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Page 4 Hells Canyon Journal April 27, 2011 / Letters Anti-Wind Power Claims Exaggerated To the Editor, Although intrigued by re- cently published letters from members of the Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley, my emotional reaction is both admiration and dismay. The campaign to cut energy con- sumption by 3percent is beau- tiful, a very sensible way to reduce energy usage and save money. However, tying that movement to the vilification of wind energy in general is, in my opinion, misguided. I won't be na've or disingenu- ous and suggest that there is no environmental impact with the construction and maintenance of wind farms; all forms of energy extraction and generation entail land use and habitat impact. But when compared to traditional forms of energy production, wind energy's impact is much less; to suggest otherwise ig- nores reality. Need I mention heavy metal and CO 2 emis- sions, lake and streambed acidification, production of toxic ash and slurry, acid rain, groundwater contami- nation from fracking, and respiratory and health issues all related to electricity gen- erated from fossil fuels? The fossil fuel industry continues to enjoy more than 90years of generous tax breaks, so to in- sinuate that wind energy ben- efits unfairly from tax subsi- dies is hollow. We could also have a lively debate on the claim that wind energy can only supply 1-3percent of elec- tric production needs by 2030. I too have a report, prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy, and it projects a 20 percent electric contribution from wind power by 2030. It appears that the legiti- mate opposition to the Ante- lope Ridge Wind Farm led to this wind bashing. If anyone is opposed to a wind farm in their backyard, I totally sup- port their right to fight against its installation. How- ever, if opposition to a local wind project includes con- demnation of an entire alter- native and renewable energy source, I can't support that. Bruce Gillmore Mead, Colorado SUBSCRIBE to the ells Canyon ournal $30 / yr. in Baker County $40/yr. elsewhere in U.S. NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Eagle Valley Rural Fire Protection District, Baker County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1,2011 to June 30, 2012 will be held at Richland Fire Department, 89 Main St., Richland, Oregon. The meeting will take place on May 11,2011 at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 3, 2011 at the Richland City Hall, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. PUBLIC NOTICE For 2011, Baker County Weed District will again be giving out herbicide on the following locations, dates, and times. This fully mixed, ready-to-go herbicide will be targeting whitetop. Folks need to bring chemical-resistant containers,preferably gas or oil cans,and a pair of chemical-resistant gloves. Please,no food contain- ers. There will be a five gallon limit imposed for each residence. Where Date Huntington Service Station April 29 Richland-Wildflower Corner May 5 Baker City-Sumpter Depot May 21 2960 Broadway Baker City-Sumpter Depot May 28 2960 Broadway Hereford School/Unity Community Center June 3 Time 7:30-11AM 9 - 12 Noon 7-12 Noon 7-12 Noon 9 AM - 11 AM NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Pine Valley Rural Fire Protection District, Baker County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1,2011 to June 30, 2012 will be held at Halfway Fire Station, 125 W. Record St., Halfway, Oregon. The meeting will take place on the 10th day of May 2011 at 7 P.M. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 6,2011 at the Halfway Fire Station, between the hours of 2 PM and 4 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Commit- tee. NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the City of Richland, Baker County, State of Oregon, will be held at Richland City Hall, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1,2011 to June 30, 2012. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, the 4th day of May, 2011, at 7 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and document and to receive comment from the public on the budget. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after April 28,2011, at Richland City Hall between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM Monday - Friday. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting to discuss the proposed programs with the Budget,Committee. Hells Canyon Journal 145 North Main St. P.O. Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 Phone: 541-742-7900 Fax: 541-742-7933 email: Editor and Publisher - Steve Backstrom Staff: Rose Clark, Linda Collier, Sue Forrester, Julie McCullough, Cindy Thayer, Anna Richardson, Hayley Sanders Correspondents: Linda Bergeron, John Garrigus, Sherrie Kvamme, Deb Lowe and Sybyl Smith Hefts Canyon Journal (USPS 002-953) is published weekly by Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc. 145 North Main Street Halfway, Oregon. Annual subscriptions are $30.00 (Baker County) or $40.00 (other areas). Periodicals postage paid at Halfway, Oregon. Postmaster: Send address changes to Hells Canyon Journal, PO Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834-0646. Member of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Ombudsman TrainingTo Be Held in June Training to become a Cer- tified Ombudsman Volunteer will be held beginning June 7, 2011 in the Pendleton/La Grande area. Certified Om- budsmen advocate for the rights of senior citizens who are living in long-term care facilities. This is a State of Oregon volunteer program designed to assist the Deputy Ombudsmen in Salem, Or- egon in