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Page ~ Auo 9 2OOl Ouad Ci~ H~rald l, Fro m the Editor s Desk By Ike Vallance J I 1 I attended a meeting Monday evening of the Dou- EMS levy within their fire district and contracts to J J I glas County Fire Distnct 7 Commissioners which they Okanogan FD 5 for ambulance service were hoping for a good showing of interested people The Douglas Fire District 7 comrfiissioners have concerning ambulance service on the Bridgeport Bar. the option of running an EMS levy, if it passes they Only two residents responded which led commis- can run their own service or contract the service; or sioners to believe there is little interest in the service, they can ask voters to form an EMS District separate lam not sure I agree. That seems to be typical of of the fire distnct in the same boundaries, and the meetings. EMS Distnct would then have the option of operating Two of the commissioners did spot surveys. One theirownorcontractingoutto another service; orthe 1 said 100% of forty said no more taxes. The other fire commissioners can opt to go with the city of inquired about which direction to go for service. The Bridgeport utility for $3.00 a month per meter. response was to Brewster. The commissioners say they will decide at'their I also don't agree with these responses as a whole regular meeting Monday night August 13. answer. I think you should run the levy, you have the funds. lllllBV J I think your only answer will come by using the grant I do not agree with going for forming an EMS Distnct. funds to run an EMS Levy request - a vote of the Why take on the added expense of another taxing people, district when you can do it within your existing fire In an article we have in this week's issue a commis- distnct. If the levy passes, contract it out whichever stoner is quoted as saying a fire district can only way you want to go. provide fire-fighting services. That way Fire Distnct 7 commissioners would I don't know if he is misquoted or unaware,have little, if any, to do with the ambulance service, if 1 A fire district can also provide Emergency Medical you like. Service - such as Okanogan County Fire Distnct 5 - I11 say it again, you got to put it to a vote, take it off Brewster and Pateros area. your shoulderswhichwaytogo, let the voters decide, Douglas Fire Distnct 6, the area from Shrable then if it fails, go another way. Ell Corner and along Crane Orchard Road, passed an The following articles are not necessarily the views of the Quad City Herald or its employees. By Don C. Brunell President Association of Washington Business Call me old fashioned, but I still be- lieve that Smokey Bear is the good guy. I don't agree with some environmental- ists who say Smokey is a villain, symbol of what's wrong with the management of our national forests. Those critics argue that, over the years, the U.S. Forest Service policy of fire suppression has made our national for- ests a tinderbox by allowing a massive build-up of fuels-underbrush, dead limbs, cones, and needles. If we had let nature have its way, they say, those forests would have burned earlier, preventing some of the large forest fires we've experienced in recent vears. True, perhaps, but what about the con- sequences? Lookat what happened in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone's forests were left virtually untouched after the National Park Service adopted what they called its "let it burn" policy. They quit fighting small forest fires and let nature take its course. : In 1988 the consequences of that r is right policy exploded before our eyes. Sev- eral small fires in Yellowstone were allowed to burn. Feeding on years of accumulated underbrush and debris, they merged into infernos that scorched more than a million acres and threatened nearby communities. Not even the U.S. Armyand Marines could help f'u'cfighters put out the fires. Luckily, early snows finally extinguished the flames. The same thing could happen here. In fact, it already has. In 1902, wildfires swept through 290,000 acres of old growth forests be- tween the Columbia River and Mt. St. Helens, killing 20 people. It was known as the Yacolt Burn. In 1933, a huge forest fire to the west of Portland destroyed more than 250,000 acres of timber. Subsequent fires in the 1930s and 1940s black- ened 550 square miles of public and private forest and become known as "'The Tillamook Burn." The total eco- nomic loss was estimated to be in excess of $600 million. Can you imagine if the Forest Service Think about the thousands of people who have moved into the forests since the Tillamook and Yacolt burns. What would happen to them? There are alternatives to allowing forest fuels to accumulate and explode into uncontrolled burns. For example, a good deal of research shows that smaller controlled fires during wetter months is effective in preventing the buildup of fuels. Logging and slash ' (limbs, needles and debris left after logging) disposal is another. I'm not saying we should log ev- ery tree