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    Branson Library named for NMSU President who volunteered to be ‘acting president,’ then got the job – New Mexico State University NewsCenter - July 2, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    Branson Library at New Mexico State University is named for John W. Branson, who served as acting president three times before he was chosen to be NMSUs president. He held the presidency six years before retiring.

    NMSUs library was first located in Young Hall but as the university grew, a new library was at the top of the list for the Board of Regents. Discussions began in 1950 while Branson was president and he faced many obstacles to get the facility completed. It was largely completed in 1952, dedicated to Branson in 1957 and continues to serve the campus nearly 70 years later.

    Branson Library contains books related to agriculture, business and economics, engineering and sciences. It also houses the University Archives and Special Collections, Rio Grande Historical Collection and U.S. Government Documents.

    About John W. Branson

    Branson was born in Kentucky in 1887. After receiving his masters degree from Purdue University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1927, Branson came to New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts to serve as head of the department of mathematics and astronomy. Branson reintroduced astronomy courses at the college, which had not been offered since 1924.

    While serving in different positions, Branson did double-duty as acting president three times before serving one term as president. He was a department head in 1938 when asked to step in as acting president for five months the first time. In 1940, Branson was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences when asked to serve as acting president for the second time from 1941-1946 while then president Hugh Milton served in World War II.

    During World War II the college faced decreased enrollment numbers, at one point, the possibility of becoming a vocational school was seriously considered by the state legislature. Despite the hardships, Branson refused to sacrifice quality education and his leadership during this time is credited with the college becoming a full-fledged university. Milton returned to NMSU in 1946 but then went on to become the superintendent of New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. In 1949, Branson was again named acting president. Later that year, NMSU Regents named him president. He remained NMSUs president until his retirement in 1955. Branson died in 1957.

    Construction and design

    Construction began in 1951 and the four-story facility faced many construction and financial delays. Branson Librarys design represented modern architectural trends and the changing direction of the universitys architecture. The Branson Library is primarily made of concrete, textile block and metal.

    After many changes to the original design and materials used in construction, the building was completed by December 1952. Continuing conflicts about the design and use of the fourth floor caused further delays. Researchers requests to design the space for the specific needs of their programs involved more architects, additional contractors and more funding requests. By January 1957, construction on Branson's fourth floor interiors was complete.

    The library that John W. Branson fought for during the final leg of his career at NMSU was then named for him.

    Renovations and additions

    Branson Library has undergone several renovations and improvements in its 68-year history. One of the most significant projects was in 1966 with an addition to the west end of the building. When the west end of Branson Library was expanded, decorative brick, or textile screens, which resembled the Zia symbol, also were added. The architect was Loren Mastin.

    Branson Hall was renovated again in 1974, adding to the west end of the building once more. The architects were Charles E. Nolan, Jr. and Associates. Between 1987 and 1989 the library underwent another renovation. The circulation area was updated to accommodate the use of computers for checking in and out books and other media. The grand staircase was removed from the lobby in 1988 and new security gates were installed.

    The Zuhl Library was completed in 1992 in an effort to meet the growing demand created from NMSUs expanding student enrollment. But Branson Library was still needed. In 1993, a three-phase renovation began. These renovations, which consisted of space for NMSUs growing collections, student study spaces, new lighting, carpet and furniture, were completed in 1995.

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    Inverclyde shops rolled out the red carpet as they reopened after months of lockdown – Greenock Telegraph - July 2, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    SHOPS rolled out the red carpet as they reopened after months of lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak.

    West Blackhall Street in Greenock town centre came back to life as premises pulled up the shutters and welcomed customers back.

    Non-essential retailers are now allowed to re-open under the latest lockdown relaxations and owners are looking forward to catching up with customers.

    Keith Wilson from Smiths Sports told the Tele he was thrilled to reopen.

    Mr Wilson said: "We have made extensive preparations for re-opening to ensure everyone can shop in safety with as much peace of mind as possible, including a one way system and social distancing and will be open normal opening hours."

    Mairi Coventry from the Wee Crafty Owl, at the foot of Jamaica Street, said: "We couldn't wait to be open again.

    "We have so missed the contact with our customers and greatly look forward to seeing them again."

    Chris Jewell from nearby Cradle Care added: "Our customers have been telling ushow they have been missing us so we are glad to be back and able to serve them again.

