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i SECTION Round 2 Former state justice plans new lawsuit against school fundingB2 LettersB7 Friday, March 31, 1995 The Spokesman-Review Spokane, Wash Coeur d'Alene, Idaho To contact the North Idaho office, dial (208) 765-7100, toll-free 800-344-6718, Fax (208) 765-7149 Montana House passes waiting period for abortionsB2 i Senate backs logging exemption Wilderness Society demands a retraction from Gorton Scott Sonner Associated Press WASHINGTON The Wilderness Society demanded Thursday that Sen: Slade Gorton, retract his press secretarys statement that key opponents to Gortons logging amendment are the same people who would spike trees to kill loggers. Press secretary Heidi Kelly said she would apologize to the group for confusion surrounding her statement. Continued. SpfkesB4 kind of relief for timber communities, he said in an interview after the vote. On a 48-46 vote, senators rejected an amendment by Sen.

Patty Murray, that would have required the salvage logging and thinning of overstocked forests to occur largely within the confines of existing laws. It was a little bit closer than I thought it might be, said Gorton, adding that two unidentified senators who skipped the vote were willing to vote on his side if he had needed their support. A final vote on the comprehensive budget bill including the logging provision is expected by today. The House has approved a similar logging measure, although President Clinton has indicated he opposes the idea. Nathaniel Lawrence, legal counsel for the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco, said the logging Continued.

SalvageB4 Gortons proposal would ward off legal challenges while dying trees are harvested to ease fire threats By Scott Sonner Associated Press WASHINGTON The Senate narrowly backed a plan Thursday to exempt some national forest logging from environmental laws in an effort to ease fire threats and harvest dying trees before they rot. Senators gave their tentative approval to the proposal by Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash. It would insulate the logging from legal challenges under the Endangered Species Act and other laws protecting fish and wildlife. Gorton has been pressing for such legislation since the northern spotted owl was declared a threatened species in the Pacific Northwest five years ago.

Its the first time since 1990 the Senate has voted for any Actor Gina 0lle of the Idaho Theater for Youth Ponderosa Elementary School In Post Falls. captures attention as a fast-talking vaudeville promoter In The Houdlnl Boys, performed Thursday 7 Theater for kids has magic touch ''V On-the-road actors hope youngsters imaginations enlivened by contact with stage Close to Home Real poets dont plug their ears By Cynthia Taggart Staff writer Jerry Gee had some sinus problems, so he declined to demonstrate his poetry yelling technique. Im in training, he said, pressing his lips together primly. Jerrys vocal cords need to be in top shape to bellow Shel Silversteins When Tillie Ate the Chili on North Idaho Colleges lawn today. NICs dean of instruction isnt a shoo-in for the trophy at the colleges first poetry yelling contest.

Norm Gissel plans to yell Shakespeare and, as an attorney, has a pocketful of bombast ready for every occasion. I hope its not like hog-calling, Norm said, a belly laugh sending him backwards in his office chair. Funny he should mention that. I grew up in the Midwest, called sheep but not hogs, Jerry said. I can be quite vocal.

The contest has attracted four other competitors. But these two normally nose-to-the-grindstone men probably will have the most fun. I give great gesture, Norm boasted. He thought a moment and added, I might give my piece a Capt. Kirk twist.

He pauses at the worst times. Jerry was NICs king in a charity chili cookoff a few years back. Hence, the selection of Tillie who couldnt hold her chili. A 1 Neither man has practiced much. Sure, theyre both confident; that confidence has taken them a long way in their careers.

But they also feared their families wouldnt tolerate them roaring verse in the bedroom, the bathroom, the basement. And then theres that other reason Im saving my full volume for the event, Jerry said, stroking his throat as if it were a Persian cat. Those younger competitors have stronger vocal cords. Im hoping theyll burn themselves out. NICs poetry yelling contest is open to everyone.

