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Page 4 Hells Canyon Journal October 5, 2011 Ranchers Should Make Adjustments Before Being Compensated for Wolf Predation To the Editor: Two Imnaha wolves are scheduled to be killed because ODFW suspects that they killed a calf. What is appall- ing is that Mr. Nash, owner of the calf, and ranchers in Wallowa County, know how to prevent depredations. In 2010, Timmothy Kaminski of the Mountain Livestock Co- operative gave a talk in Baker City about wolf-livestock in- teractions and how to mini- mice depredations. He then met with Mr. Nash and other ranchers in Wallowa County, at their request, to discuss the same. Defenders of Wildlife also worked with these ranch- ers to decrease depredation potential. However, despite these efforts, Mr. Nash, the ranching community, and land management agencies have done little to prevent conflicts. Given their refusal to be proactive, ODFW's deci- sion to kill these wolves, at the same time expecting the public to "compensate" Mr. Nash for his loss, is absurd. He should not be compensated and the wolves should not be held accountable for poor ani- mal husbandry. The taxpayer-funded Com- pensation Fund and response of the taxpayer-funded ODFW are flawed because they re- quire nothing of the ranching community or land manage- Senior Project Stages Auto Accident Continued from page 1 effort to get the most impact, vice, and set up the nightabout him," said Chelsie. When the fifth through Chelsie wanted to pick a real before. To end the service, Other students, and many 12th grade students walkedstudent, whose death wouldstudents filed past the coffin, adults, were also touched by ment agencies. A new ap- out to the back parking lot have a huge effect on every- which had a mirror inside the project. Barbie Morgan proach is needed, an Adapta- that morning they got quite a one. and a "Think Don't Drink" asked her careers class to tion Fund, which focuses on shock. Not only was there a "I chose Stetson Kuta, be-sign above it, to remind stu- write about their response to adaptive management and severely smashed vehicle cause he's a really funny and dents that bad choices canthe project, and Chelsie got accountability. This ap- with a dead "student" lying loveable gu,y and everybody have awfulconsequences forto read them. "Some of them proach would use monies toin back, but they witnessed knows him," said Chelsie. them. admitted that I had made 1) facilitate collaborations Sergeant Ash give Elise a Chelsie got help from Since he obviously couldn't them cry, even though they between ranchers, landman-series of field sobriety tests Stetson's mom, Stephanie attend his own funeral, had heard about what I was ! 1i agementagencies, groupslike and arrest her after she failed Kuta, with writing an obitu- Stetson stayed in the locker going to do," said Chelsie.1 the Mountain Livestock Co- the tests. Several of the stu- ary and worked on a room for the event, but even "One boy admitted he had t operative, andothersthatlead dents watching were sur- slideshowofpicturesandsta- he was touched by the whole been making jokes at the be: 1 to changed grazing practices prised to hear that Elise, a tistics onher own, but quickly thing. "He admitted to me at ginningbut endedup crying." and reduced conflicts, 2) as- minor, would be tried as an realized she needed help from the end that he though it was Best of all was one student sist with the costs to make adult and could be looking at someone familiar with run- kind of laughable in the be- who wrote, "I always thought those changes, and 3) com- seven to ten years in prison ning funerals. She asked ginning and didn't think it I wouldn't drink and drive, pensate proactive ranchers for vehicular manslaughter. TamiWaldron, funeraldirec- would be very serious. But as but now I know I definitely who have a depredation dur- After clearing the scene,tor at Tami's Pine Valleyhe was sitting in the locker won't." ing the adaptation period, students and adults were led Funeral Home, to help her. room duringthe presentation Tofinishherproject, Chelsie Depredations would be aria- into the school gymnasium, Waldron was more than will- it really hit him how much will give a presentation to the lyzed to determine cause and where they attended a mock ing and helped Chelsie ac- the everyone in the school senior project board sometime further adjustments made. funeral for the victim. In an quire a coffin, plan the ser- really appreciates and cares in November. i If ranchers and agencies Farmers and ranchers begin to bounce back after a disastrous 2009 41 Net Farm Income Shows Moderate Rise i After a dismal 2009, the before the number more than year in several categories, slightly," says Searle. "That make no changes, then no compensation and no wolf deaths. As Mr: Nash and oth- ers learned from Mr. Kaminiski, wolves are smart and predictable in their be- bottom line for Oregon's doubled in 2003, pushing over Overall, Oregon farmersare category is close to $1.1 i haviors. If ranchers and agen- farmers and ranchers lastthe one billion dollar mark cutting costs where they can. billion