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liundreds of Local‘Water Systems Frozen
Bill Would
Give 16th
2 Senators
Legislation which would per
mit boards of county commission
ers to sell sand and gravel Imm
county gravel pits to private con
cerns, was introduced to the state
legislature this week by State
Stanton Genders of the 16th Dis
In the past such sales have.
been held as illegal by the At
torney General in spite of the fact
that there might be an ample
supply of such maternals in coun
ty plts to warrant the sales. Sen
ator uandem’ bill, it passed, ‘wm
open up a source of revenue to
hard-pressed county governments.
benator Ganders, wnose distrlct
covers the counties of Skamania,
thxitat, Benton and Franklin
-has also introduced two addmonal
pleces of legislauon. ' '
The one of most interest to lo
cal residents, 5. B. 48, would
permlt the election of an addi
tional state senator in the 16th
“This district is one of the
largest in the state," Senator
Gander: pointed out, “being much
bigger than several of the con
greasional districts. Having a sec.
ond senator would mean greater
service to the people of the area,
since it is difficult for one man
to adequately cover such a large
“In addition the eastern part
of the district, particularly in the
Paaeo-Kennewick-Richland area,
has had such a tremendous _' __""”
' growth of population that re- c oi c In at
~ ' apportionment of the area is call- 0 0 q"
-. to we cannot have mere rep-l Members and guatl of the
‘ tins under- the" -constitu-.Kennewick chamber of commerce
N W m be __ an addi"gathered Monday night in; the
' 4‘4sz wing: V bsneve Parish hall to welcome the” mo
4.. babe-ream“ condud-fireaident," Gene Bpadldlcu._ and.
to hear a report of activities for
the past year from the outgoing
president, Don Solberg.
Spaulding extended a warm
hand of friendship to Pasco and
urged a closer working relation
ship between the two chambers.
Speaker of the evening was
Myron C. Law, vice president of
Frederick 8; Nelson stores, of Se-
3‘! £01.78 70v: "
.. The Bateman brothers were ju
bilant Tuesday with the gene
rous community response to the
opening or the Kennewick Inn
and have stated that as soon as
weather peifnuts, 7 they will push
the completion of the balance ofl
‘Kennewick’s largest commercial
structure. Congratulations to Char
lie and Wallace for their faith in
the future which they have back
ed up with the expenditure of a
huge number of those inflated
111888!) _
The Courier-Reporter was pleas
ed with the feeling of fine coop
eraion among ,the contrae'ors
and suppliers of the Bateman
building. We did miss one con-i
tractor *in the advertising layout
of last week. That" was Ham’s
Electric. Mr. Ham suggested we
run one this week saying, “Sorry
we were late we forgot our
tools.” ~
One of the most controversial
subjects of the country has bob-l
bed up again in the request of
President Truman for legislation
to establish a Columbia Valley:
Authority. The governors of the
three states involved were" prompt
in condemning the move. Wheth
er or not the governors speak for
a majority of the population is:
a moot question. In any event.~
there will be a lot of activityl
throughout~ the northwest by
proponents and opponents. Re-l
gardless of my personal, opinion
on the matter, I hope a final de
cision will be based on thorough
discussion and understanding of
the plan. '
Such discussions should be has
ed on . factual grounds and
thoughtful consideration. It is
obvious that party politics as well
as the private versus public own
ership arguments will enter into
the discussions. The Courier-Re—
‘ porter will attempt to provide in
formation to supplement other
newspaper and radio coverage.
To formulate an opinion poll or
Kennewick residents, I urge the
use of the “Dear Editor" column.
All letters will be published un
less they are libelous.
A complaint that I have voiced
on many occasions was brought to
mind again yesterday morning.
Fire equipment was dashing tire
ward on Kennewick avenue as
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@ll2 lKrnanitk Gnuripr- importer
City May Run
2 Systems as
Water Unit
Mayor Urban Keolker and
City Superintendent R. C.
Rector told the Courier-Re—
porter yesterday that the
council has arrived at the
conclusion that if the city
goes into the water business,
is should take over the two local
systems and convert them into a
single system.
Their announcement came as
five financial firms started finan
cial studies to determine the ex
tent of the city’s credit and what
the city is able to pay for the
systems. All five financial firms
are prospective bond buyers if
the city decides to issue bonds for
water system purchases.
