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Small Town Papers 217 West Cota St. Shelton, WA 98584 Vol. 126, No. 18 May 3, 2012 Since 1886 Serving Gilliam, Wheeler & Sherman Counties One Section Condon, Oregon One-time home of Nobel Laureates Dr. Linus Pauling and Dr. William P. Murphy 50 Cents Round-Up reopens on Condon's Main Street, the tradition lives on Pictured at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the re-opening of the Round-Up Grill held April 13 are, from left, Mardie Durfey, Stephanie Erickson and Mason Eubanks, partners in the ownership of the former Round-Up Lounge and Cowboy-up Cafe, Taking part in the Chamber- sponsored ceremony was Condon Mayor Dale Thompson, with the over-sized scissors, and looking on from the doorway is employee Tay- Ior Hardie. The Round-Up Grill, doing a lively business since opening, features weekly specials and a daily discount for those 65 and older. The Round-Up Grill is open Tuesday through Sun- day, closed on Monday, and offers dining on the cafe side, dining with beer and wine on the lounge side and a banquet room, pool and shuffle board in the back. (Chamber photo) Gilliam Court approves grant funding apportionments The Gilliam County Court, at a public session held April 18, reviewed and discussed requests for funding that had been made from entities throughout the county that amounted to $3,895,710, and ultimately voted unanimously to approve $1,475,300 in grants to 24 entities. The grants are funded through the Gilliam County Enhancement Fund through the consolidated funding cycle process. At a work session of the county court, funding requests are reviewed and a recommendation of funding levels is passed on to the county court. The entities within the Retired PA returns to clinic at Condon The South Gilliam Health the South Gilliam Co. Health Center welcomes a new, but District time to explore their familiar, face to its staff options on staffing the clinic Monday, May 14. Physician in the future. Assistant David Jones, who county that requested grant funding, the amount that was requested and the amount approved by the county court and for what purpose include: -- City of Condon, $155,500, $120,500, for Park & Rec. Dept. operations; -- City of Condon, $10,000, $10,000, work at swimming pool; -- Condon Chamber of Commerce, $16,000, $15,000, operations; Condon Child Care, $111,525, $110,906.25, operations; Continued to page 10 Fabulous 4th to honor Janet, Mark Phillips as grand marshals Condon's Fabulous Fourth of July is a major item on the agenda of the Condon Chamber of Commerce these days. Long-time Condon resi- dents and community contributors Mark and Janet Phillips have been named as grand marshals of Condon's premier event and will reign over the 2012 edition of the traditional Americana celebration. Shannon Coppock of Condon is chairing the organization of Condon's Fabulous Fourth of July celebration this year. She indicated at an April 19 organizational meeting that chairs for several events are still needed. In other matters, Chamber business included: -- a report that the Chamber office had received 26 calls, 189 e-mails, 21 visits, 11 referrals, 25 Face- book hits, assists with three memberships, and one informational packet mailed Out. -- discussion of the future 'management' of the Pre- vention Coalition sign located at the H&H Auto- motive business on the corner of Wahlut and Main streets. -- agreement to continue the Chamber's sponsor- ship of the 'Outstanding Fair Booth' award at the fair. -- agreement that the one essay submitted for the Chamber's $300 scholarship would earn the scholarship, and that a Chamber representative would present the award at the CHS Recognition Reception. -- agreement that Chamber information would be sent to Sherman County eNews, a digital newsletter to increase awareness of Cham- ber events and activities. The Chamber of Commerce will meet again Thursday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. at the Chamber office on Main Street in Condon. All who are interested in working towards the betterment and promoting the Greater Condon Area are welcome to attend. And persons interested in helping with Fabulous Fourth of July events may call Shannon Coppock, 541-384-2384. Budget cuts effect Circuit Court operations, staff Budget cuts have reduced the staff of the Seventh Judicial District by 16 percent since July, 2011. The district serves Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties. Remaining staff members have had their pay cut, are now required to contribute to the cost of insurance, the court's hours of operations have been reduced through furlough days and the hours of operation will be further reduced starting June l. In a press release, the judges of the district, Presiding Judge Paul Crowley, and fellow Circuit Judges John Olson, Janet Stauffer and John Wolf, addressed the impact of those Continued to page 10 previously worked at the clinic for 28 years and retired in December 2008, will see patients on Mondays in Condon. Elaine Walker, who start- ed work at the clinic in January 2011, has resigned to take another position. Adding a second provider on Mondays will help ease the load on full-time Physician Assistant Ryan Hawley. This arrangement will give the board of directors of Thought for Today To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. ~ Steve Prefontaine WHEAT May $6.86 June $6.79 July $6.48 White Club Price Buyer's Call BARLEY May $188.99 June $188.99 July $155.99 WEATHER HI LOW April 24 84 53 .52 April 25 72 43 .00 April 26 67 342 .48 April 27 49 33 .14 April 28 56 38 .00 April 29 60 38 .00 April 30 67 47 .14 May 1 NA 34 NA Total Precipitation April ~ 2.55 inches Nike team helps dedicate Condon track facility Representatives of the Nike organization were in Condon last weekend to honor athletes who completed a 'toughness train- ing,' to dedicate the newly resurfaced 'Nike Grind' track facility and a unique 'Knight' sculpture to the memory of Bill and Bar- bara Bowerman, and to help train local athletes before their 13- team meet last Saturday. Pictured are, from left, Mike Yonker, vice-president of Nike Innovation and president of the Wild Can- yon Games; Alberto Salazar, record-setting distance runner and marathon legend, Oregon State Sports Hall of Famer and Nike Oregon Project coach; Galen Rupp, cross country standout and American record holder inthe 10,000 meters (26:48.00); and Melissa and Jon Bowerman with the sculpture designed by Toby Hatfield of Portland and constructed by Mark Smith of Portland. The Condon-Wheeler Knights sent several barrels of used ath- letic shoes back to Portland with the Nike folks to be used in future production of 'Nike Grind.' Also with the Nike representitives was Danny Kass, U.S. Open champion and Olympic snow boarder.