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Volume 3, Number 29 ,We serve the greater part or the greatest part of Oregon : 2,, CARRIER ROUTE -Preeoctld. SULK RATE U;S. Postage PalO Halfway, Or 97&.q4 Pecmlt #14 ., way, O, o. 9 834" !' A negotiated settlement permitting Idaho Power Company to increase rates for its customers in Oregon has been approved by Public Utility Commissioner Gene Maudlin effective today. The increase is substantially less than the company originally requested in September 1985. Under a revised rate pro- posal submitted to the PUC by the company last week, rates will increase by a total of approximately $2.43 milli- on, or 15 percent for all Gilbert Pacific Corpora- tion, highway contractor at the Hole in the Wall slide area on Highway 86, antici- pates traffic delays at the site. "Starting approximately the last week of September or the first week of Octo- ber," John ShemweU, job superintendent told the Hells Canyon Journal, "Gil- bert Pacific will be construct- ing part of the by-pass road at the Hole in the Wall site. "The work will last ap- proximately two weeks and will interfere with highway traffic. The construction to be done," Shemwell said, "is on the extreme west end of the job. Traffic delays are inevitable." To avoid delay, motorists are urged to use the Sparta detour during that period. WEATHER REPORT By Everett Payton September Date High Low Pree. 15 62 32 .11 16 65 32 .19 17 54 42 .16 18 61 41 20 19 63 33 20 60 42 J5 21 63 36 .07 classes of customers. In its original filing, the company had asked for an increase of approximately $5.9 million, or 36.3 percent. The revised rate plan was agreed to by the PUC staff and other intervenors who reviewed the rate proposal. The rate change reflects several factors, including in- creased expenses since the company's last rate increase in April of 1983. Maudlin said that al- though the company's rates in Oregon and Idaho will not be identical, the settlement will make the methods used for setting rates in Oregon similar to the methods used for rate-setting in Idaho. The basis for the increase in Oregon is similar to that used by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, which recently granted Idaho Pow- er only a portion of a rate request. Idaho Power said it does not agree with all aspects of the Idaho PUC decision, but is willing to accept its application in Ore- gon in order to avoid pro- longed and costly rate pro- proceedings. The monthly bill for a residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt-hours of power will increase from $38.04 to $43.59 under the new rates. Under the com- pany's original proposal, the new bill would have been $51.51. Maudlin said no rate in- crease is desirable, but the company's revised proposal is less than half its original request and even lower than the PUC staff determined could be justified. The new rates will affect approximately 15,000 Idaho Power customers in parts of Malheur, Baker and Hamey counties in Eastern Oregon. Rates will not change for customers of CP National Corp. in several neighboring counties. A plan by Idaho Power to purchase CP National elec- tric service territories has not been given final approval because of legal questions that have not been resolved. Edward C. Parrish, 53, Portland, remains lodged in La Grande on Baker County charges. He is charged with three counts of Forgery I after passin'g stolen travelers cheques in the Baker and Panhandle areas last week. Two forged cheques were your presence. When I said I would have to have identifi- cation I was told she didn't have any.., so I declined." Investigation continues. Trooper Bill Dixon of OSP was the investigating officer in this area. passed in Baker, one in Fair Manager Richland and one at Pine Creek. Shella Farweli, Shefla's Variety, Halfway, was a little more cautious and politely said, "No thank you" when presented with a cheque to be applied to a purchase. "It was so obvious," Sbeila stated. "The signature had been written over at the top with a felt pen and also at the bottom. Anyone knows the cheques have to be signed in Calls Meeting Department superinten- dents, their helpers and any interested persons concern- ing the Baker County Fair held in Halfway, will meet at the home of Laina Chandler in Richland, 7:30 p.m. Thurs- day, September 25, 1986. The 1986 Fair will be criti- qued, new ideas and future plans will be discussed. MAGICIAN BOB EATON kept youngsters captivated dur- ing the two days of the Halfway Lions Fall Folk Festival. (see story page 2) Bill Peterson, 22, Half- way, son of Pete and Char- lene Petersen, Baker, suffer- ed leg wounds Saturday afternoon, September 20 Oregon's 1986-87 studded tire season will begin a week early, although Highway Di- vision officials hope motor- ists won't use the devices unless they are absolutely necessary because of the damage they cause. Meeting in Gresham Tues- day, the Oregon Transporta- tion Commission approved State Highway Engineer Lar- ry Rulien's recommendation that this year's studded tire season begin October 25 rather than November 1. Rulien explained that the earlier date will permit stud- ded tire use by elk hunters if weather conditions warrant. Normally, studded tires must be removed by April 30. 'State law gives the commission authority to shorten or lengthen the sea- son. from a .22 rifle bullet fired by his hunting companion, Clifford Brntm, also of Half-. way. The men were hunting grouse in thick brush near Seigenhagen Hill when the shot was fired from a dis- tance of 30-40 yards. Petersen was transferred to Boise Medical facilities where it was assured no arterial damage had occur- red. He is presently recuper- ating at the home of his parents in Baker. The Panhandle Shooters Club will hold a rifle and pistol shoot Sunday, Septem- ber 28, at the Sag range. Action starts at 10:00 a.m. Events will be held for all ages and ability. Two of the events will be a running deer target for rifles and a bowl- ing shoot for pistols. Com- petition with .22s are also scheduled. Cash prizes will be award- ed as well as plaques. /