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T I IVH E Opinion at our office I ' ed at 538 South C Orem. Deadtin3 Monday 10:00 a.m 1 All submissions are subject to editing , and The Orem-Geneva Times rese "9,?'' publish or not to publish a submission ' A2 Thursday, May 1 , 2003 COMMENTARY &(Qtq210I1 JL Editorial Utahns should learn more about AMBER Alert When a child is missing, the public can actively help recover that child if they are aware of the problem. We just saw this in the Elizabeth Smart case. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff 's office recently announced that Utah's Rachael Alert, the system used to alert the public on Elizabeth's abduction, has been renamed the "AMBER Alert," in coordination with the national plan adopted earlier this month. The AMBER Plan was first started in. Texas and stands for America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response. It has helped recover 16 children. chil-dren. According to Shurtleff's office, the name was changed to AMBER Alert to limit confusion, so Utahns associate the state plan with the national plan. We see this adoption as a good move. Anything that will help the public become more aware of how the AMBER Alert works is worth the effort. The AMBER Alert solicits solic-its the help of passers-by. And if they don't know what it's for or how it works, it does no one any good. The Rachael Alert was adopted in Utah last April. It was designed to send out the same shrill beep sounds over radio and television tele-vision to help recover kidnapped kid-napped children that officials offi-cials use to broadcast pub-. lie emergencies. Four requirements are necessary before officials can send out an alert. First, the child must be assumed kidnapped. Second, the child must be 15 or younger or have a proven mental or physical disability. Third, the child must be in imminent danger dan-ger of serious injury or death. Fourth, there must be information provided to aid police, like a description descrip-tion of the abductor, the abductor's vehicle or the child's last known location. When all four requirements require-ments are met, police can send the information to KSL and the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification's Missing Person Clearinghouse. Utahns are asked to contact the police as soon as they spot any evidence. The Rachael Alert was tried for the first time during dur-ing the Smart case. And like most systems, it didn't work perfectly- the first time. Information was shabby, and some radio stations sta-tions didn't get KSL's signal sig-nal to put out the alert. However, in spite of its quirks, the Rachael Alert led to Elizabeth Smart's recovery. If the public hadn't had-n't known what to look for, they probably couldn't have tracked her down. The AMBER Alert has gained much publicity since the Smart case, and rightly so. No one deserves to suffer like Elizabeth and her family have. That is why this alert is important. It is not only crucial for law enforcement officials to improve the plan whenever necessary but for the public pub-lic to know how it works and to make it important in their lives. According to the Utah attorney general's Web site, Utahns do not need a television or radio to receive an emergency alert. The messages can be received and decoded through specially equipped consumer products such as pagers, cellular telephones and other devices. To receive alerts on their computers com-puters and pagers, they can go to www.commuter-link.utah.gov. www.commuter-link.utah.gov. For more information on the AMBER Alert, go to www. attorneygeneral.utah gov. Oivt EM&t duett Menuwet 'J, Wanted Wing' Sivuuam DORENE NIELSEN After World War II, my husband, hus-band, Jim was released from the Air Force, and we had been married about one and a half years. Since my father owned the airport in Tremonton, he would let us fly any of his planes, whenever they were available. I loved flying, but my dad said I was too young to get a license. All I knew was how to use the joy stick and fly around in the area where I knew the terrain and could tell where I was. I loved the feel of the movements in flight, and I would always leave my seat belt a little bit loose. Jim and I would go flying just for the fun of it. One day, he said, " I bet I can make you air sick" I said, "I bet you can't, remember, I am the gal that leaves her seat belt loose just to get a thrill of being lifted up when we hit an air pocket." Off we went for two hours doing hammerhead stalls, spins, chandelles, immelemanns, but no loops, for fear the plane would stall out. What a thrill! But there was one problem. The Piper Cub we were flying had the gas tank in from and underneath the windshield. wind-shield. It had a float, so that everytime we would dive or make quick pull-ups the gas would spray out the little vent hole on the top. We would get this strong gas smell that finally final-ly got to me. I said I wanted to go in. Jim said, "Are you sick?" I said "yes, sick of the gas smell." Jim said "Why didn't