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Page 14 Hells Canyon Journal February 28, 1996 OF C@b c+ and By Marjorie Baker Gingerbread The history of ginger- bread dates back at least to our childhood, when we grew up on stories of Hansel and Gretel's expe- riences with the witch who lived in the gingerbread house in the woods, and the gingerbread boy who ran away from the little old woman and the little old man until he met his fate in the stomach of a fox. And it undoubtedly goes back well beyond that. Despite seeming to be somewhat of an old-fash- ioned goody, gingerbread is still with us. Making a gingerbread house has be- come a fine art, with ev- erything from outhouses to cathedrals portrayed in deco- rated dough. And the ginger- bread cookie is also alive and rBlackberry Gingerbread 1/3 cup butter 1/2 cup dark brown sugar I egg beaten 3/4 cup molasses 2 cups unbleached flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon soda 2 teaspoons ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 cup warm water 11/4 cups frozen blackberries, partially thawed and tossed in 1 tablespoon of flour. well. But what about the softer cake version of gingerbread? How long has it been since you cooked up a batch of this dark spicy treat? The following is a deluxe ver- sion. Add a topping of whipped cream, and you have something to rave about. Cream the butter and sugar; beat in the egg. Add the molasses. In a sepa- rate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger and cinna- mon. Add dry ingredients alternately with the water to the sugar mixture. Stir only enough to incorporate. Gently fold in blackberries. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes or until center springs back when gently pressed down with your finger. Serve warm or cold and top with whipped cream. Fire Chief's Resignation Continued from page 1 "The job of fire chief is mostly paperwork, and deal- ing with personnel. On-the- ground leadership [at the scene of a fire] is done by a captain or someone in the chain of command. It's not like if we don't have a fire chief, we don't have a fire department." Binford said the vote did not rule out the possibility that Walter might be rein- stated at some point. "We are not saying that Mike will not be the chief in the future," he said. At the special meeting the board also: reviewed the department's response to the fire at the Paul and Terry Tarter resi- dence and related procedures; discussed the application procedure for fire fighters and the possibility of doing back- ground checks on applicants. Water Resources Meeting Agenda Includes Burnt/Powder River Basin Amendments The Oregon Water Re- sources Commission will meet Friday, March 8, 8 a.m. at the North Bend Public Li- brary, 10800 Sherman Av- enue, North Bend, Oregon. Doug Parrow, Resource Management Division, will present a request for adop- tion of Burnt River Reserva- tions and other Powder Ba- sin program amendments. This report recommends the adoption of rules that amend the Powder Basin program to set aside, or reserve, unap- propriated water in the Burnt River sub-basin for storage in future reservoirs. The rules are based on requests filed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. It is not expected public comment will be taken on this agenda item, which has al- ready been the subject of a formal public hearing. IPCO Dams Helped Control Recent Floods When recent unseasonably warm weather and above- normal precipitation caused the Columbia River to swell to alarming levels, the U.S. CorI~ of Engineers asked Idaho Power to assist in down- stream flood control by regu- lating the amount of" water released into the Snake River from Brownlee Reservoir. According to Idaho Power Director of Water Manage- ment Roger Furham, the com- pany complied by juggling inflows into the 53-mile long reservoir and outflows from Hells Canyon Dam, the most downstream dam. Fuhrman said, "The Corps asked us to reduce our out- flows to a level that would just accommodate our gen- eration needs. That meant we had to strike a balance be- tween inflow of 47,000 cubic feet per second into Brownlee and outflow of less than 15,000 csf at Hells Canyon Dam. "At one point," he said, "we were increasing the reservoir level five feet per day to handle the inflows." On February 20, Brownlee reservoir was filled to 2,071 feet in elevation, six feet from full. Although temperatures in the Snake River Basin are returning to more normal lev- els, inflows into the reservoir, while stable, are higher than average for this time of year. Fuhrman said the com- pany will attempt to match outflow and inflow rates and Ygur Hells Canyon ) Connection NEW UNITS - Queens, Phones, [reg~ote cable T.V., In-room Coffee ! IOLDER UNITS - Queen & [Double, kitchens, cable T.V. D.E. Lockctt Ii Public Showers Available I RESERVATIONS & INFO PLUMBING [ 742-5722 reduce the reservoir lewds if" I~censed (CCB #70107] possible. 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