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Page 4 Hells Canyon Journal December 26, 2002 y Education- A Promise by Kenneth Thrasher design moved from a current the cost increases in PERS, funding at a level that would service level funding system health, energy, and insur- achieve high academic stan- Over a decade ago, the toaperformance-basedfund- anee; dards when districts cannot Oregon legislature passed ing model. * the demographic impact of even continue current prac- legislation that promised citi- Lundquist's committee English Language Learners, tices. Is it unrealistic to be- zens some of the highest aca- and the report's prototype special education and grow- lieve that children across our demie standards in the coun- schoolmodels createdeonsid- ing student enrollment with state could have schools de- try. The Oregon Education erable conversation and re- other needs; signed and staffed in a way Act for the 21st Century cha]- suited in the formation of a * and the base funding that would give all students lenged the educational corn- permanent co mission es-needed to address capitalthe opportunity to achieve munity to create systems that tablished by the 2001 legisla- needs, transportation, school success in core subject areas? described what students ture. Governor Kitzhaber and improvement and new fed- Have the reasonable goals of should know and accurately the Legislature supported the era] regulations, a quality education become a assess the results of targeted plan financially in the origi- Building upon the work ofbroken promise? instruction. After our last nal 2001-03 budget, dedicat- the initial model in 1997 and The problem is further special legislative session and ing $220 million to elemen- aDeoember2000revision, the compounded by significant our current economic slump, tary reading programs and current Quality Educationdemographic changes in our where are we regarding the demanding results in in-Commission has developed a state. Students with special objectives ofa qua]ity eduea- ereasodstudentperformanee, clearvisionofwhatittakesto needs far exceed the 11 per- tion? Have the financial legs This funding was subse- create quality schools and cent funding cap established of the educational stool been quently cut as state leaders high student performance,over a decade ago and the whittled to toothpicks ready struggled to balance the bud- Prototype school designs for numbers of those students to crumble under the weight get during the 2002 special elementary, middle and high with greatest needs and costs of a growing student popula- legislative sessions. Ballot school describe the staffing have grown tremendously. In tion, federal mandates, de- Measure#I, passed byvoters and services needed to create addition, one in every ten of caying buildings, and declin- in 2001, requires the legisla- high academic standards, our students comes to school ing resources? ture to issue a report that quality instruction, and sue- with limited ability to speak Despite the fiscal gloom identifies whether the cessful students, and understand the English that darkens the hallways of amount of resources for K-12 InDeeember, The Commis- language. classrooms around the state, public education is sufficient, sion will be issuing their full More students are enter- there still exists a plan to If it is not sufficient, the leg- report, includingrevisedmod- ing our schools unprepared bring quality education to islature is required to iden- els and updated costs to de- and the resources necessary Oregon's schools. The plan tify the extent of the insuffi- velop and staff prototypeto achieve success have not first emerged in 1997 under cieney and the impact of the schools at each of the three kept up to those needs. Now the leadership of then insuffieieneytemeetthequa]- levels. A preliminary report is the time for Oregonians to Speaker ofthe Oregon House ity goals. Over 15 months was presented to the Gover- act. Without a vision, with- of Representatives, Lynn have passed since the enact- nor highlighting some of the out a plan, no organization Lundquist, and was referred ment of that legislation, and recommended revisions to an will succeed; schools are no to as The Oregon Quality the legislature has yet to is- already excellent planning different. Oregon will even- Education Model. The model sue its report, document. Legislators will tua]ly work its way out of the incorporated the require- One key recommendationreceiveasimilarreportwithin current financial quandary ments of the original 1991 will help both educators and the next month. In addition and we will again be looking legislation and statutory legislators understand the to clarifying what costs can for solutions to our many changes made in 1995, in disparity in per-student cost. and should be incorporated statewide issues. Education addition to research from It is recommended that the into Oregon classrooms, the and educational leaders state and national experts in statute identifying the per model identifies what prac- should not sit on the side- key areas of class size, pro- student statewide target be tices and quality indicators lines waiting for the appro- fessiona] development, dura- replaced with the amountwill make the most dramatic priate moment to talk about tion of instruction, opera- determined by the Quality difference in student achieve- fundingaqua]ityeducational tiona] support, and develop- Education Model. Thechange ment. system. The model exists now mental goals. One of