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l O0 The following articles me not neoemrily the views of the Ouad City Herald or its employm. Where have all the salmon gone? by Adele Ferguson So, at last, the feds, the governor, the Legislature, the megalopolis counties have noticed that the salmon are gone. Well, almost gone, the chinook, that is, the kings. Where the hell have they been all these years that people like me--and I was no lone voice in the wilderness--were crying out that the draggers had decimated the kelp on which the herring spawn to provide food for the kings? That the state fisheries department had transformed its hatchery program into producing a non-biting salmon to enhance the commercial catch at the expense of the wild stock? That the commercials, tribal and non-tribal, were killing the silvers and kings they caught incidental to the chums, pinks and sockeye they were authorized to catch? And nobody did a damn thing about it. NOW they worry, now that the feds have designated the chinook as"threatened." Gee, that could stop homebuilding if the environment is affected, sobbed the state. "'Salmon," intoned Gov. Gary Locke, "are one of the icons of the Pacific Northwest and a symbol of our quality of life." Thanks a lot, Gary. How come you are just nctw getting around to filling the 9th seat on the state Fish and Wildlife Commission that has been vacant since Jan. 1, 1997? Didn't interest you that much? Once, the average Joe who rented or owned a boat and liked to go fishing for salmon, meant something. In 1934, Initiative 77 was passed, 275,507 for, 153,811 against, banning commercial fishing from east of Port Angeles through Puget Sound until Oct. 5 except for hook and line. The commercials could come in from Oct. 5 through Nov. 20, except on weekends. The ban was temporarily lifted during World War II and permanently discarded by the 1970 Legislature at the request of fisheries director Thor Tollefson and Gov. Dan Evans. Tollefson, a defeated congressman who needed a job, was in bed with the commercials who wanted to go into the Sound and Lake Washington early and catch a predicted abundance of sockeye. Sockeye, proclaimed Tollefson, won't take a lure, and these will be wasted if we don't let them be commercially taken. Irate sports fishers wrote the newspapers naming the lures that sockeye could be caught on, but the deed was done. Purse seiner-legislators chaired the House and Senate committees that dealt with fish. It was the beginning of the end for sports fishers, kings and silvers to follow. It was under Tollefson's regime that the state offered to give the Indians 30 percent of the salmon harvest and Judge Boldt upped the ante to 50 percent. The 1951 sports catch of 400,000 fish dropped to 100,000 in 1971. The commercials were being allocated 85 percent of the catch while contributing 15 percent of the fisheries budget. Sports fishers got 15 percent of the catch, while contributing 85 percent of the total budget. When fisheries wanted money for fish enhancement, $10 was added to the sports license cost, not to commercials, who also pay no sales tax on any purchases made for their vessels. An initiative effort in 1973 to close the waters to the commercials fell short by 20,000 names when the fisheries department led an attack against it. The ring in Fisheries' nose was held by the commercials. By 1975, thesports catch was 31,341. By 1981, it was 18,003. The tribal harvest that year was 113,973 including 28,450 silvers and kings that died in their nets as "incidental catch." Non-Indian commercials took 54,000 chums, plus incidentally caught silvers and kings. There's where the salmon went, over the side as incidental catch, and taken in bank-to-bank nets by the tribes after a handful of spawners were allowed to go upstream. The state has carte blanche from the courts to do whatever it takes for the conservation of the resource and it did zilch, preferring to let the Indians and commercials call the shots, until director Bern Shanks came along last year. Two years ago, the tribes caught 600,000 more fish than their 50 percent called for. Where did the salmon go? They were sacrificed to the greed of the commercial fishers, tribal and non -tribal, and the God-awful, miserable, damn near criminal performance of our own Fisheries Department. (Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, Wa., 98340.) Kids take a back set to politics By Don C. Brunell, President Association of Washington Business You'd think politicians would put politics aside when it comes to doing what is best for our kids. But they didn't, and the charter school bill died again this year in the state legislature. Charter schools are public scbools formed and run by parents and teachers without the bureaucratic red tape which often strangles creativity and progress in our public schools. Many elected officials from President Clinton to Gov. Gary Locke to a large contingent of our state legislators support charter schools, but like everything else, the devil's in the details. It appeared a charter school bill had a chance this year when the Governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson and Republican legislative leaders hammered out an agreement to set up charter schools in Washington. The bill would have allowed 20 new charter schools each year for four years and would have allowed an unlimited number of existing public schools to convert to charter schools if a majority of parents and teachers agreed. If the bill had passed, Washington would have joined 29 other states and the District of Columbia which have established nearly 800 charter schools serving 190,000 students. , But the agreement came under attach fro both conservatives and liberals. The sticking point for conservative Republicans was that charter schools would have to abide by the education reforms passed in 1993. Liberal Democrats, who don't like charter schools, hid behind a "legislative process" question to kill the bill. They claimed the accord reached between the Governor and the legislature didn't go through the propercommittee-- never mind its content. So, politics