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Ouad City, HArald March 22. 2OO1 Pa 2~ S Holes had to be punched everywhere before the Methamphetamine use and manufacture pose a danger to addicts--but it can be equally dan- gerous to people who never use or even see the drug, said Mike Patten, Olympia, a member of the Washington National Guard. Patten shared what he learned about the drug and its dangers, the signs of math use and manufac d what to do about them-- with an audience of parents and Quad City residents Thursday, March 15. Patten said his education in meth began about 2-1/2 years ago. "There was a meth lab that blew up in one of the "You have a better small towns in our county." But ex-chanceofdying plosions are l t :t: : hardly the onlythan renao,aung, danger associated withmeth. - Mike Patten, Methamphet- Washington National Guard. amine affects the brain, Patten said, "particularly that part of the brain that makes you happy." Users have told him, he said, that the first hit brings an "intense rush--their brain just feels so happy." That high only happens Cheryl Schweizer photo old gym in Bridgeport would come down. 70 years of memories didn't give up with out aright The big old gym at the old Bridgeport school hosted a generation, of basketball games and dances, PE classes and recess; it was the lunchroom, and the music room was tucked away inside. But eventually there were more children than the old school could hold, and a new school (and new gym) replaced the old. The old school found new tenants, but the old gym did not; it fell into disrepair. The owners (the federal government, actually, through the EPIC program) eventually concluded it had to be demolished. This happened on a recent Saturday morning, when the old building was pulled down in a cloud of sawdust. The gym sat at the corner of 15= Street and Columbia Avenue for about 70 years. It was built with donations of money, labor and materials from Bridgeport residents. Gamble Lumber Company and its owner Dan Gamble donated the lumber, and Bridgeport residents built the framing, put up the siding and the lathe and plaster walls. They added the cinderblock fagade. In a farm town, it is not surpris- ing that it resembled a barn. The building was used by the kids and the community for the next 20 years. A new high school was built in the early 1950s, to accommodate the influx of people employed in the construction of Chief Joseph Dam. The old gym was remodeled and used by the grade school kids, until a new grade school was built in the early 1970s. The old grade school and gym sat empty; eventually the school was purchased for the End Poverty In the Community program, which uses it today. But there were fewer uses--and finally no uses--for the old gym. In the end, it came down. But it didn't go quietly. The demolition contractors pulled out its center beam--that caused the middle of the roof to collapse, but three walls still stood. The contractor tried to push in the front wall, but it collapsed outward-- and two walls still stood. Eventually each wall was dropped separately, once, but a math user doesn't care, or doesn't never turn their back on a tweaker, they should notice."Meth addicts willspend therest of their keep their hands where the tweaker can see lives trying to feel this way," Patten said. them, and "never, never lose eye contact with The drug's effects last four to 16 hours (com- that person." Tweaking can last pared to about one-half hour for cocaine, he up to 24 hours, andthatiswhen said), and one of the effects is that is impossible most of the violent crime asso- to sleep. An addict will stay awake up to 10 days elated with meth occurs. straight, 10 days of ceaseless, purposeless ac- Only thenis an addict able to tivity. (He said math addicts in the armed forces "sleep, and they will sleep up to have been discovered cleaning their bedsprings three days. If they don't take with a toothbrush in the middle of the night.) any more math, there won't be But it's when they come down many effects for two days to from the high that the trouble re- two weeks. Only then will with- ally starts, at least for people who drawal symptoms start. might encounter an addict. Even Some addicts do attempt to after being awake for days, the kick it, but it can be two years addict can't sleep; "I have to go before the body returns to nor- through a phase called 'tweak- mal. Studies have been done on never see the addict or the drugs, for that matter. Directions for manufacture are readily available, and the chemicals are used in many "They (meth labs) are spreading. into the rural areas as well," - Eric Mudgett, NCW Drug Task Force. ing,'" Patten said. "When they former addicts five years after they have stopped tweak, they're dangerous." using, and after five years, "your brain has A tweaker looks ill, lethargic, recovered zero percent," Patten said. It takes an "like a zombie, but my eyes are average of three to four tries to stop using. "Yon wide, big," or the addict loses have a better chance of dying than rehabilitat- muscle control, he said. The drug ing. and the sleep deprivation can produce p, ,a noia "Math kills. Speed kills. The hippies weren't andreactionsthatareveryviolentindeed. They wrong when they made that up." w'illattackyou,justbecause." Atweakershould But as bad as meth is for addicts, it can be be treated like a wild animal--aperson should just as bad for neighbors---and people that. e Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. as Soprano Gudrun Brunet will open Free Jazz, and she hag published see- balance, great intuition and sensi- Cascadia presents their popular an- the second half with a Mozart aria. eralreviewsofnewmusicrecordings bility" have won him critical ac- nual Keyboard Confections concert She will be followed by Lynette and performances. Lynette is