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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Centralia, Washington Weather tomorrow Cloudy 1 a t it t Low 26 36 r rim of. A Quot a a tomorrow weather picture by Kaleigh grab third Grade Jefferson Lincoln see details Page All tigers Roll Centralia girls make easy work of Timberline sports Page by weekend edition saturday dec. 18, 1999 we e chronicle serving the greater Lewis county area of Washington since 1889 web site address www.chronlin8.com Index classifieds.c6 comics.b6 crossword Horoscope c7 dear abby.b4 editors note.a2 for the record.b4 lottery.a3 movies.05 news in brief.a2 obituaries.a4 opinion Page a10 police news.a3 Border Fri takes Lead on bomb Case Northwest Page a3 Tell a tale area residents share their Christmas stories lifestyle Page cd him. Am meth busts reach record in 1999 chronicle graphic by Kurt Eckert the chronicle methamphetamine lab bust numbers in Lewis and Thurston counties have reached record Levels As 1999 draws to a close police say. Thurston county ranks third and Lewis fourth among Washington counties just behind King and Pierce counties respectively officials say. A a it a basically a plague a Lewis county chief civil Deputy John Frase says. Thurston county drug task Force coordinator capt. Jim Chamberlain says the meth plague is making its Way eastward devastating families and children. He says the drugs spread reminds him of the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s a Only worse. A crack was bad. This is worse. I done to want to see what a next a he says. The number of lab busts for the year in Thurston county reached 41 wednesday up from the previous record of 30 in 1997, the Thurston county sheriffs office reported. Lewis county authorities have busted 20 meth labs so far this year according to the Washington state patrol. Because of More aggressive and educated methods of enforcement and the vast increase in methamphetamine use labs Are being busted nearly every week chamber lain said. Most of the arrests Stem from routine traffic stops and unrelated investigations said Dennis Dawes Chehalis Deputy police chief and coordinator of the unified narcotics enforcement team. A it does no to take much to make a meth lab anymore. All you need is a couple of contain ers and a source of heat. A lot of these labs Are located in Peoples vehicles a Dawes said. The two most recent busts in Lewis county illustrate that Point. A dec. 2 bust in the 17000 Block of Centralia Alpha Road came As the result of a routine traffic Stop. Jerald e. Morgan was arrested on drug and weapons charges. And last saturday Paul e. Baughman 30, of Tenino was arrested on suspicion of Possession of methamphetamine when police contacted please see meth Page All Baird says some leaders done to understand scope of meth epidemic by the chronicle . Rep. Brian Baird d-wash., says some congressional colleagues done to understand How prevalent methamphetamine production and use is in Rural Western areas such As Lewis county. A the East coast does no to understand meth. They re still into Black tar heroin and crack cocaine a the freshman 3rd congressional District representative said tuesday during a Stop in Centralia. However meth use and production is moving eastward in the United states he indicated. Yet he still had to join other lawmakers to successfully fight off a proposal to Cut Federal meth related funding from $35 million to $25 million. Baird said he also is working to include Lewis county in a federally designated a High density drug traffic area a which would mean More Federal resources for fighting meth at the local level. Meanwhile Baird said he takes every Opportunity available to him to encourage Southwest Washington youth to avoid using methamphetamine which is highly addictive. A the problem is once you use it once a Man you re probably hooked for life a Baird said. With holidays come More Domestic violence by Kurt Eckert the chronicle the holidays Are normally a time when families come together. But local police and Counselor say sometimes too much familiarity Breeds contempt. Police have Long believed Domestic disputes and related assaults always increase around Christmas. With More than a dozen arrests related to Domestic disputes in Lewis and South Thurston counties in the past two weeks that theory seems to be holding True. A around the holidays families and couples probably spend More time together than at other times of the year a Chehalis Deputy police chief Dennis Dawes said. A sometimes Peoples disputes get carried away and it turns into criminal fourth degree assault is a crime common in conjunction with Domestic violence police say. Fourth degree assault is a Misdemeanour because it results in injuries that Arentt serious Centralia Deputy police chief John Boren said. Occasionally an argument can erupt into a felony