The INDEPENDENT, September 2, 2010 Where to Find Them U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (Dem) 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 585 Portland OR 97232 Phone: 503-326-7525 223 Dirksen Senate Ofc. Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510-0001 Phone: 202-224-5244 E-Mail: http://wyden.senate.gov/ contact Website: http://wyden.senate. gov U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (Dem.) One World Trade Center 121 SW Salmon St., Suite 1250 Portland, OR 97204 Phone: 503-326-3386 107 Russell Senate Ofc. Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-3753 E-Mail: http://merkley.senate. gov/contact WebSite: http://merkley.senate. gov U.S. Representative David Wu (Dem) OR District 1 620 SW Main, Suite 606 Portland, OR 97205 Phone: 503-326-2901 2338 Rayburn House Ofc. Bldg. Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-0855 Website: http://house.gov/wu Senator Betsy Johnson (Dem) Senate District 16 PO Box R, Scappoose, OR 97056 Phone: 503-543-4046 900 Court St. NE, S-314 Salem, OR 97301 Phone: 503-986-1716 E-mail: sen.betsyjohnson@ state.or.us Website: http//www.leg.state.or. us/johnson Representative Brad Witt (Dem) House District. 31 21740 Lindberg Road, Clatskanie, OR 97016 Phone: 503-728-4664 900 Court St. NE, H-373 Salem, OR 97301 Phone: 503-986-1431 E-mail: email@example.com Website: http//www.leg.state.or. us/witt Representative Deborah Boone (Dem) House District 32 PO Box 926 Cannon Beach, OR 97110 Phone: 503-717-9182 900 Court St. NE, H-375 Salem, OR 97301 Phone: 503-986-1432 E-mail: rep.deborahboone@ state.or.us Website: http//www.leg.state.or. us/boone Page 3 Letters Vernonia, a beautiful gem of a small town To the Editor: Dear Vernonians: I had the pleasure of touring your city in early August as I was there working on a project to help Vernonia get grant money to support the health center. I was so impressed by the reception I received, the support the health center has from a wide variety of people and the obvious love they all share for their commu- nity. You have a small and beautiful gem of a town and I was touched to be part of it for a day. Thank you for your ef- forts. Heather Bonser-Bishop Gold Beach Help offered to avoid mortgage foreclosure To the Editor: The US Department of Trea- sury has approved plans sub- mitted by Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) for Oregon to receive $138 mil- lion dollars in funds to assist families hardest hit by unem- ployment and the threat of fore- closure on their homes. OHCS will be implementing the pro- gram by year end. It is impor- tant for people in the counties of Tillamook, Clatsop and Co- lumbia not to wait to seek as- sistance if you are struggling to make your mortgage payments or think you might be in this sit- uation soon. The process in- volved in foreclosure preven- tion can be lengthy. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a website (www.hud.gov) where you can locate a HUD approved housing counseling agency near you for assis- tance. The services offered are free of charge. Community Ac- tion Team, Inc. is a HUD ap- proved counseling agency serving Tillamook, Clatsop and Columbia Counties. We have assisted approximately 200 households in the last 18 months with foreclosure pre- vention. Community Action Team plans to hold community meetings once the final OHSI plan is released by OHCS. But please do not wait if you feel you are in need of assistance – we are here to help. 503-325- 9215, ext. 2303 or cindkp@ cat-team.org Cindy Peake Housing Center Manager Community Action Team, Inc. Promoting a healthy life style is VPC goal To the Editor: Vernonia Night Out was a huge success!! Representa- tives from the Vernonia Rural Fire Department, Cadet Pro- gram, EMT, Vernonia Police, and Vernonia Prevention Coali- tion (VPC) were there to meet and greet over 300 people at Anderson Park. Showings like these are invaluable to the community to strengthen our collaborative commitment in providing quality service to the citizens of Vernonia. And in turn, getting the recognition these partners deserve but never ask for. Thank you to the City of Vernonia, Lion’s Club, Oregon Dairy Women, Kiwanis, Sentry Market and all other vol- unteers who made this annual event happen. This is just one of the many opportunities that the VPC has been a part of. The Coalition has had a successful two years of implementing programming to heighten the awareness of public safety and policy en- forcement around the issue of reducing access of ATODs (Al- cohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) to youth. We can and will continue for up