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, 1 ,+ PAGE4 DAN RICHARDSON, PUBLISHER SAM LOWRY, REPORTER A PUBLICATION OF TARTAN PUBLICATIONS, INC, ' ANDREW J. MCNAB, PRESIDENT LAST WINTER?--WH H THOUGHT TH' HAZY, LAzY DAYS OF WOULD ARRIV ... % , II !+, tI i! :i I+t , ] ,, I: i+ There's nothing to do around here. It's a refrain that people (and not just children and teenagers) say around Goldendale. The good news is, that's bunk. There's all sorts of things going on in o1' Goldendale and Klickitat County, a full calendar of events. There are annual happenings, like the county fair and rodeo coming up on Aug. 21-24. There are things big and small, like the "Mad Science" exhibit last week at the commu- nity library. What's particularly exciting, though, is that there's new things, too. This sum- mer had the traditional Community Days and Klickitat's Canyon Days, and a pair of area rodeos; but in the past weeks we've also seen local volunteers put on impressive new events, like the first annual tractor pull, and last week- end's first mud bog events. These events testify to the power of a little vision and a lot of hard work -- they show us that if there's something that we're interested in, we can get offthe couch and make it happen. Kudos to the volunteers who put those things onI Volunteers combined with public money have improved parks, built a skate park and opened a new pool, too. This weekend, Maryhill Winery opened its long-promised amphitheater, and is bringing a series of top-name musical acts over the coming weeks. And in September, there's the promise of a large rock crawl four-wheel drive weekend (see story, page 1). Organizers are predicting several thousand spectators. (Hey, if you're running a local-business, that means there's plen- ty to do in the next several weeks to find a way to connect with those folks.) Then, with less publicity but just as much hope, some other Goldendale and county residents are quietly trying to organize an art-and-wine festival for this fall (see future Sentinel editions for more details, as they solidify). All of this is good news; it means that even with the economy staggering along, the community is alive. People care enough to get together and hope, and work hard to make their hopes into reality. Here's our suggestions for some next steps: A community theater and stage. Perhaps in combination with a cinema. An art gallery (in the works). A motor sports events committee (to coordinate and build on valiant efforts by the city, the Jaycees, the Goldendale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Goldendale Motorsports Association). An expanded senior citizen community center. These are just a few ideas. Perhaps you have others? Let other people know -- and then, maybe, just maybe, think about spending some time to make them come true. There's no them in a small rural community like Goldendale, or Kliekitat, or Lyle. There's no them to go build new facilities, no them to organize neigh- bors and business people into action; there's just us. And hhere's plentY for us todo. ~. -- DSR We ventured into the world of high tech this week. We got caller I.D. on our phone. This doesn't mean I won't answer when someone calls. There is a good chance of that, however. I've resisted these telephone company gimmicks for years, but I finally had to do it. It was getting to the point where I felt like a human answer- ing machine. The customer service representative sensed I was- n't used to a lot of frills on the phone. He pulled up our file and laughed, '~ou really have been basic over the years haven't you?" I didn't tell him what drove me to caller I.D., but I think he could tell. It wasn't just the telemar- keters, either. Even friends and family were call- ing several times a day. (My wife's friends and family.) ~2003 Roger Pond I have friends, too. But not very many. That's understandable, I guess. My fam- ily isn't very talkative, either. I was talking with my brother this spring, and when we finished our visit we hung up. "How can you do that?" Connie asked. Wou must have more than that to talk about." "Not really," I said. "I found out they got the corn and beans planted. I'll call back in the fall to see if they got them harvested." I blame a lot of today's chatter on the proliferation of cell phones. The last time I traveled by