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Hells Canyon Journal, March 29, 1989 Page 9 \ ~ ,,,ITM DEER CONGREGATE at the Hole-in-the-Wall feeding ground recently, for one of their last meals of alfalfa pellets and hay Photo courtesy of Jim Curre With the coming of spring, efforts to prevent the starva- tion of Baker County deer herds are being wrapped up for another year. Deer populations will not be counted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for another week or two, but Gerry Grover of the ODFW District Office in Baker, predicts that the Property Tax Reduction Sought LoWer tax bills for about 143,000 Oregon households in the moderate-income bracket are part of a new Oregon property tax relief program that seeks to reduce reliance on property taxes for school financing and establish new school tax bases in a special statewide election May 16. Homeowners earning less than $24,000 get the biggest break as the existing Home- owners and Renters Refund Program expands by $20.3 million in 1990. Owners of homes worth less than $60,000 will pay taxes for schools and community col- leges on no more than five percent of their income. May 16 ballot proposals seek to give about one-third of Oregon's 303 school dis- tricts tax bases equal to their running costs. Each school district's highest operating levies in the last three years, with room to grow at 6% per year, provide the new tax base figures. Voter approval of the new tax bases will enable the property relief plan to pro- vide the following benefits: - $22 million to guarantee the same amount of state aid as last year to all school - districts $35 million in relief to patrons of school districts with high property taxes and low assessed value - $35 million in aid to local districts to offset costs of educational training for men- tally retarded students - $20 million in property tax relief targeted to low income families without re- ducing benefits under the existing Homeowner and Renter Refund Program. ! HOURS: 6 A.M. to 7 P.M. count will be down from last year. "We had a fairly good fawn crop in 1988, but many didn't, survive the summer drought," said Gerry. "We like to come out of winter with 30-40 fawns per hun- dred deer. This year we were down to about 40 fawns per hundred going into winter." To hunters, the loss of fawns and adults will trans- late into a reduced hunting season. Gerry said while ODFW is not likely to close the season entirely, deer season will probably be shortened and there could be a reduced number of tags issued for the Keating and Pine Creek units. ODFW estimates a total of 5,000-6,000 deer were fed in the Panhandle region with another 1,350 fed at the elk feeding stations near Baker, where between 1,900 and 2,000 elk were fed. Total feed for deer distrib- uted out of the Baker office included 206 tons of deer pellets and 55 tons of hay. Another 1000 tons of hay went to ten elk feeding stations in the Elkhorn wild- life area. In addition 75 tons of pellets were donated by Idaho Power for deer feeding at Pine Creek and Oxbow. Total expenditures by ODFW for Baker County feeding efforts were in the neighborhood of $130,000. Of that total, $70,000 went for the purchase of 350 tons of pellets, $28,000 was used to purchase 270 tons of hay, $6,000 went for the purchase illlllBlllllBlllBIBlllllllil~l Grizzl m i i White | III i i Walker lib For ANY style of boot, work or everyday from s29 to $250 m | You'll find it at R & C Liquidators - La Grande Business Park ! Buffalo | i i Wolverine i BIB Redwing Toys Tools Boots Clothing Odds & Ends i Illilllllllll/llllllllllliw of fuel, and 52 man-weeks with an approximate cost of $26,000. According to Carmelita Holland of the Richland Deer Feeding Club, that group's efforts will probably be finished by the end of the week. Deer being fed in the Powder River area have been on feed three weeks longer than other herds, according to Carmelita. "The herd around Bishop Springs on Powder River has eaten all the forage that is available to them," she said. "We lost all the fawns from that group, and the adults are ill and slow to leave the feeding." Ii Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Baker, Or. 523 3677 At Gray's West & Company Pioneer Cha- pel, we feel actions speak louder than words. We have been serving Baker County families since 1887. You could depend on us yes- terday. You can be assured we will be there tomorrow. Gray's West & Company is a name you can trust. Locally owned and operated. Baker County Preference since 1887.