investigating and monitoring complaints of se- niors living in long-term care facilities. There are five days of training involved in this volunteer position. Certified Ombudsman Volunteers are appointed by the State Om- budsman and are trained to educate, investigate and ad- vocate and learn to be "prob- lem solvers." There are openings for 11 volunteers in Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Grant, Baker and Malheur counties and especially in La Grande, Ontario, Enterprise, Joseph and Milton-Freewater, where there are no volunteers. Resi- dents of these cities are sup- ported by paid staff from the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman's' office in Sa- lem. Besides the initial train- ing, volunteers attend monthly support group meet- ings and receive additional training on a regular basis. Mileage reimbursements are available for volunteers. To learn more, interested members of the public are invited to attend an informa- tional session about advocat- ing for quality long-term care and about volunteering for the program in a one-hour session in these areas: May 16, 2011 9:30 a.m. Maridell Center, 1124 Wash- ington St, La Grande; May 16, 2011 3:30 p.m. Ontario Public Library 388 SW 2nd Ave, Ontario; May 17, 2011 12:30 p.m. Wallowa Memorial Hospital, 601 Medical Parkway, En- terprise; May 17, 2011 5:00 p.m. Milton-Freewater Public Li- brary, 8 SW 8th Ave, Milton- Freewater. The Office of the Long- Term Care Ombudsman is an agency of the State of Or- egon, dedicated to protecting the rights, safety and dignity of the residents of nursing homes, residential care fa- cilities, assisted living facili- ties and adult foster care homes. Volunteers are a vital part of the Ombudsman pro- gram and provide a vital pres- ence to protect the rights and dignity of elders in long-term care. Call Gretchen Jordan, Co- ordinator of Volunteers, 1-800- 522-2602, or visit www. for more in- formation on becoming a Cer- tified Ombudsman volunteer, or to report a concern about a long-term care facility. L/ IaT.nvm T.00T00I 1809 Fird" Sl'reef " Baker Cify 523-2522 - ll g I fi twJ00-I *F:AST FlUE 1 Dominic & his crew find themselves on the wrong  of the law again in this sequel Frlllag & smrilali (3:30) 7:00 9:q5 SllOdaU (3:30) 7:.00 M011dag-Tarsdag 7:.00 Hnaa4 F Atenrsedtobethepertassanbyher father is dispatched on a mission across Europe. Frlllag & salarial (3.35) 7:.05 11:35 SIIHII (3:35) 7:05 Hlmlq-Wedll6Hlill/.05 IHSlDIOUS f A couple discovers that their son, not their house, may be haunted. Suspense/hon', Filial & Sallirial (3:u) 7:10 9:40 SINai O:10) 730 illliilalHliurslm 7:!0 * NO TIGHAD IUESDAYf', ( ) BARGAIN MATINEE Caleb Krigbaum Caleb Forrest Krigbaum, 28, died Monday, April 18, 2011 in Portland, Oregon from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. A grave- side service was held at Pine Haven Cemetery on Satur- day, April 23, 2011. Friends joined the family for a recep- tion, which was held follow- ing the service at the Half- way Lions Hall. Caleb was born August 10, 1982 in Othello, Washington to his mother, Mary Kathryn Taylor-Krigbaum and father, Forrest Merritt Krigbaum. Everything Caleb did in life- including birth - was ahead of schedule. He came into the world two weeks early through an emergency cesar- ean operation. He joined his older sister, Jennifer Taylor- Morwood and brother, Joshua Taylor. He spent his first year of life in Mesa, Washington and then moved to his par- ents' hometown of Halfway, Oregon, where his ancestors trace their roots to the pio- neering days of Pine Valley. In 1984, his parents moved to La Grande, Oregon and were divorced, and Caleb moved with his father to Port- land, Oregon. His brother, Steven Taylor, was born in 1985. Caleb learned to swim at daycare at age four. He ex- celled at swimming and was the feature attraction of the daycare's open house. While others were swimming across the pool, Caleb swam the length of the pool in one breath, underwater. Swimming was somethinghe enjoyed through- out his life. He participated in competitive swimming, taught swimming, and be- came a lifeguard at 13. Caleb was an extremely active child. He learned to ride his bike and within a week was capable of perform- ing tricks, like standing on the seat with both feet with- out a helmet. At age five, Caleb began his love of mo- torcycles when it became his father's only mode of trans- portation. Caleb rode to and from daycare everyday on the gas tank, rain or shine, and would constantly shout, "Faster, go faster." During Caleb's first grade parent-teacher conference at Whitman Elementary in Portland, his teacher com- mented that Caleb's energy level was extremely hard to control. She recounted an example from that day in La Grande Ta The La Grande Air Tanker Base, located at the Union County Airport outside of La Grande, will be closed this fire season so the apron where the planes are loaded with retar- dant can be repaired. Temporary bases for load- ing planes are being consid- ered at either La Grande or Pendleton. "Safety is our number one concern, and until we are able to rebuild the apron, it's not safe to operate," acting Re- gional Aviation Officer, Sarah Robertson, said. A recent review by U.S. For- est Service aviation special- ists recommended closing the OBITUARY CALEB KRIGBAUM which she turned her back on the class and they began to laugh. When she turned back around to see the reason, Caleb was standing on top of his desk. She said she didn't even have time to write a full word on the board; he was too quick. She mentioned that even with his antics she en- joyed having him in her class the most. His summers were spent with at his aunt Cindy and uncle Kevin