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Great Falls, Montana
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Monday, April 11, 1994
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MKD)E3TTAMA INSIDE: Obituaries 2B Statistics 2B ! Across the Big Sky 2B ' Marketplace Page 4B Questions or news tips? Call City Editor Tom Kotynskl, 791-1477 or 1-800-438-6600. Two win big in weekend drawings ' HELENA One Montana ticket won $ 100,000 in the weekend Powerball drawing, and another won the $40,300 jackpot in the Montana Cash drawing. The winners were not immediately identified. Montana Lottery officials said the Powerball ticket was sold at a Buttrey's store in Lewistown, and the Montana Cash ticket was sold at a Buttrey's store in Missoula. . The Powerball numbers drawn Saturday night were 2, 4, 1 1, 39, and 42, and Powerball 26. The jackpot was $36.2 million and will rise to about $42 million Wednesday. . The Montana Cash numbers were 5, 8, 17, 18 and 21. The jackpot reverts to $20,000 for Wednesday's drawing. The Tri-West numbers drawn Saturday were 3, 4, 10, 12, 24 and 35. The jackpot was $1,450,000 and will be an estimated $1.6 million Wednesday. Wildlife Federation honors biologist HELENA - The board of directors of the Montana Wildlife Federation has established the James Posewitz Endowment to honor the former state biologist who retired July 30. A dinner and roast for Posewitz are planned April 23 at Frontier Town, west of Helena, with tickets costing $35 each. Posewitz worked for the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department for 32 years, including 15 as head of its ecological program. Federation spokeswoman Linda Carlson said the group wanted to pay tribute to Posewitz for his work on behalf of conservation and wildlife causes. She said the group already has collected $10,000 for the endowment and hopes to raise another $40,000 this year. Also, Carlson said, the federation will use $20,000 in its existing endowment for the Posewitz fund. The funds then will be invested, with earnings used to advance policies that lead to the preservation of wildlife and habitat for future generations, Carlson said. Although he is retired from state government, Posewitz continues to work on conservation and wildlife projects through various foundations. High school teacher to conduct research ; A Partners in Science Award of $ 14,000 has been made to McLaughlin Research Institute to support collaborative summer research with teacher Josy McLean of CM. Russell High School. ' The award, which extends over two years, was based on a research proposal entitled "Mouse Models for Degenerative Diseases" submitted by McLean and institute director George A. Carlson. ! The Partners in Science program provides opportunities for high school science teachers to work in research laboratories with a goal of involving these instructors in projects at the frontiers of science. The funding provides a stipend for McLean in the summer, professional enrichment of her choosing during the academic year and the opportunity to attend the annual Partners in Science conference in Tucson. i McLean's project is aimed at improving the methods for the discovery of genes involved in degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Montana and taught at Blue Sky High School before joining the CMR staff as a biology teacher. The Partners in Science Program funded by the M J. ; Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Wash., and Research Corporation of Tucson, Ariz. CGF scholarship ceremony scheduled The College of Great Falls will hold its annual scholarship ceremony and dinner Friday to present more than $100,000 to students now enrolled at the school. Five new scholarships have been added to the program this year, bringing the total number of awards to be given to 93. The average award will be $1,169, according to the college. The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. at in the McLaughlin Memorial Center. Tribune staff and wire reports Mom angry at lack of progress on murder I ,4umf M ' w : -' 1 Trlbunt photo by Mark Downey Delnita Davis is angry that no progress has been made in finding her son's murderer. Behind her is her other son, Eric. Park workers live in rickety trailers, boxes By KEN MILLER Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Imagine waking up in the middle of the night in a rickety, 30-year-old trailer and heading to the bathroom. Now imagine the toilet crashing through the rotting floor and down among snakes and scorpions. Or imagine splitting your time between your "real" home, a converted shipping container, and your car. Welcome to the fabled world of the National Park Service rangers, who in the above cases work at Big Bend National Park in Texas and Channel Islands National Park in California. "Aside from the resources themselves, our employees are the single most important asset of the National Park Service," Interior Department Chief of Staff Tom Collier told a meeting of people with outdoor-recreation interests. "Their living conditions are a national embarrassment." The quickly eroding living and working conditions facing park rangers and staffers has been well-documented for years, yet relief has been slow, and the conditions have caused many workers to quit. "What has happened is that it's always easier to appropriate for something new than it is to deal with the slow incremental decay of the system," park service Director Roger Kennedy said. "It's just easier," Kennedy said of the past tendency to delay improvements in such mundane things as worker housing in favor of other critical needs such as roads, visitor centers, trails and the like. "You can say, Well, why don't you do that next year?' and you do it year after year after year until you accumulate millions of dollars worth of repairs. The housing of people who protect the parks is just deplorable. But it's terribly hard to say if you don't do it this year the house will fall down." Kennedy called the problem "a national disgrace" that could cost $300 million to fix "The living conditions for park servants were far, far worse than I anticipated." Tougher water-quality laws worry state's ag producers By MELODY MARTINSEN Tribune Correspondent FAIRFIELD Tougher federal and state water quality laws will affect farmers and ranchers as regulators search out new sources of