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    Wallowa County Chieftain
wallowa.com
News
June 10, 2015
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Enterprise free lunch program canceled
By Kathleen Ellyn
Wallowa County Chieftain
It’s good news and bad
news for the free lunch pro-
gram in the park in Enterprise.
The good news is that more
than 50 percent of parents in
the school district make enough
money that they don’t qualify
for the program. The bad news
Drivers
rev up for
new tax
is that the Department of Hu-
man Services requires 50 per-
cent of a district’s students be
in need for the program to be
approved.
So, the program is canceled,
effective immediately, leaving
about 25 kids (ages 1-18) with-
out lunch unless private spon-
sors are found.
Organizers of the free lunch
program learned of the change
in eligibility when Community
Connection Assistant Director
Jeff Hensley sent in the usual
paperwork and was told Enter-
prise wasn’t going to qualify. “I
said, ‘What? How is that possi-
ble?’” Hensley said. “It’s very
aggravating. We have children
to feed.”
The Joseph and Wallowa
free lunch program is unaffect-
ed and will continue as usual.
The Enterprise program
generally runs for eight weeks
during summer break — ap-
proximately 36-38 days. Based
on last year’s numbers, Com-
munity Connection Manager
Connie Guentert estimates the
program costs about $100 per
day of operation.
The program had been
full-steam-ahead and making
improvements, having recent-
ly partnered with Building
Healthy Families, which was
providing their kitchen free of
charge. “We were trying to save
money and then: Bam!” Guen-
tert said.
So, it’s on to plan B.
“I’m going out there and
beat feet,” Guentert said.
“We’re looking for sponsors
willing to help us provide the
lunches. We’ve got every-
thing worked out with regard
to menus and staff.”
To sponsor a day, a week,
or the whole program contact
either Connie Guentert or Jea-
nette Hibbert at Community
Connection, 541-426-3840.
sought for
Hotel gets face-lift Donations
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By Steve Tool
The Wallowa County
Chamber of Commerce is cur-
rently seeking donations for
“Shake the Lake,” the annual
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Wallowa Lake.
Early this week, the Cham-
ber reported that donations
to date totaled nearly $3,000,
but the fund-raising goal is
$11,000.
The Chamber asks for do-
nations of $25, $50 or $100.
Wallowa County Chieftain
JOSEPH — It’s easy to look
at the building that houses Ar-
Wallowa County Chieftain
rowhead Chocolates in Joseph
and forget that another business
Oregon is kicking things up resides just above it. That is the
a notch in the state’s long-run- Jennings Hotel, an eight-room
ning effort to develop an al- establishment currently under-
ternative revenue scheme for going a complete restoration at
roads, which lose more gas tax the hands of new owner, Greg
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cy improves.
A Minnesota native, Hennes
On July 1, the state will has lived in Oregon about
launch OReGO, a new program 16 years, mainly in Portland,
that calculates a 1.5-cent-per- where he owns a photo equip-
mile tax for participating Or- ment rental business, and
egon drivers for their vehicle several other concerns, in-
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then issues either a credit or which is sold at several local
a charge, depending on how stores. Hennes bought the Jen-
much tax the motorist already nings Hotel in May of 2014
paid at the pump.
and moved to Joseph several
If this sounds somewhat months ago.
familiar, it’s probably because
Hennes started visiting Wal-
an Oregon Department of lowa County over a decade ago
Transportation (ODOT) pilot on backpacking and camping
program has already tested the trips and eventually fell in love
1.5-cent concept, and in report- with Joseph. He returned to
ing on this taxing alternative in the area once or twice a year
December 2014, the Chieftain and got interested in the Jen-
additionally noted that Wal- nings Hotel several years ago.
lowa County Commissioner ³$ERXW¿YH\HDUVDJR,VDZLW
Susan Roberts volunteered for was for sale, and I’d look at it
the larger program that starts in every time I’d visit. I’d think
July.
about it, and eventually I took
For this next, expanded the plunge and bought it,”
stage, ODOT plans to begin Hennes said.
with 5,000 vehicles, at most, di-
Currently, the hotel hous-
vided into segments according es a couple of resident artists
to their fuel mileage: 1,500 that from the Josephy Center. In the
get 17 miles per gallon (mpg) meantime, Hennes has gotten a
or less; 1,500 in the 17-22 mpg team of seven designers from
range; and 2,000 rated for better around the country who will
than 22 mpg.