    "Like everyone else we have had to make sure our premises are as safe as possible to customers and we have installed screens and have masks and gloves ready.

    "To ensure social distancing will mean fewer customers in at any one time, but we look forward to being open again after what has seemed to be such a long time."

    Town centres are taking on a different look as trading resumes, with parking spaces taken away to widen pavements, pictured.

    Councillor Michael McCormick, convener of the councils environment & regeneration committee, said: With social and physical distancing rules still in place across Scotland, it is important that people visiting our town centres are safe and that we support local businesses and their customers.

    One immediate area is that the width of many pavements across Inverclyde make it difficult for customers to maintain social and physical distancing, especially as there is the potential for increased queuing and pedestrian activity.

    We are putting practical measures in place to address the problem where we can and to increase the space that is available.

    "This could mean extending the pavement area into some on-street parking spaces.

    Our aim is to encourage pedestrians to pass each other safely and allow queues to form outside premises if required.

    We must all do what we can to help customers be safe and to feel safe when visiting our town centres.

    The council says loading bays and disabled parking places are still available under the scheme.

    Parking enforcement has been suspended since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and will remain suspended until August.

    Cllr McCormick said: These are temporary measures to support town centre businesses to reopen safely and encourage the economy to recover.

    The changes to roads will be monitored throughout and we will be reviewing them after 14 days.

    "We will be contacting local businesses to see if there are any other measures we can put in in place to support them.

    We will also be launching a new stay safe, shop local campaign to encourage shoppers across our town centres as part of the recovery plans for Inverclyde as more shops and parts of the economy reopen.


    BACK IN BUSINESS Tony Quigg, Liam McDade, Jamie Docherty and Keith Wilson of Smiths were delighted to open the premises.

    NEW NORMAL The street layout has changed, with pavements extended out into parking spaces to create more room for pedestrians to pass each other safely.

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    Kidderminster carpet museum to reopen thanks to public donations – Kidderminster Shuttle - July 2, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    THE Museum of Carpet will reopen in Kidderminster next week following three months of uncertainty over its future.

    The Green Street museum is set to open its doors on Tuesday, July 7 for the first time since it closed in March in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

    After weeks of bringing in no money, the museum's future was thrown into doubt and a fundraising campaign was launched to recover lost income, which collected more than 11,000 in donations.

    A spokesman said: " To thank the local community for their support over the last few months, the Museum of Carpet will be offering free admission for all visitors in July and August 2020.

    "Instead of asking for admission fees the museum will have a donations box in the Museum entrance that they ask visitors to contribute to, to help ensure the future of the museum.

    "While no one knows what the future holds for the Museum of Carpet, right now it is offering local residents a bright, spacious, and engaging venue for a safe day out after months in lockdown.

    "Support this local museum by visiting the attraction over the coming months, hire their rooms, book future visits, and join their digital community on social media."

    In line with government guidelines, the carpet museum will be limiting visitor numbers, installing hand sanitiser stations and observing social distancing in its galleries.

    Prior to the reopening, the site has undergone thorough cleaning of all its surfaces, organised by the National Carpet Cleaners Association, which is now based within the museum.

    All safety guidelines will be illustrated on posters displayed around the museum.

    For the first time, people will also be able to book in advance at

    Due to the unprecedented closure of the museum in March, the Museum of Carpet has decided to postpone its summer exhibition Focus on Photographs, which was set to launch in June to celebrate 150 years of The Shuttle newspaper.

    The exhibition will now go on display in the summer 2021 and the galleries will exhibit highlights from previous exhibitions.

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    Residential Building Construction Industry Market to Exhibit Rapid Surge in Consumption in the COVID-19 Crisis – Cole of Duty - July 2, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The global market for residential building construction industry totaled $4,171.3 billion in 2017 and is estimated to reach $6,800.9 billion by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.3% for the period of 2017-2022.

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    Following are brief summaries of the chapters included in this report.

    The Chapter One summary presents the reports scope, methodology and structure, as well as brief overviews of each of the reports chapters.

