The INDEPENDENT, April 16, 2009 Page 5 Two incumbents are challenged for Vernonia school board seats From page 1 Amy Elton Cieloha is chal- lenging Krahn for Position 1. Cieloha, born and raised in Vernonia, said “This is where I come from; I have an invest- ment in the community.” She has served for five years on the PTA, on the site council for two years, is involved with 4-H, Camp Wilkerson and serves as a classroom volunteer weekly. and was a classified substitute for over a year. In addition to being a ‘questioning voice’ on the board, Cieloha hopes to help facilitate more community involvement in meetings and to foster more communication and respect between the board and the community. Cieloha has two children in grade school and another who will be there in a few years. She also operates a preschool in Vernonia. seeking another term. Levenseller chose to run again, she said, because “I feel very strongly that we started Angie Fetherston Rhodes, who is challenging Levenseller for Position 5, was on the school board for about eight months. She explained that she Cari Levenseller Amy Elton Ceiloha Jim Krahn Two candidates filed for 47J board Position 5. Incumbent Cari Levenseller, who has been on the 47J board of directors for 10 years, is this new school project and we should continue. I think it would slow the process down to bring in new people at this juncture of the project. I have a lot of expe- rience and was here the last time we tried to pass a bond for a new school. I want to see the project through.” Levenseller has five children in the Vernonia schools. Rescued dogs needing new homes Buy first home, From page 1 lens at 2084 Oregon Street. It earn tax credit The prior owner released custody of the animals to Co- lumbia County Animal Control, which allows staff to begin the process of finding homes for the dogs. Adoption applications are being accepted without a fee, on a first-come basis. Because the dogs have somewhat of a pack behavior, they will need homes with fenced yards, outside shelter, and understanding and knowl- edgeable owners. Each appli- cant will be asked a few ques- tion to assure that they under- stand and have the resources to care for one of these ani- mals. Shelter staff will deter- mine whether or not the dogs are a good match for the poten- tial adopter. The shelter’s goal is to find the animals permanent homes. It would be harder on these al- ready neglected animals to be returned to the shelter if an adopter finds them beyond their skill level. The shelter also has a full selection of other adoptable dogs. If you are considering adopting an animal, stop by the shelter. It is located in St. He- is open Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Court ruling on County measure From page 1 cies to suspend licenses and permits not issued by the county. The ruling noted that other elements ignored existing statutes and the autonomy of other political entities, A statement from Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity noted that, while pleased with the ruling, “…we realize the enormous failures with our existing immigration system [and] hope the decision will allow communities that have been deeply divided over the immigration issue to find com- mon ground and work together.” “It’s time to direct our frus- trations about the immigration issue where it belongs: on the federal government’s responsi- bility to carry out meaningful immigration reform,” said Mar- cy Westerling, Director of the Rural Organizing Project in Scappoose. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka the Stimulus Bill) authorizes a tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first time home buyers who purchase a principal resi- dence between January 1 and December 1, 2009. The purchase date is the date of closing and title transfer. The tax credit is equal to 10 percent of the home’s pur- chase price, up to a maximum of $8,000, and is refundable even if the taxpayer has little or no tax liability. For example, if a qualified home buyer had a federal income tax liability of $5,000 and had tax withholding of $4,000, he would owe the IRS $1,000. If that same tax- payer qualified for the $8,000 home buyer tax credit, he would receive a check for $7,000 ($8,000 minus the $1,000 owed). A first-time home buyer is defined as a buyer who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase. For mar- ried taxpayers, the law uses the home-ownership history of both spouses. Angie Fetherston Rhodes left to avoid a conflict, because she took a position with the dis- trict as a classified substitute, but is no longer subbing, and would like to serve on the board again to put her previous board experience to good use. She has been on the dis- trict’s site council for two years, volunteers in the classroom weekly, is a volunteer at the Bee Bucks store and is in- volved with Girl Scouts. She has two children in Washington Grade School. Rhodes was raised here and graduated from Vernonia High School. [I am] “active in the dis- trict due to my kids. I have al- ready built relationships and am now ready to return to more involvement by serving on the board,” she said.