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35 Per Copy Brownlee Reservoir Slept Here... Photo by David Baker THE EMPTY BED of Brownlee Reservoir has meant tough times for businesses which depend on fishermen s cash flow to make ends meet. Eagle Valley entrepeneurs Florence "Flip" Nedrow, Mary Jane Ward and Thorny Hampton along with Baker City fishing guide Phil Simonski share their thoughts about the low water level and the local economy on page 10 of this issue. Vaughan Appointed to School Board Halfway Postmaster Su- san Vaughan was unani- mously appointed to fill the vacancy on the Pine Eagle School Board at a special meeting, held Monday, May 6. Four board members at- tended the meeting in per- son, and board member Bob VanHooser voted by tele- phone, to make the appoint- ment vote 5-0. Board chair- man Steve Farstad was not available for the meeting. Vaughan, who has served get committee for the past six years, will complete the un- expired term of former board member Rod Tarter, who re- signed April 8. The term runs until June 30, 1997. Tarter's term would have expired June 30, 1996, however the 1995 session of the Oregon Legislature changed the elec- tion cycle for special districts, so elections will only be held in odd-numbered years. Vaughan was one of two candidates interviewed by the board at a special meeting Monday, April 30 -- the other being Pine Telephone em- ployee Wayne Lowe. Appeal for Immediate Implementation of Snake River Plan Denied A request by Enterprise- based Hells Canyon Preser- vation Council to fully imple- ment the Forest Service's Wild and Scenic Snake River Recreation Management Plan within the Wallowa- Whitman National Forest's Hells Canyon National Rec- reation area in 1996, was de- nied last week by Federal Judge James Redden in Port- land, Oregon. Judge Redden denied the plaintiffs' request because the plaintiffs did not meet their burden of establishing that they have a "clear claim" of unreasonable delay Further, Judge Redden rules that full implementation of the river plan in 1996, prior to the completion of the ongoing environmental analysis for the commercial outfitters, would have greater harm on the public, the interveners/ defendants and the Forest Service, than the harm suf- fered by the plaintiffs. The river plan was initially scheduled for implementa- tion in 1995, but due to a number of appeals by the river's commercial users, implementation was delayed in order to conduct additional analysis on the economic im- pacts of the plan on the com- mercial based outfitters. In his decision to conduct more analysis, Deputy Re- gional Forester Richard A. Ferraro delayed full imple- mentation of the plan until this new analysis was com- plete. The economic impact analysis is ongoing and sched- uled to be completed this sum- mer. Full implementation of the plan is scheduled for 1997. In another portion of the complaint, the plaintiffs sought an orffer requiring the Forest Service to restrict the number and use of motorized rivercraft to 1975 levels for the wild portion of the river and 1978 levels for the scenic portion of the river. The For- est Service used a base pe- rio.d of 1988-1992 to deter- mine authorized use levels. Judge Redden dismissed this portion of the complaint be- cause the Forest Service is still conducting analysis re- sulting from the Regional Forester's 1995 appeal deci- sions. Judge Redden stated the Service's progress on the on- going environmental analy- sis for commercial outfitters. The court and the Forest Ser- vice will discuss establishing a time line for the river plan by June 10,1996. OAKS Dories, Inc.; ROW INC,; Wilderness Watch; Na- tional Organization for River Sports; Rivers Council of Washington; American Whitewater AiTdiation; and Northwest Rafters Associa- tion joined Hells Canyon Preservation Council in their request for immediate imple- court wall momt br tY/e F re/ mer ta ibn.