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17/00 BO3-O3--A SmallTownPapers, Inc. 217 W Cote St Shelton, WA 98584-2263 A bit of local history - in Portland BY DALE FISK Why would the names of local towns be written on a wall in Portland? The building was originally a railroad warehouse that was part of a transfer facility for goods destined for various points in the Northwest. Names of destinations were painted On the Walls inside the warehouse, and goods bound for those locations were stacked next to those names along the walls. A while back, the building was remodeled and the northwest corner was removed, making what was once an interior wall into an outside wall. The owner of the building said, "We )ust decided to keep that bit Of history of the building intact, just like the black stair step outline of the old roof line on the west wall." Michael Richardson, formerly of Council and now living in Portland, Oregon, recently sent this picture of an exterior wall in Portland, along with the story. e steps up a Smoke from the Wesley Fire obscures the view of Cuddy Mountain from the Council Ranger District headquarters. BY DALE FISK Since the Record went to press last Tuesday rfight, the Wesley Fire" north- west of New Meadows has more than doubled in size. On Wednesday and Thursday the total acre- age stood at around 4,000 acres. By Friday (9-14), the estimated size was still at 4,356 acres. By the next day See WESLEY FZRE, page 10 '~,~ BY DALE FISK A couple weeks ago people around Council got something new: Verizon cell phone servxce at Council. Around ten years ago - back in the stone age of cell phone service here - there was some kind of legal agreement that kept Verizon from serving the Council Valley. Communities north and south of Council received Verizon servme, but not on cell service now in Council Council. Recently Verizon was able to deal-with this legal agreement and installed an antenr a on the Cambridge Telephone Company tower just east of Council. According to a CTC spokesperson, there may be plans for Verizon to put up their own tower, but for now they are using CTC's. Verizon is also now installing an equipment building inside the fenced tower enclosure. The lack of Verizon service at Council has been a nuisance, or worse, for a number of folks over the years. One person in the process of moving here had even found a house to rent, but when she found out she couldn't use her cell phone here, she promptly canceled the whole process and moved were often disma ,ed to find that their cell phones didn't work at the Council airport. So, Council has made another small step in the direction of joining in the Connectivity of the 21st century. We're still in the process of figuring out the exact quantity and quality of coverage. to another town that had" Service still seems a little Verizon service, spotty, depending on what As noted in our article features one needs. One about the airport, pilots Verizon user had this to say: "I was able to get messages in Glendale when I was there a few weeks ago, which has never happened before. Wouldn't connect' for a call, but would ring on my end when I dialed my cell number from a landline: Other comments from the Record's Facebook page: "There's text/talk but no wifi for smart phones." "1-4 bars from Fruitvale to Council, it fluctuated greatly (not sure that is normal). In COuncil I got 4 or 5 bar And I made phone calls! And I surfed the Internet (well, I was able to do that before; Verizon 3G has always been here, just not phone service)" The Record welcomes more information on how well the new service is working here. Comments can be made on our "The Adams County Record" Facebook page, or email us: record@ctcweb.net. Adams County Commissioners Meeting Courthouse to get new phone system BuY Calling the Courthouse by telephone after September 29 will take longer to connect with your party. All incoming calls will be routed first to an automated menu which will require you to make several choices before you can connect with your party. Dan Morris of CTC Phone Company outlined several changes that will occur after the conversion to a new fiber optic phone sys- tem later this month. A fiber optic line now con- nects the courthouse to the outside world and will be used to replace the outdated digital sys- tem now in use. Morris said that unfortunately the landline services are being downgraded to more closely match cell servlces, and that adds time to placing calls to the courthouse. The County Road and Bridge Department will continue 'with separate lines, and the new system will not handle faxes either until it can be upgraded late this year. Clerk Sherry Ward is working with the heads of all departments in choos- ing new phones and. the options for each. Road and Bridge Supervisor Tom Glen See ADAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, page 2 Council City Council BY DALE FISK After detailing a number of maintenance jobs that he and/or Ken Sievert have recently done at the airport, Dick Thompson announced that he be stepping down from his position as chairman of the airport comrmssion next month. Thompson has filled this non-paying position for the past twelve years. Thompson said both wind socks have been replaced, all but one of the runway lights have been fixed, and the last one will be done soon. The traffic pattern markers will soon be cleared of overgrowth and painted. He said he has updated the airport's Internet information as well. The Forest Service has been using the airport often for various jobs to do with the Wesley fire. David Wilson said a new toilet has been installed in the men's side of the public restroom. See COUNCIL CITY COUNCIL, page 5 TIM TOOMEY & THE IVFD IN THE SPOTLIGHT Read about them on page 8 THE SPORT REPORT See How Our Teams did on page 13 COUNCIL SCHOOL BOARD Find our Coverage on page 20