    Chapter three provides a high-level overview of the residential flooring industry, including historical, current and future industry perspectives, as well as a look at current, and anticipated manufacturing issues and trends. The chapter also covers current market conditions in the new construction and renovation residential segments. Chapter three also includes an overview of industry trade organizations, such as the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) and the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NABMDA). The chapter also discusses the key trade shows that residential flooring manufacturers and other industry participants attend, such as one of the industrys largest events, The International Surface Event: SurfacesStonExpo/MarmomaccTileExpo. The chapter also details the primary trade media that cover the industry, such as Floor Covering News.

    Product types in the residential flooring industry are in a constant state of evolution and at different stages of innovation in an effort to meet changing market needs and demands. Chapter Four provides a detailed look at seven different residential flooring categoriescarpet, ceramic tile, hardwood, laminates, stone, other resilient and vinylincluding associated new products and technologies, and applicable environmental programs and incentives, as well as government regulations and requirements affecting each flooring type.

    Chapter Four provides a comprehensive overview of the residential flooring market size and growth in North America through 2021. A preview of residential flooring value by region is provided here, setting the stage for more detailed breakdowns by distribution channel and by product category, both in this chapter and in Chapter Five: Market Definition.

    For the purposes of this report, BCC Research has analyzed Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West regions in the U.S., as well as Canada, to complete our North American residential flooring research.

    Chapter Four also includes a breakdown of residential flooring expenditures by flooring typecarpet, ceramic tile, hardwood, laminates, stone, other resilient and vinylthrough 2021 in million squares and million dollars for the six key industry distribution channels: floor covering stores; furniture and home furnishing stores; home improvement centers and building materials supplies dealers; general merchandise stores; electronic and online sales; and direct sales.

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    Finally, growth projection data analysis for this chapter covers residential flooring volume by product type though 2021 in million squares and million dollars.

    For the market definition part of this report in Chapter Five, BCC Research analyzed the two primary residential flooring segments in North America: new construction and renovation.

    The residential flooring analysis contains expenditure and share data for the years 2015 and 2016, as well as projections for 2021 along with the compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for the years 2016 through 2021. We have also provided a detailed analysis on the following six North American regions: Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West and Canada.

    In addition, this chapter includes an overview of 19 of the leading residential flooring product manufacturers with data on 2015 and 2016 revenues, number of employees, and overall market share. Also included are market share breakdowns for the leading manufacturers by product category, as well as a listing of each manufacturers product lines in each product category.

    Finally, this chapter provides data on average pricing and installed costs for all product types in the years 2015 and 2016, with projections for 2021. The residential flooring industrys six primary distribution channelsfloor covering stores; furniture and home furnishing stores; home improvement centers and building materials supplies dealers; general merchandise stores; electronic and online sales; and direct salesare covered, as well as listings of major flooring distributors with data on revenues (overall, by product type, by distribution channel and associated market shares).

    Chapter Seven profiles 30 of the major producers in the seven residential flooring product categories: carpet, ceramic tile, hardwood, laminates, stone, other resilient and vinyl. The major suppliers in residential flooring products offer multiple product lines. Chapter Seven contains the following information about each company profiled (when available): background, recent company news (selected significant announcements within the past 18 months), products, financial performance, strategic direction and distribution.

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    An overview of the market for residential flooring in North America. Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2015, estimates for 2016, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2021. Information on different product and technology types, such as carpet, ceramic tile, hardwood, laminates, stone, vinyl, and resilient flooring. Information on various flooring products, distribution methods, new products and technologies, and the direction of the industry in the near future. Profiles of major companies in the industry.

    Report Summary

    The North American residential flooring industry is one of the most diverse of any manufactured product in terms of product type and selection. From broadloom carpet and carpet tile to hardwood and innovative resilient products made from cork and rubber, consumers and others involved in new residential construction and renovation have no shortage of choices to meet their architectural or interior design needs and requirements. Within each flooring product type, there exists a myriad of surface textures, color choices and quality levels, as well as collection upon collection of product with intriguing names like Accord, Hydroment Vivid, VersaBond and Blue Emotion, among others. Other product names are more grounded in familiarity and longevity like the well-known Congoleum brand.

    Following are a few market observations on several of the flooring types analyzed in this report.

    Flooring products are among the most important building materials and constitutes a versatile market with a wide product portfolio. The flooring market is expected to expand significantly due to strong growth of construction and automotive sectors coupled with increases in home improvement and renovation project activities. The demand for various residential flooring materials is expected to increase considerably in the forecast period. Increasing residential construction and reconstructionactivities in North America is one of the major factors fueling the demand for residential flooring in this region. However, in recent times regulations have been issued against import of lumber due to illegal deforestation. This is one of the primary factors restraining the residential flooring market.