in the claim for performances in the United in the Methow Valley Community Westendorff, aNorthwestcomposer, processofwritingatextbookentitled States and Europe, Center. pianist and educator. Lynette has on Keyboard Harmony. She works as a In 1994, he was a finalist in the Featuring mostly local musicians, CD of original works to her credit, free-lance musician throughout the First International Competition of the evening will begin with New- Surrounded by Green, with the an- Northwest, particularly with her Se- Twentieth Century Music in Orleans, Age improvisations by Windsong. semble Animal Dreams, and a corn- attlebasedquartet, the Bastille Band. France, and was invited back for suc- Linda Mendro and Susan Kiptonak missioned work for bass koto was Dr. Westendorf recently moved to c sful tours of France and Poland. follow with Gershwin's Rhapsody in recorded and released by Elizabeth Winthrop with her husband Richard. An active chamber musician, Pickett Blue performed on two pianos. Next, Falconer last year on the CD Water- It is very exciting to have her as a part hasperformednumerousrecitalswith we will hear from two very gifted colors. Lynette was recently a fea- of our musical community. After a prominent members of the Seattle students, Abby Napp and Abbie tured composer with the Washington few solo pieces, Lynettewillbejoined Symphony,aswellaswithtbeRainier Ekblad. Margaret Hogness and Composers Forum, the Creative Mu- byTerryhuntonafewjazzselections Piano Trio. He also has appeared Suzanne Johnson follow with more sic Guild in Portland, andtheTacoma for guitar and piano, with the Icicle Creek and Methow duets, and the popular Hottell Rag- New Music Series. Her soundtraek Dr. John Pickett from centralMusic festivals. Dr. Pickett will also time Band will close the fn'st half. compositionforthedocumentaryf'dm Washington University will close begivingaMasterClassatPipestone Intermissionpromisesdelectabledes- "False Promises: The Lost Land of the evening. His "perfect sound Music Institute that afternoon from serts baked by the Methow Valley's theWenatehi"is forthcoming. Apub- best bakers, includingSalynaGracie, lished writer on jazz research, Joel Travelsted and Rob Gretzner, Lynette's doctoral dissertation in among others, composition is entitles Analyzing Sierra 1/2 Ton xcab 4x4 Pickups April 7; zoo The Okanogan Bingo-Casino Presents Lucl<.q "7' Mone t vlaratWon ' Guaranteect outsc in a 25 game big rnoney ~r::V:g;;: to $Z, IOO, and Incluchne; z+ . prnes with pa?jouts die ~rar~ rrina~e (~ame Z~, i~ne SZO,OOO Luck~ 7 Jackpor=!!! LirnitexJ seat:inS (2 40-)OO) ~ ~xar seal:tx~I Purchase your buy-in by March 30, 2001 to guarantee yo~ chance to play, Win Big Money! April 7, 2001 - Z:~ GAME PACKET Special financing 4 dr. Jimmys Consumer Cash and/or 0 '1 contest to residents The International Library of Pho- tography has announced that over $60,000.00 in prizes will be awarded this year in the International" Open Amateur Photography Contest. Photographers from the Brewster area, particularly beginners, are welcome to try to win their share of over 1,300 prizes. The deadline for the contest is May 31, 2001. The contest is open to everySne and entry is FREE. "Everyone has at least one memo- rable photo that captures a special moment in time," stated PamelaRob- arts, Contest Director. "When people learn about our free photography con- test, they suddenly realize that their own favorite photos can win cash prizes, as well as gain national expo- sure," continued Roberts. To enter, send ONE photograph in ONLY ONE of the following categories: People Travel, Pets, Children, Sports, Nature, Action, Humor, Portraiture, or other. The photo must be a color or black- and-white print (unmounted), 8" x 10" or smaller. All entries must include the photographer's name and address on the back, as well as the category and the title of the photo. Photographs should be sent to: The International Li- special financing brary of Photography, Suite 101- 2611,3600 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Entries must be postmarked by May 3 l, 2001. You may also submit your photo directly online ate. The International Library of Pho- tography is an organization dedicated to bringing the work of amateur pho- tographers to the public's attention. You can view the work of over 1.1 million amateur photographers at their website, Check with sales staffI 26050 Hwy 97, Brewster 689-2531 household or commercial products. The necessary ingredients can be ex- tracted from matches, cer- tain kinds of batteries, cer- tain cold medicines; rock salt, drain cleaner and coffee filters are part of a meth cook's kit. The av- erage math cook is a white male, 15 to 30 years of age, Patten said. "But we have 10 year olds using, 11 year olds addicted and 15 year olds cooking in Thurston County." Someone who suspects math manufacturing should look at the quantities being consumed. Someone who is buying large quantities of cold medicine--- 10 or 12 or 20 containers at a time--may not be trying to cure a cold. "Quan- tity a good indicator." (One cook in Tacoma was noticed because he bought 100,000 batter- Cont'd on page 12 1-3 p.m. Anyone interested in par- ticipating or observing should con- tact the Pipestone office. All proceeds from this concert will benefitpdvate music students through the Cascadia scholarship fund. Pateros church to present Easter story The Pateros United Methodist Church congregation will sponsor a special presentation of the Easter story, with paintings, music and Bible readings, Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the church. The story will be told by Ralph and Alberta Wood, illustrated with five hand-painted oils on felt, supple- mented with special music and light- ing changes. All interested people are invited. 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