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Escanaba Daily Press (Newspaper) - January 10, 1998, Escanaba, Michigan Saturday January 10,1998 PAnyJPRRSS 50 Cents Escanaba, Mich. Working With You To Build A Better CommunitySmoking ban idea cause for debate ANGELA CARLSON Dally Press_ ESCANABA - On Jan. 1, California became the first state to ban smoking in restaurants and bars. The toughest smoking ban in Michigan also took effect in Marquette on the first of the year when restaurants increased smoke free areas this year and will totally ban smoking in 1999. Will Escanaba be next? There is currently no ordinance which regulates smoking in Escanaba businesses. Some area businesses have already begun to petition against such an ordinance. In September, Del Johnson, spokesperson for the Delta-Menomi-nee Tobacco Reduction Coalition, presented city officials with studies and statistics regarding smoking and second-hand smoke issues. Johnson, whose position is funded by a grant through Michigan’s American Stop Smoking Intervention Study program, said he and county volunteers are working to improve health by ftjcusing on clean indoor air. The coalition is in the process of writing an indoor smoke-free ordinance proposal comparable to that adopted recently in Marquette. In October, the group surveyed about 120 local businesses that are already smoke-free to see if they would support an ordinance. The Group says Forest Service numbers are wrong WASHINGTON (AP) - A conservation group disputes the Forest Service’s claim that it made nearly $1 million on timber sales in 1996 from four national forests in Michigan, saying the commercial logging actually lost $2.47 million when all the costs are totaled. For the first time in its history, the Forest Service reported last month that its logging operations cost more money than they returned in timber profits, a loss of about $15 million in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 1996. But The Wilderness Society said Thursday that the losses are much greater - an estimated $204 million in 1996. Their report said the government uses an accounting system that ignores many of the expenses including payments to counties, road construction and administrative costs. “Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize companies logging in our national forests,’’ said Wilderness Society President William H. Meadows. In Michigan, the forests that lost money are the Ottawa National Forest ($967,000), the Hiawatha National Forest ($873,000) and the Huron and Manistee national forests ($634,000), according to the Wilderness Society. The Huron and Manistee forests are administered jointly and counted as one unit in the tallies. The Forest Service lists those same forests as making $910,000 in fiscal 1996. The top money loser nationally was the Tongass National Forest of Alaska with an estimated loss of $30.6 million. The Ottawa National Forest ranked 46th among the 86 money-losing forests while the Hiawatha ranked 48th. Only 18 national forests made money. The main difference between the two totals: The Forest Service does not include as a cost the payments to counties of their mandated 25 percent share of all timber sales in national forests within their borders. That amounted to $153.9 million in fiscal year 1996, money environmentalists say represents a loss because it was not returned to the U.S. Treasury. The report also says the agency fails to include some costs for constructing roads to get to the timber and overhead costs at district and regional offices. “Any time you look at things differently with different assumptions you’re going to get different results,” said Forest Service spokesman Alan Polk. He said it would be up to Congress to change the way the agency accounts for timber sales. Backers of the timber industry said the losses are the result of excessive environmental reguiations that drive up the cost of logging. majority of the businesses, 53 percent, were in favor of an ordinance, Johnson said. “No specific types of businesses are smoke free,” he said.” There is a real wide spectrum.” About 500 more surveys will be sent out, he said. Johnson said the controversial project is a win-win situation because it is raising awareness of health standards in the community. City Manager Michael Uskiewicz said at this point in time, the city has not reviewed the issue publicly. Before action could be taken, public hearings will be held, he said. Unlike the leadership role assumed by Marquette’s City Commission, Councilmember Craig Gierke said he doesn’t see it to be council’s place to bring the issue to the forefront. He said the Delta County Board should also look into it. “Everybody should play by