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Clty Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and the lower Methow Valley Volume 91 No. 5 Brewster, Washington USPS 241-920 50 August 6, 1992 Hydros may nm again in Pateros The Pateros City Council has voted to explore the idea of thecity's partici- pation in hydroplane races next sum- mer in the waters of the Columbia River next to the city park. Mayor N.M. Cruse told the council that the hydroplane racing associa- tion, which sent some boats over to test the water earlier this year, had expressed interest in holding a race next year. Cruse said racing associa- tion officials suggested a race in June. Council member Jan Darlington asked who would sponsor the races. Cruse said he did not know and was not sure the city could sponsor them without breaking state regulations. City clerk Angela Hall said the city could sponsor the races, but she warned it would take a substantial commitment on the part of the council. Council member Cliff Burdick supported the idea of holding the races but suggested August would be a better time, since the river can have substantial amounts of debris in June. Council member Alice Patterson suggested the council give the mayor permission to investi- gate the idea further. In other business, the council voted to change the ordinance governing home-based business water and sewer rates. The ordinance required that a home- based business pay separate base fees for water and sewer use and pay for water use above the base allowance. However, the ordinance was not en- forced and some businesses paid the extra charges while others did not. The situation came to light when Janet Varrelman, the owner of Tangles by Janet, attended the July 20 council meeting to complain she had been paying two base charges for nine years, whileotherbusinesses have been paying different, lower rates. The council voted to charge home- based businesses one base rate and for water use over the base allowance, the way residential customers are charged. Varrelman will receive a credit retro- actively for three years, the limit al- lowed by state law. Arnold Asmussen, manager of Pateros Super S top, spoke to the council about a proposal he has made to build a motel of approximately 30 units on the waterfront. Asmussen has said the con't on page 4 Spectacular fire levels Pateros grocery store Bridgeport School District budget okayed by board The Bridgeport School Board has approved by the voters would be used approved the district's operating budget to increase the district's technology ..... iortho1992,O3szhoolyoar.Thcbudg capabilities, ......... : of$3,560,944waspassedattheboard s In other business, the board voted ....... regular meeting Tuesday, July 14. to change from two to one meeting The budget includes $2,848,633 in per month and to change the starting generaloperating funds, $393,500 for time of meetings. The board will meet i v-,a, .t. capitalexpenses (including payments on the third Tuesday of each month Pateros volunteer firemen are silhouetted against the blazing inferno of the Lakeview Grocery. for consturction of a new high school with meetings beginning at 7 p.m. andanexpandedgradeschool, currently Board members voted to leave the Firefighters from Pateros, Brewster Brewster and Malott took more than The building was totally destroyed, firemen were called back to the underway), and $127,567 in Associ- price ofschoolbreakfastand lunches and Malott responded to a spectacular two hours to bring the intense fire. Adjoiningbuildingswereonlyslighfly scene four more times during the ated Student Body funds. The debt atthesameratesasthe1991-92school fire early Saturday morning at the under control, damaged. The intense heat from the ensuing 24 hours to extinguish small service fund, used to pay general ob- year. Breakfast will cost 65 cents for Pateros Lakeview Grocery in the heart Witnesses to the blaze reported the fuecausedsomeofthelibrarywindows flare-ups. ligation bonds, was budgeted at students and90cents foradults.Lunch of the downtown business district, flames could be seen shooting as high to crack and fused the lettering on the "I wasreally pleased with theefforts $171,000.Apaymentonabuspurchased willbe90eentsforkindergartenflu'ough Whenfuefightersarrivedatthescene as 75 feet in the night sky. front of the post office located some of the f'uefighters, they did an excel- iastyear,$20,244,wasincludedinthe fifth grade, $1 forsixth through 12th the building was at least thirty percent According to Washington State