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THE DAILY GLbBE. Ironwood. Ml — pinion Ottawa National Forest soliciting comments on relocation proposals Special to Th«Gk>b« Office relocation discussions are under way at the Ottawa National Forest Service office. The Forest '• Service has been reorganizing and streamlining for the past few years due to a need for increased efficiencies as a result of decreasing budgets and declining numbers of employees. The Final step in developing a structure that will address the reduction in people and dollars, as well as meet the needs of the public is to assess the physical facilities silua- lion. "We have developed three proposals regarding the number and location of facilities we will need to operate in an efficient and economical manner. Since this decision has the potential to affect the public, as well as employees, the Forest Service is soliciting comments on the relocation/consolidation of our present facilities," said Pat Curran, at the Ottawa National Forest office. "Wo want to continue to provide the best customer service possible to all the people who use and enjoy the Ottawa National For,'est," Curran siad. . Three., alternatives' have been, identified which may affect the current location of the supervisor's office in Ironwood and the Iron River, Beryland, Ontonngon, Bessemer and Kenton district offices. One of the alternatives involves combining the supervisor's office with the Bessemer office in a location'to'be determined between Wakefield and Ironwood. The same alternative consolidates the Iron River office with the Wutcrsmect office. The Ontonngon, Ber- gtand and Kenton offices would be consolidated in a new office in Bruce Crossing. Another alternative eliminates the Bessemer office, places the supervisor's office in n location ' to be determined, but within the area between AVakofield and Ironwood, and has offices in Bergland, Kenton and Waters- NXA WOULD UUN01 NUOWR MKOKFIKT. meet, The third alternative leaves the facilities structure as is. "Just as with natural resource projects, we want to work with people and hear from you. It is Forest Service policy to consider the social and economic impacts of office relocations/consolidations on the public, as well as conduct a Civil Rights Impact Analysis, to gauge the effects on a person's civil rights. We welcome your comments," said Curran. / The open comment period will run until July 3. For more information on the relocation/consolidation proposals and/or to comment on them, contact Pat Curran, Ottawa National Forest, E6248 U.S. 2, Ironwood, MI 49938; Voice (906)932-1330, ext, 308; Fax (906)032-0122; TTY (906)932-0301; email, pc'jrrran/r9_ottawn<3fs.fed,us, either by letter, e-mail or phone or on Web site www.fs.-fed.us/r9/ottawa. Clinton tabs Brazil SHANGHAI, China (AP) — When a Chinese radio listener asked him to play sports forecaster on the World Cup soccer tournament, President Clinton hedged and went with the odds. "It's hard for me to predict," Clinton began telling the caller on Shanghai People's Radio today. Then he added: Tin not an expert on soccer, but the Brazilians are always hard to beat." "I watched them play a tot, and they're always very good," Clinton said. Brazil is a four-time Cup winner and a perpetual favorite. Clinton, during the live radio interview, admitted that "soccer came rather late to Americans because we had football and basketball," but now is catching on. "Now, more and more of our children are playing Clinton said. . Finance reform cooling off By DONALD M. ROTHBERG AP Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Disclosure of shoddy fund-raising practices by both parties made campaign finance reform a hot issue early this year. But it now is clear that Congress cannot agree on meaningful change and the public does not much care. Washington Today Most members of Congress are in their' home districts for the July Fourth recess and few are likely to encounter any demands that they do something about the way political money is raised and spent. ''It comes at the bottom of the list of things that people want," said Curtis Cans, director of the nonpartisan Committee for the Study of the American Electorate. Their eyes glaze over when they look at particular solutions." Money proved too powerful for the forces that tried to curb its influence in politics. So p too did a public cynicism fed by the perception that the elected officials who raise and spend that money won't do a../thing to change the system. There's more cynicism than I've ever seen," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a principal architect of the campaign legislation that died in the Senate early this year, victim of a Republican filibuster. . Former. Vice President Walter F. Mondale, who joined with former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker, R-Kan., in seeking public Support for change in campaign laws, said they encountered a mood "somewhere between cynicism and lack of optimism about the possibility of reform." President Clinton spoke out strongly on the need for new campaign finance laws and endorsed the bill pushed by McCain and Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis. "There is no substitute for strong, bipartisan campaign fi- nance reform legislation passed by the Congress," the president said. But his advocacy of reform was somewhat diminished by awareness that so^ne of the worst abuses took place in Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign. McCain also was in the forefront of the failed effort to pass broad legislation to toughen regulation of tobacco and discourage smoking by teen-agers. That, too, was a victim of money, although McCain said it was not necessarily political money. The Arizona senator said major credit for the defeat of the tobacco bill should go to the $41 million advertising campaign by the industry. Ads portrayed the legislation as u huge tax increase rather than an effective means of curbing smoking. Frank Newport of the