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Page 4 Hells Canyon Journal May 11, 2011 f Letters A Wonderful Evening Dear Editor, Hats off to all the musi- cians and singers from Half- way who performed at Cross- roads Art Center Friday evening. They made a won- derful art showing of works by Martha Wehrle and Halfway's own Antonia Carriere even more wonder- ful. Many Halfway folks joined Baker City residents for an enjoyable evening. Thank you, Antonia and mu- sical friends for sharing your God-given gifts. Sincerely, Anne Shields Halfway, Oregon Red Is Dead To the Editor: Reporting from Richland, Oregon: Around the middle of April, right here in Richland, a gang of 7males and 2females went on a crime spree. They were, in fact, caught pillaging a man's taters. In defense of his property, the Gardener at- tempted to frighten this gang of thugs away by firing his .22 rifle in their direction, inadvertently hitting one of the assailants in the breast. As the other 8 perpetrators scattered like a bunch of chick- ens, the one who was hit ran about 10 feet and fell over dead. Though the thugs have not been questioned by authori- ties, and are still on the loose, it is believed the male who was killed was the notorious gang leader only known as Red. It is rumored this indi- vidual came here from Rhode Island and may have used the alias Foghorn or Leghorn. This just in ... Breaking new information: An un- named source has revealed to this reporter that the Gar- dener and an estranged friend had been living on the prop- erty where this incident oc- curred. Furthermore, and this is unbelievable, the two had actually claimed joint owner- ship of the 9 individuals. Yes it's true, arguments had oc- curred over whether or not to keep these individuals caged on the property. This sheds new light on this horrible in- cident. It seems the Gardener wanted to keep the nine caged up and only allow them basic rations of dried food and wa'- ter, claiming it was for their own good. While the friend insisted they should be loose and left to scratch out their own existence. The gang's numbers have been dwindling lately. Being forced by the NOTICE OF' BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Pine Eagle Health 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 Pine Eagle Clinic Meeting Room, 218 North Pine Street, Halfway, Oregon. The meeting will take place on the May 25, 2011 at 10 AM 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 Pine Eagle Clinic business office, between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM, Mondays - Thursdays. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Commit- tee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Eagle Valley Cemetery 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 89 Main St., Richland, Oregon. The meeting will take place on May 12, 2011 at 6:00 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 28, 2011 at 88 Valley Street in Richland, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Commit- tee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. CORRECTED MEETING INFORMATION 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 18th 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 May 9,2011, 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. 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 Hells Canyon Journal 145 North Main St. P.O. Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 Phone: 541-742-7900 Fax: 541-742-7933 email: hcj@pinetel.com 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 Hells Canyon Jouma/(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 friend of the Gardener to spend their nights unpro- tected, many have been packed off by wild beasts, killed and eaten. Even so, it was the same friend of the Gardener who notified au- thorities of the shooting of Red. Two sheriff's deputies ar- rived on the scene and duti- fully arrested the Gardener. They handcuffed him and took him off to jail. Unbeliev- ably, he was released the next morning after posting bail (which had been set at '$38,000.00). As for the gang of thugs - they can still be seen maraud- ing on Dry Gulch Road. None speak English. The county Sheriff's office may currently be seeking an interpreter in an effort to hear their side of the story. As for Red - he is dead. As for the Gardener, he had recently moved here from California for the same rea- sons many are flocking here, to escape from the direction that California politics and law enforcement agencies are going. He is now awaiting trial in Baker County courts. As for the Gardner's friend - hopefully he'll move back to wherever he came from. As for the arresting depu- ties - come on guys, really?? Barney Fife comes to mind. As for the charges - animal abuse, offensive littering (throwing the chicken in the ditch), menacing, reckless en- dangerment. Are you serious? As for the whole thing - chicken %& #* comes to mind/ As for the D.A. - can you not find something more wor- thy of prosecution than a chicken being killed? Reminder- this is Eastern Oregon. We do not arrest people for killing their chick- ens here. I would hope that our sheriff's office and dis- trict attorney could find bet- ter ways to spend our tax dol- lars. Lyn Akers Richland, Oregon Halfway Library News by Linda Bergeron The library has an inter- esting new series, geared to- ward older juvenile readers, but likely of interest to other fantasy readers. The Ranger's Apprentice books, so far span- ning nine volumes, are writ- ten by John Flanagan, an Australian writer who left a career in advertising to write full-time. He partnered with an old friend to create a suc- cessful, eight-season televi- sion show called "Hey Dad!" which seems to have been a warm-up for the fictional se- ries. To encourage his son to read, he began writing an epic fantasy, and the Ranger se- ries was thereby begun. On the magazine