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By PHIL WRIGHT East Oregonian

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden chided Democrats and pushed the Republican message of change for the coming election while speaking Saturday in Pendleton. Walden, who’s running for a seventh term to represent Oregon’s 2nd District, was a headliner at this year’s meeting of the American Loggers Council at the Red Lion. Congress has yet to take up a foresty management bill this session, he said, in spite of forests in his district that are “overstocked, disease-ridden and bug-infested” and ripe for catastrophic fire. Further, timber harvests levels in Ore-

gon are at “extraordinary lows,” and the few mills left in his district struggle to stay open while unemployment in rural counties exceed the state’s 10 percent rate. “Without a change in Washington, this will continue,” he said. Walden also jabbed at one of his favorite targets — the nation’s debt load. Everyday, he said, Congress expands spending in programs without accounting for how to pay for them. Walden said he wants to see some sort of restriction that limits Congress’ spending, no matter which political party is in power. He said he supports a law that would require Congress to vote “up or

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., speaks at a luncheon for the American Loggers Council on Saturday at the Red Lion Hotel in Pendleton.

In looking at the number of athletes taking advance placement courses at Pendleton High School, it seems being smart and being athletic are no longer mutually exclusive.

Fair board issues ultimatum on festival of lights HERMISTON

By ERIN MILLS East Oregonian

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Of Pendleton High School’s 62 students taking advanced placement courses, 44 are also athletes, including three three-sport athletes. By OWEN R. SMITH East Oregonian The days of the unathleticnerd stereotype may be numbered, at least at Pendleton High School. The school offers just three advance placement (AP) courses, but of the 62 students enrolled in those classes, 44 of them are also athletes. In junior AP history, 18 of 23 students participate in sports, including three-sport athletes Bryan Beard and Ethan Johnson. The ratio is similar in senior AP government — where 23 of 30 students are athletes — and senior AP English, where 22 of 33 students are athletes.

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PHS Principal Tom Lovell speculated as to why so many Buckaroo teammates also wind up as AP classmates. “Kids who are involved with athletics most of the time do better in school. It’s some of the things I think athletics teaches kids,” Lovell said. “They have to be organized. They understand setting goals. Part of it actually is the requirements; they are

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held to a little bit higher standards. The (Oregon School Activities Association) has their standards and the school has a few more.” But grade requirements don’t explain why two-thirds of all AP

students spend their free time running, dunking and hitting home runs. At Hermiston High School, 76 of 303 AP students are fall athletes.

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The horse-drawn carriage ride through a light-spangled fairgrounds, Thompson Hall full of homemade crafts — these may disappear this year if the Umatilla County Fair board of directors doesn’t find $12,000 by Sept. 30. “It will be very, very tough to get it done this year,” said board member Dan Dorran. “The reality is, unless we find a partner very quickly, then it just truly is not going to happen.” The Festival of Lights has been losing money for the past four years. While expenses — labor, electricity and overtime for the fair’s maintenance staff, chiefly — have gone up, income has tended in the opposite direction. Not that the festival has ever been a money-making machine. From the beginning, its purpose was to bring the community together during the holidays, not generate revenue. In 2008, a year that Fair Manager Peggy Clough called “a pretty good year,” the fair had sponsors, but it still “made” only about $400, not including payroll. It costs about $16,000 a month in wages and benefits to fund the handful of people, including Clough, who work at the fairgrounds year-round. Income is generated by the fair itself and rents for fair-

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Employment picture brightens in August, labor force increases PENDLETON

By DEAN BRICKEY East Oregonian

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On his second day in Pendleton, Mark Baer uses a computer at the Oregon Employment Department office to look for a place to live after completing an interview for a job he expects to begin soon.

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Mark Baer thinks he’s found a job; now he’s looking for a place to live. The former Portland resident sat at a computer in the Oregon Employment Department office Thursday, scanning the online classifieds and apartment listings. “I just got to Pendleton yesterday,” Baer said. “I had an interview with Mid Columbia Bus Company. I don’t see a problem.” Confident he’ll get the job, the former construction worker turned his attention to settling in Pendleton. “The problem I’m having here is finding a stu-

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dio or a one-bedroom apartment,” he said. “There’s just nothing available.” Nearby, writing an employment letter at another computer, Deborah Calkins of Weston had just the opposite situation. She has a place to live, but has been jobless since January. She’s looking for work as a clerk or administrative assistant, something similar to her last job as an executive assistant. She’s applied for several positions, but remains frustrated. “I’m finding them, but I’m not getting anything back,” she said. “There’s a lot of people (applying) for the few jobs.”

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