Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Thursday, May 5,1977
Olds expected to arrive in Umatilla jail by Friday By JOMORELAND Ol the Unw. fjullHin
Michael Andrew Olds will probably be in the Umatilla County Jail by Friday nightThe 34-year-old Walla Walla man is to be released early Friday to Oregon law-enforcement officers in time for a morning plane flight from Pittsburgh, Pa. That is where the Washington State Penitentiary parolee was captured April 11 after a nine-day crime wave that began in the Northwest. Olds waived extradition Tuesday to be returned to Oregon to face multiple murder and kidnaping charges. Two agents from the Oregon State Police and the Umatilla County sheriff's department flew to Pittsburgh Wednesday to get the suspect. •'We're going to turn over certain physical evidence to them in court this afternoon," Michael Dalfonso, assistant district attorney of Pennsylvania's Allegheny County, said today. "This was evidence that was obtained here and it just might possibly tie in with the Oregon cases." Olds is charged in Umatilla County with the April
'We're going to turn over certain physical evidence to them (Oregon officers) in court this afternoon. This was evidence that was obtained here and it just might possibly tie in with the Oregon cases.' — Michael Dalfonso, assistant district attorney in Pennsylvania county 3 shooting death of Walla Walla cab driver Steven F. Schmerer, 23,22 Myra Road, College Place. The suspect is also charged with the April 6 kidnaping of farm worker Marion J. "Nick" Riley, 73, of Pendleton. Morrow County charges of kidnaping and unauthorized use of a vehicle have been brought against Olds in the April 6 kidnaping of widow Mary Emily Lindsay, 75, of lone, Ore.
Hospital officials oppose cost limits By GLEN GIBBONS Jt 0) thw Urton Bul!*^in
Her body, shot once, was found the next day 50 miles east of Burns, Ore., in Malheur County. Olds is charged in that county with her murder. Dalfonso said he has a warrant from Jerome County, Idaho, against Olds. The suspect is charged there with second-degree kidnaping in the April 7 abduction of Grace Davis, 63, of Hazelton, Idaho. Riley and Mrs. Davis were released unharmed April 7 in Brigham City, Utah. The Idaho warrant will be given to the Oregon officers along with Olds, Dalfonso said. Oregon prosecutors involved in the case are expected to confer Friday about where Olds will be tried first. Pennsylvania has deferred its charges of kidnaping, assault and firearms violation against Olds to await the outcome of the Oregon charges. The Pennsylvania counts were filed in connection with the April 11 kidnaping of an Albany, N.Y., couple and their 7-year-old son at gunpoint in the Pittsburgh area. Dalfonso said if Olds is convicted of the Oregon charges, Pennsylvania will probably not prosecute him.
Government-imposed limits on hospital costs may be a popular remedy to inflation ills, but Walla Walla hospital administrators would consider the approach bitter medicine. President Carter last week proposed a limit of nine per cent on annual increases in hospital rates. Nationally, the cost of hospital services has been jumping 15 per cent annually, although Washington held its increase to 10 per cent last year. "The remedy isn't putting a price freeze or ceiling cap (on charges) for hospital services," said B. Joe Younker, administrator for St. Mary Community Hospital, 401 W. Poplar St. He said many costs included in hospital bills — labor, medical supplies, utilities — were beyond the control of individual hospitals. "Hospital service is the end product," Younker said. "To control that, I think, is impossible." He was joined in those sentiments by Ron Sackett, administrator for Walla Walla General Hospital, 933 Bonsella St. "The state of the art — medical practice itself — changes, which requires new techniques, new processes, new treatments, that affect the cost of care," Sackett said. "One of the reasons that America offers the best medical care in the world is the advance in technology." He said controls on hospital rates would follow the pattern of earlier efforts on price controls: A shortterm dam on rate increases, then the lifting of controls because of public
demand, followed by a large-scale cost escalation. Both administrators praised the rate-control efforts of the Washington State Hospital Commission, which they said had caused lower-thanaverage increases during recent years. Carter's proposal "doesn't have anything in there to reward people who are doing a good job," Sackett said. He said hospital costs are lower and the length of stay shorter in this area than the statewide average. Younker said he believed rate increases will benefit from a tapering off in labor-cost increases, which has occurred in Washington lately. Hospital wages went up only six per cent last year, rather than the nine per cent in previous years, he said. "For many years hospital employes were, quite frankly, underpaid compared to industrial workers. We have a need for very competent, technically educated people in the medical field as equipment and processes become more sophisticated." Younker blamed part of the cause for the recent price increases on privacy-seeking patients who expect conveniences and service. "A patient expects a lot these days," he said. "In excess of 80 per cent of patients want a private room." That increases nursing costs and expenditures for furnishings and construction. "You don't find hospitals built with eight- or ten-person wards anymore, because American people don't want them," Younker said.
Highway speeders facing crackdown
U 8 photo by Ron Carlson
Chris Hoyer, 433 S. Eighth Ave., takes a close look at some X rays of the cervical spine during a visit to the Health Fair display at the Eastgate Mall. Fair visitors can also have their blood pressure tested, learn about nutrition, view a film on
dental hygiene and see an assortment of medical equipment. The fair runs through Friday and emphasizes services available locally.
