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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 6, 2001, Centralia, Washington Blazers port of Centralia Simpson door Plant nearly ready / a3 chromite 50 cents thursday dec. 6,2001serving the greater Lewis county area since 1889 to surrender Kandahar Friday Islamabad Pakistan apr Taliban supreme Leader Mullah Mohammed Omar agreed today to surrender his last major bastion Kandahar to tribal forces and put himself under the Protection of tribal leaders Afghanistan a interim Leader and a Taliban official said. Hamid Karzai the head of a interim government told the associated press that an agreement had been worked out for surrender of the Southern City and that government forces would enter on Friday. A Taliban have agreed to surrender Kandahar and to hand Over Power to me Quot Karzai said. He said the agreement Calls for anti Taliban commanders Mullah Naqib Ullah and Sher Agha to collect weapons from the Taliban. A i will not be going for a few Days a a he said. The agreement was confirmed by Abdul Salam Maeef the Taliban a former ambassador to Pakistan who said the Taliban were finished As a political movement. A i think we should go Home a a he said in Islamabad. Karzai said Taliban fighters would be allowed to disband and return to their Homes. He earlier told can that Omar would also be afforded Protection if he promised to a renounce terrorism Quot and that Osama bin Laden s foreign fighters would have to leave the country. A they Are criminals a he said. Maeef said Taliban fighters would begin handing Over their weapons to a local Lashtun Leader Mullah Naqib Ullah starting Friday. Karzai said he did not know the whereabouts of either Omar or bin Laden the prime suspect in the sept. 11 attacks. Maeef said the handover would take three or four Days and after that it would be up to Naqib Ullah to decide who can enter the City. Maeef also said further talks would be held to determine the Fate of Arab and other foreign fighters Loyal to bin Laden. It was also unclear whether the surrender would apply to Taliban units in the town of spi boldak or in please see Kandahar Back Page citizens being sought to set salaries for elected officials by Brian Mittge the chronicle the three Lewis county commissioners Are looking for a few Good citizens to Tell them How big their paychecks will be. A newly created citizens commission on salaries for elected officials will have the last word on salaries and benefits for the county commissioners. The group will also recommend compensation packages for the other elected county officials the auditor assessor clerk Coroner sheriff prosecutor and treasurer. Commissioner Erie Johnson called the salary commission a Basic part of democracy. A i think its a very Good tool for the citizens of this county to have at their disposal a Johnson said. County commissioners make about $62,000 a year the Rural Centralia Democrat said. Six members of the 10-person salary commission will be chosen by lot from applications or nominations received by the county commission. The other four members will be representatives of business professional personnel management the Legal profession and organized labor. Individuals interested in serving May Send a letter of interest and a personal r�,-sum6 to the Lewis county Board of commissioners 360 . North St., is Cosoi Chehalis Wash. 98532 a your Hope is by the first of january we will have in place the appointments for the salary commission and the county auditor will have his lot to draw individuals who will also serve a Johnson said. A a a Brian Mittge covers Ureal government for the chronicle. He May he reached by email at , or by telephoning 907-8237. Giving Trees Mark spirit of the holidays helping the elderly businesses work to make Holiday season brighter for Evergreen Centralia health and rehab Center residents by Amy Emerson the chronicle during the holidays people often feel the need to give Back to society by participating in food or toy drives. But patrons of two local businesses olympic card and gift in Centralia and the Petra insurance Agency in Chehalis offer a reminder that gifts for the elderly can be another Way to ensure a happier Christmas for More of the people of Lewis county. Each business has a a giving tree adorned with tags expressing the Christmas desires of the residents of the Evergreen Centralia health and rehab Center. People May select a tag Purchase the requested gift and return it to olympic card and gift or Petra insurance wrapped or unwrapped. From there the gifts will be presented to the people at Evergreen Centralia during their annual Christmas party. A a it a just a Way to make sure All of our residents Are acknowledged at Christmas a said Irene Richey of the rehab Center. Richey said while most residents have supportive families that see to it their elderly family members have gifts at Christmas some have no families and Little Money. The gifts Are Given a few Days before Christmas. Richey said that with the Busy lives families Lead Dunn the holidays Evergreen Centralia has found a Christmas party a few Days Early is a convenient time for