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Saturday, April 8, 2017
Two Rivers inmate dies unexpectedly
UMATILLA — A Two Rivers Correctional Institution
inmate died unexpectedly in Umatilla Friday morning.
Oregon State Police is investigating
the death of Michael Louis Shaw,
52, who was found unresponsive in
his bed at 5:45 a.m., according to an
Oregon Department of Corrections
press release. Despite life-saving
efforts from the medical staff, Shaw
was pronounced dead at 6:32 a.m.
Shaw has been in department
custody since 2002 and is in prison
on one count of sex abuse in the first
degree and one count of mistreatment Shaw
in the first degree out of Marion
His earliest release date was Sept. 28, 2025.
National Guard to conduct demolition
training in Boardman April 20-22
The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Explosive
Ordnance Disposal Flight will conduct routine demolition and
pyrotechnic training April 20-22 at its Naval Weapons System
Training Facility in Boardman.
All training activities will take place during the day and in
the central section of the facility. Safety precautions have been
taken to ensure the tests pose no threat to people or property,
but dust clouds, smoke, airborne flares and ground vibrations
may occur during the tests.
Any questions can be directed to Naval Air Station
Whidbey Island at 360-257-2286.
Krazy Horse Quilters seek show entries
PENDLETON — After a one-year hiatus, the Krazy Horse
Quilters are back with their annual quilt show.
Quilters and quilt lovers are invited to exhibit quilts. The
non-juried show’s purpose is to bring together all quilt lovers
and to showcase the work of local quilt makers.
Those interested in showing their quilts — which can
include antique quilts and art quilts, as well as recently
completed quilts — must register by Monday, April 24.
The show is May 6-7 at the Pendleton Convention Center.
For more information, visit www.krazyhorsequilters.org or
contact Marilyn Lohmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heppner welcomes new city manager
HEPPNER — The public is invited to meet Edie Ball, the
new city manager in Heppner.
An open house is set for Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Heppner
City Hall, 111 N. Main St. People are invited to stop by and
welcome Ball and enjoy refreshments. Also, the city council
For more information, call 541-676-9618.
Wind power shut off as rivers flow high
By COURTNEY FLATT
Northwest rivers are
running high as all that
winter snowpack melts into
And that means the
region is producing too much
of a good thing: carbon-free,
renewable energy in the
form of both dam-generated
hydropower along with
electricity from spinning
That’s prompted the
federal government to take
an action it avoided during
the last four years of drought
conditions: shutting down
That’s something the
Bonneville Power Adminis-
tration did each spring from
2010 to 2012, before more
recent drought conditions
kept rivers running so low
that there was plenty of
capacity on the power grid
for all the electricity that
Northwest wind farms could
But there’s one big differ-
ence between this spring
and the region’s pre-drought
years: California’s increasing
supply of solar power.
Electricity suppliers in the
Northwest used to sell a lot
of their carbon-free energy
from wind and hydroelectric
dams to California to help it
meet its renewable energy
goals. But now, with more
solar on the grid, California’s
not buying as much of the
That leaves the extra
power with little place to
go. Dam operators curtail
generation and send extra
water over the tops of dams.
Wind operators are made to
stop producing power.
Wind power producers
lose money with each day
they’re not generating power.
AP file photo
A wind turbine near Arlington rests in 2011. The Bonneville Power Administration
has ordered the shutdown of wind turbines for the first time since 2012 because
of high flows in the Columbia River system.
“In the Northwest, the timing of the runoff
is a really important phenomenon.”
— Ben Kujala,
Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Art Sasse, director of
communication and brand
for Avangrid Renewables,
said his company is moni-
toring the situation and
complying with the BPA’s
A lot of the reason the
BPA tells wind power gener-
ators to shutdown has to do
“In the Northwest, the
timing of the runoff is a
really important phenom-
enon,” said Ben Kujala, a
senior resource analyst with
the Northwest Power and
It’s a tough balancing act.