to 10 years. Each program completed thus far has been approved by the project directors of SAMSHA Drug Free Communities Grant. These programs are planned almost a year in advance and have to follow stringent guide- lines in planning and imple- mentation to ensure effective outcomes. The VPC’s mission is to de- velop safe and healthy neigh- borhoods through collaborative planning, community action, policy advocacy and enforce- ment. No two coalitions are alike nor are they expected to Ike Says… From page 2 the Western Oregon elk har- vest and population is stable. In the Saddle Mt. unit, elk hunters took more bulls in ’09 than in ’08, contrary to the goals that ODF&W had hoped for. Re- member that rifle bull elk hunters were reduced to try and reduce total bull harvest in the Saddle Mt. unit. In ‘08 rifle hunters took 350 bulls between the two seasons and in ‘09 rifle hunters took 372 bulls. ‘08 rifle hunter numbers were 2,419 versus 1,916 in ‘09; needless to say the hunter success num- bers for ‘09 were very good at a 19% average. Archers took their second highest bull har- vest with 142 bulls, versus 123 in ‘08. Archer numbers actual- ly dropped from ‘08 to ‘09, 1,521 to 1,479 respectively. So archers also increased their success rate, which was 13% for bull/cow combined. Easter Oregon mule deer had a harvest of 19,935 bucks and 20,980 deer total in ’09. In ’08 the harvest was 19,476 buck and 20,457 deer total. For perspective, the harvest in 1996 was 24,278 bucks and 29,581 deer total. So it appears that the mule deer harvest and population may be up 2% from ‘08, but since ‘96 the stats show an 18% decrease in buck harvest and 29% overall. The picture for Eastern Ore- gon elk is not so good. In ‘09 the harvest was 4,946 bulls and 7,293 elk total. In ‘08 the har- vest was 5,121 bulls and 7,169 elk total. In 1996 the harvest was 8,269 bulls and 17,870 elk total. While the overall stats show an increase in elk taken in ’09 compared to ‘08, this is mainly due to Cow harvest (a 300 animal increase), even though bull harvest was off 3%. In regards to 1996 harvest lev- els we are now 40% down for bulls and 59% down overall. I would suggest that ODF&W get off the cow hunts now; with the increase in apex predators (cougars and now wolves) we have little need for these fe- male hunts. Everybody also needs to know that the 1996 data that was used for comparison pur- poses does not reflect the his- toric highs for any of these ar- eas or hunts. 1996, though, does represent the second har- vest season after the ban on using hounds for cougars. Izaak Walton League, Nehalem Valley Chapter meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Call 503-429-7193 for location. be. In fact, while the goals of the grant are steadfast, our community’s needs are ever changing and things we do to influence change will change. Coalitions around the nation are providing services in their communities that are developed specifically for their community. Vernonia is no exception. One of the most important projects to date is to bring in- creased awareness of the Ore- gon State Tobacco Free Schools Policy, and Vernonia 47J District’s policy for Public Conduct on School Property. These, and others, address the need to provide safe and healthy environments for our children to learn and play in by asking youth and adults not to use ATODs on school campus, therefore enforcing state law. Another objective of the VPC is to help reduce harm to the ma- jority of the population by bring- ing awareness to and encour- age enforcement of current public safety ordinances enact- ed by City Council. How do we effect positive community environmental change? We lead by example. The coalition is helping to en- sure places for people to gath- er that encourage positive be- havior while mentoring our youth in healthy lifestyle choic- es. The majority of what a child learns is NOT from what an adult says, but what the child SEEs the adult doing. Whether it is having a good time without abusing alcohol or drugs or seeing an adult follow park rules is teaching positive life lessons. Members of the VPC work diligently to address the chang- ing needs of the community. We offer to help other entities become stronger advocates for each other. We offer support to other agencies serving the citi- zens of Vernonia. In the first year alone, our volunteer board, members and partners See page 22 Policy on Letters The INDEPENDENT will not publish letters with per- sonal attacks on private citi- zens. Preference will be giv- en to brief letters, 300 words or less. All letters must be signed and include a verifiable ad- dress or phone number.