in our forests nor am I say- ing that smaller controlled burns will prevent killer fires like the recent Thirty-Mile Fire in the Okanogan. But to mothball Smokey Bear, stop all logging, and reject scientifically proven forest management practices iS wrong. It is a pipedream to believe that we can let nature have its way in the woods today. Wildf'ues kill fire fighters, innocent people, and wildlife. was to retire old Smokey Bear and let' -:' ' Smokey Bear is right. We can-and western Washington and Oregon' burn? ' 0uld-pt'event fO st'fh-eS. :~ . ? ".:=, From the Pages of the Past August 12, 1921 Ed Sweaney got into an alterca- tion with his Ford last Sunday and after the clinch it was found that Ed had his right wrist broken and otherwise put out of commission. Dr. McKinley was called and relief administered. Ed is now wearing his arm in a sling and another party is guiding Lizzie on her way from the depot with mail. Mr. Blackburn, ,ho has been in the Pateros Hospital for seven weeks with a broken leg, returned Monday. While he is not in racing trim he is still in the ring. August 14, 1931 Saturday evening Miss Ila Whitley and Mr. Ralph Renner were united in marriage at the McPherson home. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. J.N. Pendleton. Roy Plemons is building a barn on the Allie Perkins property below town. Max Goehry and son Bob made a business trip to Wenatchee on Tuesday. H.G. Hawthorne has recently taken delivery on a new Dodge Sedan. Thursday evening. The Brewster team lineup was: Bill Wade, If; Kenny Walker, 3b; Don Humborg, 2b; Larry Hymer, ss; Terry Paslay, c; John McCarver, cf; Mahlon Priest, rf; Bill Shenyer, p; Brad Hull, lb; Robert Starzman has been coach - managing the team, his assistant being Scott Hull. Pateros Legion officers installed were: Commander, John L Coun- tryman; first vice commander, Ray Smith; second vice commander, Marvin Buchanan; adjutant, Ron Partridge; finance officer, Abe Brambaugh; marshal, Roy Gebbers; chaplain, Wayne Maitland; service officer, Mel Chapman. Completing a four-week indoctri- nationcourse at the Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.L July 21, was Navy Ens. Denis R. Van Loan, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Van Loan of Brewster. Msr. Melba Cannon and daugh- ter, Linda and Dolores along with their friend, Mrs. Edith Mosler, left for their home in Merrifield, Virginia, last Tuesday after spending a couple of weeks visiting at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wade Troutman. August 9, 1951 The Mill Wheel caf6 in Bridge- port changed hands this week when Mr. and Mrs. Earl Anson took over its management. Final plans are being made for a gala celebration in Bridgeport August 11, when the new million dollar bridge across the Columbia will be dedicated with pomp and ceremony. Weidon Sampson and Bill Puisipher acting as pilot cars and Howard Gamble with one of the Gamble Lumber Company's trucks returned the starting gate which was used at the Derby, to Waterville Monday. Cub Crossland won the brahma bull riding Sunday at the rodeo in Brewster. Sue Karen Terry from Bridgeport is spending this week at the home of Mrs. M. Monroe. The State Liquor store in Pateros is now located in Jim Meadows Pateros Electric. August 10, 1961 Concluding a successful season, Brewster Little League baseball teana, defeated the Grand Coulee Youngsters on the local field August 12, 1971 George Zahn, chairman of the Washington State Highway Commission and well known Methow Valley orchardist, had been presented the Wenoka Golden Service Award in the form of a beautiful Golden Apple Irophy in appreciation for his many years of outstanding service to Wenoka. Joe Jack and Gary Henderson are playing baseball in Canada. Friday Marlene Marcei|ay and Karen Suder, Omak Stampede Royalty, were in Penticton for the Peach Festival. Attending the Mt. Rainier Leadership Workshop for high school student body officers- this week are Kevin Johnson and Larry Schrable. The Pateros Garden Club is sponsoring a guided tour and placement show for members and pubic on Monday, August 16. Cars will leave City Hall at 1:30 p.m. to visit homes of Mr. Rector Billingsley, Mrs. J.C. Perry, Mrs. Jessie Fails, and end with a silver tea at the home of Mrs.Winnfred Blount at Alta Lake. Cont' d on page 4:': by Adele Ferguson OK, this is my first progress report since I last told you about my irregu- lar heart problem $18,483.07 ago. That was the tab from Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle for the July 12-13 "procedure" whereby I now sport a pacemaker under the skin below my left collarbone. The pace- maker cost $5,934. Operating room services were $4,090. The doctor got $3,492. The rest went for supplies, lab work, X-Rays and my overnight stay they monitor your heart over- night to make sure your pacemaker isn't a lemon, and if you are still alive the next morning, you can go home. Medicare pays 80 percent, my supple- mental insurance pays the rest. GOd bless Medicare. I now can