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Page 4 Cheney Free Press Thursday, June 10, 1982 Springtime means bike thefts in Cheney Carelessness often is the greatest contributing factor in the rash of thefts that happens in Cheney about this time of year. According to Eastern Washington University Campus Investigator Cindi Reed, many students Stiff child abuse penalties backed Last week, a Spokane man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for beating his three-month-old son so severely that the infant suffered permanent blindness and retardation. Meanwhile, in Tacoma, another man was ordered to undergo sterilization after having been found guilty of sexually abusing his 12-year-old stepdaughter for the past seven years. Unusual and cruel punishment? Hardly not. At least, that is what the general opinion of the public seems to be. We, however, are saddened that it takes such severe cases to bring the issue of abuse to the front of public awareness. It also is ironic that all this happens as Child Abuse Prevention Week is declared. monl.un J.,NNU.UlOOIJlUUIIIe.MInOIINNIONHIIOmUDNOelSUUaI :"::Th g s cted " : e number to call when reportin uspe child arouse and neglect is listed in local telephone directories under Child Protective Services. i  ! .... :: =; ::- .....  ..... --m-..------.-.-,,--...-------- i!i!Nationwide, an estimated two million children lbcome victims of abuse each year. The U.S. Congress has issued a joint resolution designating the week of JUne 6 to 12 as Child Abuse Prevention Week, "to focus the nation's attention on the problem." In WaShington State, the Department of Social and Health Services provides Child Protective Services to more than 20,000 families a year. Over 1,700 new cases of child abuse and neglect are reported to the Department (DSHS) each month. Although the number of reported cases has more than doubled since 1976, DSHS officials believe that for each case reported, others remain concealed, without intervention by any Source of professional help. : In a special message for Child Abuse Prevention Week, DSHS Secretary Alan J. Gibbs said, "The problem of child abuse and neglect cannot be solved without the combined efforts of state and local organizations. The Child Protective Services Program of DSHS is committed to the concept of community networks of citizens and professionals working together on the local level." He urged concerned citizens to volunteer their ,ervices to local programs. He also urged anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect to report it without delay, explaining that early intervention may be critical to the child's physical and mental health. "The CPS program is rehabilitative, not punitive. It is rarely necessary to remove the child from the home, and services to correct the problem generally require 0nly three or four months," he added. Locally, Cheney School District has been working hard the past few years to make its teachers aware of possible child abuse cases. Superintendent Gale Marrs reported that Counselor Pat Gardner and the Citizen's Committee especially are reviewing the district's program and are expected to give a report on this topic, as well as on the topic of drug abuse education, at the June 23 board meeting. : Schools, it should be noted, play an important part i0 the detection of many abuse cases. Behind neighbors and friends, schools are the number two referral source for Child Protective Services. leaving their dorm rooms or apartments in the community leave valuable items unattended in their unlocked cars or rooms during the packing process. The result: many items are easily carried off by other persons who also may be packing and leaving the community. In such incidents, the chance of recovery of the items is slim at best. Reed, offering a word to the wise, notes that three persons should be employed while packing--one to watch the room or apartment, one to watch the vehicle and one to carry between. Campus dorms, according to Reed, particularly come up short on furniture and other furnishings about this time of year, Other easily-stolen items include stereos and other costly pieces of electronic equipment and appliances. Local residents also may want to be careful about leaving items such as lawn sprinklers and dirt bikes on their lawns or in open garages in view to passersby. " Cheney Police Detective Rindi Twiss noted that Cheney residents particularly should be careful about keeping bicycles locked during the summer. In the downtown area, bikes can be locked to bike racks near the Savage House and near the Book & Brush. Racks also are available at the Swimming Pool and on the EWU campus. Bikes are not to be locked to sign-posts or trees! Mopeders also are reminded that mopeds are to be parked on the street and not on walks. Cheney does appreciate the many students who attend the university here, and we realize that most are law-abiding citizens of our community during their stay. However, it must also be remembered that not all students and not all our other local residents are completely honest. It is up to all of us to help prevent crime from occurring. Ground squirrels don't smile... The Columbia Ground Squirrel, hunted by hawks, coyotes and farmers, also makes an interesting subject for be. ginning and more-experienced camera buffs. Spring and early summer is an ideal time to spend some leisurely time in the sun, watching and listening to the little varmints. They are notorious for digging large mounds of earth in local grain