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Gov. signs revamp of Oregon bottle bill

For the McCarthy family

Eastern roots run deep

Almost every plastic, metal or glass beverage container will require a deposit

When Thomas McCarthy receives diploma Saturday, he will join long list of family members who have attended EOU LISA MCMAHAN The Observer

Think you’ve got Mountie pride? Wait till you meet the McCarthys. It all started when Jeremiah “Jere” McCarthy joined the then-Eastern Oregon College as the director of Institutional Research in 1969. He worked there for 24 years and served the university in different capacities, including as registrar and business manager, before retiring as director of business services in 1993. Almost two decades later, his family’s presence at Eastern echoes on the courts of Quinn Coliseum, in the classrooms and, Saturday, at

Community Stadium, when Jere’s grandson, Thomas McCarthy, graduates, earning a degree in business administration with triple concentrations. “When we get together, it’s a loud group,” Kay McCarthy, Jere’s wife and Thomas’ grandmother, said of the family’s plans to celebrate graduation this weekend. The loud group includes seven former Mountaineers: Thomas, his sister, his parents, his uncle and two aunts. Kay and Jere moved their family to La Grande from Los Angeles in 1969. It was a relief after seeing increasing drug-trafficking problems — not the ideal place to raise a family. See FAMILY, 5A

Investigation continues into cattle truck crash that killed Haines man Several of six people hurt in wreck on Minam Grade sustained serious injuries Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s deadly multiple-vehicle traffic crash that killed Michael David Wright, 54, of Haines, and injured six other people on the Minam Grade. At about 2 p.m. Wednesday, Wright was driving a loaded cattle truck eastward and downhill on Highway 82 near milepost 31 within a highway work zone. Traffic was controlled by flaggers into one lane, alternat-

ing west and east-bound traffic. As the truck approached the narrowed traffic lanes, Wright was unable to stop, driving past a flagger and sideswiping two westbound pickups, the OSP said. The truck nearly collided head-on with a Volkswagen Jetta containing four occupants. The truck overturned onto a Jeep Wrangler with two occupants and crashed through a guard rail 300 feet above the Minam River.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ANIMALS when it comes to FFA and 4-H competition at this week’s Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union, and Bern Anderes’ market goat wasn’t the only animal taking full advantage of that fact as it enjoys the final stages of a complete makeover Wednesday in preparation for showing. The 4-H, FFA livestock auction is set to begin Saturday at 8 a.m.

HIGHLIGHTS FRIDAY • EOLS 2 p.m., parade; 4 p.m. PRCA rodeo and horse racing; 8 p.m., youth dance; 9 p.m., adult dance, EOLS grounds

SALEM — Rep. Greg Smith Thursday announced an agreement between the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Defenders of Wildlife and the governor’s office to establish a new compensation program to help ranchers and others protect livestock from wolf depredation. The agreement should enable the

Legislature to approve House Bill 3560, Smith said. HB 3560, sponsored by Smith, R-Heppner, would ensure compensation to those who have suffered losses or injuries due to wolf depredation. “I’m pleased we’ve reached an agreement to help Eastern Oregon ranchers

SATURDAY • EOLS 6 a.m., cowboy breakfast; 10 a.m., kids corral, Knott Family barn; noon

to 10 p.m., carnival; 1:30 p.m., PRCA rodeo and horse racing; 9 p.m., adult dance, EOLS grounds • Free Fishing Day: Morgan Lake 8 a.m. to noon, Morgan Lake, La Grande • La Grande High School Commencement 9 a.m., LHS gymnasium, doors open at 8 a.m. • EOU Commencement 10 a.m., Community Stadium, EOU • 23rd Annual Oregon Mountain Cruise Show-n-Shine 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., show; 10 a.m. to

