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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 1, 2001, Centralia, Washington Tigers Centralia wins season opener 56-50/ by weekend edition chronicle 50 cents saturday dec. 1,2001serving the greater Lewis county area since 1889 made in Green River killings Gary Ridgway arrested Friday Seattle apr a 52-year-old Man was arrested Friday for investigation in four of the Green River killings the nations worst unsolved serial murder Case. The killing spree claimed at least 49 women in the Early 1980s. Gary Leon Ridgway who lives in suburban Auburn was arrested for investigation of homicide As he left his Job at a Renton truck company South of Here King county sheriff Dave Reichert said. Dan tests on a 1987 Sample of Ridgway a saliva matched Dan found on three of the 49 victims Reichert said and the sheriffs office has other evidence linking him to a fourth victim. He declined to elaborate. A i always Felt that Gary Ridgway was one of the top five suspects a said Reichert who served on the Green River task Force. A a there was always a top five and Gary Ridgway was always one of those right up in the Case was named for the South King county River where the bodies of the first victims were found in 1982. The killer was blamed for the deaths of women in the Seattle area and Portland Ore. Most of them were strangled. A a i cannot say with certainty that Gary Ridgway is responsible for All of those deaths. But boy have we made one giant step Forward a the sheriff said. Reichert said Ridgway was being investigated in the deaths of Opal Mills Marcia Chapman and Cynthia Hinds whose bodies were found in the River on aug. 15,1982, and Carol Christensen found May 8, 1983, in Woods in nearby Maple Valley. Authorities began trying to Contact relatives of the other victims on Friday. A a we re just glad that after 17 years they caught him a Robert Christensen carols brother in Law said As he broke Down during a Telephone interview with Komo to. A we miss the break in the Case came when forensic scientists were Able to link Ridgway Edna to Mills Chapman and Hinds the sheriff said. The first Dan test results showing a link came Back two months ago and authorities had Ridgway under surveillance since then Reichert said As investigators continued trying to link him to other cases. Reichert said investigators would be examining the possibility that Ridgway was involved in other killings of women in the to leave port of Chehalis take Job with state by Amy Emerson the chromite Heidi Pehl executive director of the port of Chehalis for the past to years announced Friday she will resign at the end of this year. Pehl is leaving the port to become the outreach and education manager for the Washington department of labor and industries. Pehl a graduate in engineering from the University of Washington was hired As the ports first employee in january 1992, and worked with three different port commissions. Under Pehlps guidance the port of Chehalis has recruited several private businesses and More than 800 jobs to its property in the Chehalis Industrial Park. Pehl oversaw the operating revenues of the port grow from $300 to about $300,000, and its assets grow from Zero to $7 million. Acknowledged Pehl. A not Many people get the Opportunity to apply their professional talents in a Way to make their Home town a better place like i have been Given along with a Chance to work with several individuals that truly care about making Chehalis a better place to live and Pehl noted the a unique professional Opportunity she had when she started the port District a from scratch with original commissioners Mark Giffey de Pemerl and the late Dick Dawson. In a memorandum released by the port of Chehalis port commission president Mark Giffey said Pehlps a professionalism dedication brains hard work and ability to represent us All will be greatly said commissioner Judy Devaul a Heidi has been a tremendous asset not Only to our port but to the entire Community. Her involvement and passion for Chehalis and our surrounding area has made this a great place to live and work. She has done an outstanding Job and i wish her the Pehl said that the port will immediately begin looking for her replacement. Regarding her move to the department of labor and industries Pehl said she is looking Forward to the challenges of working in a Large state Agency and to the Opportunity to do More Public speaking and outreach work. A a a Amy Emerson covers Energy business and economic issues for i he c humic be. She May be reached by email at , or by telephoning h07-s23i. By Julie m. Graham the chronicle a science Experiment was under Way wednesday afternoon. Alex Leal a Kinde Gartner at Fords Prairie elementary school in Centralia dropped a banana in a tub of water. Would it sink or float a a it a floating like a Duck a the boy declared setting the banana on a Sheet marked with a Duck floating in bowl of water. He and classmate Nick Bash tested several items some of which joined the banana and others that went on the Sheet showing a Rock sunk to the Bottom of another bowl. Once they a checked them All the two sat Down to draw pictures of three floaters and three sinkers a and to Label each with As Many of the letter sounds As they could determine. The two children and their classmates arrived at school for its 8 20 . Start and stayed until the final Bell. They re part of the growing number of kindergarteners staying at school All Day. At least nine school districts in the greater Lewis county area now have such programs Centralia is one of five that