The Spokesman-Review from Spokane, Washington on July 27, 1992 · 6
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The Spokesman-Review from Spokane, Washington · 6

Spokane, Washington
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Monday, July 27, 1992
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Mentors help young mothers grow up By Molly Guthrey Staff writer In 1990, 700 teenagers became mothers in Spokane County. County social workers estimate that this year the number has grown to 800 or 900. In a recent survey by Spokane County, 69 percent of these young mothers do not have high school diplomas. Officials at Career Path Services who aim to get young mothers back into school and thinking about careers have statistics like these memorized. Many young mothers come to this training program with troubled backgrounds. All are on welfare. Many were abused as children. Some are abused by boyfriends or husbands. Many have more than one child by the time they turn 20. Career Path employees noticed that there was a common denominator among these women: few had role models. They decided to change that. Twenty-threc-year old Courtney Davenport and 22-year-old Judy Davis are part of a new t ' v 1 1 i C3 , A & A , fry r -y T' I - K r t- 'V 'If 1 ummmm Staff photo by Shawn Jacobson From left, Judy and Tamara Davis, and Alex and Courtney Davenport share a moment at Pinesong recently. mentoring program the service founded to give young women positive role models. Theyre two of the 10 mentors and 10 young mothers who make up this fledgling program in Spokane. ITie aim of the program is that the young women like Davis will get to see, rather than be told, how to be good parents and how important education is. Davenport had her first baby when she was 16. Davis was 18 when her first was bom. Now, theyre both married, but Davenports life is more settled. Her mentor role with Davis is designed to give Davis support as she struggles to get off welfare ana finish high school. The first time they met, they sipped root beer floats and talked for three hours. We talked about personal things you wouldnt usually tell someone you just met, Davenport recalled. "But it felt natural. Natural, because Davenport now a homemaker with two children felt she could relate to Davis problems. She remembered how scared and confused she felt as a pregnant 16-year-old. Yet for Davis who is working to finish high school and has four children it was more difficult to open up. She didnt know if she could share her problems so easily. It was scary in the beginning, Davis said. Its like, Im supposed to tell a stranger my life story. But it was nice, just knowing I was not the only teenager who had a child. She did, too. Both men and women can be mentors. Many are in their 20s, and they make up a diverse group: a retired school teacher, a child birth educator, a counselor, a secretary and a few homemakers. When they spend time with their mentors, said Jill Mizoguchi, the programs director, We hope they get the idea of values, rather than us telling them. By demonstration. By osmosis. A lot of times, the mentors bring their children when they get together. Then, theres a lot of interaction going on, a lot of observing." Please see MOMS: A7 Bear recovery jlan has some likers worried By Julie Titone Staff writer A creature that leaves Vibram-sole footprints and sips espresso in its native habitat may be one of the biggest obstacles to recovery of the grizzly bear in the North Cascades. In the Wests other five grizzly recovery zones, hikers and other recreationists are among the strongest lobbyists for efforts to revive the predator. But the Washington state mountain range is next door to a huge number of city dwellers, many of whom worry that the bear will threaten their safety or limit their access to one of the largest wild playgrounds in the Lower 48 states. The Cascades have always been seen as the benevolent wilderness. Theres no poison ivy, no spiders and snakes and no grizzlies, says Mitch Friedman of the Greater Ecosystem Alliance, a staunchly probear group based in Bellingham. Theres been a failure to see the grizzly bear as an embodiment of the wild, an enhancement of recreation, says Friedman. Hiker Ira Spring of Edmonds, Wash., contends he isnt opposed to bears. But the 73-year-old photographer and co-author of five North Cascades guidebooks worries that trails and roads will be put off-limits to protect bear habitat. The region is very different from Yellowstone National Park, where relatively few people venture into the backcountry, Spring says. The Alpine Lakes alone had 900,000 visitations in one year. Trail closure guidelines could be included in the federal Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan, for which a North Cascades chapter is being written. Wildlife officials say the chapter will be finished in 1993. Washington Department of Wild life Director Curt Smitch and members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee have insisted that the public be extensively involved in the planning process. Officials expect recreationists to dominate public meetings on the issue that are coming up in Seattle, Winthrop and Mount Vernon. At the first meeting, held Thursday in Wenatchee on the eastern flank of the Cascades, they heard from a wide variety of people. Opinions ranged from youre not moving fast enough to recovery the bear to why create a problem where there isnt one? The question came from Simon Martinez, who raises sheep in the Yakima Valley. He says people who graze livestock in and near the Wenatchee and Okanogan national forests are worried that grizzlies will attack their livelihood. Parts of both forests lie within the 10,000 square miles determined to contain suitable grizzly habitat. The area reaches from the Canadian border south to Interstate 90. Tim Witter of Chelan, Wash., who works for fruit warehousers, says he just walked in off the street" in Wenatchee to learn what he could about bears. Im trying to keep an open mind. Jim Marr, of East Wenatchee, doesnt want bear protection to interfere with mining operations. A 55-year-old, self-described mountain man, he doubts that there are any North Cascades grizzlies left to protect. Such skepticism is widespread, according to Marv Barham, regional editor of the Wenatchee World. Barham, who opposes recovery efforts, spends a lot of time in the mountains and has never seen a grizzly. When he hears estimates that there are 15 Please see BEARS: A7 ' X. -- ir V Vm ; 'N-.'Vs. In.';, I . I- -A.' t j W'- ' 1 J I 1, J , -? - - - , , I. ... .1' , I - 'l. " f ''-v-v , A s v, t 1 , V' ??") ; 4 1V -y-'T'' mi f. jrA . .A ' t y - t y t, :rA . N. yr J. Photo by Mason Marsh