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Soon Yi Oh works on her art. She uses traditional oriental styles in her paintings. Using oils, she depicts the landscapes that inspire her. Her work is to be on display in Fairbanks Hall on Monday.

Mayor Manning, councilors part of panel discussion to hear cons, pros for ballot measures By Emma-Kate Schaake The Daily Barometer

Students and Corvallis residents gathered in the Memorial Union lounge to hear the pros and cons of the two levies on the ballot for Nov. 5. Measure 02-86 dominated the discussion, with two panelists for and two against the tax levy. A qualm felt by panelist Tom Jensen, and a few audience members, was that this new levy combines funding for services and new facility hires, instead of offering the tax increases with two separate levies. “I don’t like my cupcakes with my vinegar,” Jensen said. “ I ask that (the City Council) provide two levies in the spring that separate the amenities from personnel.” Corvallis mayor and panelist Julie Manning justified the City Council’s decision to create the tax levy, including the funding for city services like the public library and the additional police hires. “The council unanimously supported one levy,” Manning said. “We are one city, one community and they didn’t want to pit city services against one another.” Manning urged that it is the councilors’ job to listen to their constituents, who have voiced concerns about the importance of integral social services. These services “make our community See ELECTION | page 3

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Visiting scholar paints with feet Korean artist Soon Yi Oh visits OSU to show her art, interpretations of Corvallis landscapes at Fairbanks Hall on Monday

In her fourth year of secondary school (equivalent to North America’s early high school), a teacher encouraged her to paint by holding a brush in between her toes. With practice, painting with her feet became a lasting passion. By Kaitlyn Kohlenberg The Daily Barometer Her first art exhibition was in Taiwan, in 1985, After having lost both arms in an accident at when she was still in high school. One year later, age 2, Soon Yi Oh had to learn how to complete she was accepted into Dankook University in South Korea, where she graduated with a degree in draweveryday tasks using alternative methods. n

ing. She later received her master’s degree from the China Academy of Art. She is at Oregon State University as a visiting scholar. She has been researching in Corvallis for one year, exploring the local landscapes and working on paintings for her exhibition. “Sometimes I will show special lectures,” Oh said. “The art department students, they’ve never seen See FAIRBANKS | page 3

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Oregon State University research scientist appointed president of American Fisheries Society By Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova The Daily Barometer

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Oregon State University’s Robert Hughes catches a Barred Pargo in the coastal waters off Baja, Mexico.

The American Fisheries Society focuses on fish and fisheries — but what sets it apart from other organizations are its collaborative strengths initiatives. And the new big fish behind AFS is Oregon State University’s own Robert Hughes. A senior research professor in the department of fisheries and wildlife at OSU and a senior scientist with Amnis Opes Institute, Hughes will lead initiatives as the newly elected president for AFS. Hughes was elected on Saturday. Hughes can recall his first interactions with fish while growing up on the lakes of Michigan. “I really enjoyed watching them and catching them and eating them,” Hughes said. “All critters have truly and always fascinated me.”

Hughes was able to pursue his interests in wildlife, which spawned a journey of learning about fish and ecology. Hughes’ research at OSU has primarily focused on the ecological activities of biological assessments of rivers, lakes and streams that span across large geographic areas throughout the United States, Europe, Brazil, China and India. “I’ve been privileged to travel to all of the sites many times,” Hughes said. “That’s the nature of the research — being there to observe the ecological processes and effects first-hand.” Hughes is well-versed in the international language of “fish,” and has written 150 publications. As a research scientist, Hughes developed and tested field methods and indicators that have been incorporated into the Environmental Protection Agency’s National River and Stream Assessment. He has received Distinguished Service and Best Paper Awards from the AFS, a Special Recognition Award from the AFS Western Division, a Fisheries Worker of the Year Award from the AFS Oregon Chapter,

an Environmental Stewardship Award from the North American Benthological Society (now the Society for Freshwater Science) and two Fulbright Awards for research and education in Brazil. Hughes received his Bachelors of Arts in psychology and biology and his master’s in science in 1973, both at the University of Michigan. He continued his education at OSU, earned his Ph.D. in fisheries and has been affiliated with OSU as a research scientist ever since. With his appointment as president of AFS, Hughes aims to cultivate increased interactions with federal agencies in Washington, D.C. The national office for AFS is located in Bethesda, Md. “We’d like to interact more with the fisheries agency, especially,” Hughes said. Hughes said he’d also like to expand and impart knowledge across the Canadian borders to carryout similar engagements with the government there. Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova Science reporter

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The availability of health care to low-income Oregonians is increasing. As a result, Oregon State University and the Oregon Health Authority have received $1.25 million from the Centers for Disease Control to study the impact of opening up the Oregon Health Plan to more people.

Already, Oregon’s number of uninsured residents has dropped by at least 10 percent, according to Oregon Health Authority officials as reported in the Oregonian. Coverage for the Oregon Health Plan starts January 2014. The low income, Medicaidfunded program has screened and found 260,000 adults who are eligible for the program. Through the fast-track enroll-

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Gov. John Kitzhaber, who has led the state’s efforts on a comprehensive reform to Oregon’s Medicaid program, is endorsing the project. “This project is an ideal complement to ongoing health system innovations and reforms in Oregon,” said Mike Bonetto, a senior health care policy adviser to Gov. Kitzhaber, as reported in an OSU press release.

