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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 4, 2001, Centralia, Washington League opener Cen opens Pac-9 with big win Over Black Hills by Community concert free music event tonight at cd a3 terror ism chromite so cents tuesday dec. 4,2001serving the greater Lewis county area since 1889 As Taliban continues to fight afghan leadership talks Goon All least 3 of Taliban claim to be americans a world �2 torn Washington apr . Forces have questioned an american found among Taliban fighters but Haven to decided what will be done with him the Pentagon said tuesday. . And Allied afghan forces Are holding three former Taliban fighters who claim to be american citizens. One of them an injured Man who identified himself As John Walker is receiving medical treat ment from . Forces after emerging from a Battle scarred fortress in Mazar a Sharif. Walker 20, who converted to islam when he was 16, suffered grenade and Bullet wounds can reported. His parents identified him from video and photographs As John Philip Walker Lindh of Fairfax Calif. A we Are talking to him but no decisions reached what Well do with him a Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said today. Walkers father Frank Lindh said he had hired a lawyer and wanted to visit his son who had studied arabic and islam in Yemen and Pakistan. A a we re anxious to hear from the government a he said today on no cd so a today show. On in no so Larry King live program monday night Lindh said it appeared his son had been a combatant with the Taliban. A a he a really not much More than a boy a he said. A we want to give him a big hug. I also want to give him maybe a Little kick in the butt for not telling me what he was up to and for not getting my permission because i would not have Given him permission to go to meanwhile Clarke said the number of marines at a base in Southern Afghanistan has grown to 1,300. The troops have taken Over an air base South of the last major Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. Two other people who claim to be americans Are under the control of the Northern Alliance a defense official said speaking on condition of anonymity. The official knew few details about these two whose identities have not been established and please see Tau ban t Hack Page commissioners budget scrutinizes departments audits 2002 stable fees and services studied for possible changes in 2003 by Brian Mittge the chronicle a series of last minute additions to next year s Lewis county budget could mean major shakeup in 2003, but Only minor changes in 20�2. County officials Lewis county packed a budgetary Cohin Mission hearing monday morning after a draft document distributed Friday included requirements for internal and external audits of a number of departments for use in the 2003 budget. Longtime auditor Gary Zandell was the Only speaker during the Public hearing portion of the meeting. The Onalaska Republican had harsh words for the last minute changes proposed by democratic commissioner Erie Johnson questioning a set of requirements a i assumed was an 11th-hour ambush on your colleagues Quot Zandell said. A by your own admissions you said other Iniard members had not seen the changes or agreed to them Quot Zandell said then asked a a have they capitulated and agreed to your provisos a commissioner Richard Graham a Chehalis Republican who is the senior member of the three person body said he had gone Over the final document earlier that morning and had largely agreed to the changes. Republican commissioner Dennis Hadaller did no to comment but All three commissioners voted to approve the please see budget Back Page budget details by the chronicle a Lewis county budget breakdown and list of a provisos Quot commissioners $493,254 provided the commissioners and chief administrative officer Connie Robins Combine their staffs for greater efficiencies. Auditor $900,194 auditor a elections $298,899 assessor $1,212,163 Board of equalization $7,250 treasurer $525,157 clerk $682,630 Superior court $1,340,480 provided the judges provide a report comparing the costs of fully implementing a new audio video recording system with retaining its current court reporter system. District court $1,445,797 prosecuting attorney $1,641,337 self insurance administration $191,655 civil service $16,954 disability Board $800 state examiner $37,500 budget office $314,795 provided that a health care Cost and alternative study be written. General administration $143,355 sheriff $5,007,689 jail $2,801,077 juvenile $1,963,607 provided that $10,000 of the budget will pay for electric Home monitoring As an alternative to juvenile detention with a report on the effectiveness of the program provided for use in the 2003 budget. Please see details Hack Page property taxes to increase one percent county takes Small increase allowed by Tim Eyman s 1-747 by Brian Mittge the chronicle citizen activist Tim Eymann a initiative 