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Ou~d Ci~ I.~r~ld March 22; 2001 PAOA 9 White House officials have cleared the way for nearly 3,000 Central Washington farmers to receive millions of dollars in emergency aid secured last fall by Congressman Dec HastingS. "The apple industry is really hurting, so I'm pleased that the new Administration has acted so quickly to get these badly needed checks into the hands of the growers who need them most," said Hastings, who used his seat on the House Rules Committee to hold up last year's Agriculture Appropriations bill until emergency funding for apple growers was included in the measure. Hastings said he is disappointed that the Clinton Administration refused to disburse the funds before leaving office. "We appropri- ated this money last October, but for some reason they failed for three months to approve the regulations required to issue checks to eligible growers," said Hastings, who continued "playing politics with farmers and their families is disgraceful." Central Washington growers are expected to receive roughly one-third of the $100 million in Apple Market Loss Programs funds available to growers in 27 apple growing states. According to Hastings, now that the Office of Management and Budget has approved the regulations, the only question is how quickly Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices can process growers' applications. "I'm hopeful that FSA can complete the sign-up period in 30 days," Hastings said, noting that once the sign-up period is over, he hopes actual checks can be disbursed in a matter of weeks. Hastings said he's grateful for the speed with which the Bush White House released the funds. "Keep in mind," he pointed out, "the paint is barely dry in their offices." By Congressman Dec Hastings nological sophistication of their efficient health care system with understand as a former small busi- Our hospitals in CentralWashing- facilities. Even more impressive lower Medicarereimbursementrates hess owner, who like farmers, con- ton work hard to provide quality is that our rural hospilals are among than those received by other areas of stantly struggle to remain successful health care using thelatest technolo- the most cost efficient and least the country that have clearly been in spite of burdensome regulations gies at affordable rates. Our hospi- wasteful in the nation, wasteful in the past. This must be and rules. Regulations must be re- tals, however, face a number of fi- And, yet, even with the hospitals' corrected, and I have joined with my viewed and simplified and any un- uancial and long-term challenges as efficiency they are facing tough fi- colleagues in the Washington Con- necessary requirements eliminated so they seek to serve our rural commu- nancial challenges due to skyrocket- gressional delegation to work to cor- health care providers can do what nities. In the last week I visited eight ing costs, reductions in Medicare re- Feet this injustice. I also am working they do best: care for patients instead Central Washington hospitals to learn imbursements, lower payments from as a member of the House Rural of filling out forms. moreabouttheworkandneedsofoar group health plans, and increased fed- HealthCareCaucustoimproveMedl- My hospital tour was very educa- rural hospitals, eral and slate regulation. It is clear care reimbursement rates so our hos- tional. I will be taking the inferred- In my visits, I listened directly many of these challenges involve pitals receive fair payment for their tionsharedwithmeatourruralhospi- to those who have dedicated them- policies and regulations set by the work. tals to Washington D.C. to work to selves to providing health care to federal government. New federal regulations alsoensure our hospitals are supported, our faro flies. I was impressed by One of my greatest concerns is the threaten the financial position of our not burdened, by the f ed -al govern- their commitment and the tech- unfairsituatiouthatpunishesourcost- hospitals -- a situation that I can merit. than half of U.S. More than half of all apples grown70 million and 100 million boxes products, short crop and New York pro- in the United Slates for fresh eating each year and accounted for nearly Washington is also the leading duced a bumper crop to take over come from orchards in Washington three-fourths of all the apples grown apple-producing slatein the United the top spot. New York is usu- slate. By comparison, in 1997, New in the state. Washington's per- States in terms of total crop (for ally second to Washington in apple YorksuppliedgpercentofU.S. fresh centage of fresh sales is the high- both fresh and processed use), production, foliowed by California, apples, Michigan grew 6 percent, est in the United States. The New growing more than 40 percent of Michigan,PennsylvaniaandVirginia, California 4 percent, Pennsylvania 2 York/New England and Appala-the nation's apples. Washington though fluctuations in crop size percent and Oregon and Virginia 1 chian regions regularly send more has led the United States in apple can change that order from year percent each. than half of their annual produc- production every year but one to year. Thirty-six states grow Since 1989, Washington fresh tion to processors for use in juice, sincetheearly 1920s.In that unusual apples in commercial volume. apple sales have totaled between jam, applesauce and other apple year, Washington had anextremely OLYMPIA -- A just-released study by the Department of Ecology (Ecology) has confirmed that elevated levels of arsenic have been found in residential soils in Pierce Cotmty's University Place. The study showed that 60 percent of the 59 residential yards sampled contained arsenic at more than 20 parts-per million (ppm). State cleanup standards call for achieving levels below 20 ppm. The average concentration of arsenic contamination was 26.4 ppm. In 80 percent of all the yards sampled, arsenic was below 40 ppm. Samples were taken from each yard at depths of zero to 2 inches, 2 to 6 inches, and 6 to 12 inches. "This is a huge area of soil contamination, the The maximum concentration of arsenic found was 163 ppm in the top two inches