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~p~:~ w~ .~,.~ I~:~.f,,,~.~ ...... .~.~ ....... Page 12 Hells Canyon Journal May 27, 1998 Wheat Growers Worried About Pakistan Wheat growers inthe Pacific Northwest are keeping a close eye on how Pakistan reacts to the nuclear tests recently con- ducted in India. The concern is that Pakistan will retali- ate against India with nuclear testing of its own and be subject to the same U.S. Eco- nomic sanctions now in place against India, according to Jim Cornelius, Oregon State University Extension economist. This year, Pakistan has been the biggest customer for white wheat grown in the Northwest, accounting for almost half of all export sales. "Eighty to 90 percent of all Northwest wheat is sold in the interna- tional marketplace and this year Pakistan bought nearly half of that, so you can under- stand why wheat growers are worried," Cornelius said. Because sales to Pakistan, roughly $250 million, are made through the U.S. Export Credit Guarantee program, economic sanc- tions would put them in jeopardy. Under this program, the U.S. government steps in and pays the seller if the country buying the wheat fails to pay for it. Sanctions would not put an immediate stop to sales because current loan guaran- tees would be honored. But future loan guarantees would be forbidden as long as sanction remained in effect, according to Fred Woods, public policy specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Complicating the situation is a drop in world demand for wheat that has caused prices for the Northwest wheat to fall 28 percent, from $4.64 to $3.32 a bushel, in the last year. "The drop in world demand means the major exporting areas - Canada, Australia and Europe- have large stocks of wheat and could step in to meet demands if sanctions force the United States to stop selling to Pakistan," Cornelius said, "we could lose the market." This is not the first time political events have threatened Northwest wheat markets. Cornelius noted that Iran was a big buyer of Northwest wheat in the 1970s. Economic sanctions against Iran after its revolution cut off sales and it took a number of years for Northwest growers to find new markets. "Imposing sanctions on Pakistan would add to an already grim market situation for Northwest wheat producers," Cornelius said. III III J PUBLIC NOTICE Alder Creek Habitat Grant Approved The Pine Eagle Health Plan- The Oregon Fish and andeliminatepotentialdis- ning Committee will hold its an- Wildlife Commissionhas ap- ease transmission between nual meeting on June 16, 1998, proved 10 new access and domestic sheep and wild 7:00 p.m. at the Halfway Lions habitat improvement grants bighorn sheep. A program Hall. The purpose of the meeting across Oregon. of herbicide treatments, in- is to: In Baker County, a $5,000 sect biological control, seed- I) Announce the election of 3 grant went to Alder Creek ing and fertilization will be board members. Ranch owner Chuck Mc- employed. This treatment 2) Present a financial state- ment and any other information Laughlin. The money will be replaces the past practice of used to improve wildlife using domestic sheep graz- about the clinic. 3) Convene a board meeting habitat, control leafy spurge, ing to control leafy spurge. and conduct any other business brought before the committee, Another All citizens who live within the services area of the Pine Eagle Health Clinic are eligible to vote and attend the annual meeting. Ballots are available at the Clinic. Voting will continue through June 16, 1998. With rhubarb abundant locally, Nellie Forrester brought a different rhubarb sauce to the office So good the recipe needs to be shared. 6 cups of rhubarb cut into 1" pieces 1 cup white Kate 1 cup sugar pinch of salt red food coloring if desired Non-smokers live an average of six years longer than smokers. Still want to light up? Put the rhubarb in a heavy skillet and pour the Karo over, bring to a boil and simmer until rhubarb is just tender. Lift the rhubarb out of the skillet with slotted spoon and set in shallow dish. To the liquid in the pan, add I cup of sugar, pinch ofsa!t and red food coloring. Cook mixture until thick and pour over the cooked rhubarb pieces. Stir well and serve warm. This mixture may also be used in a pie by adding cornstarch or tapioca to the ntix. Natural Food Store and Vegetarian DeIi * Bulk Foods Vitamins Organic Foods Herbs Dried Fruits Gift Packs Eastern Oregon's Complete Health Food Store Local Student's Work Published in Linn-Benton Literary Journal The literary journal,The Eloquent Umbrella, an anthol- ogy of creative works by students, staff and community writers of Linn-Benton Community College, included the following work by Eane Benjamin Huff in their 1998 publication. He is the son of Joyce Huff and Rod Huff, Halfway. Concerto of the mind A lone guitar cradles in a man's grasp, cuddled like a newborn baby, looking down upon his baby, with tendrils of thread from his clothing blowing in the wind. His head drooped and swayed, as if hung by a marionette" s string. the fingers flexed, and the grimace on his face turned into a weathered smile. his body burned with an unforgiven desire, and today was when it would be revealed. Show with the elegance of the idewalk on which he was perched, and the restless wind that blew the refuse across the urban junkyard. His fingers began to pluck the wire strings, blood began to flow to both ears. A guttural humming sound came forth from the back of his throat, and he started to pluck at the lines that had entranced him. And yes, his old ears knew he played the wrong notes, and his brown fingers knew they plucked the wrong strings, but it did not matter. For he knew the notes were not his, he could only make them dance with him for a short time, \. It mattered only that he knew why they danced and for whom he was playing for, and then took his own kind of magic and prosperity from that. Head swaying, he rocked himself side to side with the music that flouyed form his fingertips. Along with the words of his own deliverance, cascading freely from his lqas ... "I'm free... I'm free..." A man slowly moved towards him, homeless, dirty, and trailing shard of clothing, stumbling from around a blackened corner, with a gleam in his eye, dropped a nickel in front of the one-man cacophony of noise, the only nickel the man had, ever would have. But wisely spent on one who played with his heart, And who sang a song like this... EANE HUFF 711 [ VALLY NU.R$Ry Bedding Plants including Flowers & Vegetables 38096 La Rue Lane Hours: Tues.. Sun. 9 - 6