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Mavshfield WEATHER: Tonight: Clear, low near 30 Tuesday: Sunny, highs in 50s More weather on Page 10B News-Herald Vol. 76, No. 185 MARSHFIELD, WISCONSIN MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1996 20 PAGES - 2 SECTIONS 50 TmwfM w irpi n igii iii nun j . n . .- f Giant pumpkin Nathan (left) and Paula Zehr pose with their 1,061-pound monster pumpkin that won them $50,000 at the World Pumpkin Confederation competition Saturday in Clarence, N.Y. (AP Photo) Star Trek trip lasts 30 years LOS ANGELES (AP) The original voyagers of the star ship "Enterprise" set out on a five-year mission back in the 1960s. That voyage has lasted 30 years so far. On Sunday, cast members of the original Star Trek celebrated the 30th anniversary of the television series with a charity gathering broadcast on the United Paramount Network. The two-hour tribute brought together fellow space travelers William Shatner (Capt. Kirk), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), James Doohan (Scotty), George Takei (Sulu) and Walter Koenig (Chekov). Real astronauts showed up as well, including Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman astronaut. Jemison said watching Uhura inspired her to reach for the stars. "She was an affirmation that I was not alone in my determination to go into space," Jemison said Sunday. U.S. flags flown in space were presented to cast members of the original show and its three spinoffs "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager." is vv.:-. : Human tower The Castellers de Villafranca del Penades team achieve a human tower in the Tarragona bullring Sunday. The castellers won the human tower competition by building a 9-leveI tower (bottom levels not seen) with around 60 people in the air and 500 people supporting the base. (AP Photo) SECTION A Local, State-, Opinion ......... t Business ........ .Page 3AI .Page 4A .Page 5A: .Page 6A .Page 8A I Obituaries.. t Lifestyle. i Abby, Gott .rageiuA; .Page 10A !- Astrograph SECTION B f Sports Classified ... Page IB Page 4B Page 9B Page 10B I Comics, Features-Records, Weather Clinton-Dole debate: No knockout punch HARTFORD. Conn. (AP) President Clinton and Republican challenger Bob Dole moved immediately onto the campaign trail today, hoping to re-enforce the points they made Sunday night in an inconclusive first debate that highlighted differences on schools, taxes and Whitewater. Dole asserted he won the boost he needs to cut Clinton's big lead, but instant polling showed neither man scored much of an advantage. Spokesmen for both campaigns said the debate left the race where it was at the beginning of the weekend, with Clinton ahead. Dole "really needed to redefine this race ... because we've only got four weeks left. I don't really think i he did it; I think the race is about the ' TT 9 ... v,-v .- . , .'if. y ; V l . v--.:-r , '-v i , ' , - "v" T Roger and Lynette Schumacher, 418 and falling, and with temperatures dip- summer yard work. Forecasters predict a Forest Ave., move a plow into a gravel bed ping into the 20s on recent nights, the low of 30 tonight and a partly sunny day in front of their home one recent after- region's residents have ample reminders with highs in the 50s Tuesday, noon. With autumn leaves near full color of colder weather to come as they finish up (News-Herald Photo by Dan Young) Prof in need of transplant chooses to die STEVENS POINT (AP) Friends of Larry Kokkeler are struggling to understand why he chose to die rather than ask his insurance company to reconsider its refusal to pay for a double lung transplant he needed. Kokkeler, 57, a communications professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, had doctors remove him from the respirator that kept him alive. "If the insurance company says they won't pay, don't fight it," Kokkeler's wife said he told her two days before the company said it would not cover the procedure. "Pull the plug. Let me go." He died on Sept. 27, two hours after being disconnected from the life support machine. The appeal could have taken less than a week. Kokkeler, a well-liked and highly respected member of the community, made the decision without asking his insurer, North Central Health Protection Plan of Wausau, to reconsider its decision. The Rev. Mark Pierce, pastor of Newman University Parish, where Kokkeler regularly attended services, said the professor picked a quick death to protect his family's financial security. He didn't want his wife and teenage children hobbled by his medical expenses. "I know that he thought life was good, but it wasn't the ultimate good," Pierce said. "There were also other goods. He wanted his wife and two daughters to See-PROF-Page 2 Related story, 10B same as it was starting this weekend, and we're really looking forward to moving forward," Clinton campaign press secretary Joe Lockhart told ABC news this morning. Dole spokesman Nelson Warfield agreed, with a twist. "I think the race is still where it was a couple days ago that is, moving in Bob Dole's direction. The momentum is clearly on our side and last night did a lot to move that forward," he said. Both Dole and Clinton headed into a busy schedule of campaigning today. Clinton was to campaign in three Plnwihamrs Finding that city responsible for 14 of waste at Spickler will be fought By NIKKI KALLIO Of the News-Herald A consulting firm in the $9 million Spickler Landfill civil lawsuit has determined that the city of Marshfield could be responsible for as much as 14 percent of the waste, a city official said. "We feel that's very, very . high," City Attorney Dennis Juncer said. No specific dollar amounts have yet been given because the allocation is a preliminary one, Juncer said. "It's a little early to be talking about money," he said. But Juncer said if Marshfield were held responsible for 14 percent of the waste "that would be an awful lot of money." And he said the city plans to officially dispute the finding. Last winter, Weyerhaeuser Co., based in Tacoma, Wash., filed a civil suit against the city of Marshfield, other municipalities and about 40 current and former businesses in an attempt to recover more than $9 million in cleanup costs at the former Spickler Landfill site. The 10-acre landfill, located off Eckes Road in the town of Spencer, was placed on the nation's Superfund Welfare-to-work program State 'won't have enough jobs' APPLETON (AP) Parts of Wisconsin may lack enough jobs to absorb thousands of people due to be forced into the employment market under the state's welfare-to-work program, a study found. Gov. Tommy Thompson's Wisconsin Works, or W-2, program is due to start a year from now. It's designed to eliminate traditional welfare and require recipients to work.