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The Spokesman-Review from Spokane, Washington · 19

Spokane, Washington
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Tuesday, February 27, 1996
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h w ,. s & ? , f my ' r W V C' V "I, 4iV V Vv r yFW',ri7t ? ' ? i. " Wrf Idaho moves toward 75 mph speed limitB3 T r In the running Gary Locke, Jim Waldo both fighting to become states next governorB5 Tuesday, February 27, 1996 The Spokesman-Review -Spokane, Wash,Coeur dAlene, Idaho To contact the City Desk, dial (509) 459-5400, Fax (509) 459-5482, E-mail newsspokesman com Editorial s f 5 " A dirty job, but they want to do it Despite warnings about hardships, 125 apply for jobs on fishing boats , By Dan Hansen Staff writer T Jim White would never make it as a used-car salesman. You dont want that Chevy, hed tell people. Its overpriced, gets lousy mileage and the brakes are bad. Youll be miserable with it. Instead, White recruits workers for The Fishing Company of Alaska. His bluntness is perfect for the task. He describes the company as one of the toughest in a tough industry. Theres nothing enjoyable about it, unless you like being cold and wet, and seeing the same faces all the time, he said. We used to be the most dangerous job in the country until the post office Net profits The company pays workers at least $1,500 a month, plus room and board. But wages are tied to the catch and "Ive never seen anybody make less than $10,000" in 90 days, Jim White said. passed us last year. In a tradition that ebbs and flows with the profits of Alaskas commercial fishing fleet, White came to Spokane on Monday to recruit people who want to earn quick money ana dont mind awful conditions. Seventy-five percent of the workers in the states fishing industry come from the lower 48, according to the Alaska Department of Labor. About 125 people who hope to join those ranks came to Whites two recruiting sessions at the Shilo Inn on East Third. A handful will get jobs. Whites company guarantees workers at least $1,500 a month, plus room and board. Considering the 18-hour shifts and seven-day weeks, thats $2.77 an hour. But wages are tied to the ships catch and Ive never seen anybody make less than $10,000 in 90 days, White said. New employees sign 60-day contracts. The company pays their airfare back to Seattle if they stick it out for at least 90 days. Otherwise, they find their own way back. And workers who wash out in the first two months earn nothing for the days theyve worked. If you quit (when the ship is at sea), then we charge you $30 a day for room and board, you eat last and you cant leave your room except to go to the bathroom, White said. There are plenty of reasons a worker might quit, White said. Workers spend weeks aboard 200-foot trawlers or long-liners, ships that drag nets or baited fish hooks. The workers stand in fish slime, gutting Pacific cod, sole, perch and other bottom fish, or they load fish into containers. Bunks are too short for anyone more than 5-foot-ll, and newcomers sleep in cramped rooms with seven other workers most of whom snore thunderously, to hear White tell it. One plus: Cigarettes in the ships stores cost only $11 a carton because theres no sales tax. Whites stark description of working conditions did nothing to deter the roomful of men and handful of women looking Continued. FishingB4 Christopher AndersonThe Spokesman-Reviw Candidates line up for interviews Monday. . - Colin MulvanyThe Spokesman-Review Young Bloomles Gillian West and Jennifer Mulgrew, both 10, stretch for the first day of Balboa Elementarys Fit for Bloomsday clinic. Teenagers killer plays with heart, I soul of B.C. town I Associated Press ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia Tanya Smiths killer is playing a chilling game of catch-me-if-you-can, and his taunting calls to police are the least of it. The teenagers tombstone covered with profanities and threats toward a second girl who survived the attack was dug up and left on the hood of a car earlier this month. Then last week, a threatening note wrapped around a wrench was thrown through a window six blocks from the police station. The threats include undisclosed details that only the killer would know, and police believe the calls, the tombstone theft and the broken window were all done by the man who raped and murdered 16-year-old Tanya last fall. Hes doing this because he gets pleasure out of it, Im sure, making us look silly and incompetent, said police spokesman Cpl. John Skorupa. WeU get to the bottom of this one way or another. If he persists in this, hell be the author of his own demise. Then the shoe will be on the other foot because our troubles will be over and his will just be starting. 1 Smith and her friend Misty Cock-erill, also 16, had been dropped off oil a busy Abbotsford street a few blocks from Cockerills home after midnight on Oct. 14 after attending a party. A neighbor saw what she thought were two drunken teens struggling with a man, but since they didnt seem to be protesting much, she told police she thought they were kidding around. Later that morning, Smiths naked body was found by a fisherman in the Vedder River 10 miles away. She had been severely beaten and drowned. Cockerill wandered into a hospital a couple of blocks from the attack, with injuries including a fist-sized hole in the back of her skull. The slaying and its macabre after-math in the Raspberry Capital of Canada have sent a chill through this community of 105,000 near the U S. border. On Oct. 18, at 3.12 p.m., the killer made his first call to police, using a pay phone