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This edition is for Alvina & Harold Lundgren and the people Of Granite County comes to Tobin Heser hangs a flower basket outside Granite Mountain Bank Monday. The flower baskets, purchased by the Flag and Flower Committee were put up at the beginning of the week. For more photos see pages 1o &at1. by Emily Petrovski "It was an awareness issue," Granite County Medical Center CEO Maria Stoppler told the Mail of the recent problems with the emergency room door. After 6:3o in the evening, the doors to the emergency: room lock and must be openedbya Staff member. A buzzer; kept on the nurse who is working, alerts them to when someone is at the emergency room door. A cordless phone allows them to answer calls when they are not near a main telephone, But, Stoppler noted, the night and weekend staff was not consistently carrying both tools on their person. So when patients came to the emergency room door, there were times that there was no answer from staff, even when the Sheriffs Office was calling the phone. Katie Graham brought this issue tothe hospital board's attention at their meeting last month. Her dauber broke her wrist and was unable to get any answer from the staff at the hospital, nor was she able to have the emergency room doors opened for her. Stoppler completed a full investigation into the incident, she told the Mail see GCMC page two by Emily Petrovski joins Though he and his wife Sarah have always been active in their children's schooling, Bob Suthers became a little more strongly involved when he was elected to the Drummond School Board in May. He joined because he wants to protect and encourage the small-town community atmosphere that is a huge part of the schools in Drummond. "Drummond's a great district, so this is the place to be," Bob enthused Drummond's a great district, so this is the place to be -Bob Suthers to the Mail. His family moved to Drummond a few years ago after having their d [ stud children in a private school in Missoula. One of the main reasons for their leaving was the opportunity for schooling in Drummond, Bob said. "We wanted to do our part to help shape or protect the future of this small school district," Bob said. He told the Mail that his kids had excelled since moving to the community and noted that he and his wife were impressed with the staff and the after school programs the school offered. Because Drummond is a small community it often feels more like a family, Bob commented. When the opportunity to serve on the school board came up, he and Sarah talked about it a lot and prayed a lot about it, he said. It was in the hands of the voters and if it was meant to be, it would happen, Bob recalled. "A lot of people voted for me and put their trust in me," Bob said. He is not coming onto the board with a specific agenda, he noted. He did not join the board to protect a particular program or sport. see New page nine lan ['by Tom Mullen .... A year ago, local electrician Jason ::Wingo didn't know much about solar arrays. And it wasn't too long ago, he told the Philipsburg Mail, that the Electrical Code 69o for PV (Photo Voltaic) installation was "miniscule." That's all changed. "It's a good thing we started during the winter because I used the down-time as an opportunity to read books and take classes and really go through the code on PV," he said. Wingo estimates he logged power somewhere between 300 and 350 hours of continuing education over the winter. Prior to the ground thawing ........ Wingo had the site engineered. "We do that with satellite imagery of the land, which shows the buildings the trees, anything that might block sunlight. "I came down every morning and every afternoon looking where to put it. This is in a tight draw so I knew that was going to be a challenge, and that's when we decided to recommend to the owners to place it out near the street, where there is more sun. But op the owners Wanted it in closer to the buildings so we took some trees down," Wingo said, adding that solar panels produce more power in direct sunlight, "so thelonger you can expose that, the more power it will produce." In Montana, he said, the average amount of direct sunlight is only five hours per day. That average takes into account the winter months when:there is less sunlight, and cloud cover. The perfect isthmus for Montana is a 45 degree angle and ordinarily the panels should face due south. see Solar page 19 ran OU Jason W'mgo explains how he engineered the site plan for the 3OXLO ft. solar array he built for a Maxville client. ./