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Thursday, September 22, 1994
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A6 ALBANY (OR ) DEMOCRAT-HERALD, THURSDAY. SEPT 22. 1 W4 OREGONNORTHWEST BY CHARLES E. BEGGS Aocpntd Prtu Wriliw SALEM (AP) - John Kitzhaber says he has decided to vote against a ballot measure he once planned to support that would permit doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs for terminally ill adults. A spokesman for the campaign to pass the measure said politicians' view's on it will not make up voters' minds. Kitzhaber, a physician and Democratic nominee for governor, last month said he Erobably would support Measure 18 In the lov. 8 election. He said this week he has concluded the issue was too complicated to be dealt with In an initiative ballot measure. Kitzhaber plans to vote against the measure but not to actively campaign against it, his spokeswoman, Rachel Gorlin, said Wednesday. A spokesman for Oregon Right to Die, the main group supporting the proposal, said the Assisted suicide supporter says priests triggered threatening calls PORTLAND (AP) - Suiiportcrs of the right to die initiative say they have have received more than a dozen threatening calls since Roman Catholic priests began preaching against the measure. Police were alerted and security guards were hired to protect Measure 16 campaign headquarters, campaign director Geoff Sugerman said Welnesday. Sugerman said the calls began last week, after Archbishop William Levada of the Diocese of Portland Issued a written statement that called Measure 16 "murder in the name of mercy ." Other priests made similar statements on television in Portland and Eugene, Sugerman said. "Aside from the fact that these statements are blatantly fabe, we are concerned that the Inflammatory statements by the archbishop and the priests pose the very real threat of Inciting violence among the most radical of their followers," Sugerman said. Legislature had a chance to deal with the issue and refused. "I don't think Oregon tans will decide this bsue based on what politi cians think, partic ularly when it's a matter that's Intensely personal," said Geoff Sugerman. "Now it's up to Oregonians to take control over their lives. " The Republican candidate for governor, Denny Smith, also is against Measure 16. Smith campaign spokesman Matt Evans wasn't surprised by Kitzhaber' change of heart "He has reversed himself a number of times to position himself away from his liberal record," Evans said. Since both candidates are against the measure, it won't become an issue in their race and will make opponents' job easier, said Pat McCormick, campaign manager for Coalition for Compassionate Care, the chief opposition group. Kitzhaber aLso said he cannot support a measure that would eliminate state constitutional free speech protections for obscenity, including child pornography. Kitzhaber previously had not taken a stand on Measure 19. "It has to do with government telling people what they can see or read," he said. "It uses a very broad brush, and it's ceasorship." Smith supports the measure. - i' - Khenany will perform next Thursday at LUHS. Latin American group opens Community Concerts Scries BY CAROLYN SPANtER Albany Democrat HKld LEBANON - A Latin American band called Khenany will open the 1994 95 season presented by the Lebanon Sweet Home Community Concerts Association next Thursday, Sept. 29. The performance will be at 8 Lm. in the Lebanon Union High hool auditorium. Organized In 1981, Khenany (pronounced Kay Nan Nee) plays music from all parts of Latin America. Most of the songs are In Spanish, but the group also sings in the Incan empire language, Quechua, and in Yaqui, the common language in their hometown Ciudad Obregon. , The group uses many kinds of acoustic Instruments including many traditional South American instruments. Mexican instruments include the viheula and the bass guitar. The other concerts for the 1994 93 season are! The Eroica Trio, a pianist, a violinist, and a cellist featuring contemporary music, at I p m. Sat. Nov. 19 Kevin Roth, a songwriter, musician and entertainer specializing in children's music, including original, folk, and popular, but a delight for all ages, at a p m. Wednesday, Jan. II. Linda Maxey, a marimba player who captured the Lebanon audience a few years ago, at 3 p m. March 26. Concert series memberships may be purchased Friday through next Thursday at Two Rivers Market in Albany; and at the Khenany concert, Sept. 29. The cost is $22 SO for adults; $12 for students; and $50 for a fami- iy- All concerts are held in the Lebanon Union High School auditorium. Admittance is by membership only. Further Information can be obtained by calling Lorrie Huntemanat 4513168. Nature Conservancy buys ranch near refuge LAKEVIEW (AP) - A 1,780-acre ranch partially located within the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge has been purchased by the Nature Conservancy. Catherine McKee, owner of the historic McKee Ranch, sold the property to the conservancy after attempts to sell it to private individuals failed. The conservancy typically buys privately held property and leases it to federal agencies. More than 1,000 acres of the ranch are within the current refuge. That property is expected to be leased to the U S. 