you say so sooner? I'm glad you finally did I'm sick of it too." He then said "See, I could make you sick." We just fight about that. One bright sunshiny day in The Orem-Geneva Times 538 South State Street Orem, UT 84058 An edition of The Daily Herald, Pulitzer Newspapers, Inc. Subscriptions & Delivery 375-5103 News & Advertising 225-1340 Fax 2251341 E-mail oremtimesnetworld.com USPS 411-711. Published Thursdays by Pulitzer Newspapers, Inc., 538 South State Street, Orem, Utah 84058. Periodicals postage paid at Orem, Utah 84059. Postmaster: Send address changes to P.O. Box 65, Orem, UT 84059. Member: Audit Bureau of Circulations NEWSSTAND PRICE $0.50 SUBSCRIPTION RATE 1 year-$36.40 (in county) (Sunday & Thursday plus Holiday deliveries) Holiday deliveries include delivery the week of Easter, Memorial, Independence, Pioneer, Labor, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. 1 year- $45.40 (out of county) NEWS We welcome news tips. Call 225-1340 to report news tips or if you have a comment or a question. We welcome letters to the editor. All letters must include the author's name (printed AND signed) and a telephone number. We reserve the righ to edit letters let-ters for clarity, punctuation, taste and length. Letters are welcome on any topic. March, we decided to take a trip to Reno and to Las Vegas and then back home. This time we borrowed the 'Air Couple', a low-winged two-seater metal plane, not like the fabric Piper Cub. The only instruments in the plane were a altimeter, magnetic compass and a radio receiver, which could only tell us by Morse Code if we were on course by a steady beep. If we were off course, either to the right of to the left, it would give a broken coded beep. We did the line check on the plane which I had done at least 100 times with my dad. We checked the prop carefully because we had one nearly fall off one time when we were landing, which was scary. We checked the landing flaps and rudder, and looked at the aileron. Just begin funny I went around kicking the tires just like some people do when checking out a car. This specific plane had top flying altitude of 13,500 feet, and traveled 105 miles per hour at 21 miles per gallon. We took off early in the morning of March, 1949, and flew to Reno without any events, stayed overnight and the next morning we left for Las Vegas. As I said, it was March and the weather was very unstable. We were flying above the mountain peaks and clouds. Jim handed me the controls con-trols while he checked the map and told me to keep, the compass com-pass on the same heading, but as I looked at the mountain peaks I felt we were going to fly into them. So, as I watched the compass my husband hadn't told me that it would go to about 15 degrees to the right or left, depending on which way you turned and when you straightened up, it comes back to the correct heading. I was so scared of hitting a mountain peak, I just kept readjusting the compass. By the time Jim took the controls, he found out I had completely turned the plane around and we were heading back to Reno. By then, the weather was getting really bad. We had been bucking a head wind and were getting low on gas. We checked the map and found a landing strip at Tonapah, Nevada. It was a huge air base, but not a plane in sight, so we actually landed on the parking strip and realize real-ize it was a closed military base. There was no one at the base, that meant no gas. So we went up to the city of Tonapah an landed at its small airport. There was no one around. We decided to buzz the little town of Tonapah, hoping to get the attention of some one, even the sheriff and he would come out to the airport and see what was wrong. But even better, a man in Tonapah was expecting a friend flying in a came out to the airport an sold us enough gas to carry on to Las Vegas. We stayed overnight. Just out of Vegas, we ran into clouds and had to clim. We kept climbing climb-ing to get above the clouds and kept climbing to our max of 13, 500 feet. We found a hole in the clouds and were able to go down to Milord and gassed up. The weather was closing in on us, and we flew toward Eureka. Clouds closed in on us. We tried to fly low enough to see the road. Jim told me to watch the road while he was watching the railroad tracks. First, he couldn't could-n't see the railroad, and I said I could just barely see the road. So we went back out of the canyon and went around the storm and landed at Provo. The sun was shining and it looked good, so we decided to continue. By the time we reached the Point of the Mountain, we ran into another storm. We went down and followed the highway. high-way. When finally broke through the clouds, we were flying right down state street in Salt Lake City so low that as we flew pas the old hospital that used to be there on 21st south I was looking directly into the 7th floor of the hospital hospi-tal and could see patients laying lay-ing in their beds. We landed at The Salt Lake Airport. Again, the storm seemed to have ended, and we flew on toward