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announces z-118 8/4/2010 Small Town Papers Students of the 5026 Califorina Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 Month for Dec. Sports, Page 7 Page 14 Woman crashes after alleged Oxycontin use News, Page 2 l Climatologists predict 40 percent chance of chillier-than-average year RACHEL CAVANAUGH News Editor Klickitat County residents should brace themselves for more of the harsh weather conditions that hit the region this week, weather experts "The system said on coming down Monday. very, very cold, In fact, wintersystem." will be colder than average throughout the state of Washington this year, climatologists predict- ed. "The temperatures for the entire state of Washington are looking like they're going to be below normal as com- pared to other winters," said Karin Bumbaco, assistant state climatologist with the Washington Climate Office. Models from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC), Doug Weber Meteorologist Bumaco said, indicate the chance of a colder-than- average winter to be 40 per- cent. She added that 3e-year averages show January to be the coldest month. The first snow of the year hit the Gorge over the week- that's end, covering is a towns from arctic Bickleton to White Salmon in blankets of white powder. Between Friday and Monday afternoon, the Pendleton Weather Forecast Office recorded lo.9 inches of snow and temperatures fell to single digits in the evenings. On Monday, the Goldendale School District announced a full closure and other county districts had delayed openings, including Centerville, Roosevelt, White See WEATHER Page 2 Rachel Cavanaugh MIND TEASERS: Goldendale Motorsports Association member Beth Schroder holds up a pile of crossword puz- zle books and other word games last Thursday at Boonie's Restaurant, while fellow member Joshua Parks looks on. The two were taking part in the group's annual Christmas party where a 'white elephant' style gift exchange took place. Quirky gifts included a meat log, a singing fish, and a Kiss C.D. Rachel Cavanaugh FACE FIRST: Goldendale resident Taya Gladden, 10, looked up with a face full of snow on Monday after taking a shot of fresh powder on her sled at the World War II Park. Gladden was one of dozens of kids throughout the county that didn't have any complaints about the cold weather this week. From the east end to the west, children could be spotted sledding, tubing, making snow angels, snowboarding, and jumping into old-fashioned snowball fights. While the kids played, tem- peratures dropped to single digits, causing many grown-ups to stay in with a hot cup of cocoa. On Monday, the Goldendale School District closed entirely, while other schools in the county had delayed openings. mmm A cluster of brave souls w/I/jump into the Columbia's icy waters on New Years Goldendale pool manage- ment announced the Second Annual Polar Bear Plunge this week. The winter event, in which participants jump into the frigid Columbia River, is set to take place on New Year's Day. '!This year we are already gaining lots of interest," said pool manager, Lori Anderson. "Sheriff [Rick] McComas will be plunging and, if the high school stu- dents meet the challenge their principal, Clay Henry, put before them, plunge." The event is a for Central County Park a n d Recreation District (CKCPRD), which man- ages the swimming pool. It will take place at the swimming he too will fundraiser Klickitat file photo BRRRR: Hardy souls take the plunge at last year's event. area along the river at Maryhill State Park. Check-in will be located in the picnic shelter near the swimming area, and there will be portable heaters. Those who regis- ter by tomorrow, Dec. 19., will receive a T-shirt the day of the event. Hot chocolate, coffee, and refreshments will be provided and donations will be accepted to (CKCPRD). The Klickitat County Sheriff's Marine Patrol and American Red Cross life- guards will be present to assist with any emergency that might arise. The event is open to participants age 8 and up. For more information, or to pick up a registra- tion form, call 773-0506. isla concerne rego=re Legislators from the 15th District have sent a letter to Governor Christine Gregoire expressing concern over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) involvement in a private well issue. According to a written statement issued by the leg- islators' office, in regard to a public meet- ing scheduled earlier this month by the the letter was assistance they need," said Sen. Honeyford. "A response is warranted in this situa- tion, but not from a federal agency based in Seattle." "The federal government does not have jurisdiction over private, non-municipal wells or drinking water," added Rep. "We don't need more regulations qn busi- nesses and agricultural properties." Rep. Bruce Chandler 15th District Chandler. "We don't need more regula- tions on busi- nesses and agri- cultural proper- ties; we need a groundwater management area to find a solution that for the affected EPA. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss private, con- taminated wells in the works best Yakima area, as exposed byresidents." the Yakima Herald-Republic. "It's unfortunate that state Sen. Jim Honeyford and and local agencies have been Reps. Bruce Chandler and unresponsive to this issue in Dan Newhouse sent a letterthe past and that it took a' to Gov. Gregoire asking the series of news stories to get state to "take responsibility any action," said Rep. and work with local govern- Newhouse. "The responsibil- ments to solve the issue."ity belongs with state and "Our hope is that the gov-local authorities, and I think ernor will ask the state we now have their attention. Department of Ecology to The next step will be to step in and partner with local work together to make sure authorities by providing the sufficient action is taken." Andrew Christiansen CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET: Parade-goers cheered on the Christmas spirit while hors- es clippity-clopped and floats passed down Main Street Saturday in Goldendale, during the town's annual Candy Cane Lane Parade. The line-up made its way through town, despite snow and cold weather, where it landed at the courthouse lawn. There people viewed the lighted Christmas tree and socialized. Following that, a celebration took place at the Masonic Temple which included food, music, fireworks, and pictures with Santa. For more photos of the parade, see Page 3. USDA calls for vote by pork producers USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is conducting a Request for Referendum to deter- mine if pork producers wish to have a Pork Checkoff Program. The Request for Referendum takes place Dec. 8, 2008 through Jan. 2, 2009. In order to vote, pork producers can obtain a Request for Referendum form and provide proof of being a producer at the county FSA office. Producers must have been at least 18 years old by Dec. 31, 20o7 to participate. Conthct the county FSA office for more information at (5o9) 773-5822.