the same rules,” he said. “It should be an issue decided on a wider basis than just within the city.” “This is an issue where both sides deserve respect,” he said. “It is going to be a debate.” Tom Boyne, Delta County administrator, said the issue has not been brought to the County Board. A policy was passed in September 1993 banning smoking in the County building. There are currently no plans to expand that policy. Chris Coleman, general manager at Hereford &Hops, 624 Ludington St., Escanaba, is circulating a petition to keep an ordinance finom being established. He is also distributing newspaper articles and statistics which measure the negative economic impact he said a ban would have. Working with the Michigan Restaurant Association, Coleman said he has been in contact with local wine and beer distributors, bars and restaurant and wholesalers of cigarettes. “(Establishing an ordinance) would be antibusiness,” he said. A smoking ban such as that in Marquette would affect businesses up to 25 percent. Jobs would be lost, he said. In Marquette, an amendment to the city’s existing ordinance increased the percentage of smoke-free areas in restaurants from 40 to 80 for 1998 and 100 percent by 1999. The ordinance does not allow employees to smoke at work. Anyone caught violating Marquette’s rule will be fined $50 for the first offense and $100 for each subsequent offense. Marquette City Manager Jerry Peterson said Friday it is still too early to measure the effects of the ordinance. He said rather than fining offenders immediately, the city is still in an education process.OiggM in Sara Strong of Escanaba digs in Friday as elusive snow arrived in measurable amounts of several inches. Although the Escanaba area escaped the brunt of a winter snow storm that aim farther north in the Upper Peninsula, a steady snowfall during the day sent people looking for their shovels, sleds and snowmobile suits. (Daily Press photo by Blenda TeGrootenhuis) Local fanners enjoy ample hay supply CAROL HOLLENBECK Daily Press ESCANABA - While downstate cattle farmers are feeling the effects of a poor year for hay, farmers in Delta, Menominee and Schoolcraft counties aren’t seeing hay shortages, according to local cooperative extension offices. Downstate, low hay production has cut into profits and increased expenses for dairy farmers who have had to pay double the normal price for good hay and buy substitute foods to feed livestock. Hay production is down across Lower Michigan and in other hay-producing states as a result of last year’s cool spring weather, sporadic rains, and the alf^fa-damaging potato leafhopper insect. The Bay City Times reported. However, hay production in the U.P. was about average, according to Warren Schauer, agriculture agent at the Michigan State University Cooperative Extension office in Escanate. “Hay production around Delta County is probably close to normal,” Schauer said. “However, the quality varies a lot.” “It’s not nearly as bad here as in southern Michigan,” agreed Ben Bartlett, Chatham, livestock and dairy agent in the U.P. “Up here, only the eastern U.P. is seeing a hay shortage this year.” “Wé had relatively good first, third and fourth crops,” said Mike Erdman, agriculture agent in Menominee County. “We h^ a relatively poor second crop. That was during that droughty period. After that, we got quite a bit of rain, and things grew really well.” An October survey showed Michigan’s production of high-quality h^ was down about 30 percent, said Jerry Lindquist, director of the Osceola County Michigan State University Extension, the office that conducted the survey. Farmers planted 1.25 million acres of hay this year, Lindquist said. (See HAY, Page 2A) SMOKING TO BE DEBATED — Managers at Hereford and Hops Brew Pub and Steak House, Escanaba, are circulating a petition to stop a smoke-free ordinance from coming to the city. Conversely, the Delta-Menominee Tobacco Reduction Coaiition is currently preparing a smoke-free ordinance it plans to propose to council. (Daily Press photo by Jim Bovin) Give of yourself Organ donors in short supply in state ANGELA CARLSON Pally Press_ ESCANABA - Michigan is in the midst of an organ donor shortage. The names of at least 2,200 people are currently on a waiting list to receive organ, eye or tissue donations. In the first nine months of 1997, about 360 people in the state received a needed transplant, however, about 125 others died while waiting, said Robert Chabie, manager of the U.P. division of Michigan Eye Banks and the Transplantation Society of Michigan, based in Marquette and Ann Arbor. “If everybody that could (donate) did, there wouldn’t be waiting lists,” Chabie said. Corneas, bone and skin are not infrequent