Longview Daily News from Longview, Washington on December 20, 2007 · 13
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Longview Daily News from Longview, Washington · 13

Longview, Washington
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
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The Daily News online: wwwtdncom THE DAILY NEWS LONGVIEW WASH THURSDAY DECEMBER 20 2007 B3 NORTHWEST NEWS White Pass expansion put on hold THE ASSOCIATED PRESS YAKIMA — The White Pass Ski Area has agreed to halt work on a major expansion project until a federal judge rules on an appeal by environmental groups seeking to block it The agreement is designed to avoid the time and expense of arguing a request for a restraining order to halt all work White Pass Co which owns the ski area has been seeking to expand for years to reduce congestion at the site located 55 miles west of Yakima on US Highway 12 The ski area draws an average of 108000 visitors a year After conducting an environmental review the US Forest Service issued a record of decision in July to let the ski area add two chairlifts and a midmountain lodge expand a trail network and move paved parking to reduce ski area congestion arid improve safety The 805-acre ski complex would gain the use of 767 acres in the Hogback Basin a roadless area now used by backcountry skiers for a total of 1572 acres The expansion would nearly double the size of the ski area though the resort would still be smaller than Washington’s largest ski resorts The Hogback Basin Preservation Association and the Sierra Club filed suit in federal court in Seattle They maintain that the Forest Service decision violated rules established for roadless areas and failed to comply with environmental and other federal statutes and administrative actions Kevin McCarthy general manager of the ski area said Tuesday that White Pass and the groups have reached an accord in principle to delay any further expansion work pending a hearing on the appeal likely next spring “Both sides worked to come up with a voluntary stay so we don’t go through the courts” he said “We agreed to stop at a certain point and let the courts hear the merits” David Bahr a Eugene Ore attorney representing the Hogback Basin groups said “White Pass is being reasonable and we are trying to be reasonable and get this whole thing reviewed” Enlarging White Pass has been the subject of discussion and planning for more than two decades Previous attempts to obtain approval have been thwarted by lawsuits over road-building in the Hogback area a roadless expanse adjacent to the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area that conservationists want to see protected from development Congress withdrew the Hogback Basin from the Goat Rocks Wilderness in a 1984 wilderness bill The lawsuit contends the Forest Service’s environmental review failed to consider all alternatives or look at the cumulative impacts of increasing human activity near wilderness “This is the first instance we are aware of in which a ski area is proposed to develop into an inventoried roadless area” Bahr said “We see it as an important test of whether the rule will survive the threat” View my listings on & R! Ho me Finder Log onto WWWldtlCDIH Tina Wallace realestate tmwyahoocom 423 6012 Cowilz Lewis County i312DB3aBESm Serial EfjlOer pleads guilty to third murder THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SALEM — A convicted serial killer serving two life sentences has pleaded guilty to the murder of an 18-year-old pizza delivery girl who disappeared 25years ago William Scott Smith 48 entered the plea Tuesday at a brief hearing before Marion County Presiding Judge Paul Lipscomb attended by law enforcement officials and the family of Sherry Eyerly Smith killed Eyerly 18 during a botched kidnap attempt according to a confession he made to “cold case” investigators for the Marion County sheriff’s office After kidnapping the wrong woman Smith strangled Eyerly in a secluded spot along the Little Pudding River he told police He left her body in the river It never has been recovered Under a plea deal with prosecutors Smith immediately starts a third life sentence that will run alongside the two he is serving for the sex slayings of two other young Salem women in 1984 Smith was convicted in July 1984 of the murders of Willamette University student Katherine Redmond 18 and convenience store clerk Rebecca Ann Darling 21 Both women were found strangled after disappearing under mysterious circumstances Redmond’s car was found abandoned in Salem less than an hour after she left a fraternity Oregon into By Julia Silverman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PORTLAND — While making no promises key lawmakers signaled Wednesday they’ll consider allowing school districts to fund full-day kindergarten programs by charging tuition at least through the end of this school year Last month a Corvallis parent complained about the practice saying it was unfair to low-income parents On Tuesday a legal opinion from the state Attorney General’s office backed that up stating that districts shouldn’t charge tuition because “the extended program is the regular program” The Oregon Department of Education has been circulating a proposal for lawmakers to consider during the monthlong session set for February which would allow districts to continue to fund full-day kindergarten through tuition until If yQu’tej experiencing shquldei? problems Lqnpyijgxs !t Aqqqqiateq can help Longview Orthopedic Associates Pacific Surgical Institute 625 9th Avenue Suite 210 Longview Washington 98632 (360) 501-3400 wwwlongviewpsicomloa The Associated Press Linda Eyerly second from left the mother of murder victim Sherry Eyerly wipes away tears at a press conference Tuesday In Salem Convicted serial killer William Scott Smith 48 serving two life sentences pleaded guilty to the murder of Eyerly who disappeared 25 years ago party the engine running and the driver’s door open Smith dragged Darling from the store where she worked Both women had been raped Eyerly disappeared the evening of July 4 1982 after being sent to deliver three large pizzas to a remote location Deputy District Attorney Don Abar said Her car was found nearby less than a half hour later with the driver’s door open the engine running the headlights on and the emergency brake set The pizzas lay on the ground near her car Her disappearance created a sensation in Salem Searches for the young woman proved fruitless Thousands of dollars in reward money went unclaimed The television show “Unsolved Mysteries” revisited the case mul lawmakers look all-day kindergarten the end of the 2009-2010 school year The