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\ 35 Per Copy Twenty-Two Grads Bid Farewell To Pine Eagle Hi: Twenty-two graduating seniors closed out their high school careers at Commence- ment exercises, held Satur- day, May25 in the Pine Eagle High School gym. The Commencement ad- dress was delivered by high school mathematics teacher and girls basketball coach, Chuck Peterson. Numerous scholarships and awards were presented by PEHS principal Rus Steinebach to the graduates; a summary follows: Annie,C~dwin - Oregon State University Laurels Scholarship for outstanding records of acad~e and per- sonal achievement in the amount of $2,962; Northwest- ern Oregon Basketball Offi- cials Association in the amount of $500. Teddi Van Hooser - Idaho Power Company in the amount of $1,000; Lewis- Clark State College, Idaho, a Western Undergraduate Ex- change Waiver; George Fox University, $4,000 Duke Scholarship; $1,000 Miller Leadership Award. Kyle Ransom - Honor Scholarship from Northwest Nazarene College in the amount of $1,200. Leo Adler Scholarships were awarded to Alayna Photo by Steve Bsckstrom YES! -- Pine Eagle senior Stephanie Waldron (right) shows her enthusiasm about getting her diploma at last Saturday's graduation ceremony at Pine Eagle High School. Looking on (from left) are graduating seniors Clayton Nalder, Alayna Bledsoe, Cynthia Tucker and Maitri Honeyman and PEHS principal Rus Steinebach. Bledsoe, Timothy Collier, Justin Curtis, Paulita Elguezabal, Annie Mae God- win, Miranda Halley, Maitri Honeyman, Sean McCleary, Sandra McCoy, Dara Melchior, Clayton Nalder, Kyle Ransom, Angela Smith, Kimberly Stutzman, Cynthia Tucker, Teddi Van Hooser, Stephanie Waldron, Robert Ward. Clayton Nalder - Univer- sity of Idaho, Western Un- dergraduate Exchange Waiver Miranda Halley - South- ern Oregon State College, Oregon Laurels Scholarship in the amount of $1,000; Nadie Strayer Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Wyatt Scholarships, in the amount of $3,000 - Pauli Elguezabel, Angle Smith, Sean McCleary, Maitri Honeyman. President's Education Awards -- Eight Gold Seals for Educational Excellence: Pauli Elguezabel, Annie God- win, Miranda Halley, Clayton Nalder, Kyle Ransom, Kim Stutzman, Cynthia Tucker, Teddi Van Hooser. Four Silver Seal Educa- tional Improvement: Joe Cloud, Alayna Bledsoe, Nic Forsea, Tracy Kenison. Annie Godwin - Scholar of the Year, trophy. Oregon Scholars of Year - top 5% of the state, Teddi Van Hooser and Annie Godwin. Announcement of local Li- ons Club scholarship winners follows in a separate article on page 2 .of this issue. Reported Cougar Attack Prompts ODFW To Issue by Shannon Suzanne of the Hails Canyon Journal A report of cougar claw marks on a horse at the Jim Anderson property near the Hole-in-the-Wall slide on Hwy. 86 in the Powder River Canyon, and repeated evi-. dence of a cougar in the yard of a resident on Hwy. 7 at the Auburn road turnoff, between Baker City and Sumpter, prompted the Oregon Depart- ment of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to issue two kill per- mits recently, According to George Keister of ODFW's Baker City office, in the last year there have been a lot of sightings, and a few kill permits have been issued, but no cougars have been taken. "Unless you are able to start tracking the cat within 1-2 hours, 99 percent of the time, you won't ever see it again." said Keister. Under currentlaw, citizens are allowed to protect their person and property from cou- gar, bear, red fox and bobcat without a kill permit, but they must notify the ODFW and dispose of the predators as directed. In the case of cou- gar, the Fish and Wildlife would want it brought in to them. "Statewide, there has been a dramatic increase in cou- gar sightings in the last few years. Our models showed a four to five percent increase in the cougar population even before Ballot Measure 18 was passed" said Keister. "This year's model shows a 10 per- cent increase. Many oppo- nents of cougar control meth- ods argue that cougar are self- limiting, and that [the popu- lation] is leveling off. But given the low calf and fawn ratios in some areas, sightings and damage complaints, that's not our opinion." The areas of the state with the most reported sightings are Douglas, Lane and Wallowa counties, with Dou- glas county reporting the most incidents of damage, due to the high concentration of sheep -- the easiest livestock to catch and kill. Itis unusual for a horse or cow to be attacke& Cougars more often take the young, the old or diseased animals. Wallowa County, for ex- ample, has some of the best habitat for deer and elkin the state, but the lowest calf and fawn shrvival rates. "No in-depth study has been done here yet, but we feel the increase of cougar sightings and damage reports has a lot to do with it." stated Keister. Studies in Washing- ton and Idaho that showed similar patterns linked large Continued on page 3