Fundraising to acquire enough money to run sports and activities at La
Grande Middle School and La Grande High School for the coming school
year is a sign of the challenging economic times we live in. Most of us
agree that sports give our youth opportunities to learn things like
sacrifice, teamwork, hard physical and mental effort, tenacity and a
cooperative yet competitive attitude. All of these are very important
qualities for life success.
Editor’s note: The following was written Thursday night in
response to an Observer editorial and submitted Friday morning before
Friday’s significant turn of events in the Elgin murder case.
Thursday’s Observer editorial surprised and disappointed me. Surprised,
because newspaper editorials are supposed to be objective and factual.
This one was neither. It disappointed me, because Observer editorials
almost always are.
This community is understandably upset and concerned by the recent
discovery of human remains in and around a pond near Elgin. Those of us
involved with the Major Crime Team are, too. The paper got pretty
strident in taking us to task for not releasing very much information.
Let me try to explain why we haven’t.
A grand lady passed away this week. Jeannette Baum was 89 years old when she died Tuesday. Though I didn’t know her long, I was very fond of her. I’ve been thinking about her a lot this week and how fortunate I am to have known her. Even if it was just a little.
Several people here at work have expressed their sorrow at the passing of this gracious lady. She certainly was a class act. The kind you don’t see much any more.
As many of you may know, over the past several years the Forest Service
has been engaged in a public process to designate roads, trails and
areas for motorized use on all national forests throughout the country.
The use of motor vehicles, particularly off-highway vehicles, is one of
the fastest growing forms of outdoor recreation on national forest
lands. The efforts are focused on looking at a system of routes that
provides recreational opportunities and access for public motorized
use, while providing protection to national forest resources.
Ted Kramer asked me to come in to The Observer to have my picture taken so it could be run with my first column.
I hate to have their camera record what it sees when it’s aimed my
way, but then a thought struck me. Few would recognize the picture.
Why? Because I had my hair cut short. Isn’t that clever? No more curly
More assured at being incognito, I posed for Phil to take
innumerable attempts at catching something printable for posterity and
went blithely on my way...
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