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Hells Canyon Journal September 2, 1992 Page 9 by Pat Garrigus of the Hells Canyon Journal What precious drops are those Which silently each other's track pursue Bright as young diamonds in their infant dew? John Dryden Eagle Valley is irrigated by a sys- tem of 11 ditches, three of which, Brooks, Dry Gulch and Waterbury, are restricted to stock water use only. Eagle Valley Watermaster Fred Riggs said last week he'd taken 200 inches out of the Newt Young Ditch and moved the water downstream to ditches with older priorities. "There's a little 1888 water left," Riggs said. "The next cut would be back to 1886." Riggs did not anticipate that cut. "The creek seems to be holding its level pretty well. Of course, it all depends on the weather. If tempera- tures get back to 100 degrees and over, it could happen." Baker County Watermaster Vernon Church was impressed that senior users on two other ditches in Eagle Valley had allowed the watermaster to divert water to stock water only ditches since harvest had already begun on senior users' land. "I think this is the first time that's happened," Church said. In Pine Valley, there's a little bit of 1874 water left on Pine Creek. "Pine Lakes is used up," said Jay Sly, Pine Valley watermastor. "On Clear Creek 1870 water right holders are getting about half their entitle- ment; Clear Creek Reservoir is used up. Two private reservoirs, Mehlhorn and Sugar Loaf are half used. East Pine is down to 1870 and there's not enough for them, they're getting about one-third and having to make do. "Dry Creek and Fish Creek have another week to ten days," Sly said on August 27. "The top has been taken off Fish Lake and the irrigation wa- ter is pretty well gone. Everything else is on stock water only. "It's as bad or worse than the 1977 drought," Sly concluded. Church counseled patience. "Maybe Mother Nature will come back," he said. "ifyou're wet enough for a few days, turn that water over to someone else and let them get a little wet. We'll get the water back to you." Around the State Clackamas, Linn, Multnomah, and Sally Moore Sally Moore, 92, died July 9, 1992, at Las Flares Care Center in Mesa, Arizona. She was buried at the Mesa City Cemetery. Mrs. Moore was born in Texas and moved to Arizona from Oregon in 1952. She is a former Halfway resi- dent. Survivors include her son, Nathan Polk counties have joined 14 other counties with emergency drought declarations. Lincoln and Morrow County were approved this month for participation in the Emergency Feed Assistance Program. Contiguous counties of Tillamook, Benton, Lane and Gilliam are likewise now eligible to receive aid. Fire risk remains extreme, with heavy fuel moisture in eastern Or- egen in the 10 to 12 percent range. Long, E y, Arizona; daughters Allyene Wise of Baker City; Alico Byrd of Mesa, Arizona, Mary Jane Quiroz, Apache Junction, Arizona, and a sister, Hester DeShane, New Mexico. Among her fifteen grandchildren is Loretta Harlan, Halfway; 35 great- grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren survive Mrs. Moore. ON 1992 MODELS NOW AT GENTRY FORD SUBARU, LINCOLN, MERCURY Save thousands now at Fruitland & Ontario locations! 1992 AEROSTAR ALL ,WHEEL DRIVE XL, auto., tilt. cruise, dual. AC. cassette, #2146r 993" SALE PRICE ) INCLUDES BOOTS II II II I III i i i i I II III I rnllI II II I IIII I II iJ ........II .... --T I 1985 BUICK CENTURY V6. AT, PS. Pi~, PW. AM/FM. IOoOe~l, REG. $3495 '1995 ,'" 1991 AEROSTAR V6. Ai', f~. I~. AC. AMIFM radio. AWD. TW CC, w/ o~ms. 22471r REG. $15,99S '14,995 1989 CLUB WGN XLT V8 351 At, PS, PB. IW, CC, weo lear Ioocle~, PW. AC. AM/FM ccitt, 230211 REG. $ I0,99S 9995 *6495 1987 PLYMOUTH 4 DR. AC. AMIFM. low rnlles, mu~1 2995 s 1995 1988 ESCORT 3 DR. 4yi, 4 ado, AM/FM CO~.. ecoroln y I~A. REG. $499S w,.,,, =w,.,,, *3495 IONTARIO SALES [ OFFICE S.W. 41h Ave. Ontado 889-9694 Pads 889-7207 1-800-767-4510 FRUITLANO AT GA YWA Y JUNCTION SALES OFFICE 452-3826