in Twisp, Washington. He was joined there with his brothers, Joshua and Steven, and cous- ins, Lacy, Langley and Levi Davis. He spent the summer making friends, swimming, and participating in 4-H. In 1990, his father mar- ried Megan Kong. In 1991, the family moved to Lake Grove, Oregon, and Caleb attended Lake Grove El- ementary. In 1992, while Caleb was in fourth grade, his brother, Kyle Krigbaum, was born. In 1994, they moved to Aloha, Oregon, where Caleb attended sixth grade at Tobias Elementary. In 1995, Caleb's youngest brother, Tanner Krigbaum, was born and Caleb attended Brown Junior High. He played baseball and enjoyed fishing and hunting with his father. In 1996, he became a lifeguard at the YMCA in Aloha, Oregon, and worked with toddlers as a swim in- structor. In 1997, they moved to Vancouver, Washington, and Caleb attended Fort Van- couver High where he also ""wrestled. In 1998, his family moved across town and Caleb went to Prairie High and joined JROTC. In 1999, Caleb went to live with his aunt and uncle's family in Sisters, Oregon. while there, he at- tended Sisters High and met the love of his life, Elizabeth. In 2000, he moved back home to Vancouver with his father and went back to Prairie High. Caleb then joined the Marines on a delayed entry. At the completion of Marine Corps Boot Camp, Caleb was recognized as the most im- proved recruit during his training. In 2001, Caleb and Eliza- beth were married in Twisp, Washington. In 2002, while stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, his first daughter, Teara Krigbaum, was born. In 2003, Caleb de- ployed in the invasion of Iraq. After returning from Iraq, he deployed to operations in Haiti. In 2004, Caleb was dis- charged from the Marines and moved his family to Bend, Oregon. His daughter, Hana, was born there while Caleb worked as a heavy equipment operator. In 2007, Caleb and his fam- ily moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he at- tended college and worked as an armed security guard. In 2009, Caleb built his Harley Davidson, which was a source of great pride and pleasure for him. In 2010, Caleb moved to Twisp, Washington with his brother, Joshua. While there, he worked in the lum- beryard. That fall, he sus- tained a serious injury to both arms during an accident at home requiring five hours of intense surgery. Typical of Caleb, he removed his own casts ahead of schedule in order to get back to life. In 2011, Caleb moved to Portland, Oregon, where he lived with his mother until his tragic accident. Caleb was preceded in death by his uncle, Kurt Krigbaum. Caleb is survived by his wife, Liz, and daughters, Teara and Hana; parents, Forrest and Megan Krig- baum of Vancouver, Wash- ington and Kathy Taylor of Wilsonville, Oregon; broth- ers and sisters, Jennifer Morwood, Josh Taylor, Steven Davis, Kyle Krigbaum and Tanner Krigbaum; hon- orary siblings, Lacy, Langley and Levi Davis; grandparents Dale and Judy Taylor of Half- way, Oregon, Phil and Mardi Krigbaum of Connell, Wash- ington, Jill and John Keller of Roseburg, Oregon; and nu- merous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Those who wish to make a memorial donation in memory of Caleb, may do so to help defray funeral ex- penses through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834. nker Base (.,lo,ed for Repairs base to air tanker operations until repairs can be made. The airport's runway is useable, but the adjacent apron where retardant or water is loaded onto firefighting planes needs to be rebuilt. The asphalt pavement is showing signs of continuing deterioration, according to the inspection. There are eight- inch cracks, sagging areas, and loose asphalt throughout the apron. The newer portion of the apron is also showing an increase in the number of cracks. A recent report says subsurface failure is highly possible, and failure could re- sult in a serious accident or PUBLIC NOTICE The Eagle Valley SWCD in conjunction with the Baker County Weed Control Department will be holding their annual tree and weed spray giveaway May 5th starting 9:00am at the "Y" in Richland. You will need to bring a five-gallon container suitable for herbicide trans- port, such as a plastic fuel container. The herbicide giveaway is for the control of whitetop and Scotch thistle. The limit is five gallons of herbicide per landowner. One gallon of this herbicide mixed is enough to kill weeds over about 14,000 square feet. It is not intended for applications under the drip lines of trees, as it could kill the trees, and it should not be sprayed when the wind is blowing. Always shake or agitate the mixture before applica- tion. If you have questions, please contact Whitney at 541-523-7121 X 100. injury during air tanker base operations. The air tanker base repair is expected to cost $1.7 mil- lion. Work will begin this sum- mer once funds are received and a contract is awarded. The Forest Service does not antici- pate repair work to be com- pleted before the end of the 2011 fire season. The La Grande base is one of five in the Oregon-Wash- ington Region. Air tankers are used to help fight wildfires by dropping loads of water and retardant. Planners Study Local Projects The Baker County Planning Commission will hold a pub/le meeting at ?:00 P.M., on Thurs- day, April 28, 2011, at North Baker Elementary School, 2725 7th Street, Baker City, Oregon, to consider: A Conditional Use re- quest to allow the City of Richland to flood irrigate with treated wastewater effluent from its sewage lagoons. Guest Ranch for Steven & Virginia Mayer Nature's Pantry + 194)7 IPout4h La Grande (dosed Saturda.v) Vitamins Herbs Natural Foods NB-lm$ 800-972-6879 World-Famous Operatin Model Train LUi