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-ff ISLAND REPORTER, Wednesday. September 30, 198] Page A4 A visit from 'the top of the world': give super Nima Tenzing Sherpa has I~,en on topoi the world. A num- berol limes. The tin)', wizened 4,l-year-old is m the Northwest to promote trekkin~ in his native Nepal. makin~ his base camp at the Jack Melills' on Mercer Island. Now in the middle of a formi- dable lecture schedule. Nima speaks with rare authority. He is a veteran of 84) climbs and expeditions throughout the ~orlds greatest rockpiLe, the ttinlalayan Mountains of Nepal. India and Tibet. He has twice been to the summit of .',fount Everest, at 2.q,tH'~ greatest challenge of them all NIma accompanied Sir Edmuml Hillary in 1953 on the lirst-ever successful assault on Everest. Ten years later as head Sher- pa for .lira VChittaker's Anleri- can Exerest expedition Nima. 5-h~t-3 and weighin 110 I~)unds at most, carried Lute Jerslad down from the peak alter Jerstad suffered snow- blindness and frostbitten feet, Nima received the Kennedy Medal from JFK m the White House. several months before the President was assassinat- e(l. Nima's other conquests sound like an atlas of the 'over-S.0(MIs." mountains with peaks hi,her than 8.(M~ meters: Annapurna. 25.763 feet: Cho Oyu. 26,090: Dhaulagiri. 26,134: Manaslu. 26.09~: and Lhotse. 27235, REFLECTIONS the Himalayas. and needs the help of the Sherpas with their knowledge of the country and their rare strength and endur- ance. Orphaned at 11. on his own since he was 12. Nima has climbed to affluence by Nepa- iese standards, and pursues a dream that his children might help awaken their nation to lht, modern world. He first met the Melills on their first expedition to Nepal "Ours are among the lives Nima has saved." said Donna Melill. He rescued them h'um a hut that was distinctly uncom- fortable and dirty. "and h,k us to his house, which was deliatl! ful." said Donna They have remained tnends and Nima has led the threv subsequent Melill expeditlon, through the Himalayas They're hoping to put together a fifth for late this year. FROM HIS VILLAGE in the remote, treeless Solo Khumha to the Mercer Island woods has been a long trek for Nima. but one he has made with aplomb The second of four children of a farmer. Nima went Io Dar- jeeling, on India's border with NIMA WAS BORN in the vii- Nepal. after his mother died, lake of Thami. Nepal, 14.40o With a bare six years" basle feet above sea level. Thats like education, he worked in a bak- being birthed on the summit of ery for 25 cents a night and h> Mount Rainier. which is only day attended Darjeelin~ 14.410 Climbing School. Except for a Hes been tested medically, brief interlude as a cook on the Nima says. "'and doctors say Hillary expedition. Nima stud- my lungs are expanded '" fed climbing for seven years. Sherpas are an ancient Tibe- In 1957 Nima worked two tan tribe, or caste, who since )'ears for Tony Hau~en. a Swiss prehistory have lived in the who researched and wrote the high country of Sepal. Isolated most complete book ever pub- for generations by the moun- lished on Nepal. Nima served lain fastness, exceptionally in- as personal Sherpa and camera telligent and ambitiousSherpas assistant. "'as I was the only like Nima are finding the very Sherpa he could find who spoke mountains which once cut them English.'" a language he picked off now gwm~ them a look at up in climbing school. Nima by thr world. A new breed of ad- now is fluent in six languages. venturer, both Occidental and In addition to climbina and Japanese. craves the