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THURSDAY, JUNE 30,2016
Art About Agriculture Celebrates
the Agrarian Landscape in its
34th annual touring exhibit
Crossroads is pleased to welcome our featured exhibit for July
2016 when Oregon State University’s College of Agriculture Sci
ences brings its 34th annual Art About Agriculture touring show
to Crossroad’s Carnegie Art Center from Friday July 1 through
July 30. The show will open during First Friday Art Walk in beau
tiful Downtown Historic Baker City. Sponsored by the College of
Agricultural Sciences, the exhibit celebrates the beauty and her
itage of the agrarian landscape, with 11 artists from three western
states who work in a variety of two and three dimensional media.
These artists were invited because of their choice of subject mat
ter and use of materials resonate strongly with this year’s theme:
“Agriculture of the American Landscape”.
“Our goal with the 2016 show is to inspire audiences with the
heritage and evolution of American agriculture, including agricul
ture practiced by Native Americans for centuries,” explained
Shelly Curtis, director of Art About Agriculture. ‘Their influences,
and the influences of early colonists and immigrant settlers,
evolved into practices and sciences of our country’s modern agri
Montana photographer Amanda Brietbach said hr work deals
with the history of people on the land where she grew up. “My
most recent project investigates the decline of family farming and
the emotional and spiritual issues that underlay thje human rela
tionship to land,” she said. By telling her family’s story through
her art, Brietbach hopes to make “larger, universal relationships
Oregon painter Sue-Del McCulloch said she finds most of her
subjects within 25 miles of her home on a small acreage near
Salem. ‘The landscape as shaped by agriculture has become my
work,” she said. ‘The landforms that lie under the sky are undu
lating swells that have been used to our various needs for a long
time: ditched and roiled and sprayed and plowed and planted and
cut and carved and crossed with roads and fences. All such ac
tivity leaves its mark and visually alters the land.”
Portland textile artist Kyla Mucci is concerned with using natural
fibers in her creations. ‘The materials I use range from wool, linen
and cotton, and vegetable dyes.’ She said. “Using materials as
my vocabulary, I aspire produce works of art th§t tell engaging
Besides Breitbach, McCulloch and Mucci, the other eight artists
in the show are:
Christopher Rehwalt, Sara Siestreem and Mark Rupert of Por-
tand, Ore.; Lance Morrison of Yamhill, Ore.; Neal Philpott of Ore
gon City; Dudley Dana and Stephanie Frostad of Missoula,
Montana; and Donna B. Trent of Gig Harbor, Wash.
This show generously sponsored by Sharron Bannister
Opening Night Reception on First Friday Art Walk, July 1, from
5:30 to 8 p.m. Light Refreshments provided by Friends of Cross
Art About Agriculture Celebrates the Agrarian Landscape in its
34th annual touring exhibit will be on display through Saturday,
July 28, 2016.
This is a free event open to the public.
July Events at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center
Art Access Lecture Series - Wednesday, July 6 from 10:30 to
We are pleased to welcome back the venerable Karma
Namgyel Rinpoche. In this lecture series Rinpoche will share
stories about his life as a Tibetan Buddhist monk from Bhutan.
He will discuss universal principles of loving kindness,
compassion, and living in harmony.
Join us at Crossroads for a free community conversation about
art and culture.
This is a free event open to the public
I think I messed up with the
calendar last week. Especially
with first and third Tuesdays and
Thursdays. Hope you’re keep
ing better track than I am!
(dates and times subject to
Friday-Monday, July 1-4:
Sumpter 4th of July Flea
Tuesday, July 5: SVFD and
PRR fire training, 6:30 pm
Thursday, July 7: Planning
Commission, 7 pm, City Hall
Saturday, July 9: SVRR board
meeting, location and time
Monday, July 11: Powder
River Rural Board meeting,
7 pm, Mosquito Flat
Tuesday, July 12: City
Council, 7 pm, City Hall
Thursday, July 14: Friends of
the Dredge, time and location
Thursday, July 14: SVCV, 6:30
pm, location to be announced
Friday, July 15: SVFD &
Auxiliary Bingo, 7 pm,
Saturday, July 16: SVRR
celebrates 40 years of
Tuesday, July 19: SVFD and
PRR fire training, 6:30 pm
Thursday, July 21: Bag
Ladies, noon, Community
Thursday, July 21: Planning
Commission, 7 pm, City Hall
Due to space limitations, some
material was left out last week.
It is very important for Sumpter
residents, full- and part-time, to
be aware of issues that face
dispatch when you call 9-1-1.
As some people at the June
council meeting pointed out,
these issues affect delivery
drivers, too. For example, we
have roadways like Bonanza
Avenue chopped into two or
three scattered pieces, and we
also have a Bonanza Street.