The two water systems now op
erating are the Pacific Power 8:
Light company system in the city
and the Kennewick Irrigation
District which serves the m.
lands and the local schools.
The city will hold an election
if bonds are issued for purchane
of either or both of the systenu,
and it will be necessary for the
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Extend Welcome
To President a!
attle. He outlined many phases
of retailing and urged Kennewick
merchants to maintain high stan
dards of merchandising and ser
vice to build the retail business
He also discussed various tax
measures that affect the retailer.
Charles Powell served as toast-
master for the session and intro
duced guests from Pasco and
Richland as well as members of
the executive board and officers
or the chamber and their wives.
An account of Solberx’s report
appears below in this paper.
Achievements of
Chamber Listed
Making his report at the an
nual banquet meeting of the Ken.
newick chamber of commercq
Monday night, retiring president
D. Solberg listed the followim
' Incorporation of the organiza
tion, with an increase in member
ship of 62 percent to reach 249.
i The securing ot permanem
quarters on Auburn street.
Cooperated with the city coun:
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Famous Young Organist lo Play a!
Methodist Church Sunday High!
Richard Irven Punis, the dynam
ic young organ master who thrill
ed a local audience three years
ago at the dedication of the new
Mollier instrument in the Metho
dist church, will appear again on
the same organ Sunday night at
8 o’clock.
Since his auspicious debut in
San Francisco’s Exposition Audi
torium at the age of thirteen,
Richard Purvis has been ranked
as an organist of unusual ability
by critics and public alike. The
only organist ever to have been
awarded the much coveted Cyrus
H. K. Curtis Memorial Scholar
ship of the Curtis Institute of
Music, Purvis was also granted
a fellowship for European study
by the asme school. While in
England he appeared in Concert
at the School of English Church
Music, The British Broadcasting
Company and historic York Min
Eben his remrn to this éountry
Too Cold Here Even
Fog Refrigerators
The com ween.» u even too
much fo: the :efrigeuton. ec
cwding to 8. c. Smith. menace:
of Perk View Homes. He warn
ed ten-nu the: refrigerator:
won't work when mm ump
eruum an besew 60 degrees.
“any mm ,9! the hon:-
hg ptoioct loan‘ their sput
moat; all day without tutti:-
iont but. Several "trauma
have mead! been knocked out
at communion.
Smith also urges tenants to
loavo water running. Tho war
huilt temporary housing is not
aooquatoly protoctd from cold
under floors. A broken pipe. ho
said. would roquiro shutting
off wator throughout tho pro.
ioct until ropairs could he
made. ,
Anderson Joins
Kennewick Firm
A. L. “Andy” Anderson, form
erly commercial manager of ra
dio station KPKW in Pasco, has
joined the staff of the Washing
ton Hardware and Furniture
company in Kennewick.
Announcement of the new con
nection was made by Owen Lyfle
of the local company who said
Anderson would become the spec
al representative of the firm’s
small homes studio. Anderson
has had wide experience and before
coming here in April of last year
held manegerial positions with
radio stations in Pendleton and
The Danes, Ore. Lytle said the
new connection with Washinzton
Hardware would be effective
February 1.
Anderson was in the service
during the war, as a radar oper
ator in the navy.
Commenting on his new con
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he appeared as organist with the
Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.
The National Broadcasting Comp
any and The Curtis Symphony
Orchestra. while concertizing this
country extensively. He began
a military carer in March, 1942
when he enlisted in the Army.
He was subsequently appointed
Bandmaster of the 28th Infantry
Division and sent to the European
Theatre of War as a member of
that division. Purvis was captur
ed in Wiltz, Luxemhurg in De
cember, r 944, and was a prisoner,
of war until liberated near Mu
nch in May, 1945. As a conse
quence of his being listed as
“missing in action" his obituary
was erroneously printed by a
leading music publication.
Following his return to civilian‘
life, he was appointed Organist
and Master of the Choristers of
Grace Cathedral. San Francisco.
A distinguished composer, he has
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Olson Reports on
Present Session
01 Legislature
By '01.: a. 01.301!