Oregon and Washington highway law-enforcement officers have joined to bring stricter enforcement of the 55-mile-per- hour speed limit. A team of two, representing the Walla Walla detachment of the Washington State Patrol and the Milton-Freewater detachment of .the Oregon State Police have launched a "public awareness" program. California, Arizona and Nevada are also part of the regional campaign to get motorists to heed the national speed limit. The local team is Sgt. Pete O'Laughlin of the Walla Walla detachment and Cpl. Larry Davidson of the Milton-Freewater detachment. The two men will share speakers' rostrums at several meetings this month. "We are using every way we can to drive home the importance of all motorists heeding the 55-mile limit,"
O'Laughlin said. Both officers said stricter enforcement has already been launched by the two agencies and each has also started the campaign to make the public aware of the need. May has been designated as "55 MPH Compliance Month" by Washington Gov. Dixy Lee Ray. "It is in our best interest to observe the limit and conserve fuel wasted by speed limit abuse and the manpower resources lost as a result of highway collisions," she said. Both O'LaughlL. and Davidson said the need for more compliance was great as motorists have gradually increased speeds on many of the region's highways since start of the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit. Biggest problem area for speeding is on the secondary roads around Walla Walla, the troopers said.
Barges start taking
Community garden to escape gophers
fish past river dams
If you don't have much money, you might be able to keep that bare Mother Hubbard look from the cupboard by growing some of your own food this summer. And this year Walla Walla's community-garden participants won't have to grapple with the gophers for the crops. "We're coordinating with Walla Walla Community College this year," says Shelley Von Essen, Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) assistant director. "We have space in the garden for 20 low-income families "
Two special barges begin the job today of moving ocean-bound young steelhead and salmon around Snake and Columbia river dams. It's part of a $714,000 project budgeted by the Walla Walla District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to get about eight million of the young fish through the dams. Extreme drought conditions have lowered the river levels and the fish would be forced to pass through turbines at the dams, chopping up most of them.
About 650,000 of the fingerlings are expected to be moved today from Lewiston and the Lower Granite Dam 30 miles downstream and released into the Columbia below Bonneville Dam. Fish are being moved from the Dworshak National Fish Hatchery near Orofino. Idaho, by truck to one barge at I^ewiston. In addition to the barges, the corps will be using other tank trucks and a seaplane to move migrating smolts to the Columbia below Bonneville Dam.
calendar Tonight's events l.a Grande Single Adults. 7 p.m. organizational potluck-meetinn. I,a Grande Community ("enter, 808 Adams Ave.: bring potluck dish and table sen-ice. Beta Sigma Phi. Gamma Delta Chapter. 7 30 p.m. with .'ill Becker. 1455 Ixnu-ii Drive; program by Sandj Smith.' F( iinorm ." 1-a U-rhi- Ix-ague. 8 p m with Dorothj .inrkson. Route 3. Box 304 1/anedi'ii Ko.id Lo-Wa-To Bridge Club. 8 p.m with Vinzene'lnlbott Musk ah "Girl Crazy." 8 p m curtain, liarper Jo> Theatre. Whitman College Campus Pomero> School Hoard. 8 p m . Pomeroy High School TOPS" WA 4IS. 7 p m . St. Mary Community Hospital. Voiturc locale 271, l>a Sorietc des yuarante Hommes el Hurt Chevaux, 8 p m , DcLuca's Restaurant; 7 p.m. dinner to precede meeting, n o m i n a t i o n s for officers and delegates to promenade m Portland Ma>*13tol5 Walla Walla '59ers, 7.30p m . Walla Walla Area Chamber of Ci-mmcrce Resource Room: 7 p.m board meeting Walla Walla Regional Planning Commission. 7:30 p.m.. City Hall. Third Avenue and Rose Street Friday's events Church Women United, noon Maj Fellowship luncheon. First
Congregational Church. Alder and Palouse streets: the Rev. James Bell, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, to speak: "Gifts to claim:" Elizabeth McGoodwin. soloist. Musical: "Girl Cra?y," 8 p.m. curtain. Harper Joy Theatre. Whitman College campus Comedy: "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker." 8:20 p m curtain. Little Theatre. 1130 E. Sumach St. Saturday's events Baha'i Faith fireside. 7.30 p m . 978 HobsonSt. Benefit Yard Sale. 10am to 4 p m . l«reen Park School, sponsored b> school's Third Grade Class to benefit KlucMt Humane Societ> Comedy: "The Remarkable Mr. Penn> parker." 8 20 p.m curtain. 1 -ittle" Theatre, 1130 K Sumach St Golden Agers. 8 p m dance. Washington Community Bide.. 334 N Ninth Ave . refreshments and bineo Job'*, Daughters public installation. 8 p m . Masonic Temple. 607 E. Main St . reieptnn to follow in Masonic dininc room with refreshments PEO. C\ Chapter. 1 p m dessert with Msnlois Hulc>. Country Club Road t'matilla Count? Pomona Grange No. 26. 10 .in a rn session. Hudson's Ha> Grance Hall, "-i mile west Vmapme Srhc^l. noon potluck followed h\ ] 30 pm memorial sen ice. Mare Schubert directing, f p m potluck. .lf-e DuPuis of Stanfield, presidint; Pomona master
Vocational education tour on tap
