Complaining is easy.
Getting results usually isn’t.
And so we applaud the Baker County residents who have picked the hard
way in their quest to influence where Idaho Power Co. builds a
transmission line through the county.
The group is called Move Idaho Power. About 110 people turned out for its initial meeting in late January in Baker City.
We don’t know how much clout, if any, Move Idaho Power will wield as
the Boise company proceeds with its plan to build the line between
Murphy, Idaho, and Boardman. Idaho Power hopes to finish the line by
Oregon’s government, I’d wager, has more in common with Las Vegas than most Oregonians realize.
Salem lacks a neon-studded Strip, of course.
And so far as I know Wayne Newton hasn’t played the State Fair since, well, forever.
But if you get on the e-mail list for various state agencies, as I
have, you come to understand pretty quickly that working for certain of
those agencies, and running a casino, are not such dissimilar careers
as you probably supposed.
Although state workers aren’t likely to see Siegfried standing by the water cooler.
President Obama’s strategy for reviving America’s economy has a lot of potential.
The president’s proposal, an $819 billion version of which passed the House on Wednesday, would put people to work.
And it would return money to millions of taxpayers’ pockets.
But Obama’s plan also has flaws.
We’re not surprised.
When politicians from either party prepare to spend billions of
dollars, they inevitably bloat bills with projects which, though they
might be worthwhile, stray far from the purported purpose of the
It’s one of those questions for which pretty much everybody who lives
in Baker City has an answer: “What do you want this place to look like
in 20 years?”
Residents can express their opinions in several ways, including writing
letters that are published on this page, or speaking at City Council
But now city officials are looking at a new way to gauge citizens’ views.
The U.S. Constitution isn’t on trial this week at the Wallowa County
Courthouse in Enterprise, but it sure seemed like a couple of that
venerable document’s sacred amendments were in trouble on Monday.
Fortunately the Constitution, as it usually does, prevailed.
But that victory doesn’t assuage our outrage at what happened after the jury was seated on Monday.
That jury will decide whether Donna Dunning is guilty of attempted murder and second-degree assault.
Dunning is accused of hitting Travis Beach in the head with a rock on Jan. 18, 2007.
During the same incident, Dunning’s boyfriend, Shane Huntsman, and her cousin, Dennis Beach, were both shot to death.
After the jurors were picked, Judge Philip Mendiguren issued an order
stating that the media could not report on testimony until the trial,
which is scheduled to last two weeks, is over.
Mendiguren’s ruling is one of the more egregious assaults on the noble
tradition of America’s legal system that we’ve heard about.
We favor any reasonable effort to give Baker County officials, and
their constituents, a louder voice in the discussion about how to
manage the public lands that make up half of our county’s 2 million
And so we were intrigued by the presentation that Nampa attorney Fred Kelly Grant made last week in Baker City.
Grant encourages county officials to write a “coordination plan.”
(Baker County has not done so). Those plans lay out what’s important to
the county — a steady supply of timber from national forests, for
instance, or public land grazing permits for local ranchers.
Federal law requires the Forest Service and BLM to strive to manage public lands in a manner consistent with county plans.
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