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Pedaling in autumn Livestock feed, from a trailer Top fall rides in the Central Oregon area • SPORTS, D1 GREEN, ETC., C1 WEATHER TODAY MONDAY Cloudy, scattered showers High 64, Low 38 Page B6 • October 3, 2011 75¢ Serving Central Oregon since 1903 Eight’s enough The small-team game thrives in Gilchrist SPORTS, D1 Off-road conflict ... and a BLM answer? New area will ease tension, feds say; neighbors not so sure Future of Baker cement kiln may rest on D.C. vote By Andrew Clevenger The Bulletin WASHINGTON — This week, the House of Representatives will vote on two measures that could set aside the Environmental Protection Agency’s pollution standards and drastically alter the way the Clean Air Act is enforced. For one cement plant in Eastern Oregon, the legislation could mean the difference between staying in business and closing, costing Baker County its largest taxpayer. Five years ago, Kansasbased Ash Grove Cement Co.’s Durkee plant released more than 2,500 pounds of mercury into the air each year, more than any other cement kiln in the country. In 2008, the state of Oregon and the kiln’s owners struck an agreement requiring the installation of advanced pollution devices capable of cutting mercury emissions by at least 75 percent. To that end, say Ash Grove officials, the company has spent $20 million on so-called active carbon injection technology. But last year, the EPA issued a new rule, set to go into effect in September 2013, that would require the Durkee plant to reduce its mercury emissions even more, by as much as 98 percent. Proponents of the EPA’s standards say the health and economic benefits far outweigh the burden that complying places on businesses. The new legislation, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act and the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act, would postpone the implementation of the new standards by more than three years. See Cement / A5 IN CONGRESS Smokejumper – and record holder – takes one last leap By William Yardley Correction In a story headlined “Internet caps enter wider U.S. debate,” which appeared Monday, Sept. 26, on Page A1, the last name of Mark Hobbs was misspelled. The Bulletin regrets the error. MON-SAT We use recycled newsprint U|xaIICGHy02329lz[ By Dylan J. Darling Proposed Cline Buttes Recreation Area plan kho Buc d. rR Bar Eagle Crest Resort Cline Buttes y. alls Hw The Bulletin eF Terrebonne Proposed roads and trails Motorized off-highway vehicles,including quads and motorcycles Motorcycles only Mountain bikes Shared use Hiking trails Sisters 126 Redmond 20 97 Tumalo Horse trails Bend Source: Bureau of Land Management Greg Cross / The Bulletin INDEX C4-5 C2 Comics Green, Etc. C1-6 Movies C3 Sports Calendar C3 Crosswords C5,E2 Horoscope Obituaries B5 TV listings C2 Classified E1-4 Editorial Local Oregon B3 Weather B6 C5 B1-6 In a remote desert spot in northern Nevada, there is a geothermal plant run by a politically connected clean energy startup that has relied heavily on an Obama administration loan guarantee and is now facing financial turmoil. The company is Nevada Geothermal Power, which like Solyndra, the now-famous California solar company, is struggling with debt after encountering problems at its only operating plant. After a series of technical missteps drained Nevada Geothermal’s reserves, its own auditor concluded in a filing released last week that there was “significant doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.” See Energy / A4 TOP NEWS INSIDE Abby B4 New York Times News Service 20 To Bend A U.S.-backed geothermal plant struggles By Eric Lipton and Clifford Krauss Clin Within a triangle of highways connecting Bend, Sisters and Redmond, the public land around Cline Buttes has been a magnet for people looking to drive off-road since the 1960s, said Matt Able, an off-highway vehicle specialist with the U.S. Forest Service who has been involved with the design of the recreation area. “At this point there are no designated trails,” Able said. “It’s been a free-for-all.” By June 2013, that should come to an end, he said. Construction of a staging area — with a parking lot, restrooms and an information kiosk — is set to start at the end of October. Off-highway vehicle trail building will follow and continue through the winter. In all, the trail system, which will also have separate hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails, will have 100 miles of trails for OHVs. Able said that will squelch the enticement for people to drive over the open range and onto private property. “If you build a good-quality trail system, most people are going to stay on that trail system,” he said. See Off-road / A4 Vol. 108, No. 276, 28 pages, 5 sections 126 To Sisters End of the ‘free-for-all’ An Independent Newspaper 126 Holmes Rd. Fences that Ambers Thornburgh mended this spring were busted again as fall started in Central Oregon. Likely snipped by bolt cutters, the fence’s barbed wire sags alongside a dirt trail etched by motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles through the sagebrush and juniper around Cline Buttes north of Bend. Nearby riders knocked down a gate to roll onto Thornburgh’s land. Thornburgh, a 72-year-old rancher, said dealing with the reoccurring damage is tiresome. “I’ve got other things to do besides rebuild fence behind these people,” Thornburgh said. Federal officials say the Bureau of Land Management’s new Cline Buttes Recreation Area, with its designated trails and staging area, should remedy the problem. But Thornburgh and neighbor Sage Dorsey, 54, whose land is also close to the buttes, aren’t so sure. “We’ll believe it when we see it,” Dorsey said. rn R d. The Bulletin Fryrear Rd. WINTHROP, Wash. — Kristy Longanecker smiled while her husband fell from the clear blue sky. “He got to live his dream,” said Longanecker, barely bothering to watch. “I’m envious of that sometimes. How many people get to live their dream?” Thump. So ended jump No. 896 — one final shock to the skeleton, one final perfect parachute roll, a practice run with no more reason to practice. Last month, Dale Longanecker turned 57, the mandatory retirement age for firefighters employed by the U.S. Forest Service. Friday was his last day on the job, and his was not just another retirement. Longanecker has spent 38 years as one of the most elite of his kind, a smokejumper. He has parachuted out of airplanes into some of the most remote wildfires in the West carrying little more than a shovel, a gallon of water and a bottle of ibuprofen. He was 19 when he made his first jump, and the Forest Service says his 896 jumps — 362 of which were into fires — are a record that may never be broken. See Jumper / A5 Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Ambers Thornburgh, 72, fixes a cut fence that goes around his land and BLM land near Eagle Crest Resort last week. Thornburgh believes ATV riders cut the fence, and he has become increasingly frustrated as this continues to happen. “I’ve got other things to do besides rebuild fence behind these people,” the rancher says. Goodrich Rd. New York Times News Service D1-6 AFGHANISTAN: Raiding Haqqani byways, Page A3 PERRY: Offensive name sparks criticism, Page A3

Bulletin Daily Paper 10/03/2011

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