will house the physical documents and electronic files for the Little Colorado River Watershed Project Chairman Jim Boles and Dr. Lawrence Garrett of M-3 Research received approval from the Navajo County Board of Supervisors June 7 for the public works department to be the physical location for the said the data inventory is a compilation of various studies that have been completed on the Little Colorado River said the database consists of approximately 2,500 physical including and The electronic files require less than 1.5 gigabits of storage Garrett said two Micron Millennia 400 computers will be transferred to the county for storage of this large electronic addition to storage housing the project in the public works department will require the county GIS operator's assistance in conducting queries of Garrett said it is expected that the time required from the GIS operator would be less than 10 percent of his work said the value of direct access I to the database by the county should outweigh any costs associated with utilizing the GIS public works department will provide shelf space for the physical as well as an area large enough for a small viewing table and other action on June 7, the Adjourned into executive session to discuss the candidates for the position of Navajo County Public Upon returning to regular the board approved the appointment of Kane Graves as public into a board of said at the time the district was the majority of the property 58.8 were in favor of the improvement He said property owners were sent a notice regarding the formation of the district on April 20, and had 20 days to file any a valid protest by the majority of the property owners was received by May 10, the formation of the district would have been and could not have been reconsidered for six attorney added that a valid protest was not received by the but since that time the county has received protests from 62 of the 97 property owners representing 57.55 percent of the land within the proposed If the protests had been received by the Payette said they would have been enough to stop the formation of the said the board has the discretion to cancel the project if it light of the substantial He said most of those protesting the formation of the district do not believe it is needed at this time or are concerned that the costs will be board was scheduled to open the bids for the construction of the roadway and drainage facilities for the Drive Improvement District Lewis Tenney of Heber couldn't feel good about going forward with the project in light of the turnaround of we need to get the information out on the cost of the improvements so that property owners can make an informed board opened the tion bids from four It then referred the bids to the public works department for a recommendation and to determine the costs the property property owners will be notified of the cost of the improvement and using that be asked whether they support call came in at 3:28 and personnel were at the scene at 3:30. They did not clear the accident area until 5:30 p.m. according to the police log Ford Escort wagon was strack on the passenger side door by a medium size causing severe damage to the car and injuries to its only accident took place on Third at the intersection with remained at the driver was less injured but trapped until the car could be pulled Both persons were transported from the scene by AMS ambulances to Winslow Memorial No arrests were coordination between emergency service personnel from three agencies was very and may have saved a life on a sunny Saturday McHugh reports Session for the of the Improvement board will revisit the issue report from Deputy 6.  Lance Payette in regard Entered into a board of protests to the formation session for the Hiawatha Trail the improvement district in page 10  By L. S. Scala Winslow Executive Director for Winslow's housing made his report to the City Council using computerized slides that were very well He also started and ended with a cute baby picture of his which the tone of a serious presentation for Public Housing Department has done some major repairs and upgrades this year to its oldest units and expects to see additional tenants for Section 8 Housing in the coming year with new vouchers becoming is a new federal the Quality Housing and Work Act of 1998, called that will mean a lot of work for both the department and the City Council in the coming The department is now on a time line with many changes to make and plans to July through September will be the time to gather policies and prepare a rough draft of the October through December will see the appointment of Board and public meetings to comment on the draft From January to mid-February the final draft is to be written and the public hearing on it is scheduled by March 1. Any comments will be incorporated and the plan sent to Washington by April 15.  City Council noted that this was quite a lot to with the usual work of the agency McHugh said that he also has an additional responsibility this year as the president-elect of the professional group of housing authority directors in Arizona and the prospective host to the national convention in commented that while it is an it is adding a lot of work to a crowded back on the last year McHugh noted that both Section 8 and low rent public housing had higher lease rates and less but that there were a lot of due to changes in the welfare Rent collection was lower but this only involved the who might see page 10  at Henderson Square shows its new windows and doors with  

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