each have creative control in
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Michelle Godfrey and Tom
Besides refurbishing the in-
Strandberg, who visited Wal- side of the hotel, Hennes also
lowa County and other North- installed a sauna and adjacent
east Oregon locations late last shower for guests. For the
week to talk up the merits of the moment, Hennes is doing the
latest volunteer tax program, remodeling himself although
reported approximately 2,200 he’s trying something that he
drivers had tentatively signed hopes will enable him to hire
up by the previous week. Sig- help: using the popular crowd-
nups to OreGO’s “Interest List” funding site Kickstarter to help
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Go.org. Joining the list early “No one’s done this before, and
provides greater assurance of a once Kickstarter and crowd-
spot when the program formally funding gained in popularity,
launches July 1, at which time I thought it would be a good
more details will be announced way to go about this. I can raise
and drivers who’ve signed up funds without going to a bank,”
can decide whether to follow Hennes said.
through with volunteering.
In Hennes’ case, Kickstart-
According to Godfrey and er will allow individuals to
Strandberg, most vehicles on contribute to the renovation
the road today are suitable for
the program because they have
data ports, which have been
common in vehicles since 1993.
The state has contracted with
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to provide in-vehicle devices
that will report pertinent travel
data while offering volunteers
various value-added services,
including, for example, one
that allows the vehicle owner
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zones for a household’s teen
driver to travel.
“This is all part of a larg-
er market that is developing
around the connected car,”
Godfrey explains.
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are both GPS-enabled. The
OReGO program also offers
a non-GPS device, available
through ODOT.
Because drivers of less
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greater number of gas tax dol-
lars than operators of higher-ef-
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same distance, members of the
former group are more likely
to see some reimbursement for
what they paid at the pump.
Oregon’s gas tax is 30 cents
per gallon. This makes 20 mpg
a kind of break-even point in
the 1.5 cent program — the
point at which gas tax collec-
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1.5 cents per mile.
Godfrey says OReGO is
designed to help the state de-
termine if the per-mile fee
“could be that long-term viable
solution” to reversing the wid-
ening gap in funding Oregon’s
roads.
By Rob Ruth
All donors of $25 or more
are entered into a drawing for
a jet boat trip for two on the
Snake River. The prize is hon-
ored by Beamers Landing of
Clarkston, Wash.
Donations should be sent
to: Wallowa County Chamber
of Commerce; P.O. Box 427,
Enterprise, OR 97828.
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at dusk (around 10 p.m.) on
Saturday, July 4.
Weed Tour Friday
Steve Tool/Chieftain
Greg Hennes standing in one of his nearly completed
Jennings Hotel rooms
costs, exchanging donations
for reduced room rental rates,
or even a month’s stay for a
contribution of $650. Other
rewards include various ho-
tel amenities or even art work
when the renovation is com-
pleted. “It’s a self-perpetuating
animal, as people talk about it
or come to visit,” Hennes said.
Hennes’ 30-day Kickstarter
campaign has approximately
one week left, and the campaign
has raised about 75 percent of
the desired total. Hennes says
he’s gotten responses from all
over the United States as well
as from overseas.
People who contributed to
the Kickstarter campaign can
obtain rooms for as low as $75
per night, as compared to the
$95-$125 nightly rate that ap-
plies during summer months.
During the winter, the hotel will
revert back to artist residences.
Hennes will choose which art-
ists obtain residences at the
hotel.
Hennes doesn’t have a par-
ticular time-line to complete the
project. “We’re going to open
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end of June. We’re taking it one
room at a time. It’s a labor of
love, as they say,” he said.
Now is your chance to
learn about weeds.
And get a free lunch.
Wallowa County Vegeta-
tion Department, Wallowa
Resources and Asotin Coun-
ty Vegetation Department are
loading up the vans for the
12th annual Weed Tour, Fri-
day, June 12.
Learn from local weed
managers about basic weed
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agement for landowners, how
to calibrate your spray equip-
ment to best manage weeds,
and collaborative projects to
help you manage weeds on
your property.
This year’s tour will be
held June 12 from 8:30 a.m.
to 3 p.m. at the Asotin County
Courthouse Annex in Asotin,
Wash. Transportation to Aso-
tin is available. Vans depart
from the Wallowa Resources
Building, 401 NE First Street,
Enterprise, at 7 a.m. sharp.
Contact Ashley Spaur at
541-398-2626 or aspaur@
co.wallowa.or.us to reserve a
lunch and a spot in the van.
Sharon’s
Bouquet of the Week
Many thanks to
Enterprise Flower Shop
for the lovely affordable
live bouquets!
I’m blessed to know you!
Sharon
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