Illinois Valley news. (Cave City, Oregon) 1937-current, September 04, 2002, Page 8, Image 8

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Illinois Valley News, Cave Junction, OR Wednesday, September 4, 2002
Pam Bode
Ranger Bode
begins job
‘under fire’
Live Music
Every Friday - 8p.m.
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
Tues. - Sat. - Noon to 9 p.m.
Sunday - Noon to 8 p.m.
(Closed Monday)
“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
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
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.