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/ Per Youth Helpers Photo by David Baker TWENTY-THREE STUDENTS and five adults from the First Assembly of God Churches in Tigard and Junction City, Oregon, were in Halfway last week to conduct' Vacation Bible School August 14 through 16. While here they repainted and redecorated the entry hall and bathrooms at Pine Valley Christian Center, and completed other refurbishing projects. With County's Economic United Community Part- hours and more dollars than previously believed. It is now by various remodeling ners, Inc. held its regular he cared to think about. Bob thought that in approxi- projects occurring through- monthly meeting on Augustalso discussed the Small mately 15 years the Bakerout the area. Terry has other 4, 2003, at HalfwayCityHall. Woodland Owners Group in City landfill will be full, at long-range plans including Bob Shepard, Baker CountyBaker City, which is meeting which time all garbage will portable recycling at Oxbow Economic Development Di- this week with Marvin Win- need to be hauled fartherand Richland. rector, was a guest and dis- dowstodetermineiftheyhaveaway, possibly to Arlington. Another guest at the UCP cussed economic planning for a market for small wood me- If Terry hauls less garbage to meeting, Zack Raupp, re- Baker County. Shepard men- terial in Baker County. Baker City, he will help ex- ported that heis stillworking tioned several potential op- Also appearing before thetend the life of the landfill, on a Youth Center for Half- portunities for Baker City to UCP board was Terry Schmoe He will also help Baker Sani- way. He has made two pro- gain jobs, including a corn- of Chabod, LLC, formerly tory Service attain the 25 posals to Northeast Oregon pony establishing a call cen- LaRue Sanitary, requesting percent diversion (recycling) Economic Development Dis- ter, a company demolishing help from grant writers con- rate, which it is mandated to trict, concerning the use of and reusing the old lime tracting with UCP. Schmoedoby2005. The diversion rate the bowling alley for a Youth plant, U.S. Forest Service is working on a plan to do was 23.4 percent in 2002.Center. He has also been look- establishingapersonnel-pro- more recycling at the trans- Sorting garbage will helping at the feasibility of using cessingcenter and a food pro- fer station his business oper- Terry achieve a heavier load a smaller building in town. cessing company establishing ates. In order to do this, he to haul to Baker City, which Zack reported that since Bill a plant to make pies. Bobwould have to obtain an exca- will make his operation more Shields' paint crew has been feels that his role in helping vator, scales, and gooseneck efficient. Using the excava- self-sustaining the last two the economy ofBaker County trailers. He is hoping to ap- tor to sort recycling, he can years, Bill is considering ap- is retaining and expanding ply for a grant, which would capture recycled waste from proaching the Presbyterian existing businesses and re- enable him to buy the exca- large entities like the school, Session with the proposal of cruiting new businesses, par- vator. This excavator would Idaho Power and the U.S. spendingJacob'sDreamprof- ticularly businesses in light be used to sort through gar- Forest Service. All of these its on a Youth Center. metal manufacturing, recre- bage and sort out cardboard, changes would meancost sav- Bruce Honeyman reported ation, or value-added wood metal, and burnables. Theings to users, on progress made on the No- products. When asked spe-cardboard would be added to During August, Terry willtional Fire Plan. Several cifically about what he could the recycling center card- also renew his conditional use homeowners are creating de- do for economic development board, andwouldbebaled.The permit through the Baker fensible spaces around their in small towns like Halfway, metal would be sold. Clean County Planning Commission. homes, andsomelandowners Bob said smaller town were burnables would be burned. The Conditional Use Permit are doing stand treatment. more of a challenge to assist The city would be the ap-was issued to LaRue Sanitary Patti Walker and Linda than larger ones, but he was plicant for the grant, should in 1993 and needs to be reis- Collier made a short presen- willing to help in whatever the city council agree to this sued to Chabod, LLC. tation to the board concern- way he could. He stated that process. The city would then Terry will also petition ing the board request for an he has a full schedule but give Chabod, LLC, the money DEQ to reissue his permit to estimate of time required to that the old adage, "the for the excavator. The city operate the transfer station, create and print a brochure squeaky wheel gets the would be a participant be- The present permit expires listing local businesses. The grease" is very true in the cause of benefits to dump us- in August. Terry explained board is also interested in case of economic develop-ers and garbage collection that he would apply to DEQ workingwithlocalbusinesses ment, and hewasvery glad to customers, for a permit to expand the to revitalize a local Chamber be invited to a UCP meeting. Schmoe explained that he transfer site, conduct the sort- of Commerce organization. He mentioned that one of would like to do more recy- ing of recycling at the trans- Many ofthe ideas which UCP Halfway's main assets is cling in order to haul less fer site, and burn clean is consideringarearesultof Quilts Plus; he said since garbage to the landfill in burnables two or three times the survey conducted earlier moving to Baker City fromBaker City. This landfill has a year at the transfer site. If this summer. These ideas will Boise, his wife and daughter recently been evaluated, and Terry had been able to burn be discussed further at the had made several trips toit was determined that it is clean burnables this month, next meeting, which will be Halfwayfor Quilts Plusshop- reaching the end of its useful he would have been able to held September 15 at 7:00 ping trips involving several life more quickly than was burn scrap wood generatedp.m. at Halfway City Hall. Parents Local by Linda Bergeron ing." The QCCEP awards of the Hells Canyon Journal grants to improve child care and preschool programs in Ruai Gregory- Early Child- Baker County. hood Education instructor for Pine Eagle School District Blue Mountain Community superintendent Tom Crane College, and former Eastern has offered the former Head Oregon Head Start education Start classroom in Halfway specialist - plus parents of Elementary (HES)rent-free, young children and former but has stated that the dis- Head Start teacher Julie