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STOWAWAYS

Two men still hospitalized

The two stowaways found hiding in a grain ship in the Columbia River late last week were recovering from dehydration and hypothermia Monday morning and had not yet been interviewed by federal officials.

The men, both Spanish-speaking and in their 20s, were in serious and fair condition, respectively, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center, where they were taken after their early morning rescue Friday.

Inspectors met the Korean vessel Sammi Herald as it dropped anchor at the Port of Portland's Terminal 6. A third man with them had died five days earlier of exposure.

'It's very tragic,' said Ed Sale, a Portland spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. 'We're not going to be interviewing them for some time. Our concern now is just for them.'

The men had stowed away in a small rudder compartment Ñ about the size of the interior of a car Ñ for 12 days, having originated in Buenaventura, Colombia. The ship was headed to Vancouver, Wash.

Sale said the South American port city is known as a popular jumping-off point for stowaways. Two years ago, he said, stowaways were discovered in the rudder compartment of another ship arriving in Portland from Buenaventura.

The FBI and Immigration and Naturalization Service are continuing to investigate the incident.

VOTING

Registrations due today

Today is the registration deadline if you want to vote in the May 21 primary election.

Registration forms, available at many government offices, must be postmarked no later than today or may be turned in to local elections offices. Last-minute registrants will still get their ballots in the mail.

For more information, callyour local elections office: Multnomah County, 503-988-3720; Clackamas County, 503-655-8510; and Washington County, 503-846-5800.

POLITICS

Measure gets some nods

Measure 26-30, the 'Good Government Initiative,' has picked up three significant endorsements in recent weeks.

A study committee of the City Club endorsed the measure Friday. The full City Club will debate and vote on the measure May 3. Other endorsements came from the Association for Portland Progress on April 15 and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Metropolitan Portland on April 19.

Bob Ball, the measure's chief petition, says he is 'elated' by the endorsements, especially the one from the City Club committee.

'The opposition has tried to portray this measure as a poorly written buckram deal,' said Ball. 'But the City Club committee is an objective, impartial group, and they said it was the best choice for Portland.'

The measure, which appears on the vote-by-mail May 21 ballot, would increase the number of city commissioners from four to nine, with seven of them elected from geographic zones. All city agencies would be placed under the supervision of the mayor, who could not vote on council matters.

CINCO DE MAYO

Party set for waterfront

City leaders expect about 75,000 people to show up at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park for this week's Cinco de Mayo festival, hosted by the Portland-Guadalajara Sister City Association.

The Portland Police Bureau may have 40 to 50 officers and a crew of private security officers in the area, Northeast Precinct Cmdr. Derrick Foxworth said.

Spanish-speaking members of the police bureau's Crisis Response Team, a group of volunteers trained in calming tense situations, may also be on hand.

The festival runs Thursday through Sunday with gates opening at 11 a.m. each day.

For information about ticket sales and events, visit the Web site at www.cincodemayo.org.

DRUGS

National policies criticized

Some City Club members challenged the U.S. government's anti-drug policies when federal drug czar John Walters spoke to the group at a breakfast forum Friday.

During the question-and-answer period following Walter's address at the Multnomah Athletic Club, three members called the war on drugs a failure.

Paul Millius accused the policies of creating a 'police state.' Robert Benjamin said the policies had produced a 'rat-on-somebody society.' And Euan Horniman, a former resident of England, suggested that drugs should be provided free to addicts to reduce crime.

Walters, whose official title is director of national drug control policy, said that at least 12 terrorist organizations are financed in part by drugs, including the left-wing guerillas and right-wing paramilitary units in Colombia.

'We can talk about whether we've been too heavy-handed or made mistakes, but that doesn't mean we should give up,' Walters said.

UTILITIES

Sten names water chief

Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten has appointed Mort Anoushiravani as administrator of the Portland Bureau of Water Works, more commonly called the water bureau.

Anoushiravani has managed the bureau since June, when the previous administrator, Mike Rosenberger, resigned under pressure because of problems with the bureau's computerized billing system.

Before that, Anoushiravani served as the bureau's chief engineer. He has worked for the bureau for 22 years.

The appointment follows a three-month process involving more than 30 candidates.

'Mort has done an excellent job, through a challenging time,' Sten said. 'Essentially, he's had a 10-month job interview, and I am very impressed.'

The water bureau has 528 employees and an annual budget of more than $78 million. The salary range for the administrator position is $83,344 to $107,869.

POLICE

Outsider to review cases

The city's Independent Police Review Division will begin a nationwide search for an outside expert to review the most serious types of complaints against Portland police officers: police shootings and deaths in custody.

The position will be advertised beginning Wednesday on the office's Web site. Applications are due by May 20.

The City Council approved hiring an outside expert last month. Activists and members of the division's Citizen Review Committee called for the action amid several recent high-profile police shootings.

Richard Rosenthal, director of the review division, said a committee made up of citizens and city and county leaders will review the applicants and hire the consultant by July.

Sitting in on the final interview process will be Martha McMurray, mother of Nathan Thomas, a 12-year-old Portland boy fatally shot by police in 1992.

For more information, visit www.ci.portland.or.us/auditor/ipr/index.html on the Web.

Ñ Tribune staff