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THURSDAY, JUNE 30,2016
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Haines is busy, busy, and busy!
Preparations for the Haines Old
Fashioned Fourth of July are in
full throttle. Community organi­
zations, city staff and businesses
are preparing for an outstanding
celebration.
Don’t forget,
our Grand
Marshall Richard and Queen
Nina Stephens will be honored
with a potluck dinner on Saturday
evening, 6:30 p.m. at the
Methodist Church Community
Hall.
The public is invited.
Please don’t miss a chance to
honor these two wonderful
members of our community.
By the way, Art in the Park
Chairman, Becky Litke, is shar­
ing that there will be 20 vendors
in the Haines Park this year. Out­
standing work by our Chairman.
The City is looking for your
creative-side. Mayor Jim Brown
has asked Sandy Wood to head up
a committee to design a city flag.
What a great idea! If you would
like to help, or have a design you
would like to have considered,
give Sandy a call at 541-856-
3284.
Don’t forget the Eastern Oregon
Museum will be showing off
some beautiful vintage and
antique wedding gowns over the
4th of July.
The show will
continue through Labor Day.
Museum volunteers share that it
is a work in progress. The biggest
challengefinding dress forms
that fit those teeny-weeny waist
lines of brides years ago. Geeze!
He’s back! Yep. The Boy on the
Bicycle is back. Just one slight
change - he is peddling his way
through town via the corral,
located on the north end of the
Haines City Park. Haines-own,
Elbert Fisher, hand-carved this
neat little guy who has developed
his own fan base over the years.
Some might wonder - where is
the Girl on the Bicycle? (Yes, he
has a friend.) She, however, is
having - shall we say - a few
structural challenges and has
opted to stay indoors for the
summer.
Don’t forget to check out the
Haines Days sign that has been
put up at the north end of town. It
is very impressive! Thanks to all
those who participated in making
that happen.
And finally, on Thursday, July
7th, at 10:30 a.m., the Haines
Library will be hosting “Kids and
Family Zumba” with the Baker
County YMCA’s Melissa Irvine.
Have fun and get moving!
Enjoy your 4th of July with
family and friends. Be safe, be
smart, and have fun!
Haines Summer Reading Program
Haines Library is very excited
about the wonderful participation
we are having in our Summer
Reading Program. To date,
we've had three Lego Club
Tuesdays and two Thursday
programs. We were happy to
have members of the Baker
High School Girls Soccer Team
join us for our kickoff day where
a great group of Haines area
kids and visitors got to set read­
ing goals, listen to a story,
practice soccer skills and play
some fun games. Last Thurs­
day, we hosted the University of
Oregon
Natural . History
Museum's "Move Like a Mam­
moth Program" and had a
record number of visitors to the
Haines Library. Summer reading
program continues through the
month of July Thursdays at
10:30 a.m. and is followed by
free lunch in the courtyard for all
youth under age 18. Tuesdays
and Thursday mornings at the
library have been such a fun
community gathering place. Join
us!
By Vickie Christensen
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Looks like June has flown by,
and July is fast upon us.
Given the 4th of July falls on
a Monday, several meetings have
been rescheduled to Monday,
July 11.
The Ladies Tea will meet on the
eleventh, at 10 a.m., at the Wolf
Creek Grange. The North Powder
City Council will meet at 7 p.m.,
on the eleventh, also at Wolf
Creek Grange.
The Wolf Creek Grange
monthly meeting is scheduled for
July 5 at 6:30pm, come visit and
bring a friend.
North Powder is gearing up for
the annual Huckleberry Festival,
slated for Saturday, July 30. It
sounds as though there will be
mud volleyball, music, games for
children, a car show, a beer
garden, and much more. Circle
the date and join in on the fun.
The library has been busy with
The Summer Reading Program.
If you like to watch movies, come
check out our collection of
DVD'S. There are plenty to
choose from. If you need access
to a computer, there are two
available.
This Week’s Hint
This week’s hint is a solution
that is safe and will kill those
ugly weeds that love to grow in
the cracks of walkways. Mix 1/4
cup salt to 1 gallon water, mix,
and put it in a sprayer. To keep
new weeds from springing up,
simply pour salt in the cracks and
crevices.
At right, children work on a
craft project at the Move Like a
Mammoth Program.
BHS Soccer Helpers who
assisted for Summer Reading
Kickoff.
At left, children learn how prehistoric animals eat by
using puppets at the Move Like a Mammoth Program
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The Senator also expressed his
concerns that not enough spending is
being made in the area of our na­
tion’s infrastructure.
“We are only spending only 2% of
our GDP on infrastructure spend­
ing,” stated Merkley. That is not
enough. This kind of spending puts
people to work, and addresses a real
problem in our country.”
Merkley applauded the FAST Act
- Fixing America’s Surface Trans­
portation. “The Act,” said Merkley,
“is an important long-term plan to
improve our crumbling highways
and bridges.”
The Senator then turned his atten­
tion to questions from the audience,
which proved to be quiet diverse.
Opening the questions was Kale
Cassidy, who will be a freshman at
Baker High School next year. Kale
asked specifically about current ini­
tiatives that will improve the readi­
ness of kids for college and career
choices. He also queried the Senator
just how those initiatives could be
implemented in rural areas.
“I believe we must maintain the
Perkins funding,” said Merkley. “It
is imperative to our career training.
The Carl D. Perkins Act was
signed into law in 2006. It is intended
to provide individuals with academic
and technical skills needed to suc­
ceed in the workforce.