Gallup Organization said polling last week found only 36 percent of people saying the tobacco bill should have passed nnd 44 percent saying it should not have. In an indication of the effectiveness of the industry advertising campaign, the Gallup survey found 50 percent agreeing that the measure was "mostly a bill to provide money for government spending by raising taxes." Forty-one percent thought it was intended to reduce teen smoking. Newport said campaign finance and tobacco are "recessed issues" — matters that if you remind people about them "they'll say something ought to be done." But ask those same people what issues matter the most to them, and campaign finance overhaul is rarely mentioned. One reason for the failure of both tobacco and campaign finance legislation was the lack of a clear perception by the public that the proposals were the right approach. "I don't think there's agreement even on the nature of the problem," said Gans, the student of voting trends. "I don't 'believe money is as evil as people claim." Will La Nina succeed El Nino? By JANE E.ALLEN AP Science Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — El Nino is dying. According to satellite images, the Pacific Ocean waters warmed by El Nino are receding. Colder temperatures are creeping in. But scientists say it's still too early to say whether it'a time to crown, a successor: La Nina, the cooling masses of water that often follow the El Nino warming trend. "It's way too early to call this a La Nina," said Bill Patzert, a research oceanographer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. "It may be too soon to say 'goodbye' to El Nino and 'hello La Nina,' because the effects of El Nino will be in the climate system for a long time," he said Friday. If La Nina is on its way, "we'd expect to SCR clear, strong indication of it by late summer or early fall — in approximately August or September —just like we did last year with El Nino," Patzert said. El Nino is created when trade winds weaken, allowing a large mass of warm water in the western Pacific to pulse to the east along the e'quntor toward South America. The phenomenon, which takes its name from the Spanish words for the Christ child, is so named because the worm waters typically reach South America nround Christmas, Doonesbury Flashbacks During El Nino, the warm water interacts with the atmosphere above it, creating a worldwide disruption in weather patterns. The 1997-98 El Nino, the strongest ever recorded, meant record rain in California, heavy flooding in Peru, drought and wildfires in Indonesia and tornadoes and flooding in the Southeast. La Nina, Spanish for "little girl," is just the opposite. The warm conditions of El Nino return to the west and trade winds roar back more strongly than normal. Col'' water extends from South America into the central Pacific, also disrupting global weather patterns, BY GARRY TRUDEAU Tuesday, June 30.1996 PageG DAILY RASSN. Gary Lamber^f Andy Hill Editor/General Manager Managing Editor Ralph Ansami News Editor In Our Opinion Plastics a small part of recycling Recycling is a fact of life for many of us these days. The rising cost of disposing of trash haa given many of us enough incentive to get with a recycling program. Future mandates will, ho doubt, make recycling part of the daily routine for those who haven't taken up the cause, as yet. County and municipal recycling programs can be a valid component of an integrated approach to municipal solid waste management in most areas. To date, most curbside programs are not economical. The cost of collection of many items can outweigh the money generated on the market — at least for now. Markets can and will be expanded to provide a place for these materials. When they do, the recycling picture will be different. Consumers seem confused about plastics recycling, particularly packaging. Many are convinced vast amounts of fossil fuels can be saved by the collection and reprocessing of plastics. Not really. . Plastics use less than 3 percent of all energy in the U.S. annually. Plastic products use 7 percent of the natural gaa and 2 percent of the oil we consume. Plastic packaging is a fraction of the total plastic end use and consumes less than 1 percent of all fossil fuel, If plastic packaging could be recycled at even a high rate of 25 percent, the net savings in fossil fuel use is pretty small — .025 percent of the total There are other good reasons to recycle plastic packaging, including saving landfill apace. It also promotes personal responsibility in dealing with the everyday items we all use. Recycling household garbage is an issue that offers many valuable lessons about applying economic principles to environmental policy. On examination, recycling can be an area where public perception and political prescription can be out of sync with environmental and economic reality Study: 75 percent of children in sports drop out by age 14 EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Whether they win or lose, a new study ihows children want more focus on how they ploy the game. Seventy-five percent of children in organized sporta will drop out by age 14, according to a Michigan State University study. Three out of four also wouldn't mind if no one kept score. Studies show that it's often the parents who make organized sports more about winning than about having fun. "We cant malign all parents," Martha Ewing, a sports psychologist at Michigan State University, told The Detroit News for a Sunday story. "But there are some that have forgotten — or maybe never knew — what the real role of sports participation was all about." A high-pressure youth sports environment is also to blame ; With teams traveling hundreds of miles for games and practices occupying all of a child's free time, the games are no longer as much fun "And they lose interest because it's the only thing in their life," Ms. Ewing said. Berry's World ^WARMING UNTIL YOU'VE TRIED IT

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