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February 28, 1996

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35 Per Copy, Board Makes Fire Chief's Resignation Immediate by Steve Backstrom of the Hells Canyon Journal The Pine Valley Rural Fire Protection District board of directors voted 4-1 to make the resignation of Fire Chief Mike Walter effective imme- diately at a meeting held i'i ote. Thirty-three people be- sides the five board members at~ded the m~gtlag:,~:~e l'arge~t audience ever, accord- ing to board members. Walter had announced his resignation verbaUy at the board's February 6 regular meeting, but had not submit- "ted it in writing. Chairman John Binford cited uncertainty about the chain of command within the fire department, given Walter's unclear status "We must know who is in com- mand," he said. "Is there a . resignation? Is there not a resignation? My only concern is that we provide this com- munity with the best fire pro- tection we can," he said. The chairman went on to describe a situation of dis- unity within the fire depart- ment which he said made it difficult for anyone to func- tion as an effective leader "... We have a divided fire department -- they even sit divided, Binford said. I don t anderstand volunteers who go after the leadership.. " Board member Tom Huff Sr. said he feels Walter can still make a valuable contri- bution to the fire district "I'd like to see Mike stay as a volunteer, if not a chief; he has a lot of experience -- a lot to offer -- and can teach oth- ers what he knows," Huff added. Continued on page 14 Photo by Oavld Baker A WATER LINE FROM HALFWAY'S WATER SYSTEM TO THE PINE VALLEY FAIRGROUNDS has been installed as far as Slaughterhouse Road, during the first week of construction on the project. Installation of water and sewer lines and the construction of two small buildings housing new bathrooms is expected to be completed by Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo time in early July. Volunteers will be needed to help with construction of the bathrooms. If you are able to help, please contact Halfway Mayor Dick Crow at 7.42-6192, or Hells Canyon Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Smead at 742-4664. Benefit Dinner Is Tonight for Pine Valley Family " A spaghetti dinner and fundraiser to benefit the Paul and Terry Tarter family will be held tonight, February 28, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Halfway Elementary School. A fire of undetermined origin destroyed the Tarters' Pine Valley home late Saturday night, February 17. Fundraising events at the dinner will include a pie auction, yard sale items, canned foods for a food bank, movies and games for the kids, plus pay-to-play volley- ball Admission to the dinner will be $4 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under, with a family admission of $20. You are asked to bring pies for the auction, yard sale and food bank items to the dinner. For more information, call 742-5763 or 742-2803. School Budget Committee Meets The western Oregon floods briefly reported on cost-sav- have slowed down basic ings that could be achievedif school support estimates for the district went to a four- the 1996-97 school year, pro- day school week (see related vided by the Oregon State article onpage 2). Department of Education for As the district heads into local school districts, negotiations with both its Superintendent Steve classified and certified staff, Petersontoldmembersofthe Peterson said he expects Pine Eagle School District there to be adequate dollars Budget Committee he expects in the budget for employees revised estimates soon, per- to get cost of living increases haps this week. next year. Peterson expressed con- Next meeting date for the cern about the district's de- budget committee was set for clining enrollment and corre- Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. sponding drop in state basic in the Pine Eagle High School school support dollars and library.