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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 14, 2001, Centralia, Washington League opener Hoquiam starts fast and never slows Down at Tenino / by flood plan panel oks proposal on upper Colwitz a3 chronicle so cents Friday dec. 14,2001serving the greater Lewis county area since 1889 claim to be close to bin Laden a world Orn tora Bora Afghanistan apr intense fighting Between . Special forces and Al Aida machine gunners left two americans slightly wounded today a witness said As a top afghan commander claimed to have located and surrounded a Cave in which he believed Osama bin Laden could be hiding. Meanwhile in Afghanistan a South scores of . Marines in a land Convoy and helicopters took control of the Battle scarred Kanda har Airport a one time stronghold of Al Aida and the now vanquished Taliban militia. The Airport is to become a major arrival Point for humanitarian Aid that will be desperately needed As the bitter afghan Winter sets in. In the tora Bora area of Eastern Afghanistan Eastern Alliance defense chief Hazrat Ali said his fighters had surrounded a Large number of bin Laden s Al Aida guerrillas on a Mountain Ridge in the tora Bora area in Eastern Afghanistan. Ali did not say Why he thought bin Laden might be inside a nearby Cave one of several in a Gorge where his tribesmen were fighting Al Aida forces amid heavy . Aerial bombing. Bin Laden will be taken president Bush said today a i done to care dead or alive a either Way. It does no to matter to a i done to know whether we re going to get him tomorrow or a month from now or a year from now. I done to really know. But we re going to get him a the president said. The Battle in which the two americans were said to be Hurt occurred near the tora Bora Complex. Twelve members of the . Special forces and dozens of tribal Eastern Alliance fighters were trying to take out an Al Aida defensive position when they came under machine gun fire said an afghan fighter who uses the single name of Khatri. He said in an Exchange of fire two of the americans were grazed by bullets a one in the shoulder the other in the knee. Khatri said the wounded men in afghan dress were Well enough to walk Down the Mountain. They were taken Back to a schoolhouse in a nearby town where they have been staying for medical treatment he said. Please see close Page a Lewis Grays Harbor counties freight line sold by Ronald Hobs the chronicle Elma a the puget sound and Pacific Railroad which provides freight service Between Lewis county and Grays Harbor has been sold. On its web site rail America has announced it has signed a letter of agreement to acquire the Stock of Park Sierra corp. For $48 million. Park Sierra based in Napa calif., is the the railroads Parent company. A worker for rail America based in Boca Raton fla., confirmed the agreement indicating it will probably be january before the takeover is Complete. That was confirmed by Edward Mccullough customer service representative at puget sound and Pacific s Elma Headquarters. Quot we done to see Many changes in our Way of doing things a Mccullough said. A your general manager Tom Foster will definitely be moving to the new rail America is the worlds largest Short line and regional Railroad operator. It owns 39 railroads operating on about 11,000 route Miles in the United states Canada Australia and the Republic of Chile. In North America its companies operate in 22 states and six Canadian provinces. Puget sound and Pacific operates on 147 Miles of track Between Grays Harbor and Centralia. It serves the Timber and agricultural industries. A Branch line operates to the . Navy station at Bangor. Please see freight i it age a6 Lack of quorum forces pad to reschedule meeting by Amy Emerson the chronicle the Southwest Washington Public development authority cancelled its regularly scheduled monthly meeting thursday when illnesses and other factors made the pad Board unable to have a quorum. The Board told attending Community members that this months meeting will be rescheduled for next wednesday at 4 . At last months meeting the pad announced that it had severed negotiations with civis project management the firm headquartered in Spain that had wanted to build a $500 million theme Park near Winlock. Civis without providing an explanation failed to meet the a Day a oct. 31 deadline to respond with its intentions toward the proposed Winlock theme Park tentatively known As Skyland. After Civiss departure from the proposed project the pad began another search for other potential theme Park investors. Throughout november the pad advertised in the Seattle times and the oregonian for new developers and set nov. 30 As the deadline for All inquiries. As the deadline