- "Forcing people to go to work is perhaps not going to be as easy as it sounds," said Gary Green, a University of Wisconsin Extension rural sociology specialist. Green and Greg Maney of the UW-Madison Department of Sociology have studied employment in 20 of the state's 72 counties. Their data is based on 1,000 face-to-face employer interviews and 8,000 phone interviews with employed and unemployed workers. New England states where he is ahead, but where Republicans often dominate Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. He campaigns later in the week in Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. Dole, who had a light schedule of appearances over the past few weeks while preparing for the first debate, also was embarking on a busy week, beginning with the two-day New Jersey bus trip. He will spend the rest of the week in the Midwest, including a bus trip through Ohio. "When the story is written about this campaign, the record will show that we turned it around in Hartford, Connecticut," Dole told supporters. An instant CBS poll indicated 9 See--DEBATE-Page 2 The first presidential debate How President Clinton and Bob Dole weighed in on the role of the government, foreign policy and school choice: Debate V6 v. Bill Clinton Key points HARTFORD . "The federal government should give people the tool and try to establish the conditions in which they can make the most of their own lives," . The United States is still the indispensable nation in the aftermath of the Cold War and on the brink of the 2 1st century." "1 simply think it's wrong to take money away from programs that are helping build basic skills for kids 90 percent of them are in the public schools." - . C list in 1987 by the Environmental Protection Agency. Weyerhauser, a major contributor to the site, funded the cleanup and closure. y , TLI Systems Inc., Washington D.C., was hired to compile a database of known landfill contributors to help determine fiscal responsibility for the cleanup. A questionnaire was circulated to potential contributors. The preliminary allocation, which was figured in mid-September, indicates that Marshfield is responsible for 14 percent of the volume of waste, which is more than the amount businesses in the city are being held responsible for, Juncer said. Marshfield is being held responsible for some waste which is also being accounted to private firms, because waste hauled by the city included residential and commercial waste, he said. "Waste allocated to individual businesses should not also be allocated to the city," Juncer said. "They're basically double-dipping." The city is preparing a reply brief disputing the percentage and will present it to TLI later this month, SeeLANDFILLPage 2 "In many areas of the state, there simply are not enough job opportunities for the W-2 program," Green said. David Blaska, spokesman for the state Department of Workforce Development, disagrees. "That's not what we're hearing from employers," Blaska said. "We are in a chronic labor shortage in Wisconsin that will be of long duration due to demographics. Employers are very anxious for workers, including entry-level ones." But even in areas where there are enough jobs, those jobs aren't necessarily easy ones for W-2 participants to slide into, Green said. "Even for the fairly unskilled and untrained types of positions, many employers are still preferring or requiring a high school diploma, job experience and some kind of training in a similar job," he said. See-W-2-Page 2 ri Bob Dole . Key points . "1 trust the people. The president trusts the government." . To me that's not the strategy that I think that people expect from America. 1 think have kwt credibility, and I say this very honestly without any partisanship.' ' . "Let's give low-income parents the same right that people with power and prestige have in America and let them go to better schools." . AP Hunters linked to Mead fire MELLADORE Hunters may have started a fire Sunday which burned about 100 acres of the George W. Mead Wildlife Area, located off County Trunk S in Milladore. Tom Weber, an employee at the wildlife refuge, said several hunters were "observed quickly running to their automobiles" from the vicinity of the fire. The blaze. which started at about 3:45 p.m., drew firefighters from Stratford, Mosinee and the Department of Natural Resources. The area of the fire, N. Honey Island, is surrounded by a flowage. The area is also considered a "burn unit," Weber said. . - - "It's an area that would normally get burned on a rotating basis any way," he said. Weber said it was unlikely any animals were harmed in the fire. "I imagine there was one or two (animals in the area)," Weber said. "But they probably got their tails out of there." Damage to the area was mainly caused by heavy equipment used to fight the fire, Weber said. "The damage was minimal to the marsh," said Mike King, a DNR ranger. "The main problem was to make sure the fire was contained so it didn't burn all night." King said the area that burned is "used extensively for duck hunting." See--HUNTERS--Page 2 October gun deer hunt set By The Associated Press Nearly 90,000 hunters have free tags allowing them to do something unprecedented in Wisconsin this century use their guns to shoot whitetail deer in October. It's the latest evidence of the radical steps being taken to corral the growth of the state's deer herd now the largest in history at 1.6 million deer. "I have never shot a doe in my life with a gun, but I am going to do it this year," said Jack Bauer, 58, of Richland Center. Bauer, who owns Jack's Gun Shop, said feelings among hunters in his area run strong both for and against the October season. "We are going to have to see what happens," he said. "Just because they open the season doesn't mean the private sector is going to unpost their land. How do you get in there to get them? Some just say, 'No.'" The four-day gun hunt for antlerless deer begins Oct. 24 in 19 of the state's most overpopu-lated deer management units. The. state is divided into 123 units. The Natural Resources Board set the season as a way to trim the herd in predominantly farm areas in all or parts of 30 counties, from Lafayette County on the Illinois border to north of See-OCTOBER--Page 2

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