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TRIBUNE NORTHERN KITTITAS COUNTY Cle Elum Ridge 50K D4 75¢ Single Copy Price Serving the upper Kittitas County communities of Cle Elum, Roslyn, Ronald, South Cle Elum, Easton, Snoqualmie Pass, Suncadia and Thorp V OL . 56, N O . 39 ◆ T HURSDAY, S EPTEMBER 24, 2009 (509) 674-2511 Mass Casualty Incident Drill planned Saturday CLE ELUM – Don’t be alarmed. Saturday night, Sept. 26, beginning at 7:00 p.m., as there will be a Mass Casualty Incident drill conducted at Second Street’s Price Chopper parking lot in Cle Elum, which is located behind the Cottage Cafe on 911 East First Street. The drill will allow rescue, police, and fire personnel to practice organizing and effectively deploying in response to a simulated catastrophe involving large numbers of victims. Expect to hear sirens and see flashing lights beginning at 7:00 p.m. Officials involved with the exercise did not specify how long it would last. Why does my paper say ‘SAMPLE COPY’? “Read all about it” compliments of the Tribune! All regular Northern Kittitas County Tribune subscribers living in the upper county area will receive their newspaper this week without a mailing label attached to it. In order to reach ever y mailbox in the local area, the Tribune is sending out copies addressed “Sample Copy” instead of affixing the usual address label. If you did not receive inserts in your copy, due to limited quantities ordered, and would like them, please drop by our office at 807 W. Davis St., suite 101A in Cle Elum (near Safeway) and pick them up. This edition of the N.K.C. Tribune is being sent to over 8,600 homes and will be read by more than 21,500 people. Our Sept. 24 edition contains 40 pages of community news, photos, special features, sports, and the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District Annual Report. We invite ever yone who receives this complimentary Tribune newspaper in their mailbox this week to join our ever y growing family of regular subscribers. A special shout out to all the adver tisers for suppor ting our community newspaper and we look forward to shopping with you all year long. We’d love to hear from all our readers this week, visit our online website - and click on the “feedback” button at top of page. September’s Last Friday Artwalk event ROSLYN – The animals won’t be alive, but you might not be able to tell, at this month’s Last Friday Ar twalk next week in Roslyn, Sept. 25. From 5-9 pm, walk the streets of downtown, pop into businesses with flags indicating their participation in the artwalk, and enjoy all the monthly occasion has to offer in terms of historic atmosphere, music and art. Roslyn’s Paws on Parade set to run Oct. 3 Have a howl of a good time in historic downtown Roslyn at noon, Saturday, Oct. 3, as Roslyn Revitalization hosts the Annual Paws on Parade. Over 80 pooches showed up last year to par ticipated, while many dogs and their owners opted to just watch. For more information call Jennifer at 509-649-3650. Fourth annual Harvest Festival features family fun SUNCADIA – The Fourth Annual Suncadia Harvest Festival kicks off next week and will run from Friday, Oct. 2 to Sunday, Oct. 4, and again Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11. The family-friend event returns this year with a packed schedule of children’s activities, the Suncadia Brewfest and Brewmaster Dinner for adults, and live entertainment for all. Suncadia Harvest Festival will take place at Suncadia’s historic Nelson Dairy Farm, an idyllic setting preserved by the resort. A giant straw maze, pumpkin patch, carnival games, assor ted ar ts and crafts booths, wagon and pony rides, local artisan vendors and seasonal cuisine from Suncadia’s executive chef Andrew Wilson will be featured. For more info, logon to Northern Kittitas County Tribune Single Copy Price – 75¢ Attorney General returns opinion on legality of exempt well moratorium ELLENSBURG – Kittitas County Board of Commissioners received a copy of the Washington State Attorney General’s opinion Tuesday, September 22, around noon. The opinion addresses legalities associated with exempt well restrictions in the Upper County and the moratorium imposed by the Department of Ecology. Lay opponents of the moratorium hoped for a simple answer, perhaps a ‘yes it’s legal,’ or a ‘no it isn’t legal,’ but it appears the Attorney General’s opinion is a little more complicated than that. Specifically, the County believed that Ecology was attempting to change state law through the agreement by tying the irrigation exemption for up to ½ acre of non-commercial lawn or garden allowed for wells under RCW 90.44.050 together with the exemption for residential use of 5,000 gallons per day. County Commissioners and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office held that they could not bind the County to any agree- ment that wasn’t legal. “Today we received [the Attorney General’s] opinion,” said Kittitas County Commissioner Mark McClain, “which took several months to draft, and we will need to take a couple of days to fully evaluate it. With that in mind, we have scheduled a meeting with the Kittitas County Prosecutor to consider the implications of the opinion and then we will determine the next step. I would certainly anticipate we have continued discussions over the next few weeks with the Department of Ecology, in the hopes that we will be able to move forward in a way that protects individual property rights and the investments citizens have made, while also respecting our environment.” Kittitas County Commissioner Paul Jewel said, “I am hopeful that these answers will help provide a clear path moving forward to hammer out an agreement with Ecology and get the moratorium lifted. We have already proposed solutions that are con- sistent with the terms of this opinion and it is my hope that Ecology will be willing to consider those