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Solar Outhouses Left in Shade

November 25, 1997

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) _ Memo to the U.S. Forest Service: Careful when you stick the stink where the sun don’t shine.

The agency recently installed dozens of $10,000 ``odorless outhouses″ in the Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests. The contraptions pipe out smelly air with the aid of solar power.

The problem? Some were built in areas that are most often in the shade.

``I couldn’t believe it when we walked into it. It was just awful,″ said Frances Enkoji, an agency recreation officer. ``Some work real well, but some we didn’t get placed in the best locations.″

Outhouses not working properly will be fitted with low-tech exhaust fans. But when the high-tech privies do work, they’ve been described as sweet smelling.

``You can’t smell anything _ and that’s sweet enough,″ said resource officer Ernie Martinsen.

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