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    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017
Recipes dedicated to Mom
1 can kidney
beans, drained
1 can butter
beans, drained
1 can stewed or
diced tomatoes
1 cup ketchup
¼ cup brown
1 tablespoon
liquid smoke
4 tablespoons
white vinegar
Homemade Goodness
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
By Eileen Driver
Brown ground
meat in skillet,
It is a beautiful fall day
drain off fat and put in
outside, just perfect for
crockpot. Brown bacon
whipping up some great
and onions; drain off fat
soups and casseroles and
and add to crockpot.
reflecting on Mom. I am
Add all remaining ingre-
dedicating today’s column
dients. Stir together well.
to my Mom’s favorite
Cover and cook on low for
4 to 6 hours.
Mom has passed away
Mom just loved Mexican
and gone to be with my
food and one of her favor-
father, her husband of 59
ites was Chili Rellenos.
years in heaven. We miss
She couldn’t always find it
her greatly but are com-
on the menu even at Mexi-
forted by the legacy of de-
can restaurants so when
licious food she has left us. the craving struck this next
Growing up the family was recipe would do the trick.
always brought together at
Heavenly Chili Rellenos
the dinner table.
Larger family gather-
6 large eggs
ing would have at is core
1 cup milk
a table loaded with food
2 tablespoons flour
prepared by recipes handed
¼ teaspoon paprika
down from generation
¼ teaspoon salt
to generation, as well as
½ teaspoon pepper
new recipes to try. Church
2 cans (5.75 each) whole
potlucks would not be
green chiles, drained and
complete without several
thinly sliced
dishes prepared by Mom.
1 medium red pepper
It is from her that I learned (8-10 oz) cut into ¼ inch
my love for cooking and
baking and family.
4 ounces extra sharp
One of mom’s most
cheddar cheese, shredded
requested recipes for a cool
½ cup packed fresh
fall day or most any day
cilantro leaves, finely
was an easy but delicious
and satisfying soup.
Preheat oven to 350
Smokey Bean Soup
degrees. Grease a shallow
1 lb ground beef
2-quart baking dish. In
¾ lb bacon
large bowl whisk eggs with
1 cup chopped onion
wire whip, whisk in milk,
2 cans pork and beans
flour, paprika, salt and pep-
per until well blended.
Stir in chiles, red pepper,
cheddar cheese and half of
the cilantro.
Pour into prepared bak-
ing dish.
Bake 35-40 minutes or
until puffed and golden
brown and center still
jiggles slightly.
Remove from oven
and cool for 20 minutes.
Garnish with remaining
cilantro. Cut into squares
or wedges to serve.
Mom was most known
for the delicious desserts
she whipped up for every
holiday table.
This pie recipe was hand-
ed down from her grand-
mother, Mabel Chisholm
Smith, and was always on
the Thanksgiving menu or
many groans of “Where’s
the pie?” were heard all
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
1 envelope knox gelatin
¼ cup cold water
1 ¼ cup canned pumpkin
1 cup milk
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
To slightly beaten eggs
yolks, add ½ cup sugar,
pumpkin, salt and spices.
Cook till thick in double
Soften gelatin in ¼ cup
cold water, add to hot
pumpkin mixture.
Mix thoroughly and cool.
While mixture cools beat
eggs whites till stiff while
slowly adding remaining ½
cup sugar.
When pumpkin mixture
begins to thicken, fold
in egg whites. Pour into
previously baked pie shell
and Chill.
Mom was always ready
with a recipe for every
occasion and since money
was never in abundance
never was anything aloud
to go to waste in our
house, so you have too
many green tomatoes left
in the garden?
Mom had a delicious so-
lution. A moist, spice-type
cake that everyone loved.
Green Tomato Cake
4 cups chopped green
1 tablespoon salt
½ cup butter
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cin-
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup raisins
½ cup chopped walnuts
Place chopped tomatoes
in a bowl and sprinkle with
1 tablespoon salt. Let stand
10 minutes.
Pour into a colander,
rinse with cold water and
Preheat oven to 350
degrees. Cream together
butter and sugar.
Add eggs, beat till
Sift together
flour,cinnamon, nutmeg,
soda and ¼ teaspoon salt.
Add raisins and nuts to
dry mixture.
Add dry mixture to
creamed mixture.
Dough will be very stiff.
