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P-~ 2 Aug 2 2001 Ouad Citv Herald The following articles are not necessarily the views of the Quad City Herald or its employees. From the 'S By Ike Vallance The article about the Brewster Council meeting concerning Mutual Irrigation Co. and a franchise agree- ment needs addressing. The Council is quoted as saying since the previous agreement is expired-- There has never been a franchise agreement be- tween the city of Brewster and Mutual Irngation. The city sent a copy of their first attempt at a franchise agreement in 1994. At that time the Board of Directors of Mutual Irngation voted not to sign the agreement due to a $500 annual fee requirement. There was never any contact by anyone from the city in an attempt to discuss or negotiate the agreement, I never heard from them again. June 26, this year I received a copy of a franchise agreement from the city of Brewster along with a state- ment for $2,000 for past due fees. Again at this point in time there has never been any other contact concerning a possible discussion or nego- tiation from anyone at city hall. I sent a letter to Mutual Irrigation water users and a copy to the city of Brewster stating in a nutshell Mutual Irngation has no fu nds, we will make all our effort toward activating a well outside the city of Brewster and supply water only to those city users complying with the de- mands of the city of Brewstcr. At no time has there been a contact with me or even an invite to attend a council meeting where the subject is discussed. The council, I see by the article, will now send letters to Mutual Irrigation water users suggesting they appoint some other committee to negotiate. Fine, good luck, I do not care. If you can talk them into a new board and new president, have at it! But remember, it works both ways---I could maybe wnte editorials to your voting residents suggesting they get a new council. It is election time, ya know, and I may have a bigger audience than you. I am not sure which of us buys the most ink! You might try dumping your animosity toward me and try getting along, also. I recall a time ortwo when at least a couple of you from city hall came in asking a favor or some assistance in a problem. I gladly and willingly did what you asked of me. But, alas, you rewarded me with letters of character assassination and erroneous accusations. Tsk! Tskt And that, dear residents of Brewster, is why the city council will not discuss or negotiate the agreement with the president of Mutual Irrigation Association. Oh, oh, I forgot--Mutual Irrigation has liability insur- ance for the line. I will admit I haven't contacted the insurance company to see why a copy has not been sent to the city. The pipeline conveying irrigation water to the area west of Brewster has existed along Indian Avenue since 1928 with no problem. If a leak occurs Mutual Irrigation repairs the leak and repairs or pays for repairs to the street surface to retum as near as possible to its original capacity. What is the deal? rrorism is self :ing By Don C. BruneH President Association of Washington Business Increasingly, environmental extrem- ists are using arson and violence to get what they want. These so-called eco- terrorists are not environmentalists or protesters acting on principle- they are common criminals who should be tossed in jail. Their tactics are not only illegal - they arc self-defeating. Consider these ex- amples. In Washington, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claims to have set the fire that destroyed a University of Washing- ton lab and an Oregon nursery conduct- ing research on fast-growing hybrid pop- lar trees. This is the same new tree that many forest product companies are growing because it is garticularly well suited for papermaking [and reduces the need to log trees from our forests. In addition, scientists and land- owners in Oregon and Eastern Wash- ington are planting poplars to con- trol erosion along streams and riv- ers and provide shade to keep water temperatures cool - important fac- tots in protecting migrating salmon, ronmental regulations in the world. Shut- In rural eastern Washington, the pop- ting down logging in America will not lax has shown some promise as a saw log stop the global demand for wood; it will for wood products, perhaps furniture, just shift the market to other countries That's good news for areas where times where environmental proteetions are weak are hard and jobs are scarce, or non.existent. How does that help our So to recap, the hybrid popalar are world's environment? good for streams and fish, provide jobs, We are already paying the price for and reduce the need for logging. None- extreme environmental policies in our theless, eco-terrorists are determined to nation'sforests.Activistshavesucceeded