39/23 VALERI NAMED MVP BRINGING BETHLEHEM TO HERMISTON SPORTS/1B REGION/3A TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017 142nd Year, No. 34 One dollar WINNER OF THE 2017 ONPA GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD Governor: Tax, spending options in the works By PARIS ACHEN Capital Bureau Brown PORTLAND — Gov. Kate Brown plans to propose tax overhaul and cost-containment measures in the coming months to address the state’s ongoing revenue deﬁ cit, she told the annual Oregon Leadership Summit Monday. Without revealing details of the proposals, Brown said her ofﬁ ce is developing policy options that could be presented in time for the Oregon legisla- tive session in February. Her ofﬁ ce is examining “a handful of options to solve the structural deﬁ cit issues Oregon faces, not just for the short- term but for the long-term,” Brown said. “It is time that we quit kicking this can down the road.” But the Legislature’s ability to consider such proposals could hinge on potential policy changes at the federal level, Brown said. The federal tax reform bill being worked out by Repub- lican lawmakers has Oregon revenue experts and state economists scrambling to come up with an analysis showing how the proposals could impact Oregonians’ ﬁ nances and the state’s budget and services. “Certainly, what is happening at the federal level makes it really hard for us to have a detailed conversation about (state) tax policy right now,” she said. Also distracting from negotiations toward a state tax overhaul is a statewide referendum Jan. 23 to repeal a health care funding bill passed by state legislators earlier this year. The bill was intended to maintain health insurance for See DEFICIT/8A Trump takes step to reduce two national monuments By CATHERINE LUCEY and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press Staff photo by Kathy Aney Gregg Carter signs a list of ground rules during registration at the Pendleton Warming Station after volunteer KaSandra Williams read them out loud. Shelter from the storm Improved warming station opens for winter By KATHY ANEY East Oregonian Gregg Carter took a drag off his cigarette and smiled happily. In ﬁ ve minutes hence, the Pendleton Warming Station would open for the season. Carter and two others who waited with him on Saturday looked forward to escaping the winter chill. Carter wore practical attire — a stocking cap, heavy canvas coat, jeans and sturdy boots. A beard buffered his face from the chill. The Marine Corps veteran and former cabinet maker said he has slept under the stars for several years. At night, he ﬁ nds a wooded area and “sleeps in the shadows,” nestled in two mummy bags, one nested inside the other. During the day, he walks, reads at the library and volunteers at the Salvation Army. To clean himself, he ﬁ nds a restroom and does the best he can with the squirt gun and washcloth he keeps in his backpack. The warming station’s front door opened at 6:30 p.m. sharp and the trio headed inside, where several volunteers chorused a greeting. Carter sat down at a desk and listened as See SHELTER/8A Staff photo by E.J. Harris Chris Clemons, chairman of the Neighbor 2 Neighbor board that oversees the warming station, uses a power drill to as- semble a new bunk bed recently while getting the Pendleton Warming Station ready to open. SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump on Monday took the rare step of scaling back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, declaring that “public lands will once again be for public use” in a move cheered by Republican leaders who lobbied him to undo protections they considered overly broad. The decision marks the ﬁ rst time in a half century that a president has undone these types of land protections. “I’ve come to Tribal and Utah to take environmental groups oppose the decision a very historic and began action to ﬁ ling lawsuits Monday in a bid reverse federal to stop Trump overreach and Interior and restore Secretary Ryan Zinke. the rights of T r u m p made the plan this land to ofﬁ cial during a speech at the your citizens.” State Capitol, — Donald Trump, where he signed president of proclamations to the United States shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Both monuments encompass millions of acres of land. State ofﬁ cials said the protections were overly broad and closed off the area to energy development and other access. Environmental and tribal groups say the designations are needed to protect important archaeological and cultural resources, especially the more than 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears site featuring thousands of Native American artifacts, including ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs. Trump argued that the people of Utah know best how to care for their land. “Some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington,” Trump said. “And See MONUMENTS/8A HERMISTON Christmas centerpiece planted downtown Tree-lighting ceremony is Thursday evening By JADE MCDOWELL East Oregonian It may look a little strange in its current form, but the towering cedar sticking out of the middle of a street in Hermiston is expected to draw hundreds of people downtown on Thursday for its ofﬁ cial unveiling. In what has become an annual tradition, the city — with the help of Umatilla Electric Cooperative and their subcontractor Trees, Inc. — dug a six-foot-deep hole in the middle of Northeast Second Street near city hall on Monday morning and placed a roughly 40-foot-tall Christmas tree inside. The tree will be lit up every evening during the holiday season, starting with a tree- lighting festival Thursday. Food vendors and live entertainment will start at 5:30 p.m., with the ofﬁ cial lighting and a visit from Santa at 6 p.m. Downtown businesses will also be offering special deals for December’s First Thursday event from 4:30-7 p.m. See TREE/8A Staff photo by Jade McDowell The city of Hermiston’s Christmas tree is raised from the trailer that brought it from Victory Square Park on Monday.