Both run north and south. With
out NE or SW, etc., and street
versus avenue, first responders
could end up on a dead-end a
mile from where they need to
Auburn Street divides north
from south. Drive toward
Granite from Auburn Street,
you’re going north. Drive
toward Baker City from Auburn
Street, you’re going south. Mill
Street, parts of which are
covered by the highway, divides
west from east. The railroad
tracks are west of Mill Street.
The post office is east of Mill
Another problem is that many
houses don’t have house num
bers posted. You need numbers
on your house that are easily
visible from the street, and you
need to be comfortable saying
which quarter of the City you
live in: NE, NW, SE, or SW.
Planning Commission held a
brief meeting Saturday morning
to try to accommodate zoning
permit application approvals
before the 4th of July weekend.
It was partially successful.
Sumpter Valley Community
Volunteers (SVCV) held a
potluck at Volunteer Park on
June 20th. SVCV provided hot
dogs and hamburgers. The
roughly two dozen attendees
provided sides and condiments.
The new horseshoe pits saw a
good deal of use (photo by Mark
Luker). It was a sunny, warm
evening of great camaraderie.
Department (SVFD) Auxiliary
held a quick meeting on June
21 st. It was decided that Auxil
iary will focus on support at
fires and leave fundraising to
SVCV. The exception to this is
that Auxiliary will continue to
administrate Third Friday Bingo
until someone wins the jackpot
(the next Bingo is July 15).
Current SVFD money remains
with the City, but funds raised
for SVFD by SVCV will be held
by SVCV for SVFD purposes.
Leland and Nancy Myers
attended the Oregon Grand
Chapter of Eastern Star in
Pendleton last weekend. Grand
Chapter is where new officers
are elected, business that affects
each chapter in Oregon is
conducted, and updates are
given on Oregon Eastern Star’s
research has been a major focus
for many years.
Sunday morning services are
held at St. Brigid’s in the Pines
at Auburn and Bonanza in
Sumpter on the first and third
Sundays of the month at 11
a.m. followed by a coffee
‘hour.’ Weekly services at
McEwen Bible Fellowship
include Sunday School at 9:45
a.m., Morning Worship at 11
a.m., and Wednesday evening
prayer at 6:45 p.m.
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Send in news and/or photos
by Sunday evening to be in
cluded in the Sumpter column
the following week. Include
captions with photos.
I am inyolved in several of the
organizations appearing in this
column, but I do not report as an
official representative of any of
Dick Browne, John Young, Rella Browne-Pfleeger, and Cary
Clarke help break In the new horseshoe pits at Volunteer Park
One of Baker County’s Gems
Crossroads Art Center, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit founded in 1963. Our mis
sion is to create opportunities for the entire community to be engaged, inspired,
and transformed by the arts.
Smokin Boot Kitchen Recipes
- by Nina Stephens
The following recipe is provided this week by our very own
Haines 4th of July Queen, Nina Stephens. Many Record Courier
readers may remember Nina’s Smoking Boot Kitchen recipes
from years back. She has graciously offered to contribute once
again, and we are very excited to have her back in the RC
kitchen. ENJOY! ,
2 cans refried beans
2 lbs. browned hamburger
6 flour or com tortillas (6” - 8”)
2 cups sour cream
3 cups shredded cheese
1 bottle salsa
5 green onions or 1 white onion -
2 tomatoes, diced
Mix refried beans and hamburger,
Place tortillas in a 9x13 pan. .
Layer browned meat/beans, sour
cream, salsa and shredded cheese.
Repeat layers starting with tortillas.
Place chopped green onions and
tomatoes on top of final layer.
Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Information /photo from http://oregonstateparks.org
Did you know the average number
of visitors to the Sumpter Dredge
in one year is 72,294 people?
The dredge in the park is the last of three built
on the Powder River. Built in 1935, it ran until
1954. It dug up more than four million dollars
worth by a simple, but dramatic method.
Sticking out from the dredge's hull is a
massive boom bearing 72 one-ton buckets.
The buckets, moving like the chain of a chain
saw, would bore into the riverbank and carry
the loose rock back into the dredge interior.
Once inside, the rock would pass through a
series of steel cylinders to separate the
material by size, sending the smaller material
deeper into the dredge. Using water and
sluices, the gold would be separated from the
sediment. The spoils from this process and
larger rock pass through the back of the
dredge and are deposited behind it via another
Dredge operations stopped in 1954, and the
dredge fell into disrepair during the following
41 years. Restoration began in 1995. The
Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge was added to the
National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Between 1992-1993, the gold dredge, tailings
and nearby property were purchased.
If you’d like to spend more time here, apply
for the open Park Ranger position at the
Sumpter Dredge! Go to governmentjobs.com/
Park Acreage: 93.44
Features: Hiking Trails, Picnic Areas,
Wildlife viewing, Interpretive Display,
Fishing, Presentations, Restrooms
Fees: No parking or admission fees