Many Hands Trading hosts fundraiser Thursday about programs such as the emergency food pantry. Many Hands Trading, located within the The Human Services Research Center Memorial Union, will donate $1 for every has big hopes for the event. Jon Tran, one $4 spent by customers on Thursday. The of the external coordinators for HSRC, donations will go toward funding the OSU said their goal is to raise $1,000 for the Emergency Food Pantry, which is located food pantry. in Snell Hall. “A dollar buys 15 pounds of food from The Many Hands Trading website states (Linn) Benton Food Share, so $1,000 will the goal is to “broaden public awareness” go a long way,” said Alexsandra Dos Reis, The Daily Barometer

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Business was brief Wednesday at the Associated Students of Oregon State University House of Representatives meeting, which lasted 11 minutes. Two standing committees offered progress updates during the standing committee reports. The Appropriations and Budgets Committee debriefed its first meeting, during which the committee members clarified goals for the year. The committee will meet again on Monday, at 2 p.m. in Snell. Educational Activities requested poll responses from the rest of the representatives. Additional business included recognition of Rep. Saul Boulanger as the House joint committee chair and a reminder to attend student organization group meetings. Discussion surrounding the singing of the Oregon State Alma Mater continued. The next House meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Union 211.

external coordinator for HSRC. HSRC hopes to have a staff member at Many Hands Trading to answer any questions customers may have about the emergency food pantry or other HSRC programs. Donations will come out of all purchases made on Thursday. The fundraiser will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gillnet fishing rules will remain in force during court review By Ted Shorack DAILY ASTORIAN

ASTORIA — Judges with the Oregon Court of Appeals said they won’t impose a stay on enforcement of new rules intended to phase out gillnetting on the lower Columbia River while they review a lawsuit hoping to derail them. Steve Fick and Jim Wells filed a petition with the court in July after the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted the rules in June. The appellate court found that petitioners did not show commercial interests would be harmed during the judicial review. Fick expressed disappointment about the decision, but said they would continue the challenge. “It’s just erroneous that somehow we are going to wait several years to be assured that the economics are going to

be there,” said Fick. The rule changes would phase out commercial nontribal gillnet use on the main stem of the river over a four year period. By 2017, the rules call for gillnets to only be used in offchannel select areas. New gear types will be tested in the meantime and would potentially be allowed instead of gillnets. The allocation of chinook and coho salmon would shift more dramatically toward the recreational fishery as well. The changes were proposed by Gov. John Kitzhaber after Measure 81 appeared on the November election ballot calling for an outright ban of gillnets on the river. The measure was defeated by a 66 percent majority. Kitzhaber proposed the changes, describing them as a compromise after years of disputes between user groups.

Calendar Thursday, Oct. 24 Meetings Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. United Nations - Global Consultation and Focus - A devotion gathering focusing on the importance of focused consultation.

Events Career Services, 11am-4pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Fall Career Fair (Engineering). International Students of OSU (ISOSU), 5pm, International Resource Center in the MU. Cultural Exposition. An exposition of culture through songs, poems, cultural stories and presentation of cultural items. Campus Recycling, 6-8pm, OSU Recycling Warehouse, 644 SW 13th St. October Repair Fair. Bring your broken items and questions for free repairs and demonstrations. Pride Center, 1:30-2:30pm, Pride Center. Tea Sampling with Topics. Discuss, make friends. Queer your tea! Women’s Center, 5-7pm, Women’s Center. Come share your poetry/other writings expressing your path.

Friday, Oct. 25 Meetings Chess Club, 4-6pm, MU Commons. Join us for games of chess and more. All skill levels are welcome.

Speakers Women’s Center, 3-5pm, Women’s Center. Keynote speech from Dr. Kathleen Bogart. Afterwards, to wrap up the event, we hill have a discussion!

Events Pride Center, Noon-1pm, Pride Center. Stretch it Out. Use this time to destress, care for your body and improve your flexibility in both your mind and body, and meet new people.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211. ASOSU weekly Senate meeting.

Events Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 3-4pm, Snell 427. Exploring the underrepresented and our unspoken path to prison. The prison industrial complex, who profits? Pride Center, 2-3pm, Pride Center. Crafternoons. Experience a new crafting adventure each week as we litter the Pride Center with glitter!

Wednesday, Oct. 30 Meetings ASOSU House of Representatives, 7pm, MU 211. ASOSU weekly House meeting. College Republicans, 7pm, StAg 106. Come by for friendly discussion of political events, club activities and educational debates. All are welcome. Student Incidental Fees Committee (SIFC), 7-9pm, Upper Classroom at Dixon. General Meeting. Good Vibrations, Aural Sensations, 2-3pm, Pride Center. Join in on our jam session in a safe and inclusive environment! Bring your instruments and sheet music. Multi-Cultural Students in PreHealthcare, 6:30pm, Native American Longhouse. Weekly member meeting.

Events Career Services, 2pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom. From College to Careers - Workshop for Women in Technology.

Thursday, Oct. 31 Meetings Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. Does the Spiritual World have a physical presence? — A discussion.



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Speakers University Events, 12:30pm, Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center. OSU welcomes football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus to campus. A Q&A session with the legendary linebacker will be held. The presentation will be made up entirely of your questions.

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By Stephanie Rice The COLUMBIAN

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Clark County will take out a $10 million loan to pay a settlement to two men who spent 17 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of rape. Earlier, the county agreed to pay $10.5 million ($5.25 million apiece) to Larry Davis, 57, of Vancouver and Alan Northrop, 49, of Woodland to settle a federal lawsuit. On Tuesday, county commissioners approved a financing plan to take out a sevenyear loan for $10 million from Banc of America Preferred Funding Corp. at 1.85 percent interest. Clark County Deputy Treasurer John Payne said the additional $500,000 will come out of the county’s general fund. Taking out a loan avoids having the general fund take such a large hit, as it pays for public safety and other essential county services that have already been budgeted. The county has 30 days to pay the settlement, which was



Alan Northrop and Larry Davis celebrate Wednesday July 14, 2010 at the Clark County Courthouse in Vancouver, Wash. reached nine days into a jury trial in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. The county will pay $711,183 in interest, said Larry Frueh, finance manager for the treasurer’s office. The county filed a claim with its insurer, Washington Counties Risk Pool, but it was rejected because the county wasn’t insured in 1993. That year, Davis and

ELECTION n Continued from page 1 a great place to live, work and go to school,� Manning said. Biff Traber, councilor for Ward 8 and panelist said that in the time since the first levy was passed, the City Council collected data regarding Corvallis residents’ quality of life to assess the priorities in the community. “It was clear that there were additional services to maintain what Corvallis was,� Traber said. “The councilors believe all of these are important.� Additionally, the City Council assessed the city budget, especially in light of the recent loss of Hewlett-Packard tax revenue. HP’s Corvallis property had been over assessed, and the City of Corvallis ended up repaying $2.1 million to the company. The legal appeal from HP is still pending, but it is hoped there will be a full settlement before it goes to trial. “We are trying to change the way we do our budget, making sure current expenditures are less than current revenues,� Traber said. The city has cut more than 27 jobs and $4.1 million from the budget in the past three years. Without a levy such as Measure 02-86, it’s estimated the city will cut another $3.2 million and 22 jobs. Panelist and community member Jeff Hess

