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Hells Canyon Journal, March 1, 1989 Page 5 Hanford Cleanup The head of the General Accounting Office told a House subcommittee last week that some of the nation's weapons production sites, including the Hanford nuclear reservation, may be "irreversibly contaminated" with radioactive wastes. Comptroller General Bowsher said that the technology to clean up such sites does not presently exist, and that the Department of Energy "may have to place them in long-term institutional care." Among the most serious problems at Hanford are single- shell underground tanks containing highly radioactive sludge which are leaking. Wild Horses The Umatilla Army Ordinance Depot, home to roughly 300 pronghorn antelope, has decided to add a herd of wild horses later this spring. The horses are being culled by the Bureau of Land Management to ease overgrazing on high desert rangelands in southeastern Oregon. The depot commander said that his staff briefly considered starting a herd of buffalo: but decided that their reputa- tion for aggressiveness and cantankerousness ruled them out as tenants. Baker Group Offers Scholarship The Business and Profes- sional Women's Club of Baker is again offering two $300.00 scholarships to Baker County students or adults wishing to attend an accredited post high school training program. Persons applying need not necessarily be a senior, but must be a high school graduate. The committee will consider not only scho- lastic ability, but also school and community involvement, as well as financial need. A completed application form, along with a copy of high school transcripts and any other pertinent informa- tion, must be available to the committee by April 1, 1989. Applications may be obtain- ed at Baker County high schools or by calling Linda Perry, 523-7251 or Sheryl Blankenship, 523-9358 even- ings. Winter Wonderful for Snowmobilers Panhandle Snowmobile Club will meet Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 p.m., in the Pine-Eagle High School li- brary. Twenty-five people sno- mobiled to Enterprise to watch the game with Enter- prise February 11 and 12. Farwell, who provided gas, lodging and guide services. They also enjoyed the use of the Enterprise/Joseph war- ruing hut. On President's weekend, February 18-20, approxi- mately 22 Tollgate snow- mobile members braved They are grateful to Patty deep, new snow to make and Bob Coffee, sister" and their annual excursion into brother-in-law of Sheila Halfway. We provide thoughtful, dignified and professional assistance at an affordable cost. Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel Locally owned and operated Baker City Preference since 1887 1500 Dewey 523-3677 Spotted owls, whose habi- tat consists of large tracts of Pacific Northwest old growth forest, Continue to occupy center stage in political arenas from Washington, D.C. to Olympia, Washing- ton. A report issued Tuesday, February 21, by the General Accounting Office, the inves- tigative arm of Congress, charged that officials in the Interior Department had al- tered the content of a scientific study so that it came into line with the Reagan administration's pol- itical agenda. At issue is whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser- vice's decision not to list the spotted owl as an endanger- ed species was based on scientific evidence or was a response to political pres- sure. Listing the owls as endangered would mean a reduction in logging activi- ties in federally managed old growth forests of the North- west. Conflicting statements have been made by officials of the USFWS about the report on which the agency based its decision. Director Frank Dunkle says politics did not cause a scientific report on the owls to be rewritten. However, Ralph Wallen- strom, former director of the regional office in Portland and author of the owl report, says that former Secretary of the Interior Donald Hodel had made it clear that the owl was not to be listed as endangered. Meanwhile, in Olympia, Washington, Governor Booth Gardner has attracted criticism from all sides in the owl controversy. Gardner, a former board member of Weyevhaeuser Co., appointed Curt Smith to be state wildlife director. Before undergoing confirma- tion hearings in Wash'mg- ton's state senate, Smitch angered opponents of owl protection by asking the U.S. Forest Service to increase its planned protection of 374,000 additional acres of owl habitat. Smitch's nomination to the post of state wildlife director has since drawn substantial opposition and his confirma- tion is now in doubt. Governor Gardner has tried to appease all sides in the controversy by asking the Forest Service to start over and rework its plan for owl habitat set-asides and by threatening to veto a pro posed measure in the legisla- ture which calls for no Crab Feed Dance March 3 & 4 L New Session of Western Dance Lessons Beginners & Advanced Four Lessons - Beginning March 7 One Lesson per Week: Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. IIIII MAIN ST. HALFWAY, OR 742-2301 --: -- = ''- 0 - :'- ...... -'; ..... (;" : 0 set-asides until clear and convincing evidence is avail- able that the owls are indeed vanishing. Early Crab Seniors and those disabled who hold tickets are invited, if they wish, to dine early at Halfway Lions Club Crab Feed this Saturday, March 4, between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Doors will be open to the general public at 5:00 p.m. .,-,. COMMUNITY PRAYER Anyone interested in interceding for Eagle Valley We will meet Friday, at 7:30 p.m., Eagle Valley Grange. We have a plan you can bank on Depend on it. 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