airplane half the folks in the airport were talking on their cell phones. Most of them were telling someone they just arrived at an airport, were just leaving an airport, or they just sat on a french fry. I can remember the days when we only called if a flight was late. Now people call to describe which seat they're in. What did folks do before they had cell phones? They found a real phone to call on, or realized they didn't need to call in the first place. I remember my dad talk- ingaboutoneofthelocalguyswhenIwasakid.This.manhadatwo-wayradio in his car, and tiis wife had one in the house. Every evening folks who had scanners would hear this fellow coming home from work. 'Tm just south of town near the old, round barn," he'd say. A minute or so later, he would call again. "Now I'm crossing the railroad tracks. I should be home in about two minutes." (Talk about useful information.) Now everyone has a cell phone with unlimited long distance and a jillion free minutes. For some reason they feel a need to use up their minutes. I don't know why people consider these free minutes. There's no such thing as free minutes (or a free lunch), it seems to me. They paid for those minutes, and now the rest of us are paying for them, too. THE GOLDENDALE SENTINEL OFRC~ NEWSPAPER FOR GOLDENDALE AND KLICKITAT COUNTY, WA ESTABLISHED 1879 PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY FROM OFFICES AT 117 W. MAIN GOLDENDALE, WA 98620 TELEPHONE (509) 773-3777 FAX (509) 773-4737 EMAIL: (NEWS) SENTINEL@GORGE.NET OR (ADS, COMMUNITIES, HOMETOWN) GSENTINEL@GORGE.NET OR (EDITORIAL) GSPUBLIsHER@GORGE.NET THE GOLDENDALE SENTINEL STAFF KAREN HENSLEE, CLASSIFIEDS, JOBWORK &PRINTING AMY WALKER, GRAPHIC DESIGN BETH SCHRoDER, NEWSPAPER LAYOUT 8,. DESIGN HELMUT ADLER, ADVERTISING SALES & CIRCULATION Deadline=: DisplayAdvertising: 5 p.m. Friday Classif~ Advertising: Noon Man. day Legal Notices: 10 a.m. Tuesday News and Letters: Noon Friday Subecrlptiona: 1 Year, 2 Years Goldendale - Carrier $22, $37 In Klickitat County - $29, $52 Outside Klickitat County- $38, $70 USPS 2213-6000 WEEKLY. Periodical postage paid at Goldendale Post Office, Golden- dale, Wash. 98620. POSTMAsTER: Send address changes to The Gotdendale Sentinel, 117 W. Main St. Goldendale, WA 98620-9526 Goldendale Sentinel ( www.barr yscartoon~co~ Yo, Tom: Know your rights/ Dea~ Ex]Jto~ Mr. Tom Gentry (see letter and editor- ial in The Sentinel's July 24 edition) could use some legal advice. I am not an attor- ney, so I cannot give him any legal advice, but I can tell him that the United States Supreme Court has ruled on search and seizure issues many times. One of those times was a case called Wong Sun v. Unit- ed States, cited at 371 U.S. 471 (1963). Tom's marijuana could be referred to as the 'Txuit of the poisonous tree," if the plant was not in plain view and the deputies did not have probable cause to enter the yard. Did they have a search warrant? Could they ha~e kr, o~ that no one was home when they entered Tom's property.? Did they call before they entered Tom's prop- err? Was this all a pretext? The courthouse in Goldendale should have this ease available for Tom to read. It will give him the good understanding of what the police can and cannot do in a search, and where they can search. The case can also be found on the Web at find- law.con~ Everyone should have a basic under- standing of their rights and the limitations of government. For those who would like to learn more about the law, and do not want to go to law school, there is an outline on all the subjects that are taught in law ~hool avail- able from "Emmanuels" Web site, emanuel.com These are very good. Wallce B. Britton Las Vegas, Nevada The telescope is a treasure... Now, where can we eat? Dear Editor: Five members of my family met in Goldendale last weekend, attracted by the dear skies, the big telescope and the staff who was there to help us know what we were seeing. We came from three different direc- tions, stayed in a Goldendale motel, filled our cars with gasoline for the return trips, and tried to find (finally successfully) a restaurant open on Sat- urday night. I wondered if the citizens of Golden- dale know what an attraction that tele- scope is. Many powerful telescopes are reserved for scientists; yours is there for ordinary mortals like us. It seemed to me if the locals