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USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. PAGE 2 II II By JESSE BURKHARDT that would like to site avia- for The Sentinel tion-related businesses there." In a move designed to pro- Struck said one of the com- vide more flexibility for pos- panics that has inquired sible economic development, about the airport industrial one of the three runways at property would produce parts The Dalles Columbia Gorge for jet engines. Regional Airport in The airport is also consid- Dallesport will soon be avail- ering fleeing up about lOO- able for alternative uses. 200 acres of the airport's 900 As part of an overall devel- acres for what Struck called opment strategy, the airport's "ancillary aviation uses," Runway 22o will be taken out including building hangars. of active status. It will remain "It sounds like the FAA will available for landings in the grant that request by sum- event of an emergency, met," Struck said. The runway is the shortest Among other possibilities, of the three at the airport in the runway area will be used Dallesport. by a local drag race organiza- "It will be scheduled for tion. Last year, during the other uses, but it will still ben Neon Nights events in The there for emergency land- Dalles, some of the airport ings," said Klickitat County property was used for racing Commissioner Don Struck. events, which drew approxi- "Two of the three runways at mately 3,000 people. the airport are paid for by the "The drag race will have a FAA [Federal Aviationpermanent home," Struck Administration]. This one is said. no longer receiving FAA The runway will also see funding." use by the Washington State According to Struck, the Patrol and other local law regional airport board enforcement agencies for requested that the Board of County Commissioners sup- port the runway change. The commissioners voted 3-0 in favor of the proposal on May 25. training in emergency driving techniques. "The FAA has very strict rules on what kind of uses are allowed, so there is no spillover onto other runways Struck added that the run- and nothing gets mixed up way is rarely used. with regular airport opera- "It's part of the long-term tions. The other two runways strategy to bring jobs to the can't be encroached on by Dallesport Peninsula," Struck any other events," Struck explained. "We have had a said. "The airport board has few inquiries from companies approval from FAA to put the runway to other uses." Struck pointed out that there was a recent public meeting on the issue, held at the airport. "About 70 people showed up, and most of them were in support of the change," Struck said. "Some local pilots weren't happy with the decision, but we're not going to bulldoze it. It will remain open in the event of emer- gency." Bernie Elsner, a private pilot and retired commercial airline pilot, said he had con- cerns about the decision because it reduces options available to pilots. "They ought to maintain the runway," said Eisner, who lives in Husum. "People who want to build anything there - a warehouse or a business - would have the capability of taxiing right up to their office or whatever they put in there. I'm under the impres- sion the FAA would give money to maintain it as a taxiway. And if it's a taxiway, it might make the industrial park idea more attractive." Elsner said Runway 220 is 4,5oo feet long. "It's a little shorter than the others. It doesn't get a lot of use, but business jets have landed on it," he explained. "For the last 6o years, it has been maintained as a runway. It's sad to give up on it now." Boaters cautioned to avoid fuel spills, exercise safety Last year, 20 people died in boating-related accidents in Washington state. Officials hope that figure will be much lower this year, but six people have already lost their lives. This spring, with the start of boating and fishing season, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cautions boaters - particular- ly anglers - to know their limits. It is a time of year ~hen weather and water con- ditions can change with little warning. Meanwhile, the Department of Ecology is urging boaters to prevent destructive fuel spills by prac- ticing good boat and engine maintenance and being care- ful when fueling. Mark Kenny, boating law enforcement coordinator for State Parks, offered four basic rules for personal safety. "The same rules of safe boating apply to every small boat," he said. "Knowing your limits means remembering the four rules ": Limit loading. Never exceed the recommended weight shown on a boat's capacity plate. Overloaded boats are much more likely to capsize. Too many people and too much equipment is a recipe for disaster. Avoid unsafe weather and water conditions. Check fore- casts before going out. High winds, stormy waters and swift currents spell trouble. Be aware of weather and water conditions; if they begin to change for the worse, seek shelter or head for home. Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol quickly affects your judgment, balance and reac- tions, and its effects are more pronounced on water than on land. Limit movement, and, keep center of gravity low. Mo~dng around and standing in a small boat increases the chance of capsizing and falling overboard. "Wearing a lifejacket is your best insurance in an accident," said Kenny. "Remember that accidents can happen even to careful boaters who know their lim- its." All boats are required to carry a U.S. Coast Guard- approved lifejacket of the cor- rect size for each person on board, and children 12 years and under are required to wear a lifejacket on the open deck of any boat under z9 feet. With nearly one million licensed anglers and thou- sands of lakes and waterways, Washington is among the top ~0 states in boat and tackle sales. Unfortunately, it is also is among the leaders in fatali- ties: Since 20o0, lO3 people have lost their lives in the state's waters. Regarding fuel spills, Dale Jensen, who manages Ecology's prevention pro- gram, asked: "What have you done to make sure your boat won't cause an oil spill?" The start of the season is time to remember that safe boating means ongoing maintenance to prevent gas and oil leaks: Leaky gaskets or filters and sloppy fueling practice~ gen- erate spills. Even small ones can create a mess that threat- ens fish and also fouls the water for swimming. Boat motors should be tuned up and bilges checked for oil leaks before leaving the dock. An oil-absorbent roll in the bilge area, available at most marina supply stores, will temporarily take care of oil drips. If a spill occurs, it must be reported immediately to the National Response Center (8oo-424-88o2) and Department of Ecology (8o0- OILS-91]). Penalties can be issued if proper notifications are not made. Knowledge of a boat's sys- tems and operating proce- dures, and awareness of weather, are important for preventing spills: "Just as important as having life jack- ets, a fire extinguisher and flares on board," said Jensen. For the Record In last week's story about the dedication of the Balfour-Klickitat park near Lyle, The Sentinel incorrect- ly identified Pam Essley as one of the community coun- cil members who initiated the project - the correct per- son was Pare Springer. Gee "s Family Restaurant SERVING CHINESE & AMERICAN FOOD! Weekly Specials CHINESE SPECIAL $4" Broccoli Chicken with choice of sweet and sour chicken or pork, or pork fried rice. $ 50 AMERICAN SPECIAL 5 Chicken Fried Steak with choice of potato, soup or salad, and sourdough bread. __& Sunday____- ~ 1:30 - 8:30 118 E. Main (509) 773-6999 Downtown Goldendale KETCHUM KALF 1004 Glenwoad getcbum gall Rodeo Queen Emil~ 5chu/tz, 17, of Goldenda/e. a junior at Goldendale She is a barrd- racer m amateur rodeos in the area - but won't get to ride hin her even in Gb~od he ,ar ,oo ,,.s,,, PLP.R,A. Saturday & Sunday shows start at 12:50 pore. POKER RUN & GAMES Photos by Sara'Lowry Motorists on Klickitat County roads this weekend met about 300 motorcyclists, cruising from town to town for the first annual Klickitat County Poker Run. Organizers were pleased with the turnout for the event, planned as a benefit for New Hope Farms and a chance for riders from outside the area to get to know Klickitat County. Stalwarts gathered on Saturday afternoon parade through downtown Goldendale, for cycle games at the Fairgrounds: Co-organizer Scott Robinson (ABOVE) gave the green ligl~t~ races, while participants assembled their bikes for judging (RIGHT). SteVe won the vintage division, Kid Rock topped the custom division, and stock division. "Conrad," according to co-organizer Micki Robinson, won trophy for ugliest motorcycle. Ron Fransen won the 50/50 rattle, and trc the oldest (68), youngest (21), and farthest-away (Alaska) riders. Mike Rice $500 poker hand - with a pair of deuces. Farm loss equals farm gain in USDA The USDA released a staffs- flea] picture of farm value and production in Klickitat County this month as part of the 2002 Census of Agriculture. There are slightly fewer farms around than in the past, but the ones that remain grew a little. Statewide, private farms con- tinue to outnumber corporate agribusiness operations. The big news is that market values of all the products pro- dueed in the county have increased by 55 percent. The 7o2 farms operating in Klickitat County managed a value of $52,426,000 out of the 606,749 acres growing hay, wheat, cattle and grapes. Betty Fahlenkamp, Goldendale USDA, said that most of the increased value comes from the .growth in grape production throughout the county which now has 2,587 acres reported planted. Fahlenkamp said that grapes fetch a higher price per acre. The two most acred com- modities remain hay and cat- tle with 42,000 and 22,719 acres each. Crops continued to ~fetch more total money than livestock with $40,215,OO0 everything the county's Livestock $12,211,OOO The number farms has not in the 862 acres. Federal funds by 45 percent: the county $4,406,000 in an average farm. WILSON from page 1 have gone back to prison. Over the weekend it was widely reported that Wilson told many that he would never be locked up again. Three sheriffs deputies were looking for Wilson when he was last seen in Klickitat County on June 8. "We knew where he had been," said Garland. Wilson spent a few nights sleeping in his car and citizens called the sheriff to report him. "We were always a day behind," said Garland. With two outstanding war- rants, Wilson was identified in Goldendale about 48 hours before police say he shot 17- year-old Kimberli Lingard in the chest and head while she worked at a Grantsville, Utah, laundry. Wilson took less than $50, police said. The Associated Press reported that two hours later in Dell, Utah, Wilson robbed and shot Dee Jensen, a 59- year-old store clerk, in the neck. Jensen managed to call police and give a description of Wilson's car. Utah State Patrol chased the maroon high speeds crashed his through a Wilson fired a to the AP shot himself. way to the Why Wilson ,County heading -his shootin ulation on deputy. 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