fields, while also eating their share of the young plants. Cheney Free Press editor shot these photos on a recent Sunday afternoon, using a small tripod with a long cable release. A tele- photo lens was attached to the other end of the camera along with a 2X converter. The only problem with prefo- cusing a photo is that the little squirrels never quite stand where one wants them to stand--as can be seen in the slightly.out.of-focus photo, right. iiiiii, Olympia Report It occurred to me the other day as I was reeling in a seabass which I caught while trolling for salmon, that I could be in big trouble if it were the reverse. That is, if I were fishing for seabass with the customary barbed hooks and caught a salmon. Because barbs are out this year for salmon. That's part of the negotiated settle- ment between the state Department of Fisheries and the Puget Sound Indian tribes. We're also back to one fishing pole and, until June 15 in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, chinook salmon over 30 inches long have to be thrown back. Salmon fishermen grumbled when the new regulations were announced, but the alternative, say state officials, is a complete closure of Puget Sound And that very real possibility -- a, closure -- really riled the fishermen, when it was first suggested by a federal judge, charged with mediating some agreement insuring that the treaty tribes get their half of the salmon. When some Indian fishing boats were burned or vandalized and it looked as if the sports fishermen were going to tie some nooses and head for the U.S. Courthouse, the judge had a change of heart, Work something else out, he said, which turned out to be the new regs. Fisheries' promised the feds that they would "vigorously" enforce the new regs and they have done so, says Jim McKillip, chief enforcement offi- cer. "We just go out and, as we are among fishermen, ask them to reel up their gear for us to take a look at," he said. Yes, he conceded, some didn't like the idea, but nobody has been overly nasty about it. And, out of 3,245 fishermen checked in the first month (April 15 to May 15), only 21 were cited. Mostly though, the checks were not for barbless hooks, but for chinook over 30 inches, and the checks were made on the docks, said McKillip. What are most people doing about the barbs on their hooks, I asked, cutting them off or mashing them flat? "What do you mean?" he said, "I saw your boat out there. What were you doing?" Oh, we mashed ours, yes, we truly did, I responded hastily. But tell me, what do I do if I am bottom fishing and I hook a salmon, and one of your guys comes up about that time? "llmmm," said McKillip. You don't want to answer that, 'do you? I said. "Well," hesaid "I guess it gets to the individual tolerance of each officer." But the word is out that if you're caught fishing for salmon with barbed hooks, you might as well go quietly. Thai is, submit to the citation. Because it you "accidentally" break your line so the evidence is lost, you can be hauled in for "obstruction of a public servant" LL:00eIs "You've been Picture this. Sitting in knock on the door. You invitel in. It's the boss. He tells they've decided not to contract next year. In you've been fired. Ybu stand. You ask why. She "No reasons need to be Sounds like an im doesn't it? It's not. In happened. Right here in Eastern Residential (or Sue Schaden and Head Resident Michael They are both Confused? Angr3 reason has yet been dismissal. We wa do it alone. We need the Cheney community. will be petxtmnmg soon Yo '|0.-- n "e r-'.'dl the SO.S. petition or writ anne Ha]], 122 Showalter Hal]')rrlr, h,- ",, i ., Washington, University, tc '} 99004. / Thank you. SincereLy, Bill Mad Tim Nickson Resident Susan Miller Morrison Stop June for Pledge The American Legion and tl can Legion Auxiliary invite of Cheney to participate in vance of Flag Day, June 14,' display of the flag of the and participation in a unison of the Pledge of Allegiance at The Commander and Cheney Post and Unit No. 72 today that the Legionaires iary members of Cheney joining with the millions veterans and patriotic Am ticipating in the nationwide the Pledge" of Allegiance take place at the same time --the country. They invite all Cheney to join in this brief nations symbol. The ceremony was begun ago at historic Fort more Md., where the sight of ! the "rockets red glare" cis Scott Key to pen the National anthem. The Pledge" concept picked up for even greater last year's Flag Day also marked the 50th Congress' adoption of Spangled Banner" as the anthem. "It takes but a few those 31 words to the glance," President Brenda said. "Let's join in this expression of national unity Day." a from )ream of rias and, s of Me 1 Past l, mOment the futm gram j t7 senior, i Onal hig tle, Unde Adele and "failure to submit spection." That adds up to $250 per compared to the $75 it costs barbed hooks. Now, how a fisheries cop whether you are deliberately ditch the evident!e or you lost nervousness or ineptitude I McKillip didn't Want to be on that either But it has to be a law nightmare. In fact, it wouldn't surprise barbless hook bit were on, after the Indians have early runs. I hope so. Us ] all the help we can get. Publication Policy The volume of news the Free Press receives each week for publication makes necessary an organized schedule for receiving and printing stories and photo- graphs. Generally the rule is the earlier items are received, the better the chance for publication. 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