Northrop were convicted of raping a woman in La Center. The woman had provided very few details about the suspects to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. She said she had been tied up and blindfolded while she was cleaning a house, and one man had raped her while another man held her down. With help from the Innocence Project Northwest and a judge’s order to do post-

does not agree that adding more services, like the additional police hires, will help with fiscal responsibility. “Adding more cost to our budget is not helping us balance the budget,� Hess said. Hess was also against the police hires, citing studies conducted about the safety of Corvallis compared to other cities. Just in the past few months, the police department, in partnership with the city and OSU, has added options to deal with student violations, including the addition of special response notices and the implementation of landlord fees. Hess suggested that these new options could “alleviate quality of life and livability issues without adding police staff.� Hess cited studies that placed Corvallis as a very safe community to live in, especially compared to other cities of comparable size. However, a City of Corvallis Citizen Attitude Study, which is conducted every year, showed a drop in the percentages of people that feel safe in their neighborhoods and in the greater Corvallis community in 2012. Many residents feel that it is only appropriate for the police force to grow as OSU enrollment continues to rise. The new police officers would mainly serve Wards 2, 4 and 5, but they would create more available staff members to facilitate greater safety for all of

conviction DNA tests, Davis and Northrop were eventually able to force the county to do the testing. The evidence, taken from the victim’s fingernails and pubic hair, hadn’t been tested back in 1993 because of the lack of technology to test small amounts. When test results came back in 2010 showing DNA from two other men, a Clark County Superior Court judge vacated the convictions and the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office declined to re-file charges. Costly deputy The decision to settle was made in late September, when former Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Don Slagle, who was the lead detective on the case, was on the witness stand. Attorneys for Davis and Northrop argued the county was negligent in employing Slagle, who never checked out other leads in the Davis/ Northrop case. Davis and Northrop were represented by Jack Connolly of Tacoma and Tim Ford of Seattle.

Corvallis. The panel wrapped up discussion with a brief introduction of Measure 02-87, which would annex 10.74 acres of land into Corvallis for a presumed, low-density housing development. If this measure passes, the developer will have to submit a conceptual plan for city approval. “This will go through a development process and will also be a part of the public process,� councilor Traber said. “The community can have an impact on how it’s developed.� Taylor Sarman, the executive director of government relations and the main organizer for the event, said he hoped the panel would be informative and helpful for voters. “Students are a big part of the community and they are affected by this,� Sarman said. “We want to make sure they have all the information they need.� All registered voters must have their ballots in by Nov. 5. The last day to mail a ballot in is Oct. 31 and postmarks do not count. Otherwise, the ballot must be delivered to the Benton County Elections office, or a secure ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 5. Emma-Kate Schaake City reporter

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PENDLETON — The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office has yet to make an arrest after a man suffered a beating last week just outside Pendleton city limits. But undersheriff Jim Littlefield said the situation is not cut-and-dry. “We’re getting some conflicting stories about what happened ... and about who ultimately may be held accountable,� Littlefield said. Daniel Hurn, 37, is out of the hospital but in pain following a fight with at least one person the afternoon of Oct. 16 at his residence, 2909 N.E. Riverside Ave., Pendleton. Hurn’s sister, Robin James, said her brother was the victim of an assault. She said Hurn and another man got into fight, the man clubbed Hurn into unconscious with a 2x4 and beat him even after he was unconscious. James said she didn’t see the fight and heard from witnesses. The East Oregonian was unable to contact any of the witnesses for comment. James said the intensive care unit of Kadlec Regional Medical

Center, Richland, Wash., let Hurn go Tuesday because he had no insurance. The seasonal firefighter is now with a relative in Walla Walla, a couple of blocks from Providence St. Mary Medical Center. James said Hurn has suffered severe headaches and neck pain and is so weak he must use a walker. Hurn suffered his injuries just blocks from the border of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Chuck Sams, communications director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, said tribal officers initially responded in place of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Jim Littlefield said county was not able to respond because deputies were busy helping in Athena as four men in a stolen car tried to flee police. Littlefield said tribal police and sheriff’s deputies worked together to question people and gather information. James said she talked to a deputy and a tribal officer, and deputies tried to talk to her brother Wednesday, but he may not have been coherent.

FAIRBANKS n Continued from page 1 oriental paintings. So I show them how to use oriental painting materials and traditional oriental technique.� Oh first admired the Corvallis terrain in February 2013 and quickly began working on a collection of paintings to display. When the exhibit in Corvallis is over, Oh’s works will be moved to a gallery in New York. When she is done visiting the United States, Oh will return to her home in South Korea, where she is a professor in Dankook University’s department of oriental painting. Her art will be on display in Fairbanks Hall starting on Monday. The exhibit will be in place for two weeks. The International Affairs Club will be hosting a congratulatory reception at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Kaitlyn Kohlenberg

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Sororities competed to mark up space with their name, symbol to raise money for children By Courtney Gehring The Daily Barometer



Sarah Fulkerson (right) participates in Derby Days philanthropy in an effort to raise money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Women ran, pushed and shoved to decorate the Sigma Chi fraternity faster than other sorority members. Sororities decorated the house with their house names and symbols.

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The Sigma Chi fraternity is hosting its annual philanthropy, Derby Days, a weeklong series of events to raise awareness and money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. They have scheduled a week packed with events, including a hot dog eating contest, talent show and lip-syncing competition. All proceeds of this week go to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for children who need assistance with the financial burden of major surgeries and treatments.