the most clarifies for everyone the dol- Recognizing the account- and it should be widely un- unique elements of the model far and percentage difference abilitycontainedin themodel, derstood and supported. Ag- was the creation of prototype betweenthe Model and avail- the 2001 legislature utilized gressive leadership by key schools that, if adequately able resources. Based onthe model to develop budget decision makers should posi- funded, would achieve the trended datafor2003-05,the projections for the 2001-03 tion the Quality Education educationa]standards prom- projected funding level will biennium. Unfortunately, Model for implementation ised to Oregonians. Even be 27 percent below the fully combinedwiththeirdtialbud- before we fail a generation of more unique, the model de- funded model that moves us get and subsequent special young and deserving future scribes in accurate detail toward achieving state edu- sessions, schools continue to leaders. what that prototype school cation goals. Schools are be under-funded. (Editor's note: Kenneth would cost and what results struggling with cost impacts As a result, it is hard today Thrasher chairs the Quality Oregonians can expect. The in three major areas: to envision schools receiving Education Commission.) City Puts Concerns in Letter to Sheriff (Following is a copy of a letter to Baker County Sheriff Troy Hale from Halfway Mayor Marvin Burgraff on December i7, 2002). To: Baker County Sheriff Troy Hale Re: Removal of Resident Deputy Dear Sheriff Hale, At the regularly scheduled city council meeting held Decem- ber 12, 2002, the removal of Deputy Jerry Weir as the resident deputy for the Pine Valley area was discussed. Since the news broke there have been rumors flying, as with any small community, all of them contradicting the others. There is a great deal of concern because of the vulnerability of our area because of the distance from law enforcement. One scenario visited was the possibility of domestic violence. With an hour travel time, 45 minutes at the very best, great harm could already be done by the time a deputy reached the area. Bank robberies and fatalities, whether natural or accidental, were other scenarios visited. In all the discussion, fear, worry, speculation and confusion seemed to be the basis. After all the discussion, the City Council elected to request clarification and a response from you. So, on behalf of the City Council of Halfway, we would greatly appreciate your appear- ance at a public meeting here at City Hall in Halfway to help dispel the rumors and put our fears at rest and our minds at ease. Please contact City Hall at (541) 742- 4741 to arrange for an agreeable date and time for holding this meeting. In advance, appreciation for your prompt attention to this matter. Marvin Burgraff, Mayor City of Halfway Respectfully, I I Hells Canyon Journal 145 North Main St. P.O. Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 Phone: (541) 742-7900 Fax: (541) 742-7933 email: hcj @pinetel.eom Editor and Publisher. Steve Backstrom Staff:. David Baker, Sue Forrester, Pat Garngus, Cindy Omann, and Anna Richardson Correspondent: Marjorie Baker, Linda Bergeron, John Garrigus, Sherde Kvamme, ,Sybyl Smith and, Patti ,Wa!ker ........ The He~Is Canyon Journalis Published weeldy for $20.00 (Baker County) or $25.00 (other areas) by Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc. Periodical postage paid at Halfway, OR 97834. USPS Number. 002-953. Postmaster:. Send address changes to Hells Canyon Journal, P.O. Box 646, Member of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association II I I I I I I I II fHalfway Chamber Wishes All a Merry Christmas! The committee working under the name of "Halfway Chamber of Commerce" wishes to say a big"Thank You" to everyone who helped raise money for the 2002 Fourth of July fireworks. We ran several Thank You notices, but if we missed your name in print, we did not mean to. It was the local restaurants that really got things offthe ground, and they are to be commended. We did receive a nice donation from the Eagle Valley Fire Department that we know we missed acknowledging. Plus, a special thanks goes to Mike Walter and the others who took on the job of training and setting up and firing off the show. Everyone who participated in helping should pat them- selves on the back, since we now have a sizeable fund to start with for next year's show. This guarantees that next year we will have an equal or better fireworks show for our area. The Halfway Chamber of Commerce group that worked on the Fourth of July benefit needs a charter and members. After the holidays, you will receive more information on how you can help get the Chamber going for Halfway and the surrounding area. We hope to do more events like the Fourth fireworks, but lots of help will be needed. At the moment, we are planning to have our Fireworks Benefit for 2003 on the first Saturday in June as we did this year. Once again - Thank You! Dale Beatty i ii|llll! I Grant-Western Prairie Wood hie StoaNtt Lumber Products 932-4MS Company Mike BIIIman 820-3645 Dan Bishop (541) sTs.ZSll(s41) eso.sssl 820-4305 Renee Baker All species of 542-2616 LOGS, TIMBER, mad TIMBERLANDS Y Windshield Repair & Replacement Complete Auto Body & Paint Shop 742-2063 Located at Jimtown OBITUARIES Ronald L. Halley passed away in his sleep on Decem- ber 20, 2002 at his home Richland. A Celebration of Ron's 90 years of life will be held in his honor in the spring. RoB led a very interesting life from the time he entered the world on April 22, 1912. He was born to Earl and Nova (Lloyd) Halley in Halfway. His mother died in 1924, and he was raised by his Aunt Maude Lloyd, who was a schoolteacher in Baker. Ron graduated from Baker High School in 1930. He worked on his grandfather's ranch in Richland for several years before going to work in the Cornucopia Gold Mine in 1934. Ron married Grace Mar- garet Jones in Richland, Or- egon on December 27, 1932. They had three sons, Ron L. Halley, Jr. born in 1934, Gre- gory W. Halley born in 1939 and Mark P. Halley born in 1949. The family moved to Bend in 1938, and Ron worked at the Shevlin Hickson Lumber Mill. In 1944, the family re- turned to Richland, and Ron has lived in the same house since. He spent many years farm- ing and working at the Hess Sawmill in Richland. He also worked for Idaho Power Com- pany from December of 1956 until 1965. Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and was always very active in his family's life. He was a mem- ber of the Richland and Baker County school boards while the boys were in school and served as a 4-H leader for many years. He was a long-time member and had served as Master of the New Bridge Grange. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Margaret, in 1964, his oldest son, RouBle, in 1999 and grand- son, Matthew, in 1992. He is survived by two sons, Greg and Mark, eight grand- children and eight great- grandchildren. Memorial contributions in Ron's memory may be made Ronald L. Halley to the Eagle Valley Ambu- lance or Eagle Valley Fire Department in care of Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, Or- egon 97834. Olea Shelton Olea H. Shelton, 96, be- loved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend passed away on December 3, 2002 of causes incident to age. Services were held December 9, with inter- ment at Mountain View Me- morial Estates. Olea was born July 17, 1906 in Lawrence, Emery County, Utah to John J. Hanson and Dora A. Tuft. She married Joseph Leland Shelton in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on June 9, 1926. Leland preceded her in death. Olea was an active mem- ber of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she served in the Re- lief Society, Young Women and Primary in both ward and stake levels. She served as a missionary with her hus- band in stake missions and in England. She is survived by her chil- dren, Donald L. (Marilyn) Shelton, Ila Jane (Raymond) Aldrich, Dora Ann Nelson, 34 grandchildren, 52 great- grandchildren and 15 great- great grandchildren; a brother, George Hanson of Halfway; sister-in-law, Nancy Shelton and a son-in- law, Bill Nangle. She was preceded in death by a daugh- ter, Sharon Gay Nangle, a son and his wife, John A. and Fahn Shelton, and a son, Dale H. Shelton. Dale James Millhouse Dale James Millhouse, 64, of Baker City, died Monday, December 16, 2002 at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Following Da]e's wishes, his body was cremated and no services will be held. Contri- butions may be made to the St. Elizabeth Boo Boo Babies C/O Gray's West & Co. Pio- neer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Dale was born September 1,1938 to Harry B. and Marie (Miles) Millhouse in Salinas, California. He graduated from high school in E1Cajon, California, and in 1961 ,joined the U.S. Army where he served in Germany during the Occupation of Berlin. Follow- ing his discharge from the military in 1964, he contin- ued to reside in California for the next nine years. He worked several different jobs during this time. In 1973, Dale came to Richland, Oregon to visit a friend. While visiting, he fell in love with Oregon, along with a young lady named Sandie Ming. Shortly there- after, he packed up and moved to Richland. Dale and Sandie were united in mar- riage on October 28, 1975 in Weiser, Idaho. The couple were best friends, as well as each other's true love. Dale taught Sandie how to laugh, have fun, and truly enjoy life. When he was 40 years old, he went back to school to for- ma]ly learn the trade ofgun- smithing. With this educa- tion, he became a professional gunsmith. Though he had dabbled in gunsmithing for years growing up, he was es- pecia]ly proud to be known as a professional of the trade. Dale was a member of the V.F.W., the N.R.A. and the Weatherby Collectors Asso- ciation. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and just being in Dale James Millhouse the outdoors. In his younger years, he made his own pot- tery, some of which he won awards for. He also had a passion for skin diving. Dale lived life one day at a time and he lived each day to the fullest, despite some physical disabilities. In cent years, however, he had been forced to slow down and take things a bit easier. Dale will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his wife, Sandie. Dale is survived by his wife Sandie Millhouse of Baker City; son Wayne Millhouse of Ogden, Utah; daughters Debbie Rameriz of Melbourne, Florida, and Lisa Millhouse of Spring Valley, California; step-daughters Aimee & Heidi Ming of Napavine, Washington; daughter-in-law Cindy Millhouse of Richiand, Or- egon; parents Harry & Marie Millhouse of Spring Valley, California; sister Nancy Hodge of Springfield, Mis- souri; brothers Paul Millhouse of Spring Valley, California, Roger Millhouse of Flagstaff, Arizona and Clint Millhouse of Hutchinson, Kansas; lifelong friend Albert Hodge; best friends Dudley Norman & Mark Sieckman; his faithful companion =Bonz"; and 9 Grandchildren!