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The Spokesman-Review from Spokane, Washington · 26

Spokane, Washington
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Friday, October 26, 1990
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;D'0 THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW AND SPOKANE CHRONICLE THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 1990 PAGE B1 A s- -Mi WASHINGTON GRAPEVINE Mothers will fight Saddam By Christopher Wille Staff writer Theres a MASH unit forming in Washington with military connections to the Persian Gulf. But its not anything like the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital made famous in the popular TV sitcom from 1972-83. This MASH unit is in Dayton in Columbia County. Its Mothers Against Sadam Hussein. Marsha Strands 21 -year-old son, Spec. 4 Randy Dean Smith of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky., is on duty in Saudi Arabia. Shes been worried about him since he left early in September. With all the media coverage of the troops there, shed been scanning the news every day hoping to catch a glimpse of him. On one newscast, she heard about a mother in a small town back East who started a MASH group for family and friends of military personnel deployed in the Middle East. After talking with her boss, Washington Mutual bank manager Cheri Hinchliff, and the county Red Cross chair, Jane Lembcke, they decided to form a similar group. On Thursday, Strand got another letter from her son, a shopping list of things hed like to have: food, games, newspapers, magazines and some Worcestershire sauce (probably to spice up those dreaded Army rations). The troops, she said, fear the side that launches an offensive first will suffer heavy casualties. Theyre all afraid of dying, but theyre all soldiers and will do their job, Strand said. Coping with the heat, sand and living conditions also has been stressful, sparking fights among cranky Americans already battling low morale and boredom. Strand said. I find it very distressful. If it wasnt for the support around me, sometimes I dont think I could handle it. . . . I was coming to the breaking point and needed help and others started to feel like that, she said. The town of about 2,500 has 16 kin in the Persian Gulf, so there are plenty of folks sharing Strands concerns. Thats where MASH will help. Pastors and a mental health professional will be at the groups initial meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in the basement of Daytons Washington Mutual building. Strand said the group will put together a video of messages for sons and daughters overseas, along with packages and letters. Her son once wrote about soldiers who returned from mail call almost in tears because they hadnt received anything. Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree is a popular refrain in many towns around Eastern Washington as people show support for the military members shipped out to the Persian Gulf region. In Dayton, townspeople have tied dozens of yellow and red, white and blue ribbons around four of the trees in front of Washington Mutual bank. Ribbons also are flapping in the breeze in Deer Park, Davenport, Newport and no doubt lots of other places. Gale Reuthinger of Deer Park spent a couple days recently knotting 200 yards of ribbon on telephone poles, lights and other objects in honor of her son, Lance Corp. Jeff Kiehn. When high school students want to be cool, nothing's going to stop em not even the weather. OK, maybe parents. But not the school. At least thats the case at Omaks combination middle and high school. At its September meeting, the school board voted to amend the dress code and allow students to wear shorts any time during the year. Previously, shorts were permitted only in September and May. Now, students can be cool and cold at the same time. I f Council wants garbage shippers to pay Associated Press HELENA Montana should impose higher fees on out-of-state garbage brought here for disposal to discourage such imported trash and to help pay the states costs of regulation, the Environmental Quality Council recommended Thursday. Council members also endorsed legislation that would allow voters to decide whether their county becomes a site for the kind of large commercial dump that would handle garbage from other states. The council recommended local governments be allowed to assess an additional host fee for garbage shipped from other areas of Montana or other states, and advocated state encouragement of the trend toward regional landfills. However, the legislators and private citizens serving on the council made no decision on what should happen to a 1989 state ban on importation of garbage that is set to end next October. In a session Wednesday, some members said the next Legislature should renew the moratorium to give the state added time to fully imple-' ment a remodeled plan for waste management. Others