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AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. ngs read in NBA Timekeeper - page 8 I 5o Thursday, June 17, 2004 Goldendale, Washington 98620-9526 One hundred and twenty-fifth year -- No. 25 LOWRY )otter confident County the treatment are not so by the to switch last keep suggestions provider, Washington Mental of Yakima, is iob. the County's over the pre- ter, Quest The Dalles, in the defend are certain it and objec- satisfied with still critical of decision and is Skip director. under the With Klickitat except by The ad-hoc that said, "was ~les and feel they expect the Quest, but made a mis- cites his rea- ~aid he received aff at White Hospital in casework- occasions are not pro- Service people titl, Chief adminis- trator, Mike Madden, con- firmed that the hospital had difficulty getting CMH per- sonnel to come do the evalu- ations. He said he was reas- sured after speaking with Trish Bannon, CMH's direc- tor in Klickitat County. Bannon explained that her White Salmon staff will resume doing assessments when patients are "medical- ly stable," rather than when they are discharged, which had been the case due to a miscommunication. Dennis Goodrich, who worked with the county on substance abuse issues for years, is also suspicious of CMH. He cites a recent ease in which a CMH counselor was accused of buying drugs for a client (see The Sentinel, March 4). Rick Weaver, CMH's chief executive, and Kevin Barry, who heads the county Health Department, said they were both taken by sur- prise when that happened in February. "It could have happened anywhere," said Barry, adding that there were no signs or similar instances in the counselor's record. Above all, Ruppel doesn't trust CMH's attitude toward clients, believing that Quest operated in a more humane way. "[Some] refused to go to CMH because they felt they were being prejudged. [CMH staff] look at alco- holics as second-class citi- zens," Ruppel said. Bannon responded to that charge: "Our counselors completely embrace the idea that alcoholism is a disease," she said. "We try to help people find all the resources to lead a clean and sober lifestyle... We feel our staff are completely invested in the people they are treat- ing." See QUEST, Page 14 TIME TO MOVE ON Photo by Greg Skinner 2004 Valedictorian, Catherine Stout, addresses a gym full of spectators, families, teachers and her fellow gradu- ates during her commencement speech last Friday evening. in By GREG SKINNER News Repgrter The recent rash of rob- beries in CentervilJe should come to a halt. The suspected thief killed himself in a small Utah town after a high-speed chase on June lO. His death ends an intense criminal run that passed through Klickitat County and several states in the last weeks. Klickitat County Sheriff Deputy Peter Garland said that Richard Wilson was their prime suspect in the theft of 10 guns from Centerville homes during the last three weeks. Wilson was also sus- pected in a ring of theft on Hoctor Road, a murder in southwest Idaho, and "forcible rape" in Biggs. Garland said the sheriffs office discovered Wilson, of Walla Walla, a former Goldendale resi- dent, on June 3, after a gun buyer from a nearby pawnshop called to report that he'd bought the stolen guns from Wilson. "He was smart enough to sign sex crimes." Wilson's known crimes took place in Clark, K]ickitat and Walla Walla counties. Eight out of the lo guns have been recovered along with most of the jewelry, tools and mis- RICHARD WILSON c e I 1 a n e o u s belongings. his name," Garland said of Wilson, who used his legal name on the sales paperwork. Wilson was released by the Washington state Department of Corrections in February. Wilson's criminal records show convictions dating back to 1989 for drug violations, theft, robbery, rape, and "other Garland thinks he will recover the last two rifles in the next few weeks. A total of ten incidents happened in Centerville over four weeks; police can only tie Wilson to three of the crimes, but there have been no new calls, said Garland. Wilson, if guilty, single- handedly raised the county robbery rate by moo percent in the first six months of this year. Klickitat County Superior Court records show 49-year old Wilson is due at Klie~kitat County Superior Court to face felony motor vehicle theft charges on the morning of June 24. Wilson is accused of Stealing Carl Witt's pickup truck between jail stints back in 2oo2. Portland police caught Wilson in the truck on June 19, 2002. Missing a pretrial meeting scheduled in the middle of his alleged current robbery spree, June 7, Wilson was reported as missing to the judge, E. Thompson Reynolds, who issued a warrant for his arrest on June 9. If convicted, Wilson would See WILSON, page 2 photo by Tom Peterson ke drift upriver, as a grassfire spreads along the railroad tracks in day. OWS from Dallesport grass fire stopped with the bladder the fire's origin, but the spe- from lO that several )ort on destroyed the south tracks Columbia XVe had it bags," said Dallesport Fire Department Chief Rhet Howard. "But one ember got across the tracks, and it took off. At that point, we had engines from Lyle and Wishram en route and we started to call for more started help." The grass fire, pushed by serious heavy winds, moved between the railroad and the top of a house-lined ridge. Howard said the fire was human-caused, noting there were people fishing at cific cause is under investi- gation. Burlington Northern shut down trains so firefighters could run hose across the tracks. One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation, but returned to fight the blaze. Crews from Husum, White Salmon, Bingen, High Prairie, Centerville, Goldendale, The Dalles and Washington Dept. of NaturalResources also assisted. Maryhill Winery has announced the musical lineup for its outdoor amphitheater's second season. Most of it anyway; some dates are still to be set. But booked and on their way are three big names: The Temptations, ,on Saturday, July 24 at 7 p.m.; Hootie and The Blowfish on Friday, July 3o at 8 p.m., and Don Henley on Friday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. The announcement from R/West Public Relations in Portland came just in time for the winery's third anniver- sary, celebrated during Memorial Day weekend, tra- ditionally one of the indus- try's busiest. "We'll also have the Song Fest at Labor Day, of course, and a September blues show," | said co-owner Vicky Leuthold. The House of Blues, she added, which booked the three acts so far, also plans one or two others. Maryhill amphitheater con- cert tickets, which went on sale June 7, can be purchased from all Northwest Ticketmaster outlets, online at, or at Maryhill Winery. Given the popularity of camping and nearby muse- ums in the region, concerts will be open this year to guests of all ages, according to R/West's Carolyn Burleigh. Reserved-seat tickets, for 1,ooo house chairs near the front of the stage, "offer the most exclusive experience... with optional buffet dining under the winery's spacious covered arbor," said Burleigh. Chef Dean Ecker will cater the buffet dinner with a menu inspired by Maryhill wines and featuring Pacific Northwest ingredients. General-admission guests can bring blankets or low- backed chairs for use on the amphitheater's grass terraces, built into the slope beneath the tasting room with sweep- ing vistas of Mt. Hood and the Gorge. Regional caterers will provide food available to all. Ticket prices for The Temptations range from $31.50 to $46.50, for Hootie and The Blowfish from $35 to $45, and for Don Henley from $59.50 to $79.50. For more information, visit www.maryhillwinery.eom or call 1-877-MA_RYHILL.