    The hardwood flooring products remain popular despite the advent of a large number of cheaper flooring products such as laminates and resilient flooring. Easy cleaning, better strength and durability, better acoustics and presence of large number of varieties are some of the major factors fueling the demand for hardwood flooring products. Owing to these factors, hardwood flooring is one of the primary choices for a large number of residential constructions.

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    Vinyl flooring is the fastest growing product category, growing at a CAGR of 7.4% between 2016 and 2021. Although vinyl tile floor is often installed in commercial settings where high traffic is a constant, or where a clean or staticfree environment is desired, it is also a versatile and costeffective choice for any household. Moreover, lower maintenance cost is also one of the primary factors expected to drive the demand for vinyl flooring in the coming years.

    In terms of value chain, a high degree of backward integration is being witnessed in the flooring market. Several key players are engaged in the manufacture of raw materials. Amoco, a subsidiary of Shaw Industries, is actively involved in the manufacture of fiber. Amoco manufactures polypropylene fibers, which are used by Shaw Industries to manufacture carpets and rugs. Besides being a key player in the hardwood flooring market, Boral Limited is involved in the timber business. Burke Industries Inc., a major rubber manufacturing company based in California, is owned by Mannington Mills, one of the largest flooring manufacturers in North America.

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    Citroen C4 2021 turned into electric crossover: photo – The Times Hub - July 2, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    Model Citroen C4 is famous for its reincarnations in different bodies. The car has already managed to visit and hatchback, and sedan and the Citroen turned a popular model in the compact crossover kupeobrazny or cross-hatch. The announcement was made in an online broadcast instead of live demonstrations, reports Motor.

    Presentation of the new product is quite important for the carmaker, as the Citroen C4 will replace at once two models: an ordinary C4 and the C4 Cactus crossover. The novelty will be available in petrol, diesel and electric version called the e-C4. Like the C4 Cactus Aircross and C5, the new hatchback has received a suspension with hydraulic buffers, which replaced the hydropneumatics Hydractive. According to the French suspension while driving creates the effect of flying on the magic carpet.

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    The electric version looks no different from petrol. Inside e-C4 installed electric capacity of 136 horsepower, and battery capacity of 50 kWh will be enough to overcome 350 kilometers, according to the WLTP cycle. To 100 km/h electric car accelerates in 9.7 seconds and a top speed of 150 kilometers per hour. It is emphasized that in 10 minutes you can replenish the charge on 100 km, up to 80% battery capacity filled in half an hour, and fully charged little more than a day from the usual outlets.

    Models with traditional engines are equipped with five petrol and two diesel engine capacity from 100 to 155 HP and comply with environmental standards Euro 6. Units are paired with six-speed mechanics or 8-speed automatic transmission. The drive is both full and front.

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    Of useful things worth noting the presence of a special attachment for the tablet integrated into the dashboard, a colour head-up display built into the stem interior mirror DVR with 16 GB of memory, and seats with special foam inside for comfort and support passengers in a long journey.

    The equipment also includes a circular video review, adaptive cruise control, system cornering lights, track marking, traffic sign recognition and automatic braking at danger of a collision. New C4 e-C4 31 provided by the combination of exterior colors and package color elements, and six different themes of interior trim. New items will be available for order in Europe beginning in the fall of 2020.

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    Carpet Installation Services Offered by Dallas Flooring Warehouse in Grapevine Texas – Press Release – Digital Journal - June 26, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Dallas Flooring Warehouse in Grapevine Texas has announced that they are offering carpet installation services in Grapevine and nearby areas. They also want people to know that all of their stores are open and are following normal operating hours. Their new SH / Dallas Flooring Warehouse store can be found in the Grapevine Town Center. They offers various kinds of carpets, including private label carpets. They want homeowners and other property owners to know that they have millions of dollars worth of inventory and that they have every major brand of carpeting, including Mohawk, Shaw, Abbey, and more, with all of them available at reduced prices.

