>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

La Grande, OR forecast
& Eastern Oregon University Valley Cam

http://tinyurl.com/n2723qt
Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

Today's front page

Image of The Observer's Front Page

Get Home Delivery of The Observer for only $8.50 per month, $9.50 for motor routes. Just click here and after filling out one simple and secure online form you could be on your way to learning more information about local, state and world news.

manage your account »

Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Merkley addresses town hall in Wallowa County

Merkley addresses town hall in Wallowa County

Wallowa fifth-grader Zeb Ramsden asks Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Portland, a question at a town hall meeting Friday. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)
Wallowa fifth-grader Zeb Ramsden asks Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Portland, a question at a town hall meeting Friday. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

WALLOWA — Four students from Jennifer Gibbs’ fifth-grade class got a rare opportunity to meet with a U.S. senator Friday afternoon at the Wallowa School.

Freddy DeVore asked Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Portland, what he was doing for agriculture. 

Merkley said the Farm Bill, crucial to providing extended relief for ranchers who lost private and public rangeland during the fires in the summer of 2012, passed the Senate twice, but the House has not passed it. 

“The Farm Bill is a big thing that hasn’t happened and needs to happen,” Merkley said.

Merkley said the Farm Bill includes investments for agriculture research, besides maintaining the emergency programs.

The four representatives from Gibbs’ class — Ariella Aragon, Ella Moeller, Zeb Ramsden and DeVore — asked questions compiled by their class to ask the senator.

Merkley said he was pleased with the students’ participation.

“This is my 178th town hall and I’ve learned a lot,” Merkley said. “You guys get gold stars and are citizens in the making.”

The fifth-grade class had similar concerns as the adults who attended Friday’s town hall. June Colony has a vegetable farm and store in Lostine, and said she is worried about the right to privacy, knowing that the National Security Agency has been looking into the personal phone and email accounts of thousands of Americans. 

Colony said she was particularly concerned about installing a credit card processing system.

“To use credit cards I’m trapped by the NSA infringement on the Fourth Amendment,” she said. “It’s a weird problem. How do you intend to create change so I can make a business decision?”

Merkley said foreign intelligence has oversight of domestic communication under the Patriot Act allowing the government to collect information.

“With a statement of facts relevant to authorized investigations,” Merkley said. “The court took each standard and made them irrelevant.”

Several in attendance expressed interest in increasing management on the national forests and frustration that so much of the U.S. Forest Service budget is used for firefighting and not for fuels reduction and timber harvest.

“We have to get forest firefighting out of the same box and put it in emergency funding,” Merkley said. “How do we move forest management to the front end? Fire suppression is not a management tool, it’s a reaction.”

 
blog comments powered by Disqus
News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Features
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
Classifieds
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

LaGrandeObserver.com works best with the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Apple Safari

  • impuissance erection vendita cialis senza ricetta cialis køb prix cialis andorre viagra francais viagra pille preis propecia vendita kamagra oral jelly billig sildenafil generique viagra sĂ©curitĂ© sociale
    1. viagra generico funciona levitra acquista viagra apothekenpreise comprar viagra masticable cialis niederlande commande viagra en ligne kamagra generique viagra da 25 mg achat de levitra levitra prix france