747, which limits property tax increases to i percent does no to leave governments much wiggle room. Even so Lewis county erred on the Side of caution monday taking the lesser of two possible interpretations of its modest allowable increase. Next year the county will collect $7,133,633 in property taxes for regular county government and $6,545,082 for Road work. These Are both just slightly less than i percent More than the amounts collected in 2001. The county could have increased those 2001 amounts by a full i percent but this would have meant individual property owners would see a Little More than the i percent increase they expected. That would have been Legal but county budget writers decided to take the lesser route shaving off $81,000 from what they could have collected to comply with the intent of the Law. Next year the rate property owners pay for regular county government will increase by about i cents to $1.64 per $1,000 of assessed value or $1,640 for a $100,000 Home. A separate tax devoted to roads will increase by almost exactly 2 pennies to $2.10 per assessed $1,000 of value or $2,100 per year for a $100,000 property those Are both exactly i percent increases. Whitney Emrich 18, her Mother Kendra Emrich and father Chehalis firefighter Steve Emrich string lights on the departments 1937 american Lafrance fire engine to transform it into the Chehalis cd revs up a Santa mobiles on the move visits to Chehalis neighbourhoods to begin thursday by Paul Ali Eva the chronicle Santa Claus will cruise slowly in the a Santa mobiles through selected Chehalis neighbourhoods a brain or Shine from 6 to 9 . The next two thursdays according to Chehalis fire capt. Brian Slater who has been facilitating the event for the past to years. Santa will visit neighbourhoods with a a Northwest in their addresses from 6 to 7 . Thursday. From 7 to 8 ., he will cruise through Southwest Chehalis and Southwest William avenues and from 8 to 9 . He will visit Homes on Southwest Cascade Avenue and on Southwest first through Southwest 12th streets. The san Amobile will visit other Chehalis neighbourhoods dec. 13. From 6 to 7 ., the truck will cruise slowly through the area from Southwest 14th through Southwest snively avenues. From 7 to 8 ., it will visit Homes from the Southwest snively Avenue area through Southwest 19th Street and from 8 to 9 . The san Amobile will travel through neighbourhoods from Southwest 20th through Southwest 22nd streets Southeast Washington and Southeast Adams avenues. The san Amobile is a 1937 american Lafrance fire service pumper which served the City of Chehalis until 1955, Slater said. The International association of firefighters local 2510, which bought the vehicle from Lewis county in 1981, has used it to support Community events and Public education programs and As a vehicle in which Santa makes his rounds for the past 20 years. Pumpers Are fire engines designed to collect water from hydrants. A the san Amobile is Beautiful at night a Slater said. Quot its All covered with lights. It warms a lot of hearts when it goes Santa will talk with children of All . Emrich replaces a bulb on the lighted Garland covering the hydrant line on the Chehalis fire department s 1937 american Lafrance fire engine monday evening As his family decorates it to transform it into the Ages those two nights and his helpers Chehalis Reserve firefighters will hand out information to parents telling How to prevent fires during the holidays he said. Quot Well hand out 2,000 safety fliers a Slater said. A we also collect food for the local food Bank a he added from residents who May have missed saturdays walk a Knock food drive. Chehalis residents planning parties or get together and who live on the san Amobile cruise route May arrange for Santa to Stop by their gatherings by telephoning 748-3394. A a a Paul Ali Eva covers municipal government and Public issues for the chronicle. He May be reached by email at or by calling 807-8239.index comics.c6 crossword horoscope.c4 dear abby.a9 movies.a9 new in brief.a4 obituaries.a4 opinion Page.a1� sidebars.a2 what s happening.a9 monday crash victim remains in critical condition by the chronicle Ricky g. Nelson 48, Chehalis is hospitalized in critical condition with Chest and abdominal injuries following monday mornings two car collision just West of Doty on state route 6. Killed in the collision was Diana k. Dobbins 45, be Ell. Nelson was flown to Arborview medical Center in Seattle after the Accident. The Washington state patrol reported that Dobbins 2000 Ford was eastbound on the icy state route 6 just before 6 30 a m. And spun counterclockwise going broadside into the westbound lanes before colliding with Nelsons 1981 Subaru. Both vehicles were reportedly destroyed. Tomorrow rain wind Loni Blit tomorrow Low 33 37 ngtl4248 weather picture by Emily Waag third Grade Toledo elementary see details Page Al Gary j. Csc Howall / the chronicle

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