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La Grande resident appointed to state historic cemeteries commission
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Tim Wood has appointed Ernest Batey of La Grande to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.Batey is a visiting assistant professor in the Anthropology/Sociology Department at the Eastern Oregon University.
"The commission is pleased to welcome Mr. Batey who brings academic interest and knowledge in cultural landscapes and mortuary practices," said program coordinator Kuri Gill. "In addition, we are thrilled to have a commissioner in the northeast part of the state."
The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational resources, coordination and grants. Its other members are Diane Elder of Paisley, Lurene John of Lebanon, Robert Keeler of Portland, Mike Leamy of Astoria, Dirk Siedlecki of Jacksonville, and Eirik Thorsgard of Grand Ronde.