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r- 7 4 1 Page 8 Hells Canyon Journal December 1, 2010 Open House at Interpretive Center A popular local Baker County holiday tradition con- tinues as the Trail Tenders volunteer group hosts their 19th annual Holiday Open House at the National His- toric Oregon Trail Interpre- tive Center on Sunday after- noon December 5, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Started as a "thank you" party for the local commu- nity, the event has evolved into a popular opportunity for family entertainment and holiday shopping for special local gift items. Musical pre- sentations are featured throughout the afternoon: traditional country holiday tunes by fiddler Stefanie Cur- don and mandolinist Helen Sargent, The Baker Commu- nity Choir, the Baker High School Bel Canto Choir, and popular music from the local band, Salt Lick 39. The Oregon Trail Shop, located at the Interpretive Center, is operated by the Trail Tenders with all profits going towards educational programs and improvement projects at the Interpretive Center. The Shop will be offering a 20 percent discount during the Open House. A silent auc- tion features items donated by over 20 eastern Oregon businesses such as Ski An- thony Lakes, Colton Car- riage, Eagle Cap Excursions and Haines Steak House. Generous gift baskets, lift tickets, train tour tickets and dinners are among the up- portunities to pick up at a reasonable price while con- tributing to the Trail Ten- ders fund raising efforts. The Trail Tenders are also offer- ing commemorative tiles for larger tax-deductible dona- tions to their program. In addition to volunteer- ing their time to visitor ser- vices, interpretation, and education at the Trail Cen- ter, the Trail Tenders also raise funds and accept dona- tions used for activities for school groups, workshops for the public, interpretive pro- grams in the Leo Adler The- ater, and improvements to the Trail Center. New volun- teer members to their group are always welcome. Admission to the event is free. Two dozen cakes have been donated for a traditional "cake walk" event which is also free. "Father Christmas" will be available throughout the afternoon for photos and chats with youngsters. Trail Tenders will again offer their spectacular cookie buffet, served by historically cos- turned volunteers, amidst traditional pioneer era style decorations in a"Winter Won- derland" theme. Call 541-523-1843 for more information on performance and activity times. Receives Grant from Meyer Memorial Trust Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living (EOCIL) announced the agency re- ceived an award from the Meyer Memorial Trust to purchase a new fuel-efficient vehicle. The vehicle will en- hance the delivery of EOCIL's independent living services to people with disabilities and seniors. EOCIL is an information and advocacy center for indi- viduals.with disabilities and seniors providing an array of individualized services. Their aim is to empower individu- als with disabilities and se- niors to improve the quality of their lives. EOCIL provides indepen- dent living services in 13 counties within Eastern and Central Oregon. The Center has three offices located in Ontario, Pendleton and The Dalles. "The new vehicle will make it possible for EOCIL's Inde- pendent Living Specialists to travel within EOCIL's ser- vice area to provide individu- alized services that empower individuals to live and par- ticipate as independently as possible in their communi- ties," stated Shirley Woolam, Independent Living Special- ist. "Until this grant, EOCIL used donated vehicles or ve- hicles the agency purchased through state or federal auc- tions. These vehicles have had high mileage resulting in higher fuel and mainte- nance costs. Having a new vehicle that is fuel-efficient will allow EOCIL to serve people in a more cost effec- tive way. The addition of a new vehicle also increases the timeliness of service de- livery, allowing us to be able to provide service to more people," commented Wool- am. Meyer Memorial Trust is a private foundation that is not connected to Fred Meyer, Inc. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, Meyer Me- morial Trust invested $17.2 million in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. For more information about EOCIL and its services, contact Shirley Woolam at 541-889-3119. New Resource for Mortgage-Payers Oregon Housing and Com- munity Services recently an- nounced they have funding to assist homeowners to pay their mortgages. Funding for the program comes from the United States Department of Treasury's Housing Finance Agency Innovation Fund. In February 2010, the Treasury established the Hardest Hit Fund to provide aid to homeowners hit by the eco- nomic and housing down- turn. OHCS has launched a new website with information and an online application form for the Mortgage Payment As- sistance program in Baker County. As of December 10, 2010, homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to unemployment or loss of in- come can apply for assistance with their mortgages. The ap- plication time begins Decem- bur 15, 2010 and will end on January 14, 2011 leaving a short window of opportunity for homeowners to apply. The application is available online only on the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative website, located at www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org. The website will include eligi- bility criteria, and is the pri- mary source of information about the MPA program. Homeowners needing imme- diate help should call the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline at 1-888-995-4763. Under the program, the' state will pay the mortgages of selected applicants for as long as a year, up to a $20,000 maxi- mum. Community Connection of Northeast Oregon will be a local partner for the program in Baker County. According to OHCS, Community Con- nection will help homeowners navigate the application pro- cess. Housing manager for Community Connection, Lynne Ewing has said they will " help to ensure that eli- gible homeowners in our county have an opportunity to get help with their mortgages." Ewing said Community Con- nection will "open their doors in mid December." JZe,)k. ,C -o dat,'o co~lia[~.I t?to/te~/ott go... FESTIVAL OF TREES 2010 PREVIEW AMONG THE TREES Thursday, December 2, 2010 ~ 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 per person Hors d'oeuvres prepared by Patricia Everson Nb Live music by Zack Freiwald Silent auction of wreaths and mini trees NIGHT 0F STARS Friday, December 3, 2010 Nb 6:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. Tickets: $50 per person Elegant dinner prepared by Patricia Everson Nb Live music by Zack Freiwald Live auction Only s28 Per MonthI PLEASE RSVP FOR THE NIOHT OF STARS BEFORE NOVEMBER 24, 2010 g.w~a/e a .,o-/w~t In. @ ~1 d;Nvde,v FAMILY DAY Saturday, December 4, 2010 Nb 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Donation of unwrapped child's toy or can of food FESTIVAL OF TREES WILL BE HELD AT THE: Baker County Fairgrounds Event Center 2300 East Street ~ Baker City, OR IIU'q~LI~[ I~,W.')V:|I|;|'I|I ;|lU~o..,, .a .;tITA:~.-~..,..I| .~.N...m.g.. ........... ...... "Ill ......... ....... Saint Alphonsus HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION Medical Center BAKER CITY 3325 Pocahontas Road Baker Ct~, OR 97814 541-523-8102 The critical difference" I__ Wrestlers Bring Experience For a Fully Digital Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Eight Spartan wrestlers - three with state tournament experience- return from last year's squad to lead what fig- ures to be a very competitive Pine Eagle wrestling team into the new season, which starts this weekend in Enter- prise. Three-time district cham- pion and two-time state run- ner-up, senior Kyle Dennis is back to make another run at the state championship. Se- nior wrestlers Daniel Minar- ich and Cody Powell also bring a load of mat experi- ence to the team. Last year's district champion, Minarich also placed in the state tour- nament. And Powell, a two- time district runner-up, has competed in the state meet twice. Three more Spartan wres- tiers-junior Jessy Lawrence and sophomores Kipp Miller and Chaeden Luebberke- are back after placing in the dis- trict meet last year. Senior Spencer Waterland and junior Vern Garrett round out the list of return- ing wrestlers. New faces on the mat for Pine Eagle this year include sophomore Stetson Kuta and freshmen Trevor Varner and Hank Allen. "With that core of return- ing state placers and district placers, I think we ought to have some success again this year," said PEHS wrestling coach Blake Dennis. "A lot of times it depends on how tough rest of district is. Crane will be tough again this year. They have the numbers. And En- terprise might be stronger this year. They have a new coach, with 18 kids out for wrestling, so they could be a force coming back. The Spartans open their 2010-2011 season at the En- terprise Kickoff tournament on Friday, December 3, so the Spartans will find out very soon just how competi- tive the Enterprise squad is ~ likely to be this year. From Enterprise, the team will~ travel directly to John Day, where they will compete in the Grant Union Invitational on Saturday. "We get two pretty good tournaments the first week- end," said Dennis. "We need to do that because the next weekend we go to Nyssa for the Calhoun Classic, which' is