pollution, panelists at an agricultural water use meeting agreed here recently. Panel members, representing producers, irrigation districts and state regulators, said the Clean Water Act Reauthorization bill in Congress and proposed rules for the state's Non-Degradation Act are full of language that will likely change to some extent the way farmers and ranchers use water in their operations. In the 1970s, pollution control regulations focused on stopping "point-source pollution" from primarily industrial and municipal 1 rYxf.t..,- "T. Tribune photo by Tod Brookt Laurie Kurth, a Glacier National Park ecologist, shovels the raised walk recently in front of her house in the park's headquarters complex in West Glacier. Water quality issues plants. But much of the new round of water quality talks are aimed at non point-source pollution problems that stem from, among other activities, farming and cattle ranching. The types of changes and how they are put into effect will depend Pizza deliverer's family pushing Great Falls police By MARK DOWNEY Tribune Staff Writer Every time the telephone rings at Delnita Davis's small, cheery, north-side Great Falls home, she wonders if it isn't someone who can tell her who murdered her son. Nobody, including Great Falls Police detectives, have been able to tell her the name of the trigger man who put four bullets in her son's left ear and temple. So anger and frustration are the emotions she harbors now on the ninth anniversary of the unsolved murder of her son, Morris Davis. Davis, 23, was gunned down April 5, 1985, when he delivered a How J. V; at least in part on what type of public comment goes into the creation of the laws and rules, panelists said. Moderator Jo Brunner of Power, a member of Teton County WIFE and the Montana Water Resources Association, said the meeting was organized to give participants some understanding of what the future holds for rural water users. Abe Horpestad, supervisor of the Technical Studies and Support Section, Montana Water Quality Bureau, said he has worked for 20 years with the state developing state regulations to satisfy federal mandates. He predicted that current discussions on water quality will spawn more stringent national and state regulations. New laws notwithstanding, the See WATER, 2B ard's Pizza to what turned out to be a vacant house on Great Falls' north-side. The story and two bizarre twists and replays on television's "Unsolved Mysteries" has captivated the attention of many area residents. Cliff Davis, now 30, was the ambulance attendent who right away recognized his brother's cowboy boots at the murder scene. And in 1988, a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun surfaces in Great Falls. Police believe it is the murder weapon. The gun was traced back to its original, registered owner in Oregon, who police say appears to have been telling the truth when he told them he was sure the gun was in his house at the time of the crime. Today, Cliff and Delnita Davis are angry at Great Falls police administrators. The Davises say there are some promising new leads, but that police detective John Cameron, who took the case over from Sgt. Al Red- D Name: Ted M. Lorenz O Job title: Center director, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 43rd Support Group retiree activities director. B Hometown: Great Falls, n Hobbies: D Fishing, computers, woodworking and working with people. B Proudest achievement: Retirement from the U.S. Army and receiving his master's degree. B Other achievements: Melding a 40-hour week, paying job and a 40-hour week, volunteer job without detracting from either. Sits on board of directors for the Cascade County Historical Society. B Goals: "I want to provide the best possible service to my students; and in these days of disappearing benefits, to serve Montana's military retirees and strengthen the bond between our. present and past soldiers." Information for these weekly personality profiles of Malmstrom Air Force Base personnel is provided by the base public affairs office. What: Here are two telephone numbers for anyone with information that might help police solve the 9-year-old, unsolved murder of the Great Falls pizza deliverer, Morris Davis. Numbers: Police detective John Cameron at 771 -1 1 80, ext. 204; or Crimestopppers at 727-TIPS. enbaugh, can't get time to work the case. Cameron said Sunday: "Cliff I Davis has told you that the detec-; tives haven't been given enough time to follow up on leads and I ' agree." Cameron confirmed that recent ' leads point to the often-heard theory ' that the Davis murder was the result See MURDER, 3B 9 Glacier's housing updated By MARK DOWNEY Tribune Staff Writer GLACIER NATIONAL PARK Ratty, substandard housing for-National Park Service rangers and; other personnel in Glacier Park is steadily being replaced, officials said Wednesday. But summer crews working on the long-term road renovation project in the park continue to push the limits of capacity on Glacier's employee housing at West Glacier, said park spokeswoman Amy Vanderbilt. The dilapidated 1960s and '70s vintage mobile homes in the Many Glacier and Two Medicine valleys are on their way out, said Maintenance Chief Jim Erickson. No dates have been set to swap out the trailers at the Izaac Walton and St. Mary ranger stations, said Erickson. The park has 12 of the old trailers. At Many Glacier "they have one summer left in their (four) famous trailers," he said. "There are holes in the floors, holes in the walls and holes in the roofs." "Virtually every park I've been in has had poor housing conditions," said Erickson, who came to Glacier from Grand Canyon National Park. Glacier Park began replacing the trailers at Many Glacier in 1990 with a pair of new duplexes. A fourplex there followed in 1992 and late this summer construction of an eight-unit apartment complex at Many Glacier will be done. Great Falls' Dick Anderson Construction got the contract to build the eightplex for $538,000. Two old trailers at the Two Medicine Ranger Station are scheduled to be replaced by the summer of 1996, probably with a pair of log duplexes, he said, adding that a cost estimates of those buildings is not done yet. Because of its rugged climate, building in the park is largely restricted to the summer season. C WeK-i-. ' l . . . f

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