excite- trekking. Nima worked for ment Marco Polo once found in eight years in France and two m Baltimore. Maryland. serv- in~ as house manager and plumber-electrician for wealthy honleowners. Back home m Nepal. he led climbs and expeditions for a cosmopolitan mix of adven- turers: Swiss. German. and Japanese as well as American. In a ,+i(h' venture, he helped sorer Swiss entrepreneurs build and uperate Nepal's first tactor+~ to nlake cheese el yak's milk Now owned by the Nepa lese ~tlvernment. the cheese business has been expanded to tour factories, for cheese makes a good pack-lood for nlountamcerini A SIDE ADVENTURE was Nimas search in 1959. wittl tlil- hu'v. for the the fabled "Abonli- naf)le Snowlnan.'" called the Yeti in Nepal. in Rowalin~ Valle>. we~,t ot Everest, they ++ere shown Ix+t) scalps, one was take. but the uther was iroln a teal Yell. Nima said. It ~as owned b) some monks. Nmta attd Hillary set up a calnera with an automatic shutter m a cave where the creature was supposed to live. but ~ot nothing, he recalled. Nevertheless. Nima t'irmly believes in the Yeti's existence EXPEDITIONS, which an- nually (traw tit) to 6,ling) persons to Nepal. provide a good livint2 tor Nima. who heads his own company. Tenzing Treks. and alsu works for lar~er outfits on special occasion~, tie recently purchased a new house, luxuri- ous by Nepalese standards Since 1974 he has been mar- ried to Ang Doma. sister el a ciimhin~ friend troln the Everest region They have t~, children: a 14-year-ohl daugh- ter. Pasan~ Pitly: and a son. I I. Nima Wanchuck The children attend it scht~l tun by an American missionary in Kathmandu. capital el Nepal "I want their lives tu be ~et'x diiterent from mine." Ninta said. recalling how 'shell he was II his mother sickened anti died. "'We had no medicine, no doctor." Nowadays hi+ dau~thter, al- ready fluent m French and En~hsh a,~ well as her native p, i t From atop a pile of handwoven Sherpa rugs he brought along. Nima Tenzing Sherpa talked of his 80 Himalayan climbs and expeditions, his life and his aspirations at the home of the Jack Melills on Mercer Island. His fiiend is named, appropriately enough, "Snow" Melill. (Photo by Peggy Reynolds) Sherpa and Nepali. is thlnkin~ lack,)lmethcvlattentuln want some of the things we o| a career nl business "Nepal 1~ all enlerl2111~2 coun- have." Ills son x~ants to tit, a doctor tr>. and will need leaders. "With an education, they can lie has heard hunt Ills ~rand .Melill pointed out "]'he people pick what the)' want to do." Inother died at a yuun~ aev. hlr are seelll~ enough el the West to Nima added. EDITORIAL COMMENT: Is hiring a consultant promoting economy? l[ you can't trust the governor tit )our own party, wheal can YOU trust? House Speaker Bill Polk of Mercer Island has called for lur- ther examination of budget figures presented by Gov John Spellman which outline a $655 million state revenue shortatze He has also questioned the necessity of two Spellman request -- a special sesmon of the legislature and a tax increase. Polk has suggested that legislators look for an outside opinion from Dr. Arthur B. Laffer. a California professor responsible for the Lafler curve. "the model on which supply-side econom- ics Is based ' We could understand the politics behind Polk's prol lsal if the budget figures were announced by a Democratic governor had appointed Democratic stall members. But Spellman. after all. is a Republican. His budget chief. Joe Taller. who directs the Office of Financial Management. is a Republican. And although Taller said he would welcome an) outside