Sorority women bearing chalk, tape, markers and streamers took to the walls, ceilings and doors of Sigma Chi Fraternity Tuesday night to mark their sorority name or symbol on every square inch of the fraternity’s house. The sorority with the most area coverage wins the house mess-up event, one of many events taking place this week for Sigma Chi’s philanthropy, Derby Days. The weeklong series of events helps raise awareness and money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Each fall, Sigma Chi gathers a group of its members, as well as members of local sororities to embark on a journey to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland to tour and learn about the facility. This annual tour marks the beginning of the weeklong quest to raise money for the children being treated at Doernbecher. “The money goes toward paying for families that don’t have insurance to cover these big hospital bills,” said Tyler Kluempke, a junior studying business and the philanthropy coordinator for Sigma Chi. “Roughly 60 per-

cent of the families that go to Doernbecher for major surgeries or treatments, like chemotherapy, they don’t have insurance and no physical way of paying for it. Most of the money we raise goes to paying for their hospital bills.” The remaining money goes to providing toys, gaming consoles and good food for the children during their hospital stay. Their goal is to provide the children with the most normal living situation possible while they are in the hospital. This year, Sigma Chi’s goal is to raise $20,000 for the sick children who seek treatment and care at Doernbecher. To reach their goal, Sigma Chi has planned several events throughout the week to raise money. These events allow members of the campus sororities to par-

ticipate and compete against one another. The events include flag football, the house mess-up, talent show, eating contest, and a final lip-syncing competition between sororities. Each event involves a different opportunity for sororities to donate money. For the house mess-up, sororities participated in a buy-in which their contributions allowed them a certain amount of supplies to use during the house mess-up — the more money that was contributed, the more supplies the sororities could use. The house mess-up alone earned $1,150 for the cause. “Derby Days is one of our favorite philanthropies,” said Krissie Smith, a senior and member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. “We have a lot of fun doing the activities with Sigma Chi and our girls have a lot of connection with Doernbecher as well.” Aside from the activities, Sigma Chi also has coin jars and online donation sites, one site for the entire community to donate to and separate sites for the individual sororities participating. Sigma Chi had earned $2,300 as of Wednesday morning, not including coin jars or online donations. Courtney Gehring Greek and clubs reporter

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Cooks draws inspiration from upbringing Junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks breaking Oregon State records this season, credits his mother as inspiration

a point to throw five or six days a week. When fall camp started, we had already thrown 1,000 balls to each other.” College football teams can’t hold team practice until fall camp in August. The extra work between Mannion and Cooks throughout the summer was all By Mitch Mahoney voluntary. The Daily Barometer Mannion hadn’t been named the Brandin Cooks is having a season starting quarterback and Cooks had for the ages. It started in Northern never been a No. 1 receiver. California, where he grew up. Markus Wheaton, OSU’s leading “My pop passed when I was 6,” Cooks receiver for two years, graduated in June. said. “Everyone was nervous about it,” said His mother, Andrea, raised four boys wide receivers coach Brent Brennan. as a single parent after his father, Worth, “Everybody in the world asked me those questions about losing Markus, died of a heart attack. “(She would) go to work, make sure of course. We just lost arguably the best receiver in the history food was on the table, of our school.” and still drive us to But Cooks was school and stuff like He is the best undeterred. that,” Cooks said. practice player I’ve He didn’t shy away He was born and ever coached. He takes from the spotlight. raised in Stockton, “He is the best Calif., and came to everything so seriously: practice player Oregon State after every rep, every I’ve ever coached,” decommitting from UCLA. opportunity to improve. Brennan said. “He takes everything so As a true freshman seriously: every rep, in 2011, he started his Brent Brennan every opportunity to first career collegiate Wide receivers coach improve. The biggest football game when thing about him is his James Rodgers was focus, his desire to be a great player. still recovering from knee surgery. Two years later, he’s leading the NCAA That’s what makes him really special.” The practice paid off. This year, the in every major receiving statistic. junior receiver is already tied for most If you ask anyone in OSU’s camp if they’re surprised about Cooks’ ascen- touchdown receptions in Oregon State history, and if he gains 357 more receivsion, they would tell you, “not at all.” ing yards in the final five games, he’ll own It comes from work ethic. the record for the most in a single season. Standing just 5-foot-10, he doesn’t With how he’s played so far, the record have the prototypical size of a wide looks all but locked up. receiver. He relies on speed and quickHe has a chance at becoming one ness to get open, as well as hard work. of Oregon State’s legends, if he isn’t “What’s great about Brandin is already, joining the likes of James how willing he is to work hard,” said Newson, Mike Hass, Chad Johnson junior quarterback Sean Mannion. See COOKS | page 6 “Throughout the offseason, we made




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Playing college soccer wasn’t in Borce Atanasov’s plans after graduating high school 4 years ago By Grady Garrett The Daily Barometer

If a high school athlete’s ability is not recognized — or not deemed worthy of a scholarship — by the time they graduate, they have one of two options. They can try to walk on at a program. Or they can give up the dream of playing at the collegiate level and, if they so choose, play recreationally. When Borce Atanasov faced this decision, he chose the latter. He wanted to be a commercial airline pilot. He’d continue to play soccer, he figured, in a men’s league. Three years later, at 21 years old, he was offered a full-ride scholarship to Oregon State University — to play soccer.

Staying under the radar

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Senior forward Borce Atanasov chases the ball in Friday’s tie against UCLA.

Atanasov did not play for a club team the majority of his youth. His family moved from the Republic of Macedonia to Oregon when he was 9 years old. American life was difficult to adjust to. No one in his family spoke a word of English. The laws in America were stricter than in Macedonia. And in Macedonia, he could walk or bike nearly everywhere. But the most startling contrast, he said, was the fact that you had to pay to play on a good soccer team in America. “I love soccer, I’ve been playing all my life,” Atanasov said. “But we didn’t have too much money. Our financial situation wasn’t the best. So I couldn’t play.” He traveled back to Macedonia and played on a soccer team (for free) in his hometown three consecutive summers. The only American club team he played for between arriving in the U.S. and turning 18 See ATANASOV | page 6


Cross-country alumna Elizabeth Gruber looks to finish well at Xterra World Championship By Scott McReynolds The Daily Barometer

Elizabeth Gruber is a triathlete, but not in the typical sense. She participates in the XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series, where participants run on trails and race mountain bikes instead of road bikes. She said it’s where, “pros and amateurs race for the title of regional, national and world champion and get dirty and dig deep while doing it.” Gruber graduated from Oregon State in 2012 with a BS in exercise and sports science. During that time, she participated in a variety of activities that prepared her for the triathlon series. She ran for the OSU cross-country and track team during her first two years on campus, and the OSU triathlon team after that. She currently lives in Loma Linda, Calif., where she is studying nursing at La Sierra University. Despite the time constraints that come with nursing school, Gruber still had time to compete in six triathlons and five mountain bike races this year. She has had a handful of top-five finishes and finished first for amateurs at the Xterra Off-Road Triathlon National Title in Ogden, Utah. The race consisted of a 1.5k swim, 28k mountain bike and a 10k train run. Gruber races for the elite triathlon