shelf, the library now has High Coun- try News, recently received as a six-month gift subscrip- tion from a thoughtful pa- tron. This weekly periodical has been on the scene for de- cades and considers itself"for people who care about the west."A typical issue includes a featured cover story, news of the western United States, reviews of a book or two, an essay, and an opinion piece. Editorial offices are in Colo- rado, but the staffappears to make the effort to address issues of all of the western states. Good photos, too. If you are a regular online catalog user, looking up ma- terials and making requests, please remember that if you are having any problems with the new SageCat system, please call or drop in for step- by-step assistance. The newest version of the Baker County Library web- site [http://bakerlib.org] has on its opening page a number of easy access features. A single click can get you straight to the titles found under the reader categories of Christian Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Mystery Fiction, Sci- ence Fiction and Western Fic- tion. Also, there are easy links to titles of Audiobooks, Large Print editions, Graphic Nov- els and Periodicals. Film en- Boardman to Line Scoping Report The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced this week that the revised scoping report for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H Project) is now available. Idaho Power's B2H Project is a proposal to build, operate and maintain a new single- circuit, 500 kilovolt transmission line from a proposed substation in Boardman, Oregon to the Hemingway Substation near Melba, Idaho. "BLM and USFS are pleased to release this early project milestone. The revised scoping report summarizes the information we received from the public, which has pro- vided the agencies with local perspectives that will help shape the environmental im- pact statement," said DGnald Gonzalez, BLM Vale District Manager. The B2H Project revised sc0ping report docu- ments scoping outreach efforts, summarizes comments received, and identifies issues raised and suggested alternatives for the proposed project. The report is available for download on the project website. The report adds over 300 comments received during the 2010 scoping period to those received in 2008, as well as thusiasts, likewise, have easy links to Documentaries, Fea- ture Films, Comedies, Musi- cals, Foreign Films, Academy Award winners and Science Fiction Films. Library Grounds Driving by the library, you may have noticed a fresh layer of tamped-down gravel in the front parking areas. Thanks to the work of Gail .Marteney several weeks ago, parking in mud puddles or walking over seasonal ice patches look like they may be conditions of the past. This Friday, the library's north and south gardens are due to be trimmed, pruned and generally spruced up by members of the Friends of the Halfway Library. Just in time too, as the Baker Gar- den Club plans to visit in early June. The front daffodils are blooming in sprightly varia- tions of yellow, white and soft peach, but will only last a short while longer. Hemingway T00,00nsmission Availai'00le more than 900 comments submitted through Idaho Power's Community Advisory Process. Comments were provided by the public, tribes and local, state, and federal agencies. The BLM and USFS will use the revised scoping report to help prepare the draft envi- ronmental impact statement, which will evaluate the B2H Project and a range of reasonable alternatives for potential impacts to environmental, social and economic re- sources. The next opportunity for formal public comment will be the 90-day comment period following the release of the draft EIS, expected in the spring of 2012. The BLM will also hold public meetings during the draft EIS comment period. The public can stay involved prior to the draft EIS release in the following ways: reviewing project documents and maps via the project website at ww'.b0ardmanto hemingway.com; emailing questions to federal agencies to: comment@boardmantohemingway.com; U.S. mail addressed to Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project, P.O. Box 655, Vale, Oregon 97918. Toll-free fax line at 888-251-3129. NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Pine Eagle School District 61, Baker County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1,2011 to June 30, 2012 will be held at Pine Eagle Charter School Library, Halfway, Oregon. Themeeting will take place on the May 16, 2011 at 6 PM 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 11,2011 at the Pine Eagle School District office, between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Commit- tee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Pine Valley Cemetery Maintenance 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 24th day of May 2011 at 3 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 20, 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 Commit- tee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. Stele Waldron Memorial Jam 5pm J00dm/ 27 Wild Bill's Lots of good music is already scheduled, but there is still room for more! If you'd like to join us on stage, call Veryl at 742-4858. Cover charge is $3 per person; $5 per couple. A Buffet Dinner will be available for an add it ional charge. Be sure to bid on the Silent duction at the bank starting ltlag 18. Proceeds go to the Steve Waldron Memorial Scholarship and the school's educat ion fund Eastern .Oregon Universi E0U President Bob Davies and community leaders are hosting a reception to provide an update on the university. All are welcome - please join us! Tuesday, Hay 17 5-7 p.m. The 6eiser Grand Hotel 1996 Hain St. in Baker fry To RSVP or for more information contact University Advancement at 541-962-3740 or foundation@eou.edu EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY Community BANK