Add drained tomatoes
and mix well. Pour into a
greased and floured
9 x 13 baking pan.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or
until toothpick comes out
Mom maybe gone but
her love and memory
lingers on in the delicious
smells and tastes in the
legacy of food and family
she left us.
Pogue not
On October 24, 2017, a Baker County Grand Jury
determined that there was insufficient evidence to indict
James Pogue (dob 8-22-1970) for criminal charges related
to the traffic collision in which he struck a pedestrian with
his vehicle on July 12, 2017.
The pedestrian, Christina Cox, was struck by the rear
of the pickup being operated by Pogue on 5th street in
Baker City. Pogue was backing his vehicle up and Ms.
Cox attempted to cross 5th street when she was struck.
Ms. Cox suffered serious injuries as a result of the colli-
An Oregon State Police accident reconstruction inves-
tigation demonstrated that where Ms. Cox crossed 5th
street, Mr. Pogue’s view of her would have been obstruct-
ed by buildings and a large dumpster. Oregon State Police
accident reconstruction evidence as well as eye witness
testimony was presented to the Grand Jury.
“This was a horrible accident but ultimately the Grand
Jury determined there was insufficient evidence of
criminal conduct on the part of Mr. Pogue,” said DA Matt
fined by DEQ
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
has issued the city of Huntington a $1,800 penalty for
exceeding limits for E. coli in its wastewater discharge.
The city has paid the penalty.
The wastewater permit allows the city to discharge
effluent that has been treated to remove E. coli, though
it limits a single sample concentration of E. coli to 406
organisms per 100 mL. The monthly average for E. coli
cannot exceed 126 organisms per 100 mL.
The city discharged effluent in January 2017 that con-
tained a single sample concentration of 2,420 organisms
per 100mL. The monthly average for the same month was
195 organisms per 100 mL.
DEQ issued the penalty because permit compliance
for wastewater systems is essential to protecting water
quality and human health. E. coli is a bacteria species that
indicates fecal contamination, which is a human health
threat due to disease and the presence of pathogens.
DEQ previously cited the city of Huntington for E. coli
violations, including civil penalties or warning letters in
2015, 2013 and 2009.
The city has paid the penalty. Read the no-
tice of civil penalty:
Weed management topic for County Commissioners
The agenda was adopted,
with no noted changes,
with a motion from Ben-
nett, and a second from
Citizen Participation
included Bennett and Sap-
pington. Bennett voiced
praise for the Baker, Burnt
River, and North Powder
Future Farmers of America
(FFA) groups, for partici-
pation in the national FFA
convention, and specifical-
ly, Shelby Swindlehurst of
Burnt River, who received
an American FFA Degree
during the ceremony, on
October 28.
Sappington, Coordinat-
ing Officer for the Jef-
ferson Mining District
(JMD), said that he wants
to clarify that the Uranium
One issues don’t pertain to
any mining claims that he’s
aware of, in Baker, Mal-
heur, or Harney counties.
The minutes from the
Wednesday, October 18,
2017 regular session were
approved, with a motion
from Bennett, and a second
from Nichols.
The Board held a Tri-
County discussion, during
which Porter read a letter
he addressed to the Board,
and the Baker County
Weed Board:
“Oregon Department
of Agriculture Noxious
Weed Control Program is
responsible for helping to
guide and coordinate effec-
tive Noxious Weed Control
across the state. As the...
Weed Management Spe-
cialist, I wish to address a
particular issue at hand in
Baker County.
“In recent years, and
for multiple reasons, the
relationship between
Baker County and Tri-
County CWMA have
been strained. Over the
last year, there has been
extensive energy put into
healing that relationship.
Baker County and Tri-
County have been working
together for over 20 years
to forward effective weed
management that benefits
our agricultural producers,
and our natural resources.
And with good results!
However, there is much
that still needs to be done.
“I would like to express
the sincere hope of the
Noxious Weed Control
Program that Baker Coun-
ty will remain a member
of Tri-County CWMA.
We believe that this direct
participatory relationship
is the most beneficial to ef-
fective weed management
in Baker County, and NE
“Baker County may
decide to withdraw from
Tri-County, if they so
choose. But, no matter the
decision...the responsibility
for all weed management
entities is that we work
together with positive and
supportive relationships,
towards effective noxious
weed control.