    Johnny Carpet, a spokesperson for Dallas Flooring Warehouse in Grapevine, says, Our massive volume buying power enables us to deliver carpeting at prices competitors can only dream of and we pass those savings directly to you, the Dallas wholesale carpeting customer! Come and visit our warehouse and see our massive on-site inventory. Call now for more info. You dont have to deal with strip mall sellers or shady Craigslist sellers to get a great deal. We have genuine quality carpet at extreme discounts and we can install it next day to your home or business in Dallas Fort Worth TX.

    Dallas Flooring Warehouse in Grapevine Texas offers various brands of carpets. These include the Boundless Trackless Textured Saxony Carpeting, Majestic Touch Frieze Carpet, Contempo Level Loop Berber, Paradise Dream Frieze Carpeting, Celebrity Trackless Textured Saxony Carpeting, Royal Beauty Frieze Carpeting, Grand Royale Luxury Heavyweight Frieze Carpeting, Posh Block Berber Carpet, Timeless Beauty Ultra-Soft 45oz Carpet, Uptown Heavyweight Trackless Plush Carpeting, Cozy Elegance Jewel Tone Frieze Carpeting, Elite Luxury Ultimate Luxury Speckled Heavyweight Frieze Carpet, Olympus Ultra Heavyweight 100 oz Ultra-Soft Carpeting, and CuddleSweet Super Soft Carpeting.

    For those who prefer carpet tiles, Dallas Flooring Warehouse in Grapevine Texas also provides them. Carpet tiles offer a flooring solution with may applications for homes, apartments, and commercial and office spaces. Carpet tiles or carpet squares offer a number of advantages, such as quick and easy installation, possible DIY installation, and if one carpet tile gets damaged, it is easy to have it replaced, as compared to roll carpeting.

    Dallas Flooring Warehouse in Grapevine Texas also offers other kinds of flooring. One is hardwood flooring. These include the 7 Wide Hickory Hardwood Flooring, Premium Hand Scraped Hickory Hardwood Flooring, Custom Solid Hardwood Nail-Down Finish in Place Hardwood Floors, Hand Scraped Solid Nail-Down Custom Hardwood Floors, Multi-Width Engineered Hickory Hardwood Flooring, Hand Scraped Hickory Hardwood, Birch Hardwood Flooring, Elm Hardwood Flooring, Hill Country Engineered Hardwood, Decor Flooring Engineered Hardwood, LM Flooring Engineered Hardwood, Mohawk Waterproof Wood, and Crescent Engineered Hardwood.

    Also available from Dallas Flooring Warehouse in Grapevine Texas are various tiles. These include the Durabody Marble Tile by Interceramic, Durabody Travertine Tile, Durabody Vein Cut Stone Tile, Premium Durabody Wood Look Tile, Durabody Slate Tile, Durabody Quartzite Tile, Durabody Concrete Tile, and Wall Tiles.

    Wood laminate flooring are also available. These include the Universal Laminate Flooring, Decor AC3 Laminate, and Knoa AC3 Handscraped Wood Laminate.

    Luxury vinyl plank flooring are also available. These include the COREtec SPC Luxury 100% Waterproof Wood Look Luxury Vinyl Plank, Pergo Extreme Wood, Tile, and Stone Look Waterproof / Dentproof Luxury Vinyl Flooring, Oak Wood Look Vinyl Plank Flooring, Hand Scraped Vinyl Plank Flooring, Worlds Fair Barcelona 12 mill Commercial Grade Luxury Vinyl Planks, Lyndon Luxury Vinyl Flooring, Waterproof 12 Mil Click Lock Luxury Vinyl Plank, Timeless Charm Glueless Waterproof Click-Lock Vinyl Plank, Waterproof Six-Plus WPC Wood Plastic Composite Floors, SPC Flooring Stone Polymer Composite Stunning Wood-Look, Rigid Core Premium Waterproof SPC Flooring, and Waterproof Wood Vinyl Plank with Premium Underlayment.

    When looking for services for carpet Grapevine residents can check out the Dallas Flooring Warehouse website, or contact them on the telephone, or through email. They are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, from Monday to Friday, and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays.