The garden land will be in the community college area in a spot formerly used to raise Klicker strawberries, she says. The project is being operated as a college truck-gardening class at a cost of $20 per family, payable over four months. "That covers six college credits and three workshops." Ms. Von Essen says. two of the workshops will be about canning and freezing food. The gardeners will be given the materials and instructions to bmld
their own home dryer — which they "It's not an individual plot for each will keep—at the third workshop. family," Ms. Von Essen says. About 15 crops will be grown, in"It's a cooperative plot. The cluding cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, squash, berries, lettuce, cabbage, amount of produce you take home depends on the amount of work you peas, beans, broccoli and spinach. Plants, seeds, pesticides, fer- put into it." tilizers, tools and the land will all be The community garden has been provided to participants in the June 6 operated in the past on a piece of cityto Sept. 2 project. owned land at the south end of Fort Applicants should notify Ms. Von Walla Walla Park. Essen at BMAC immediately if Ms. Von Essen says the city is now they're interested. using that land for a sod farm. Participants will be selected on a "It'll be well-aerated with all the first-come, first-served basis, ac- gophers there, that's for sure," she cording to their level of need. says.
Trails' needs male dancers
There are still openings for male dancers in "Trails West." Men who would like to audition for dancing parts in the Walla Walla Outdoor Drama Inc. production are invited to The Waitsburg City Council Wednesday hiked the rates audition Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Harper Joy Theatre, of season tickets from $7.50 to $15 for individuals. Whitman College. Family tickets were $15 last year. They will be $25 this The spotlight will be on vocational Dancers are among the play personnel who will be paid, education at a Walla Walla School according to Tern- McConn, "Trails West" office summer. The price of daily individual tickets will remain the manager. District open house Friday. Auditions for unpaid singing-acting parts will also be same at 50 cents a swim. The public is invited to visit the conducted Saturday at the theater. Increased prices for paint, chlorine and pool maintenance were given as the reason for the price increase. school district's vocational education building at 325 S. Park St. Friday WW youth to reign In other business, the council granted a $35,000 building from 8 a.m. to 3 p m Visitors may permit to the Green Giant Co. for construction of a metal, tour the building and observe classes A Bemey School pupil will be the king of the 1977 benefit prefabricated building at the cannery here. in session. The building will be used for storage, according to a football game for the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled company spokesman. Children in Spokane. In the auto mechanics section, Crowning of Stephen Sundberg. 7. will come Friday at a students are offering car washes and steam cleaning at S2.50 per sen-ice Circus coming to town Both activities are part of the reeular A group of performers whose manager admits thev are auto mechanics curriculum. paid in "peanuts" is coming to Walla Walla. The open house is sponsored b> SUKDBf G Three herds of elephants are part of the "tons of fun" vocational education club members promised at the Continental Circus, appearing May 12 at who arc promoting a bond levy for a the Southeastern Washington Fairgrounds. new vocational education building duo Fndavai Shows will be presented at 4:30 and 8 p.m. Tickets will The election will be held Way 17. be available at the gate one hour before each perThe students have been making and formance. distnbutinc signs for the lev} this The American Continental Circus features more than week Participating clubs are Future special ladies Night function of the Blue Mountain Shnne one hundred performers and as many wild animals in their three-ring show. Acrobats, highwire artists, trapeze Farmers of America. Future Club, according to E. R. "M;ke" Hess, president. Homcmakcrs of America. Future Stephen is the son of Dennis Sundberg. 1436 University daredevils, jugglers, bareback riders, trained lions and two troupes of chimr izees are among the entertainers. Business Leaders of America. St. and Vicki Block, 506 Holly St Distributive Education Clubs of Stephen suffered a clubfoot deformity at birth which America and Vocational Industrial was corrected with surgery in his first year at the Shrine Artists to get awards Clubs of Amen ca hospital, followed by continuing care after that The student committee includes He is in the first grade at Befney School. Awards in the Walla Walla Art dub's Student Juried Charlotte Nessen. Tamm> Ponti. Art Show will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carnegie Kath> Pence. Dave Nicholson. Center of the Arts. 109 S. PalouseSt Marlene McCasIm. Neil Cochran, Waitsburg pool prices risa £ tS*?**™^?1?^?*** "^ * f**™* <* the student Matt Seelmger. Blame Duvall. Dave exhibition will be held from I to 3 p.m. WAITSBURG — A dip in Waitsburg's swimming pool Gratton. Bud Freeland. Donna Neissl Ninety entries from Walla Walla County junior and will cost about twice as murh this year for season passes. and Sharon Hui senior high school students were submitted f» the Am.
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