“There is plenty of
noxious weed control to
do in Baker County. And,
there are upcoming grant
opportunities for weed
control entities that the
ODA Noxious Weed Con-
trol Program administers
for the Oregon State Weed
Board, and OWEB (Or-
egon Watershed Enhance-
ment Board).
“In addition to the good
work already underway
by many different parties
in Baker County, here are
some examples of work
that could be potential
projects addressed with
grant funds:
“There is a Spotted knap-
weed infestation in Durbin
Creek area, near the
Malheur County Line, that
could use further contain-
ment and/or efforts. The
Lower Burnt River Weed
District has expressed in-
terest in pursuing funding
whitetop and Medusahead
“There is Rush Skeleton-
weed Early Detection and
Rapid Response work in
the southern parts of the
county to do. There was
recent discovery of com-
mon crupina in Pine Creek.
There is also work to do in
the North of Baker County,
on perennial pepperweed
(there have been funded
projects there in the past).
“With so much work to
do, good cooperation and
communication between
all weed control entities
is paramount, no matter
the jurisdictional arrange-
ments. Where the ODA
Noxious Weed Control
Program can be helpful
in facilitating this effort,
please let us know.”
Following this was a
roughly one-hour discus-
sion on the topic, which
included Porter, Bernards,
Grammon, Clemens, and
Porter added that, “I
commend Baker County
for looking to create your
current program...I just
want to see that process go
forward, however, hopeful-
ly, with Tri-County...with
your own work in parallel,
both working together...”
Bernards said, “A lot
of it (changes) we’ve
been working on right
now, is building a close
relationship with Baker
County...I’d like to see
more presence from us, in
Baker County, aside from
just the BLM (Bureau of
Land Management proj-
ects)...We want to work
with Arnie (Grammon)
more, and some of the
private landowners...I’d
really like to make it a goal
to work with Arnie...I that
Baker County staying a
part of Tri-County is an
important component...I
don’t want us to ever
compete for funding, for
projects...I don’t think that
that’s in the spirit of weed
control...No matter what, I
want us to work together,
and have a healthy rela-
Harvey pointed out some
management issues in
recent years, and said that,
while Baker County has
the majority of work and
projects to be completed,
the County’s partnership
with Tri-County has been
“contentious,” though he
did voice praise for Ber-
nards’ efforts, and he said
that he wants to make clear
that he’s critical primarily
of past management (she’s
been Director for about a
Harvey said, “My con-
cern is that, event though
there have been
open communication (one
of the County’s complaints
is lack of communica-
tion)...Baker County’s still
on the peripheral...That
bothers me greatly.”
He said he asked Gram-
mon to send the BLM a
letter, to address issues the
BLM has with partnering
with the County, in order
to complete some projects.
Harvey made a mo-
tion to give Tri-County
a 90-day notice of the
County’s withdrawal from
its partnership agreement,
and to possibly have agree-
ments in the future with
Tri-County to complete
projects in the County, but
for the County ultimately
to have full control over
the projects here.
Clemens spoke about
the history of Tri-County,
and the cooperative agree-
ment with the counties,
and he said, “It’s disap-
pointing to me, to see it
end...a lot of good work
over the years. Communi-
cation is a two-way street
... I feel that the BLM issue
has to be resolved ... I’m
way past blaming anybody,
at this point; I’d just like to
see it move on...”
He outlined a couple of
his concerns with with-
drawal, including a break
in trust in other counties
and the state. He said he
didn’t understand how the
withdrawal will benefit the
Paustian pointed out
some issues that the Coun-
ty brought to Tri-County’s
attention previously, and
he said, “Both parties have
worked diligently to ad-
dress this...I would hate to
see Baker County disband
from Tri-County...I think
there’s an opportunity for
both entities to continue
the relationship they’ve
“Obviously, we need to
have a more open line of
no argument that we went
through a very rough
period...We’ve done our
due diligence in addressing
those issues...
“We’re in a very good
place, with Samantha (Ber-
nards) and her team right
now...The thing that scares
me...if you folks decide to
separate and go your own
path, it’s going to form a
line of competition, for the
same grant dollars...”
The Board discussed
the issues with Paustian,
and Bennett said, “Baker
County’s extremely serious
on this...We do want to
continue with the weeds
program, and we do see a
valid point.
“We also have a big hole
that needs to be filled, in
Baker County...” He said
that the 90 days would be
a good “cooling off,” and
Tri-County can decide how
it wishes to proceed. He
said that he does appreciate
all the work’s that’s been