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Trading the Clear Skies for Bright Lights It's a long way from the wide open spaces and clear -skies of eastern Oregon's ranching communities to the bright lights and smoggy skies of Los Ange- les. But it's a journey Eagle Valley native Jerry Heater has made willingly, even eagerly, as he pursues a career as a entertainer and recording artist. The son of Guy and Jane Heater, Jerry has per- formed throughout the western United States, with occasional forays east of the Mississippi River. He recently recorded a compact disc, "Calling All Broken Hearts" in Port- land, which features origi- nal material. The CD de- fies easy categorization, bridging the gap between country, contem- porary Christian and retro-vocals styles. Backing Jerry on the recording are top- notch studio musicians, including Doug Fraser, former lead guitar player with the band Quarterflash. The CD is available locally at the Hitch- ing Post in Richland, Halfway Market in Halfway and Rainbow Music in Baker City. Jerry's father, Guy, passed away last year, and a touchingpiece on the CD, simply entitled "Dad," is Jerry's tribute to him. Jerry's two sisters, Tami Heater and Doris Hammond and brother, Tim Heater, still live in Eagle Valley. After a brief stop in Eagle Valley, Jerry's demanding schedule had him heading back to Portland just before Christmas, then on to Los Angeles and Arizona, and who knows where... Jerry has sometimes performed with the Drifters, the legendary rhythm and blues group of 30 years standing, with whom he hopes to arrange a joint tour. ]Page.5 Hell Canyon &urnal ,December 24,:1996 Feedlot Trial Restilts ....... The cattle were weighed pen riders that the modified on this year's feedlot trial at live respiratory vaccines are Beef Northwest Feedlots out- far superior to the killed prod- side Nyssa on December 3. ucts. The most common dis- There were five counties rep- eases included in this are resentedand280headofcattle. 1BR, P13, BRSV, and BVD. Jay Carr, OSU extension We asked this year's trial agent in Baker County said, participants to include the "I have now heard from twomodified live vaccine in their feedlot vets and numerous management program." Hereford Genetics Show Progress If you've ever doubted theThey inseminated a uni- value of genetics, a recent form set ofHereford cows with demonstration by the Ameri- semen from popular bulls can Hereford Association viv- from the 1950s, 1970s and idly demonstrated the ad- 1990s. The following chart vances made. shows the results. 1950s 1970s 1990s Weaning Weight 470 Ibs 530 Ibs 541 Ibs Frame Size 3.7 4.9 5.5 Avg. Daily Gain 3.95 4.25 4.5 Feed Conversion 6.48 5.87 5.75 Carcass Weight 589 635 689 (from the December, 1996 Ranch Review Reminder... You can still . register for Winter '97 Term. Come in anytime and check our classes available. Baker County BMCC Coordinator: Liz Burton Blue Moutain Community College 2100 Main Street Baker City 523-5801 How Frost Kills Now that it's happened, do you sometimes wonder exactly how frost kills your plants? Today's Gardening, Baker County Extension Service's newsletter, tells the story. Frost occurs when cool air causes condensation of mois- ture (dew) onto plants, and the temperature falls below 32, thereby freezing the dew. When ice crystals form on a plant, microscopic fingers of ice penetrate the cells of the plant, rupturing cell walls. The plant cell cannot hold moisture and dries up. When a freeze occurs, the water in cells freezes, and dew isn't necessary for damage. Gardeners can achieve pro- tection from frost by using a layer of materials that has an insulating quality. White plastic is acceptable for light frosts. It does not protect well with temperatures dipping into the mid-20s. In many cases, frost pro- tection devices such as row cover and plastics are accept- able to avoid frost damage to approximately 28*; below that level, freezes occur under pro- tective devices. When temperatures dip below 28*, it is important to select protection devices that have an insulating quality. Clinic will be closed New Year's Day Wednesday, January i 9 I I I Ill The Pine Eagle Clinic Board wishes to publicly thank Pine Telephone System, Inc. and Kerry Macomber for their help in taking our provider search on-line. i HOURS: 8:00 - 4:30 GLOSED I 2:30" I :00 P.N. FOR LUNGH