Letters to the Editor for July 19, 2010

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

Owners want ski area to stay local

To the editor:

As most of the community is aware, the owners (three couples) of

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort have offered to donate the resort to

Baker County. We have operated the Resort for 12 years. During that

time we have taken no profits from the business; rather we have

contributed financially each year including the purchase and

installation, several years ago, of the new chairlift.

We cannot do this any more. We are getting older and tired and find it difficult to operate the resort long distance. I live in Vancouver, Wash., as does one of the other couples. The other couple lives near Salem. The ongoing stewardship of this marvelous property belongs in the hands of the local citizens who are the ones who enjoy not only the resort's winter activities but the benefits the resort brings the county. Tourism is just one example; employment of local people is another.

We have always viewed the resort as our gift of love to Baker and Union counties. All of the owners have a connection in some way to your community. We don't want to shut down, dismantle the resort, or sell its assets. In addition, we have not been able to find a buyer who would continue to operate the resort in the manner that it deserves. We understand its value to the community, and we do not wish it diminished. The only way to guarantee a sustainable, stable resort is through local ownership.

We also believe that the county can take advantage of economies not available to us. For example, the county could apply for grants and do a much better job of marketing the resort to increase revenues. In addition, the county has mechanical, accounting and other personnel who can provide assistance. At the public hearing on July 7, an amazing number of people came forward to support our gift, recognizing the uniqueness of the resort, and indicating a willingness to pitch in.

Skiing has taken place at Anthony Lakes since the early 1930s. In 1936 the Evergreen Ski Club was formed. The lake was named after Dr. Anthony, who had his home at the bottom of the hill. In 1938 the first rope tow was installed, and a formal ski patrol was organized. In 1954 the construction of Little Alps, three miles below Anthony Lakes, took place. In 1962 the Pomalift was installed, and in 1967 the lodge was built as well as the first chairlift. I include this bit of history to emphasize how long skiing has been an integral part of your community.

We are willing to assist the county in any way during a transition from our ownership to the county's. Unfortunately, I can no longer ski, but the other owners have adult children who often return to the resort to enjoy its marvelous powder.

Lee Kearney

Vancouver, Wash.

Thanks to post office caretakers

To the editor:

I went for a walk the other day to the post office. As I finished with my mail I walked outside to some awesome flowers. The young lady that takes care of the grounds came out and was talking with me. She was very happy that someone was taking interest in the work that she had done, and enjoying the beauty of it all.

I wish to thank Kelle and Mitch for keeping our post office looking very beautiful and taking pride in it too! Our city is a nice place because people really do care. Thank you.

D.J. Riley

Baker City

A pair of Good Samaritans in action

To the editor:

My husband and I had a type of Good Samaritan experience recently. On Saturday, July 10 at about 9:30 p.m., we were driving along Broadway Street nearing the intersection of the Baker School District office and the Baker Middle School. Our automobile was making a loud screeching noise. My husband slowed the vehicle down and was trying to slowly coax the car through the intersection over to the curb, out of the way of traffic. A car came from behind us and we heard a male voice belligerently shouting "learn how to drive" as he drove on by.

A man walking along the sidewalk across the street kindly yelled to us that "it sounds like the drive shaft," and went on his way.

We parked at the curb, turned off the motor and wondered what to do. We live about 12 miles from town. My husband immediately thought to call Paul Townsend of Paul's Transmission and Repair, at home.

Paul and wife, Debbie, immediately came to our aid on a non-work day, bringing a car for us to use. Paul sent us on our way, and took care of getting our car to his shop and fixed.

Thank you, Paul and Debbie, for being the "Good Samaritans who performed the neighborly duty of mercy after the Priest and Levite failed in doing good to a traveler beaten and left for dead at the side of the road. . ." Luke 10:30-37

Renae Van Thiel

Baker City

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