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Illinois Valley News
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1 Section, Volume LXXXI No. 49
Published weekly for the residents of the Illinois Valley
hits a speed bump,
Taylor’s saves the day
IVN Contributing Writer
(Photos by Laura Mancuso, for the Illinois Valley News)
River Stars Performing Arts presented a holiday treat with “Candyland,” Sunday, Dec. 9 at Lorna
Byrne Middle School. The above cast include Owen Dwyer (left), Na’amah Ocean, Rosemary
Staab, Annie Hertler, Isadora Millay, Phoebe Hertler, Meaghan Vallot and Lindsey B. Jones.
RiverStars delivers, again
By Laura Mancuso
Colorful, energetic, poetic
and intelligent are just a few words
that can describe the RiverStars
Performing Arts show “Candyland”
held Dec. 8 and 9 at Lorna Byrne
Elementary School for a crowd.
vegetables reminded us about the
importance of food grown from
the earth and educated us about
the overconsumption of sugar in
our country by taking the audience
on an interactive journey through
The lead plants were flawless
in their dance, expressing valuable
life lessons through the classical
music of Queen. The ArtStars (mainly
vegetables) were acted by Owen
Dwyer, Annie Hertler, Na’amah
Ocean, Isadora Millay, Meaghan
Vallot, Phoebe Hertler, Rosemary
Staab (EverStar), Maizi Giroux, Finn
Franklin, Toby Giroux and Maya
Houck. The ArtStars cast devotedly
rehearsed 10-14 hours per week
before the show.
The audience was then
captivated when King Candy
stepped on the stage, played by arts
educator Lindsey B. Jones on stilts
in a rainbow of colors. She was such
a crowd pleaser she got a standing
ovation at the last curtain call.
Additionally, you could feel
the crowd smile when they saw
theEverStar and TwinkleStar dancers
creatively dressed like yummy candy
characters, such as Pop Rocks,
LifeSavers and Jawbreakers, and
burst their way onto the stage.
According to arts educator Gina
Angelique, “Young RiverStars artists
exceeded all expectations regarding
their capacity for increasingly
complex choreography. Their talent is
growing as fast as their commitment
and passion to the performing arts.
The Illinois Valley must be bursting
with holiday joy felt from the energy
of our truly amazing youth.”
Gratefully Angelique added,
“Equally as wonderful is the towns
turn-out…I heard one man say ...
‘I’ve been waiting for our town to
catch the bug.’ What’s so powerful
is our youth are providing real,
valuable, quality live for our
Kudos to all the educators,
parents and volunteers, for treating
our community to such inspiring
creativity, drama and talent.
Arts partners with Three Valley
Organization and dancefarm. The
sponsors include Oregon Community
Foundation, Ford Family Foundation,
Collins Foundation, Community
Learning Center Grant and the Four
Oregon gets a new playbook
for responding to an earthquake
The Statesman Journal
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has a new playbook
for preparing and responding to a major earthquake that
dictates what should be tackled over time versus a list of
tasks to get done.
The playbook provides a two-week blueprint for the
state’s response and expectations for prioritizing Oregon’s
recovery from what would be the deadliest natural disaster
in the U.S.
Oregon faces the threat of a 9.0 magnitude
earthquake and tsunami that would hit the 700-mile
Cascadia Subduction Zone, rippling from the coastal
counties and impacting much of the state and neighboring
Emergency planners estimate coastal areas would
have as little as 15 minutes notice to escape an incoming
tsunami, and as many as 25,000 people could die. About
a million Oregonians could be impacted in other ways:
needing shelter, food and medication while waiting for
To prepare for the worst-case scenario, Oregon’s
Office of Emergency Management has updated and
revised its response plan, a 100-page document called the
Times for responding and recovering are a key
change from two previous editions.
Emergency planners have laid out steps they would
take after an earthquake based on intervals of time: the
first hour, the first six hours, the first 12 hours and beyond.
The shift to focus on time comes after the 2016
Cascadia Rising exercise, a four-day regional drill that
offered a look at how prepared the Pacific Northwest is for
an earthquake and tsunami.
The newest version gives the state a clearer sense of
how to prioritize tasks and track progress, said Andrew
Phelps, director of the Office of Emergency Management.
“That way, we aren’t wasting any of the available
resources on things that weren’t absolutely critical,”
In the first hour, the steps are basic: contact the
governor, determine what staff are available and start
“The first hour, it’s all about finding your feet,”
Phelps said. “That first hour it’s all about notifications.”