Tremonton. When we got to Ogden, we hit another storm. We went down and followed the highway 30 into Tremonton, without any more problems. However, my dad was having a panic attack. He had tried calling call-ing the airport, when he thought we might try landing to tell us to stay put because the weather was so bad. We had just landed when the head of the Civil Air Patrol landed an AT6 in a sugar beet field across the road from the airport, air-port, because he couldn't find the airport. This experience even unnerved my husband enough to never do that again, at least not in March. We matured a little lit-tle and also started our family, and never took chances like that again. A few years later we moved away from Utah and didn't have the free use of a plane and we haven't been in a small prop plane since. Jim has always missed flying. fly-ing. At Christmas this year, I saw an advertisement saying "Come Fly With Us." They will either just give people a ride or if they know how to fly, they can take the controls and fly the plane. You can even have another plane up that you can have a dog fight with. When I bought the package, they tried to talk me into flying the other plane. I declined. For an hour he got to soar in the heavens again, after 43 years. This will be in an 'AT6' which was used for advanced flight training for fighter pilots in World War II. ( Column ) Meeting Challenge of Growth CLYDE E. WEEKS, JR. Times Correspondent Part 17 On August 7, 1987, over 500 people made application applica-tion to take the Postal Examination for ClerkCarrier at the Orem Post Office. Those with the highest scores could be expected to be hired at the Orem Post Office and serve the community as clerks and carriers, well into the Twenty-First Century. They would share in a proud tradition, which began here ninety years earlier with Postmaster Melissa L. McBride at the first Sharon Post Office in her little country store! By 1990, over 400 years of postal service were represented repre-sented by twelve employees who had worked at the Orem Post Office as supervisors, super-visors, clerks and carriers. They exemplified the caliber cal-iber of postal people who went the extra mile to render ren-der outstanding service under often, difficult circumstances. cir-cumstances. Each of these employees earned an honorable retirement retire-ment and continued to have pride in the postal tradition: M. Verne Thurber, who was the RFD No. 2 carrier in Orem from 1926 to 1960, G. Reed Hacking, Keith V. Kofford, Fred Fielding, Tom Smith, David Fielding, Kenneth G. Johnson, Mary J. Krissman, Glen Reese Pulham, Reed H. Davis, Lawrence Lewis, Louis Allen. I worked for many years with each of these fine people, peo-ple, included in this Century of Postal Heroes in Orem, and remember them fondly. Upward mobility in the U.S. Postal Service is a dynamic process, which provides pro-vides employees avenues for promotion. Several outstanding out-standing Orem Postal employees have successfully made the transition from assignments as postal clerks and carriers into the management ranks of other post offices. These included: Kenneth Jorgenson, who became Postmaster at American Fork; Ray G. McQuivey, Postmaster, Roosevelt,; Leonard P. Foster, Postmaster, Beaver; L.Clark Roberts, Postmaster, Myton; Vaughn Mankin, Postmaster, Oak City; Glade L. Peterson, Postmaster, Monroe; M. Scott Drummond, Manager, Mailing Requirements, Salt Kris Cklo, meisen, Requirements, Salt i" Division; and Dawn Not Superintendent, P,' Operations, Pleasant Gitl and Lonme Richards Postmaster, Springdell In 1990 the Orem'p Office staff included: Ck E. Weeks, Jr., posW William B. Clegg, supEr: tenaent oi postal ope tions; Val Zufelt, defc supervisor of Zone 84C: Lyman Swensen, delis supervisor of Zone 840" Brian Sperry, supervisor mail processing; and Da; L. Starr, vehicle operatic maintenance assistant. Orem Postal included Dallas E Norman E. Peck, James Twitchell, Keith Ham- Royce Sorenson, Gordon w& Nelson, Lonny Richard-: Barney Henry, Marge.-Knaphus, Marge.-Knaphus, Robert ) Strebel, Mercedes Cliffs: Corinne J. Whiting, Jem: Rossean, Arthur : Woodbury, Monte J. Pat: Helen B. Patterson, Da Jarvis, Leland Jespenl Dan Duncan, David Bailey, Donald S. McCii Diane Peterson and li Bibb. Servine as Lk Carriers in 1990 were Graff. Harry Gami Doyle Carpenter, Trinnaman, Russell Sup Sterling Bascom, Edq Batson, Ken Hughes, Lettich, Gary Rif-hard Warnock, Lfl Strasbure. Ed McGk Russell Wilkes, Brown. Stan Burmood, hnann. Randv Edwi' Willard Baker, Medford. Richard Emen: Jav Service, IaD Blackham, Harold M .Tosso Rtirknev. Ketf f!hrist.nnher. M' TWkpft. Joe Keati William Witham, Bradford. Edward H Rr-arl Armitstead: Hamelman, Michael U Jeff Sherwood, Hiffmncnn Burraston, James r; Osmond. tw- Lund, David Steflik, q, Paw Wfibb.D Wanmman. Michael H Kerry Reeder, ' Gunther, David Becky Hunter, Milburn, Steven !; Keith Warner, Neil M-and M-and Sam Steele. f . Custodians Mataata Siafanua -David Montoya. NEXTWEER. 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