walk my dog his daily mile without having to stop to rest by leaning on ten trees going up and the same ten coming back, trees so famil- iar to me that l've given them names. Dunhg the past eight months, I've had two electric shock treatments and taken various drugs that didn't re- store a normal heart beat so the pace- maker was the last resort I set a date and checked in on time at 9:45 a.m. for a consultation over the procedure. I would take about 45 minutes to insert the pacemaker, I was told, then the doctor threads a wire through a vein in my right groin up to the heart. Electric pulses are sent to check the heart beat and figure out where to place the lead wires from the pacemaker. My procedure would be at 12:30 p.m. A daughter and a sister-in-law killed time with me until 12:30 when I presented myself for action and heard those dreaded words, second only to "Oops!'" to an incoming sur- gery patient. "'We're running a little behind." Come back in an hour, they said. When I returned at 1:30, they said, "It'll be awhile?" Define awhile, I said. "Come back in an hour," they said. At 2:30, they said, "Why don't you go for a walk?" I'm HERE be- cause I can't walk a mile without 20 rest stops, I said. At 3:30, when they suggested I come back in an hour, I asked how many patients were ahead of me. "Two," they said. You people are no better than the airlines, I said. You're over booking. I am growing fearful that my doctor will be all worn out by the time he gets to me and I'll hear the dreaded "Oops!" because he is tired and hungry. Oh no, they said, they go until midnight sometimes, and at din- ner time they send out for $50 worth of good food. Well, see to it that my doctor eats before he does me, I said. I don't want him hurrying through the job because he can smell roast beef on the sideboard. When I finally got into surgery about 5, the ninth of 10 of these procedures done that day, I informed the crew in green that I had heard that patients under anesthesia often hear every word spoken by the doctors and nurses, and I did not want to hear any rude remarks about my body. 'Oh, you'll hear alright," said one. "But under this anesthesia, you won't remember one word." She was right. I had a lengthy conversation with my surgeon, I was told. I hope I was nice to him. My daughter was there before 8 the next morning, as instructed, to take me home. My doctor was off so an- other one was to check me out. When 8 came and went I said nothing. Then 9. After 10, I was hailing passing doctors to ask if they'd even seen my doctor. The answer was no. I finally marched out to the reception desk. I have missed the 8:40 ferry, I said. I have missed the 9:25. I have missed the 10:15 but I am NOT going to miss the 11:25. I'm checking myself out. Your doctor will be here, they said. He has four other patients waiting to be checked out. That's their problem, I said, I am leaving. The medical staff was great, I said, but if you made any profit off me, please use it to clean, slip cover or replace that crummy old furniture in the lobby. Waiting in such seedy surroundings generates an undesirable funk in one waiting to undergo the knife. We made the 11:25 ferry. Thirteen days later, I walked the dog the whole mile without having to rest on any trees. Thank you, trees, I said, and goodbye, Yvonne, Marie, Emily, Annette, Cecile, Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior, I don't need you any more. Don't point the finger at him be- cause the governor and the Legisla- ture couldn't get together on trans- portation funding, says initiative king Tim Eyman,"they lost the trust of the taxpayers long ago." The 2001 session had barely ad- journed for the fourth but maybe not the final time when Eyman's name started cropping up as the reason they couldn't pass tax increases to pay for; surprised if somebody else doesn't new roads, ferries, bridges, etc. do it, he told them. Everybody's scared to death of The more over riding reason the him.HeputtheDepartmentofTrans-, tax package didn't pass, however, portation in the shape it's in now wasthatHouseRepublicansarehold- when he got overwhelming approval ing Gov. Gary Locke to his word. He of Initiative 695, eliminating the said in his inaugural address that any Motor Vehicle Excise Tax, enact-' tax package would be taken to the ing a $30 vehicle license fee and people for their approval, but later giving voters approval power over changed his mind. Eyman and I dis- tax increases, agree on Locke's intent. I think he When 1-695 was challenged as un-: really intended to put whatever tax constitutional, the wrath of the voters package they agreed upon on the bal- was so great, Gov. Gary Locke and lot but got cold feet when the polls the Legislature didn't wait for the showed the extent of the voters' op- court' s decision (yes, it was uncon-i position. He has a history of inconsis- stitutional because it had two sub- tency when it comes to keeping his jects instead of one) but enacted the word. $30 license tab though not the tax