stop the research. That makes no sense, in stepping loggers from culling dead and Anotherexampleofself-defeatingeco- diseased trees from public forests, lear- terrorism is the violence targeted at the ing tons of explosively dry "'fuel" to feed U.S. Forest Service's Eagle Creek tim- summer forest fires. This hasn't saved bur sale near MI. Hood in Oregon. To any trees or forests - in fact, il has created prevent the sale,protestorschained them- conditions that lead to catastrophic wild- selves to trees, built tree houses and fires- wildfires that killtrees and people. blocked logging roads. When that didn't There is a better way. We should man- work, they started firebombing logging age our forests and streams with a hal- trucks. The violence convinced timber anced and common sense approach. We operators that it just wasn't worth the should use science and research to de- risk of having,0ne l eir mployees 'Vdo p' 6 tladb t a :to groW trees killedOr semi'ely fnJateff;go theyttirew' andpr0teet,#aterqlmltty:We hottidsul in the towel, port public policies that give people equal If radicals succeed in shutting down value with trees and animals. logging in this country - as'they seem Finally, public officials and environ- determined to do - they will endanger mental leaders should wage an aggres- the very environment they claim to love. sive campaign against eco-terrorists and How? U.S. timber companies operate help put these criminals in jail where they under some of the most stringent envi- belong. QUAD Crrv HERALD 'TERS TO THE ETM The following Letters to the Editor are not neceesadly the views of the Quad City Herald or its employees. waste taking Bio-medical hazardous waste, generated by medical facilities, touch many more lives than people think. I am writing to let you know how local facilities have touched the live of my children, their pet, friends, family, neighbors, people who frequent local business that I visit as well as my own life and perhaps yours. I am a solid waste transfer station technician and, as it states in my job description, I accept and inspect garbage. I wear protective gloves and boots, as I am required to do, including rubber gloves in certain situations. I have to see and sift through a lot of unpleasantness, but that is a part of my job and is expected. What is not expected: finding bio- medical hazardous waste mixed in with general garbage. We are unable to accept it at any transfer location. Period. Prior arrange- ments must be transported to the Okanogan County Landfill and disposed of properly. It is posted. How does medical hazardous waste get from point "'A" to point "'B', and how many lives are jeopar- dized in the process? When an IV is given, a feces sample is taken, or surgery performed we'll call all of them point "A". As a pa- tient, you-see the contaminated items being placed in marked red containers for your protection, as well as everyone else's who might otherwise be in contact with the item. It is done because it is the law. It is not an optional decision made by medical staff. It is seg- regated because it is - or could be dangerous. What happens next? It has to be transported some- where because on site incinera- tion is a thing of the past. The cost for diposal is greater, as is the preparation of the waste and documentation. What a pain! Plus, storage ofbio-medical hazards may take place on site, and that loca- tion may not always be conve-, nient. The bio-medical hazard- :ous waste still has to get to point ,t g ?,4 e pect there are written policies at every medical facility as to how this is done, but this letter is to share what happens When those policies are not fol- lowed. Bio-medieal hazardous waste has been thrown out with regular garbage, contaminating every single g path place it has been shuffled around to, jeopardizing lives along the way. Let's see a small container placed in a larger container, then it's out of sight. Placed with gar- bage in a larger bin, dumped by your disposal company into a com- pactor truck, dumped into a 42- yard bin at a transfer station, then hauled to the landfill. Do you think it's gone? It's not. Traces have been left throughout the entire route to continue to contaminate. And, how about the technicians and truck drivers who have to walk through the oozing, mixing liquids in order to pack and load the bins for transport? How about the unprepared person working in the landfill cell who has to process the garbage? We clean exposed areas on our person through- out the day, but some diseases absorb right through skin. We take our boots off at home, but what about our vehicles and everywhere we walk before getting there, such as grocery stores, churches, hos- pitals, etc. Yes, a park bench can become a place where disease waits. How angry it makes me to