started this year. As the emphasis on academic standards grows one of its effects is the striving for pupils from each Grade to come into the next better prepared. A a lot of the reason for the concept is the Wasl and the standards the state sets a said Fords Prairie principal Kay Hodgson referring to the Washington assessment of student learning tests Given to fourth seventh and loth graders. At Issue for Centralia Hodgson said is whether kindergarteners can receive the Reading instruction they need in half a Day. The please see pm Hergarten it Page Gary j. Olchowski the chronicle Kinde Gartner Bethany Lucas searches for a place to sit in the lunchroom at Centralia s Fords Prairie elementary school Friday. Eating lunch at school is one of the changes for pupils in the full Day kindergarten program. Educators say added time a Bonus acts. A cooking lesson involves following directions sequencing and measuring among other skills she explained. In Centralia the Success for All Reading curriculum is provided whether children Are in school for half a Day or for a full Day a different programs Are offered a but the full Day work has More time for the class to work with the material Fords Prairie elementary school principal Kay Hodgson said. Darla Wasson a Fords Prairie kindergarten teacher said of the half Day Reading a it was very difficult. You Felt like you were pushing the kids All the she taught half Day classes last year this year she teaches one of the full Day sessions. By Julie m. Graham the chronicle a More time is one of the phrases that comes up again and again in discussions of full Day kindergarten. Quot the Day is not As rushed a said Adna elementary school kindergarten teacher Kris Wesson. Adna began its program this year and charges a $75 monthly tuition. Flexibility is the leading Benefit of having an All Day class she said. If pupils Are engrossed in an activity it can go a Little longer than scheduled without concerns of leaving something else out. She can offer More classroom experiences such As cooking which Wasny to possible for her before and More in depth science pro offerings local school District kindergarten full Day half Day Adna yes yes Boistfort yes no Centralia yes yes Chehalis yes yes Evaline no yes Morton no yes Mossyrock yes no Napavine yes no Oakville yes no Onalaska yes nope Ell no yes Rochester yes yes Tenino no yes Toledo no yes Vader no yes White pass no yes Winlock no yes please see time Page As powder found at postal distribution Center tests negative Tumwater apr a White powder that prompted the shutdown of a mail distribution Center for the state capital and neighbouring areas was apparently a hoax a postal official said Friday. The powder spilled when an envelope being processed through a machine split open about 9 . Thursday in the . Postal service building that handles mail for Thurston Mason and Grays Harbor counties including state government offices in Olympia. A it had some of the Hallmarks of threatening communications so management took the Steps to make sure All the employees were Safe and shut Down the facility a Seattle postal inspector Tom Montgomery said. The letter has been traced to Mccleary a Small town about to Miles West of Olympia Montgomery said. He and Tumwater assistant fire chief Rick Sapp said the powder tested negative for anthrax and other Haz ardous materials. Quot it was not anthrax. We Don t know what it is Quot said Seattle Fri agent Ray Lauer Friday. The Fri was called in to investigate the powder spill but now that the powder has tested negative the Bureau no longer needs to be involved Lauer said. Work at the facility is resuming but the shutdown meant very limited delivery Friday to zip codes beginning with 985, Montgomery said. Normal delivery should resume saturday. Eight men among the approximately 45 workers on site thursday night were decontaminated and Access to the building was barred. Delivery trucks were barred from leaving or entering the building halting pickups of mail for local delivery and drop offs of mail for sorting. There have been no confirmed cases of anthrax on the West coast since contaminated mail was found on the East coast following the terrorist attacks on sept. 11.m0es3b classifieds.01 comics.06 crossword. Horoscope. D4 dear abby.b5 Lewis county sheriff.a2 movies.b5 obituaries.a4 opinion what s happening.b5 volunteers to pick up walk a Knock donations this morning by the chronicle about 500 to 700 volunteers will fan out Over Lewis county Rochester and grand Mound this morning collecting bags of food from Peoples doorsteps during the 15th annual walk a Knock the largest food drive of the season. Forty thousand collection bags inserted into copies of the chronicle the East county journal and the Lewis county news went out to Newsstands and subscribers paper boxes wednesday. All nonperishable food collected during saturdays drive will go to local food Banks. Each neighbourhood a a collective contributions go to the food Bank that serves that neighbourhood according to organizer Brian Panush. Anyone preferring to donate Cash rather than food May Send donations to interservice walk a Knock do first Community Bank p. O. Box 334, Centralia Wash. 98531. Weather tomorrow Windy showers Tony tomorrow High 4248 High 40-45 weather picture by Dylan Alefteras third Grade Toledo elementary see details Page a2 to land Holiday exhibit begins tuesday at Lewis county historical museum cd All Day kindergarten grows in popularity Early Start academic emphasis stronger now for youngest pupils it i 11 is sep

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