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page 12 March 22. 2001 labs " Cont' d from page 5 ies at once.) Another clue is the way things are grouped together. Starter fluid, rock salt, cold medicine and matches, for instance, usually aren't stored together--for legitimate rea- sons. Things also will turn up in un- usual places in a meth lab, like rock salt and starter fluid in the living room. There will be odors like paint thin- ner or nail polish remover, or a con- sistent smell of ether. And the place will make non-addicts sick. Prolonged exposure to the lab will make people dizzy, and induce headaches in the front of the head. There may be a "misty spray on your skin, and it feels like it won't come off," Patten said. "'That's the actual chemicals seeping out of the walls." The chemicals contaminate the utensils used to cook them and ev- erything else in the vicinity. Patten cautioned against buying used can- ning jars, slow cookers, pressure cookers, ceramic dishes or other kitchen equipment, especially if they are stained. If they were used to make meth, they will be ruined forever. "There is no half-life on meth waste," Patten said. The chemicals contaminate all of their surroundings--walls, rugs, floors, appliances, fixtures. If the house was used only briefly as a meth lab, it might be possible to remove the contamination by replacing car- pets and linoleum, and washing and painting walls. But if the house was used for a long time, it may be neces- sary to remove the underflooring, wallboard, ceilings, bathroom fix- tures, all the way back to the bare studs. Patten said people thinking aboutrenting or buying ahouse should inspect it carefully. Bathroom fix- tures that are pitted or corroded, stains on the carpet or linoleum, counter or cabinet stains, bums on the carpet that were not caused by cigarettes couldbe signs that a meth lab was on the premises. Meth labs have been found in mo- tel and hotel rooms, recreational ve- Ouad Cih/Herald hicles andif the cook doesn't care about using explosive chemicals within two feet of a gas tank---cars. That is why people renting a buying a car should inspect it first, and reject any vehicle with unusual stains in the trunk. In Washington. meth manufacture has been concentrated in the Puget Sound basin, but there are signs the cooks are moving. The num- ber of arrests in Spokane County is going up; this year it may have the second- highest number of arrests in the state. They are spreading into the rural areas as well. Eric Mudgett, who works for the North Central Washington Drug Task Force, said there are rumors among drug users that five meth cooks are working in Brewster alone. Eight boxes of cold medicin e were stolen from a local store recently, and a local farm supply store has quit carrying anhydrous ammo- nia, one of the preferred chemi- cals for manufacture; alarge amount was stolen from the premises earlier this year. Most of the meth manufactured locally appears to be for personal use, Mudgett said. Currently it is cheaper than cocaine, although cocaine is still the most popular drug locally. But Marcos Ruiz, a Brewster police officer who fre- quently works the early morning hours, said he is seeing more activity on the streets at that time. In his opinion it may be a sign of meth addicts who can't sleep, he said. There are treatment options available for addicts, said Mike Arrington, administrator of the Okanogan County Chemical De- pendency Unit. Consultation is offered free of charge. People who think they may have found a meth lab or its debris should contact the Brewster Po- lice Department or the Okanogan or Douglas county sheriff's of- rices. There is a statewide toll- free number to report suspected labs, 1-888-609-6384. Action board meeting in Okanogan Okanogan County Community Action Council Board of Directors will hold their Regular Board Meeting Wednesday, March 28, 5:00 p.m.' at Community Action, 424 S. 2 Okanogan, WA. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Ike Vallance photo In their best green bib and tucker, Carol and Pat Phalen Avenue in Brewster last Saturday, March 17. Phalen also with Wed lead the St. Patrick's Day parade down Main celebrated his birthday and retirement on this day. providers gather" Local firefighters and EMTs attend conference The Wenatchee Convention Cen- for EMTs and paramedics, fellandbrokehisneckwhilecfimbing. ter was the sight of the Nonh Central A Farmmedics course was of- Attending the conference from Region 2001 Emergency Medicine fered for firefighters and EMTs Brewster and Okanogan County Acute Care Conference held March covering extrication techniques Fire Disitrict #5 were Bill nad 16, 17 and 18th, for farm accidents. Tonya Vallance, J.D. Smith, Mike Approximatley 235 RN's, EMTs, Panel discussions were also held Akers, Rich Halterman, Andrea paramedics and firefighters attended featuring the rescue and medical Asmussen, Joan Brownlee, Clint the conference, issues on the near drowing of Carly and Nancy Baker, Rob l)eze!iem, Courses covered everthing from Boohm and the Holden VillageRick Miller, Ed Ashworth, Lynn Acute care for RN' s to prehospital resuce of Dr. Peter Kliewer who Lindsey, Tom Shaw andFred Wiltse. Lawn Thatchers Lawn Aerator Jim's Small 1111 W. Indian Ave. Brewster, WA. ph# 689-0118 Get your lawn & garden equipment ready for spring. We also repair saws, wheel-line motors, generators, chippers & etc. --'z, This is 'See us for all of your small engine repairs & parts. 507 Hospital Way Brewster, WA (509)689-2517 IGAN HOSPITAL Offers a variety of services to keep you close to home for all your medical needs Ground/Air Ambulance 24-Hour Emergency Department ICU/CCU Monitoring Labor and Delivery General & Orthopedic Surgery Same Day Surgery Laboratory Facilities Radiology Services Podiatry Cardiology Hill Crest Assisted Living Facility Urology Mammography Fluoroscopy Ultrasound C.T. Scan Nuclear Medicine Respiratory Therapy Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Healthbeat Fitness Center Eagle Rock Clinic When your doctor refers you to a specialist, ask if it can be done at Okanogan Douglas District Hospital. announces improvement plans Washington PASCO -- Gov. Gary l ocke shared his plan to ease traffic congestion in both Eastern and Western Washing- ton today at the Eastern Washington TransportationSum- mit. "The transportation crisis is not just about central Puget Sound," Locke said. "It is just as important for Eastern Washington farmers to get their goods to the ports on time. Ships and cargo planes don't wait for trucks or trains slowed by traffic." Locke described his plan to get Washington moving again, which includes keeping the Legislature in Olym- pia until it gets a transportation package that serves commuters, businesses and shippers. "We will reform our existing transportation system to make it work better, faster and at a lower cost," Locke said his top priority projects will be started, constructed and completed within the next six years. In eastern Washington those include: Summit The North Spokane Corridor Widening Interstate 90 from the Spokane Valley to the Idaho border Widening lanes on State Route 240 between Interstate 182 and the Columbia Center interchange Separating rail and road- way traffic in the center of Yakima Widening State Route 17 in Moses Lake "I am absolutely committed to strengthening our state- wide system. And as the Blue Ribbon Commission rec- ommended, new revenue raised within a region stays within that region." For example, the governor said, that means any new money generated in the Tri-Cities area, stays there for transpomtion projects. "Remember, none of these crucial investments will happen unless we work together to get the Legislature to act, and we get the help of business and civic leaders. This is about saving our economy and saving jobs." 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