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o 35 Per Copy Volume 16, Number 21 May 27, 1998 Hal ay, Oregon 97834 Photo by David Baker ONE HUNDRED-VOICE CHOIR from New Hope Community Church in Portland performed Friday, May 22, in the Halfw ay Elementary School gym. Cole Wins County's Top Office Easily Brian Cole won easily in his bid for the Republi- can nomination to chair the Baker County Board of Commissioners. Cole gar- nered 1,460 votes (69 per- cent), compared to 372 votes (17 percent) for his nearest competitor, Beverly Jensen. Larry Griffith finished third with 291 votes (14 percent). No candidates filed for the race on the Democratic side of the primary, so Cole fig- ures to be an even easier winner in the general elec- tion in November. In another Republicans- only race, Lynn Lundquist, Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, soundly defeated chal- lenger Tan Hermens, with Lundquist getting 62 per- cent of the vote, compared to 38 percent for Hermens (as of Friday, May 22, with 75 percent of District 59's precincts reporting). In the Second Congres- sional District primaries, Hood River businessman and former state legislator Greg Walden (53 percent), won handily over Chris- tian broadcaster Perry Atkinson (35 percent), with former Congressman Wes Cooley (9 percent) finish- ing a distant third. In Baker County, however, Atkinson edged Walden as the top choice among Re- publicans, 39 percent to 37 percent, and Cooley fared far better than elsewhere in the district, as he re- ceived 21 percent of the vote. On the Democratic side of the Second District pri- mary, Kevin Campbell de- feated Ellen Wedum, 49 percent to 41 percent. Campbell will face Walden in the fall election. The fate of Ballot Mea- sure 53 was still undecided. The measure, if passed, would overturn a previous ballot measure making a 50 percent voter turnout necessary before any local property tax measures Continued on page 3 Within the Powder Basin "Waste of Water" To Be Defined The Powder Basin Watershed input from every water-user in- Council will act as forum for the terest within the Powder Basin dr g of a local definition on (irrigation, municipal, mining, "waste of water." The laws of roadonstruction, etc. ). The cur- Oregon prescribe that all appro- rent draft ofthe document leans priated water is to be used ben- heavily toward irrigation con- eficially without waste. The Or- terns because this user group egon Water Resources Depart- evidenced the most concern and ment has set a goal in their 1997-99 Strategic Plan to begin the development of water use efficiency standards. In support of the Governor's Healthy Streams Partnership, the de- partment has opted for a ground- up approach, soliciting input from each drainage basin. The Council has accepted this responsibility and will try by every means possible to obtain impetus toward action. It is im- portant that the document will reflect a consensus statement from this basin regarding the =waste of' or the efficient use of water. The Watershed Council needs input from all interested par- ties. To obtain a copy of the draft, call Saundra Bork or Vicki Wares at the council office, 541- 523-7121.