LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FOR JULY 28 - 31, 2003

August 10, 2003 11:00 pm

Warned 2 months ago

To the Editor:

Foley Station is grateful to everyone for their support in our search for a new home. The owners and employees of Foley Station are happy to be a valued and valuable part of the community.

The downtown area of La Grande needs all of our support to ensure its continued existence as a balanced attraction in this beautiful valley.

In the July 22 article about the closing of Foley Station, I believe my comments misrepresented Doug Bean.

Doug has been supportive of Foley Station since he first leased the space to us. His current intention is only to cover his ever-increasing insurance costs. Many of us share these problems.

Our move is simple economics. To stay in business, we must find a less-expensive site. In the Observer article, I was quoted as saying Doug only gave us three weeks to move.

The bigger picture is, which I did not tell the reporter, we were notified two months previous of possible lease changes.

Doug is still working with us to make the transition. This could include a temporary lease until we can find a new site for the restaurant.

Good eating and good health.

Merlyn E. Baker

La Grande

To the Editor:

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla have published their proposed tribal treaty hunting seasons and bag limits for this calendar year.

They have included chukar, partridge, pheasants and turkeys that were not native birds at the time of the signing of the treaties.

This year's seasons will be adopted on Aug. 1, either sex with no limit to the number of animals taken; grouse Aug. 1 to Dec. 31; quail, pheasant, partridge and chukar, Sept. 1 to Dec. 11; turkeys open year round.

The general elk season will be from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 and tribal members will be allowed to hunt on any public lands. The deer season runs from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, either sex.

With our dwindling game supplies, I do not feel that this decision reflects responsible game management.

In addition, tribal members do not have to buy tags or applications and are not limited to hunt areas.

Their children are not required to enroll in hunter safety courses.

These situations are hurting our wildlife populations, and each and every person who wants to hunt either birds or big-game animals is being affected.

We have to purchase a license, make an application and then be lucky enough to draw tags.

We are limited to where we can hunt, the length of seasons and the number of animals we can harvest.

The Confederated Tribes Treaty of 1855 states that tribal members hunt "in common with the citizens of the United States."

How are the proposed hunting seasons in common with other citizens of the United States?

How much longer can we permit the tribes to keep adding species that are not indigenous to their hunting seasons?

Why should tribal members have the privilege of hunting unlimited numbers of game on the reservation as well as on public lands?

Glenda Christian

Ukiah