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[- pDOT Plans Coalition and Comprehensive Campaign To Help Raise Awareness of the Dangers Of Distracted Driving i Three-quarters of Oregon cent of respondents admitted to driving distracted when alone in their vehicles. "Our goal is nothing short of a change in cultural norms just one finding of a study when it comes to distracted fdistracteddrivingcommis-driving," said ODOT Direc- ionedbytheOregonDepart- tor Matt Garrett. "We are aent of Transportation and mobilizing all our assets at onducted by Southern Or- ODOT, putting together a ~rivers in a recent survey .dmitted to driving while dis- racted, mostly by engage- aent with a cell phone That gon University coalition of partners that will ' Nearly 1,600 Oregonians use this study and others to participated in the February help us effectively engage, 2016 survey, and most of influence and ultimately them- 84 percent- said they change the behavior of Or- feel uncomfortable riding as technology, and increased 2014, a distracted dr ver awareness are keys to help- crash occurred every 2.5 ing address the problem, hours and someone received Specifically, the study re- a conviction for using a cell vealed that 29 percent of ~e- phone while driving every spondents feel there is a need half-hour. In Oregon on a er- for stronger laws. Currently, age, more than 11 people die the fine for non-hands-free in distracted driving crashes use of a cell phone amounts each year, and over 2,800 are to $500. The study recom- injured. mends raising that limit to "It's actually very difficult $1,000. Nearly half believe to determine if distraction technology can reduce dis- was the primary cause of a traction. Use of technology crash, because people don't includes apps that prohibit often admit if they were us- egon drivers." drivers from using their cell ing their cell phones or other- apassengerwithadriverwho Eighty-three percent of phones while behind thewise distracted," said Tom is distracted. Yet 44 percent respondents agreed that dis- wheel. Fuller, Communications Sec- Page 3 Hells Canyon Journal March 23, 2016 .ear Inn + with private baths 48~2 C1 ear C reek Rd I-Ialtway, Oregon 97~.~ www.etearcreekinn.com VACATION CABIN iN T,E WOODS Groomed snowmobile trails .... 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Funding Available for Projects National Forests Seeking Proposals In response to the two-year ~eauthorization by Congress of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Deter- mination Act in April 2015, t he Umatilla, Wallowa- Whitman and Malheur Na- tional Forests are soliciting y ear two project proposals to be funded under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools Act. Year two proposals are now b.eing accepted through April 1; 2016. Nonprofit organiza- t.'ions, local governments, and our rural communities, pro- vide employment opportuni- ties for our youth and restore our national forests," said Jeff Tomac, the Title II Desig- nated Federal Official and Whitman District Ranger. Year one proposals were previously submitted to the three National Forests and have been reviewed by Na- tional Forest staff and the appropriate County Commis- sioners or Courts Year one projects now await recom- q~tj~c,S at# e nco~jcaged t,o; pro,-, me ndation for approval from pose..p~0j,e.cts_that re~,tore the Northeast Oregon For- v atersheds, decommissi0nor +eStS Resource Advisory Com/ aa ntain roads, control nox---mittee (NEOFRAC). igus weeds or otherwise im- The NEOFRAC is a bal- l, rove the condition of the anced and diverse group of Forest. PropoSed projects do " stakeholders representing oot need to be implemented local communities, industry, 6n Forest Service lands, but recreational interests, envi- must show a benefit to ha- ronmental groups, elected tional forest resources,officials and more. t "Title II projects benefit "Several NEOFRAC mem- berships expired during the reauthorization stage and we've been recruiting for new members from our local ar- eas. Our recruitment process is nearly complete and we anticipate approval by the Secretary of Agriculture this spring," said Tomac. Year one and two project proposals will be reviewed to- gether by the NEOFRAC when they meet this summer. Fol- lowing their review, the com- mittee will provide the three Forest Supervisors a list of Title II projects recommended for funding. Year one projects will be funded through alloca- tions received in fiscal year 2015. Year two project propos- als will be funded through al- locations received in fiscal year 2016. Project proposals for Year Two funding are due elec- tronically by April 1, 2016. Seeks Bids for Off-Rang, Pastures to for Wild Horses The Bureau of Land Man- dgement is seeking propos- als from contractors who can provide humane care for a mimum of 200 wild horses a free-roaming pasture tting on an annual basis. 'his is an opportunity to di- ersify a ranching operation. eadline is April 29, 2016. Proposals must show the astures are located in one of ae following states: Arkan- as, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, :ansas, Missouri, Montana, Iebraska, New Mexico, Iorth Dakota, Oklahoma, ,regon (excluding west of the ',ascade Mountain Range), South Dakota, Texas, Utah, yashington (excluding west if the Cascade Mountain :ange), and Wyoming. Each proposal must include ocumentation to support the rod's carrying capacity and ae contractor's required per cad/day cost. In addition to . oviding a quality pasture, e contractor is required to rovide supplemental feed uring the dormant months t~he contracts are for a one- year period, with a renewal , pti0n for a four-year or nine- ] ear period. 'Fo review the solicitation: Ip) go to www.fedconnect.net; ) click on "Search Public portunities '; ) under Search Criteria, lect "Reference Number"; SUBSCRIBE to the Hells Canyon Journal $30/yr. in Baker County $40/yr. elsewhere in (4) put in the solicitation number "L16PS00305"; and (5) click Search" and the so- licitation information will appear. The solicitation form describes what to submit and where to send it for consider- ation. Applicants who have never conducted business with the Federal government must first obtain a Duns and Bradstreet number at www.dnb.com before regis- tering at www.sam.gov/. There is no fee involved in registering with sam.gov. For assistance, visit www,blm.gov/whb to review the resource page or contact Kemi Ismael, 202-912-7098 (kismael@blm.gov) or Michael Byrd, 202-912-7037 (mbyrd@blm.gov). These con- tacts can assist with general questions and coordinate a meeting for an applicant with a BLM small business spe- cialist. Contractors may also visit the Procurement Tech- nical Assistance Center (PTAC) website, which pro- rides assistance to applicants for government contracts. Most assistance is free to little charge. Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, as amended, the BLM manages and protects wild horses and burros while working to en- sure that population levels are in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses. The current free- roaming population of BLM- managed wild horses and burros is estimated to be 58,150, as of March 1, 2015, Pine Creek 'recorded by Forest Garrigu~) March High Low Precip. 15 45 35 0,.13 16 50 35 0.08 17 52 32 0.00 18 57 28 0.00 19 64 30 0.00 20 68 34 0.08 21u 65 42 0.15 Application forms, instruc- tions, and submission guide- lines can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/main/ wallowa-whitman/ workingtoget her/advisory committees. New Title II projects must be initiated by September 30, 2017 and all Title II funds must be obligated by September 30, 2018. Please submit your appli- cations to one of the National Forests nearest you or con- tact these individuals with questions: Susan Garner, scgarner@ fs.fed.us, 541-575-3039, Malheur National Forest Ian Reid, ireid@fs.fed.us, 541-427-5316, Umatilla Na- tional Forest Arlene Blumton, ablumton @fs.fed.us, 541-962-8522, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. which exceeds by more than 31,435 the number deter- mined by the BLM to be the appropriate management level. The BLM is applying population growth-suppres- sion (PGS) measures and is supporting research to im- prove existing and develop new PGS tools. For general questions about the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program, please contact 866-468-7826 or wildhorse@blm.gov. 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