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Hells.Canyon Jburnal FebrUary 28, 1996 4,000 Acres Every Day That's how rapidly land in the western United States is being overrun by the invasion of noxious weeds. So says Dave Clemens, who has taken on a new challenge as director of the Tri-County Weed Management Area for Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. Weeds such as whitetop, leafy spurge, spotted knapweed, purple loosestrife, yellow starthistle, dalmation toadflax and rush skeletonweed have no natural enemies in the local ecosystem and could move in and outcompete native species, taking over vast tracts of ground in a short period of time. One need look no further than Keating Valley and its infestation of whitetop to see the devastating effects these weeds have. A group of local volunteers, the Pine Valley Weed Coali- tion, has dedicated itself to stopping the spread of these and other noxious weeds before they gain a significant foothold in the local environment. We applaud the Weed Coalition's efforts, and have offered them a little space in the Journal to help get their points across. Beginning this week, we will feature quotes from different members of the Weed Coalition explaining why they are so concerned about the threat posed by noxious weeds. We hope other individuals will recognize the validity of their neigh- bors' concerns and be similarly mobilized to protect the area from these almost unstoppable invaders. These quotes will always appear in the "weedy" border below. Please read these short quotes and see what your neighbors are saying. Then, once the snow goes off, watch for plants which appear out of place. If you see something you believe might be a noxious weed, let the Weed Coaltion know by calling 742- 5933. Weed Coalition member Marcia Gover has graciously consented to take calls at this number so potential sightings of noxious weeds can be checked out. Learn to identify the weeds listed above. The Weed Coali- tion is preparing educational materials which will be avail- able at the Halfway Branch of the Baker County Library and dis )lays to be located at various businesses in Halfway. Weeds Claim Vast Acreages in Western United States In the western United States we are losing up to 4,000 acres per day to noxious weeds. Weeds are changing the character of the landscape. . Dave Clemens A message from the Pine Valley Weed Coalition 742-5933 Hells Canyon Journal 145 North Main St. P.O. Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 Phone: (541) 742-7900 Fax: (541) 742-7933 Publisher- Steve BackstromEditor- Pat Garrigus Staff: David Baker, Coco Forte and Donna Higgins ,Correspondents: Marjorie Baker, Gus Ga~dgus, Isla Graven David Light & Sybyl Smith The Hells Canyon Journal is published weekly for $15.00 (Baker County) or $18,00 (other areas) by Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc. 2nd Class postage paid at Halfway, OR 97834, USPS Number: 002-953, Recongnizing Good Taste Dear Editor, I believe Mrs. Yvonne Riggs and her Home Ec. class de- serve public recognition and praise. Mrs. Riggs and her stu- dents are frequently called upon for, or offer, their culi- nary services for the benefit of their school and community. Instances that come to mind include providing (elaborate!) refreshments for parent/ teacher conference days and occasional school board meet- ings, filling Lions Club Christmas and Easter candy bags and dying their eggs for the annual "hunt"in the park, baking pies, cakes and sweet- bread near holiday time (to encourage helping with same at home?!) making (fancy) candies for Sr. Citizens, par- ents and school personnel for Valentines Day, providing nourishing muffins for the recent health fair, and mak- ing pies for a community- sponsored benefit meal. I am always impressed with the quality products the students create. All of their contribu- tions are produced in addi- tion to required classroom cooking assignments and ba- sic "how-to~ and rationale learning. Thank you, Mrs. Riggs and students, for contributing to your community and for your diligent work. Students, may your sense of service and level of excellence continue to grow as you continue to learn. Sincerely, Anne Shields Halfway, Oregon Junior Rodeo Update Dear Editor, Progress report on the Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo: Six people attended the meeting. Looking ahead: Attention, cattlemen. We are looking for a rancher willing to loan us cows and calves to be used during the rodeo, July 12 and 13 for Calf Roping; Breakaway Roping and Cow Riding. We will need 35 - 40 pairs. If you can supply all or part of this amount, please call Linda Miller, 742-4980 as soon as possible. We will also be needing about 4 tons of hay. who showed up on the wrong date. Our next meeting is set for March 20. We will attempt to keep them on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. So far, we have the stock contractors, clowns, judges and timers and Dance DJ lined up. The All Around Saddle and Breast Collars for the high point winners are ordered. Leonard Oster has been mak- ing our saddles for many years and for as reasonable a price as possible. The price has come up, some, the past few years but he is keeping it the same price as last year, $950. For many years we had an individual who paid for one-half of the cost, but a few years ago decided they were no longer able to do so. Last year we had about $300 spe- cifically donated for the saddle. The rest of the price had to come from other sources, within the Jr. Rodeo earnings. All donations are tax de- ductible as we are a non-profit organization. This year's parade theme is "Support Your Local Ro- deo." Be thinking about en- tering ... more details later. Thought for the day: "It's never too late to volunteer." Pat Gossi Secretary, H. C.J.R. (Editor's note: Sorry about the bad date, Pat.) Health Career Camp Dear Editor, Plans for MedQuest "96, Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center's Health Career Choices Camp are well underway. Camp will be held June 24, 1996 on the Eastern Oregon State College campus in La Grande. Our target audience is students entering grades 9 through 12. Tuition for the camp is $195 which includes meals, hous- ing and all activities. Camp sessions include health career information, self enrichment sessions, hands- on clinical skills workshops as well as opportunities to shadow health professionals. Students are asked to indi- cate their health career inter- ests on the application form and provide two reference in- attending a health careers camp, please encourage them to ask for an application by calling 541-962-3801. Sincerely, Carole Smith NEOAHEC Camp Director "A Rotten Kid?" Dear Editor, Thank you for being so gra- cious in answering so many questions I had! Especially I am happy to send along my check to cover PINE VALLEY VIGNETTES! I am really hoping to get to Pine Valley this year to see first hand and talk about the Valley, its environs and the Cornucopias, specifically. Should you by chance men- tion my name, Lela Saunders, to any of the "old timers," I' m certain I'll be remembered as a "rotten kid" -- although I always played for the church and the Saturday night dances (brawls!), to say noth- ing of the weddings, funerals and other programs. Pine Valley, to me, is a bit of Paradise -- and I truly long to return! What a pleas- ant break it would be from the hot, suffocating summers here in Florida! Lela Saunders Root Tampa, Florida (Editor's note: Unfortu- nately, Mrs. Root is referring to Volume I of Sybyl Smith's Pine Valley Vignettes. Volume II is still at the printer. "I am waiting," Sybyl told us re- cently, "but not patiently.") Ring Any Bells? Dear Editor, Thank you for your reply. I guess my first letter got lost in the heavy volume of pre- Christmas mail. Please find enclosed a check for $18 for my subscription to the Hells Canyon Journal. I'm looking forward to receiving it. I also intend to give the subscrip- tion information to my par- ents and older brothers, who all live in Knoxville, Tennes- see. My father Glenn was the minister of the Halfway Church of Christ, my brother Mark was in the Pine Eagle High School Class of 1974, and my brother Jay was in the 9th and l Oth grades when we lived there. I mention their names in case they might ring a bell. Postmaster: Send address changes to Hells Canyon Journal, P.O. Bo~,646, The meeting time was mis- formation forms. If you or Thanks again, t.˘.~.LHalfway, OR 97834. • printed in the newspaper, so your readers are aware oft~t~z~ ~, K~i~ Caldwell M©mberoftheOregonNewspaperPublishersAssocialion .... ˘, ....... .~:.4..,,Z..oe ....... ,./e,,+ .... t,o are ;nterested in ....... Je'sCuo Mar.viand!