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GaztRt-Trnes CorvaiSs Os. Tuesday, 2, 1993 City editor: Amy Ragsda'e Features Editor; Barb Curtin Telephone: 753 2641 News about Benton County, the rr.KJ-W.ra.Tene and the Pacf Northwest om s)3(o3in MuW In the face of the opposition. ing on a 1933 95 budget. The shortfall is the difference between available revenue and what's needed to maintain current programs for two years plus pay local schools for the money they lose under the property tax limit. Measure 5 requires the state school payments.

Bradbury said that while Campbell's one-year budget idea is a major part. of his pun, the Senate Democrats' rejection of it "does not automatically" mean the rest of the plan collapses. By Charles E. Bcggt SALEM House Speaker Larry Campbell's proposal to have a one year state budget has run into stiff opposition among the Senate's majority Democrats, Senate President Bill Bradbury said Monday. Bradbury said 13 of the 18 Senate Democrats met over the weekend and unanimously decided not to back the Republican House leader's one-year budget Idea.

et in an effort to win voter approval of tax changes. Passing a one-year budget "leaves everybody up in the air," said Bradbury, of Bandon. "I don't see a strengthened case by adopting a one year budget and leaving the second year hanging," he said. "The most honest way to deal with the problem is to adopt a two-year budget based on existing revenue." The problem is an estimated $1.2 billion shortfall anticipated by fiscal analysts who are work et problems. "No matter what we do, we ll be back next year," he said.

Both houses are free to negotiate over other elements of Campbell's proposal, even though Senate Democrats don't like his suggestions on timing, Bradbury said. Campbell, of Eugene, suggested that lawmakers hold a shorter-than usual session this year and adopt a one-year budget, instead of the normal two-year spending plan. The budget would be cut $500 million from current spending levels. He proposed that voters then be asked in the fall whether they want to revise the Measure property tax limit. His revisions would set the permanent tax limit at 2 percent, Instead of 1.5 percent, of property value and adopt a new provision limiting assessed value increases to 2 percent per year.

Bradbury said he understands but disagrees with Campbell's strategy of using a one-year budg- Dills seek io reduce subscriptions, dues for stoie employees lampoeii conceded It appeared likely that lawmakers will craft a two-year budget this year. But he said he doubts that legislators will be able to 1994 because of the ongoing budg- Washington eaglo r.v; sK 'S it By William C. Crum 1h AMOCtfted P'W SALEM Oregon spends a "rather outrageous" amount of money each year on professional dues and magazine subscriptions for state employees, a state representative from Bend said Monday. Rep. Beverly Clamo said the state spent about $10 million in the 1991 93 budget cycle on professional memberships and subscriptions.

Regulating and reducing such spending is an appropriate response to the Measure property tax limit, she said. Clarno testified before the House Legislative Rules and Reorganization Committee, which is looking at ways to root out government waste. "We need to change the way we think about the operation of state government," said Rep. John Meek. R-Hillsboro.

Meek's office compiled figures showing the state spends $125,000 each year in Oregon State Bar dues for Judges and for lawyers in the attorney general's office. Annual dues range to $326. "We've got to get a handle on it," Meek said. "We've got to do a better job." Meek favors a bill, HB2548, to prohibit the state from paying professional membership fees or dues unless the employee has a contract requiring the state to make the payments. Another bill, HB2494, would require state agencies to regulate spending for dues and for subscriptions to professional journals.

Marl Anne Gest of the Oregon Public Employees Union said many agencies pay professional dues to ensure a "professional and well-informed staff." Social workers, public health specialists, engineers and others may fall behind professionally without access to Information acquired through membership in professional organizations, she said. "Though we are very much aware of limited state funds, we don't believe it Is in the best interest of the state of Oregon to de-professionalize its work force," she said. Rep. Eldon Johnson, Med-ford, said state managers might A bald eagle takes wing from its perch in the Yakima River Canyon last week. Good fishing along the Yakima River, and harsh winter conditions elsewhere, have pushed many bald eagles into the canyon this winter, the Washington Wildlife Department said Monday.