Show up at noon today in front of the student union with your poem in hand and voice in tune. If theres rain, the contest will be moved inside. Bless my soul Add a parable to the Bibles book of Matthew and youll have Cheryl-Ann Rossis production of Godspell. The rock and folk musical tells the gospel according to Matthew, who shares his moral messages in story form. Cheiyl-Anns added parable? Hard work pays off.

Eighteen students in her Coeur dAlene Theater for Youth worked hard to study, audition and see shows in New York for a week this summer. So Cheryl-Ann is donating to the group part of the ticket sales for Godspell performances at 8 p.m. April 7, at 7:30 p.m. April 9 and at 2 p.m. April 15.

Those shows will be in Lake City High Schools auditorium. Tickets are $10. Buy them in advance at the youth theater, 501 Lakeside, to benefit the kids. Canned response To teach the importance of recycling, Coeur dAlene Christian School teachers asked their 74 students to collect aluminum cans. Students responded with a whopping 6,000 the first day, jump-starting the schools campaign to raise money for playground equipment.

They need all the cans they can get. The school is at Fourth Street and Hanley Avenue, right on the way to the Silver Lake Mall. Eye-catchers Coeur dAlenes Janet Callen gives a blue ribbon to Heclas corporate offices. She says they fit well among the trees and she likes the landscaping. Janet ranked The Spokesman-Review building second for its elegance and class.

Mynia Tarnasky and Marie Rau picked the new United Methodist Church at Ramsey Road and Hanley Avenue as their favorite building. The nearly finished church is humming with a celebration of life, they say. Which buildings have won your heart and why? Send your nominations for the areas best buildings to Cynthia Taggart, Close to Home, 608 Northwest Suite 200, Coeur dAlene 83814; or send a fax to 765-7149 or call 765-7128. helped bring the professional theater group to North Idaho schools this spring. After 12 weeks on the road all over the state, the three-person troupe will have performed 150 times.

Its demanding, said a slightly disheveled Dan Peterson as he dismantled the set after his third performance Thursday. Peterson is playing Erich Weiss, the enthu- Continued. TheaterB4 Teacher returns as author Former instructor enthralls students with his own tales By Kevin Keating Staff writer SAND-POINT Turning elementary students on to reading and writing isnt always easy. But Tom Birdseye, a former Sandpoint teacher turned childrens author, had no trouble Thursday. He just read his own tales to Washington Elementary School students.

Birdseye, 43, told of twins who stuck their heads in a toilet and flushed just to see what the swirling water felt like. And the boy who tried scarfing down 17 bananas in two minutes to get in the Guinness Book of World Records. I had trouble with reading and writing when I was in school. It wasnt easy for me, Birdseye confessed to a group of kids. Yet, here I am a writer.

Birdseye formerly taught kindergarten children at Washington Elementary and has written 11 books since 1982. He was back Thursday to help demystify the writing process for kids. One of my books got started at Washington School, and kids are important to me, he said. If I Continued AuthorB4 at Man sent to treatment By Winda Benedetti Staff writer COEUR dALENE A man who brought potential explosives to a mental health clinic twice in the last six months will be sent to a mental hospital. It will be John Weldon Jr.s second commitment to a mental hospital.

The first time, he walked away from the facility about a month after he had arrived, according to a Coeur dAlene police report. On Tuesday, a judge ordered Continued. Clinic bombB4 audience But when Dash Houdini pulled coins out of ears and his big brother jtlarry mysteriously restored a length of rope he had just snipped in two, they earned the age-oid response to well-executed magic tricks gasps and hung jaws. The Houdini Boys is the latest production of the Idaho Theater for Youth, which is just finishing up a three-week tour in North Idaho. The Citizens Council for the Arts, with a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, wrn owner of the salon.

Graham, a nurse, administers chemotherapy to cancer patients. Spranger believes the chemotherapy may have affected the chemical balance in Grahams body, causing her hair to react strangely with the dye. Plus, Spranger says, her hair never turned green. Graham went to the salon in November 1994 to have her hair professionally colored, according to the lawsuit. The bride-to-be hoped the dye would cover the gray in her dishwater-blond hair.

