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Nova Dea (Ross)
June 4, 1935 — March 5,
born June 4,
1935, in Liber-
She passed
March 5,
2017, in La
Nova is survived by
her beloved husband, Leo
A. Dibala; sons Randy and
Ronnie Scott; sisters La-
Donna Christensen, Jean-
ie Stark, and Sharon An-
dres; six grandchildren;
and five great-grandchil-
Thomas James Epping
Sept. 20, 1946 — March 14,
Thomas James Epping,
70, passed away in Salem
at his residence.
He was born in the Sil-
verton/Salem area to
Francis and
(Diehl) Ep-
was one of seven children.
He went to school in Sa-
lem and Silverton. Thom-
as enjoyed spending time
with his kids and all of his
family. Camping, fishing
and boating are among the
many things he enjoyed
doing in his free time.
Thomas could make all
those around him laugh.
He is preceded in death
by his sons, Todd and Da-
vid Epping, and his par-
Thomas is survived by
his children David (Bren-
da) Epping of McMinn-
ville, Travis Epping of
Grants Pass, Ryan Epping
of Vancouver, Washing-
ton, and Morgan Kumlee
and Shane Epping, both of
Oroville, California; sib-
lings Patrick Epping, Mi-
chael Epping, Janet Bur-
ton, Roberta Reser and
Nancy Southwood; 11
grandchildren and one
great-granddaughter. He
will be greatly missed by
all of his family and those
who knew him.
A celebration of life
will be held at 1 p.m. Sat-
urday, April 1, at Scott’s
Mill Grange.
Arrangements by Un-
ger Funeral Chapel, Sil-
Barbara Fay Speier
March 3, 1929 — March 9,
was born to
Ted and Sa-
rah Ander-
1929, in Sil-
verton. She
was raised in Silverton
with her five siblings.
Summers were spent
picking strawberries and
hops. Barbara graduated
from Silverton High
School in 1947. At the age
of 18, she bravely traveled
by bus to San Francisco
and then spent 21 days on
a freight liner to join her
older sister Sylvia and
brother-in-law living in
the Philippines. After a
year abroad, she returned
to San Francisco.
Barbara then started
her first job as a switch-
board operator. She met
Alvin Speier via the
switchboard and later in
person at a company par-
ty. They were married
June 20, 1953, and raised
their two children in the
Speier family home in Al-
ameda, California.
Barbara was a devoted
mother, sister, mother-in-
law, friend, neighbor,
hostess, aunt, grandmoth-
er and great-grandmoth-
er. She taught swimming
to many children at the
Lincoln Park Pool. Her
days were busy with cook-
ing, sewing, family activ-
ities and life-long friend-
Advocates pushing for
more school spending
Barabara is survived
by her husband of 63
daughter Dana (Dan) Fun-
rue; son Brad (Denise)
Ryan (Bethany) Speier,
Brandon (Angela) Speier,
Brett Funrue and Kirsten
(Thomas) Dionne, great-
grandchildren Colson and
Caleb Speier, and Claire
and Noah Dionne; sister
Sylvia Sommers; sister-
in-law Marceen Speier;
and numerous nieces and
At Barbara’s request,
no memorial service will
be held.
Joyce B. Manahan
Dec. 25, 1926 — March 16,
Joyce B. (Flynn) Mana-
han, formerly Joyce Had-
sell, passed away March
16, 2017.
Funeral mass will be
held at 2 p.m. Thursday,
March 23, with a rosary at
Advocates for boost-
ing education funding
took center stage at the
Capitol March 13, arguing
through polling and vot-
ing results that Orego-
nians want more money
spent on schools.
The current K-12 state
budget is $7.4 billion.
While proposed budgets
for the upcoming bienni-
um — including the co-
chairs budget of $7.8 bil-
lion, the Governor’s bud-
get of $8 billion, and the
Oregon School Board’s
$8.4 billion — would
maintain current ser-
vices for K-12 education,
and in some cases expand
services, it isn’t clear how
much the legislature will
approve or exactly how it
will be used.