Members of the Audubon Society recently counted 27 bald eagles along a stretch of the river that normally supports just six to 10 of the majestic birds. Family needs aid Gner fire Cash donations are being accepted for a family that lost its home and business to fire on Sun-, day. The fire gutted Dolores Crow-ell's home, near the intersection Walnut Boulevard and Highland Drive In Northwest Corval- lis. No one was hurt in the fire, but the home and Us contents were destroyed. Several people and St.

Mary's Catholic Church have been gener- ous in providing food, clothing and shelter, according to a daugh- ter of Crowell. Came Aranda. The greatest need is for some cash to tide the family over, especially at tax time. Crowell supports her family of nine children through a day care center in her home, The church has allowed her to us a play room, so she can continue to support herself, Aranda said. Four children still live at home, including two who were being home schooled.

All of those books and records were lost In the fire, Aranda said. Four other children are In college. For now, the family Is spread out among the homes of family ana menus, ix-aos on rental nous-ing large enough for the family and an in-home day care operation would be helpful, Aranda said. Donations can be made to: St. Mary's Catholic Church 501 NW 25th St.

Phone: 757-1968 Republican By Charles E. Beggs TN Amocod Pre SALEM Republicans proposed a ballot measure Monday that would prevent convicted felons such as Democratic Sen. Peg Jolin from serving In the Legislature. House Majority Leader Greg Waklen, Hood River, said the measure would go on the May 1994 ballot If passed by the Legislature. He said the Jolin matter is the top Issue In the public mind about the Legislature since the session convened Jan.

11. Meanwhile, the minority Re County fair honored The 1992 Benton County Fair won several awards in the annual competition sponsored by the Western Fairs Association. The fair won first place in Creative Management for its sponsorship competition for the second year in a row; second Silace in Creative Management or Nontraditional Revenue Generating Programs for a fair-goers coupon book; and an honorable mention for a 3a second television ad produced by KVAL-TV in Eugene. The Western Fairs Association conducts the annual competition among about 160 member fairs in the United States and Canada. Hill plans audits SALEM State Treasurer Jim Hill announced steps Monday aimed at restoring public confidence in the treasurer's office after last year's real estate scandal.

The treasury's reales-tate Investment manager, Terry Canby, plead ed guilty last March to criminal I 7 Hill New bills SALEM (AP) Here is a look at the major bills introduced in the Legislature on Monday: TMltXMATI No major bills introduced. TNS NOVSS HB2667 Prohibits smoking in all public places. Requires proprietor or person in charge of public place to post "no smoking" signs. Imposes maximum civil penalty for smoking in public place. Imposes maximum $100 civil penalty for failure to post signs.

HB2657 Requires all persons providing day care for compensation to obtain certificate of approval from Children's Services Division. Requires person applying for certificate to complete training on child abuse awareness. HB26C0 Increases from 18 to 26 weeks time individual must have worked to qualify for unemployment benefits. Increases from $1,000 to $2,000 amount of wages individual must have earned in base year to qualify for unemployment compensation. HB2670 Authorizes each institution of higher education to be autonomous under State Board of High-.

er Education. Abolishes office of chancellor. be able to review and control spending without the Legislature getting involved. Johnson, a businessman, said professional memberships are valuable. "Without those kinds of meetings, you're never up on where the world is," Johnson said.

Another bill. HB2493. would save money and time by limiting the number of bills that can be introduced in the Legislature. Clarno said the cost of printing an average bill is $54. In 1989, she said, there were 4,232 bills submitted for printing at an estimated cost of $228,528.

k'1 $27095 $66 s48 95 95 95 NOW jt hi- it- i on Jolin Timms she wouldn't accept such a letter, said GOP caucus spokesman Dan Lavey. The caucus Instead sent a letter to Senate President Bill Bradbury. D-Ban-don, asking him to remove Jolin as chairwoman of the Business, Housing and Consumer Affairs Committee. Republicans earlier had agreed to put the issue of her resignation aside pending the outcome of her appeal. John's convictions Included misdemeanor theft counts.

