Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Volunteers make banquet work

To the editor:

What is the Baker County Chamber Banquet all about?

Volunteers, that's the short answer. The long answer: An opportunity for the community to thank individuals in Baker County that make a career out of volunteering to run community events, championing charitable projects, participating in community infrastructure missions and leadership projects that support and encourage economic commerce in our community.

It takes volunteers to put on the Chamber Awards Banquet too. I want to personally thank the Baker High School Theater kids for helping us set up the tables and chairs and do the serving of the food at the banquet. The parents of those young adults should be very proud of their children! Polite, efficient and willing to go the extra mile when asked, I can't tell you all how much help they were. Please join me in thanking them for a job well done.

The Chamber has made a donation to their theater project fund for the setup and take down of tables and chairs. Baker Truck Corral has made a donation to the same fund for serving the dinner. This group of young people is a great example to Baker County community young and old. I hope we all make an effort to attend their plays and support drama in our public schools.

I want to take a moment to thank my Board of Directors for their help, especially Jeremy Gilpin, J.R. and Sony Vela for borrowing us the sound system, Leita Seiber Barr and Ann Mehaffy for their help at the registration booth and helping to keep the Chamber open while I was occupied with the Banquet, Crossroads Carnegie for letting us borrow chairs, the Museum for being a great partner and Baker County Businesses who decorated tables and donated items to the auction. Most people don't understand without those businesses making these donations of time and money, the Banquet would be just another dinner away from the house.

Last but not least, when we came home from church on Sunday, Nelson Clarke was taking a Sunday morning walk. He stopped to say hi and ended up back at the Museum with my husband and I helping us finish clean up. That Nelson is one Class Act. Every time I get to spend time with Nelson Clarke I learn something new about him as a person and if there was ever any doubt in my mind before, I am now sure he has a huge heart, and is one of Baker County's champions. Thank you, Nelson, Thank you one and all for helping me put on a party to celebrate the volunteerism. I pray local businesses truly grasp how important volunteers are to making our businesses thrive and grow.

Debi Bainter

Executive Director

Baker County Chamber of


So many helped us during tough time

To the editor:

On Jan 5 my husband and son were involved in what could have been a catastrophic accident at our home. It involved a roof, a ladder and gravity. Thankfully, they will both be fine after some mending time.

It would be impossible to thank everyone, nor do I even know everybody's name. I want to thank the Baker City EMTs, who acted quickly and skillfully in what could have been a life-threatening situation;our neighbor and friend, Stan Wellman, who called 911 and tried to keep both my husband and son calm and still until help arrived; the emergency room staff at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City, and specifically Dr. Nancy Hutnak and Dr. Eric Sandefur; and the many registered nurses and other hospital staff; Pastor Dan Martin, who arrived at the emergency room and provided support and a calm demeanor; Baker Vision Clinic, who has supported me in my need to be with my family as I am away from employment there; the amazing friends who have brought meals, provided moral support, and run errands; Dan and Grant Ermovick, Dick Haines, Laura and Noel Livingston, and Steve Hawkins who helped make a monumental job a one-hour task; Bob Rock, who has responded on several occasions when we needed assistance in moving our patients at home; the many visitors who have stopped to see how everyone is doing and have stayed with either or both of the guys when I needed to leave the house.

Last, I can only assume it was either the EMTs or Baker City Police Officer Craig Davidson who returned to our home after transporting to the hospital and ensured that our dog was safe in the backyard, the house was locked and most of all, that the carnage on our driveway including blood and cut off clothing was entirely cleaned up, down to placing my husband's glasses next to our front door. Who does that?

Again, we are so grateful and blessed to live in this amazing little community. We will be paying it forward at every opportunity.

Helen, Mike and Jordan Hall

Baker City

OSU needs to make changes

To the editor:

The old saying "The fox is guarding the hen house" certainly applies to many of Oregon State University and Oregon Department of Wildlife's so-called "biologists." "Animal Rights Advocates" more accurately describes their mentality. Reading the statements by OSU professor, Bill Ripple, of Forest Ecosystems and Society, and another OSU professor that Oregon has enough potential wolf habitat for as many as 1,450 wolves, confirms what I have observed for the last 30 years.

The management of our forest and fauna have been taken control of by animal rights and eco-extremists. As a proud graduate of Fish and Game Management from OSU in 1959, I have seen this mentality slowly infiltrate the very organizations that manage these resources for all Americans, not just a few eco-nuts.

Let me quote two statements I received last year from OSU publications: In the winter 2011 Oregon Stater, Dan Edge, head of OSU's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, remarked "that a lot of our new students come to us after a lifetime of watching Animal Planet, but never having really spent much time outdoors." This writer knows that they mean well and deserve a well-rounded education. What does the Department of Fish and Wildlife do but hire a lady from Rhode Island to be an adviser. Her only wildlife exposure was "watching Wild America, reading Ranger Rick and being a regular visitor to the zoo." She went on to say that an event having a high impact on her while on a whale-watching trip was observing fishermen remove a whale from a fishing net. "The humans were being so kind and the whale was willing to be assisted." Her next statement clarifies her true feelings and that of many of our wildlife managers andndash; I quote Danielle Jarkowski andndash; "At the same time, this moment would not have happened without the net being first placed by humans."

I urge OSU to right the ship and put the education of our future biologists on an even keel and to rid the department of the political correctness that has undermined its former reputation.

Larry Snyder