The Oregon School
Boards Association used
poll results to push for
more funding. More than
90 percent of Oregonians
see K-12 public education
as a top funding priority
facing the state legisla-
ture and more than 60
percent support raising
business taxes to avoid
cutting school budgets,
according to the poll.
The state is currently
facing a $1.6 billion bud-
get shortfall for the 2017-
19 biennium.
“Our state’s voters are
looking for leadership on
the issue of revenue re-
form,” said Jim Green,
executive director of the
association,. “We all know
that taxes are always a
tough subject for legisla-
tors, but for nearly a dec-
ade we’ve been balancing
the state budget on the
backs of our students.
“Our young people
need better from us.”
Green said Oregon’s
economy is good, yet
large cuts are being made
concerning education.
“This makes no sense
to me,” he said.
Oregon currently pays
about $10,320 per student
annually, ranking it 35th
in the country.
This past fall, voters
approved Measure 98,
which calls for spending
$800 per high school stu-
dent annually on career
technical education, col-
lege-level classes, or
drop-out prevention pro-
According to propo-
nents of the measure,
these opportunities for
students will help raise
the state’s graduation
rate, which currently at
74.8 percent is still third
worst in the country.
“Voters made them-
selves clear last Novem-
ber,” said Toya Fick, exec-
utive director of Stand
for Children Oregon.
“Now it’s up to the legisla-
ture to turn this support
into new opportunities
for Oregon’s high school
Measure 98 passed by
almost a 2-to-1 margin,
with more than 1.2 million
voters supporting the
As a statute and not a
change to the state’s con-
stitution, the legislature
can change the amount of
money allocated and/or
how the funds are imple-
For instance, the mea-
sure designates funds to
high school students due
to the dropoff in perfor-
mance in national assess-
ments occurring after
eighth grade.
If the legislature want-
ed, they could vote to ex-
pand it to lower grades,
though some proponents
of the measure said this
“waters down” the mea-
sure and that it wouldn’t
be what the voters asked
If the legislature does
not approve the amount
voters wanted, other op-
tions may be considered,
such as an increased tax
on beer or tobacco to help
pay the difference.
The Legislature’s Joint
Ways and Means Commit-
tee has been holding pub-
lic hearings across the
state for the past month,
with the final hearing
coming up Thursday at
the Capitol.
Considering this input,
the subcommittees will
continue to hear from
agencies before they rec-
ommend a budget to the
full committee. A reve-
nue forecast is expected
in May, which, along with
any tax increases, could
impact the proposed bud-
The Oregon State Leg-
islature is scheduled to
end its session by July 10.
Since state funding for
education is determined
every other year, school
boards operate at the
start of each biennium
under a veil of uncertain-
ty, said Jay Remy, a
spokesperson for the Sa-
lem-Keizer School Dis-
But while boards are
familiar with picking a
number to start working
with on the budget long
before the legislature de-
cides, Remy said that
isn’t ideal.
This is especially true
knowing the largest sec-
tion of school budgets
concerns the people they
employ — will they have
to fire or be able to hire?
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MT. ANGEL – Upper
elementary school stu-
dents in Butte Creek
School’s expanding ro-
botics program will put
the Bobcats on the na-
tional stage for a third
time in the school’s histo-
Three Butte Creek
teams – the Thunder-
bolts, the Robot Weirdos
and the Psycho Robots –
built, programmed and
drove their robots so well
in local competitions that
they have been invited to
compete at the CREATE
Championship in Iowa in
two weeks.