donations locally. In the last 10 months, Escanaba’s St. Francis Hospital has received donations from 16 local residents. Nine eyes and seven tissue and bone donations have been received, said Pat Savits-ki, assistant administrator of patient care services at the hospital. “That number could be significantly increased if families discussed the option in advance,” she said. It is required by law that families of a dying person be asked to donate organs, Savitski said. The hospital feels an additional obligation to fill the need for organs. Hospital nurses are charged with the responsibility of offering the option to families. Because it is often a difficult thing to do, all hospital nurses receive periodic training for the responsibility. Cornea transplants are done in Escanaba by local opthamologists. Bone and skin donations are used in orthopedic surgery frequently, she said. Because the hospital does not have the essential technology, vital organs are not retrieved in Escanaba, she said. Members of the Transplantation Society are notified immediately and travel to the nearest medical facility equipped for organ retrieval, such as Marquette General Hospital. In the meantime, preparations are made with the transplant recipient. Last year, about 110 Upper Peninsula residents became organ donors. People ranging from infants to age 75 are possible donors. A person’s physical condition varies regardless of age, but just about all donations will be examined for transplantable Inside LedgerDaily Log Bowling..... 3BClassified .... 5-6BCommunity . . . 2AFun....... 4BKidStuff..... , 8ALifestyles .... . . 6-7AOpinion..... 4ASports...... 1-2BU.P./Michigan . . , 3AWorld/National. . . . . 5ASarah Schlichting, 4, Gladstone, colored this picture for the NIE geography contest. Kidstuff Page 8A Karate Kids Two Delta County Karate students get ready to compete in the international World Junior Budo Cup. Page 6A. Medical Director Dr. Roger Kulas with OSF Medical Group in Escanaba is named the new medical director for OSF Bay de Noc Hospice. Page 2A ' Final FareweU Hundreds of mourners, including politicians and celebrities, were in Palm Springs Friday to say goodbye to Congressman Sonny Bono. Page 5A Aoveptising Supplements ■ LOCAL OBITUARIES Shopko K-Mait National Coupons TV Plus Keith “Pete” Marenger, Clawson, Mich., Robert J. Miller, Boardman, Ohio. Charlotte E. Severinsen, Escanaba. Evangeline Westerdahl, Galesburg, Mich. material, Chabie said. People donate for different reasons, he said. For some, donating the organs of a family member helps in the grieving process. Some families find the “ultimate gift” as a way to justify death, he said. Chabie said donation of an entire body could result in the recovery of eye corneas, tissues, such as, bone, skin, veins, heart valves and tendons and organs, such as, kidneys, heart, lungs, liver and pancreas. The transplantation process has made leaps and bounds since Eye Bank began 40 years ago, he said. In the bank’s first year, 1957, three people donated their corneas. At that time, there was no preservation method for corneas so a patient would be in one operating room while the donor was in the next room. “In today’s world,” he said, “we can recover tissue in a hospital and it can be preserved for up to 14 days. Eye transplant surgery can now be scheduled up to two months in advance.” Preservation time varies tremendously, Chabie said. Tissue, for example, is often frozen and can be kept for a number of years (See ORGAN DONOR, page 2A) Escanaba man benefits from honesty; cash returned MARQUETTE (AP) - An Escanaba man has been the beneficiary of a Marquette Township man’s honesty. Robin Trembath was driving to a relative’s home Christmas night when he noticed something lying on the ground near a stop sign. “It looked like a wallet. When 1 first saw it I thought some kids had put it there playing a trick,’’ said Trembath, a railroad inspector for the Michigan Department of Transportation. “Once I stopped, I could see it was filled with money.” The billfold contained about $4,000 in cash and several pieces of identification. Police quickly found the owner, an Escanaba man who was visiting the Marquette area. They didn’t release his name. “Mr. Trembath needs to be recognized for his outstanding morals, ethics and values,” said Marquette County Sheriff Michael Lovelace, who presented Trembath with an outstanding citizen award Thursday. Trembath said he had no second thoughts about turning in the wallet. ‘‘I just thought the person who lost the wallet would like to have it back,” he said. “That’s how I'd like to be treated.”Coming Monday: I hc I)ail> Piess Salutes School Board Members

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