annually. Compared :i cies remain predictable then year showed modest improve- for the first time. By 2007, "Generally, we see a re- tothenetfarmincomeof$458 1 they clearly find depredations ment. However, it willtake a net farm income in Oregonduction in what farmers are million, you can see farmers t acceptable. Given choicesmuch larger gain before the began to drop back down once buying, not necessarily the arebringinghomeapaycheck freely made, ODFWneeds tostate's net farm income again, asfarm expenses took cost of things," says Searle. that is less than half of what stop misusing taxpayer dol- is restored to its lofty pre-re- a bigger bite out of a healthy "They appear to be usingless they pay in wages." lars. They need to stop pun- cession numbers, production value, fertilizers and finding differ- The 2010 net farm income ishing wolves, watersheds, "Overall, agriculture didWhy the improvement in ent, cost effective ways of figures for Oregon's neigh- taxpayers, and other busi- a little better in 2010," said 2010? Net farm income is es- doing things. Feedcosts have bors show much more sizable nesses because some continue Brent Searle, analyst with sentially a see-saw with pro- been higher, but producers gains. Washington grew outdated livestock manage- the Oregon Department of ductionvalue-whichreflects are adjusting.Also, whenyou a whopping 138 percent, ment practices and dismiss Agriculture. "Oregon net the prices paid to growers for sell off animals, you spend Idaho increased 55 percent, the economic and ecological farm income is up about eight what they produce - on one less on feed." and California rose 28 per- needs of the larger commu- percent. But it's a very slow side, expenses on the other. Expenditures for repair cent in net farmincome com- nity. We are capable of better, dig out of a precipitous fall in The value of production was and maintenance was down pared to 2009 numbers. The 2009." essentially flat last year, even 15 percent, leading to specu- national average increased Suzanne Fouty A newly released economicthough some commodities lation that farmers are 28 percent in 2010, after de- Baker City, Oregon snapshot of Oregon agricul- enjoyed strong prices. How- trying to get by as best they creasing in 2009. ] ture shows net farm income ever, the expense side of the can without having to pay to It will be late summer Letters to the Editor Policy The Hells Canyon Journal encourages its readers to submit letters to the editor. Letters may be submitted by mail, in person, or electronically. However, for verifica- tion, letters must contain the address and telephone number of the author. There is no limit the length, although preference will be given to shorter letters. We reserve the right to edit, shorten, or refuse pub/i- cation of any letter, especially those which are deemed libelous or in bad taste or contain personal attacks. Letters submitted anonymously will not be considered for publication. AGENDA PINE EAGLE SCHOOL DISTRICT #61 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING October 10, 2011 AT 7:00 PM PINE EAGLE CHARTER SCHOOL LIBRARY 1. Call to Order & Patriotic Observance 2. Announce Tape Recording of Meeting 3. Introductions 4. Celebrate Learning - Summer School Report 5. School Report- *6. CONSENT AGENDA: a. Approval of Minutes b. Review Financial Report c. Employee Status Report 1. Temporary Education Assistant 7. WELCOME GUESTS: 15 minutes for community testimony 8. Correspondence--PEP letter *9. Action Items a. Second Reading of Policy EFAA (AR)-- Reimbursable School Meals and Milk Program b. Intent to Withdraw from ESD c. Appointment of Board member to fill vacancy. d. Resolution 12-01- Adjust ESD Flow Through Revenue 10. Board Preliminary Discussion of: a. Policy revisions Considerations from Work session --IGAM- Distance Learning, IGBHA-Alternative Education Programs, IGBHB - Establishment of Alternative Programs, IGBHC - Alternative Education Notification, IGBHE - Expanded Op tions, IKH - Credit for Proficiency, IGC - Extended Instruc- tionalPrograms, IIBGA- Electronic Communication Systems, KG - Community Use of Facilities, IKF - Diplomas and Certifi- cates of Attendance 11. Administrators Report- a. Superintendent's Report- Solar Project, Ceiling Insulation, Negotiations, OSBA Conference? b. Principal's Report 12. Petitions and Requests 13. Suggestions for Future Agenda Items 14. Adjournment *Board Action Next Board meeting November 14, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Hells Canyon Journal 145 North Main St. P.O. Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 Phone: 541-742-7900 Fax: 541-742-7933 email: Editor and Publisher - Steve Backstrom Staff: Linda Collier, Julie McCullough, Cindy Thayer, Anna Richardson, Hayley Sanders Correspondents: Linda Bergeron, John Garrigus, Sherrie Kvamme, Deb Lowe and Sybyl Smith Hells Canyon Journal (USPS 002-953) is published weekly by Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc. 145 North Main Street Halfway, Oregon. Annual subscriptions are $30.00 (Baker County) or $40.00 (other areas). Periodicals postage paid at Halfway, Oregon. Postmaster: Send address changes to Hells Canyon Journal, PO Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834-0646. | Member of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association at just under $458 million in equation was down, leading 2010. That's an improvement to the overall higher net farm from the $422 million re- income. corded the previous year, The value of Oregon which was a 41 percent drop crop production in 2010 fell from 2008. The latest num- to just over $2.7 billion - a bers begin to reverse the decrease of about five per- downward slide of net farm cent, while the value of Or- income in Oregon that started egon livestock production was following 2004's record high more than $1.1 billion - an of $1.3 billion, increase of about 20 percent. "It's good to see things he- With more crop. production gin to turn around," said than livestock production in Searle. "But to put it in p~r- Oregon, the drop in crop value spective, net farm income in outpaced the gains in live- Oregon is only about a third stock value, leading to a 3.5 of what it was at its highest percent overall decrease in point just seven years ago." value of production. Net farm income is the "Most of that is attribut- amount retained by agricul- able to a decrease in the veg- tural producers after paying etable sector last year com- all business-related ex- bined with continued penses. It is considered an struggles for nursery prod- important indicator of the ucts and grass seed- two of agricultural economy's over- Oregon's largest agricultural all health. Think of it as the sectors," said Searle. "On farmer's paycheck. Out of the plus side, we saw a 12 that paycheck, growers make percent increase in the value payments on land purchases, of wheat, an improvement in family living expenses, and tree fruit production value, family health insurance. Sta- and a comeback in dairy and tistics provided by the U.S. beef prices." Department of Agriculture's Higher feed prices have Economic Research Service led to herd liquidation in show net farm income is a many cases, which actually cyclical phenomenon, caused the price paid'for beef Net farmincomebottomed and dairy cattle to rise. As out in 1983 at $283 million, inventories remain tight, the then peaked in 1992 at $681 price will stay up. The ex- million and in 1997 at $672 pense side of the balance million. Times were tough sheet, which had steadily once again in 2000 ($407 mil- gone up in recent years until lion) and 2001 ($433 million) 2009, went down again last Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation Required by 39 U.S. Code 3685 Title of Publication: Hells Canyon Journal Publication Number: 002-953 Date of Filing: October 1,2011 Issue Frequency : weekly Number of Issues Published Annually: 52 Annual Subscription Price: $30.00 (in county) $40.00 (out of county) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 646, Halfway, Baker County, Oregon 97834 Contact Person: Steven D. Backstrom Telephone: 541-742-7900 Publisher: Steven D. Backstrom, P.O. Box 646, Halfway, OR 97834 Editor: Steven D. Backstrom, P.O. Box 646, Halfway, OR 97834 Managing Editor: Steven D. Backstrom, P.O. Box 646, Halfway, OR 97834 Owner: Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 646, Halfway, OR 97834 Steven D. Backstrom, P.O. 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Steven D. Backstrom, Publisher 10/01/11 fix or maintain equipmentof 2012 before this year's bal- and other capital items. Mo- ance sheet is finalized. But tor vehicle registration and with more than half of 2011 licensing fee expenditures already completed, the early were down. Although not a forecast portends a contin- major expense, the numbers ued upswing in net farm in- show farmers are trying to come. save money by registering "I would expect a slight fewer vehicles, increase in net farm income Last year, there was a for 2011- maybe eight to 10 near 48 percent increase in percent," said Searle. "That direct governmentpayments, won't get us anywhere near mostly conservation pro- to the point we were prior to grams that paid farmers to 2007, but maybe we can cross leave environmentally sensi- the half-billion dollar line tive land out of production, once again. That's still less Labor continues to be than half of where we were the greatest cost incurred by during the good times. It's a agricultural producers. But slow climb out of the reces- even the category of employee sion for agriculture, just as it compensation was down isfortherestofoureconomy. slightly last year. Farmers have taken a 50 per- "Wages or employee com- cent cut in pay, or more, com- pensation continues to be sig- pared to just a few years nificant, even if the overall ago. On average, they areliv- number has dropped ing lean." NEW BRIDGE GRANGE Saturday, October 8 to 2PH Holiday Items. Handmade Craj=ts Cinnamon Rolls. Baked Goods Lunch 53.50 Chill or Soup with Dinner Roll Slice oJ' Homemade Pie $1.50 Halfbut Dinner With All the Trimmings Includes Ba ked'Potato, Cole Slaw, Dessert & Beverage Halibut prepared by Mary & Leroy Huston tee,.~ - $18 Km gs~ 12 - $I0 Fo. CALL P-'..u'.i7424864 ASAP 1 t q