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    Yuma-1 project moving ahead incrementally Yuma Pioneer – YumaPioneer - June 26, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Yuma School District-1s $32 million renovation/expansion project continues to move forward incrementally.An update was given during the Yuma-1 Board of Educations regular monthly meeting, Monday night at district headquarters in downtown Yuma.David Kurz of Neenan Archistruction participated via telephone, while Chad Rayl of owners representative Project One was in attendance, along with Superintendent Dianna Chrisman, and all the board members Kim Langley, Lindsey Galles, Duane Brown, Thomas Holtorf and Dan Ross.Kurz told the board the Yuma Middle School junior high wing, which is undergoing updates for items such as HVAC, new and more windows, and carpet, is scheduled to be turned over to the district by August 28, giving the teachers a tight timeframe in which to get their classrooms in order prior to the start of school the next week.However, as of now, the remodeling work of the YMS service kitchen, will linger on after school starts, with an expected turnover date of September 23.Ross later asked why that was the case, since he thought the kitchen work was ahead of schedule. He was told the later date has been part of the plans recently as COVID-19 restrictions have slowed down the overall process. He also was told that is the worst-case scenario, and eventually that timeline can be sped up. If not, the district has contingency plans in place, and Chrisman noted the district food service has a lot of experience now with preparing grab-and-go meals, following handing out free breakfast and lunches while school was shut down the last two months of the 2019-20 school year.Per the YMS portion, it was noted holes are being punched out of the walls in the junior high wing where windows will be installed.It was noted that mold had to be remediated in five the junior high classrooms as things were torn up, but the work has been done and tests sent to the proper authorities to make sure the mold is completely removed.Over at Yuma High School, the compacting and the subgrade for the concrete pad for the auxiliary gym on the south end of the high school is nearing completion. Next up is digging out for the foundation. Work also is being done for a new boiler and utilities. The utilities under the current gravel parking lot on the west side are being moved so they are out of the way of the new wing that will include the main entrance, along with science and Career Technical Education classrooms, which includes the new ag education building at the far west end of the new wing.Kurz shared floor plan drawings, along with exciting artists renditions of the new main entrance area. He also shared a rendering of a science room. Another one shared showed the current main hallway, which runs south from the restrooms at the west side of the school, highlighting breakout spaces and pods, which allow for open gatherings down the hallway while providing access to the math, social studies and language arts classrooms. Another drawing showed the senior locker room area between the remodeled classroom wing and the wing to the east that houses music and art.Drawings will be available for viewing eventually on the YSD-1 project Facebook page, which the Pioneer will share on its Facebook page. The visuals are very enticing.Improvements with the auditorium were not part of the original plan, but updating the HVAC for the auditorium was at the top of the districts wish list, so Neenan has been looking at ways to getting into the project.The board was told Neenan has $152,000 in credits it could go toward that work. Three options had been presented, including one that involved a complete new unit that also would entail structural work, such as new steel, that would cost about $20,000 above the $152,000. A third option would be rebuilding the existing HVAC without the need for structural work, with the cost coming in under the $152,000, at around $118,000. The first option would require the district making a decision right now, while the other would not require an immediate commitment.The board later approved a motion going with the rebuilding option with the key wording of if the budget allows. A rebuilt HVAC at least would result in a more efficient unit for the auditorium than it has now.In a related project action, the board approved installing new carpeting in the grades 5-6 wing at YMS, along with along with the hallway that goes to the main office area, and the main office are, for a cost of $38,000, so it can flow better with the upgrades in the junior high wing. Initially, the district had budgeted $125,000 for the carpet and new paint in those areas.However, Chrisman reported Monday night it turns out that was a huge overestimate. The vote was 4-1 go ahead with the new carpet, with the understanding paint would be addressed later, but obviously well under the initial estimate. Holtorf cast the dissenting vote, after earlier in the meeting noting the district needed to show it was being as fiscally responsible as possible after benefitting from taxpayers approving the bond issue for nearly $16 million in the renovation/expansion project.In one final project update, Kurz of Neenan said the hope is to have a Gross Maximum Payment (GMP) for the new wing at YHS in place by September 1. He said Neenan has submitted permits for that phase of the project, and is working closely with subcontractors in finalizing concrete numbers. He told the board that at this point, the hope is a special board meeting will be held August 31 to set the final GMP.

