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Bi-Mart Employee's Seize the Day - and the Company by Linda Bergeron by an independent trustee, toparticipate.Atotalof$12.5 LaSalle Bank, Chicago. million was committed to the of the Halls Canyon Journal Back in January, employ- ESOP, which represented 25 Not too long ago the mail- ees received investment in- percent more than Bi-Mart's box advertising for the Bi- formation and attended meet- goal of dollars committed. Mart store in Baker City be- ings to learn how they could The ESOP entails two dif- gan carrying a bright banner participate in the ESOP. They ferent offerings to employees: headline at the top ofthe page had four weeks to decide if theone-timeopportunitythat announcingthatthe storewas they wanted to make a one- was available earlier plus an "Now Employee-Owned." time investment in the plan, ongoing portion of their re- What exactly does that which consisted of investing tirement that can continu- mean? Is it a cooperative? Bi-Mart's contribution to their ously rollinto stock purchase. According to public rela- current retirementaccounts. ESOP contributions are tions executive, Don Leber, MartyW. Smith, Bi-Mart's funded by the company, and Eugene, "Bi-Mart employees president and CEO said,"Em- allocated on an annual basis. have enthusiastically agreed ployees were not asked toHere's a little Bi-Mart his- to purchase 100 percent of commitalargeportionoftheir tory: the company from its senior retirement funds...only a* Foundedin 1955 by a group executives and Endeavor small portion, no more than of individuals who felt that Capital of Portland through 16 percent of their individual "the average customer - the an Employee Stock Owner- retirement accounts." working person- deserved a Ship Plan (ESOP)." The ex- All told, over 72 percent of better value for their hard- ecutive team will continue to the 2,300 eligible employees earned dollars," and who manage the company and - over 21 years of age and wanted to get around the Fair serve on its board of direc- with a minimum of one year's Tradelaws which stated mer- tors, and the plan is managed company employment- chosechandise had to be sold at or Court Maintains Oregon's Death with Dignity Law Oregon's "death with dig-has faced opposition since no role and no authority to nity law was upheld May 26 being twice approved by Or- overturn Oregon's twice-cho- in the U.S. Court of Appeals egonvoters in 1994 and 1997. sen course. Attorney General for the Ninth District. The U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Ashcroft needs to finally ac- uling thwarts U.S. Attorney saidin response to the ruling, cept 'no' for an answer and General John Ashcroi 's ap- "With today's ruling, the Ex- attend to the many more peal of an April, 2002 U.S. ecutive branch has now been pressingchallenges confront- DistrictCourtrulingthatalso told once by Congress anding the Department of Jus- upheld Oregon's law, which twice bythe courts that it has tice." above the manufacturer's suggested retail price, by of- fering membership discounts; First store in Yakima, Washington, was open a few hours each week to members; Second store opened in 1962 in Eugene, Oregon; Pay-N-Save Corporation purchased the 13-store chain in 1976, adding 25 more stores within 12 years; From 1994 to 1996, the chain became a wholly-owned subsidiary ofThri y-Payless, Inc., which was subsequently purchased by Rite-Aid; ABi-Martexecutivegroup bought the corporation in 1997 and established the headquarters in Eugene. Currently, there are 64 stores in Washington, Oregon and Montana with plans to expand, and over one million family memberships. A total staffof3,000 employees typi- cally includes cashiers, sales- clerks, pharmacy technicians and retail management. When this reporter asked a young clerk about the em- ployee-owned program, she had a ready answer: "I don't really care because I'm not going to make a ca- reer out of this," she said, "but it's a great place to work." Page 7 Hells Canyon Journal June 2, 2004 Another Opportunity to Ficlht Whitetop? ODFW Offers Grants To Benefit Endangered Species Applications will be accepted by the Oregon Depart- ment of Fish and Wildlife from June 1 to August 11 for Landowner Incentive Program Grants to enhance, pro- tect or restore habitats that benefit "species at risk" on privately owned lands. Individuals or groups, such as land conservancies or trusts working with private landowners, are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that conserve, enhance or restore habitats for rare species. Example projects include restoring native vegetation, prescribed burns, grazing management, brush and inva- sive weed management, removing fish passage barriers, stream restoration, and purchasing conservation ease- ments. In Oregon, "species-at-risk" include fish or wildlife, species that are federally or state listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, are a candidate for listing as threatened or endangered under the ESA, or are listed on the State Sensitive Species List. Species listed as globally critically imperiled, imperiled, rare or locally threatened on the Oregon Natural Heri- tage Program's list of Rare, Threatened and Endangered Plants and Animals of Oregon are also eligible. 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