Eyman says he "knew he was approval power, lying. He purposely lied, then did Loss of the MVET, however, left the bait and switch. He's gotten DOT short millions of dollars in rev- away with it before. The politi- enue, particularly to ferries and tran- sit systems, funded more by that than the gasoline tax. Eyman successfully pushed another initiative, 1-722, limiting property tax increases to 2 percent a year instead of 6, but it too was declared to be unconstitutional for the same reason{ This year, he has 1-747 on the fall ballot, limiting property tax increases to 1 percent a year without a vote of the people. What the politicians fear is that if they pass a transportation tax package, Eyman will get out a referendum against it, though he has said he will not he's concentrating on his prop- erty tax initiative. But don't be Quad City Herald Established 1901 lke Vallance Editor & Publisher Published every week on Thursday at Brewster, Washington. Entered as periodocals maner 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 Washington 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 an admission fee is charge, ards of thanks, resoluntlon of eendolet~ or notket Intended to promote private business of any kind must be paid for at rqular rates, cians still don't get it. They have lost the trust of the taxpayer. It started with term limits, which the people approved arid the poli- ticians challenged and got it thrown out. There was the sports stadium (nixed by the voters, rescued by the Legislature). The lawsuits over 1-695 and I722, and most recently, a governor saying 'I will put this tax package before the voters be- cause I trust them.'" "But Locke vetoed performance audits on the DOT," he said. "What does that tell you? If there is no ac- countability for existing dollars, why give more?" I know that when the DOT came under scrutiny a year or so ago for accusations of various wrong- doing, he had the Transportation Commission, which runs DOT, investigate itself. Naturally, it gave itself a clean bill of health. I know Locke wants the authority to ap- point the secretary, not just the commissioners so he'll have complete control over what is built where, etc. I know it is a major step for the Legislature to approve a per- formance audit which means both parties question what's going on there, unless Democrats knew in advance it would be vetoed. And I know that what Gary Locke does is what's best for the political future of Gary Locke as he sees it, and what Tim Eyman does is to ac- complish for the people what they haven't been able to get from the Legislature. Which one would you trust? (Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, Wa 98340) Desk Behind the Editor By Doris Vallance I've always been just a tad on the forget, misplace, lost, side of going thru daily ac- tivities. You know nothing too serious just sit it down then spend the next hour looking for it. Case in point I have three pens, always in my desk, or with my body. I have used the same three for years, and everybody knows they are mine - don't touch the pens! Every once in awhile ! set one of these pens down, someplace other than my desk, to do some- thing and ! suffer a lapse of memory for lost pen. i holler and usually with just a smidgen of impatience someone will tell me where ! left the pen. Thus it has been on the home front; my misplacements have been retrieved or shown where, with maybe a little less patience by lke. ! have really had a problem with garden tools. I've probably lost more little hand shovels than most people have owned in a lifetime. More often than not ! never see the shovel again until the following year, in a flat, rusted messy, unusable state. i have really tried hard to keep my garden tools, shovel, grass clippers, gloves and a pair of scissors, all together in the garden cart i pull around with me. All with bright red handles so ! can always see them. lke being the helpful husband that he is, will take this cart to the orchard and dump the debris for me when l fill it. It is my custom to set the tools away from the cart when full so ! don't lose them. Okay, your way ahead of me - you just don't know which tool ! left in the cart! I ranted and raved for several days over the misplacement of my grass clippers. A nice heavy pair, I have had for several years. Ike would sharpen them up a couple of times each summer and they were just dandy keen. Ike vaguely remembered hitting something hard with the orchard mower. Taking a closer look around, he brought my prize clippers to me in pieces! I have always relied on lkeforfinding my lost items, but ! have to question his ability as of this past weekend. He lost a pair of pliers, his very best pair of pliers the pair of pliers he always used - they're gone! All weekend he carried on about where they were - who would take them - why would somebody take them, on and on. Sheepishly he happened to mention Sunday afternoon he found his favorite pair of pliers right there, stuck in his tool belt! I-T 17'i