argued the ban should be scrapped because it likely is an unconstitutional barrier to interstate commerce. The issue is expected to be raised in the 1991 Legislature, even though it is not addressed in the preliminary recommendations on solid waste management that the council is preparing for the session to consider. The councils work has drawn a lot of attention because other states have eyed Montanas sparsely populated areas as prime sites for mega-dumps that handle thousands of tons of garbage a day. Proposals for that type of landfill have been made for the Miles City and Baker areas. The council agreed the differential fees applied to dumping of out-of-state trash should be great enough to remove much of the economic advantage for other states to ship their garbage here. We want to encourage states to handle their waste responsibly and not just make Montana a dumping ground, said Sen. Bill Yellowtail, D-Wyola, and council member. However, the council also said the fees must be tied to the added costs to the state of regulating disposal of the waste. We need to go to the higher limit, but a limit we can legally justify, said Council Chairman Bob Gilbert, a state GOP representative from Sidney. I ' We should push differential fees as high as we think we can possibly push them, said council member Scott Crandall. The council did not recommend specific rates for dumping out-of-state garbage. Montana currently imposes a SI per ton fee for trash shipped between five regions inside the state or from areas outside Montana. Paul Sihler, council staffer, said a higher fee on imported garbage is constitutional as long, as the state has a rational basis for the rate. He said the council's proposal to give local voters veto power over major commercial dumps should be constitutional as long as the law ap-I plies to all landfills and not just those handling out-of-state garbage. Staff photo by C Kevin Knapp says the mayor and council of Garfield, Wash., have run roughshod over the community in firing him as police chief. Ousted police chief vows hell fight By Diana Bryson Correspondent GARFIELD, Wash. Fired Garfield police chief Kevin Knapp has a message for the mayor: Its not over yet. In a wave of turmoil that has created rifts in friendships and set townsfolk against each other, Garfield is feeling the effects of small-town politics. Trouble in the Palouse town of about 600 began when Mayor Eugene Bridge fired the popular, soft-spoken police chief on Sept. 26. Knapp, 47, wont elaborate on his plans, but contends he was wrongfully fired and wants to clear my name. My intent is not to malign the mayor or any particular member of the council, but to send a message that they cannot run roughshod over the community, said Knapp, who was Garfields only police officer. The ex-chief, a Fairfield resident of 15 years, said he was fired after asking the mayor for a leave of absence to recover from surgery to remove a benign growth on his esophagus. Recuperation from the elective surgery would take from six months to a year, Knapp estimated. Theres no way of knowing in those situations what the duration will be, he said. Bridge, who hired Knapp last February, said he fired him because Knapp failed to complete basic police training and get state certification. And, he said, the town couldnt wait for Knapp to recuperate and go through basic training next year. Please see CHIEF: B4 Both union, Safeway like court order By Michael Murphey Staff writer A temporary restraining order that falls short of what Safeway Stores Inc. had requested in its dispute with striking workers was issued Thursday by Spokane County Superior Court Judge James Murphy. The order says United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1439 can have no more than five pickets at each entrance to a Safeway store in Spokane, and they must stay 10 feet away from the entrances. Murphy did not, however, impose any other restrictions on the number of pickets whp can be present at each Safeway location. Were very happy with the decision, Sean Harrigan, president of-Local 1439, said outside the court room. This is basically what were doing right now. At most, we have as many as five people at an entrance. Harrigan suggested that Murphys decision may be a catalyst to get the stalled labor negotiations back in business. This indicates that Safeway is not going to be successful in winning this dispute with the courts, and maybe it will encourage them to get back to the bargaining table, Harrigan said. Safeways attorneys were seeking an order that would limit the total number of pickets at any Safeway site to three per store entrance. This is as far as this court is willing to go, Murphy told the parties. ' . Please see SAFEWAY: B3 Students at Wednesday. Jantsch High School take a smoke break Pupils dread smoking ban By Anne Windishar Staff writer By lunchtime Thursday, 18-year-old Lisa Collingwood was sitting outside Jantsch