vie s. he explained that his figures are based on the studies ot an outside. Eastern econometric firm. Those figures. Taller adds. were "cross-checked with the governor's economic a(l- risers '" We would have to assume thai the governor's advisers would also be sympathetic to Republican Party goals and phi- losophy Speihnan. like many other Republicans. got elected with a promise of no new taxes, Now. he admits, the state is so linan- clally strapped that it has no choice but to seek additional reve- nues Polk. a leadin~ spokesman against new taxes, has simuitan- eousl.v led the charge against excessive state spendin~ And despite the gloomy budget news. he believes there are other al- ternatives to a tax increase. But while Polk recently suggested thai parents couhi pit) Ior their chihlren's kindergarten instruction as a budget-saving neasure, he sees nothin~ wrong with st~+"'lin~z taxpa3ers' ,none tor "'outside advice." What happened to all that rhetoric about cutting unnecessary spending out of the state budget? Taxpayers are already footing the salaries of financial advisors hired by state officials. In the case of budget, their results were checked with an outside source. Do we really need yet another opinion? TERESA WIPPEI, MERCER ISLAND 'q, . l'() B,x:~4 2737 771hSE Metcerb~nd, WA 9~)4o k$2.1215 ' - .',~.h, :+++*}hi,+,+ ,~+ o + j ~,~. ', '~ ,'lld $.'+, ~. ++ ~] i +-ix,' "' . <+, ,+ " PEGGY REYNOLDS. Publisher and Editorial Director FReD VONNE EKI N wmvtt NEWS Vit~nm Sm~h Nan 9 Gould,'Lam'~l M~, Dllv~ Thomas DISPLAY ADVERTISIN(, t." I Wnghl. Ruth NlelS~,ff, ~ P~. NKki Blum CLASSIFIEDS bail,+, York " "' G~IER#d []R.I~INE~ Sharon Hall PHOr(xiRAPH[ R [)ave E~en ARI"I~TS Shlllt~ RlImUS~m. Andrea L('av=.J CIRCULAHON %hitler llvndrkks virtue of his t2overnlnent expel'l- ence. the stability it needs ~llt OJynlplil, ~+I+ nnt consult theni nor seek their roun:vl, nl the l)eliel+ allparentl+', that tbc execntlxe I)I';.111+ '11 ,it t,2t)xerllltiellt runs tilt' >,ho',~ and tlw le~ishHlxe l)ranci+ nt~,rt'J'+ l+r~+vides the t herewith- all . nd he ha,+ han(lled thi< ~h,)ie t t~ t.'lltie shortlali stlti~tti(+ll Ill thr [Zl)r t)lle |hill~. it S hc~'n CI)lllln~ (l(IVl, ll tht" l'Oilhuuhl llaxr been inakll]~ ('nts h)ll~ ;.it2o l+ather that~ l)OStl)onm~ aCtlOl~ until it was out ot hand bers. For those lawmakers to roll lle had the authorlt> Yet he over and do what they swore to hemmed and hawed anti pulled the people back home the)' wouhl his pipe and sat (,n Ills hands until not. wouht be dooming them t, the state's check~ ~el'(, ahout t, deteat it1 1982. The Democrat~ bounce ~ouhl h)ve it. of course: indeed. And then th)e~ he call In le~isl, they're droolin~ for il. The sce- tire leader- and >a>, lw>. thl. hart(, t. them looks made t. ttlill~ ts balhHmi112 ()Ii u- - ~ lla+ order for a return to power next Call ~.e Ikey '0. t)r,I i,:, P,(' (tO ai)out x e~ll- It with the least hurt to the pe,)- But present GOP legislatixe ph," lead(,r> are not the "'roll ()vet" lh, doe~ not Ile l+2n(,res them t x Vt' -- (;or. Dan Evans ma> lllt()rnlln~ thelTi el x~,ha! iw . ha~ (, been able to dominate the al)otlt to (Ill onj> hour~ l)eh)rv h, troops by virtue (11 his political makes tt l)uhlw lh, or(ler, l.l skill>, but John Spellman is nv perct.nt Ltcro, the-board cuts ll't [tail Evans. ~,l)t'llttlll~ Ctll- IIv denoul~('c> a- And those leaders are readin~ 'unavcel)tal)le. alld tht'+l pa~,>(', the l)eoph' :, lot better than the the htlck t, tJlenl t)) ,;.ixln~ hi' ~,xt'rllor I> The people put Re will vall the l.e~islaturc Into >r-. pul)licans in ollice