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I Page 4 The Times-Journal November 17, 2016 THE A IVEEKr NEWSPAPER SINCE 1886 Published every Thursday by Macro Graphics of Condon, LLC, and entered as Periodical Matter with Periodical Postage paid at the Condon Post Office, USPS No. 128-260. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 Our Lineage: The Fossil Journal, established 1886; The Condon Globe, established 1891; The Condon Times, established 1900; Globe and Times consolidated in 1919 to the Globe-Times; Fossil Journal and Globe- Times consolidated in 1975 to the Times-Journal. The Times-Journal is the Newspaper of Record for Wheeler County, Gilliam County and Sherman County, and the cities of Fossil, Mitchell, Spray, Arlington, Condon and Lonerock. Subscription Rates: $35 per year in Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties; $45 per year elsewhere in the United States. Single issues 50 cents. Deadline for Thursday morning publication: 5 p.m. Monday for news and advertising. Feature photographs appearing in the Times-Journal are taken by Publisher McLaren Stinchfield unless otherwise credited. The Times-Journal P.O. Box 746 Condon, Oregon 97823-0746 Phone: 541-384-2421 ~ Fax: 541-384-2411 E-maih times-journal@jncable.com Owners: McLaren and Janet Stinchfield Publisher/Editor: McLaren Stinchfield Production/Office: Janet Stinchfield Advertising/Production: Cody Bettencourt Contributors: O ! ~i::~: .~:~:::~-~!~?'~i Kay West -- Arlington ~~ Sherian Asher ~ Fossil ~~ ... And our readers In far too little space her% and with far too little time as our press deadline looms, we feel compelled to note the loss of a quiet, humble, effective, super-star journal- ist, Gwen Ifill. A victim of cancer at the age of 61, Gwen Ifill rose - through the ranks as a newspaper reporter, then went to television where, most recently she hasbeen host of Washington Week and PBS News Hour. Her grounded, confident, unflappable demeanor, her ability to concisely and precisely get to the point, all while making one feel like they were enjoying an afternoon conversation over tea, totally disarmed her interviewees into honest responses. Not since the untimely passing of 'Meet the Press' host Tim Russert in 2008 have we felt such loss in the industry so sorely in need of news people of her calibre. Gilliam County, Condon marijuana measures Voters in Gilliam County and in Condon had the opportunity to vote on controversial marijuana measures during the Nov. 8 general election. On the county-wide ballot were Measures 11-22 and Measure 11-23. Measure 22 asked county voters if the county should prohibit medical marijuana processors and dispensaries, and recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers in the county. Yes - 444 No - 573 And Measure 11-23 asked county voters if the county should impose a three percent tax on the saleof marijuana items by marijuana retailers in the county. Yes - 855 No- 153 And voters within the City of Condon resp[onded to Measure 11-24, a measure that asked city voters if the city should establish a three percent tax on recreational marijuana sales. Yes - 326 No -- 63 FSA urges farmers, ranchers to vote in County Committee Elections Local USDA personnel the country. Producers must are encouraging farmers aiad return ballots to their local ranchers to make their voices FSA offices by Dec. 5,2016, heard by voting in the to ensure that their vote is upcoming Farm Service counted. Agency (FSA) County This year's election is Committee elections, being held for LAA 1, which USDA began mailing includes the north Gilliam ballots Nov. 7 to eligible County area and the farmers and ranchers across community of Arlington. Letters continued from above On Measure 97... To the Editor: Despite the defeat of Measure 97, the conversation the campaign started is essential for moving Oregon forward. Thousands of Oregonians volunteered on the campaign and hundreds of thousands of voters supported the measure because they believe that Oregon's unequal tax system is shortchanging our schools, limiting access to health care, and undermining services for seniors. "National experts have confirmed that large corporations are paying far less in taxes here than they do in other states where they operate. Meanwhile, Oregon's students are sitting in the third largest class sizes in the nation, health care is too expensive for many working families, and seniors are struggling to retire with dignity. We must focus now on protecting our current investments and challenge ourselves to find a way to build the equitable and inclusive Oregon we all want. Rep. Tina Kotek Speaker House of Representatives 900 Court Street NE Room H-269 Salem, Oregon 97301 The Holiday season To the Editor: 19. This year, thanks to a This Saturday kicks off generous donation from the holiday season in Condon John Cimmiyotti, we are as we host our annual Fall offering one $100, two $50 Festival. This year has added and four $25 cash prizes to 10 new vendors to the mix. those entered in the drawing. Join us Saturday starting at I will be dropping off 10 a.m. at the Condon Elks punch cards this week. They Lodge and Memorial Hall. are to be valid for cash The Festival goes until 2 p.m. purchases only, not payment with a barbecue and chili on account or utility bills. lunch up at the fire hall. The Once the punch cards are ladies from the United filled, please instruct patrons Church of Christ will be to write their name and offering pie by the slice as phone number on the back well as items to go! and deposit the card at either Downtown merchants Murray's Pharmacy or the will be open and we Condon Chamber of encourage folks to spend the Commerce office. day shopping local. Speaking of shopping local, our shop local promotion will also begin on Nov. 19 and run until Dec. K'Lynn Lane Executive Director Chamber of Commerce Condon, Oregon 97823 All in To the Editor: We are all in for this Open Enrollment, and we continue to execute a robust outreach strategy with partners across the nation to let Americans know affordable coverage is available and that they should enroll by December 15th for coverage that starts January 1st. We're encouraging anyone who might need coverage for 2017 to visit healthcare.gov to check out their options-- most can find a plan for $75 or less per month. This is coverage that is vital to millions of Americans, and that is being proven yet again as more people sign up, including Wednesday, Nov. 9, when more than 100,000 people signed up for coverage, the highest single-day total so far during this Open Enrollment. Marjorie Connolly Press Secretary U.S. Department of Health/Human Services 200 Independence Ave. SW 6th Floor Room 647-D, Washington, DC 20201 202-690-6343 Ph. 1-202-690-6343 www.hhs.gov/news Freedom of the Press is Everybody's Freedom! Good article To the Editor: copies to pass out and found I am one of the residents out some papers can't reprint of Flag Stone Senior care in some things without con- The Dalles, where I am sent. We hope she will send guessing, half are from other it to other papers. The author Oregon towns or even states, was Eudora Olsen, We must have one from Arlington, Oregon. Moro. The lady who gets your Last week there was a paper is Murriel Waiters. A Times-Journal for others to lot of us enjoy the paper even read. It had a very interesting if we don't know where article called 'My duty.' Moro orAdington are. Beats There were lots of residents the Chronicle. and some staff wanting to Dorothy Hill read it. We all feel it should Flag Stone Senior Care be in other papers. I made The Dalles, OR 97058 Letters continued below left Your Opinion Counts Send letters to the Editor: P.O. Box 746 Condon, OR 97823 times-journal @jncable.com Beyond What's Up -- Tree decorator registration for the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation's Festival of Trees is now open. The festival, featuring over 30 decorated Christmas trees will take place at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Dec. 2, 6 p.m. and will include a live tree auction and silent auction. Proceeds from festival benefit the Level the Playing Field Project, Celilo Cancer Center Fund and the Breast Health for Strong Families Program. For more information, contact the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, 541-296- 7275, e-mail mchf@mcmc.net or on the web, www.mcmc.net/mchf. -- Women in Sustainable Agriculture convention, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Portland. -- Farm Bureau members and non-members of all ages are invited to attend the Oregon Farm Bureau Ag Management Conference, presented by the OFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Salem Convention Center in Salem. Find the agenda and registration form on-line, www.oregonfb.org/ yfrconference. Register by Nov. 14. -- Cascade Singers' Christmas concert will be performed Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, in The Dalles. 'Blessings on Earth' is the theme for seasonal music; a guest soloist will play the Indian flute while the community choir and Cascade Children's Choir bring Native American, world music, and traditional carols to the program. Sherman court suggests ASA solution; hears of Moro mayor's concerns about fiber permits By Lauren Hernanedez Quarterly reports, the Ambulance Service Area Plan Advisory Committee, a regional projects update, the fiber project, and an execu- tive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel were the main items on the agenda during the October 19 session of Sherman County Court in Moro. Quarterly reports were provided by Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace; Jan Byram, Senior Center director; Brad Lohrey, Sheriff; Wes Owens, Sherman County School District superintendent; Georgia Macnab, Planning Department; Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District; Sandy Macnab, Extension Service; and Marnene Benson-Wood, Transit Coordinator/ Treasurer; Shawn Payne, Emer- gency Services director, reported an Ambulance Service Area (ASA) Plan Advisory Committee meet- ing was held to determine the make-up of the committee and was not successful. The 1988 ASA ordinance states members of the ASA Com- mittee "shall be appointed pro tem by the Sherman County Court." As Emer- gency Services director, Payne recommended the court consider the composition of the advisory committee. The court looked at othel: ASA Committee make-ups. Payne suggested one possibility would be to make it so a specific number of representatives can be designated per area. Each district or agency could choose their representative. The court asked what decisions the committee is in charge of making and what its powers are. This is up for interpretation, though the ordinance states the powers and responsibilities the committee has. The court members feel they should not determine the makeup of the committee without seeking feedback improvements will be needed application was turned in. from the group. Joe Belshe, in the future, but not at this' Mayor Anderson reported Sherman County Ambu- time. He will begin to several individuals in Moro lance, stated the only way the formulate a path to provide are unhappy with how things committee willbe perceived services as a long-term were left after fiber was well is if the court determines project. Brief discussion was installed. It is Windwave's its make-up and leaves fire held about the parks bill in responsibility to fix any personnel out of it. Thisthe House and Senate and the problems, the court would include Moro, North Federal Lands Access explained. Sherman, Rufus and South Program Grant submitted for The court entered into Sherman Fire & Rescue. Starvation Lane. Rufus executive session in accor- Payne is concerned this will Industrial Park will be placed dance with ORS 192.660 (2) create further problems and on the Regional Priority (i) Personnel. Conversation stated the fire districts should Industrial Lands list. The was held outside of the topic remain on the committee so Biggs water project requires of the purpose of the they can be a part of the a public hearing to update executive session about Joint solution, the district's services to District Appropriations for The court endorsed include water service. This 2015-2016 in Wasco, Hood proposing the committee be will allow for application for River, Gilliam and Sherman comprised of one community United States Department of counties. The court discussed member each from Kent, Agriculture grant funding, a letter of complaint Grass Valley, Moro, Wasco, Andy Anderson, City of submitted. Rufus and Biggs, one mem- Moro Mayor, stated the city Other actions taken by ber from dispatch, one needs to catch up on the fiber the courtincluded: member from Sherman project. Anderson agrees~ -- approving the Step- County Ambulance, and one with fiber and believes it is ping Up Initiative Resolution representative from Sherman important to the citizens and to reduce the number of County Court. This idea will businesses of Sherman people with mental illnesses be proposed to the group. If County. However, the city is in Northern Oregon any member objects, they out of the loop, and utilities Regional Correctional Facil- may write a letter to the court are in the public rights-of- ities (NORCOR), commit to or join the discussion during way with no way for the city sharing lessons learned with the next court session. Any to control or maintain them. other counties, and to objections should offer an Many small communities set support a national initiative alternative solution, up a franchise agreement for county officials, Nate Stice, Regional with companies offeringemployees and residents to Solutions, presented a services as a way to control participate in Stepping Up; regional projects update. He who the services are offered -- approving an often travels to Salem to find to. I n t e r g o v e r n m e n t a 1 resources and make contacts Anderson questioned Agreement creating the to help advance projects. The how Windwave got to work Oregon Association of court updated Stice on in the city limits. Hedoesnot County Engineers and Morrow County's housing believe permits were applied Surveyors to promote public program and about work- for. He requested as the works activities, to promote force housing funds available county moves forward, it the professional application to supplement incentives in talks to vendors and oflandsurveying, topromote conjunction with Mid- emphasizes the need to the ethical practices of the Columbia Economic Devel- approach the city so the city profession, and to give all opment District (MCEDD) has the leverage to make sure counties in Oregon the housing funds. The court all citizens receive service advantages of these also updated Stice on the and rights-of-way are professions in all phases of housing partnership the protected. The court county services and county sought with Sherman explained Windwave should authorizing Judge County School District and have applied for permits and Thompson to sign pending Mid Columbia Producers. a franchise agreement before approval of County Counsel; Stice stated he is working in town. Com- -- approving signing up impressed withthe workthat missioner Mike Smith for the National Association has been done in the county explained the background of of Counties' Rural Impact regarding broadband. He is the fiber project. The county County Challenge. looking forteadership from relied on Windwave to doTopics for discussion the court when engaging in any necessary permitting, included a Wasco Annex regional collaboration on and the construction update, court communication broadband, manager stated a franchise formats, the Sherman Stice reached out to agreement was picked up in County website, and Sherman County Raceway in June. Kya Mabe, Moro City commissioner reports on Grass Valley. Infrastructure administrator, stated noregional board activities. I