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    Big Homes Just Listed in the St. Louis Area – Buffalo News - June 26, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    GORGEOUS hickory hardwood floors, Marble Floors, custom crown molding, energy efficient LED lighting, & SO MUCH MORE! Magnificent 1.5 story 4 BR, 5 Bath home. Great room w/floor to ceiling arched windows, gas fireplace, & wet bar. Completely Renovated Chefs kitchen! New Sub Zero,Wolf, Dacor & Bosch Appliances, center island, breakfast bar, granite counters, butlers pantry & walk-in pantry; Vaulted hearth room w/3rd fireplace. Stunning main floor Master Suite; 2 walk-in closets w/custom organizers, spa-like bath w/marble flooring, whirlpool & Custom walk-in shower! 2 spacious bedrooms upstairs w/Jack & Jill Bath. Loft/Sitting area. Finished walk-out LL continues to captivate w/4th Bedroom Suite, Full Bath w/custom walk-In Shower, spacious rec room, media room w/THX surround sound, 4th fireplace, wet bar, workout room w/ indoor batting cage. Enjoy the sunset entertaining in your private backyard Pool oasis. Lush landscaping,spacious level yard including elevated patio w/waterfall.

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    Backcountry seismic activity sends scientists out in the wild near Stanley – Idaho State Journal - June 26, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    FRANK CHURCH-RIVER OF NO RETURN WILDERNESS It feels as if the carpet should be a thick pile of shag.

    It isnt, but the interior of this Cessna 206 is certainly attempting to catch the vibe of a 1973 Volkswagen Bus interior, down to the cream and brown coloring and hints of orange.

    The reason this Cessna is even part of a story about earthquakes is because planes like the one owned by the Idaho Transportation Departments Division of Aeronautics are the most reliable way to get into the remote areas where seismologists and geophysicists like to place their high-sensitivity and expensive monitoring equipment.

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    Their latest project is learning more about the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that hit near Stanley in March, leaving a long-lasting trail of effects.

    Claudio Berti, an Italian geodynamicist and director of the Idaho Geological Survey, and Tim Steffen, the Division of Aeronautics safety and education coordinator and ex-fighter pilot, are well-versed in flying into backcountry airstrips in Idahos mountainous central region to pick up data from seismometer stations that are helping to map the fault which caused Marchs earthquake and more recent aftershocks.

    Idaho Geological Survey is a state agency hosted by the University of Idaho as a program in the universitys Office of Research and Economic Development. Berti is in charge of gathering seismic data throughout the state. And since the large March 31 earthquake, he has been flying out to backcountry airstrips so seismologists across Idaho and the United States can study the aftereffects of the big shake.

    On Monday, Berti brought an Idaho Press reporter along as he ran through diagnostics on two seismometers at the Upper Loon and Thomas Creek airstrips north of Stanley, just miles from the quakes epicenter. Since Idaho has no permanent seismic monitoring system, the devices Berti visits by plane monthly are jerry-rigged in blue Rubbermaid storage boxes and locked to fences and trees. Boise State University geophysicists installed the devices soon after the quake, along with earthquake monitoring equipment around Boise.

    Seismic energy from an earthquake has a very unique fingerprint, Berti said as he pulled data from the seismometers onboard memory device. Some signals are much larger than others like you see in a large earthquake, but small earthquakes show up in shocks often.

    Seismometers are a geophysics monitoring tool that determine how much the ground is moving, and in some cases they have been paired with geophones which measure how fast the ground is shaking and infrasound microphones, which measure the sound aftershocks send into the atmosphere.

    The earths movement crackles, moves, breaks for months or years after a big earthquake, Berti said. So all the little earthquakes, the cracks, the earth healing, it illuminates the fault, and by locating the fault we can determine the dimensions.

    With such a strong earthquake, aftershocks will continue for a significant period of time, potentially longer than a year, which is why many of the seismometers and other seismic-listening equipment will be deployed in the area around Stanley for the coming months.

    Part of Bertis job is to check to make sure the seismometer is still working and ensure the data is gathered correctly. To ensure the vibration monitoring device is functioning, Berti jumps up and lands hard on the ground next to the seismometer, to look for his signature on the equipments readout, which shows up as a lopsided W.

    The information gathered from these seismometers will be uploaded into a national database that other seismologists and geologists will study in the future, and will hopefully collect enough data to get a true profile of the fault that caused Marchs earthquake. Which means the Cessna 206 is going to continue to get a workout and the interior decor will be open to the stunning sights of central Idaho for some time to come.

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    Backcountry seismic activity sends scientists out in the wild near Stanley - Idaho State Journal

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