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Page 15 Hells Canyon Journal May 8, 1996 Photo courtesy of Lavada Nudo STUDENTS AT HALFWAY HEAD START took a field trip to the Pine Valley Retirement Home Wednesday, May 1, to deliver May baskets to, and serenaded, the residents. Translating by Pat Garrigus of the Hells Canyon Journal With the great green-up and rainfall on all but one day in a recent week, irrigat- ingseason seems far away... but maybe not so. The Pan- handle is known for skipping spring and going right into summer temperatures, and for lack of precipitation dur- ing the hot months. While Valley natives are reservoirs of information on water rights and water uses, more recent residents who have purchased property with water rights aren't always sure of how much they can legally use.., when to close the gates. The April, 1996 edition of "The Prompter/Rancher Re- view" newsletter, Tom Smith, of the Natural Resource Con- servation Service in Enter- prise, addresses water use, and the language employed to describe it, in Wallowa County. Be sure to check with Baker County Water Master Vern Church, for the particu- lars of your property. Water law and regulations, accord- ing to Smith, are seldom black and white, vary from county to county, ditch company to ditch company and there are few "yes" or "no" answers. Smith said he tried to use the following example as one that would allow water users to translate their own par- ticulars and obtain needed information. He writes: How much is one acre foot and what references are avail- able that enable irrig; tors a Irrigation Water Use Water Equivalents 1 cubic foot = 7.48 gallons = 62.4 lbs. of water 1 acre-foot = 43,560 cubic feet = 325,850 gallons 1 acre-foot of water covers 1 acre 1 foot deep 1 cubic toot per second (cfs) = 448.8 gallons per minute 1 cfs: for one day =648,215 gallons, or 1.98 acre-feet for 30 days = 59.5 acre-feet for one year = 724 acre-feet 1 million gallons = 3.07 acre-feet 1 million gallons per day (mgd) = 1,120 acre-feet per year 1,000 gallons per minute (gpm) = 2.23 cfs 1,000 gpm = 4.42 acre-feet per day means of evaluating how Number of nozzle per line much water they are divert- (1320 ft. long/40 ft between ing? As an example, The nozzles = 33 Ave. discharge Wallowa Decree allows 1 acre in gallons/minute/line (33 foot of water to be diverted nozzles x 6 gpm/nozzle) = 198 for each water righted acre gpm. during the period of August 1 Number of sets to irrigate to September 30. Let'slook at 40 acres (1320 feet/60 feet how many times you could set) = 21 sets irrigate if you had the follow- Length of time for each set ing situation: = 12 hours. Sprinkler irrigation sys- Water measurement terns are the simplest method equivalents: of irrigation to evaluate and 450 gallons per minute = 1 measure. InWallowa County cubic foot per second (cfs) it's typical to use one wheel 1 cubic foot per second for line to irrigate 40 acres. The 12 hours = 1 acre foot most common wheel line is Accounting for only the 1320 feet long, with a sprin- amount of water applied kler every 40 feet. The wheel through the sprinklers, an line is moved, or set twice a irrigator would be able to Jr- day. Each move or set is 60 rigate approximately 4 times feet apart. In a 40 acre field between August 1 and Sep- there would be 21 sets. The tember 30. sprinklers are designed to If you use different nozzle discharge a known amount of sizes, time of set or pressure, water at a given pi, essure, you may need to recalculate. Most systems are designed to "As good managers, we discharge between 6 and 7 have to be better managers," gallons a minute (gpm) per Smith said. "Either we do it sprinkler, ourselves or have it imposed Given the above informa- upon us. We have to be aware tion the following calculations of what we're doing when we St. Elizabeth Health Initiatives Group St. Elizabeth Health Ser- vice, Baker City, part of Franciscan Health System, became part of the Catholic Health Initiative (CHI), a new organization formed by the merger of Franciscan Health System (FHS) based in Aston, Pennsylvania; Catholic Health Corporation in Omaha, Nebraska, and Sis- ters of Charity Health Care Systems of Cincinnati, Ohio. The new venture, which spans 21 states, 72 rural and urban communities and en- compasses 63 acute care hos- pitals, represents $4.5 billion in net revenue and will be one of the largest not-for- profit health care systems in the nation. St. Elizabeth will be part of CHI's Western Region, which includes a total of eight hospitals and 22 long-term care facilities in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Cali- fornia. The regional office for CHI-West will be located at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. "The formation of Catholic Health Initiatives will lend more national and regional support to St. Elizabeth," said Rod Barton, president of St. Elizabeth Health Services. "One of the priorities of CHI will be the development of an IDN that will include facili- ties in Idaho and Oregon along the 1-84 corridor. In- stead of having just one sis- ter hospital in our region (St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton), we will have three sister hospitals in our inte- grated delivery network (IDN) -- Holy Rosary Medi- cal Center in Ontario, Oregon, Mercy Medical Center in" Nampa, Idaho, and St. An- thony. The IDN in eastern Oregon and western Idaho, as a whole, will help indi- vidaal facilities, such as St. Elizabeth, compete in today's changing health care market. "The changes that will take place as a result of the forma- tion of CHI will be positive," says Barton. "There will be no immediate impact on St. Elizabeth employees or how we care for our patients. 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