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April 23 1998 Ouad City. Herald Rash of accidents pelt Brewster area Trucks tipped and cars rolled all over the Quad City area last weekend; four separate accidents occurred between Friday and Sunday. A truck loaded with 10 tons of fertilizer tipped over and partially blocked SR 97 Friday morning, April 17. The truck driver was entering SR 97 southbound about three miles north of Brewster at the Brewster Heights Packing shop; the load shifted and the trailer overturned. A 13 year old Seattle girl and a 10 yearold Brewster girl suffered injuries in a one-vehicle reliever accident Saturday, April 18. Doug Welbom, Brewster, was driving south on Paradise Hill Road north of Brewster when his pickup left the road to the right, traveled up an embankment and rolled hack down to the shoulder, coming to rest on its top, said Daniel McClurg, the Washington State Patrol officer who investigated the accident. The two girls were riding in the back; they were ejected from the vehicle. The pickup rolled on top of the 13 year old, McClurg said. She suffered minor injuries and was kept overnight at Okanogan Douglas Hospital; the 10 year old suffered abrasions to her face and knees. Two accidents occurred Sunday Ike Vallance photo Ambulance and fire crews aid the two occupants of this roll over accident near Gabbers Farms Camp 2. The kept volunteer emergency crews busy. unidentified occupants were injured and transported to Okanogan Douglas Hospital. A truckload of watermelons were dumped on the side of the road early Monday morning, April 20. The truck, a tractor pulling a semitrailer, was traveling north on SR 97 about three miles east of Brewster---about 50 yards, in fact, from where the fertilizer truck accident occurred. The truck ran off the road and overturned, breaking the trailer and spilling watermelons all over the roadside. Orchard workers who probably expected to do chores in the nearby apple orchard spent part of Monday morning removing the undamaged watermelons and cleaning up the smashed fruit. afternoon,April 19 almost in the same accident was Just one of several that place near the Gebbers Farms camp No. 3, about six miles east of Brewster. The first accident occurred about 3:30 p.m., said Brad Wilson, chief criminal deputy for the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office. Reports were not complete, Wilson said, but the car apparently had five occupants. Apparently the driver was traveling at an excessive rate of speed, Wilson said; the car ran off the road and rolled. Four of the five occupants, who were not identified, were transported to Okanogan Douglas Hospital. The driver fled the scene; apparently alcohol was involved, Wilson said. The second accident occurred at about 6 p.m. at about the same place. The car was traveling at a high rate of speed, ran off the road and rolled down an embankment, coming te rest upside down on a railroad track, Wilson said. Two One person dies in fiery accident near Pateros An unidentified person was killed in a head-on collision between a car and a semi tractor-trailer near Pateros late Monday night, April 20. Both vehicles burst into flame after the accident; the victim was burned so badly he or she was not identified as Wednesday morning, April 22. The unidentified person was driving north on SR 97 about 11:30 p.m., according to information released by the Washington State Patrol. About four miles south of Brewster, the 1983 Mazda the person was driving left the roadway and hit the guardrail, spinning around and coming to rest in the northbound lane, facing in the southbound direction. The semi-trailer, a 1993 Freightliner, also was traveling north, behind the car. It hit the car head-on. Both the car and the trailer caught fire, becoming fully engulfed. The truck driver, Johnny Hensley, 59, Zillah, was transported to Okanogan Douglas Hospital by Okanogan County Fire District #5 ambulance for minor injuries ...... : The tractor.trailer rig pictured here burst.Into. flames alter It ran head on into s 1983 Mazda. QUAD CITY HERALD LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The following Letters to the Editor are not necessanly the views of the Quad City Herald or its employees. Beautiful pageant Just want to say a big "thank you" for the beautiful Columbia River Royalty Pageant held in Bridgeport Sunday evening. The Pageant contestants were beautiful and the 1950's decorations superb. Everyone involved did a great job. Betty Wagoner Pateros Volleyball coach resigns Dear Editor, Marcy Boesel has resigned her position as Head Volleyball Coach at Brewster High School. She leaves the program after two years. Her efforts and the skill and psychological gains she imparted to the girls program were many. Marcy was chosen as 1997 Caribou Trail League Co-Coach of the Year. I will miss the professional quality she brought to the Brewster girl's programs. She definitely started our year offright. Her contacts with the surrounding coaches and college teams allowed her to run volleyball camps that greatly benefited the area's young ladies. Brewster needs to fill this void in a timely manner. Applications will be taken until May 8th. Interviews will be conducted the week of May 11 to 