Mambo: sm- Legislature
The top-drawer subject in the
minds of the legislators is becom
ing more evidenced daily. lt is
l question of taxation and rais
'ng' revenue sufficient to meet the:
minimum requirements of the
budget. I
Governor Langlie's suggestions
vhen published eVoked a great
ieal of comment pro and con. as
was to be expected. The consen
sus seems to be, however, that
even enacted, the income Would
be insufficient to meet the budget
that is going to be required for
the biennium. Some of the rates
hel suggested as well as places of .
in¢idence of tax have come in
for very sever criticism. while
others have apparently been quite
acceptable. His proposals that the
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Tar" ls (hide
In High! Flying
This age of science has revers
ed another old saying. At the
Twin City airport i' is no longer
an “ear to the ground” but an
ear to the sky.
This instrument automatically
turns on field lights for night
flying pilots. All the pilot needs
to do is fly his plane over the
field at _a given altitude. ‘
The device also is putting Keri
newick on the map. James M.
McDufty of the Planning and
Mapping division of the depart
ment of 'commerce was in Ken
newick last Wednesday to arrange
to include the Twin City airport
ear on all aeronautical maps.
"This is one of the latest and
best developments for airports
in improving flying~ safety," Mc-
Dutfy said. Pilots caught by dark
ness can always be assured of
finding_a lighted field, he added.
“It’s a life-saver,” remarked
HelpAHgnne, airport manager.
The Civil Aeronauties admini-1
stration is working out an ar-“
rangement with radio station KW-‘
13 to utilize the radio tower tor‘
a Kennewick flight beam. to and:
pilots in charting courses. I
In connection with the ear a;
signal lamp is now in Operationq
Twa flashing bulbs provide one
million candle-power of Mt. {
Hastening to assure power-short”
age sufferers in Kennewick. Herr;
ne said that the signal uses very.
little power. A system of resist
ances are used which build up the
light. He admitted he couldn’t
understand exactly how the light
works, but said that it uses only
60‘ cents worth of juice a month.
type that operates the fields land
ing lights after it picks up the
vibrations from the plane pass
ing overhead. A mechanical timer
devltefiu'ns the lights off again
after a ten-minute interval.
Qupp Warns About Alley
Parking, “Fire Hazard”
Polio. Chic! Ward Rm
inanminxomwick isn't
M will start mm
Blasl Injures
Men at flanford
A chemicalexplosion. heard for
miles. injured three men at the
Hanford Atomic Energy Plant last
Sunday. '
The explosion was in one or
the-experimental buildings. Thir
teen other men at work in the
building at the time were un
Fred C. Schlemmer, manager
of the Hanford works. aid the
blast occurred in an area where
no plutonium pmduction was in
volved and there was no radiation
He added, however, that the
nature of the chemicals could not
One of the injured men, Goth.‘
end I.omm. was hospitalized
with cuts on the head and body.
Two others, not identified, were
treated at the scene for minor
Cause of_ the explosion has not
been determined. but Schlemme
said it could be classed as one
‘lhlt would happen in normal
Windows of the building were
blown out and moderate damage
was done to partition: and walls.
Mrs. Prat! Honored at Banquet as
"Woman of Achievement ol 1948"
Mrs. Blanche Pratt. who late in
December was picked as Keane.
wick‘s “Woman of Achievement
for 1948." received the award at
a banquet given Thursday even
ing by the business and profes
sional women's club.
Guests and club members num
bering 47 were seated at tables
attractively decorated with dat
todils, greenery and lighted tip
ers. The dinner was served by
the ladies of the First Lutheran
church in the church dining hall.
Margaret Reyrnore. club presi
dent, as mistress of ceremonies,
introduced Hal Clark as guest
Speaker, who made the award.
Other guests introduced were the
six candidates nominated for the
award. including Mrs. Don Skirv
inz. Mrs. R .W. Woods. Mrs.
Lance Reed. Mrs. M. _Simmellnk,
Mrs. Harold Fyte and Mrs. Mar
jorie Wilson; also two of the
Schools Here to
Open 'Begardless
0! Cold Wealher'
‘ Kennewick schools were cloood
again last Monday afternoon .be
cause of weather condition, -
H'But they W Honda:
morning W of oold m
ther." said E. S. Black. superin
tendent. yesterday.
Black listed the following neo
sons why the schools were closed
down I second time: _
l. Inadequate water supply.