options, lift the moratorium, and lessen the impact this action is having on our economy so our citizens can get back to work.” The official opinion, stated that Ecology’s attempt to combine the two exemptions under the 5,000 gallon per day limit was illegal. Further, the opinion states that neither agency can legally enter a binding agreement that is outside the scope of their authority. In explaining this point, the opinion states that “such agreements…are not a new source of authority, but merely provide a method of exercising authority that both contracting parties already have by operation of law.” The Board of Kittitas County Commissioners scheduled an executive session to discuss the legal implications of the opinion on Wednesday, Sept. 23. More on this developing story as information becomes available. Schwandt speaks at Grange Teanaway subarea planners entertain public comment TEANAWAY – Nearly 100 residents and stakeholders converged on Swauk-Teanaway Grange last Thursday for hot coffee, cookies, and a presentation delivered by American Forest Land Company LLC (AFLC) Vice President Wayne Schwandt. Schwandt outlined options for developing 46,000-acres in the Teanaway his company owns, but cautioned it’s too early in the process for details and development commitments, implying AFLC doesn’t really know what it wants to do with the property at this early stage of the game. “The outcome won’t please everyone,” Schwandt said, “but we want to make this process as transparent as possible. That’s most important. “We’re not the 800-pound gorilla in the room,” he said, seemingly to allay fears and misconceptions. “We want everyone involved: residents, local government, the Yakama Nation – everyone.” Using slides featuring text and photos, Schwandt talked about development options AFLC has on the drawing board. “A non-residential resort is one possibility,” he said, “a U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE TECH Bryan Johnson explains hatchery spawning to a group of Thorp first and fourth graders. The kids showed up at the Cle Elum Fish Hatchery Tuesday, during the annual four-week cycle when the hatchery milks and eggs Spring Chinook Salmon (shown above). Tuesday, the hatchery took four million eggs from females. When they’re done, the eggs will be incubated over the winter for hatching a 2010 brood. In front of the kids are 18 raceways (not shown), plum full of Spring Chinook fingerlingsto-be, about a million of them. N.K.C. TRIBUNE/Jim Fossett photo Roslyn to host young leaders from Europe ROSLYN - The International Visitor Program of the World Affairs Council promotes citizen diplomacy by coordinating educational and professional programs for international delegates visiting the Puget Sound area. Roslyn has an exciting opportunity next Tuesday to meet one small group of the 1200 visitors that will have come to our state through this program this year. A group of young emerging leaders from Europe will visit Roslyn as a component of their visit to the U.S. Their purpose is to visit a small, rural community like ours and meet with its leaders and citizens about economic development. Toward that end, they will meet with a group of students, city goverment officials, and community leaders throughout the day. The Roslyn Library, in furthering its mission to promote lifelong learning, is sponsoring a community reception for the visitors that evening to enable area residents to meet with these future leaders in an informal setting. Former program alumuni recreational destination point that supports a broader use of the property.” Schwandt also said the Teanaway lends itself to a housing project. “We’ve looked at grouping 80-acre plots for houses, in a couple different configurations.” Basically, one configuration resembles a donut – the hole representing a cluster of Money stolen from Kiwanis drop box CLE ELUM – Tuesday, Sept. 15, local Kiwanis president-elect Jodi Snyder arrived at the club’s RV Wastewater Dump Station behind First Street’s Shell Station – to find the drop-box lock missing, along with an estimated $400. Customers donate $5 for each use of the station. “The burglary had to have taken place sometime between September 8 and September 15,” she said. “This has happened once before, so we had one of our member’s build a strong box and a padlock we thought would work, but obviously it didn’t.” Snyder said Shell Station owners are in the process of installing video cameras around the lot. “That might not deter future bur- glaries,” Snyder said, “but it’ll certainly help us catch whoever it is doing this. They’re stealing from the community, is what they’re doing. They’re stealing from themselves.” If you have any information that will lead to the arrest of the culprits, call Police Chief Scott Ferguson at 509674-2991. include Nicolas Sarkozy and Vladimir Putin. This particular group consists of nine 30'sish professionals in the fields of journalism, human rights activism, international trade and relations, and politics. They come from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the U.K. The Roslyn Library invites anyone with an interest in global affairs, economic development, immigration, environmental protection, health and human services, or those who simply want to meet and exchange ideas with smart, young, and interesting people from other countries to join them in the reception that evening. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Roslyn Library. For more information about the International Visitors Program of the World Affairs Council, visit For more information about the reception on Tuesday, Sept. 29, call the Roslyn Library, (509) 649-3420 or visit 80-acre housing plots surrounded by open space. The other configuration looks more like a layout for a coal mine, with a primary access See TEANAWAY SUBAREA..., pg. 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