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JBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. Look inside Sor the o~tcial Fair Catch the excitement the Klicleitat Countg Fair & Rodeo lib SKINNER News Reporter brought the deadline for of Lyle to accept or offer from the Klickitat District and the state Department of rebuild Lyle's ailing and plant, within 200 feet of the ~River. the KPUD and are pleased with the solution," said Barbara Sexton, president of the Lyle Community Council (LCC). The $3 million treatment plant was approved by the LCC after some eleventh-hour concerns were brought by a community task force. Mike Groves, speaking for the task force, outlined issues regarding budgets, waste water manager, said the issues posed by the task force have been addressed and no irregularities were found. "We have asked the PUD to contin- ue to look for alternatives but were realistic about it," said Sexton. "If we stall, it will cost more. We can't stop now." The real dilemma for the LCC rates and the real need for an entirely concerns action. "We can return it new plant, issues that some say have [loans and grants] if we don't use it," driven people from the community, said Sexton. "But, we can't get it if no Lorraine Reynolds, KPUD water alternative presents itself." The KPUD is moving on the plan as developed and will continue with the sequencing batch reactor as planned," Re~aaolds said. All that is left is to get Ecology's final blessing, then the project goes out for bid this fall; Reynolds said there were little loose ends to work on and that construction could begin next spring. Though the LCC is moving forward, Sexton said, "It doesn't mean we're not asking questions." She feels the community can ask that the money be returned to the granting and loan agencies if the KPUD were to find some alternative that Ecology would accept. Ecology said that money could be returned only before the project begins. Joye Redfield-Wilder, spokesperson for Ecology, said that once the project begins, only surplus money could be returned. Money left from a project coming in under bud- get is one example, she said. BAM LOWRY ,rter Sports Car Club of continues for a race track the county's be com- Scrutiny. action by the Board of means that the currently have to regulate race- -- that noise levels track, once it is ,Cannot be restricted. of Adjustment's also spark legal county. at a public hear- last month to use per- issued for motocross track consid- regulations as they facilities. the board impose any limits the track, find- State law govern- WAC 173-6o-o4o, exempts "sounds from motor vehicle at existing and that County Code, includes the exemption, the PaOtoeross track s -~ voluntarily limit- of noise they will events at the con- they are an appeal or - against the Still looking at the said Mike use attorney who attended on behalf of who objected to noise from Eddieville. Wynn was contact- ed by The Sentinel on Tuesday. SCCA HAS NOT YET APPLIED At least two different issues pertain both to the Eddieville track and to the automobile race track that SCCA has said it wants to build near Goldendale - although the rac- ing organization has not yet purchased land nor filed any land use application. One issue may swing on a technicality. "DOE should have reviewed it," Wynn said, referring to the county noise ordinance, adopt- ed in 2ool. Apparently there is some question as to whether the ordinance received neces- sary sign-off from the Washington State Department of Ecology. County commissioners con- firmed that Department of Ecology review of noise provi- sions has been a topic of recent communication with County Prosecuting Attorney Tim O'Neill. Oq~leill was out of the .office on Monday and Tuesday and was not available for com- ment. Whether or not the county ordinance is challenged, how- ever, there is another, perhaps more pressing issue concern- ing the governing state law. The state law, WAC 173, specifies maximum decibel levels for different kinds of uses in different environ- ments. Uses on "agricultural and silvicultural property used for the production of crops, wood products or livestock" are limited to 70 decibels. Ex cept for racetracks, that is - or one of several other uses, such as safety devices and emergency equipment, covered by the blanket exemp- See RACETRACK, page 12 BALING TIME .... Photo by Greg Skinner It's harvest time again in Klickitat County. Local farmers and ranchers are gathering in their crops and baling their hay. The Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo begins this Thursday and runs through Sunday. The Harvest 2004 section, insert- ed in this edition of The Sentinel, provides full coverage of the many events. It also contains harvest statistics and fea- tures about members of the local agricultural community. See you at the fair! I By GREG SKINNER News Reporter The Klickitat County Health Department has rescinded its intent to pull Tire Shredders Incorporated's operations permit Monday. Kevin Barry, director of KCHD, said he recently wrote h letter to Tire Shredders explaining that KCHD had misinterpreted new Washington