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by Steve Backstrom of the Hells Canyon Journal For the first time in 20 years, a Pine Eagle basket- ball team has gone through its entire regular season with- out a loss. Pine Eagle's varsity girls completed their perfect sea- son Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14 with wins over Union and Imbler. Union's Bobcats made things interestingin the Spar- tans' final home game on Fri- day. The game came down to the final shot - a jump shot by Molly Coffee with two sec- onds remaining, which ripped the nets and gave the Spar- tans a two-point victory. The last time a Pine Eagle team ran the table in the regu- lar season came in 1984, when the Spartan girls went unde- feated and won the 2A state championship. Please turn to page 6 for more details on the Spartans' weekend. Two by Pat Garrigus , of @mbl~t$ ~yan Jm@~ Two local postmasters, Charlene Immoos at the Riehland Post Ol ee, and " Lon Nalder at the day o/each other. Lon Naider government service, and yes, he is counting. During his college years, he worked about three years for the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. He speaks fondly of his 27 years with the Postal Service and recalls when beth he and Tom Crane, present Pine Eagle School District superintendent, were low men on the totem pole at the Baker Post Of- fice. "I was low man on the part-time, flexible carrier side and Tom was low man on the clerk side, and it was easy for us to trade places, said Lon. beth ended up working in Halfway." ained that until pt~m t~ stevo ~J~m SPARTAN GIRLS CELEBRATE their last second two.point win over the Union Bobcats at home on Fdday night. That win, combined with Saturday's second half blowout of Imbler, gave the Spartans a 22-0 regular season record. Now it's0n to the District Tournament at La Grande High School this Friday, February 20 for a 2:30p.m. game with an opponent that had yet to be determined at press time. Month ties, including the Fourth Of July fireworks. He is cur- renfly helping at the church's FLy History Center .... Len hopes retirement will bring him to put first the LON NALDER The Nalders will celebrate their 31st mpmiver, sary0 March 31of this year. Lon has retirement dreams, most centered in free time and his beloved Hells Canyon. He and Mary raised their family here. When son, Lon P., leR for college, he gave his parents a springer spaniel, Todd. Lon says, "I didn't think Marywould take so much to adog, hut she did, and he rules the house.., but now he's geingto have tomove over." The last time the family went camping with their un- Lon added, with a big gri "You know, anticipating re- CHARLENE IMMOOS Charlene Immoos, will retire one day later than her Half, way counterpart, Lon Nalder, on February 27, 2004, after 29-plus years of service. they have two children, Steven and Asldey. Ourson Scott Immoos and his wife Debbie also live in Eagle Val- ley. Scott is a Baker County Sheriffs Deputy." Charlene has had other jobs, including working for big changes in Feed and because she doesn't believe Seed, and sometimes wait- in making plans ahead of time ressing and other short, term because"they often don't hap- jobs. pen." Her But Charlene likes of pursuit will probably be Pete by Linda Bergeron of the Hells Canyon Journal At its regular meeting of February 9, the Pine Eagle School Board voted 5 to 1 (with one abstention) to re- new Superintendent Tom Crane's contract, which car- ries last year's contract amount of $80,340 with an amended clause, "The district agrees to provide free hous- ing on school property or a housing stipend..." If Crane exercises the sti- pend option, he would need to return to the board to re- open the contract for discus- sion on the stipend amount. The housing currently pro- vided is not considered likely to be vacant, should Crane seek a housing stipend. Board chair Deborah Mader said, regarding the omission of a specific dollar amount for the stipend, [contract committee members Hal Weaver, John Minarich and Mader] really thought it was appropriate, not having a budget yet, and not having [funding] numbers from the state yet. Board director Julie Stromer dissented, and Dave Schmitt abstained from the vote. Schmitt stated, =rm con- cerned about that amount because the housing is a sig- nificant amount of the package...and it's hard to ap- dollar amount Anderson, Amy Tarter, Libby Thomas and Karl Young of- fered a polished presentation of their semor trip proposal for a seven-day, six-night ex- cursion to Salt Lake City from May 28 through June 3. It is estimated that 23 out of 31 seniors would be attending, at a cost of $8,000, with an itinerary that would include visits to a lagoon and water park, a pro baseball game, ethnic restaurants, a plan- etarium, three art and cul. tural museums, the Utah State Capitol building, and a hlstoricalrai]road. The board voted unanimous approval of the outlined trip, and the stu- dents were complimented. Board director Marilyn Peterson praised their pre- sentation, saying "You've set a high standard for future seniors doing this/ Also, Stromer expressed her appre- ciation for their work in in- cluding a strong educational component in their plans. Crane reminded the stu- dents that any seniors con- cerned about their senior projects and how it relates to eligibility to attend the trip should contact him or Barbie Morgan, senior project advi- 8or. Cheryl Robinette, Half- way, brought up her concern regarding a situation at Pine Eagle sports events the week- end of January 31, in which she provided pizzas at the concession stand to support her granddaughter's junior class, and was asked to take down business signs that identified the types of pizzas available. A local business- person had complained that she did not have the opportu- nity to bid on providing piz- zsm. Kellie Dennis, concession stand manager, explained she had offered to sell Robinette' s pizzas if the price was lower than frozen pizzas, which they were. Dennis also said the pizzas were a welcome addition to the concession Rohinette's shoulders. Given the fact that Robinette had brought her own equipment to bake and provide fresh pizzas, in con- junction with, the complaint about the business signs, Crane said he felt he needed to put a halt to the situation and seek legal advice. Schmitt observed =It's our job to settle the issue. Crane hoped tohave an answer back from the rict lawyer be- fore the weekend. The board was visited by Lyle Mann, Director of 2