on the state Sllh'l IPI N,~xenlbvr t,~ pa,< a ta~, and national level because oJa parka~ o l<~ aS.l,} haxznu t+~ Out heel, an(l desire that the very thelu into ell(,t.t t'Ut< Spelhnan labels "'unaccept- '['Ills. to a Rel)uhh('an Inal,ril~ aide would i)e made. Sure. the) that t'Olltallls al,)tlt 4+I t()3~; hi~l'd hurl. those ('uts. bul lhey are h)n COlt' 'I11; tilX Ill('I'ell' t' IIIt'lI~ n~.el'due Last week's city council meeting was deplorable By NANCY (iOl.IJ) the ('tt~ planned t<, i t,rt,~ rr <:,t- nl liw vase. Schul/e sald hi' cort>Ith,t ,-I lhi, l :l threat an(l aid he thought il Take T5 x (,|'y a~itated people. Put theln in the saint, r,in ',~ ith x~oul(i lu, ;I 12cod Ide,l t,~ hl'llld It Up at the' Sept 2;+ special city seven %el'X agitated (:ouncihnenll)ers. and yell i~.l't the M,h~l,~ (:ouncil nteetul~ + ('ocktail whlch explu(led last Wednesday night at,sl)et:ia[ t'ttx "'At xvhi('h time th,' r',t~ attorney Sald there would be police m ('OUtlCll Ineetln~ attendan(.e Ill 111alntil|N t'Olltl'ol !l all i)11(, ~(~t out of order," said Conrlroom theatrics I)) an atlorlley, disorderly rvnlark, S('htl]Z(' tronl lhe audlenre, and mulual alla('ks on lhe llltt'~21"It~ el hoth The hoslil+t~ e-<:alaw(l and ~t ~a< hrou~ht to the meeting last sldes provoked a heal) gavel Iron| Mayor Beth P, land and ~'t aV+ ednt',dl]~, at ~ h!+ h n, l~+,li< '+~er(, presenl -- just plent) of seene unt)picailli~ itl,+l i, ,i.+ ;, ,j ,:)h ,It nahn~, Ben ~Aernel+. v. ho's been on the conncil h)r 14 }eilr-. -,lh] ~I ] ',C Tt,".i't ', t .' :-, .~t,i,;~,~)lhan we ha~e today." said was the 'nmst anlagonistie" nteetinR hed been to. t'xrn ~,~t >, t ,tll~t'tltlwtl,i,t i .I ~tn If, . [: - ~,t ,' +,~ ]t}l the rl)nlnlUl~li|y and lhan the do~ leash law hearing 12 Nears ago when a re>hh'nl X~ol>~' olIml~, lhu tln, ll,t,lhah t'x.er belore. There must be a collected dog Inanure and presented'it to the coun('il better ~,~. ay t aside lhe bi~ guns. When the legal challenge is resolved this week there will be no room in this sntali community h,r rudges power plays, and unkind conlrontatluns that resul't m chaos at'a public meeting. Varwty and dttlerences are the spice of life, And the test of ntaturitv is tolerance o! one another, rather than polarization and assauils on each olher s rharacler l don't know hux~ Inanx el you ~ouhl like to have had your chihlren in the meetln~ r~.m~ ~i,ednesdav night The adulls were deplorable role-models for lixili~ tu~ether harmoniously and working oul dilterences INDEED. THE UNDERCURRENT bad begun to hrew Mow day. ~'k'pt. 21. as depositions were taken Irom councihitenlbers in preparation for the citizens' case against the eit3 A group that calls itselt Concerned t'itit.ens hlr R(,spiulslb[e Govermnent ~CCRG~ is seeking to force the city to ntove its ad- ministrative offices into a large buihlin~ the cily U~llS near the East Channel Bridge. CCRG is seeking a writ ot nuuldanlus in King C'ounly Superior Court. with hearin scheduled [or Ionlor- I'Ot~; ii also tried to prevent Ill(' ('ouncfl Irtnn nleelin~ last Wednesday and amending Ordinan(.e 4~3. hy which the ci!y ac- quired the budding as a gift from Farmers New Worhl Life in- surance Conlpany and stated its ullentlon to turn it into a city hall M(Inday Mayor Beth Bland was deposed by Randolph Pet- grave, council for Ct;Rt; Accounls from both sides say Ihe lension had aeeumnlaled past the point el control. When PelRrave finished queslioning Bland, she reporledly toM Lonnie Schulze of CCRG she hoped [ hope it was an unusual occasion, never to be repeated. NANCY GOULD i l +! I I, ! I I t I