The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 12, 1997 · Page 2
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ftS^MONDAY. MAY 12, 1997 A Look Ahead 12 Monday • BOOK DISCUSSION: 'The Book of Ruth," by Jane Hamilton. 7 p.m., Campbell Room, Salina Public Library, 301 W. Elm. 825-4624. • CONCERT: Salina Central High School Orchestra. 7:30 p.m., Concourse, Salina Central High School. Free. 826-4751. • PROGRAM: 'The Upside of Down," musical encouraging youngsters to say no to drugs, Sunset Elementary School sixth- grade honor night. 7 p.m., 1510 W. Republic. 826-4660. • PROGRAM: "Our Grief Seems So Different," SHARE, Parents' Grief Support Services. 7:30 p.m., Santa Fe Campus, Salina Regional Health Center. 452-6839. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina City Commission. 4 p.m., Room 107, City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-7250. • PUBLIC MEETING: Ell-Saline School Board. 7 p.m., Happy Comer School, 1757 N. Halstead. 827-1121. • TOWN MEETING: "Creating the Future," a discussion to consider the future of Salina schools. 7 p.m., Lowell Elementary School, 1009 Highland. 826-4727. • GYPSUM: Public meeting, Southeast of Saline School Board. 7:30 p.m., Room 101, 5056 E. K-4 Highway. 536-4291. • LINDSBORG: Senior trumpet recital, Michael Dreier. 7:30 p.m., Presser Hall, Bethany College. Free. 227-3311. • RUSSELL: Program, "Honoring Mothers," After 5 Club, Christian Business and Professional Women. 7 p.m., Russell Elks Club. $6.75. Reservations by May 8. 4833558. 13 Tuesday • CONCERT: Pops Concert, Salina Central High School vocal department. 7 p.m., Oakdale Park Stage. Free. 826-4751. • PUBLIC MEETING: Recruitment Committee, The Partnership. Noon, Central Kansas Foundation, 1805 S. Ohio. 825-6224. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Downtown, Inc. Board of Directors and Business Improvement District No. 1 Advisory Board. 3:30 p.m., 114-A S. Seventh. 825-0535. • PUBLIC MEETING: Tobacco Prevention Committee, The Partnership. 3:30 p.m., Salina/Saline County Health Dept., 125W. Elm. 825-6224. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina School District Board of Education. 5 p.m., District Office, 1511 Gypsum. 826-4700. listing Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to include name, address and telephone number. Information NEWS & EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL V GOVERNMENT Call COMMUNITY line I For these items, use the following category codes: • Salina and regional arts / 2787 • Public schools / 8050 • Local churches / 7729 •' Kansas Wesleyan Info Line / 5984 Forest Service caught hiding documents Group also finds proof logging firm asked that plans be kept secret By SCOTT SONNER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Combing through 11,000 pages of court documents, environmentalists trying to stop logging in part of the Snake River basin found records the Forest Service claimed didn't exist about a grove of centuries-old trees. Then they came across a letter that really sparked their interest: a request from Boise Cascade Corp. asking the government to keep secret its plans to log that stretch of forest. Forest Service officials deny they hid information from their survey of the old-growth trees. Boise Cascade said it feared terrorists might sabotage equipment if they learned of the logging plans. "I've never seen anything like it in my life," said Tom Woodbury, an attorney for the Idaho Sporting Congress, one of the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the logging. He sees a conspiracy between Boise Cascade and the Forest Service "to defraud the public." In the months following Boise Cascade's 1995 request to log in the Payette National Forest in Idaho on the east side of Hells Canyon VCONGRESS near the Idaho-Oregon border, the Forest Service twice denied it had the information conservationists were seeking about surveys of the old-growth groves. "There are no records available," Forest Service regional boss Dale Bosworth of Ogden, Utah, wrote on June 20,1995. But subsequently, the agency turned over to U.S. magistrate Mikel Williams in Boise records showing it inspected the 840-acre grove back in 1992, when one of its surveyors wrote, "From what we've seen, this stand appears to be entirely old-growth from end to end." Among the criteria used to determine whether a stand of fir and pine — like that at the Idaho site — is considered "old-growth" is to determine the proportion of trees at least 21 inches in circumference. Other criteria include assessment of areas with multiple canopy levels and maximum crown closures. Some of the trees in the Payette National Forest stand are more than three centuries old and are larger than 21 inches in circumference. The Forest Service also released an April 24,1995 