proposed law would also shield school districts from potential lawsuits or mass refunds for tuition charged over previous years “I think the school districts that have gone this route were operating in good faith and they believed they could do this” said state Senate President Peter Courtney D-Salem whose local school district fs among those charging for full-day kindergarten “They should not be penalized in any way” Allowing districts to continue charging tuition even just through the end of the year is trickier Some lawmakers have qualms about setting a precedent that requires payment for any form of public education or don’t want to sign off on an extension of the tuition On the other hand said Senate Majority Leader Athletes aren’t the only people who experience rotator cuff problems In fact most shoulder injuries are suffered by those 40 and over If shoulder pain is interfering with your ability to work’ play ' and enjoy life contactthe experienced staff at Longview Orthopedic Associates for an r ' ’ appointment and diagnosis tiple times Psychics were quoted in the Statesman Journal as to who the killer might be “This is probably one of the more famous missing persons cases in this area” Abar said after Tuesday’s hearing “She was just poof she was gone and her family spent thousands looking for her” Lipscomb summed up the city’s feelings in his closing remarks Tuesday “On behalf of the community we’re all happy to have this closure today” he said Eyerly’s family declined comment but her mother released a statement “I want to thank all the law enforcement personnel who worked so hard these last two and a half decades to bring some justice for Sherry and the people who loved her so” Linda Eyerly Tunnell said in her statement Richard Devlin D-Tualatin lawmakers don’t want working families accustomed to sending their five-year-olds off to school for an entire day to be forced to find another option in the middle of the school year “We need to create a window that gives the legislature until next biennium to be able to fully fund full-day kindergarten” said House Majority Leader Dave Hunt D-Milwaukie “I support that but there are some who don’t” School districts meanwhile said Wednesday that they were consulting with their own lawyers some of whom have already opined that it is legal to charge tuition for extra kindergarten hours “We are not panicked” said Jill Case curriculum director for the Junction City school district “We are going to make a careful and legal determination” ASSOCIATES Oregon governor promises legal action over EPA decision State has adopted same greenhouse emission standards that agency rejected By William McCall THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PORTLAND — Gov Ted Kulongoski said Wednesday he will take any legal action necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles despite a US Environmental Protection Agency decision to reject California restrictions that Oregon has adopted Kulongoski and fellow Democratic Gov Chris Gre-goire of Washington led efforts to put all three Pacific Coast states on the same emission standard autos trucks and SUVs But the EPA refused Wednesday to grant a waiver to California that would have allowed those restrictions to be put into effect also blocking other states “Today’s decision by the EPA is very disappointing for Oregon and our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global warming” Kulongoski said But he said it “does not diminish my commitment to combat climate change and I will move forward with any legal or administrative means necessary to make sure Oregon can set its own tailpipe emission standards” Gregoire was also critical of the administration and the EPA decision and said Washington state would move foward “This is a failure of leadership that places our economy and our environment at risk” she said “Washington can’t wait for permission to do the right thing for our environment and future generations” The Western Environmental Law Center which has battled the Bush administration for the tougher emission standards also planned to go to court to force the EPA to grant the waiver “It’s beyond irresponsible” said Dan Galpem staff attorney for the center based in Eugene He noted the restrictions were modest and designed to allow auto manufacturers to meet the tougher standards in California Oregon and Washington with “off-the-shelf tech Gov Ted Kulongoski 4 ? & 6 4 - 4 ' d Hfr 4 V 4 ¥' 4 w A Or 4 i We’re family owned We're locally owned WE’RE HERE TO STA YI iV - 1413 Commerce Ave 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HOMF f- IJRNISHINGS L tt & SI H P CTN1 FR Mon Frl 9:30-7:00pm Sat 9:30-4:30 wwwelamshfcom Closed Sundays 4 : k £ A i t 4k it £ L A A I h C A i 4 ‘ dk A h 4 nology” that would only slightly increase the cost of cars or trucks Galpem said the Bush administration is passing up a chance to immediately reduce global warming by delaying the greenhouse gas emissions limits in California and the 16 other states that want tougher regulations 1 -“They didn’t even have to do it themselves” Galp-ern said “They could haye allowed the states to follow through with California's initiative” Tom Geiger spokesman for the Washington Environmental Council in Seattle said auto and truck emission limits are especially important to the Northwest because they are the major source of greenhouse gas pollution unlike other areas of the country where those gases are also produced by coal-fired power plants or other power generation -Nearly half the electricity in the Northwest comes from Bonneville Power Administration hydroelectricity supplied by Columbia River Basin dams “We have a lot of clean hydro power here so electricity production is less polluting than in other states across the country” Geiger said “We have to address the pollution frpm cars and trucks” Galpem said the environmental law center will join any challenge to the EPA filed by the attorneys general of the states or it will file a challenge on its own The center had already warned the administration in September it would sue the EPA if it did not approve the Oregon plan to reduce emissions after the state adopted the tougher California emission stah-dard in 2006 Washington state had made its own adoption of the standard contingent on Oregon to take effect with the 2009 model year f - Besides Oregon and Washington 10 other states have adopted the California standard — Connecticut Maine Maryland Massachusetts New Jersey New Mexico New York Pennsylvania Rhode Island and Vermont The governors of Arizona Colorado Florida and Utah have said they also plan to adppt them

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