won and our kids lost. In fact, we all lost an opportunity to try creative alternatives to the current system, and to put parents and teachers back in control of our children's education. IIIII I II I Babies I I I I I March 1 -a boy, Kelvin, to Lucelia [ March I -agirl,Ana, toAnaGuzman I March 2 - a boy, Carlos, to Maria andAntonio Oregon, Brodgeport. and Roberto Rodriguez, Bridgeport. and Jaime Valdez, Bridgeport. I I The Desk Behind the Editor By Doris Vallance I I I II II I Daughter-in-law Tonya called Sunday with, whatcha doing ? Gotta run to Omak want to go ? As I had just been sitting there pondering what to do, if anything, I immediately said let's go! Not an eventful trip such as this one I had in March of1988, again I borrow this column. Beautiful day, time to go, see, and do. I should have stayed homeove to Omak, unfortunately, by myself,: a[] my traveling buddies were busy this fine day. I parked the pickup, got out, slammed the door and stood there horror struck, I'd locked the keys inside! ! looked around quickly to make sure no one saw me do this dumb thing, why? I have no ldea/becatJe soon everybody on the street would know my dilemma. Try the door, that's dumb, I know 1 locked it, walk nonchalant to the other side, try the door, and that was dumber than the first try, I knew darn good and well it was locked. Okay, so now what? With as much composure as I could muster I walked right in a store and asked for assistance. Was there somebody that could help this little old lady get back in her vehicle? "No problem, we do this all the time," two fine gentlemen told me as we approached the pickup. Their assurance faded fast as they took a look at those in the side of the door, sliding lock buttons. This was not one of those ordinary, reach in, pull up the latch, open the door jobs! And now the people began to gather around, everybody had a different idea on what to do, confiding they had all gone through this same embarrassing situation, lf l could just walk this red face away, come back, open the door and drive away! I had left the window on the passenger side open just a wee bit so the two gentlemen decided another coat hanger attached to the one in use would reach the keys and then they could, with luck, slip them through the window opening. Good idea. Several tries and they were indeed successful and handed me one beautifulset of keys! HA! HA! Printer Dave locked his keys in his pickup this morning! QUAD CITY HERALD LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The following Letters to the Editor are not necessarily the views of the Ouad City Herald or its employees. Don't take it as a threat! Letter to the Editor, While attending a meeting, March 2nd, in the Commissioners Hearing room regarding the listing and recovery of the steelhead trout. I was so amazed and shocked that I spoke and acted in such a way 1 feel I owe an apology to the County Commissioners as well as the ladies present at the time. My apology is only for the graphic language used in directing mycommentsto Mr. MichaelT. Gmdy, Senior PolicyAnalyst for National Marine Fisheries Service, NMFS. 1 did get the reaction thai I wanted from this individual. I had been listening to Mr. Grady for some time telling us, the community, how we are in a denial mode and need to go forward toward meeting the plan for the recovery of the steelhead which was listed as endangered on February 20, 1998. The listing is in a0d on the northern portion of the Columbia River and its tributaries primarily Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties. During the first portion of his presentation, every other sentence was dealing with penalties, lawsuits, and denial of funds if the County did not establish plans for approval by NMFS. Discussion ranged from bridges for which the County was to receive DOT funds to building roads and/or streets to erecting structures close to a waterway - a structure which mightcause harm or harassment to any endangered species habitat. Mr. Grady advised that the bull trout and chinook salmon are coming up for listing also - so we need to be aware of more restrictions. According to NMFS, if streams do not have enough water fl0w to guarantee the safety of the species, we must find a way to increase the flow no matter that water is being removed for agricultural purposes. The restoration within the National Forest could severely impact grazing, logging (already impacted) and all forms of recreational use. In short, anything that will potentially impact habitat will be totally controlled by NMFS. During the presentation and discussion period, Mr. Grady had been extremely positive toward the recovery program, repeatedly told us we were in denial because so many people tried to point out the tremendous impact that this listing would have on the community. Any property that was restricted from being used was indeed a "taking", but we should consider that "taking" to he our contribution to the restoration of the species and the good of our fellow man. I objected quite strongly to anyone coming into our area and threatening us if we do not comply as "they" see fit. I also stated my opinion and perception of Mr.Grady'spresentation. When I concluded, I said"Thank you" and took my seat. Mr. Grady came unglued and stated that he would not tolerate such an outburst again because he had spent many hours- sometimes up to 7 - driving from his home in Olympia to be involved in these proceedings. He also stated that he was a single father who had to leave 3 children at home. In order not to prolong the hearing, I chose to acknowledge Mr. Grady's outburst and my further thoughts in this letter. First let me point out that while Mr. Grady made the long and perilous trip to help us, he was driving a newer model vdhicle with heater. radio etc. furnished by the Government: and his fuel, meals, lodging and salary were and are being paid by the Government. In contrast, many of our citizens travel to Olympia (same distance both ways) in their own vehicles, paying their own expenses. and often at a loss of income to present local issues to our legislators. I really do not