thirty five feet away. Business district lent job," Sandy said. "I would also budget, grade and $1.50 for adults, involved, according to Pateros fire I)eputyFireMarshallDuaneDormaier, phone systems were out for several like to express thanks to those who Superintendent Robert Allen said A public hearing will be held on an chief Ray Sandy."When we got there, who was on the scene of the fire for hours according to Sandy. offered the firefighters coffee and re. the budget includes about $67,000 extension of the 1991-92 budget, the flames had burned through the nearly six hours later Saturday after- The initial call was received at freshments." eannarkedfortechnologyenhancement. Tuesday, August 11 at 7 p.m. The roof, and the fire was venting itself," noon, cause of the f'ne was an electri- 2:53 a.m., Saturday morning Au- The owner of the business, Doug That follows a pledge to voters in budget extension was requested to said Sandy. cal appliance located in the deft area gust 1. Firefighters were on the Chantry, says he plans to rebuild the February that two-thirds of the levy con't on page 7 Thirty firefighters from Pateros, of the store, scene for more than 15 hours. Pateros store. Marijuana farm found on Dyer Hill Pear 00harvest begins early Pear harvest is coming early this year for all of the Quad-City orchards. Most of the local growers started picking pears last week, which is about ....... two weeks earlier than usual. The reason growers give for the ii: .... early start of pear harvest is because of the early bloom date experienced this year. The pears started to bloom about April 4, which was a near record bloom date for earliness. Pear harvest should be completed by early September this year, unlike the usual mid to late September. .... Local fieldmen say all of the pears ..... are in good condition and there appears to be little, if any, hail damage. The crops are turning out to be the same size as last year and are just early this year. Most of the local orchards finished picking the Star Crimson pears last week and have started to pick the red and green Bartlett pears this week. The D' Anjou pears will probably be ready to be picked in about two weeks according to fieldmen. Douglas County Sheriff's sergeant Rick Halterman offixes evidence tags to marijuana plants found growing on Dyer Hill east of Bridgeport. More than 40 marijuana plants wexe usedtocapturewildhorses, Halterman signs that someone hadbeen on the confiscated by officers of the Douglas said. It is located between two rock site recently. There were shoe prints Weather County Sheriff's Office Monday, Au- outcroppings. "You cannot see this but no vehicle tracks, indicating gust 3 from a grow site on Dyer Hillnear (site) unless you happen to be in the someone had walked to and from the H t. P Bridgeport. The value of the plants was fight place," Halterman said. site, Halterman said. He estimated the July 29 96 63 0 estimated at $2,000 to $2,500. No one Forty plants each about four feet walk would take an hour to two hours dulya0 101 61 0 was at the site when police arnved, tall were discovered and removed and each way. July 31 105 64 0 According t Sergeant Rick eight to ten smaller plants also were Evidence was found that indicated August 1 104 64 0 Halterman, the plants were discov- confiscated.Thesitewas"awelltaken the site had been used previously to ered Sunday, August 2 by Clinton care of area. Someone went to a lot of grow. marijuana, Halterman said. August 2 98 63 0 Lilly, the owner of the land on which trouble." Each plant had been sur- However, this is the fast such site August 3 97 61 ' 0 they were growing, and by a group of rounded by chicken wire, andtheen- police have discovered in the Bridge- August4 95 58 o Sleuthing ... Washington State Deputy Fire Marshal Dune local residents on a rock hunting ex- tire site had been fenced to keep deer port area in some time, he said. wsok weather report through oourlny Dormaier, Yakima, probes the ruins of the Pateros Lakeview Grocery pedition. The site, located direcdy andotheranimalsout, Haltermansaid. Thepolicehavesuspectsinthecase SoourltySootlon, Chlef JophDm after if was destroyed by fire Saturday, August 1, Dormaier wason the eastofBridgeport, hasan underground The fence was disguised by branches, and the investigation is continuing, scene for nearly six hours, investigating the cause of the fire, which was spring and at one time had corrals Police found evidence of a path and Halterman said. determined to have started in the stores delicatessen area. D / /