Dan Dunham, an applied technologies teacher at Delta Middle School, started teaching advanced technologies to students in 2011 by having them construct a 116-foot McKenzie Drift boat. Some of his students have been working on this one major project and it is finally completed.
The first class to work on this project built the hull out of cabinet grade Baltic birch and laminated it with fiberglass inside and out, with sealed air chambers in the front and back. The following students installed the cabinets and the decking. The next year casting braces, chimes and all the trim were added. Later the oak and rope chairs were added by students. The last thing completed for the boat was the anchor system. One year students solely worked on making a trailer to haul the boat. The boat has $3,000 worth of materials in it and hundreds of hours of labor by the students. Dunham won three Arch Coal grants totaling $1,500 over three consecutive years.
The boat will be listed on eBay and it can be seen at Deltarado Days where bids will be accepted for both the boat and trailer. All proceeds will go to the furthering of projects in Delta Middle School's applied technologies class. "I think this project allowed students to realize their potential and understand that they had the ability to build incredible things if they put their minds to it," said Dunham.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.