Longview Daily News from Longview, Washington on August 1, 1992 · 1
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The Daily New; Saturday, August 1, 1992 Serving the Lower Columbia area from Longview, Washington 50 cents Archaeologists Jij;'''"" J A pair of volunteers sift through dirt in search of artifacts from a site near They move sediment and Volunteers help at site in Gifford Pinchot forest By Andre Stepankowsky The Dally Newt CARSON, Wash. Indiana Jones need not apply. An archaeological dig near here requires more patience than daring and more wrist action with a trowel than a bull whip. But there's a mystery, and archaeologists and a group of volunteers are seeking to solve it at a site Indians may have occupied as many as 6,000 years ago. The camp, buried under a foot or two of soil built up over centuries, is located along Trout Creek, a tributary of the Wind River about 10 miles northwest of Carson in the Columbia River Gorge. It's within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Forest Service has known about the site for 70 years. But the first organized dig of the camp started this month under the federal "Passport in Time" project, which recruits volunteers to do the grunt work of digging up and cataloging artifacts. NW grocery robbers reap $1.5 million, elude police PORTLAND (AP) Two robbers responsible for the longest and most expensive string of robberies in Northwest history, including one in Longview, are cool professionals who probably lead outwardly normal lives, a police psychologist says. "They're probably not appreciably different from the guy next door," said Richard Newman, a clinical psychologist for the past 20 years. Police say the two men have robbed 35 grocery stores in Oregon and Washington since 1987. The robbers have gotten away with $1.5 million, averaging $43,000 per robbery. In November 1990 the two masked gunmen tied up four employees of Market Place grocery on Commerce Avenue in Longview, forced them to pry open tills and fled with an undisclosed amount of money. They sprinkled pepper on floors before leaving in an attempt to throw off tracking dogs. Newman developed a psychological profile of the two men after joining the investigation 18 months ago. "I think, first of all, that they're very bright," Newman said Friday. As they did in the Longview robbery, the men routinely hide in the stores and, disguised with ski masks, confront store employees shortly after closing. One man holds employees at gunpoint while the other orders the manager to open the store's safe and empty currency. Please see Grocery, Page A2 can dig it Tf is im-M, mm , U . . 'J'-" -rf " v 51 H "" f )(' - -$y - , . -" 'J . Chips of a quartz-like rock used for knives and spear points are unearthed The site's interest lies in its many unknowns and suggestions it may date from 6,000 years ago. Archaeologists aren't even certain whether it was used by a branch of the Chinook or Klickitat tribe. On the robbery trail Here is a list of the stores robbed: May 1 4, 1 987, Thriftway, Aberdeen, Wash. Way 14. 1988. Howard's. Tigard, Ore. Aug. 13, 1988, Gl Joe's, Beaverton, Ore. Sept. 10, 1988, Hank's 2, Hillsboro, Ore. Oct. 1. 1988, Thriftway, Canby, Ore. Nov. 10, 1988, Thriftway, Gladstone, Ore. Jan. 5, 1989, Payless, Oregon City, Ore. Feb. 26, 1989, Payless, Woodburn, Ore. May 20, 1989. Payless, Newberg, Ore. June 25, 1989, Thriftway, Newberg Nov. 19, 1989, Albertson's, Kennewick, Wash. Feb. 3, 1990, Payless, The Dalles.Ore. April 30, 1990, Thriftway. Salem. June 24, 1990, Food Warehouse, Hood Rivera Sept. 2, 1990, Albertson's, Richland Sept. 15, 1990, Food Pavilion, Warrenton, Ore. Oct. 14, 1990, Payless, Eugene Oct. 18, 1990, Albertson's. Medford, Ore NOV. 25, 1990, MARKETPLACE, LONGVIEW Dec. 8, 1990, Thriftway, Lake Oswego, Ore. Dec. 18, 1990, Food Warehouse, Springfield, Ore. Jan. 19, 1991, Strohecker's, Portland. Feb. 20, 1991, Thriftway, Milwaukie, Ore. March 29, 1991, Zupan's, McMinnville, Ore. May 4, 1991, Albertson's. Lacey, Wash. June 16, 1991. Price Chopper, Grants Pass July 21, 1991, Albertson's, Roseburg, Ore. Aug. 10, 1991. Lind's Plaza, Woodburn, Ore. Aug 23, 1991, Wagner's, Redmond, Ore. Oct. 1 0, 1 991 , Rosauers, Spokane Ncv. 3, 1991, Albertson's, Spokane Dec. 15, 1991, Jim's Market, Banks, Ore. May 19, 1992, Wizer's. Lake Oswego June 11, 1992, Albertson's, La Grande, Ore. July 19, 1392, Haukes Sentry, Astoria The Associated Press v - V;; " - i r f w. Daily News photos by Bill Wagnei Carson, Wash., where Indians are believed to have lived 6,000 years ago earth for history search Rick McClure, staff archaeologist for the Gifford Pinchot, said the four-year exploration will test a hypothesis that the site was a winter camp. To prove that, diggers must find evidence of buildings, storage pits and Johnson to run for commissioner By Pat Matuska The Daily Newt Controversial and outspoken Kelso City Councilwoman Diana Johnson on Friday entered the race for a vacant county commission seat, challenging her city's m ayor and four other Democrats. Johnson, who has made headlines throughout her six years on the council, said she felt she "could do a lot of good" for the people of the county, and that she was attracted to the idea of holding a full-time position. Johnson, 34, admits that she's done a lot of "butting heads" while on the council and that her style "doesn't make me a popular person." "I've never had a great rapport with the council," she said, but despite her NASA delays release of shuttle's satellite SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) Last-minute communication problems today forced a one-day delay in the release of a retrievable satellite bearing brine shrimp eggs, bacteria and fungi spores from the space shuttle Atlantis. The Eureca scientific satellite, owned by the European Space Agency, was to have been released early this morning. But several problems developed today involving the satellite's data handling and communications systems. "Today has not been particularly kind to us. At this point, we're looking at a 24-hour delay to the Eureca release," Mission Control's Sam Gemar told Atlantis' crew. Most of the problems had been resolved by late this morning, said Eckart Graf, ESA's systems engineering and v JIV i 3 1. 