Thurston county sheriffs capt. Dan Kimball said. A grand Mound Man was arraigned on suspicion of attempted murder tuesday after a sunday night argument with his Girlfriend turned into a violent struggle with gunshots fired. Without intervention of some kind abusive violent behaviour will inevitably escalate said Sylvia Matayoshi Domestic violence program director with the human response network a nonprofit victims advocacy organization in Lewis county. While Domestic violence numbers Are climbing across the Board its a statistical fact they Are greater during the holidays she said. Though some of that gain is attributable to More education and reporting about Domestic abuse its More Likely that the number of Domestic crimes is increasing. A the pressures in our lives can please see violence Page Al i county commissioners defend floodplain permits As Legal by John Henderer the chronicle Call it a Dike a fortified berm or just Good old fashioned filling in the floodplain a the new development near exit 72 off interstate 5 is perfectly Legal county officials said Friday. Lewis county commissioners Russ Wigley and Richard Graham defended the developments legality and permitting at a press conference. A we want to get this thing put to bed once and for All a said Graham the commission chairman flanked by county development officials and a county attorney. Commissioners reviewed the projects history showing How courts have upheld county permits issued to Tri Mountain resources inc., Chehalis despite repeated challenges. A a it a important to note that the Landfill that is currently of some controversy was approved in that county permit and was considered by the state appellate court a said Mike Zengel county please see floodplain Page All White pass operators optimistic about conditions by Jake Morgan the chronicle Packwood a for most people saying your business is going downhill quickly usually Means things Arentt doing so Well. But at White pass during the ski season its about the Best news one could Hope for. Although this years skiing season is off to a slow Start ski area officials expect continuous Snow coverage throughout the season. A other than opening a Little later we be had a pretty Strong Start this year a Kathleen Goyette director of marketing and Public relations for die White pass ski resort said earlier this week. A it i snowed Over 27 inches in the past 30 when running a ski resort Goyette said you can to rely on the Snow alone to keep business steady. Careful planning and making smart business decisions Are just As important. A last March we tried out a new marketing idea a Goyette said. A we offered season passes which were Good for Over a year of skiing for Only $200 any Day of the week. We sold Over 5,000 season passes last with More than 5,000 committed customers this season White pass officials Hope to keep a steady flow of skiers on their slopes Goyette said. White pass has never had a Day where All the v season tickets holders showed up she said. The Mountain can comfortably hold about 3,000 people she said. Even a larger crowd be a problem. Goyette said. White pass has a professional ski patrol to keep the Mountain Safe. On busier Days volunteers help the ski patrol by adding As Many As 40 skiing experts on any Given Day she said. A we always beef up the number of employees on the weekends a Goyette said. A there should always be enough help on the Hill for people who need if this season turns out to be a continuation of last years generous snowfall of 750 inches about 400 inches More than a typical year White pass should have no problem keeping the skiers coming Goyette said. While Cascade Mountain passes continue to fill up with Snow local businesses Are staying Busy providing new and returning skiers with necessary outdoor equipment. Quot this could be our biggest year so far a said David Bliss owner of the White pass sports hut. A we done to usually get the Large crowds until after Christmas but this year has seen a steady flow of customers. We re usually pretty Busy from about december until Early april a during this time of year Bliss said there will be Snow on the ground for months. Gary j. Cichowski / the chronicle Darrel Borden of the Washington department of ecology places sandbags Friday to keep water away from a House along Highway 12 in Rochester. Borden along with a work Crew from the Cedar Creek correctional facility volunteered to place sandbags to keep Chehalis River overflow away from a House. Intermittent hard rain has swollen area Waterways during the past few Days. See Page a11 for another scene from the level is on the Rise skis and poles line up outside the White pass ski resort Lodge in this 1998 file photo. The ski areas operators and nearby businesses Are hoping for plenty of Snow and booming business this year

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