Senator Merkley expressed sup­
port for the Every Student Succeeds
Act (ESSA), a measure signed into
law in December 2015. The act is in­
tended to replace the controversial
“No Child Left Behind Act”.
The ESSA narrows the role of the
federal government in .elementary
and secondary education. It does not
remove standardized testing of chil­
dren from 3rd grade thru 8th grade,
but shifts the accountability directly
onto the states.
“I am pleased with the passage of
the Act,” stated Merkley. But, I am
concerned that the funding compo­
nents of the bill dealing with Career
Technical Education (CTE) got very
diversified. Too many program ob­
jectives within that section of the bill
will result in a lot of different com­
petition for the dollars. I am con­
cerned about the long-term impact of
that.”
Merkley shared with the audience
that he was the first in his family to
go to college. “No one in my family,
no one in my neighborhood, or any I
really knew went to college. We need
to take the mystery out of going to
college for kids. We need to make
that vision attainable.”
“The cost of college has gone up
faster than anything else in our econ­
omy. Kids are putting off marriage,
or buying a home because of college
debt.”
Baker City resident, Bruce Raffety,
asked about the potential mineral ex­
traction in the Owyhee Canyonlands,
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located in Malheur County.
“There is a large Russian organiza­
tion that wants to extract minerals
from the Owyhee Canyonlands
area,” stated Merkley. “I have co­
sponsored Senator Wyden’s bill that
would prohibit that from happening.
It (Wyden’s bill) also has a number
of economic development incentives
around grazing, tourism, and recre­
ational access to federal lands.”
Betsy Christ of Haines inquired
about die Senator’s position regard­
ing the Trans-Pacific Partnership
(TPP).
The TPP is a trade agreement that
was signed by twelve Pacific Rim
countries. It is widely-considered as
one of the most ambitious free trade
agreements ever signed. Supporters
believe it will promote tremendous
economic growth for the involved
countries. Opponents of the TPP
voice concerns that it will result in
jobs leaving the U.S. for developing
countries.
By a show of hands, Senator
Merkley took a poll of the audience
members regarding their position on
the TPP. The majority of members
believed it would harm the U.S.
economy.
Merkley acknowledged the meas­
ure might be beneficial in two areas:
protecting intellectual property
rights, and helping in many agricul­
tural areas.
However, he opposes the measure
on what he believes will be a devas­
tating impact on manufacturing jobs.
“I am concerned that geo-strategic
interests are topping the interests of
America,” said Merkley. “We have
lost 5 million jobs as a result of trade
deals that have prompted U.S. com­
panies to move overseas. Obviously
this has caused real damage to our
middle class.” ,
Merkley noted his concerns with
trading partners’ labor laws, wages,
and environmental matters, suggest­
ing the lack of appropriate standards
on their part does real harm to any
fair trade negotiations.
Marshall McComb of Baker City
asked what could be done about the
shift to technology and the impact it
has on our ability to create jobs.
“How do we cope with this?”
asked McComb. “The minimum
wage of fifteen dollars is not going
to make that big of difference. What
do we need to do to encourage a
wealth shift to make sure a greater
number of people can participate in
economic opportunity?”
Senator Merkley shared with the
audience that this very issue has been
of concern to him for many years. He
has expressed those concerns to
many economists and the “best
brains” in the field. Most have told
Merkley that it is the direction of em­
ployment. He was told that commu­
nities will be
economically
successful if they figure out how to
make the machines that people are
going to use, and then train people on
how to use them.
He told the story of a knife grinding
operation, once utilizing employees,
now completely automated.
“No Worker’s Compensation, no
disability claims, no overtime, no
health insurance,” stated Merkley.
“It is no wonder employers are mov­
ing seriously towards automation.”
Haines resident, Maxine Cole
shared her point of view on gun con­
trol with Senator Merkley.
“The criminals are going to get
guns, and they are going use them,”
said Cole. “How are we going to de­
fend ourselves?”
Merkley addressed the question in
two parts: 1) Restricting guns for
those who are on the FBI Terror
Watch List, or the “no-fly list” and,
2) Tightening loopholes at gun shows
and places like Craig’s List.
Merkley again took a poll of the au­
dience regarding those who sup­
ported the idea of restricting guns for
those who are on the FBI list. The
majority of the audience agreed the
loophole should be closed. He then
pointed out that states like Oregon
have already moved forward to close
loopholes in gun shows, online pur­
chases and avenues for purchase
other than retail operators.
Senator Merkley, along with fellow
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, were
among several Democrats who
joined a filibuster to discuss gun con­
trol following the Orlando shooting.
Local rancher, Curtis Martin
touched on the issue of the Owyhee
Canyonlands but spent most his time
asking about the Senator’s position
on Navigable Waters regulations
being driven by the U.S'. Environ­
mental Protection Agency.
“Things look ambivalent when
they first start, but then there is this
creeping control,” said Martin. “This
issue has the opportunity to affect
every ditch, stream, canal or other
water systems. We just ask that you
take into account that creeping regu­
lations are destroying our ability to
make a living.”
Merkley responded, “I think the
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everyone a
safe fourth
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exemptions that are in the measure
are sound, and I think will protect
many of your concerns. I will take
any concern you have and dive into
the details. Bring me the details and
I will dig into it to see what we can
find.”
The Senator thanked the Haines
community and ended by saying,
“Go Bulldogs.”
Kevin Cassidy, 5-J School Board
Chairman responded, “Go Haines
Hawks!”
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