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Page 10 Hells Canyon Journal May 29, 1996 The Name of the Mountain... by David Baker of the Hells Canyon Journal Bearing in mind the cer- tainty that if I stick my neck out someone will attempt to chop offmy head, I'm going to stick my neck out and name a local landmark: the mountain between Halfway and Rich- land. From now until someone sets me straight, I'm calling it Pine-Eagle Mountain. Ever since moving to Pine p oto by David B,ker Valley sixyears ago, I've been ELEVATION MARKER at the top of the hill, trying to discover the namein Pine Valley her entire life: name! Everybody knows it's of this mountain. At the sum- no, she doesn't recall a name called China Ridge." mit of Highway 86 - not its for the mountain. 4. "Heck, no, it isn't China highest point - the elevation For purposes of locating Ridge! It was named for my marker reads 3,653 feet. As incidents and accidents, the great-grandfather, Abner someone pointed out recently, terms "Richland Grade" andPeak." "That ought to be a high "Halfway Grade" are used 5."Yes, it was named after enough mountain to have a (alongwith a mileage marker, your ancestor, but it was your name." Aside from that, it ifknown) to direct you to one great-GREAT-grandfather, rises well over a thousand or theothersideofthemoun- and the correct spelling is feet from the floors of both tain. So the slopes of thePeek, not Peak." Pine and Eagle valleys, mountain are more or less 6. "Your attempt at humor I've checked detailed maps designated, but the topis not. is as pathetic as your knowl- of the area: the creeks are Some expected responses: edge of local history." named, the ditches are 1. "We've gotten along fine 7. "Cancel my subscrip- named, the gulches are foroverahundredyearswith- tion." named, but not the moun- out a name for it." There it is -- start chop- tain. 2. "Leave it to some tin- ping. Better yet, write to the I recently talked with an horn newcomer to start med- Hells Canyon Journal to tell octogenarian who has lived dling." us the name of the mountain, 3. "Heck, yes, it's got a and some history about it. Old Oregon Trail Ride Will Help Celebrate EV Days The 1996 Old Oregon Trail staging area on Balm Creek. Ride will be held June 11-16 The first day's ride is seven and on Saturday, the last day miles to a camp on Goose of the ride, will come into Creek. Wednesday's ride is Richland and be part of the 10milestoLittleEagleCreek Eagle Valley Days parade. Camp. Thursday is six miles The end of Che trail will be to camp on Skull Creek and marked with a special Friday'srideissevenmilesto barbeque, open to everyone camp. The featured meal Fri- at the Eagle Valley Commu- day is a steak feed with Dutch nity Park in Richland. oven dessert and Saturday The ride is open to anyone takes the group through Rich- interested in the history of land tothe barbeque and en- the Oregon Trail. Partici- tertainmentbytheLionsClub pants may ride a horse, drive and the Grange. a wagon or cart, or walk the A special end of the trail trail. Riders must furnish worship service and brunch their own mounts or they can will be offered on Sunday. be rented through Cornuco- Costumes are encouraged. pia Wilderness Pack Station Campgear and personal bag- in Richland. Feed for the ani- gage and additional equip- mals can be purchased from ment is transported to each the club each day. Water for camp by Old Oregon Trail the animals will be hauled in Ride, Inc. Participants are when necessary and veteri- responsible for their own nary assistance is on call. tents, sleeping bags andsup- Meals will be furnished by plies. The full six day trip is the Baker County Sheriffs $150 for adults, and $75 for Posse. children under 18; day rates Those wishing to drive are also available. teams or single hitches must For more information, call furnish their own animals Stan or Joann Wellman at and equipment. 523-5141. This year's ride begins at a NOTICE OF VACANCY PINE EAGLE SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 61, BAKER COUNTY, OR 97834 PosmoN: Head Boys Basket- ban Coach POSITION: Assistant Boys Bas- ketball Coach POSITION OPENINGS: Pine Eagle School Distrk No. 61 has two (2) position openings. One (1) position for a Head BOys Basket- ball Coach and one (1) posttlon for an Assistant Boys Basketball Coach forthe 1996-97 school year. ff you have an application on file please callthe Distdct Office if you are interested in either position. Applications may be obtained at the District Office. Address appli- cation material to: Pine Eagle School District #61 Fit. 1 Box 185 Halfway, Oregon 97834 Voice: (541) 742.2811 Fax: (541)742-2810 emaJl: I I I CHEVROLET Oldsmobile (208) 642-3348 Payette "See us first - over 70 There is still time to sign up for the First Respondercourse scheduled to begin in early June. The 40-hour course pre- pares trainees to respond to emergencies and to perform many of the same emergency care techniques as EMTs. Call Pine Eagle Clinic, 742-5023 for information. I I Please vote for 4 of the Clinic Board Member candi- dates listed on the ballot included in last week's Hells Canyon Journal. You can vote either by mailing the ballot to the Clinic or by filling out a ballot at the Clinic. Voting is open to all Panhandle residents through Wednesday, June 12.