More family members to attend such a gathering. This ensures the residents have a Yvonne Dewolfe Centralia reads one of the gift tags on the Christmas giving tree at olympic card and gift in South Centralia. The tree displays tags describing gifts that might make the Christmas season merrier for residents of the Evergreen Centralia health and rehab Center. Festive Holiday particularly the elderly people without families in the local area or at All. And thanks to the giving Trees everyone gets a gift. A we get a great response from the Community a Richey said. A right there Are quite a few tags left on the Trees but we be noticed that people Start looking at them and buying gifts the closer it gets to Ron Nelson owner of olympic card and gift said his store has been participating in the giving tree program for the past six years. A people who come in Here to shop for Christmas gifts Are usually pretty preoccupied and some of them done to notice the tree but those that do Are usually surprised at How inexpensive and simple the requests Are a he said. The elderly residents usually request items such As socks or calendars. A this gives them the Chance to add things to their room to make it a Little More personal and Homey a Richey said. A and those Small personal touches can make a world of Richey added that often some of the people who Purchase a gift listed on the giving tree will want to attend the centers Holiday party and meet the person for whom they bought the present. A that really makes you proud to live in Lewis county a Richey said. A your residents look Forward to this party and these gifts every year and the Community makes it Hap pen. For information about the gift program Telephone Evergreen Centralia at 736-3381, or visit olympic card and gift at 1616 s. Gold St. In Centralia or the Petra insurance Agency at 57 . Pacific ave. In Chehalis. Amy Emerson covers Energy business and economic issues for the cd Omicle. She nun be reached by email at a , or by telephoning 807-8231. Charges filed against Man in Green River Case Seattle apr Gary Leon Ridgway a truck Painter from Auburn has been charged with four counts of aggravated murder in the Green River serial killings. King county prosecutor Norm inside Maleng said he has a a not yet decided p detectives whether to seek the take several Bone death penalty but he fragments from said he would not a1 Ridgway Home Low Ridgway to plead _ pag0 a3 guilty in Exchange for assurances that his life would be spared. A we will not plea bargain with the death penalty a Maleng said after charges were filed wednesday. The Case has battled investigators since 1982, when women s bodies were found in or near the Green River in Kent South of Seattle. Forty nine women a most of them prostitutes or runaways a were believed to be victims of the senal killer. Ridgway is charged in the deaths of Opal Mills Marcia Chapman and Cynthia Hinds whose bodies were found in the River or on its Banks on aug. 15,1982, and Carol Christensen found May 8, 1983, in Woods in nearby Maple Valley. Hinds and Mills were both teen agers. Christensen was 21 and Chapman was 31. Maleng noted there is no statute of limitation for murder. A for the victim the loss is ultimate. For the family the grief is permanent and for the Community the harm and danger do not diminish with the passage of time. Justice is a concept that never gets old a he said. Investigators this fall were finally Able to link Ridgway to the crimes through Dan evidence. Ridgway had complied with a 1987 court order to Chew on a piece of Gauze and investigators used Dan technology to match his saliva to semen found on three of the victims. Please see charges Back image Mark Prothero foreground and Todd Gruen Hagen Public defenders for Gary Ridgway listen to a reporters question during a news conference at the King county regional Justice Center in Kent wednesday. Ridgway was charged with four counts of aggravated murder in the Green River serial killings. A Phot Index comics.c1� crossword. dear abby.85 movies.c2 news in brief.a4 obituaries.a4 opinion snippets of life.a2 what s happening.b5 Council to meet inside Lewis and Clark apartments by the cd Omicle the Centralia City Council s next meeting will be held at 7 . Tuesday in the meeting room of the Lewis and Clark apartments 117 w. Magnolia St., in downtown Centralia. Those planning to attend May find the former hotels meeting room by going through the ballroom and then turning right. A reception to celebrate the end of the year will be held in the Hallux in after the Council meeting. This will be the councils last regularly scheduled meeting during 2001. The next regularly scheduled Centralia City Council meeting will be held at 7 . Jan. 8 in the Centralia City Hall Council Chambers. Weather tomorrow Cloudy Chance of rain tonight tomorrow Low 33 37 High 45-50 weather picture by Akash Puri second Grade Fords Prairie school set details Page Al Centralia College men s basketball team makes it look easy / by Tutor Centralia Man not ready to retire from education Field / cd Gary Ridgway cd urged with four murders

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