15. Hopefully we will be able to announce the new head coach for volleyball by May 26th school board meeting. Brooks Smith Brewster High School Athletic Director Babies April 7 - a boy, Brandon, to Rebecca Orozco and Salvador Ramirez, Brewster. April 8 - a boy, Isidro, to Melody Miranda and Isidro Najera, Brewster. April 8 - girl, Bryanna, to Adriana Gomez and Isabel Cruz, Bridgeport. April 9 - a girl, Sarah, to Tena and John Goyne, Chelan. April 11 - a boy, Victor, to Maria De Loardes Cervantes and Juan Aparicio, Brewster. April 12 -a boy, Adrian to Juana Ascencion and Francisco Perez, Pateros. April 17 - a boy, Cade, to Renee and Dale Smith, Brewster. April 19 - a girl, Rosaicela, to Rosaicela and Juan Hemandez, Bridgeport. April 21 - a boy, Ariel, to Maria and Pedro Becerra, Winthrop. of th Mother . Year May l,Contest Letters must be receivedby . ...... 5:00 p00m. ..... m The following artioles are not neoeeurily the viwe of the Quad City Herald or its employees. Tacoma should change its tax policy by Don C. Bruneli, President Association of Washington Business According to some shall employers who do business in the City of Tacoma, the tax collectors there have raised confusion to an art form. The confusion surrounds the city's Business and Occupation tax. Like other cities, Tacoma levies a B&O tax on businesses located in the city. But unlike other cities, Tacoma also levies its B&O tax on businesses who are just passing throughmtruckers, for example, who pick up a load at the Port of Tacoma on their way to Enumclaw. According to the City of Tacoma, if you do anything in their city that eventually earns you money, you owe them taxes on it. Interesting policy. But what would happen if every city in the state adopted such a policy? For instance, if a trucker picks up goods in Tacoma, drops off part of the load in Vancouver, then drops off another portion in the Tri-Cities before finishing the run in Spokane, he could end up owning more in taxes than he made in income! But that's not all. The real confusion begins when you start asking the City of Tacoma a few questions about their tax. For instance, Tacoma says that B&O tax applies to a trucking firm's gross income. But, is that their income on all their business, or just the business in the City of Tacoma or the business they did with otherTacma companies, regardless of whether the load is actually picked up or delivered in Tacoma7 No one seems to know. Each person you ask gives you a different answer. What City tax collectors do agree on is that they can put business owners in jail for not paying the right amount - whatever that is. They've even sent out threatening letters to that effect. But there may be another sure thing here. That whoever wins, the City of Tacoma will turn out to be the loser. Case in point. A trucking firm located outside the city limits occasionally picks up loads from the Port of Tacoma for delivery throughout the stale. It's a very small part of their business. If the City says its B&O tax applies 0sly to the firm's Tacoma business, it would amount to about $340 a year. But that's still more than the company's profit from that portion of its business! So, the company would stop doing business in Tacoma. And if Tacoma says the tax applies to the trucking firm's entire gross income, the tax could reach $30,000 a year, and the company would stop doing business in Tacoma. Either way, Tacoma loses. And that's probably not what the City fathers had in mind. Transportation referendum hitting snags by Adele Feguson You think you got problems. Here are the Republicans desperate to get a $2.4 billion transportation budget referendum approved by voters this fall, and their two top transportation people are on opposite sides. House Transportation chair Karen Schmidt, R-Bainbridge Island, is for it. Senate Transportation chair Eugene Prince, R-Thornton, is against it. Not only that, signatures are being gathered for a citizens' initiative that would eliminate the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax which is the chief funding mechanism of the budget. If voters OK it or both, the referendum and the initiative, transportationplannerswould be up the creek for the money. How did we.get into this mess? Well, last year both Schmidt and Prince favored an increase in the gasoline tax to fund the budget, and actually had the votes in both houses to get it passed. But state Republican chair Dale Foreman put the kibosh on that. We're the no new taxes party, he declared. Get that? NO NEW TAXES, unless you want to go back to the minority and lose your committee chairmanships and fancy offices and all the other perks of having the hammer. So Schmidt'scommitteeput together a no new taxes budget funded by shifting part of the MVET out of the General Fund and into transportation (where the money you pay for your vehicle license rightfully belongs). Under Initiative 601, when money is moved from the General Fund to some other account, the state spending limit must be lowered by the amount of the shift, which could affect education spending, so voters are being asked for a one-time exemption from that rule. Ref. 49 also reduces the MVET tax you pay by $30 per vehicle, and uses bonding to finance state, city and county