SITTING ROOM ONLY. Concertgoers work on their tans as they listen to music by Judith Kate Friedman on Sunday at the Columbia Music Festival in Green Bluff. The festival attracted only modest crowds, and organizer Bob Lavigne said the event may not return next year. Some area residents had opposed the event. Parents file grievance over probe of sons death By Julie Sullivan Staff writer The parents of a Spokane boy who died three years ago have filed a grievance with the Spokane County Medical Society over how his death was investigated. John and Sue Evans filed the complaint against forensic pathologist Dr. George Lin-dholm, who performed the autopsy on 13-year-old Russell Evans after he died June 4, 1989. The Spokane pathologist and the Spokane Police Department concluded the boy was the victim of a hit-and-run accident as he walked to his South Hill home shortly after midnight. We have evidence saying other, John Evans said last week. The Evanses believe the boy was attacked by youths on the Thor-Ray Hill after a dispute near the Lincoln Heights shopping center. He died a few hours later, without regaining consciousness. The Evanses will air their concerns about the death investigation, and Lindholm will get a chance to answer their grievance, before a medical society committee today, said Dr. Donald Storey, president of the medical society. The hearing is not open to the public. Lindholm said the grievance involves evidence that could not be discussed publicly, so he could not comment further on the matter. Since their sons death, the Evanses have waged a long, paper-filled fight to get an independent police investigation into the case, perhaps by the Washington State Patrol. They hired a nationally known Kansas pathologist to review the case. Dr. William Eckerts findings fueled their criticism of the police investigation and Lindholms findings. Last year, the case was featured on the televi sion show Unsolved Mysteries," and in August, the family sued the Spokane Police Department to obtain police reports about the death. Spokane police released the unedited files under the states Open Records Act in February. New information in the files may have contributed to their grievance against Lindholm, but the family has declined to disclose that information. The complaint will be heard by about eight physicians who serve on the medical societys grievance and coroners committees. Residents plan to revive stream Ambitious creek project has support but needs money AP photo Sattt residents hope to restore this stream to Its original length and course. By Peyton Whitely Seattle Timci SEATTLE Fed by springs and packed with salmon, Ravenna Creek once flowed freely from Green Lake, through Ravenna Park, all the way to Lake Washington. But as the University Village shopping center was built and other development took place, the sparkling stream was relegated into a storm drain in Ravenna Park and sent off in the opposite direction through sewer pipes to the West Point treatment plant. There it empties into Puget Sound. Now, Ravenna-area residents thousands of them are working on a plan to bring the stream back above ground, stock it with salmon and redirect it back over its original course to Lake Washington's Union Bay. Its an ambitious one-of-a-kind restoration that would mean digging a creek bed through the shopping mall's parking lot and down one side or a Ravenna-area street, making the street one-way. And it would mean raising lots of money. Its going to happen. Its too good an idea not to happen, said Tom Murdoch of Ravenna, director of the non-profit Adopt:A-Stream Foundation. A project of this magnitude will draw national and international attention to Seattle, added Murdoch, who please see 8TREAM: A7 Scanner junkies hooked Emergency calls also entertaining By Laurie Williams For The Associated Press KENNEWICK - The high-pitched beeps break the radio silence with four abrupt metallic tones. Then the male dispatcher, in a fast but steady voice that belies the urgency, says: Station 81, respond to a brush fire, 800 block of North 22nd. After the message is repeated, a Pasco fireman replies within seconds. Well be responding to the 800 block of North 22nd. Sirens scream in the background. Its 8:12 p.m. and the police scanner is quiet again. Crackle. The silence is shattered again. And Betti Slocumbs ears perk up, her attention riveted. Shes a scanner junkie, hooked on the sporadic chattering of faceless voices coming from a black box on her kitchen counter. For some, the squawks and squeals of a police scanner are unnerving. But to voyeurs of the airwaves, its music to their ears. Even music to sleep by. People call them nosy or know-it-alls. But friends call them first to find where fire trucks are racing to, or why an ambulance stopped on their street. They are the people who just cant wait for the evening TV newscast or the morning newspaper to learn what emergency crews have been busy with. I think you just kind of get caught up in it, Slocumb said. I think its just a matter that you get hooked on it like other hobbies. Its interesting. The first scanner in her house was a Fathers Day present for her husband. But the radio bug bit her instead. Now, the Slocumbs have three scanners. One chirps away in the kitchen and another in the bedroom. Theres a portable one for car trips. A lot of times there is nothing good on the television, so we turn on the scanner and listen to that. And if we wake up at night, we can listen to it," the 55-year-old Kennewick woman said. You can get in on some pretty good stuff at 3 oclock in the morning. Her husband, Byard, said, I usually sleep right through it." The retired produce manager and current fire district board member said he is tolerant of his wifes 12-year obsession, but personally prefers TV. But if hes not home, Ill have the scanner on all day, she said. There is more to listen to on a scanner than car accidents and police breaking up neighborhood fights. Any private business or public agency using two-way radios can be heard on the high-frequency bands. Some popular channels are used by the U.S. Coast Guard, road construction crews and taxi cabs. Other conversations are carried on by crews from telephone companies, the Humane Society, store security firms and the news media. Scanner chatter keeps Troy Van Winkle company on graveyard shifts at the Jackpot convenience store on Highway 395 in Kennewick. Plugged in near the stores popcorn maker, the scanner is Van Winkles link to the rest of the Tri-Cities while he is stuck behind a cash register. Im always seeing the ambulance go by and wonder what happened, the 37-year-dd said. , 1

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