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Hells Canyon Journal August 8, 1990 Page 3 Eagle Creek l elds The fossil skull of an ich- thyosaur, encased in lime- stone, was found July 15 in the Wallowa-Whitman Na- tional Forest, along Eagle Creek, according to the Baker City Herald. Geology Professor William Orr, University of Oregon, and ten students, sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Re- search Participation Program and the National Science Foundation, were on a six- week paleontology field trip when the 220 million year- old skull was discovered. Sam Jordan, student at Grants Pass High school, found the fish-like reptile's skull. Ichthyosaurs ranged from four to 40 feet in length and hunted fish during the Triassic period of the Meso- zoic era, according to Orr. This specimen, estimated at 18 to 20 feet in length, had a Oregon's Unvanquished Noticed a reddish tinge on the evergreens in the National Forest this summer? Spruce budworm popula- tions are resurging through- out eastern Oregon forests. The dead needles are leftovers from their feasts on new Douglas fir, grand fir, white fir and spruces. Pine District's insect moni- toring program has also ob- served an increase in Tus- sock moth, which eats the older needles and leaves trees looking defoliated. ' ish Lake Road, about half way up, shows marked signs," according to District forester Dave Clemens. "The entomologists are analyzing numbers to deter- mine what course of action to take," he said. Clemens attributed the resurgence to a variety of factors. "Drought-stressed trees attract more insects. Also, the lack of fire has al- lowed fir trees, the insects' preferredhost, to proliferate in the more shaded environ- ment," he explained. Forest Service entomolo- gist Don Scott said last win- PUBLIC NOTICE Petitkms of nomination for three City Council positions and one Mayor posi- tion, for the November 6, 1990 General Election, are now available at the Re- order's Office, Halfway City Hall, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. These petitions must be filed with the Reoorder no later than 4 p.m., August 30, 1990. Diana Giynn City Recorder Halfway Oldest Bones .. - ago (the age of the ichthyo- saur's skull). Instead, they seem to be part of Wrangel- lia, v small plate of Earth's crust that drifted across the Pacific Ocean and collided ---------- with North America 150 mil- lion years age, creating parts ICHTHYOSAUR of Oregon, Washington and long, tapering snout andAlaska. small, needlelike teeth.Ichthyosaurs found in the The fossil is the oldestWallowas differ significantly vertebrate remains found in from all others found in the oregon. Orr said, ' hese are United States, but are identi- not only the oldest backbone- cal to those found in Guilin bearing animals found inProvince of China, which is oregon but the oldest bones 120 miles northwest of Can- of any kind found in the state." ton, according to OMSI. He said the find will bring The end of this reptile's up questions such as how the skull's journey? It will be land on which the reptile was chipped from the limestone; August Fair Set in Baker City Fashion styles and livestock highlight the 53rd annual August Fair and Junior Show currently running at the Fair- grounds in Baker City. Special events include a Fashion Revue at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 8 in the Extension building, a fat animal livestock auction 7:00 p.m. Friday, and a cat show with registration 10:30 a.m. Friday in the indoor arena. All Around Junior Show- manship events and awards begin Thursday evening at 7:15 p.m. Entertainment for the younger gen ation is planned with a Pine-Eagle dunk tank open all three days and Kid's Day which begins Friday at II:00 axn. Children may chase a greased pig, run three- legged and sack races and feast at the Watermelon Feed. Seniors may enjoy a com- plimentary hamburger feed and Pete Haynes' fiddle music on Wednesday, August 8 until 9:00 p.m. The Tonemasters of La Grande will play music for family dancing in the park- ing lot area on Thursday evening after the awards. Open Class Fair exhibits may be viewed in the big hall all week with no admission fee. found '%umped" into North Orr will write reports, then America. the skull will be exhibited at For several years, geolo- the University of oregon's gists have believed the rocks Museum of Natural History. of the WaUowas were not part Orr said the skull will then go of North America when they on tour around the world.., to formed about 220 million years China, maybe? Budworms Make a Comeback ter's mild weather may have activities often destroy the had something to do with the tops of infected trees, causing budworm's resurgence. Later, sharp reductions in tree when the insect emerged from its winter stage, the wind apparently distributed it across the region. Budworms exploded across nearly 7 million acres in Oregon and Washington, mostly east of the Cascades, ai r initial sightings in 1980. Populations dropped after aerial spray programs dur- ing 1988-89 by the Forest Service and Oregon Depart- ment of Forestry. Budworm growth and timber value. Although trees do not die, after several years they are weakened and unable to re- sist other pests such as the Douglas fir bark beetle, ac- cording to biologists. Bark beetles mature indi- vidually and burrow into trees, out of the reach of sprays. Budworms are vulnerable to sprays, however, during a vulnerable stage in their en masse maturation cycle. Ash Grove Appeals Remand Ash Grove West has ap- back to the County Court. pealed a recent Land Use LUBA asked the county to Board of Appeals (LUBA)' hear additional information decision to Oregon's Court of about possible adverse effects Appeals. from petitioners. 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