a huge tournament. They : have five mats going in their double-sized gym, and there are usually over 20 schools competing, with some big~ ones out of the Boise area. We jump right in pretty hard the first weekend because we need the mat experience before going to that big tour- nament in Nyssa." Baker City Sears - 2017 Main Street Every Tuesday 541-249-4147 OM Oregon League Was Well Represented in Football and Volleyball Tournaments The Spartans' Old Oregon League rivals dominated the state volleyball tournament and made a good showing in the football tournament as well. Cove and Powder Valley finished as champion and runner-up in the 1A State Volleyball Championships, played Novem- ber 12 and 13 at Pacific University in For- est Grove, Oregon. The two Old Oregon League schools, battled out a five-set match, with Cove taking a 15-13 decision from the Badgers, after sweeping North Lake and St. Paul to reach the finals. The Leopards had defeated Condon/ Wheeler and Crane to reach the final eight in Forest Grove, with Crane being the only team to win a set against Cove prior to the finals. Powder Valley swept Dufur to advance to Forest Grove, where they ousted McKenzie and Ione in straight sets to reach the finals. In the 1A Football Championships, Cove beat Perrydale and Sherman County be- fore dropping a semi-final game to Camas Valley. Wallowa, the OOL's other entry in the state football playoffs, defeated Dufur before getting blown out by The Triad in the second round. This Saturday, December 4, St. Paul plays Camas Valley for the state's 1A grid- iron title. Meanwhile at the 4A level, the Baker High School Bulldogs are back in the state football finals, matched against Douglas this Saturday at Hillsboro Sta- dium with the 4A state title on the line. Baker defeated Klamath Union, Ontario and Gladstone to reach the champion- ship game. v Oregon Is at Epicenter of Ideas for Developing Ocean's Energy by Rose Clark of the Hells Canyon Journal As the demand for elec- tricity expands, ideas for al- ternative energy sources to meet those demands have grown more unconventional. Wind turbines perched along wind swept ridges throughout eastern Oregon are one example of an alter- native energy source that is grown not only in Oregon but also worldwide. In recent years, the Or- egon coast has become a fo- your hearing, with people:" LIMITED-TIME OFFERS: VISIT US BY 12/14/10 La Grande 111 Elm Street Every Wednesday 541-663-4419 Ontario Holiday Inn Express Every Monday 800-955-0857 mlmum purchase of $?50 req d ~i~:il0r~P!!~!~alY cus for ocean energy devel- opment. The huge waves crashing against the jetty near Tillamook Bay are a case in point. At least one company is reportedly con- sidering redesigning the jet- ties with electrical generat- ing facilities built into the new jetties. According to Alternative Energy News, wave energy is produced when "electricity generators are placed on the surface of the ocean." At this time, there are only a few experimental wave genera- tor plants in operation around the globe, however, concepts on capturing the power of the ocean are flowing. Stephanie Thornton is a program director for a Nor- wegian company that is in- terested in wave energy de- velopment on the Oregon coast. According to Thorn- ton, one concept utilizes the energy of waves crashing against a device in which water fills the chambers and runs back to the turbine. Thornton claims the idea is similar to a hydroelectric dam where gravity drives the water flow through a turbine. Another company uses a device called the "Oyster," described as a "very large mechanical flap resting on the bottom of the ocean. Ocean movement would "force the top of the Oyster down onto pistons, the pis-, tons would force water through a high pressure wa- ter line that goes ashore to be developed as electricity. Wind on Water There are plans for a float- ing wind farm using semi- submersible platforms simi- lar to a design from the oil and gas industry. According to Pat Ashby, the manager of Tillamook Public Utility District, the, coast has become a "bulls- eye" for developers of ma- rine wind energy. Ashby re- ports there have been some "far out" ideas, which have come to his attention. He; believes the floating wind farm seems plausible, since wind power is "well under- stood." However, commercial fishermen remain wary, and :*, one fisherman commented, "They are talking about big area around" each velopment that would beI closed to fishing. Commer- i ] cial fishermen do not feel' 1 they can afford to lose any " more ground. Meanwhile entrepreneurs, i engineers and inventors ap- pear to be focusing on the Oregon coast as a possible gold mine of energy. ! 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