projects. Over in the Senate, however, Prince still pushed the gas tax as the solution, which also happened to be the position of his longtime friend, Gov. Gary Locke, whose plan would raise it 11 cents a gallon. When push came to shove, Prince, a wheat farmer who's been coming to Olympia since 1959 when he was a bill clerk, voted for the Republican budget and against the referendum and spoke bitterly against the concept. He also, since, has written and had published a lengthy criticism of his party for adoption of rules he said shut out the minority party, which is not Apple marketing con't from page 1 increase money spent on advertising. He said be was skeptical about the public's expressed preference for light and healthy food; "theAmerican people talk health and eat junk." The Tree Top board's efforts to increase juice consumption have met with repeated disappointments, he said. Lutz said growers have to give people a reason to eat apples. He said he uses the analogy of Detroit auto makers in the 1970s. They kept ontrying to sell Americans big, heavy cars even after people indicated a preference for small cars; Detroit kept making big cars because it was what they did best. It may not be enough to continue to produce Red Delicious apples, because it's what Washington does best, and try to sell them in the same old way. Red Delicious apples still dominate the market. However, retailers are giving them less shelf space. Lutz recounted a recent experience in a Boston supermarket; the Red Delicious apples generated about 25 percent of the profit of the market's apple sales, but only had 12 percent of the display space. American consumers are telling retailers (and producers) that they want to try new items, he said. But he said he does not think that is necessarily because consumers have rejected Red Delicious. Thequestion of variety mix will "sort itself out," Lutz said. But there are ways to promote apple consumption. what the majority expects from people it puts in leadership positions. Democrats tell me, I told Prince, that your price for voting for the budget was a promise to kill the bill authorizing the fourth jumbo ferry, something Rap. Schmidt fought for all session. Not so, he said. "I had the votes to kill the budget. Senate Republicans were upset, saying 'Let's kill 'the budget and make them (the House).redo it.' I said we don't have enough time. We need a budget whether we like it or not. I was against the referendum but I made no deal for my vote for the budget." Also being said, I said, is that the reason you were with the governor on the gas tax was that you wanted him to appoint you to a high paying state job so you could retire in a couple of years on a bigger pension. "Well, I've wanted to do that for a few years, retire," said Prince, "but I put it on hold because I knew what they were saying. We are into an environment where nobody takes you at your word. I don't do that kind of stuff. I put off what I could have had." Then you've already had offers of an appointment? "No," said Prince, "but he (Locke) sail that when things were ready, Those may require extra money from growers, although Lutz said he did not know if theApple Commission's directors were interested in raising the assessment levied on production. It is critically important that retailers be persuaded to institute different pricing practices; Lutz said; two-tier pricingDa lower price for Red Delicious and a higher price for other varietieswis necessary, at least for 1998. In the long term, retailers must be persuaded to give apples (especially Red Delicious) more shelf space. The industry also needs to diversify its market options, Lutz said, and increase market penetration. "If you don't buy an apple in the grocery store, you don't buy an apple," he said. Currently most of the growth in food sales is in the out-of-home dining sector; the Apple Commission is 19eking for ways to enter that market. There is also a lesson from the cola companies and the ubiquitous nature of their product. Chapman said that domestic consumption has remained stable for about 20 years while production increased; the expansion of the export market has absorbed that increase, but that expansion may have a limit. The American market is the biggest and richest in the world, Chapman said, and it may be time to increase advertising there. "We've got to do something different," Lutz said. he'd consider it. That was some time ago. Gary and I are close friends, but there were no conditions to my opposition to the referendum." So are you going to be out there campaigning against it? "No," he said. 'TII not oppose it. I'll not campaign for it because I' m not sold on that kind of approach. A downturn in the economy could put us below the 601 limit. We need the transportation money, I've never argued against that. The new ingredient in it is the referendum. I'll probably oppose the MVET initiative but we need a sounder more 10rig term funding solution than Ref. 49. It's not a good strategy long term." Maybe, but give the voters a choice between Ref. 49 and an 11 cents a gallon increase in the gas tax and which doYOU think they'd take? (Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. 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