2. Lack of anti-freeze for buses
3. Slippery roads.
4. Lack of heat in school bus
ses on account of from motor»
5. Absenteeism.
Water supply, which comes
from the Kennewick irrigation
district system. was too low for
the hot water heating systems
to operate properly, Black said.
Although roads were slippery.
the 34 school busses which went
out Monday morning all returned
with only one slight accident. but
school officials classed the roads
as dangerous. Several? of the _bus-
seswerelateingettingboek to
>school buildings. Some had dit
iiculty in starting. One bill was
‘videswiped but there was no
School enrollment chock: .e
--vealed thatwere'lu pupils»-
sent Monday in the whole system.‘
oitheiintonder forthe school
mm absent. itcosttheocbool
SSOO exu'oeachdaytoconinue.
by lowering 'he average atten
Youngchildren werekeptout
to wait for buses. Black said
ards. .
judges. Lawrence Scott and Bow
ard Bate.
by Plummet-no. a talented
Venom °
A preview mm ofthe
blue print 0! the I‘d-City am
urged more participation and
askedtorvolumeuhelp. Mu.
ning’samnaaneauiwm Bea
WWWM and
Frost Will Go
Deeper When
Thaw Starts
With hundreds of systems
frozen in the Highlands and
in Kennewick, a large part of
the population this week
went back to the more prim
itive means of supplying
their domestic water.
As iina running in from main:
time. tome raider“: of me High
lands and Kennewick irrigation
fire Chic! Herb Malchow
last night said he wanted to
isue a warning to residents of
Kennewick west of the Colum
bia irrigation canal. He said
because of water shortage and
(nae-ups the tire department
would not be able to give ade
quate tire protection and he
asked everybody to be careful
about tire haunts and the use
of We hooters. oil stoves.
and other equipment that may
atlrt the.
dun-set men installed standpipee
etflnm-eordiuctly in the
main line: so out residents might
cam water to get by the stretch
to! cold m.
Mythepaflodotlow tom
mat of to!“ winter. unless
Yaterday,‘ the temperature had
climbed considerably above zhe
union never“ daye. but there
was no immediate relief in eight
for water use“. A weather bu
reau leading 01 ll below zero
:waa reported for Monday night
and in below fishy am.
Pacific m .Li‘ht comp
any and Kennewick irrigation
district men said when it starts
to thaw. the frost will sink deep
er. A blanket of snow has stall
ed the frost in most places at
about two feet but in some places
it haa reached three feet.
Some small main lines in 'he
west part of Kennewack had fro
zen. This meant that moat home
systema running of! then would
freeze. Equipment compamee
from Kennewick and Paco were
working overtime to thaw out
E. J. Brand. manager or the
district, aald he realized that the
situation wee eel-lone and that it
waa m madden-able concern
and lneonvenlence to many. But
he asked that people realize that
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To Better Phone
Service to Pascn
Thole will be better telephone
eervtoe between Kennewick and
Paeoo when the Interstate comp
any completee a eeriee of improve
mente it to undertaking this year.
Walter S. Taylor of the local
Interstate office eaid yesterday
that he realised that the present
eervioetol’aeoowaenot what It
M be. “We dislike it to be
thie way as much as anyone else,"
he said. “I am certain that the
aervioe will be much better be
tween the two citiea when our
improvements are installed."
Pmnee oometlme ego the:
new telephone books would be
filmed by the Interstate Telephone
empeny. conic not be kept be
come Want: at Benton
City coma not be completed, Tay
br a“. He said he expected mo
know, anon when the boob can
be tuned.
Women to Take
Chm Service
On Sunday. January so. at.
7:80 p. In. the Women‘s aocmy
at the First Baptist ('fiurch.
and will have as a apectal feature
the abowin; o! a aound mm.
“Go Ye.” a message by Dt. Os
:wald J. Smith of Toronto. Cana
‘da. allowing what is Intended by
lthe commission of Christ. Also. a
noel at film entitled. “Sutter Lit
tle Children” will be shown tor
the young. In the morning. the
m. R. I. Stanley Hunt. wull
nae a sermon then»: “The HM!
Spirit in Our Ml! Sewn-e.”
'lfbere will he medal men-«see in
tons by the choir at both ner

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