Relief workers on way

Beaverton registered nurse Lorie Baker has provided medical care in Haiti, Pakistan and, most recently, Albania during the Kosovo crisis in 1999.

Now, Baker, a staff nurse for Portland-based Northwest Medical Teams, and three volunteer medical workers are on their way to northern Iraq to provide medical care and other aid to Iraqis affected by the war.

The group left Portland International Airport on Monday morning for Ankara, Turkey, where they will meet up with Joe DiCarlo, Northwest Medical Teams disaster response manager, who flew there last week.

DiCarlo has arranged for the team to cross the Turkish border into Iraq, perhaps on Thursday, with about $40,000 in medical supplies. They will help care for about 12,000 displaced families in the northern Dohuk province.

Besides Baker and DiCarlo, members of the team are Jackie Gust, a Portland registered nurse; Dr. Mike Pendleton of Hood River; Dr. Catlin Goss of Seattle; and Scott Gotter, a Portland firefighter and paramedic.

Local rescuers aid in Iraq

Oregon Air Force Reserve parajumpers were involved in another risky rescue operation in Iraq last week.

A statement from the Combined Forces Air Component Command said two wounded special operations soldiers were found and evacuated Wednesday during conditions that included poor visibility from blowing sand and dust.

The rescue effort included members of the 939th Rescue Wing, stationed at the Portland Air Base. They have been involved in numerous missions since being deployed to the Middle East several months ago.

Four days before last week's rescue, the mission of the rescue wing officially was changed to midair refueling operations. The switch, which has been more than a year in the making, was formalized at a ceremony held at the Portland base.

War forum set

A peace activist and an outspoken critic of the peace movement will be among six Portland State University faculty members who will discuss the political fallout of the war with Iraq at a public forum.

It will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 327 of the school's Smith Center, 1825 S.W. Broadway.

The speakers will include peace activist Tom Hastings, a conflict resolution instructor; peace movement critic David Horowitz, a history professor; Ron Tammen, director of the Hatfield School of Government; John Damis, a political science professor; Friedrich Schuler, a history and international studies professor; and John Mandeville, a history professor with the Middle East Studies Center.


Stoudamire case drags on

Damon Stoudamire's case for felony possession of marijuana Ñ which fell apart after a trial judge ruled that a search of Stoudamire's home was not valid Ñ is beginning a long, slow trip through the appellate process.

State prosecutors, whose arguments for why the search was good had been due to the Oregon Court of Appeals last week, have filed for a routine extension of time. Their brief now is due May 6.

The Portland Trail Blazer was charged after Lake Oswego police responded to a burglar alarm at his house in February 2002 and found marijuana in a storage space.

Clackamas County Circuit Judge John Lowe threw out the search last summer after he concluded that it did not meet exceptions to a requirement that police must have a warrant to search a residence. The legality of the search is the issue on appeal, a process that could take a year or more.

Ñ Tribune staff

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