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"ssioner Griffith Pipeline lawsuit expressway as a shot JUMP many feel an express- Coos Bay and is a good idea, Coos Commissioner John says businesses along 5 corridor won't road to be built. pat answer is, the more you have leading to the better it is for com- Griffith said. "Do I think ever happen? No. The pea- would lose something by it, there are more of us and as much as I'd have another highway in they hold the politi- likened the express - ia steamship. like if somebody asked like to have an extra running in and out of right," he said. "The metropolitan areas along the Interstate 5 corridor have com- plained about congestion, a new expressway could alleviate some of that by providing an alterna- tive to the round about way east currently used, he said. "This project is both practi- cal and flexible," Shank told The Sentinel. "It maximizes the use of existing designated freight routes on Highways 58 and 20 to reduce initial costs, while still providing the most direct route from southwest Oregon in 1-84." While it is unknown how an expressway would be funded, Shank has raised the prospect of a toll road. However, that pro- posal softens supports from the Oregon Trucking Associations. "We believed that the con- cept that they were putting forth was valid," said Bob Russell president of the Oregon Trucking Association? "We've been work- ing in the legislature to authorize No. -John Griffith, Coos County Commissioner highway, shipping and :ations infrastruc- , here the better posi- are to try to improve the of living for the people to Griffith, he Oregon will ever up politically to get an to Coos Bay built. somebody said to you, You have Interstate 5 run- your community how would you like were in Eugene, say, to or Roseburg to the how would you like to see people be able to funnel into the Port of Coos Bay have to gas up or buy of coffee in your town," asked. "They'd grab for throats so fast." Griffith lauded the of Oregon Grange Director John Shank that he would tp fight, he remains pes- respect John for the time he's put into this and I ever want him to stop," said. this kind of thing is how gets done. It's such an up Oregon Grange is gear- for a campaign to gather from registered voters the initiative on the bal- 67,000 signatures are according to Shank. has formed action committee ROADPAC to promote limited access highway. sees several benefits to the expressway. While swim days at pool to the generous dona- !,of businesses and commu- members, the Coquille have five free L days available next summer to enjoy. Cover the cost of lifeguard and operations for the free uille Valley Hospital, Drug, Colleen and Dick Coquille Supply and Linda each donated $315 to make more affordable for scheduled free days June 16, July 7, July 21, 4 and August 18, 2004 to 4:30 p.m. (continued from front page) and settling somewhere. We don't want that sediment to settle in, in areas where spawning is going to happen." According to Ritchie, while some salmon have evolved in turbid streams; such as the glacially fed Hood River, others have not and are ill equipped to handle those conditions. "With the recent rains we've had, we've got chinook and coho down in the estuary that are going to be coming into the streams to spawn in the near future and sediment and turbidity become a real concern. It's a concern all year long," Ritchie said. "We have a preferred in-water work period, when you're outside of the estuary up in the streams where we're talking about, the in-water work period from July 1 to Sept 15. It doesn't mean that during that time period that ali's fair let the sediment roll, but if you do have activities that are likely to generate sediment even if you have best management practices and you're trying your best, you're still going to have some sediment generated. We want to have those activities occur between the July 1, Sept. 15 time period. The sediment and turbid- ity during that time period is going to have the least negative impact on the stream system." While permits held by Coos County issued by the Carp of Engineers call for an increase in turbidity of only 10 percent, Kretzschmar said the limit may be exceeded for up to four hours in a 24 hour period. According to the Cease and Desist Order issued by the Carp of Engineers, civil fines of not more than $25,000 per day of violation and criminal fines of up to $50,000 per day violation along with imprisonment and injunctive relief including restoration of the areas involved could be levied. In addition, criminal penalties could include fines of up to $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for corporations could also be levied. Thane Tienson, a partner with the law firm Landye Bennett Blumstein of Portland, won a federal court ruling which required changes in the way northwest dams are operated to protect salmon. In 1998, Tienson negotiated a water quality settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, requiring the agency to consider cumulative impacts when issuing permits for new water pollution sources in Washington State. Tienson has been involved in litigation representing various groups including the Sierra Club. Columbia Riverkeeper, Heart of America Northwest. American Rivers. Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Steelhead and Salmon Unlimited. Northwest Sport Fishing Industry Association, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, Institute for Fisheries Resources. Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited. Tienson specializes in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on environmental and administrative law and participates in federal litiga- tion involving the Endangered Species Act. those kinds of activities." However, while Russell said theassociationssupportedapub-Pip li 1 lic private partnership to build a e ne cam  etion Coos Bay - Ontario expressway, that support wanes when it (continued from front page) comes to a specific route, the end of the paved portion of Board, clearing of the right-of- "Being pragmatic, there are the road. According to Whitty, way is finished and pipe has certain routes and alignments the pavement is great, been strung, bent and welded to that are more desirable than "I drove up there Thursda Blossom Gulch. others," he said. "When it gets and it's really nice," Whitty Of the 12 'inch main line, down to a specific route our said. 73 percent of the pipe has been support is a little squishier. A county crew has applied a completed and has been buried. When you're talking about this thin asphalt cap over the An additional 25 percent has kind of a facility that's going to pipeline lane north of Fairview, been strung and welded. be funded with tolls then you in preparation for overlay. Of the six inch pipe, 23 per- sort of have to have a minimum Most of the trenching, lay- cent has been completed and volume before it's economically ing of pipe and backfill is cam- buried with an additional 25 feasible, and the research hasn't pleted in Douglas County percent strung and welded. been done. Just off the top of except for several short cross- MasTec crews are gearing our head, perhaps a north south ings, and rough cleanup is near- up for work along the newly alignment that goes through ly completed. Final cleanup, acquired railroad right-of-way eastern Oregon would attract seeding and mulching are fin- in Coquille. more volumes than a Coos Bay ished from Fairview east in - Ontario origin destination." Coos County. Cleanup and However, if Shank's route is seeding is also completed for proven economically feasible, the several miles in Douglas Oregon Truckers Associations County. will be there Russell said. Near the Coos Bay Water Simmons Queen Size DEEP SLEEP PILLOWTOP MATTRESS & BOX SPRING SET Queen size only, limited to stock on hand. Frame sold separately Independent Retirement Apartments Catered Assisted Care Suites Specialized Alzheimer's Center Comprehensive Health Center Rehabilitative & Restorative Programs & Skilled Nursing Care Special Elderly Services provided by Sisters of Met 9 Ministg THE SENTINEL -- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2003 -- PAGE 3 Economic contributions of hunt- ing, angling & wildlife viewing Compiled by/he ODF& W Q: How many hunters and anglers are there in Oregon? A: During 2001, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sold 303,635 hunting licenses and tags, and 689,669 fishing licenses and tags. Of those, 282,102 hunting licenses and tags were sold to Oregon residents, and 517,666 fishing licenses and tags were sold to residents. Q: How much is spent in Oregon on hunting, angling and wildlife viewing activities? A: Results from surveys conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed that Oregon derived $211 billion in revenue from all wildlife-relat- ed recreational activities in 2001. Of that armmnt, Oregonians spent $1.7 billion: Q: How much do hunters spend in Oregon? A: The USFWS found that Oregonians spent $364.9 million on hunting in Oregon in 2001. Q: How much do anglers spend in Oregon? A: The USFWS found that Oregonians spent $601.8 million on angling in Oregon in 2001. Q: How much do wildlife viewers spend in Oregon? A: The USFWS found that Oregonians spent $769.4 million on wildlife viewing in Oregon in 2001. Q: What percentage of Oregonians hunt, fish or view wildlife? A Licensed resident hunters make up 8.1 percent of the total state pop- ulation. Licensed resident anglers make up 14.9 pevrent of the total state population. There is no method to track the percentage of wildlife view- ers. Q: What did hunters, anglers and wildlife viewers spend their money on? A: Here " how these three kinds of outdoor recreationists spent their money in Oregon during 2001: HUNTERS Food and Lodging Transportation Other Trip Costs* $46.2 million $42.3 million $20.2 million Equipment Dj.her** $232.5 million $23.7 million ANGLERS Food and Lodging Transportation Other Trip Costs* $99.9 million $84.8 million $74.2 million Equipment Other** $245.5 million $97.4 million VIEWERS _Food and Lodging Transportation Other Trip Costs* $182.2 million $108.5 million $14,4 million Equipment )ther** $340.3 million $124.0 million * 'Other trip costs' include expenditures for guide fees, land-use fees, access per- mits and equipment rental. ** 'Other' expenses includes expenditures for magazines, membership dues, contributions, stamps and permits. Coos County tax It's that time of year again - taxes! And, the Coos County Treasurer's Office is mailing out tax statements this week with pay- ments due back in by November 15, 2003. Even though the Real Market Value (RMV) is down by a little more than 10 percent this year in Coos County, the Taxable Value time percentages (TAV) is up by just over 3 percent resulting irl an overall tax increase of nearly 8 percent (7.99%). Market Values reportedly are up by nearly 5.4% in Bandon, 10 percent in both Coos Bay and Coquille, 10.6 percent in Lakeside and Myrtle Point, 12.2 percent in North Bend, and 23.5 percent in Powers. At Baycrest Village, we provide a complete family of residential, health and personal services to meet the needs of seniors at every stage of life. Baycrest Village overlooks the beautiful Coos Bay estuary and is surrounded by I4: acres of peaceful parks and gardens. We are proud of our community and welcome the opportunity to introduce you to our family of services. 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