High School with friends, having her sixth cigarette of the day. Ive cut down from a pack a day to where I can make a pack last about three days, she said. Id like to quit completely, but I cant. Collingwood says shes tried to stop smoking, but she becomes surly and unbearably irritable. Shes hoping for the sake of her friends, family and teachers that the board of directors for Spokane Public Schools decides against banning smoking at alternative schools. Im the kind of person who gets really shaky, very nervous, she said, belying her words with a calm smile. Please see SMOKE: B4 Farmers afraid of wastes Appeal hits rules for toxic wastes : By Karen Dorn Steele Staff writer A coalition of Eastern Washington farmers, joined by Kittitas County officials, are appealing Washington state's newly adopted hazardous waste siting standards. . The move reflects anger among some farmers, small-town residents and elected officials east of the Cas cades that the only major, toxic waste incinerator projects proposed in Washington would be near dryland wheat ranches and the Columbia River. The farmers fear that their markets may be damaged if incinerators are allowed in the region. Two Seattle companies have proposed major facilities. Rabanco Ltd. wants to build an incinerator near Vantage, and the ECOS Corp. has proposed an incinerator and landfill near Lind. Leaders in the appeal want to give Washingtons Department of Ecolpgy the message that Eastern Washington is not to be the dumping ground for hazardous wastes, said Olympia attorney Mickey Gendler. He has been hired by the Citizens Hazardous Waste Coalition for the appeal. The rural coalition has about 200 members organized in several grassroots groups, including Concerned Citizens of Royal Slope; Concerned Citizens for the Protection of Ritzville; the Hazardous Waste Action Council, Othello; Fair Access to Information and Resources, Lind; and the Kittitas Environmental Action League. The appeal was filed Monday! in Thurston County Superior Court and will be amended to include additional groups, said John Harder, a Kahlotus farmer who is president of the coalition. He estimated costs of the appeal at $20,000 to $30,000. Harder said additional groups that will be asked to join in the appeal include farm commodities organizations, other Eastern Washington counties and the states major environmental groups. Harder said the Ecology Departments siting criteria are inadequate to protect agriculture, and said the agency is taking a cart before the horse approach to toxic waste management. The department is not strenuously implementing source reduction programs, and they are permitting huge facilities; whose only product is waste handling. Washington state will become a major importer of waste Neither of those facilities go in, Harder said. - . Tom Eaton, program manager of the Ecology Departments solid and hazardous waste program, said the new standards are among the most stringent in the nation. - Eaton said recent studies have concluded that the Pacific Northwest needs some incineration capacity to handle its toxic wastes, but denied Please see SITINQ: B3 TV show shoots segment on local teens death By Bill Morlin Staff writer Production crews for the television show Unsolved Mysteries are in Spokane to produce a segment about the June 1989 death of teenager Russell Evans the sixth time the show has reenacted a local event. The shooting will be done today through Monday at various locations in Spokane, including neighborhoods on the South Hill, said Annie Azzariti, a producer for Cosgrove-Meurer Productions Inc. The company produces the popular weekly showefi aired on NBC-TV. The show re-creates un- solved crimes in the hopes viewers will provide police with new leads. Spokane, for some reason, is the most-visited city weve been to to create segments for the show, said director Laura Patterson of Cosgrove-Meurer Productions. For the Evans segment, producers had asked Spokane police for permission to shoot one segment on the Thor-Ray hill, near 13th and Ray, where the 13-year-old Libby Junior High School student was found critically injured about 1 a.m. on June 4, 1989. He died eight hours later at Sacred jJeart Medi cal Center, where another scene will be shot. The city rejected their request to block off 4he Thor-Ray hill for as long as 12 hours from 6 p.m! Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday for night-scene work, producers said. Were not going to allow that arterial to- be closed down for that length of time, Assistant City Manager Bill Pupo said Thursday. As many as 800 vehicles an hour use the Thor-Ray couplet during peak hours, and the arterial provides the only easy access to certain homes and businesses in the neighborhood, the city official said. . - " T r f-fY-ff- tin hrSiTf tifr ik li 1l Il4 t f tr F A kjf ,., Bfci ftfciffri ,11 Eh, Min WBh JfcHi flfct ii 4

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