Gun ban in graveyard not a dead issue
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Deceased gun fans were likely rolling over in their graves regarding the city of Wenatchee’s years-long ban on firearms in the local cemetery.
But no more. The ban’s been holstered.
Last week, the City Council repealed the ban on graveyard guns to better conform with state laws on where cities and towns can or cannot allow firearms. No to guns in schools and courthouses. Yes to guns in many other public places, including the city’s own (sort of) Boot Hill.
The council’s action followed a request from the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, a gun rights group which has taken aim on firearm quirks in municipal policies and codes around the state and country. Somehow, they noticed firearms were still banned from graveyards in Wenatchee.
“Years ago we removed parks and other locations from the ban, but forgot to do the same with the cemetery,” said Dan Frazier, a public works director for the city. “Now the city has made that adjustment.”
But not so fast, pardner. No guns are allowed at graveside just yet. The repeal won’t go into effect for 30 days, which means it’ll take effect right around Dec. 7 — Pearl Harbor Day.
That seems right on target, doesn’t it?
A marathon effort: She couldn’t run, but she could help.
Wenatchee runner Jane Davis arrived Nov. 2 in the storm-tossed Big Apple for the annual New York City Marathon, only to learn it had been cancelled just hours before her plane landed. City officials and sponsors had decided that Hurricane Sandy’s ravaging of nearby coastal towns reset the region’s priorities — and the marathon ranked low on the list.
“Once we witnessed the chaos, the destruction,” said the 39-year-old Davis, “we knew the marathon wasn’t as important as helping people, many who lost everything.”
Through a network of friends, ministers and relief organizers, Davis and her 5-year-old daughter Jayna made their way to a church in the battered and flooded coastal town of Far Rockaway, N.Y. The pair helped sort basic items — mostly baby supplies — to fill bags and boxes for with diapers and food for families with small children.
Later, they delivered emergency supplies to dark and damaged apartment houses where, Davis said, they found house-bound elderly residents in need of sundries and simple foods.
“What we saw, what we experienced at first, was chaos,” said Davis. “So many people needing help and direction.”
She wrote on her Facebook page, “I always believe events happen for a reason. New York (Marathon) did not turn out as expected, but it turned out as it was supposed to. The city was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and I was thankful Jayna and I were able to do our part.”
Iron maiden: Wenatchee bodybuilder Wendy Martinez came home last month with a crown and trophy for her sculpted physique. The AdvoCare nutrition coach turned 12 weeks of focused training into a second-place win in the 2012 Washington Ironman Championships.
The Oct. 6 event in Snoqualmie pitted Martinez, a 28-year-old mother of two, against fellow competitors in the bikini class for women between five-foot-two inches and five-foot-four. She won a tiebreaker against a contestant from Eugene, Ore., to win second place and qualify for national competition.
It was Martinez’s first-ever bodybuilding contest. She carried out her 12 weeks of targeted training with Wenatchee Gold’s Gym coaches Joe Meadows and Ty Goodrich.
This week’s Worm column was compiled by World staff reporters Mike Irwin and Jefferson Robbins. Got a tip? Email email@example.com
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