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Former OSU athlete Elizabeth Gruber competes again on Sunday. team Wattie Ink, which is made up of 115 triathletes from across the United States. “If you go to any big triathlon in the U.S., you are sure to see the “W’s” on the course and on the podium,” she said. Gruber’s next challenge is the Xterra World Championship in Maui, Hawaii, on Sunday. She placed first in her age group last year and hopes to build off of her recent success and come out with another victory. Scott McReynolds, sports reporter On Twitter @scottmcreynold4

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Junior tight end Connor Hamlett looks to get open against Colorado on Sept. 28. Hamlett won’t be available for the Beavers this weekend against Stanford.

Week 8 OSU football notebook The Daily Barometer

• Head coach Mike Riley said after practice on Tuesday that junior tight end Connor Hamlett would not play this week against Stanford. Hamlett had his left knee scoped last week and will likely be out for the next game against the University of Southern California on Nov. 1 as well. • Senior defensive tackle John Braun has been held out of

practice with a shoulder injury. Riley was hoping Braun would be available on Wednesday, but Braun was not in pads. Braun is still expected to play on Saturday. •The first Bowl Championship Series rankings were released on Sunday with the Beavers holding the No. 25 spot. Stanford was listed at No. 6. Oregon State did not make the top 25 in the coaches poll or the Associated Press poll, but received votes

in both. • While the Beavers face Stanford this Saturday, Oregon has a home game against No. 12 UCLA, the first time both Oregon schools have hosted ranked teams on the same Saturday in state history. Eugene will also be the site of ESPN’s College Gameday this weekend. The Daily Barometer On Twitter @barosports

When opportunity knocks he made our defense look unor-

was Beaverton-based Westside Metros, which he played two seasons (U-13 and U-14) with. So he arrived at Aloha High School in Beaverton relatively unknown. While there, he earned three varsity letters and, as a senior, was named Second Team All-League — an accomplishment, but not something that would catch the attention of recruiters. “He didn’t have the stats (to get noticed) in high school,” said Biniam Afenegus, head coach of the men’s soccer team at Clark College in Vancouver. “And part of it was he didn’t play a whole lot of club and his high school team wasn’t very good.” Atanasov had another plan. He wanted to pursue aviation and become a commercial airline pilot, so he enrolled at Portland Community College. For the next year-and-a-half, he lived at home, worked at Pizza Hut and took classes — eventually earning his private pilot license, the first of four licenses one must attain in order to become a commercial pilot. His love for soccer remained, so he found time to play for a local competitive men’s league team while attending PCC. And at some point, he decided he wanted to put the commercial airline pilot dream on hold. He wanted to play college soccer. He just needed an opportunity.

The first time Afenegus met Atanasov was at a Portland Timbers game in the spring of 2011. Atanasov was there with his men’s league team, Light of Africa, whose coach knew Afenegus. So the Light of Africa coach introduced Atanasov to Afenegus, who had just completed his fourth season as Clark College’s coach. Afenegus remembers that conversation distinctly. “He had a good head on him,” Afenegus said. “He was like, ‘I want to be a pilot. I’m already taking classes.’ And he talked a lot about his family. That’s rare. Most 19-year-olds want to talk about themselves.” Unbeknownst to Atanasov, Afenegus had seen him play in a few men’s league games before. “Just talking to him gave me the incentive to watch him play one more time,” Afenegus said. A short time later, the Light of Africa coach made that happen by setting up a scrimmage against Afenegus’ Clark team. Atanasov knew it was an opportunity he had to take advantage of. “Whenever something is at stake, you’re going to feel nervous,” he said. “Especially when it’s something big like that. I didn’t think I was going to play college soccer.” Atanasov, who was less than nine months removed from undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus, scored two goals. “We had a good defense, but

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Daily Barometer sports editor Andrew Kilstrom talked to Stanford Daily columnist Winston Shi to discuss Saturday’s game The Daily Barometer

Kilstrom: What happened in Stanford’s game against Utah? I think almost everyone would agree that Stanford is the better team. Shi: Honestly, the entire team came out flat. They’d just been in a dogfight with a Washington team that was playing some of the best football in the country, and it’s a pity that Washington started unraveling somewhere in the third quarter against Oregon. Everything went wrong — a depleted defensive line couldn’t get enough push, the pass coverage was soft, the secondary seemed confused and the offense was getting pushed around in pass protection. It was a trap game. Utah’s a good team, much better than its record and Stanford was on their way to beating them anyways. I should also mention that Utah’s got a great home-field advantage. Trent Murphy said after the game that the team wasn’t taken off guard by the thin air, but seeing as Stanford took a while to get off their feet and eventually rallied in the second half, I’m not sure I’d agree.‬ Kilstrom: Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks have been the talk of Corvallis this season, leading the nation in every major category. Does Stanford have an answer for them? Shi: I have to respect the production that Mannion and Cooks have racked up, and if the Beaver defense can hold up — we’ll see about that on game day — then the focus is going to be on the other side of the ball. Stanford’s got a great secondary. Safeties Jordan Richards and Ed Reynolds might be the best in the country — they’re absolutely lethal covering the deep posts that passing coaches love, and they’re typically solid in run support as well. Cornerback Alex Carter won the starting job midway through last season and ran with it — he’s tough and physical. Opposite him, Wayne Lyons gets picked on almost out of necessity, but if Lyons is the one getting picked on, Stanford’s doing pretty well. Sometimes Stanford has issues covering the seams in its Cover 2, but the