think a park could become a death sen- tence for a child. How selfish and totally crazy of any person to take the health and lives of so many into their own hands, when a few extra steps could prevent reac- tions or symptoms some that may not even be detected for an- other ten years. A life lost be- cause someone cut a comer. This is an ongoing problem with the same facilities. They have been notified, but have yet to stop this practice. It is obviously going to take a united public outcry to get this stopped. Time is precious, as are the lives of everyone. When you are in a medical facility, don't be afraid to ask about the con- tamination containers or disposal of surgery attire. If they have nothing to hide, they won't hesitate. An educated public can make the dif- ference. Or, would you prefer:tO keep walking where I have, bee!t? Think about it. Leann Davis SolidWaste Transfer Station Technician PO Box 1498 Tonasket, WA. 98855 486-06.05 BY AOELE FERGUSON The biggest fallout from this messy 2001 legislative session will be the loss of some very good people, who are considering not running again because they have lost faith in the system. Long before the participants threw in the towel the day before they would have tied with the longest session in state history, 164 days in 1977, I jawed with some political junkies over who should be kidnapped by aliens if we were to accomplish in a reasonable time what was expected. The first people nominated, along with Gov. Gary Locke, which was a given, were House co-speakers Clyde Ballard and Frank Chopp and Senate leaders Republican Jim West and Democrat Sid Snyder. When there is so much hatred between House and Senate that a facilitator has to be hired just to open communications, these four "leaders" have outlived their usefulness. The old happy-go-lucky Ballard is gone. The new one is bitter and contentious and has lost his vision of what lawmakers are there for, to build for the future. He's right that Gov. Locke reneged on his pledge to put any tax package before the voters I heard that from Locke as long ago as last September at the Association of Washington Business meeting at Semi-Ah- Moo. But the risk to both parties would be equal, 25 and 25. Chopp, who never chaired a committee before he became Speaker, micro-managed committee affairs without listening to any of the chairs, including those who told him time and time again that there was NO state money to build a parallel Tacoma Narrows bridge without private assistance. The bill removing snags from a public-private partnership remained under Chopp's foot. It could cost us $35 million in damages for breaking a contract, and we'd get nothing for it. Snyder has been there so long that he has atrophied. Instead of coming up with creative new plans for the state, he's content to mind the store. West would have to turn around to be a forward thinker. Locke, well, I've been on his case before, over his hesitancy to assume a bold leadership stance as he waits for someone else, usually the Legislature, so set the scene. Too often, he says one thing and does another. He said he wouldn't let the Legislature adjourn without transportation funding package and an educa- tional accountability bill. Neither was accomplished. He reneged on the tax package coming to a vote. Other than dishonesty, nothing shakes the faith of people in their leaders as much as unpredictability, Eastern Washington lawmakers are also being blamed for the failure of this session, though they didn't get what they wanted either. "The thing that is ironic," one of the tax negotiators told me,"is that it is always difficult to get tax votes out of Eastern Washington, yet they want farm relief every time you turn around. I'm sorry the cherry crop was ruined. It happens every few years. You want to help them. If you continue to add to their transportation costs getting their goods to market, that is not helping them. They want every tax break that benefits them, but when it comes to paying for the infrastructure, they back off." It's too bad the Republicans did# t run their tax package on 1997 w hen they controlled House and Senate and had a tax-friendly governor in Locke. GOP leadership told Transportation chairs Sen. Eugene Prince and Rep. K iren Schmidt to see what support they could find fern tax bill. Prince got 25 votes for a 7 cents a gallon on gas plus another cent as an option for cities and counties, and Schmidt was closing in on her 50th when she went to Speaker Ballard with a progress report. The next thing they knew, state Republican chair Dale Foreman was on the air and in the newspapers trashing the package. It was never brought to a vote. Oddly enough, Republicans have a history of transportation aid. In 1913, the Taft administration built the Lincoln Highway so the first