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    REGION
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
East Oregonian
HERMISTON
Page 3A
HERMISTON
Pro-bond signs swiped as election nears School budget comes
in about $1 million
less than expected
PAC raised $22,000
to promote bond
By JAYATI
RAMAKRISHNAN
East Oregonian
Several signs in support of
the upcoming schools bond
measure were stolen recently
from front yards around
Hermiston.
“We first found out about
three weeks ago on Face-
book,” said Ginny Holthus,
a school board member
and co-chair of the bond
measure’s political action
committee. “Then we got
calls from several people
we’d delivered signs to,
saying their signs had been
stolen and asking us to bring
them new ones.”
Holthus said in total, they
received calls about 12 to 14
stolen signs.
Holthus said the police
department was apprised of
the thefts, but that was all the
board could do.
“It’s disappointing,” she
said. “I respect people not
having the same views, but
they should probably get
their own signs.”
Hermiston police chief
the district will be able to
close the gap created by the
budget shortfall.
Maiocco said the district
would find ways to make
things work.
By JAYATI
“We will be fine,” he
RAMAKRISHNAN
East Oregonian
said. “I do not anticipate
that we will have layoffs.”
Maiocco said the district
As
the
Hermiston
School District looks to will respond to the shortfall
build its budget for the next by increasing some class
biennium, it will have to sizes, and reducing posi-
work with less than origi- tions, not through layoffs
but through attri-
nally planned.
tion and position
At a work
vacancies.
session Monday,
The district’s
superintendent
b u s i n e s s
Fred
Maiocco
manager, Katie
announced that
Saul, said this
the state had
is
the
first
chosen to go with
time in recent
the
co-chair’s
memory that the
framework
for
legislature has
school budgets.
selected budget
That
decision Maiocco
parameters lower
means the state
school fund will total about than those selected by the
$7.8 billion for the 2017- governor.
Saul said the projected
2018 school year, as opposed
to the $8.4 billion the district $7.8 billion state schools
budget will generate an
had hoped for.
“We’re confident we’ll estimated $50.8 million
be able to meet those for Hermiston schools, but
requirements, but it is not quickly noted that number
could change based on a
good news,” he said.
At the district level, number of factors, including
Maiocco said, Hermiston enrollment throughout the
will come up about $1 state.
The district will have
million short.
Maiocco said while the its first budget meeting on
district will have to adjust, Monday, May 1, at 6:30
the school board has been p.m. in the district office.
prudent in setting aside At the meeting, Maiocco
reserve funds and setting will deliver the district’s
budget parameters that budget message, going over
planned for the possibility the parameters the district
of decreased funding. plans to use, and the recent
and
Between the $500,000 from accomplishments
the district’s PERS reserve budget challenges ahead
fund and a slight reduction for the district. The public
of the district’s ending fund will also have a chance to
balance for its general fund, comment at the meeting.
Superintendent
says no layoffs
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Signs supporting the upcoming schools bond measure have been reported missing
from front yards in Hermiston.
Jason Edmiston said the
police department has seen
this kind of activity around
elections before.
“Where this is related
to the schools, we have no
information to indicate this is
a prank of any kind,” he said.
“That’s one avenue we’re
looking into.”
Edmiston said his depart-
ment is aware of the problem
and has an officer looking
into it.
Holthus said the political
action committee spent about
$2,500 on signs.
That committee raised
about $22,000 to promote
the bond, which will go to
a vote May 16. The $104
million bond would support
the construction of a new
elementary school, as well as
capital and safety improve-
ments to several of the
district’s schools. Hermiston
residents are still paying off
two other bonds passed by
the school district.
PENDLETON
Housing developer makes pitch to council
asking for more time to pay off liens
By PHIL WRIGHT
East Oregonian
Developer Saj Jivanjee
will have to wait for an
answer from Pendleton City
Council on his proposal to
restructure a deal to build
100 townhouses off Tutuilla
Road.
Jivanjee told the council
during a work session
Tuesday night he is carrying
most of the risk and the city is
reaping most of the rewards
of the Pendleton Heights
subdivision. Occupants are
in all but one of the 32 rental
homes, he said, including
several families with children
who moved there from out of
town.