coverage was pretty darn good against UCLA when Stanford held the Bruins to about 1/5 their scoring average. Stanford plays really conservatively and its soft zone coverage can be infuriating at times, but if you don’t give up the big play, the offense typically sputters to a halt — interceptions, fumbles, penalties, sacks. The coverage forced multiple sacks and once the opponent is in a clear passing situation, the pass rush is absolutely lethal. Stanford’s sacks tend to come in bunches, really.‬ Kilstrom: Stanford’s national title hopes obviously took a hit with the loss to Utah, but it’s still a possibility, and everyone wants to circle the big game with Oregon down the road. Where does a game like this with — with a sort of unknown team in No. 25 OSU that hasn’t really played anyone — stack up in terms of importance? I’m sure no one’s overlooking this game from Stanford’s camp, but does it feel like a really big game, like it does for OSU?‬ Shi: Honestly, every game is a big game at this point. If Stanford wants to make the Rose Bowl, OSU is a mustwin. If Stanford wants to make the national championship game, OSU is a must win. OSU is an unknown, to be sure, but I think this Stanford team’s learned its lesson.‬ I’d definitely call Utah “anyone,” regardless of how the game played out. OSU is a good team. This was the first time Utah played Stanford at all since entering the Pac-12, strangely enough, so they were a bit of a wild card. Mike Riley’s the dean of the Pac-12 coaches, so Stanford knows that OSU is going to come out and play.‬ I think that among the fan base, OSU seems like a bit of a breather, but I would disagree. This is definitely a conference with depth, and OSU still has Rose Bowl hopes.‬ Kilstrom: Can Stanford win out? How do you see this game, and the rest of the season, playing out? Can they take out the Beavers this weekend and then Oregon again like they did a year ago?‬ Shi: That’s going to be interesting. Oregon State kept it close last year, and I think that the team will be very pumped to welcome Stanford to town. Typically, Stanford dominates its opposition in ways that aren’t reflected in the scoreboard, but I think in this case a pretty close score is matched by a close game. However, I think that Stanford’s offense is going to have success in the running game. The Cardinal defense absolutely smothers pro-style offenses, and I think

ganized,” Afenegus said. “I said to him, ‘You need to be playing college soccer, not in an adult league.’” Three months later, Atanasov attended Clark’s official tryout with 50 to 60 other players. He made the team.

Proving he’s D-I material

Afenegus said it’s rare for a soccer player in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, Clark’s conference, to land a Division I scholarship. “In the entire NWAACC, there’s maybe two kids a year that transfer to a Division I program,” he said. As Afenegus would soon learn, Atanasov had that kind of ability. As a freshman, the forward finished third in the NWAACC in goals with 16. He was even better as a sophomore, leading the conference in goals (26) and points (36) en route to earning 2012 NWAACC Player of the Year. “At the end of his freshman year, I thought, ‘You know what, this kid can go play at a Division I school,’” Afenegus said. “I wasn’t sure if he was Pac-12 ready, but I thought he could go play at a Mountain West or West Coast school. “Then four or five games into his second season, I said, ‘This kid can play in the Pac-12.’” With his junior college eligibility up, Atanasov put together a highlight reel and sent it to coaches, including OSU’s Steve Simmons. “The level of competition was pretty low, but scoring goals is scoring goals and we saw (Atanasov) score a lot of them,” Simmons said. “So I talked to (Afenegus) and asked, ‘Is he legit?’” Simmons and Afenegus have known each other for years, so Simmons trusted Afenegus’ backing of Atanasov’s ability. So Atanasov was invited to OSU’s winter camp last December. As much as Simmons liked Atanasov’s ability on the pitch, he was just as impressed with Atanasov’s character. “He did some nice things (at the tryout) and he was very articulate, super insightful,” Simmons said. “He understands that he’s got to work for everything. I thought moving forward this was a potential great fit.” Atanasov, who said Gonzaga was the only other Division I school seriously pursuing him, was offered a full-ride. He accepted, and enrolled for winter term. This season, his first and likely only in Corvallis — he’s planning on applying for an extra year of eligibility, but the odds of receiving one aren’t great — Atanasov has started nine games for the Beavers, is tied for third on the team in points (six) and leads the team in assists (four). It’s been a crazy journey, Atanasov said. One with an ending he wouldn’t have believed four years ago. “It’s a great feeling,” he said. “I’m getting my education at a really good school and playing for a really competitive team in the hardest conference in the nation.” Grady Garrett, sports reporter On Twitter @gradygarrett

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Sophomore wide receiver Richard Mullaney and junior receiver Brandin Cooks celebrate a long completion against Colorado on Sept. 28. that with the secondary hounding Cooks all night, Stanford wins, 34-21.‬ The Ducks have scored at will, but their schedule to this point has been one of the nation’s worst, and their schedule from here out one of the nation’s best. I’m excited to see how Stanford-Oregon goes, but I honestly have no idea what will happen. There’ll be more offense than last year, I think, but the real breakthrough

Stanford’s had this year has been in the field position game. Last year Stanford was an ace unit in kickoff and punt coverage. This year it’s added a very dangerous return game to the mix. Any Stanford win over the Ducks is going to require winning in the field position battle. The Daily Barometer On Twitter @barosports

and others who have a permanent place in Oregon State folklore. He leads the country in receptions (76), receiving yards (1,176) and receiving touchdowns (12). No other receiver in the nation is within 152 yards, nine receptions or a touchdown of him. Cooks is in a class of his own — a class he learned to earn 15 years ago. He hasn’t forgotten about how he got here. “I feel like if she can do the things she didn’t want to do,” Cooks said, “I can do something that I love.” Mitch Mahoney, sports reporter On Twitter @MitchIsHere

