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TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017
141st Year, No. 141
WINNER OF THE 2016 ONPA GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
Senator talks revived health
care bill, new fossil fuels plan
By ANTONIO SIERRA
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Umatilla
County constituents took a shotgun
approach to the questions they wanted him
Sporting a Pendleton Unmanned Aerial
Systems Range cap, the Democratic
senator ﬁ elded queries on health care,
political representation, ﬁ libusters and
more at a town hall at a two-thirds full Bob
Clapp Theater at Blue Mountain Commu-
nity College on Sunday.
Regardless of political afﬁ liation, nary a
Congressional town hall goes by without a
discussion about Republicans’ health care
bill, and Merkley’s event was no different.
Merkley explained the American Health
Care Act’s latest developments, a bill that
would repeal and replace former President
Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Staff photo by Kathy Aney
Ron Gonshorowski, of Dallas, Oregon, wipes his eyes during an emotional moment at the Doolittle Raiders anniversary
event Saturday at the Pendleton National Guard Armory. Gonshorowski served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Gala commemorates 75th anniversary of air raids on Japan during WWII
By ANTONIO SIERRA
Jarvis Buck to change plea Friday
Each veteran and military personnel had
their reasons for being at the Oregon National
Guard Armory in Pendleton Saturday.
The National Guard partnered with the
Pendleton Air Museum to organize the
Doolittle Raiders Gala, a commemoration of
the 75th anniversary of the air raids on Japan
during World War II led by Lt. Col. Jimmy
Doolittle, and featuring 80 soldiers based in
The gala was a day-long affair that
featured vendors, a display with World War
II-era weapons and equipment, and military
planes and vehicles from both World War II
and modern day.
Ron Gonshorowski sat on a bench across
from the “Heavenly Body” B-25 bomber
ﬂ own from Madras to the National Guard air
ﬁ eld speciﬁ cally for the event.
Along with his dog Rhys, Gonshorowski
traveled from his home in Dallas, Oregon, on
a fact-ﬁ nding mission.
A veteran of the Vietnam War who served
with 22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron,
the Gonshorowski said he’s been researching
whether he’s related to Bill Farrow, a Doolittle
raider who was killed after being captured by
While Gonshorowski’s quest goes on,
he arranged to ﬂ y in the “Heavenly Body”
The “Heavenly Body,” a mural of a woman
in a one-piece swimsuit and cape diving
By PHIL WRIGHT
the Doolittle Raiders.
As a response to Pearl Harbor, the Army
arranged a one-way bombing mission on
April 18 over Japan.
Although the mission didn’t inﬂ ict signif-
icant damage to Japan, it was meant as a
Jarvis Donald Buck of Echo has a
hearing Friday to change his plea to
charges he possessed child pornography.
The deal comes almost two years after
police received the
initial tip that led to
chief Jason Edmiston
of Justice — by
way of the National
Center for Missing
& Exploited Chil- Buck
dren — contacted his
department in June
2015 about potential child pornography
at an internet protocol address related to
Buck. An IP address is a numeric designa-
tion that identiﬁ es a computer’s location
on the internet.
Hermiston detectives started working
the case, Edmiston said, but ran into a
signiﬁ cant hurdle about a week later
when internet service providers Charter
Staff photo by Kathy Aney
A ceremonial wreath is hung on the nose of a B-25 bomber during Saturday’s
Doolittle Raiders 75th anniversary event at the Pendleton National Guard Armory.
through the air painted on its side, became
front and center when the National Guard did
a wreath laying ceremony later that afternoon.
As a F-15 ﬁ ghter jet ﬂ ew over head and the
National Guard honored the Army Air Corps’
17th Bombardment Squadron, Staff Sgt.
Armondo Borboa of Oregon National Guard
3-116 CAV Battalion explained the story of
The secret strife of bees
Research shows large mammals
compete with insects for ﬂ owers
By GEORGE PLAVEN
Photo contributed by Skyler Burrows
Halictus ligatus, a species of sweat bee, is one of
more than 180 species of native bees documented
along Meadow Creek in the Starkey Experimental
Forest and Range.
Netting wild bees is not
as scary as it sounds. At least
that’s what Sandy DeBano
“It’s really not that bad,”
said DeBano, an associate
professor of entomology at
Oregon State University’s
Research and Extension
Center. “Bees rarely sting
you, and they’re really pretty
amazing to look at.”
Over the past three
years, DeBano has collected
thousands of bee specimens
buzzing along Meadow Creek
in the Starkey Experimental
Forest between Pendleton
and La Grande. The goal,
she said, is to determine how
the diets of deer, elk and
livestock may overlap with
native bees competing for the
same ﬂ owers.
So far, DeBano said
their research shows there
is potentially some overlap
between ungulates — espe-
cially elk — and all types of
bees, feasting on plants such
as common yarrow, mountain
aster, clover and beardtongue.
The ﬁ ndings were recently
published in Natural Areas
Journal, with ﬁ eldwork
scheduled to continue this
“Elk had the highest level
of overlap, given the types of
plants we see here in Eastern
Oregon,” she said.
Pollinator research is
nothing new to scientists,
the conspicuous decline
of honeybee populations.
According to the American
colonies took a massive 44
percent hit between 2015 and
DeBano is quick to point