cars could run on roads instead of horse trails. The Panama Canal was Teddy Roosevelt's pride and joy. Eisenhower inaugurated the Interstate Highway System. Those, I guess, were the days when progress mattered more than power. (Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, WA 98340.) August 6, 1921 Loris Gillespie left Monday morn- ing for the harvest fields of the Big Bend near Watervile. Mr. and Mrs. A. Lindsay, returned from Chicago. Saturday evening and will reside on their farm on Paradise Hill. A camping party consisting of Ben Smith, Archie McKinley, Perry Criswell and Walt Hayter departed for the wilds of Bridge Creek Tues- day. Mrs. Ben Eltiott gave a birthday party for her tittle daughter Maxine Thursday the event being the ninth of the little miss. Dr. McKinley made a professional visit to Okanogan last Sunday. August 7, 1931 Probably from incendiary origin, a f'n starting north of the old Hyde and Rawley mill on Paradise Hill Mon- day morning, spread rapidly and at its height was being fought by a hastily assembled crew of about 250 men. Miss Fern Hadley was employed at the Brewster Department store this week during the illness of Mrs. Whitley. Luster Dowell, Vernon Holcomb, John Branton and Jack Sampson Cont'd on page 9 Weather 1 u . ,H Behind the Editor [] July 25 91 61 0 H[] JulyJUly 2726 9494565700 l|[t,By Doris Vailance ~ July 2880 62 .01 H [| July 2979 54 0 [] [.] July 30 86 48 0 i sat and did absolutely nothing, well ai- entertained ith piano and song by Sandy most nothing, Friday and Saturday of this Glessner Bessire, we ate a delicious meal, ! past weekend, ike participated in the 9'h an- made a purchase from their country store, nual Don Lott golf tournament, put together homemade dish cloths, I came away with a Quad City Herald Established 1901 lke Vallance Editor & Publisher Doffs Vallance Office Manager Win. E. VaIlance Associate Editor Rhouda Taylor Subscriptions John Cleveland II Spore Cheryl Schweizer Staff Writer Michele Humborg Ad Design Fred Hanke Printer Published every week on Thursday at Brewster, Washington. Entered as periodocals matter at the Post Office, Box 37 in Brewster, Okanogan County, Wash- ington 98812. Telephone (509)689-2507. Periodicals postage paid at Brewster, Wash- ington USPS 241-920. Postmaster, please send change of address to Quad City Her- aid, Box 37, Brewster, Washington 98812. 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION Okanogan $20.00 Washingum State $24.00 Out of State $29.00 Out of Country $35.00 Single Issue .50 Subscriptions must be paid in advance. Notice of Church entertainments where u admhsioa fee is charge, cards of thanks, resoiuntion of condolence or notket intended to promote private business of any kind must be paid for st renuhtr rates. by son James and Doug Ross, in memory eta sackful/of apricots, of which they had sev- friend. They golf on Friday to practice for eral boxes to give away. ! am glad I was Saturday's tournament, and again on Sun- invited to dinner/ day should you want to join them. lke chose Something strange happened last week. In the Friday and Saturday games, joining 56 the mail we received a notice from a collec- golfers onSaturday, including Kelly and Shelly tion agency in Everett that we owed $113.48, Brown from here. The day is topped off with to somebody i'd never heard of, way past a barbecue potluck, where silly prizes were due. I called said agency asking for the man given for dubious honors thoughout the day's who had signed the notice, well he was out of games, the office for several days. I ask the gentle, My participation was do nothing at the man I was speaking with, who this company trailer, and it felt darn good: 1 read maga- was, what this bill was all about, stating 1 zines, i watched some TV, and I even tried a had never heard of such an outfit. He took little bookwork. I did make a couple of salads only a minute before coming back on the line and walked about the R Vparkfor exercise, it to tell me it was all a mistake, disregard, etc, bothered me not to be so lazy for those two etc. Very strange. days/ Yesterday we received a collection notice It did bother me when ! read my column of from some outfit in Arkansas, another $100.00 last week and discovered I had forgotten to or so owed and way past due. This one 1 mention a nice visit with Leon and Dorothy could trace back, did know the company. I Umberger, former up the Methow, Pateros had ordered and returned their merchan- residence, now living in Wenatchee, again at dise, i have a credit slip for the amount the the Apple Pie Jamboree celebration, collection agency says I'm way past due on It was bring a friend day Tuesday at the - oh my/ Senior Center, I was privileged to go as friend of Morre/I Hull. They had a full house, even having to set up another table. We were