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New Bridge Home Gets County's First DSL by Sherrie Kvamme of the Hello C4nyon Joun~ml Studies indicate that ap- proximately one-fourth of homes in the U.S. will soon enjoy the benefits of surfing the web at incredible speeds and affordable prices. Down- load times, for instance, av- erage two to four seconds. The results of that study have al- ready become a reality in New Bridge, Oregon this week as the first ADSL installation not only in New Bridge, but in Baker County was made. The DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) piggybacks an existing Photo by Sherrte Kvamme Pat Lattin showing DSL connection in the switch room in the Eagle Telephone office building. telephone line, with high-The Lattins are strongly speed services and a much l'nfavorofcommunitygrowth broader access to the and feel that the addition of Internet. ADSL will be a drawing card, The high-speed access of as telecommuters look for DSLcosts about the same asplaces to live that provide a second line, which Pat Lat- quality of life for themselves tin feels is a real plus for his and their families. By pulling subscribers in the Eagle Tele- telecommuters into the area, phone area. Providing state- the population will grow and of-the-art service and ameni- in turn so will the school along ties for customers of ETS Co. with tourism. "The only way at affordable pricesis a prior- we're gping to attract posi- ity of Pat and Mike Lattin. live growth is to have the Photo by Sherrie Kvamme PAT LATTIN CONNECTS DSL to New Bridge home. ACE 10 in 1 ACEWhite Leather Screwdriver Palm Gloves 2 Phillips, 2 slotted, Durable white "-~.,~. services that telecommuters want and need readily avail- able, and we are ready", states Pat. "Mike ~nd I have been seriously investigating this avenue of progress for over a year now...it is not 'going to come,' it has come". The de- mand is there and we are here to provide this service". Pat has made sure that firewalls exist in his central computer system to protect their customers from un- wanted hits and hackers. While the Lattin's have taken steps to insure security for their customers, they strongly suggest establishing one's own protection also. A sug- gested website for download- ing personal firewalls and more information regarding firewalls is: http:// www.zonealarm. Asource for more information and test- ing of DSL speeds is: http:// computingcentral.msn.com/ topics/bandwidth/ bonus.asp#ADSLXDSL Two of the Lattins' prior- ity installations will be the Richland Elementary School and the Richland Public Li- brary. Pat insists the kids here need to have every op- portunity kids in large com- munities have with computer accessibility, and still main- tain the quality ofliib afforded small community living. "'When f'amilies come into the area and see that our school is interact friendlyand that our local library has in- stant access to any and all tbrms of library amenities, it will also be a strong deciding thctor in their choice of places to live", adds Pat. Two years ago, Mike and Pat had approximately 40 Internet subscribers. They now have about 100 and the number continues to grow. With the addition of ADSL to their services, Internet users will increase and, hopefully, so will the population of the and 2 square recess cotton canvas. heads' 2 torx and 2 Small or large , //, nut drivers. J $2.88 ..... $3.99 ~Ace 18" Push Broom 4" Palmyra bristles 60" metal tip handle .756.9cJ ' Rubbermaid" "= 32-Gallon Lufkin Tape Roughneck Rule Container 25' rule w/slide Withstands lock. Orange rugged use. plastic case. ... $8.88 LAST DURING SEPTE/XABER! Page 13 Hells Canyon Journal September 13, 2000 New Information Lists 16 Toxic Air Pollutants of Concern in Oregon Preliminary national estimates about toxic air pollu- tion show that areas across Oregon - both urban and rural - exceed health-based benchmarks for a wide variety of toxic air pollutants. The information is part of the first phase of the US Environmental Protection Agency's National Air Taxies Assessment (NATA). Information from the assessment provides the public with the most comprehensive study of toxic air pollution ever developed. Toxic air pollutants include those that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious human health effects, such as birth defects or reproductive problems. The new information, just released, confirms Oregon Department of Environmental Quality DEQ officials' belief that the state agency needs to gather more infor- mation and take further action to reduce toxic air pollut- ants from such activities as garbage burning and vehicle exhaust. In Oregon, both urban and rural counties reported higher than desirable levels of certain toxic air pollut- ants. Of the 16 pollutants that exceed safety bench- marks, six are ten times or more over the benchmark. These include acrolein, benzene, butadiene, carbon tet- rachloride, chromium, and formaldehyde. Multnomah County had 14 of the 16 pollutants at higher than benchmark levels. Clackamas, Jackson, Union, Washington and Yamhill counties all had 12 pollutants at higher than recommended levels. Another eight counties counted i 1 of the pollutants. Baker, Co- lumbia, Deschutes, Josephine, Klamath, Linn and Wasco counties all had ten pollutants higher than the bench- marks. 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