has come and gone there is speculation the pad May make an announcement regarding the outcome of its latest search efforts at the next meeting. A a a amx Emerson covers Energy business and economic issues for the chronicle. She May be reached by email at a Emerson , or by telephoning 807-8231. Tacoma Power readies for ownership operation of Mayfield Lake Park by the chronicle Mossyrock a Tacoma Power is preparing to become the owner and operator of Mayfield Lake Park formerly Mayfield Lake county Park in 2002, the Utility announced thursday. At the request of Lewis county Tacoma Power assumed ownership and operational responsibility for the 50-acre Park on the Southwest Shore of Mayfield Lake. The Lake is a Colwitz River Reservoir created by Tacoma Powers Mayfield dam. Tacoma Power will operate Mayfield Lake Park in conjunction with its other two Colwitz River project Parks Mossyrock Park and Tain spam Park both of which Are on Riffe Lake. Gale Bridges a Veteran supervisor at Mossyrock Park has taken the supervisory role at Mayfield Lake Park. Quot Mayfield Lake Park will complement our other recreational offerings at the Colwitz River project a said Pat Mccarty who manages Tacoma Powers hydroelectric projects. A assuming responsibility for the Park was a key negotiating Point for Lewis county to join the Colwitz River project settlement agreement for a new Federal License to operate the Colwitz River project for the next 35 to 40 Mayfield Lake Park includes Day use and overnight camping facilities. Day use amenities include a reservable Day use Kitchen shelter boat launch with year round Access to Mayfield Lake picnic tables along the Shore of Mayfield Lake playground Horseshoe pits and a volleyball court. Overnight camping facilities a include 54 individual campsites and a 25-unit group Camp area two Large restrooms with Coin operated showers and restrooms that Are accessible to people with disabilities. Camping rates and reservations procedures Are similar to those at Mossyrock Park and Tain spam Park. Information about Mayfield Lake Park is available at or by telephoning the Park at 985-2364 Between 8 . And 9 ., monday through Friday. J Weyerhaeuser puts pressure on Willamette industries As i so a it.a2 comics.d6 crossword Horoscope d5 dear abby.d6 movies. News in brief.4 obituaries.a4 opinion Page.a8 what s happening.b6 Portland apr Weyerhaeuser co. Made what it called its final offer thursday for Willamette industries inc., intensifying the pressure on its rival in a hostile takeover bid launched one year ago. Weyerhaeuser boosted its bid to $55 per share a up from $50. Willamette spokeswoman Jackie Lang said the company is considering the final Weyerhaeuser offer and a will make a recommendation to shareholders in due she had no Esti mate on when the Willamette Board will respond. Marks Wilde a Timber Industry analyst with Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown inc. In new Yak said the offer does not leave Willamette any bargaining room. A honestly if it was $55 a share and Weyerhaeuser said we re willing to negotiate further id Call that a strategic Victory for Willamette a Wilde said. A but this is a final offer. There a not one bit of wiggle vim Imit tomorrow rain Toni lit tomorrow Low 30 35 Muti 4045 weather picture by Amanda Hillis second Grade Fords Prairie see details Page a2 wok stockings Fords Prairie pupils Send Christmas wishes collect for red Cross / a3 Gary j. Cichowsky / the chronicle Iris Benson 8, races her brother Tor Benson 12, through a huge puddle on Maple Street in Centralia thursday afternoon. Rain just wont go away but Power does for some by the chronicle heavy Rains and High winds caused multiple Power failures and a Road closing mudslide throughout Inland Southwest Washington thursday night and Early today and the problems will Likely continue As floodwaters Are predicted to Rise through this evening. Rani warnings Are in effect for the Chehalis and Skookumchuck Rivers. . Highway 12 in East Lewis county has reopened after a mudslide closed it for most of thursday night and Centralia Power Supply was fully restored shortly before Dawn. Traffic was detoured away from . Highway 12 near Mossyrock for More than six hours after a mudslide closed both lanes of traffic. Curt Spahn chief of Lewis county fire District 3, Mossyrock said he diverted eastbound . Highway 12 traffic to Highway 508 from about 9 45 . Thursday until 4 Arn today while tithers were at the mudslide. . 12 was closed Between Mossyrock and Morton he said. Please see rain Page a6 Toni i. Bailey the chronicle Michael Kolhage 10. Keeps dry under an oversized umbrella As he walks Home from Oakview school thursday afternoon in Centralia

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