But when Spranger had finished his work, Grahams hair was nowhere near the color she had expected. It was a real dark deep chocolate brown with a real forest-green hue to it, she said. Spranger and Manthos admit Graham didnt get the color she wanted. She had an ash hint to her hair, but she did not go out with forest-greep hair, Manthos said. A week later, Graham returned to try to correct the color, according to the suit.

1 kept thinking (Spranger) can fix it because they had told me he was an award-winning colorist, Graham said. 1 wanted the best right before my wedding. shooting gets fair Spranger said he stripped the color out and tried to re-dye the hair, only to have it turn an ash color again. Graham insists it turned to a lime green hue the second time. She also said Spranger burned her scalp with the chemicals he was using.

It was burning so bad, my eyes were watering, she said. Spranger said he has been coloring hair since 1967 and insists the strange color green or ash was not his fault. She has a chemical problem in her system, Spranger said. And he insists, She didnt have one burn mark on her scalp. Despite the dyeing drama, Graham was married about a week later.

1 have a really supportive husband, she said. The green hue didnt show up too much in her Eictures, she said. However, during their oneymoon in Hawaii, the new bride couldnt swim in the swimming pool for fear the chlorine would turn her hair more green. Graham claims a vety light tint Of green still can be seen in hair when shes out in the sun. She is asking for more than $10,000 in damages.

But theres no way you can put gold blond on her hair and get a green color, Manthos said. Its a false claim. By Susan Drumheller Staff writer POST FALLS The Houdini Boys rolled into town Thursday with their traveling carnival show. Their big top was the Ponderosa Elementary School gymnasium. Their audience was a crowd of children generally too sophisticated to believe that magic tricks really are magic.

Intag gUIfl Fiasco leaves her just beyond upset By Winda Benedetti Staff writer OEUR dALENE When Patricia Graham went to have her hair dyed, she thought something in a pretty blond would be nice. Instead, she says, a dark forest-green color showed up in her hair just weeks before her wedding. I cried hysterically all the way home from the salon, Graham said Thursday. I was just beyond upset. Earlier this month, Graham filed a lawsuit against both her hair stylist, Dennis Spranger, and the Manthos Hair Salon where he works.

But the stylist and his co-workers insist he did not dye Grahams hair green. They say the 32-year-old Coeur dAlene womans body chemistry is the real culprit. Theres no way we would let somebody walk out of here with green hair, said Sally Manthos, Idaho wolf Subcommittee testimony highlights tensions between states, feds By Robert Greene Associated Press WASHINGTON The victim is known as Wolf No. 13, shot to death on an Idaho ranchers property. The circumstances surrounding the animals death and the subse- federal investigation got an airing hursday on Capitol Hill.

The testimony had less to do with whodunit than with strained relationsk between Capitol Hill Sint hearing by two ouse subcommittees representing wildlife, conservation and forestry issues. Witnesses included Idaho Attorney General Alan G. Lance, who presented an eight-page critique that likened the federal agency to "the secret police or the Keystone Kops. Tensions already were high in the county of 7,000 residents, where 92 percent of its 4,571 square miles are federally owned timber and grazing lands, Lance and others noted. A decision to protect endangered salmon already was threatening jobs.

The way Barsalou told it, federal agents went to search the 74-year-old Hussey's property for bullet fragments or other evidence March 8 without first telling him. Barsalou said in an affidavit that dealing with Hussey would be a challenge. Hussey and Barsalou did find out, and the result was a confrontation in which the very vigorous-looking Hussey, a decorated World War II veteran, said he chucked a large rock Continued Wolf No. 13B3 1 states and the federal government over the Endangered Species Act and between federal officers trying to enforce the law and a community where that means the risk of imported wolves feasting on cattle. The strains could cause bloodshed, said Lemhi County Sheriff Brett Barsalou, one of several Idaho witnesses who say the U.S.,Fish and Wildlife Service mishandled a search of Eugene Husseys property March 8, more than a month after the timber wolf had been shot.

Unless somebody learns some manners, somebody's going to get hurt out West dealing with these people, Barsalou told a I.

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