Page 8 Illinois Valley News, Cave Junction, OR Wednesday, September 4, 2002 Pam Bode Ranger Bode begins job ‘under fire’ FREE! Live Music Every Friday - 8p.m. SageBeetle 592-2162 119 S. Redwood Hwy Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Rummage Sale 150 E. Lewis Court (Across from I.V. High School) Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will go toward Lutheran Brotherhood #8356. Matching funds up to $450 will be paid by Lutheran Tuesdays – Thursdays – Saturdays *10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Depart I.V. Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m. Foris Vineyards - 11 a.m. 1 1/2 hr. “Taste and Tour” Bridgeview Winery - 12:30 p.m. “Taste and Lunch” Lunch provided by High Country Shuttle Return to I.V. Visitor Center at approximately 4:30 p.m. Phone 1-866-442-6879 for reservations and prices. Prices vary according to group size. (*Times are approximate) New ‘I.V. News’ deadline: Noon Mondays for everything Tues. - Sat. - Noon to 9 p.m. Sunday - Noon to 8 p.m. (Closed Monday) ‘ By SHERRI HOPPER “I value and have a strong commitment to public partici- pation,” said Pam Bode, new U.S. Forest Service ranger for the combined Illinois Valley/ Galice Ranger District. “I bring with me the past experience of bringing people together and I hope to con- tinue that in my position as district ranger here,” she said. Bode served as a district ranger for the Gunnison Na- tional Forest in central Colo- rado previous to accepting her current position on July 2. During her 22-year career with the forest service, Bode has worked in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, New Mexico, Colo- rado and Washington, D.C. She has served as a team leader for environmental as- sessment and in establishing environmental impact state- ments. She has extensive ex- perience in recreation man- agement, environmental edu- cation and timber planning. As Bode and her family made plans for their relocation to Southwestern Oregon, the initial fires of what would evolve into the Biscuit Fire began burning in the Siskiyou National Forest. The original plan had been to arrive in Illinois Val- ley on Aug. 5. But with the first blow-up of the fire, the Bode family began to rethink that plan. “A week before we were to arrive in Cave Junction, the entire Illinois Valley was on a 30-minute evacuation notice,” said Bode. “It didn’t make sense to move in while every- one else was thinking about moving out.” Bode did decide to come ahead of her family, arriving in Illinois Valley Aug. 8. Her family joined her on Aug. 19. “Right now the fire is really demanding all of my attention, and normal forest service business has substantially come to a halt as we work on suppression and emergency rehabilitation issues,” she said. Bode also said that while the national forest west of Hwy. 199 remains closed, and will remain closed until it is safe to the public, forest ser- vice lands on the east side of Hwy. 199 remain open to the public. Having arrived in the mid- dle of a major forest fire, Bode said that she is im- pressed with the staff, who have also devoted their time to the fire effort. “Right now I know I’m not getting the full spectrum of what the district deals with on a normal basis, but as the fire issues abate, I’ll be focus- ing on opportunities,” said Bode. “Certainly not ignoring the problems, but I will be focusing on opportunities.” Community enjoys 30th annual Labor Day Fes- tival and Parade spon- sored by Illinois Valley Lions Club.