trict does not want to admin- Stromer met on Tuesday, ister funds nor provide teach- August 5 to discuss ide ts for ing staff. The Union-Baker a preschool program to fill Educational Service District the need left by the closure of may have funds available to the Halfway Head Start cen- provide a preschool program ter. (with tuition, equipment, a While a four-day parent teacher, insurance and ad- cooperative is available in ministration) but the extent Baker City, offering two days of availability is not likely to each week for three- and four- be known until October, with year-olds, the commuteis not funds forthcoming in Janu- feasible for many families, ary, 2004. and there are currently over Pine Valley Presbyterian 15 preschool-age childrenliv- Church has an annex room ing in Pine and Eagle valleys, on Church Street, the former A parent-run cooperative Head Start location for a de- locally would require funds cede. According to Gregory, for a teacher, for liability in- Pastor Bill Shields is willing surance (if the group cannot to entertain a proposal for a gain umbrella coverage un- preschool at that site. der another administrative The meeting resulted in entity), for learning and play the group preparing a letter, equipment, and supplies. (In- which they planned to present surance has been estimated attheAugustll,schoolboard at $5,000 annually.) A coop- meeting outlining their pur- erative typically allows a slid- suit of a parent cooperative ing scale for fees, based on preschool program at HES parent participation, using grant-funding and par- Funds are available ent tuition. The proposal in- through grants, which Gre- cludes: a two-morning per gory and co-organizer Bar- week schedule which would bara Lauer have been pursu- not require meals from the ing since earlier this year. school kitchen; an advisory "It's difficult," Gregory board - following state qual- said,"to write grants without ity preschool guidelines - "to knowingunderwhat auspices handle fundraising, admin- we can apply, since we do not istration, personnel, curricu- have a non-profit status of lure and planning;" and plans any kind in place." to begin the program in Octo- A grant of $300 from the ber "as soon as funding Quality Child Care Enhance- sources are secured." The let- ment Project (QCCEP), ter also stated their willing- through Baker County's ness to collaborate in the Child Care Resource and Re- event that ESD funds become ferral, will be available for available. the purchase of equipment, Their goal: "to provide a materials and supplies. "Al- qualitypreschoolprogram for though we haven't officially the community...and to es- received this," Gregory re- tablish a scholarship fund so lated, "we've been told that that no family will be turned [our group] will definitely down for lack of tuition qualify for it once we get go- funds." at in William Dobell, 54, of dangerous weapon. Granite, remained in critical Patricia Fielding told in- condition at Oregon Health vestigators she was prepar- Sciences University, Port- ing to leave her place ofbusi- land, with multiple gunshot ness around 10:30 p.m. when wounds to his body. Doboll drove up outside and According to the Oregon came at her at a high rate of State Police, the Monday,speed in his Ford pickup and August 4 shooting was fueled she ran inside to call her hus- by a feud that began moreband, whowas at theirhome, than six years ago when about a half-mile distant. Mitchell Fielding fired DobeU "At that point," said OSP during construction of The Lt. RayDuman, =Mitch came Lodge at Granite, owned by down and confronted Dobell Fieldingandhiswife, Patricia. and shot him. Fielding is being held at"Fielding fired six rounds the Grant County jail at Can- at Dobell at close range from yon City on charges of at- his 45-calibor Colt semi-au- tempted murder, first-degree tomatic pistol. Doboli, who assault and unlawful use of a Coatlnued on page 8 Richland, Halfway Won't Consolidate Part-Time Maintenance Positions by Sherrie Kvamme the two communities consider Hammond's offer until or Mayor Gover advised thesubjectofwaterconservation lem and training city mainte- combiningthehourseachcityunless the current status of Council that Dave Wildman, and water restrictions innonce employee John Tho- ofthe Hells Canyon Journal would need and make a more city needs changed, project engineer for Ander- Richland was addressed and mas to handle future issues. The Richiand City Council substantial position avail- Ken Gardener asked to be son-Perry & Associates from aiter discussion, the consen- Updated mapsfromAnder- met in special session on able. Currently, Lynette recognized, and submitted a La Grande, notified the city sus of the council was that son-Perry&Associatesofthe Tuesday, August 5 at Hammond, who is a part-time letter to the council request- that he needed a formal too- restrictions are not currently Master Water Planwere dis- Richland City Hall. office person for Richland, is ing that his previous letter of tion from the City Council to needed. However the council tributed to council members The first order ofbusiness filling in on weekends as the resignation be rescinded,specifically continue with his advises its patrons ofthe on- for their individual books. was a request from Halfway requirements are for only an Mayor Nancy Gover informed services. The motion was going need to conserve water. The next regularly sched- Mayor Marvin Burgraff re- hour on Saturday and Sun-Gardener that he could sub- made and carried to formally Mayor Gover reminded uled meeting of the Richland garding the part-time main- day each. Hammond in- mit the letter of request, but engage Dave Wildman for everyone the city could ex- City Council will be on Thurs- tenance person the city of formed the council she would no discussion or action would continued work throughoutpect the repairs and replace- day, August 14, 2003, 7:00 Halfway is hiring. As like to keep those hours with be taken at the special meet- the remainder of the Water ment of the valves at the we- p.m. in the City Hall meeting Richland is in the process of potential for an increase in ing, and the matter would be Improvement Project in ter tank to be completed on room. The meeting is open to reviewing its current assis- hours if there is a need. After placed on the agenda for the Richland. Thursday, August 7. The con- the public and participation taut maintenance employee discussion, the Richland City next regularly scheduled Because ofcontinued high tractor/specialist will spend by community members is vacancy, Burgraff suggested Council concluded to accept council meeting, summer temperatures, the the day repairing the prob- encouraged.