'C, v Looking for a few good diggers There are still a few slots available for would-be archaeologists interested in working at the Trout Creek archaeological site on the Wind River. Participants must be at least 18 years old and make a commitment to work two weeks. The Forest Service provides sleeping quarters in a bunk house, but participants must provide their own food. Digs will continue until Aug. 22. For more information, call 206-750-5012 and ask for Rick McClure. heavy tools. No such evidence has shown up in nine pits dug so far. The pits are about a yard square and a yard deep. Another possibility is that the site was a seasonal fishing camp meant to take advantage of a winter steelhead Please see Dig, Page A2 outsider qualities, she still feels that she could get things accomplished. Among the people Johnson will face in the Sept. 15 primary is Kelso Mayor Don Gregory. "I'll run with my record and she can run with hers," Gregory said this morning when asked to comment on Johnson's candidacy. Other Democrats who filed this week are Jon Taylor, Glen Munsey and Steve Kephart. Republicans Kathie Griffin and Dick Howell have also filed for the seat to be vacated by retiring Commissioner Dick Maruhn. Johnson has had many run-ins with police during her time on the council, but said she doesn't feel these incidents will hurt her credibility or reputation. Last month, police were called to her operations manager. The only remaining glitch involved lapses in the flow of data from Eureca to the ground via the orbiter. If ESA managers can maintain good communication between Eureca and ground stations, Atlantis' astronauts will try again to release the satellite Sunday morning, Graf said. That will be the last chance for Eureca; if it is not deployed, it will be bundled back into the payload bay for the rest of the mission, he said. The shuttle was to hold the satellite on its mechanical arm until Sunday. "We're still optimistic for a successful mission, and we think that Eureca is going to get a good successful mission out of this as well," NASA flight director Phil Engelauf said today. 2,400 troops to Kuwait White House wants to display show of force, show Iraq who's boss Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON The Bush administration will dispatch 2,400 Army troops to Kuwait in a move intended by the White House as a gesture of resolve against newly aggressive stirrings by Iraq's Saddam Hussein, U.S. officials said Friday. Pentagon spokesman Pete Williams said that the troops would participate in a "field training exercise" that would supplement previously announced naval and amphibious exercises that U.S. forces will be conducting with the Kuwaiti military over the coming weeks. He said that he did not know how long the soldiers would remain in the Persian Gulf emirate. But other administration officials said that the move was intended to "send a message" warning Iraq against its use of military force against Shiite Muslim civilians in the nation's south and potentially against Kuwait itself. In outlining the rationale for the move, administration officials emphasized its value in reassuring jittery Kuwaitis whose small nation was invaded two years ago by Hussein's Iraqi army, which was then ousted by an allied military coalition and making clear to Baghdad that the United States is taking seriously Hussein's refusal to comply with the U.N. resolutions that dictated the terms for an end to the Persian Gulf War. "The rationale for it is the same as sending the Patriots to Kuwait," a White House official said. "Saddam Hussein has begun to talk about Kuwait as a 19th province again, and these are some precautionary measures." Even before Friday's announcement, the White House had taken other steps to shore up the U.S. military presence in the region. The Army sent a battery of Patriot anti-missile missiles to Kuwait, supplementing six Patriot batteries already in the region. Each battery has eight missiles. The aircraft carrier Kennedy cut short scheduled shore time in the Caribbean after it was ordered to begin making its way eastward. It is now conducting exercises in the Atlantic, but military officials have made clear that it remains ready to continue its journey to the Middle East if necessary. Two other aircraft carriers are already in place within striking distance of Iraq. The two Army units to be dispatched to the region too: part in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. The Fort Hood, Texas-based 1st Cavalry was among the first U.S. tank divisions dispatched to Saudi Arabia in October 1990. It played the role of division-in-reserve as the ground war began, and did not see heavy combat. home to investigate a domestic violence charge against Johnson, who was accused of shoving her new husband only hours after their wedding ceremony. No charges have been filed. In February 1991, Johnson was convicted of third-degree malicious mischief for damaging her friend's furniture by throwing it off her porch. She has appealed the conviction to the state Supreme Court. Council members complained that at one point last year Johnson had missed 57 percent of the council's meetings. Johnson said her record of attendance did not prove she would not make an active county commissioner. "I think the people in Kelso like me," Johnson said, adding that they should Please see Johnson, Page A2 The satellite release is the first task facing Atlantis' seven-member crew. Crew members began preparing for the deployment after the shuttle reached a 264-mile-high orbit following Friday morning's launch. Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier grappled Eureca with the shuttle's robot arm Friday night, then lifted the satellite from the cargo bay so its systems could be activated and its solar panels outstretched, facing the sun. In addition to the biological materials, the satellite holds crystals and a telescope that measures X-rays and gamma ray bursts. Another Atlantis crew is to retrieve Eureca next spring so scientists can analyze the samples and the satellite can be outfitted for another flight. 1 1

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