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SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. Great things to read in this Senior picnic...page 2 Songfest..,page 3 Fair results, Queen tryouts...page 7 week's paper II Price 50 Thursday, September 9, 2004 Goldendale, Washington 98620-9526One hundred and twenty-fifth year --- No. 37 By GREG SKINNER superior court, Curt Dreyer, Klickitat County good positiontomakejudgmentsonmerit. "Tiffs is a private project. Environmental News Reporter Planning director, said the case is closed. Citizens argued that a contract allowing review is not required," reported Philip I~b, a 'q't~e CUP is now valid," said Dreyer. Klickitat County. to bring equipment into Counts' Yakima hearings examiner with over 8o0 deci- months of legal wrangling, The main argument used by Citizens in trying quarry, for the express purpose of crushing rock to sions under his belt. State code "defines private issued a Conditional Use Permit to stop the operation and growth of a small rock the required size, 5/8-inch, turned it into a public project as... any proposal primarily initiated or Counts allowing him to operate quarry owned by Counts: That the project was project. Counts produced rock in a larger five- sponsored by an individual or entity other than ghbors public in its scope and therefore subject to state inch size at the time. If public, the project an agency," wrote Lamb in his 25-page decision. environmental regulations, required, among many things, open bidding and Counts told The Sentinel in an article last an independent Citizens was concerned about issues of fairness a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) check- February that kqickitat County had originally ini- findings regarding last around a contract signed by the Klickitat County list. tated the business looking for a source of road filed by Yaldma attorneyCommissioners and Counts some two months Though the CUP is now valid, the March 2003 building material. At the time of the offer, Counts on behalf of Citizens Opposed to before hearings were to begin on the first appeal, contract - signed by all three commissioners and said he could see no reason not to. Hollow Road (Citizens). With the contract already signed, Citizens was Mike and Mary Counts - is now in question, "due lamb also found that the commissioners rio- files one more appeal in state concerned that the commissioners were not in a to changed circumstances." See QUARRY, page 14 complete for Creek wind farm, of Roosevelt SAM LOWRY According to project man- ager Allen Barkley, KPUD's power manager since April on wooden and a long-time wind special- fields alongside ist, progress is being made on roads, north- several fronts toward permit- don't mean ting and construction. lines, houses or At issue with wind projects are bird ("avian") safety, pro- where tection of any other endan- 1.5 gered species and archaeolog- (MW) wind turbine ical sites, and consent of property owners, Barkley design, indicated. Ultimately, pro- wind project jects must also pass State by the Environmental Policy Act Last Mile (SEPA) and National of which the Environmental Policy Act Public Utility (NEPA) requirements. is one of nine Last Mile purchased wind- py an area turbine siting leases on about Couple of miles in 20,00o acres of private land from the roads' in the Dot Road area in 2003. high on the flat The leases had been previous- Bickleton andly negotiated by two other River. wind development firms, as planned, Northwestern Wind Power turbines spaced and SeaWest Wind Power; - two-and-a- Northwestern's leases lay diameters-will north of Newell Road and points and SeaWest's to the south of the the windiest road. advantage of "They [Northwestern] had ~windsthat done a lot of pre-work in Gorge area a 2ool-o2," Barkley said. for wind power "When Last Mile purchased the leases from the two firms, is planned inwe started another avian sur- of 66 turbines vey." number of tur- Since Klickitat County also 200. See WIND, page 14 ALIGNMENT Photo by Greg Skinner Lacie Bradley runs her steer back the full distance of Bill Conboy arena, penning him in time to win, with teammate Don Vest, the first annual Larrie Knaggs Memorial ranch sorting during the Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo. Other county events Klickitat County Fair from adding ranch sorting to the Saturday evening Aug. 19 to 22, was a"huge suc- slate of county events every draw local hands cess," organizers said. year, according to co-orga- L~RRIE KNAGC~ MEMORIAL By SAM LOWRY After enjoying the ranch nizer Bonnie Bradley. RANCH SORTING WINNERS,' News Reporter sorting held as a first-time The result was a fine com- 1st - Laeie Bradley & Don exhibition event at the 2003 petition that started on Vest with a time of The first annual Larrie fair, the Klickitat County Thursday evening with 34 125.2o/20 Knaggs memorial ranch sort- Cattlewomen approached teams entered, 19 of them 2nd - Chris & Kristi ing event, held this year at the event organizers about returning for the finals on See SORTING, page 7 lU | ~AM LOWRY Reporter from the Little Park Aquatic Center exactly dred-ninety-sev- crowd that swam the Bingen to Hood 62nd annual swim. and Tessa Conroy, 26th of 50 ten-per- outside Columbia Gorge's 71-degree water, the far shore in despite stronger- Four hundred ninety seven swimmers crossed from River shore during Monday's annual channel swim. Photo by Sam Lowry Bingen to the Hood than-expected downstream cur- rents, Anderson said. The pair never spotted fellow- Goldendalean Paul Woodin, but he made the crossing in the xlth flight. Anderson said the water, though "It was the nicest year," Woodin fairly warm, was still a shock and took said. "It was warm and there wa~ about five minutes to get used to. no wind." She and Conroy, alone together Anderson recalled the stern- but always in a crowd of orange- wheeler trip from Hood River's capped bobbing heads, conversed dock to the place off Bingen where the whole way, "about how crazy we the swim begins. were to be swimming across the "During the ride over, there is a Columbia River. My grandma once building sense of excitement." It said, 'that's why they buildstarts when you take off, grows bridges'." when you arrive, Anderson said. The river, less choppy than last "Then you realize the first people year but swifter, forced them to have jumped into the water! It keep swimming left to stay on means it's your turn soon." course, Anderson said. It was the Anderson said that training by eighth time she'd participated; it swimming laps at the Goldendale was Conroy's first and Woodin's pool makes the cross-channel swim sixth, easily manageable. FIRST DAY FOR LYLE Dlstrl t bus r I throu h Photo by Greg skinner "c c u'ses g long morning shadows and along Old Highway 8, delivering kids to their first day of By SAM LOWRY News Reporter Some long-time-listeners-first_ time callers phoned in reminis- cences for radio station KLCK's 2oth anniversary show on Friday; others stopped by the station on South Columbus Ave. in Goldendale, adding to the party atmosphere. In the station's crowded control room, weatherman Jack Bostiek, anchor-announcer Julian Notestine and anniversary hosts ex-night- time deejay Deborah Heart and long-time station managers Cole and Kevin Malcolm discussed ori- gins of the local terms "three- mountain day" and "wildlife active." Both were Bostiek trade- nmrks - certain arrangements of sun and moon tend to make for good hunting, the weatherman explained. See KLCK, page 14 Deborah share the Heart, Cole Malcolm, Kevin Malcolm control room during KLCK radio's 20th Photo by Sam Lowry and Julian Notestine anniversary show. /,/