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Measure 02-86


n Nov. 5, we’ll be voting on measures that won’t really affect us. “Us” being the majority of the newsroom. Most of us will be gone this June, and the proposed measures won’t take effect until July 2014. And there’s always the fact that as students and renters, we occasionally have a hate-on for property owners in the city. So, if we’re being selfish, we’d vote no for Measure 02-86 in this year’s special election. In the short term, this measure would end up costing student renters an estimated $150 per year. The overall cost for homeowners and property owners is $0.82 per every $1,000 worth of property per year, and will generate an estimated $3 million per year for the city’s use. A homeowner whose home is worth $238,000 would pay less than $200 per year for this levy. Rental rates are already continuously going up, thanks to many factors including the cost of living, inflation, vacancy rates and taxes — so the question is: How, and how much, will this levy add to those rates? Preferred Properties Northwest owner Chris Saltveit told the Barometer he’d raise rent about $20-30 per month if the levy passes. PPNW owns many of those enormous townhouses scattered across Corvallis. If it does pass, and rent increases the same amount it has in the past, we don’t really care. It’s cool that we at least know it’s coming from this tax. But if it raises the rent on top of the already steep rates, we’re not a fan of it. However, the money being levied will go toward lots of good things. Sure, we won’t use all of them. But we will use some of them. Maybe. Either way, it’s good that they’d be available. It’s doubtful most of us will use the public library, considering the Valley Library has later hours and is more convenient for us. But libraries are important, and not everyone has access to the Valley Library, so we’re all for giving the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library more money. Learning is good. Increased code enforcement and more police officers and fire department personnel will annoy those of us trying to get away with something, but if there’s ever a situation in which we need every officer on the street, we would want the departments to be over prepared. We have the pools on campus, so we don’t really use Osborn Aquatic Center — we’re ambivalent about that one. We don’t anticipate the majority of Oregon State University students ever needing the Chintimini Senior Center, but we don’t hate old people. We hope to be old ourselves one day. Maybe if we give the senior center money now, it’ll give us good karma for later in life, when our children stick us in one. Most of us will have left Corvallis before this measure comes into effect, so the funding of a long-range planner for the city is something that will never matter to us. Or come back and bite us in the butt for not caring about it now. The longest-term plan most of us have right now is graduating with a degree. We’ll be gone soon. But we think we’d vote yes on 86, because libraries are good and we don’t hate old people. t

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Tiny flying guardian angels protect potato crops W

hen we hear the word “drone,” it often elicits mixed emotions. Some of us cringe and others rally to strike up a heated conversation. But Oregon State University has repurposed that word in an attempt to benefit potato crops. The HawkEye, a small drone that is held in the air by a parachute, is watching over some of Eastern Oregon’s spuds. It is hard to know what issues are going on in huge potato fields, especially if you want to localize a problem and stop it before it worsens. For example, according to the OPB article, “These drones spy on spuds,” by David Nogueras, when an insect outbreak occurs it generally begins in a centralized area. So if the


Scottaline HawkEye is able to detect this kind of outbreak, adjustments in insecticide disbursement could be made accordingly, thus aiding in the reduction of farming expenses. This kind of localized study and prevention is known as “precision agriculture.” That phrase will take on a whole new meaning with the advancement of this little aircraft. The HawkEye is being tested in Oregon State University’s Hermiston

Agricultural Research and Extension Center. The Fe d e ra l Av i a t i o n Administration requires the drone to be controlled by pilots on the ground. The drone is also assigned to a designated area, which it cannot leave. The HawkEye can fly for up to 30 minutes, according to the Columbus Dispatch article, “Oregon drones searching for sick spuds.” These aircraft are tiny, about the size of a duffle bag. The reason why these tiny aircraft are so useful is because they have the ability to fly closer to the ground than other aircraft and take infrared pictures of the plants. These drones are being tested on potato crops because the potato fields are massive and the plants

are highly susceptible to insects and disease, according to Nogueras. The traditional farmer may be opposed to this kind of technology monitoring their potato fields, but I’m guessing if it helps the plants, most agriculturalists will embrace these tiny, flying potato angels. These small flying devices are something to be excited about. If OSU can further its studies with the HawkEye in efforts to reduce the use of water, insecticide and fertilizer on such a large commodity as potatoes, the outcome could be largely beneficial. t

Gabi Scottaline is a senior in English. The opinions expressed in Scottaline’s columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Scottaline can be reached at

Ryan Mason is a junior in graphic design

Homecoming — in college? Attention graduate students:


hen I was asked to write about this year’s Homecoming, my first words were, “We have Homecoming?” When I mentioned the news to other people, I got the same reaction. shows that the term “homecoming” in the context that we think of (football, dances, parades). It goes back to around the 1930s and isn’t limited to currently enrolled students of the college or high school, but also extended to alumni. states, “Homecoming is a time to celebrate the school you’re attending. And, after you’ve graduated, it’s a time to go back (or “come home”) to your town and the campus, see old friends, and reminisce about your school days.” This last part makes me glad that my high school had an age limit on dance attendees. However, my college does not. But it also doesn’t have a dance. Reminiscing about its college days appears to be exactly what the OSU Alumni Association has in store — a week of parades, a bonfire and other activities. Spirit Week started Monday, and will conclude Sunday with the women’s soccer match against Stanford. With these kinds of activities, as well as throwing tailgater parties during OSU football games, the Alumni Association helps provide opportunities for reminiscing, time to spend with family and a healthy chunk of change. The Alumni Association works with students for help in putting on these events, and provides scholarship opportunities with the



Student Alumni Association for early membership. But Homecoming seems to be primarily about the alumni, not the current students. Proof of this is in how it sneaks up on unsuspecting students. I’ve been here two years, and every time Homecoming rolls around, I find myself suffering from Homecoming amnesia. I remember that once, I didn’t figure it out until I walked around Wilson Hall and saw a massive bonfire surrounded by a crowd in the parking lot. I think is an example of a case calling for more press, not just around the upcoming football game, but also extending to the events that will take place. Why? Because a lot of students don’t really care about football — but other events are still fun and occasionally even free. More penny-pinching college students should know they have these cheap entertainment options. I know I wish I’d known. So even though high school Homecoming was usually lame, consider finding out more about OSU’s Homecoming events, and see if you can at least snag yourself a free water bottle or handful of candy. t

Cassie Ruud is a junior in English. The opinions

expressed in Ruud’s columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Ruud can be reached at

What the CGE is, what it does


he Coalition of Graduate Employees is the labor union representing Oregon State University’s graduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants. CGE’s purpose is to empower graduate employees to work together to improve the working conditions of graduate teachers and researchers. Much of this work is accomplished through the bargaining and maintenance of a fair working contract. Since CGE’s inception in 1999, CGE members have fought for contracts that established health insurance for graduate employees and their families, offset the burden of student fees, guaranteed tuition waivers, established workload limits and increased salaries for graduate employees. We continue to bargain improvements to the contract every two years. CGE also helps with graduate employee issues well beyond contract bargaining. Through years of experience working with university administration, faculty and students, CGE officers and staff are experts at connecting graduate students to resources, and in giving advice to graduate students in tough situations. Payroll or insurance problems? CGE knows who can help. Need a roommate or a ride to the airport? Join the CGE social email list. Want to meet more graduate students and do something fun? Come to CGE social activities. Most importantly, if you are hav-