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We hope to lop our record of 4.277 volunteers set last year," said Bill Hastie. beach cleanup coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Cigarette butts comprised almost 20 percent of the debris collected last year, he said. Other debris includ ed glass, pieces of plastic, foam cups, and beverage cans. Sponsors of this year's cleanup up are Fish and Wildlife, Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism, Oregon Sanitary Service Institute, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Cellular One, KGW-TV8, Jantzen Inc., Tektronix, Portland General Electric, and Oregon Coast Aquarium. Call: bones 'support girl's allegations EUGENE (AP) - A prosecutor wants to use cat bones to help confirm a i year-old's accusations that she was sexually abused by paroled double killer Russell Obremskt. The bones were removed from a path near the McKemie River, The little girl said she was molested by Obrcmskl near that path. She walked through the area with investigators in August to show them where the crimes took place, Deputy District Attorney Caren Tracy. Circuit Judge Ann Aiken hasn't yet ruled on whether the jury will see the evidence. If allowed into the case, the bones will solve the riddle of why the alleged victim drew an undecipherable image and named it "cat bones" during an interview with an investigator during which she disclosed the abuse, Tracy said Wednesday. Defense lawyer Terri Wood challenged use of the bones as evidence, saying it would violate trial procedure to introduce them this late. She also said the remains are irrelevant because there is no evidence the girl observed the carcass that the prosecution now want to use to help prove the girl and Obremski were on the path together. Wood also questions whether the cat carcass would have been a skeleton in March. Tracy indicated that a forensic entomologist, an expert on iasects. has examined the bones and the soil beneath them. The expert concluded the cat died on that spot in January or February, she said. The prosecution contends that evidence in the case will prove Obremski took the girl along the path In March to a place where vegetation creates a natural shelter over a fallen tree. Prosecutors and investigators made oo connection between the cat carcass and the girl's story until district attorney's investigator Ray Broderick testified in the trial's second day Sept. IS. Broderick showed the jury several drawings the girl had done in his office a few days after she initially accused Obremski of abusing her. Referring to one drawing, he not ed that the child made the image, which she called "cat bones," and then began pounding a red marker into the carpet of his office while saying, '"Bad Russ. I hate Russ.'" Man seeks to reduce sentence for grave offense KLAMATH FALLS (AP) - A man convicted of desecrating American Indian graves has gone to court in an attempt to reduce his sentence. Gordon David Baker of Eugene was convicted in 1992 of desecrating graves, criminal mischief and theft. He was sentenced to two years in state prison, (4.780 in fines and restitution, and two years probation. The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the sentence earher this year. We can help! Caff David Tugaw CAPITOL 25th & Mission Salem 1-G0O-88Q-1391 K. Ail ANY I fe. OVMKI IMI I BUILDING REMOOCUNG J ack TTn 71 ANO REPAIRS O ri AXTfl Builders Board No. 44599 &SONS 926-9616 DEUaOPiillG YOUR SUGGESOFUL BUSIilSSS i J A sa -week worttshop tor prospecfev or newly established business owners Increase your chance of survival through initial business planning and preparation Identify and Irarn butinrss succcm factors t Receive one-on-one confidential business assistance Ixrarn about Financing your business I I Six weeks, Tfeurx. tveaiRgi, 6:3(Mpm fcesinninj Oct. 6 LBCC AJbarry Campus. Alseatalapooa Room. For more info., call the Training & Business Development Center. 967-61 12. Current, former secretaries of state back campaign fund limits SALEM (AP) - Four current and former Oregon secretaries of state urged voters today to pass a ballot measure to curb the influence of big money in politics. Measure 9 on the Nov. 8 general election ballot "addresses an issue that is at the heart of a lot of Oregonians' frustration with the political system," Secretary of State Phil Keisung said Wednesday. The initiative measure would limit contributions by individuals and political action committees to legislative and statewide candidates. State School Superintendent Norma Paulus, a former secretary of state, said the proposal is highly important. "Unless we pass this measure. I fear that Oregon's government will no longer be clean,' she said. Former Secretary of State Clay Myers also was at the news conference to support the measure. Gov. Barbara Koberts, a former secretary of state, has joined the others in signing an open letter to voters supporting Measure 9. Murdered child used in flyer on domestic violence BY ANDREW WATERS Awnc'itwl ft Writ PORTLAND (AP) - Some senators and congressmen include pictures of missing children on their mailings, creating a sort of milk carton style public service billboard of their correspondence with voters. The latest such mailing from Sen. Mark Hatfield's office condemns domestic violence. By sheer coincidence, it pictures a child whose father is accused of killing him and dumping the body. The mailing, sent to constituents in August, calls domestic violence "a devastating problem that has haunted society throughout history," and informs voters what services address the problem in Oregon. On the cover is a black and white photo of Thomas Dean Gibson, a thumbnail sketch of the child and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's toll free number to call with information about him. Tommy Gibson was 2 12 years old when he disappeared from his rural Azalea home in 1991. His father, former Douglas County sheriffs deputy Larry Gibson, has been charged with murder. Trial is scheduled for January. Gibson's daughter, Karen, 7, told investigators she saw her father hit Tommy three times and put him in his patrol car. She had earlier told relatives she saw two strangers drive away with her brother. A spokeswoman for Hatfield said Wednesday the senator's office voluntarily prints pictures of missing children on mailings as a public service but does not choose which child is pictured. That decision, said Julie McGregor, is made by the senate's Services Department, which is given a list of missing children and chooses one to showcase after checking to make sure the case is still current. "We didn't have anything to do with checking with the case at all," McGregor said. 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