at one property. Arsenic concentrations are lower at properties of newer residences, probably because of more recent soil disturbances due to grading and landscaping. The study also evaluated lead. It was not found to be above the slate cleanup standard of 250 ppm. The source of the arsenic is be- lieved to be the now -closed Asarco largest one the Department of Ecology has ever addressed," - Marian Abbett, manager of the arsenie'study for Ecology copper smelter that operated in Ruston from 1890 to 1986. Arsenic, leadand other heavy metals were likely carried by wind and deposited throughout central Puget Sound. The smelter and surrounding property were declared a federal Superfund cleanup site in 1983. "We are thankful the levels of contaminants do not constitute an imminent public health threat at University Place or in King County7 said Marian Abbett, manager of the arsenic study for Ecology. "But we are greatly ccmcaemed about the public's persistent exposure to low levels of arsenic and lead over a long peh l-o-f'ti e. o, arsemc and Abbett said the contamination probably is not conf'med to University Place. Her department plans to expand its assessment of arsenic contamination throughout Pierce County. The study adds to experts' knowledge about how much area the Tacoma smelter may have contaminated. Late last year, a study conducted by Ecology and the Seattle/King County health depart- ment found arsenic and lead Contamination on Vashon and Maury islands, and in some parts of mainland King County. Arsenic levels found in University Place soils are comparable or somewhat less than levels found on Vashon and Maury islands. Apple Brown Betty Apple Brown Betty is one of the oldest desserts in American culinary history, dating back to colonial limes. Made with buttered bread crumbs, spices, sweet apples and a generous splash of sherry, this rustic dish is sure to please modem tastes as v ell. 6 Ingredieats 4 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs 1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter, melted 4 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and thinly Sliced 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice I tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons dry sherry (optional) Whipped cream for serving (op- tional) Method: 1.Heat oven to 375 F. Lightly but- ter a 2-quart casserole or baking dish. Stir together bread crumbs and but- ter; set aside. 2.Combine apples, brown sugar, lemon juice, ginger, and cinnamon, mixing until well blended. To as- semble brown betty, spread 1 cup of buttered bread crumbs in bottom of casserole; top with one third of apple mixture. Sprinide 1 tablespoon sherry over apple layer, if desired. Spread another cup bread crumbs and top with half of remaining apples and another tableslxxm sherry. Make third layer of one cup of bread crumbs and top with remaining apples and sherry. Spread remaining bread crumbs on top of apples. 3.Cover with foil and bake 30 min- utes; uncover and bake 30 minutes longer. Cool until warm and serve with whipped cream, if desired. Nutrition information per Serving protein: 9g; fat: 19g; carbohydrate: 73g; fiber:. 4g; sodium: 626mg: cho- lesterol: 45rag; calories: 498. Where would you like our paper sent? Who wants our subscriptions? Call us from anywhere in the world for our paper Quad City Herald 525 W. Main, Brewster 689-2507 QUAD CITY HERALD PAUL EVERET BROWN Paul Everet Brown entered into rest March 14,2001 as a result of a vehicle accident. He was born in Brewster, Washington September 11, 1956. He aUended and graduated fi'om the Chelan schools, Wenatchee Valley College North and Heritage College, with a Bachelor of Science in business. He was currently enrolled in the Master Progam. Cmmntly residing in Warden, Washington, where be was engaged in organic farming and was on tbe Board of Directors Colombia Basin Farmers Market. He is survived by his wife Angel Ka n Brown, daughter Mariah Brown of Yakima, adult children Courtney and Joshua. His mother Sharon L. Brown of Brewster, sister Janette Anderson, brother Arthur Brown, and numerous nieces and nephews. Grandparents Joe and Elma Kipper, he was preceded in death by grandparents Art and Pearl Brown, Paul E. Cantonwine, and his father Charles Rodger Brown. Memorial services will be held Friday March 23, 4:00 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Brewster. There will be apotluck dinner immediately following. Private Internment. 412W. Main St. I 689-3445 to Main Street Hea One of the Largest Single Investments you make JANET JORDAN Brewster. 689-3477 When you buy your home you make one of the most important investments that you will make in your lifetime and it is filled with possessions that make a house a home. You want the best up to date protection for your investment at a competitive price. Before you purchase or renew your homeowners insurance, let us tell you about our products and our SERVICE! Homeowners Life Business Auto Crop & Hail ,Chelan Okanogan Toll Free (509) 682-3559 (509) 422-3880 1-800-572-6614 Ecology is working closely with the local health departments in both King and Pierce counties to address the soil contamination in their jurisdictions. You'll Find Ecology's sampling study of residential soils in University Place was sparked after soil samples collected by the Tacoma Water De- what yOU partment revealed elevated arsenic and lead in undisturbed areas of that city, including parks and undeveloped properties. want in the "Normally, we're working on cleanup sites that we can measure in square feet, yards or acres -- not miles. This is a huge area of soil Classifieds contamination, the largest one the Department of Ecology has ever addressed," Abbett said. Ecology is developing a public involvement plan to keep people in Pierce County informed about the progress of the expanded srew==r" 6a9"25 7arsenic-lead sampling. Quad City Herald 525 W. Main, I g MOUNTAIN VIEW PENTECOSTM New Life Center 3035 Pine St Bridgeport Bar 686-4323 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship .11:00 a,m. Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m. ST. 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