understand how Mr. Grady has been a factor in Okanogan County receiving excessive funding on different projects when compared per capita to other counties, but he pointed this out. I do know that the hardships of his occasional tripsto theOkanogan pale in comparison to a rancher riding a cold saddle from daylight to dark taking care of his stock to make ends meet - despite increased regulations. Or to 3 a.m./5 days a week starts for people in the timber industry so they can be at the landing before daylight - even if they have to chain up to get out or to their destination. Or to the orchardist or farmer working in all kinds of weather at all hours of the day and night to make a living from their crops and provide food to the rest of the world. Most all of these people have children at home too. These are the same people who pay the taxes to support these recovery projectsand otherGovemment costs such as Mr. Grady's salary and expenses. Noble L. Kelly Malott, Washington ;00mall town environment Dear Ike: It's an old clich6 about small towns, but true nonetheless: "great place to raise kids." From m y perspective, small towns provide a good environment for so much more. Education, athletic participation, business opportunity, the outdoor life and a social mix that spans the full range of humanity are but a paltry few of the things I like about my life here. Recently, while recovering from a most unexpected serious heart bypass surgery, I had time to reflect and appreciate another aspect of small town life that I hold most dear. That is the spiritual side of a small community. I want to thank all of the people in the Quad-City area for their wonderful thoughts and prayers on my behalf. I just can't tell you how much it has meant to me (and my family) to be supported on your spiritual shoulders during the last few weeks. Your efforts have paid off, someone has been listening, and I am healing at a rapid rate. Thank you. In the lost humor department, I was not afforded an opportunity to dazzle the nursing staff nor my close family with a humorous gem as I came out of anesthesia. I had been in thelCU for twodays watchiBgvarious i old gentlemen come to after their surgeries and noticed that they were always asked," Who are you?" and "Do you know where you are?" Well, I memorized my reply, but at the appointed time, nobody asked me the right questions. Furthermore, when I signaled I had something profound to write, my hand was not even able to hold the pen, let alone write. So alas,dearfriends, my cleverly thought out lines shall have to be told irr this forum, post facto: My answers were Bill Clinton, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and send Miss Lewinsky in here right awayl Yours truly, Dan Pariseau Seeking information Dear Editor:. You have a tittle lady Helen Maclntire who is a subscriber of your paper and she in turn gave it to Neeva Cox to read who in turn passed it on to me because of your item re - Legion and our play they put on in 1928 and my name appears there in. After reading about the play I began to wonder if anyone else that participated was still alive. Can you think of any survivors and if so would you kindly put me in touch. I was a 100 years old as of November 12, 1997. I thank you most sincerely, E. O. Allen 657 Okanogan Avenue Wenatchee, WA. 98801 Casting for Methow Ttma II ::I'm licked] Just:when, I, figure out how to catch Methow Tuna, they close the river. Why?Acouple of irresponsible fishermen were targeting steelhead on the lower Methow.The Department of fisheries agents observed the fishermen releasing the steelhead, but it wasobviousto them that the steelhead were their primary fish, not whitefish. Fishing for whitefish was used as a guise. One of our local agents, Pat Heenan had lobbied the Fish and Wildlife Department in Olympia to reopen the Methow River for whitefishing. It had previously been closed to protect the endangered steelhead. The state published a pamphlet with guidelines for fishing in Washington. After studying this pamphlet, I found that I could legally fish for whitefish on the Methow March 31. Pat Heenan attended the recent meeting of interested flyfishennen in the Valley. He was happy that whitefishing had been reinstated and was optimistic regarding summer trout fishing on the Methow. Hedidn't findout until March 7 that the system had been closed. After releasing a number of feisty fish on Friday, March 6, I found that despite myefforts to fish legally, the waters had been closed February 27. Pat Heenan called me Sunday and asked me to inform all readers of the Methow Valley News that the Methow River is officially closed to all fishing until further notice. Looks like we've done it to ourselves! Jim Gaston, Twisp I00olice department seeking block grant Money to held purchase more eauipment. The Brewster Police Department will sponsor hearings Tuesday, March 24 for the purpose of gathering public comment on a proposed grant application for the cities of Brewster and Pateros. The hearings will be at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the Brewster City Hall and 7 p.m. at the council chambers in the Pateros City Hall. Police officers are seeking a block grant for about $11,000; the money is part of a federal program to help small police departments in combatting specific crime problems and in purchasing equipment, said Brewster police sergeant Jerry Neumann. If the grant is approved, the city would receive about $10,000 and would provide about $ l,O00in matching funds. Officers plan to spend some of the money to provide extra lighting in the city parks and buy video cameras for the patrol ears, as well as otherprojects to enhance public safety and promote community policing, Neumann said. Thisis the second year the depaninent has submitted an application. They received money in 1997; it was used to pay for extra lighting around the Brewster Senior Center, support the police reserve program and Explorea- Scout program, as well as paying part of the cost of a new police car. (The new car will be delivered in April, Neumann said.) 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