letter from Boise Cascade's regional logging manager, Robert W. Crawford, with this plea: "We respectfully request that documents and information concerning this timber sale not be released to anybody under the Free- Gingrich backs down on Chinese trade proposal Hong Kong leaders don't want trade status used against Beijing By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Acquiescing to the urgings of Hong Kong's democratic leaders, House Speaker Newt Gingrich pulled back Sunday on a proposal to link favored trade status with China to the country's behavior toward Hong Kong. Gingrich, who GINGRICH acknowledged he is emerging from a "very painful" period in his political career, also said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he had considered resigning from the speakership when his ethic problems reached a peak last winter. In about a month, Congress must take up President Clinton's expected decision to give China another year normal trading status, ensuring low tariffs on Chinese goods. Gingrich, reflecting congressional concern about political rights in Hong Kong after the British colony reverts to Chinese control July 1, has supported two proposals — either to put off a vote until this fall to give China a chance to show its good intentions or extend the trade status for only three or six months until the situation in Hong Kong is clearer. But Hong Kong leaders, including its British Gov. Chris Patten and pro-democracy politicians such as Martin Lee, have come out strongly against using trade status as a leverage against Beijing. "All of them favor extension for a full year, and it's a little much for us to say, we're more in favor of Hong Kong than the people of Hong Kong," Gingrich said. Gingrich has supported most-favored-nation status in the past. American Family An American Family Catastrophe Team has arrived in your area. If you have incurred damage or loss from the recent storm activity, please report it immediately and directly to your American Family agent. You agent will make arrangements to have your claim settled by our emergency claims team. By reporting your losses directly to your agent, your claim will receive the fastest possible attention. ERICAM FAMILY INSURANCE AUTO HOME BUSINESS HEALTH LIFE All Your Protection Under One Roof 651997 American i-'junily Mutual Insurance Co. and its subsidiaries, Home Office-Madison, Wl 59783 dom of Information Act or any other laws that appear to require release." Officials of the big timber company based in Boise, Idaho, said they were worried that if details of the logging plan got out, eco-terrorists could locate and sabotage their contractors' equipment. "At the time, there had been a lot of activity, a lot of damage done to equipment by activists. We had some real concerns," said company spokesman Doug Bartels. Forest Service officials said Boise Cascade's request had no bearing on the way they responded to Freedom of Information requests from anti-logging groups. The failure to disclose the 1992 survey was a mix-up, they say. "Anybody can send a letter, but it has no influence on the releasing of FOIA information," said Miera Crawford, Forest Service spokeswoman for the Payette and no relation to Robert Crawford at Boise Cascade. None of the old-growth data now emerging was included in the Forest Service's formal environmental impact statement for the proposed logging and road-building over the 840-acre area. About a third of the trees in that grove have been logged. The rest still stand pending the outcome of the environmentalists' challenge. "We caught them lying. They had these documents all along," said Ron Mitchell, executive director of the Idaho Sporting Congress based in Boise. Marc Haws, civil chief for the U.S. attorney's office in Boise who is defending the Forest Service in the case, said the regional office in Ogden, Utah, where the FOIA request was sent "did not have the data." the Salina Journal Published seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, P.O. Box 740, Salina, Kan. 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. KAURIS RAYL, publisher, hrayl@saljoumal.com DEPARTMENTS • ADVERTISING: JEANNY SHARP, director, ]sharp@saljoumal.com • BUSINESS: DAVID MARTIN, manager, dmartin®'saljournal.com • NEWS: SCOTT SEIRER, executive editor, sselrer@saljoumal.com • CIRCULATION: BRYAN SANDMEIER, manager, bsandmeiesaljoumal.com • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON, . manager, datklnso&saljoumal.com 823-6363 Salina 1-866-827-6363 Kansas SUBSCRIPTIONS EXTENSION 350 • NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. weekends and holidays, call your carrier. or the number above. In Salina, If you call by 10 a.m., your paper will be delivered that day. 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