Hells Canyon has long been one of Baker County’s main tourist
attractions, but the views down there are much more abundant than the
A Colorado company hopes to change that ratio.
We applaud the Baker County Commissioners for approving on Wednesday
Western Land Management’s request to change the zoning on its 76-acre
property. That change paves the way for the company to build an RV park
on its parcel beside Hells Canyon Reservoir, about four miles north of
The county planning commission endorsed the company’s plans last month.
Western Land Management wants to construct 10 cabins and create campsites for 25 RVs and 25 tents.
Baker County’s three commissioners made a difficult decision last week
when they appointed 11 people to serve on the county’s Mental Health
But we believe it was the right decision.
The controversial part was commissioners’ decision to not re-appoint
two incumbent members, chairman Gary Dielman and secretary Ed Moses.
Both Dielman and Moses have publicly criticized commissioners for
failing to scrutinize Mountain Valley Mental Health (MVMH), the private
contractor the county hires under a million-dollar contract to serve
clients with mental health problems.
Many of those criticisms were valid.
State regulators cited more than a dozen deficiencies at MVMH in 2006.
The foundation of Northeastern Oregon’s timber industry used to be the biggest things in the woods: old growth ponderosa pines.
Yellow bellies, they’re sometimes called.
The future of that ailing industry, by contrast, might well depend on a
lot of little things that loggers used to pile and burn, if they
bothered to do anything with the stuff.
“Slash” is the traditional term for skinny trees, limbs, needles and
debris, but nowadays you’ll more often hear about “biomass.”
Members from Baker County’s Small Woodlands Association talked during a
recent meeting about using biomass as the basis for an industry that
could include a power plant and a wood pellet mill.
Harvesting biomass can also lead to healthier forests where trees grow
faster and are less susceptible to insects, disease and fires.
Those prospects are exciting, and could create a new source of income for private forest owners.
But this is not a turnkey operation waiting for someone to twist it into profit-making life.
I quite severely, and with considerable malice aforethought, do not much care for the Oregon State Beavers.
Forgive me my lack of directness.
I strive as a rule to avoid murkiness in my writing, although I know of
no filter that can grab every bit of grammatical grit before it fouls
But it is, after all, the holiday season.
And it occurs to me that this is perhaps not the most appropriate time
to employ unequivocal yet unfriendly verbs such as despise, detest and
Except it is Civil War week as well as Thanksgiving week.
And I graduated from the University of Oregon.
And the subject, after all, is only football.
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