A SMALL CROSSING, BUT A BIG PROBLEM.
THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE NEEDING TO GET ACROSS LAKE ROOSEVELT
ARE FACING SINCE THIS FERRY CLOSED LAST FRIDAY.
DIRK CHRISTIANSON, PRINCIPAL @ 13
It's been about five years since the last draw down
that caused them to close the ferry.
STUDENTS IN THE COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL SHOP CLASS --
AND OTHERS -- IMPACTED.
PRINCIPAL DIRK CHRISTIANSON DROVE SEVEN OF THEM AROUND
THE LAKE TO SCHOOL THIS MORNING.
THEY LEFT AT TO ARRIVE AT SCHOOL BY 8 AM.
DIRK CHRISTIANSON, PRINCIPAL @ 14
The ferry is the lifeblood of the community of Inchelium
and it affects the other communities on both sides
of the river.
STUDENTS SAY IT'S AFFECTING THEIR SCHOOL WORK.
IVORY GUNTER, JUNIOR @ 15
Affected my mood today, because I feel tired, just
tired, that's about it.
DIRK CHRISTIANSON, PRINCIPAL @ 16
It's not a good thing for student learning by any
OTHERS -- LIKE SOME OF THESE KIDS OFF TO A TRACK MEET
IN RITZVILLE -- WILL BE HOME EVEN LATER TONIGHT.
THE DRAWDOWN -- PREPARES THE LAKE AND COULEE DAM FOR
RIGHT NOW, IT'S TOO LOW FOR THE FERRY TO RUN.
CHRISTENSEN WORRIED WHEN HE HEARD RUMORS IT MIGHT
BE CLOSED UNTIL OCTOBER.
DIRK CHRISTIANSON, PRINCIPAL @ 17
If they have to do a serious draw down then we understand
that but we need to be prepared for it and they need
to give us some guidelines on when it's going to come
OTHERS TRAVELING TODAY -- DIDN'T FIND OUT IT WAS
CLOSED UNTIL THEY ARRIVED.
SHELBY TURNER, FROM CLARKSTON @ 18
Normally in Davenport if they have it shut down they'll
have a sign down there telling you it's closed.
However, it doesn't change the route that I use.
JUST THIS MORNING -- GOOD NEWS.
A FAX -- THE FERRY WILL RUN TOMORROW.
CHRISTENSEN ATTRIBUTES THE QUICK ACTION TO CALLS HE
AND HIS COLLEAGUES MADE TO SENATOR CANTWELL IN WASHINGTON
FOR HIM -- IT'S HOPE BIG GOVERNMENT CAN HELP A SMALL
DIRK CHRISTIANSON, PRINCIPAL @ 19
For them to take interest in taking care of a little
community like Inchelium and Hunters here at Columbia
and the school at Evergreen and watch out for a few
students, it shows you the bigger picture that the
country's on the right track.
IN HUNTERS, IAN CULL, KXLY 4 NEWS.