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PostSubject: Guy shoots at snow plow driver   Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:09 am

[size=9]From MyWay.com
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - More than 6 feet of snow in the past three weeks
has left Spokane residents frustrated. Tempers are so frayed that a man
was arrested for shooting at a snow plow operator.This unusually harsh winter has disrupted schools, traffic, garbage pickup and mail service in the city of 200,000.Roofs are collapsing, streets are clogged with ice and slush and locals are starting to refer to this as Sno-maggedon.Even visitors are impressed.
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"This
is the most snow I've ever seen," Tennessee women's basketball coach
Pat Summitt said when her team played at Gonzaga University on Dec. 30.
"It's beautiful."Spokane has received more than 78 inches of snow - about the height of
Michael Jordan - since mid-December. That's far above its average of
less than 50 inches for an entire winter. Normally about 16 inches
would have fallen at this point.The local record for an entire winter is 93.5 inches set in 1949-50. That is likely to be shattered soon.As many as 200 members of the Washington National Guard were being
dispatched to the Spokane area to help with snow removal Wednesday,
particularly on school rooftops, Laura Lockard, a spokeswoman for Gov.
Chris Gregoire, said Tuesday.Snow rage is getting to some.One man was arrested by Spokane police after gunshots were fired Monday
morning at a private snow plow operator who was clearing a parking lot.

Police said the motorist apparently got upset when the plow operator
honked his horn."It's safe to say that fuses are short, people are frustrated and we
are having an increase in neighborhood disputes regarding snow-related
issues," said Jennifer DeRuwe, a police spokeswoman.Hot lines at Spokane Mental Health are getting twice the number of
calls from people seeking help, said Staci Cornwell of the agency. Some
are from elderly people who need help picking up medications, or with
shoveling. Other callers are just agitated."In our community, people are getting upset, angry, stressed out
because of all this snow," Cornwell said. "There's a pending fear of
what else is to come."Jeff Hastings, a mental health counselor, said people's emotional reserves are becoming drained."Then people get angry and irritable and depressed and feel anxiety," Hastings said. "They feel overwhelmed."Treacherous roads are a major complaint. Many are covered with ice,
heavily rutted and reduced to one lane by piles of plowed snow.Mayor Mary Verner said the city is spending an estimated $150,000 a day to operate plows around the clock.Downtown, snow has been piled in the middle of streets in hills that
are taller than adults and give the impression of driving in giant
slots.Driving conditions are so bad that most of the region's malls closed
early the weekend before Christmas because employees and customers
could not reach them. Employers continued to have problems on Tuesday,
especially big box stores with flat roofs. Several checked by The
Associated Press were closed on Tuesday.The winter break for schoolchildren started two days early, on Dec. 17,
because of snow, and school had been scheduled to resume on Monday
before Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich - pointing to a "once in
a lifetime winter" - took the unprecedented step of recommending
schools remain closed because children could not travel safely.To the relief of parents, classes did resume on Tuesday, creating
gridlock on the streets as school buses, private vehicles and walkers
competed for space on roads because sidewalks remain buried.Weight on roofs is a major problem. The National Weather Service has
estimated that the existing snow is placing a load of about 25 pounds
per square foot roof on roofs designed to hold 30 to 40 pounds. Rain
forecast to follow the snow this week will add significant new weight,
the agency said.That has created a brisk market for day laborers willing to go up on roofs and shovel snow off for at least $15 per hour.Rising temperatures were already melting snow and creating rivers of water Tuesday afternoon, promising some relief."I'm sick of it and ready for it to melt," said Joe Olney, 19, a store clerk.But two women who work at the Chocolate Apothecary in downtown Spokane have found a coping mechanism."We are surrounded by chocolate," said owner Susan Davis. "It's all good in here."



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PostSubject: Re: Guy shoots at snow plow driver   Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:16 pm

I read the article...where does it say a guy was shot?!
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PostSubject: Re: Guy shoots at snow plow driver   Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:00 pm

I underlined it for you Very Happy
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