2 p.m., live music: The Senders; 3 p.m., cruise; Main Street, Joseph; 7 p.m., awards presentation and raffle, Joseph Community Center • Free Fishing Day: Wallowa Lake 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wallowa Lake State Recreation Area • Free Fishing Day: Marr Pond 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marr Pond, Enterprise










and citizens who are directly threatened by wolf depredation,” Smith said. “I look forward to passing this important bill through the Legislature in the final days of session. HB 3560 is a first step toward effectively mitigating the economic impact of these animals.” See COMPENSATION, 7A

• 19th Annual Wallowa Mountain Quilt Show 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Joseph High School, $3 adults, free kids younger than 12; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday • 23rd Annual Oregon Mountain Cruise Adult Dance with Live Music: The Senders 7 to 11 p.m., Joseph Community Center



Wolf depredation compensation bill advances



SALEM (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill Thursday revamping Oregon’s bottle deposit system, making the system apply to nearly every glass, metal or plastic beverage container. Oregon’s so-called bottle bill is credited with significantly boosting recycling in Oregon and in the nine other states that eventually adopted variations. But proponents say it’s time to modernize the 40year-old bill, which requires a deposit for plastic water and soda bottles but not for nearly identical iced tea bottles. The change could also result in a hike of the deposit, from a nickel to a dime, if redemption falls below 80 percent for two consecutive years. It’s currently just below that level. “By making more of these containers eligible for redemption, we’re going to have a significant impact not just on our roadways and in our landfills but also increase our recycling rate,” Kitzhaber said before signing the bill in his ceremonial office at the state Capitol. The new law expands an experiment with centralized




• Live Music: Blue Mountain Oldtime Fiddlers 5 p.m., barbecue; 6 p.m., show starts, Cloverleaf Hall, Enterprise, $5 general, $4 members with ID cards, free 12 and younger

SUNDAY • EOLS 1:30 p.m., PRCA rodeo and horse racing, EOLS grounds

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Family enjoys relaxed lifestyle FAMILY from 1A Jere, who went to high school in Salem, graduated from Iowa State University in 1960 with a degree in industrial administration, then worked as a senior budget analyst with Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, Calif. He returned to his Oregon roots to check out Eastern Oregon College, where he was offered the faculty position. The McCarthy family had somewhat conflicting perspectives on the move to a not-sourban location, with daughters concerned about making friends while the boys were excited about outdoor opportunities. But eventually, they all grew to love their new home, Kay said. “The community was very welcoming to both the kids and Jere and I,” Kay said. “The lifestyle was somewhat relaxed compared to L.A.” At the time, Eastern Oregon College was much smaller. “You knew just about everybody and everybody was trying to help you,” Kay said. The lifestyle and supportive community were what ultimately led so many of the

‘The community was very welcoming to both the kids and Jere and I. The lifestyle was somewhat relaxed compared to L.A.’ — Kay McCarthy McCarthys to attend Eastern. Kay said a great deal of children of EOU alumni who go to college choose to go elsewhere. “Ours stuck around,” she said of some of her children and grandchildren, many of whom studied business at Eastern. “Look at where they are today with their careers.” Their oldest daughter, Kathy McCarthy Murray, attended then-Eastern Oregon State College from 1973 to 1975, before graduating from the University of Oregon in 1978 with a degree in business administration and 10 years later with a master’s in business administration. She is now the vice president and senior human resources manager at Umpqua Bank in Portland. Her sister, Sheila McCarthy Masters, attended from 1975 to 1976 and graduated from Western Oregon University in 1980, earning a psychology degree with a teaching certificate endorsement for severely handicapped. She is an early

childhood specialist in the Portland School District, where she has worked for 31 years. Their brother, John McCarthy, graduated in Eastern’s class of 1995 with a degree in business administration. He works with a local ready-mix company as a quality control technician. ANOTHER BROTHER, Kevin McCarthy, who is Thomas’ father, graduated from Eastern in 1981, taking a degree in business administration/economics and leaving a Mountie basketball legacy in his wake. He was part of the team that defeated longtime rival team OIT on its home court. Kevin now serves as director of logistics for American Fast Freight. Thomas’ mother, