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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow LA GRANDE MEN HONORED BY SCOUTS


PASCO, Wash. — Two La Grande men who have been long-time Boy Scout volunteers received one of scouting's most prestigious awards in Pasco Saturday.

Bob Carter and James A. Nelson were awarded the Silver Beaver at the Blue Mountain Boy Scout Council's volunteer recognition luncheon at the West Coast Hotel.

Carter has been a Scout volunteer since the early 1980s. Since 1985 he has served at the council and district levels.

Carter is currently the Boy Scouts' Eastern Oregon District commissioner, providing assistance to adult leaders.

"His peers describe him as being one of the mainstays of the scouting program in Eastern Oregon," Scott Stovall, the event's emcee, said in announcing Carter's award.

Carter is active in the La Grande Rotary Club, the Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol and at La Grande's First Baptist Church.

He has served on the church's finance committee and in men's ministries.

Nelson has served as a scout volunteer in many positions since 1975. In La Grande, he has been scoutmaster of Troop 516, chartered to the La Grande Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is currently committee chairman for Cub Scout Pack 516.

Nelson has been active in his church as a Sunday school teacher, priesthood quorum assistant leader and a maintenance agent for church buildings. The father of nine children, he has also been an assistant leader for Girl Scouts and an umpire for softball games.

"Jim provides a living example to his scouts that character counts," Stovall said.

The Blue Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Kennewick, Wash., serves Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon.

Other adult volunteers receiving the Silver Beaver award for their service to scouting included Burton S. Goranson, Pasco; Julianne M. Hoppen, Walla Walla; Margaret J. Eacker, Kennewick, Wash.; Dale Richard Hilding, Pendleton; and Eugene H. Carbaugh, Robert S. "Bob" Frix, and Richard E. Raymond, all of Richland, Wash.

— Dave Stave

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