When rivers are running too
high from snowmelt and
precipitation there is only
Trophy trout could earn anglers
$50 at Willow Creek Reservoir
HEPPNER — Anglers could earn a $50 Visa gift card if
they catch one of 15 specially tagged trophy trout released into
Willow Creek Reservoir.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will release a
total of 1,500 trophy-size trout into the reservoir near Heppner
during April and May. Of those, 150 fish will be marked with
brightly colored tags, 15 of which will be eligible for the
The tag reward program allows ODFW to monitor the
success of its trout stocking programs using fewer staff hours
in the field, said Bill Duke, ODFW fish biologist in Pendleton.
“We want to be sure these fish are being caught by
anglers,” Duke said.
The program is funded through a grant from the ODFW
Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program.
Anglers who catch one of the prize fish — as indicated by
a four-digit number on the tag — must turn that tag in to the
ODFW Pendleton office, 73471 Mytinger Lane, to claim their
reward. Tags can be turned in by mail or in person. If the fish
is going to be released back into the reservoir, anglers should
cut the tag off rather than pulling it out.
Anglers should also report any non-reward tags in person,
by mail or by calling 541-276-2344.
so much water that can be
spilled over the top of dams,
bypassing turbine generators.
Too much spill can harm
threatened and endangered
Add to that springtime
winds and there could be
too much power on the grid.
That could cause a blackout.
This year, BPA started
the wind-power curtailments
in mid-March, earlier in the
season than ever before.
“One of the things we saw
in previous curtailments was
[extra generation] during the
evening hours and over the
weekends, which tends to be
when people are using less
electricity around here. This
time a lot of the curtailments
have happened during the
day, which is different than
in the past,” Kujala said.
That’s likely because of
California’s surplus of solar
energy and changing power
markets, which Kujala called
a “moving target.”
“While there’s a lot of
water, there’s also a lot of
solar; there’s also a lot of
wind,” Kujala said. “And all
of those things are [power]
generation, where you’re
either going to take what you
can get, or you’re going to
have to curtail some of it.”
So far BPA has curtailed
about 600,000 megawatts of
Kujala said it doesn’t look
like the rivers will be quite as
swollen as during the largest
curtailment in 2011.
“However, we definitely
look like we’re going to
be on-track to do as much
curtailment, if not more,” he
Follett’s Meat Company brings home the bacon
Business awarded for which garnered reserve
champion in 2016. Calhoun
their fine pepper bacon also tipped his hat to Jose
Program helps families with childcare
SALEM — Help with paying childcare expenses is
available through the Employment Related Day Care program.
The program assists working families by paying some of
their childcare costs. Parents, foster parents or a caretaker who
is working may be eligible for help. The program also can
help cover childcare expenses for school hours if people are
working and going to school.
Families can apply at any Department of Human Services
office. Eligibility includes income limits — a family of three
with gross income of less than $3,149 per month could qualify.
DHS childcare payments are made directly to the provider.
Eligible families will still pay a portion of their childcare
costs. They can choose someone who is a DHS-approved
provider or they can list a new provider, including a family
member, a friend or their current childcare provider.
For more information on how to apply, or the location of
the nearest DHS office, visit www.211info.org or dial 2-1-1, a
free 24-hour live support line.
Owner Justin Follett and manager Travis Calhoun
of Follett’s Meat Company of Hermiston are all
smiles after winning grand champion for their fine
pepper bacon at the 2017 Northwest Meat Processors
Association Convention and Trade Show, held March
23-25 at Ocean Shores, Washington.
Follett’s Meat Company
of Hermiston came home
with a major win from
the 2017 Northwest Meat
Convention and Trade
Owner Justin Follett and
manager Travis Calhoun
were thrilled to receive
grand champion in the
bacon category with their
fine pepper bacon. The pair
were on hand to receive the
award during the conven-
tion, held March 23-25 at
Ocean Shores, Washington.
The award, Calhoun
said, comes on the heels
of the company’s jalepeño
cheese summer sausage,
Martinez and Luis Duarte,
who work as meat cutters
“It was a team effort with
the Follett’s team working
side-by-side to achieve great
meat and accomplishments
at the convention,” Calhoun
Family-owned and oper-
ated since 1921, Follett’s
Meat Company is based
in Hermiston. It provides
custom meat processing
for beef, pork, lamb and
wild game that offers both
Follett’s is open Monday
through Fridays from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. at 31019 Follett
Lane, Hermiston. For more
information, call 541-564-
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