Araby Belcher

Guest Columnist ing problems at work, CGE will be there to listen, help identify solutions, inform you of your legal rights, connect you to counseling services, and, in the very rare cases where resolution is not found by the above methods, correct workplace injustice through filing formal grievances with the University. Moreover, CGE maintains regular contact with members between the quarterly General Membership Meetings (in which all-member votes are held), via the Steward Council, CGE’s employees, and the officers of the executive council. The steward council has a representative position for every OSU department. Each Steward serves as the primary contact person for any graduate student employees in their department with a concern. CGE is formed of graduate workers, for graduate workers, and we welcome your feedback. Our first general membership meeting of this academic year is Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Senior Center. We hope you join us and voice your opinions and priorities as a graduate employee. Remember, fellow graduate students, it’s your union. t

Araby Belcher is CGE’s vice president of com-

munications, and a guest columnist for the Daily Barometer.

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Northwest tree growers shipping Christmas trees overseas By Eric Mortenson CAPITAL PRESS

CORBETT — Tom Norby would like to be the first to wish you a merry.... Well, it’s too soon even for him to say that. But if you live in Japan, China, Hong Kong or even Dubai, know that your Christmas tree is on its way. Merry Mid-October. Pacific Northwest tree growers such as Norby are already cutting, baling and shipping the Nobles, Douglas firs and other varieties that will be decorated in far corners of the globe. Oregon ranks first nationally in Christmas tree production, harvesting roughly 6.5 million trees annually,

and Washington is fifth, with about 2.3 million. More than 90 percent of northwest trees leave the region. “I was sold out in August,” Norby, a former stock trader who counts himself among the region’s small growers, said. He has about 50 acres of Christmas trees in the Corbett area, a farming community perched on the basalt bluffs overlooking the Columbia River east of Portland. Christmas trees are simple only in their symbolism. On this sunny day, a crew of four is loading close to 500 trees, each 5- to 7-feet tall and with limbs tightly trussed,

into a refrigerated shipping container sitting atop a truck. Driver Robert Biddulph said he’ll haul the load into Portland to be fumigated - killing Oregon bugs that might be riding along - and then to the small town of Molalla where workers will open the container doors and shoot a layer of shaved ice inside. “So the trees will all be white,” Biddulph said. The wintry look won’t last, of course, but the ice will provide moisture for the next part of the trees’ journey: Up to Seattle, aboard a freighter, and 22 to 25 days at sea before reaching Singapore, in this case.

It’s a 15-day trip to Hong Kong and 35 days to Dubai, said Tony Tanada, a buyer for HFT International. The Portland company buys from Norby and other growers and ships overseas. Last week it sent eight shipping containers to Hong Kong. “It’s a huge market,” Tanada said. Tanada said the trees handle shipment just fine. Upon arrival, workers unbale them, trim the butt and stick them in water. The fresh cut on the bottom of the tree allows it to draw moisture up the trunk. “They swell right up and they’ll be perfect,” he said. Who’s buying them at the other end? Expatriates, American business people living overseas and state department employees desiring a touch of home. And increasingly, upscale shopping malls and hotels buy large trees for display. Biddulph, the driver, said one container he handled this fall carried only eight trees, all 14- to 23-feet tall. Two buyers from Hong Kong came to western Oregon to handpick the trees they wanted cut and shipped, he said.

Norby, the grower, estimates 20 percent of his annual harvest is shipped overseas. He also supplies people who operate Christmas tree lots. He’ll sell about 4,000 trees this year; a big year for him is 11,000 trees. He’s part of the Oregon Christmas Tree Growers Association, a group of relatively small growers who operate primarily in Clackamas County. The Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association represents about 1,000 larger growers in Oregon and Washington. Oregon requires licenses of anyone growing Christmas trees on more than one acre, said Gary McAninch, who handles the program for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. The number of grower fluctuates with the economy; Oregon has about 600 licensed growers now, the peak was 750. The agriculture department certifies trees for export, and soon will begin certifying container shipments for Mexico, the biggest export market. Last year, Oregon sent about 2,100 containers of trees to Mexico, at roughly 500 to 600 trees per container. California

is by far the biggest domestic market, taking close to half the harvest. Pacific Rim countries are a growing export market, but growers can run into problems. The state ag department hopes to reduce the number of Christmas tree shipments that are restricted or rejected. Among the Specialty Crop Block Grants awarded the state this year was $59,000 to conduct targeted training sessions and produce publications on best management practices for export and controlling Christmas tree diseases and pests. The information will be available in printed and digital form, and in English and Spanish. The cyclical nature of the industry is about to show itself, as Norby and others say Christmas trees may be in short supply in a few years. The recession knocked out some growers, and others cut back on planting. Because trees grow at roughly one foot a year, it takes six to eight years for them to reach harvest size. “There will be a shortage of trees in two or three years,” Norby said, “and prices will go up.”

Central Oregon fish kill could curtail fishing season on the Deschutes By David Nogueras ERIC MORTENSON


Christmas tree grower Tom Norby, right, checks a load leaving his Corbett, Oregon, farm this week.

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BEND — O r e g o n’s Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering cutting short the fishing season on part of the Deschutes River. That’s after hundreds of fish became stranded last week in a shallow river channel outside of Bend. After the first reports came in, ODFW employees and volunteers headed out with buckets to rescue fish that were still breathing. But the department estimates several hundred fish may have perished. Tod Heisler, the executive director of the Deschutes River Conservancy, says the dry summer meant the state had to divert more water to fully replenish irrigation reservoirs. But he also says the region



The winding Little Deschutes River. is coming out of a three-year wet period and and that fisheries tend to rebound with increased flows. “This is a tragedy and this is a loss. There were all kind of aquatic insects there and

different species of fish. But it’s also a promise of hope that says if we can restore flows more consistently in that upper river, our fisheries should rebound and should be ok,” said Heisler.

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