The city provided the
land, worth $150,000, and
$1 million in infrastructure
funding. The city also placed
$320,000 in liens on those
units.
But Jivanjee said he
needed to build 100 units to
better recoup his investment,
and the city placed $480,000
in liens against that phase.
Jivanjee told the council
he needs the city to transfer
all the liens to the final
phase so he can continue the
project. That would allow
him to use the first 32 units to
qualify for financing, he said,
and make it easier to pay off
the debt.
City manager Robb
Corbett told the council
Jivanjee paid $100,000 of
that on Tuesday.
Councilors
generally
spoke
favorably
about
the
Pendleton
Heights
development, but some also
expressed caution.
Councilor Dale Primmer
said he wanted some of the
“math wizards” to better
explain the deal because it
sounded a little sketchy.
“If I take money from my
left pocket and put it in my
right pocket, can I get a loan
for my left pocket?” asked
Primmer.
Jivanjee contended the
issue was about equity
between two partners — he
and the city — and right
now the relationship is not so
equitable.
“If you want a good
looking property, there are
costs going both ways,” he
said.
Mayor John Turner said
the council would wait for
a staff report and a recom-
mendation before making a
decision, then adjourned the
meeting.
———
Phil Wright can be
reached at 541-966-0833.
BRIEFLY
Victim identified in Rieth Road crash
PENDLETON — Matthew Gone, 21, of Pendleton,
has been identified as the victim of a single vehicle crash
early Saturday morning on Rieth Road
west of Pendleton.
Gone died at the scene and the
driver of the Jeep Cherokee, Angela
Salemme of Pilot Rock, was flown
to Kadlec Medical Center, Richland,
where she was in satisfactory condi-
tion Tuesday.
According to the sheriff’s office,
the vehicle was westbound when it
missed a curve, hit a rock outcropping Matthew Gone
and came to land upside-down in the
middle of the roadway.
Gone graduated from Nixyaawii Community School in
2013, competed in football and won the 2013 Language
Knowledge Bowl championship with his ability to speak
fluent Umatilla. He worked at Wildhorse Hotel.
His full obituary is on Page 5A.
IONE
Shooting contest aims to raise money for celebration
East Oregonian
Hunting and gun enthu-
siasts are invited to point
their crosshairs at a 27-inch
metal gong during the Ione
Thousand Yard Shoot.
The event, in its 17th
year, raises money for the
Ione Fourth of July cele-
bration. Each year, people
come out to show off their
skills, compete for bragging
rights and a cash prize. And
the biggest reason — the
event helps raise money
to cover the costs of free
children’s activities during
Ione’s Independence Day
event.
The Thousand Yard Shoot
is Saturday, May 6 beginning
with registration from 8:30-9
a.m. at the Frank and Joe
Halvorsen Farm, 64686
Halvorsen Lane, located
seven miles southwest of
Ione. The cost is $20 per shot.
Contributed
People are invited to take aim during the 17th annu-
al Ione Thousand Yard Shoot. The May 6 event, held at
Halvorsen Farm, raises money for the Ione Fourth of
July celebration.
Participants may purchase
multiple shots but will draw
random numbers to prevent
any back-to-back shooting.
There are three rifle
classes, including elk or
deer rifle, heavy target or
bench guns, and open site
500 yards. Each class winner
will receive a cash prize — a
shoot-off will take place for
any tiebreaker hits.
The event also includes
a gun raffle, door prizes and
complimentary coffee and
donuts. Lunch will be avail-
able for purchase. In addition
to the shoot, there will be
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separate range areas set up
for clay pigeons and pistols.
Those attending are asked
to park in the designated
area and proceed to the
registration area with their
rifles unloaded. To ensure
safety, those in attendance
need to follow directions of
organizers and safety offi-
cers. Also, people are asked
to leave pets at home.
For questions, including
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donate items for the event,
contact info@ionethousand-
yardshoot.com or 541-989-
9808. For directions and
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McKay to rise with reservoir release
PENDLETON — The banks of McKay Creek
are filling to near capacity this week as the Bureau of
Reclamation increases the release of water from McKay
Dam south of Pendleton.
The release began Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the rate of
1,200 cubic feet per second which is expected to remain
the flow through Wednesday and possibly longer.
The move is to make room in the McKay Reservoir for
additional water.
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