Bradbury has said her district deserves full representation as long as the appeal is pending. suit Monday challenging the third phase of a plan to preserve salmon runs in the Columbia and Snake river systems. The Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative said the lawsuit was filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco against the plan adopted by the Northwest Power Planning Council. The lawsu.t questions the scientific validity of the salmon saving program and the adequacy of the economic analysis supporting the plan.

Sheep put to death SALEM About 600 sheep were put to death at a farm near Eugene because of concerns they may be infected with a rare disease that affects their nervous system, the state Department of Agriculture said Monday. "It was really, really depressing," department spokesman Bruce Pokarney said. Veterinarians from the state agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave lethal injections to the sheep exposed to the disease after autopsies on two rams in the flock indicated they had died of the disease known as scrapie. Because of the potential devastation to Oregon's $21 million sheep Industry, which is at the height of the lambing season, all the sheep exposed to the infected rams were put to death.

lawmakers publicans in the Senate officially asked that Jolin be removed as chairwoman of a Senate committee, but stopped short of asking her to resign. Jolin, a 12-year legislative veteran from Cottage Grove, responded that the Republicans had become "extraordinarily vicious." Jolin was convicted of undue influence for seeking donations to erase campaign debts when her campaign fund actually had a surplus. State law prohibits people convicted of "infamous crimes" from holding public office. But the In brief 1 1 turn up heat state Constitution gives the Legislature the ultimate authority over who's qualified to serve In that body. That means the Republicans, with 14 of the 30 Senate seats, can't take any official action against Jolin without help from Democrats.

It requires two thirds, or 20 votes, to expel a member. Senate Minority Leader Gene Timms, Burns, said Monday he believed Jolin should resign her Senate seat. He said he would request that the caucus send her a letter asking her to step down. But the Republicans decided against that after Jolin told But in a statement Monday, Packwood noted that allegations against Hatfield did not become public until February 1991. Therefore, he said, Hatfield could not have publicized them before the November 1990 election.

"I apologize to the senator for my error and will not again use this example," Packwood said in a prepared statement. Body Identified OREGON CITY Authorities have Identified a body found along the bank of the Clackamas River as that of a deer hunter who had been missing for nearly three months. There was no sign of trauma and the death of Paul Robert Coleman, 28, of Portland, appeared to be from natural causes, Clackamas County sheriff's Capt, Donald Vicars said Monday. The body was identified through fingerprints. Triad' fund donated PORT ANGELES.

Wash. -Officials have given up on finding the author of a desperate letter to Santa and turned over the nearly $1,700 collected for "Thad" to the Clallam County United Way. The money will go to charities that help needy children and families, officials said. Utilities do lawsuit PORTLAND A group of rural utilities says It filed a law fci 'VUJIR, till. (ili Suits Reg.

NOW racketeering for Improper personal involvement In pension fund Investments. It later was disclosed that the state's pension fund lost as much as $2 million in investments in vacant land in Washington County, Hill said that at his request, the treasurer's office would be subject to annual audits by the secretary of state's office rather than every three years. In addition, he said, an outside accounting firm would be brought In to take a look at the state treasury's Internal controls over its various investment programs. Packwood apologizes PORTLAND Sen. Bob Pack-wood on Monday apologized to his fellow Oregon Republican, Sen.

Mark Hatfield, for remarks Pack-wood made last week regarding a Senate Ethics Committee investigation of Hatfield. Packwood was asked by reporters last week why he did not volunteer information before the Nov. 3, 1902, general election about the fact that The Washington Post was investigating charges that he made unwanted sexual advances towaard several women. As part of his response, Pack-wood asked whether reporters were suggesting that Hatfield should have revealed before the 1990 election that he was under investigation by the Ethics Shoes NOW Sportshirts NOW and.

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