Within six hours, the priorities include having the
governor declare a state of emergency, assessing roads
and bridges for damages and working to get emergency
supplies, establishing communications with local
government and sending information to the public.
Unlike other disasters that are more self-contained
- like a dam collapse - the state has to plan for a response
with major infrastructure damage and some staff not able
As a result, tools like amateur radio networks would
be used for communication instead of cell phones.
SEE QUAKE ON A-10
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The Oregon Caves Chateau is currently undergoing a
long-contemplated renovation, and will reopen in either 2019
or 2021, depending upon the extent of the work.
But in the meantime, after 18 years of managing the
Oregon Caves Chateau concession under contract with
the National Park Service, local nonprofit Illinois Valley
Community Development Organization, also known as
IVCanDo, has handed the baton to national facilities
management behemoth, Aramark.
The changeover was a necessity after the park service
decided to combine management of the Chateau with
management of Crater Lake facilities. Operation of those
additional facilities is outside the mandate of IVCanDo.
But there was a complication. When IVCanDo first took
over management of the Chateau, the park service required
that every new concessionaire purchase all equipment,
furnishings, artwork and historical items from the previous
one. But under new park service regulations, that requirement
no longer exists.
According to IVCanDo director Kenny Houck, Aramark
and IVCanDo were not able to come to an agreement on a
purchase price for a large number of valuable items, including
the red stools and the counter in the 1930’s diner, the
historic phone booth, the front counter, all the photographs,
decorative items, artwork and memorabilia, as well as other
items that numbered literally in the thousands: dishware,
kitchen equipment, 60 or 70 chairs, 30 dining area tables, the
walk-in cooler, freezers, the dishwasher, the stove, 24 rooms
worth of beds and furnishings, and so on.
Describing what must have been a promethean task,
Houck said that everything was checked “like three times” to
ensure a well-documented inventory for sale to Aramark.
Ultimately, unable to reach agreement with Aramark,
IVCanDo was left holding the bag for about $150,000 worth
of investment they could not fully recoup.
Luckily, Taylor’s Sausage stepped in and purchased all
or most of the kitchen equipment and appliances.
“Taylor’s got a great value on what they paid for,” said
Houck, adding that Taylor’s was invaluable in helping to
physically remove items from the building, which was part of
the obligation of the departing concessionaire.
There was also the matter of the 24 or 25 quilts on the
Chateau beds that had originally been donated by the Valley
Girls Quilt Show. Through an agreement with IVCanDo,
those quilts were put up for sale, with the proceeds split 50-50
between the two organizations.
IVCanDo had hoped it could recoup 50 cents on the
dollar, but according to Houck, they were unable to reach that
goal. Nevertheless, with the help of Taylor’s and the Valley
Girls, IVCanDo did find itself with enough of a financial
outcome to either donate or sell at a reduced price the
remaining historical items to the Friends of the Oregon Caves
The Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau is a non-
profit organization that cooperates with the park service in
the stewardship and improvement of the cultural and natural
resources of the Oregon Caves National Monument and
“It took a lot of local creativity,” said Houck, “to
have it come out the good outcome that it did. The new
concessionaire was not willing or able to step into the role of
a local partner yet; I hope that they will in the future.”
Sue Densmore, executive director of the Friends, said
her organization will be working closely with Aramark
to complete the restoration of the historic elements in the
Chateau - the re-creation of the balconies, the restoration
of the Monterey Furniture collection, the lighting and
implementing the historic furnishings plan. All of the items
planned for eventual restoration at the Chateau are currently
being stored in a secure place, a location Densmore declined
Densmore also made a point of saying that the
commitment of the Friends is to the Oregon Caves and
Chateau and they are ready to work with whoever is the
One concern among locals is the loss of jobs at the
Chateau during the one to two-year renovation. However,
Aramark is offering job opportunities at Crater Lake National
Park, and Oregon Caves employees are invited to apply. Jobs
will be posted at craterlakehospitalityjobs.com by Jan. 18,
2019. Interviews will start Feb. 1, and offers will be sent out
one week after the interview.
Crater Lake offers on-site worker housing.
Loss of the Chateau concession will have a small, but
still significant effect on IVCanDo’s budget, although Houck
would not hazard a guess as to the exact amount of the
“But,” he said, “That’s why the board and staff has been
working over a year to develop other program activities.
And some of that is being covered by the three-year grant of
$270,000 from the Ford Family Foundation, primarily for
implementation of the 2020 Strategic Plan and Program.
“But,” he added, “everybody came away good, and the
Chateau will be the better for it.”