“These fourth and
fifth graders are doing
robotics for the very first
time,” said teacher and
Stacy Boost. “They have
worked very hard since
Butte Creek middle
schoolers competed at
nationals twice – in 2014
and 2015 – but this is the
Bobcats’ first time com-
peting in the elementary
school division. They will
meet teams from all over
the U.S., as well as three
teams from China, Boost
The students headed
to nationals are Kailea
Buckley, Scarlette Lei-
terman, Christian Meza,
Edwyn Romero, Sarah
Oregon may let farmers sue Monsanto,
other companies for crop contamination
Oregon lawmakers are
considering a bill that
would let farmers sue
Monsanto, Scotts Mir-
acle-Gro and other com-
panies that hold patents
neered seeds if crops
grown from those seeds
contaminate traditional
or organic crops. Cross-
contamination from GE
crops can make other
crops worthless, and can
ruin seed lines that have
taken decades to develop,
farmers told the House
Judiciary Committee on
neered crops also can es-
cape their fields and be-
come pests that are hard
to eradicate – something
that’s happened with
Scotts’ genetically modi-
fied bentgrass, which
now threatens Oregon’s
billion-dollar grass seed
“Where there is harm
or damage, there needs to
be a remedy,” said Sandra
Bishop of Our Family
Farms, a Medford-based
nonprofit that advocates
for traditional seed crops.
House Bill 2739 would
allow landowners to seek
three times actual eco-
nomic damages if GE or-
ganisms are present on
their land without per-
It also would allow in-
dividuals to sue the cor-
porations if GE orga-
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nisms are found on land
owned or occupied by a
public body, such as a
park, in the area where
they live.
Opponents said allow-
ing such lawsuits would
stifle innovation.
“Without innovation,
on my farm I’d probably
still be using the back end
of a mule for a compass,”
Oregon Farm Bureau
President Barry Bushue
said. “Does Oregon really
want to be known as a
technological desert?”
Also on Thursday, law-
makers considered a bill
that would restore local
control over genetically
engineered crops.
In 2013, the Legisla-
ture passed a bill banning
local governments from
regulating crops or seeds.
It exempted Jackson
County, which already
had a bill to ban GE crops
on the ballot.
At the time, then-Gov.
John Kitzhaber promised
a state-level solution to
the problem of GE crops
contaminating conven-
tional and organic crops.
That hasn’t happened,
the bill’s proponents told
the House Committee on
Agriculture and Natural
“We were sort of led to
believe that cross-con-
tamination would some-
through the Department
of Agriculture,” said Rep.
Paul Holvey, D-Eugene,
who co-sponsored the bill.
“If the state isn’t going
to figure out a way to have
some GMO free zones to
help protect this thriving
part of the agriculture in-
dustry … I think we ought
to allow local government
to have that control,” Hol-
vey said.
House Bill 2469 would
again allow local jurisdic-
tions to ban GE crops. It
also would allow a ban on
GE crops that was ap-
proved by Josephine
County voters in 2014 to
take effect.
Opponents of both the
bills said neighboring
farmers should be able to
work together voluntari-
ly and collaboratively to
solve those problems.
and has worked in Ore-
gon,” said Scott Dahlman,
policy director for Orego-
nians for Food & Shelter.
Proponents said that
doesn’t work when the
farm next door is leased
to a multinational corpo-
ration or farmers are
bound by contracts with
those corporations.
Neither bill moved out
of committee Thursday.
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Butte Creek robotics
teams to compete in
national championship
1:30 p.m., both at St. Paul
Catholic Church in Silver-
ton. Full obituary to fol-
Unger Funeral Chapel.
Kurns, Jessni Morris,
Daniel Boru, Nikitha Ze-
nuhin, Jacob Meyer, Riv-
er Rodgers and Venedim
VEX IQ Robotics re-
quires three different
competitions of the chal-
lengers, using their plas-
tic and metal robot set
and text-based software.
They take on three chal-
lenges – a programmed
task, a two-driver scenar-
io, and an alliance of two
teams working together
to score as many points
possible in 1 minute.
Butte Creek’s teams
are fundraising to earn
$8,000 to pay for their
trip to nationals on April
4 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Worlds is in Louisville,
Kentucky at the end of
April. By Friday, the Bob-
cats’ GoFundMe page
had generated $400 in on-
line donations. The teams
also made money at bake
sales, with fundraising
letters, and by selling
jewelry. Boost estimated
that they are currently
$2,000 short of their goal.
Boost has been lead-
ing robotics at Butte
Creek for 15 years. Help-
ing her this year are adult
mentors Gary Morris, a
network architect for In-
tel, and Scott Blake, a
U.S. Navy veteran.
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