Administrative Code rules that, when in effect, outlaw the current standards under which tire piles statewide are regulated. Initially Barry thought that Tire Shredders would have to fit within the new WAC, 17o-35o, by Aug. 15. The new "350 regs" require, among many other things, that Tire Shredders cut their tire piles near Goldendale into smaller, more dispersed clusters. The changes intend to reduce the fire dangers that would quickly turn the site into an environmental dis- aster. Not to be in line with the complicated changes would have rendered the 8o-acre tire storage site ille- gal. What the Washington State Department of Ecology said should happen this August is that a "Facility needs to start working toward the Feburary 15 deadline." Joye Redfield-Wilder, spokesper- son for Ecology, said appli- cants are to indicate if they will continue to operate after the February deadline, or if they intend to close. Certain things have to happen between now and February, said Redfield- Wilder. A cash financial assurance covering the esti- mated cleanup of the entire site must be in the bank. Some estimates place the cleanup cost of Tire Shredders' piles somewhere over $1 million. An opera- tion must also offer its new plan of operation by February 15, said Redfield Wilder. Carter Fjeld, a Yakima attorney retained by Tire Shredders, sent a letter to Barry on Aug 6. Field stated that he was "unaware of any circumstance under this WAC or my client's opera- tions that require the modi- fication." The letter then asked, "Under what specific criteria the modification is necessary." Referring to the WAC requirement as "nebulous," Barry said he accepts the letter as fulfilling the requirements as he now understands them. "As far as I'm concerned this letter qualifies," said Barry. Agreeing with KCHD, Redfield Wilder said, "That suffices." Ty Ross owns Tire Shredders, among many other businesses. He said taking in the tires was the worst mistake he has ever made. "I've lost friends over this," said Ross. He main- tains that the current issues around the tires stored on his land are unintended. Ross still thinks State Senator Jim Honeyford can See TIRF~, page 12 area gain s OK Forester has con- Columbia National (CGNSA) Plan revi- by the blarkenrider, raanager for Service, the decision use regulations ;oo acre area. Forester's Concluded a that 60 public Goldendale superintendent hopes horn By SAM LOWRY News Reporter When Goldendale schools' Superintendent Marie Phillips worked in Concrete, Wash., that dis- trier offered its resources to 45 home-schooled students and their parents. She hopes to give the same opportunity to her new district's home-sehool- ers, too. "They do pay taxes. There are some things a district can provide, and they are entitled to them," Phillips said. Last month, Phillips sent a letter to every local parent she could identify who has chosen to home-school, inviting them to a meeting to discuss her concept. Several attended, and a cou- ple of those who did, signed up. It is a start, Phillips said. MARIE PHILLIPS It is also, she emphasized, pretty much up to families whether there is any specif- ic need that the district can help with, and how much time they and their children care to devote. "We have a great deal of latitude in what we can offer," Phillips wrote to the parents. "We are limited in what we teach [only] by the schoolers will look her up people available to teach." and find takers, but didn't Her letter said that stu- think it would be right for dents would attend five them. hours per week; she later "I am very impressed that made clear that the sched- Marie set [the meeting] up," ule is flexible and part-time said Susan Liening, who has participation is welcome, taught her children at There are few other con- home, and who attended the straints: The district hopes July 29 meeting. "The pro- for at least 20 students, to gram seems good if families make it worth the organiz- are willing to... abide by the ing effort, and the program rules. But that's the great is limited to committed thing abouthome schooling home-sehoolers, the letter - you set your own rules. said. There is no cost to "To go [take classes at the families. Parents and stu- school] somehow defeats | SUSAN LIENING dents develop course selec- the purpose," said Trisha tions or tutoring areas Wall, another Goldendale years. based on need, and they parent who home-schools. Phillips, meanwhile, is ~ B " attend together, ut if there is something just thinking about serving "When programs are that we cant teach, it could the community. more directive, it doesn't be useful," she added. "I "It's our obligation," she work. Concrete's succeeded appreciate Marie's effort." because it wasn't directive," Phillips said. Some local home-school parents who received Phillips' letter thought the program could be useful Wall also noted that most local home-school students she knows of are younger, and that supplementary curriculum could become a need later, in students' teen said. Anyone interested in more information about the Goldendale School District's proposed Home School Enrichment Program may call 773-5177.