four blocks from where Continued. KillerB4 Reward is dads latest effort in long hunt for sons killer By Bill Morlin Staff writer , . Spokane welder John Evans is convinced his 13-year-old son died from gang violence in 1989. Police believe the death was a hit-and-run accident, but havent ruled out other possibilities. No arrests have been made. " Evans is posting a $5,000 reward for information. In the next few days, he will place reward posters throughout the community. .'I've got to give it this one last sliot, Evans said. . He hopes the reward will underscore new leads developed by a private investigator and push Spokane police and prosecutors to file murder charges. - Police say they are still investigating, and welcome the .reward offer. I think we will come to the point where we will charge someone and take it to a jury to decide, said Harry Kennedy, a police investigator. Russell Evans, an eighth-grader at Libby Junior High School, died shortly after he was found on the Thor-Ray hill near 13th Avenue on June 4, 1989. The teen, an avid basketball player, wasnt involved with gangs, but may have met some of the youths now identified as suspects, his father said. He was either beaten or hit with a vehicle, or both, investigators say. Private investigator and former police officer Sandy Brewer believes Continued: Klll!ngB8 Christopher AndersonThe Spokesman-Review No American should have to live next door to a private army, Kenneth Stern said before Mondays talk at Gonzaga University. Eliia pressing for war ; Expert calls for a federal law banning the groups By Bill Morlin Staff writer Even after the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, Congress still doesnt appreciate the peril posed by militias, a leading expert says. The government, as a whole, does not take these groups seriously, said lawyer-author Kenneth Stern of the American Jewish Committee. His new book, A Force Upon the Plain, examines the militia movement. It was published after last Aprils bombing that killed 168 people. Two bombing suspects awaiting trial have ties to right-wing militia groups. Many militia organizers say they abhor the violence of Oklahoma City and argue that they are arming themselves only for protection against the government. They contend the government and federal law enforcement officers are the ones terrorizing citizens. , . Stern disagrees. Congress held hearings last year on the federal sieges at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas, but hasnt examined the threat of domestic terrorism posed by militias, he said. I Members of Congress dont appreciate who these groups are and the dangers they pose, Stern said. The Republican-controlled Congress would rather court militia sympathizers in the mistaken belief they are our type of guys. ; Some Republicans and militia groups share common agendas opposing gun control, environmental laws and abortion, Stern said. But militia philosophy is out of the political mainstream, ne said. ' - They are not talking about working within the system but fundamentally see themselves as Continued MilitiaB4 Song preserves memory of murder victim Felicia Reese i ... The lyrics to 'Daughter of the City' oight to haunt filler Kevin Boot to his grave, Doug Clark j . m V i zz i Jf 44 y-- The Spokesman-Review 1 fj evin Boot is getting off lucky. The mandatory prison sentence of life without parole hes about to receive should include an additional punishment. Every night, before Boot drifts off to sleep ui his cramped cage, he should have to listen to Daughter of the City. Spokane singer Beth Ann Long wrote this soul-stirring song to keep alive the memory of Felicia Reese, the sweet spiiit Boot snuffed out one winters day in a 4 senseless act of cold murder. o Maybe in time as Boots days drag into hopeless years the songs message would let him glimpse the enormity of what he did on Dec. 27, 1994. Only a stone wouldnt eventually react to these lyrics: Nobody can silence, the song within your heart. " Though the crudest violence, has tom us worlds apart. Your song lives on. Yourlaughter, too. Daughter of the City. Well remember you. " There were plenty of tears Sunday night when Long, 36, sang her powerful tribute to over 400 people at The Met. A friend of the slain woman, Long held the concert as a coming out party for her CD, Into the Morning Light. That album showcases other . inspirational songs written by Lon, who has been around the Spokane music scene since she was 13. Daughter of the City is available separately on tape. The folk-oriented guitar picker has a powerful, throaty voice a la Linda Ronstadt. Long hopes exposure through this independently produced CD will help her crack the musical big leagues after years of singing for weddings, clubs, radio commercials and performing the national anthem at ballgames. Whatever success Long achieves, her song to the 22-year-old victim is a wonderful tribute that should help this citys healing. Every radio station in the city should get a copy and play it. Few murders have affected Spokane like Reeses. The young woman was attending a Bible conference in downtown Spokane when she was kidnapped in a hotel parking lot. Boots cousin, Jerry, goes on trial next month for his alleged part in the crime. A devout Christian, Reese died six months from her wedding day. Testimony in Boots triSi revealed she was singing hymns moments before being ,,fy If 'y v, h if , id o .r s 1 ? V IK ftJ.1 Wj-fNi!.. ,(U. ' ' . t tu A FileThe Spokesman-Review Continued SongB4 a reminder north of the Monroe Street Bridge honors Felicia Reese In early 1995.

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