realized what a trea- sure they have, they might do some- thing about eliminating the annoying light from the useless airport beacon. Maryalys E. Urey Baker City, Oregon "tears in To the Editor: . This past week, I haVel with planning the Family Benefit. While munity has hardships b witnessed. Businesses donated ~ amount of )roducts, money to help ous members gave time and event happen. The the prizes for the dous, compassionate. In chains were started, and love was felt. I tears in my eyes about what this plished for This town ple who reside here Although I proud to say town. What a part off I have felt -- if not an out- right sense ofpessimima- then a ~rr~ome lack ofenthugama in many people I speak to in K k at Cotmty. Our axmtyrm suffered especiaUy hard t es the past couple ofyears with the ah,ninum plant shutting down, Calpine not working out as planned, the stock market bub- ble bursting, unemployment through the roof... Might make aperson pessimisti~ But thereis so much that is beautiful and joyo~ here flint I felt fl~e needto be a voice for the things that make life not just bearable, but full and rich and rewarding in Kliekitat County. I was living in Southwest Portland 15 years ago when I began ~ for a piece of land to call my owrL I had only two simple rules for the new phcez I didn't want to see orhear a neighbor. These simple requirements spelled huge prices anywhere within com- muting distance of Portland, so my search expanded to include Klickitat ~unty. I fell in love with a five-acre parcel I found in the spring of 1988, bought it, added 15 acres over time, and am more in love with it than ever, I've met many wonderful people here. The people here whom I admire the most are those who offer a sense of per- manence in their mJationships. Ray and Mary Gosney were ~when [ mo~her~ andqu~c~permmon to build trails on their prope~. rveb n yfour oftrafl since then. Ray'c, grandfather tilled the same land Ray does today. Sometimes, when walk- ing these trafls, I think of Ray's GUEST COMMENTARY Grady Bradley, Goldendale grandfather, and wonder if my trails will be walked upon one day by my own grandson. tunity of which has starting our own busi- have ness, but we had few finandal ON APRIL 15, 2OO1, I was laid off from my new job in Goldendale. The aluminum plant had just announced major layoffs. I was 52years old. I had good job skills but I'd ~ need to Weare all leave town tog wo capable of more Myw eJoy than we imagine. and I were THAT faced with ...It's time for Klick- was over what at the itat Countyto make, two years ago. As Joy and seize, some onceput , a huge set- back. We opportunities. ~Never hadbiIlslike ~ before in mylifehave everyone else; Joy had just started work for alocal dentist but she toowas laid offsoon after startingwork It was either leave the home we loved so much or get creative+ I was driving home one night and heard a man on PBS's A// Th/ngs stateflaat the m~e accident which left one of his arms useless was a gift, but not one he would have given himself. He was r~erdng to the new life he had: never bore a ays eba eng grow- ing in str ghh and wisdom with each painful passing month. I feel the same abom our own cri- sis, now. Joy and I were given a gift, that of release from our old ways ofthinking and doing, We quickly came to see the oppor- resources and many mis "gMngs. What to as do? thafswhat Our decision, when it came, was no surprise, andle~ us with optimism rather than dread. Instead ofleaving our paradise least for a big city, commuting to work in the midst of harried, seize theffh rode people, we resolvedto keep believe it's Camtyto drive to town, and stick it out. ward. I worked so hard for so long for a single purpose", home, Amen. At times we lost our bors, our: sense ofhumor in the midst of tances! financial anxiety and crushing wore At other times we won- dered how we could possibly to Binge~ meet a looming deadline. But the deadlines were met and we did squeak through while still meeting all our financial obliga- en wheat, ~ tions. During the best of times, and there have been many, we looked back and marveled at how far we'd come in a short time; how many ~ndet6fl peo- ple we'd met; how many chal- that lenges we'd faced andbested. It ~1 still seems like something of a miracle to us, that intheseharsh economic times, in the county your