Great Falls Tribune from Great Falls, Montana on November 7, 1997 · Page 12
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Great Falls, Montana
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Friday, November 7, 1997
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4M Friday. November 7, 1997 MONTANA Great Falls Tribune Human skull found this fall identified MILES CITY (AP) A human skull found east of Miles City in late September has been identified as belonging to a man who disappeared in the area in 1988. Custer County Sheriff Tony Harbaugh said Thursday that dental work confirmed the skull was that of Daniel Robert Wilson, who disappeared while driving from Spokane, Wash., to Long-mont, Colo., where his family lives. His car was found Aug. 27, 1988, about 15 miles east of Miles City. Wilson had a history of mental problems. An extensive search found no sign of the man, and an episode on the disappearance aired a few months later on "Unsolved Mysteries." Harbaugh said the skull was found by a ranch worker about six miles south of where the car was found in 1988. The skull was near a creek, and Harbaugh said it could have been moved by high water or animals. No other remains were found. He said he doesn't suspect foul play and believes Wilson may have become disoriented and died from exposure. Tax bills too low in Flathead areas KALISPELL (AP) Property tax bills for nearly 42,000 Flathead County property owners are wrong, and they all owe more than the bills show, county commissioners say. The cost per individual is not yet known, but could range from a few bucks to several hundred dollars, depending on the value and location of the property. Most homeowners, however, should see relatively small increases, according to Commissioner Bob Watne. The error began last February, when someone misplaced the decimal point when figuring the floor space of Super 1 Foods in Evergreen. That overstated the taxable value of the business by about $4 million. When tax notices were mailed out, the error equated to an overcharge of about $1.5 million. Upon receiving the bill, Super 1 owners promptly pointed out the error to the county, which corrected it. But because Super 1 Foods was overtoiled, everyone else was un-derbilled. The problem is most pronounced in the Evergreen School District, but all 41,731 tax bills in Flathead County are off. At Taylor's Big O Tires in Evergreen, a bill that showed a $350 decrease from last year will correctly show a $20 increase on the new bills. "You hate to see another bill," said Dick Taylor, owner of the tire shop. "But if they made a mistake, I guess we'll have to pay what's due. You have to pay what's due." Commissioner Dale Williams said the snafu boiled down to human error. "I don't care how fancy the system is, it's only as good as the frailties of the human being crunching the numbers," Williams said. "It's unfortunate, but it is fixable." The commissioners plan to send out corrected tax notices, perhaps by the end of the year, Williams said. f f JM We wont replace parts flat you don't need. Mil I frMk?MirTM';j.lltaM.!TTTrT FAA radar site upgraded on Bootlegger Ridge For the Tribune A significantly upgraded, $12 million air traffic surveillance radar has been commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration near Great Falls. The radar detects aircraft in its coverage area, a 250-nautical-mile radius from Bootlegger Ridge, about 14 miles northeast of Great Falls. Information on aircraft will be relayed to air traffic controllers at the Salt Lake City Utah Air Route Traf fic Control Center. The facility's joint user, the U.S. Air Force, will use the radar information for protection of the nation's airspace. The Air Route Surveillance Radar is an upgrade to a radar nearby that used vacuum tube technology. The upgrade will be more reliable, easier to maintain, and increases the radar-coverage area from 200 to 250 nautical miles. It is part of the FAA's ongoing efforts to upgrade and modernize the national aviation system and cost more than $12 million. Lincoln woman pleads guilty in shooting HELENA (AP) A Lincoln woman pleaded guilty to negligent homicide Wednesday for the July 25 shooting death of her brother-in-law. Linda May Meyers said the gun went off accidentally while she was trying to break up a fight between her husband, Gene, and his brother, Ken Meyers. "Ken and Gene were fighting and I was trying to pull Ken off him. I was holding the gun and it just went off. It wasn't done deliberately," Linda Meyers told District Judge Dorothy McCarter when she entered her plea. Ken Meyers, 34, bled to death before medical help arrived. "I don't think she intended to kill him," said Lewis and Clark County Attorney Mike McGrath. Linda Meyers, 48, had been charged with murder. She entered into the plea agreement in exchange for a recommendation that she only serve 10 years. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 17. Meyers has been in the Lewis and Clark County jail on $25,000 bond since her arrest. 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SPORTS CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT TERM 1 year MINIMUM BALANCE $500 ANNUAL PERCENTAGE YIELD (APY) 6.05 Example: 6.05 .28 (total points scored) 6.33 Rates are effective as of publication date. Substantial penalty for early withdrawal. In support of our local high schools, First Interstate Bank will donate $5 to your choice of CMR or Great Falls High School's activity fund with each Sports CD opened during this promotion. First nteTStste Bank We Put You First Great Fails 425 1st Ave N. 454-6200 Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender (S) Photo by W. Perry Conway you ndangered The American Bald Eagle. Brought to by the e Endangered Species Act. The once imperiled Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Gray Wolf are rebounding, largely because of the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act. But the effort to save and recover endangered species is seriously threatened now by Senate legislation, S.l 180, co-authored by Montana's own Senator Baucus. S. 1 1 80 would weaken efforts to protect endangered species even on federal public lands and create sizable new bureaucratic hoops that species must jump through in order, to receive protection. It promises to help species on private lands without providing any assured funding or recovery strategy to do so. The organizations listed below are united in opposition to S.l 180. We believe the bill would create more wasteful and expensive government red tape, and simultaneously hasten habitat degradation and species extinction. Montana Wildlife Federation Defenders of Wildlife Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club Bud Lilly Montana Audubon Council Kermit Society Montana Wilderness Association (MWA) Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund Last Chance Audubon Society Madison-Gallatin Alliance Chapter of MWA Montana Environmental Information Center Wildlands Project Five Valleys Audubon Society American Buffalo Association Wild Divide Chapter of MWA Montana River Action Network Women's Voices for the Earth Bitterroot-Mission Group, Sierra Club Flathead Chapter of MWA Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon Society Montana PIRG Friends of the Bitterroot National Wildlife Federation Flathead Audubon Society Great Bear Foundation Wild Rockies Field Institute Sacajawea Audubon Society Craighead Institute Humane Society of the United States, Northern Rockies Region American Wildlands Pintlar Audubon Society Native Forest Network Wilderness Watch Swan View Coalition Cabinet Resource Group Alliance for the Wild Rockies Picture Tomorrow Montana Ecosystem Defense Council Citizens Against Lawless Logging Native Ecosystems Council Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads Friends of the Wild Swan Ecology Center Rosebud Audubon Society Park County Environmental Council Yellowstone Basin Group, Sierra Club Eastern Wildlands Chapter of MWA Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society Predator Project Gallatin Wildlife Association Greater Yellowstone Coalition Beartooth Alliance The Wilderness Society Take action and show your support for Montana's endangered species and the law that protects them. Please clip the note below and deliver it to the Senator Baucus office nearest you. If you cannot deliver it personally, please send it by mail to the address listed below, FAX to (406) 449-5484 or convey your disappointment by calling 1-800-332-6106. Senator Max Baucus 23 South Last Chance Gulch Helena, MT 59601 I am disappointed by your co-authorship of S.l 180. The bill would seriously undermine protection of Montana's wildlife and create expensive government red tape. I urge you to reconsider your support for the bill and instead take steps to protect the law that protects Montana's unique and threatened wildlife. Signature Name Address

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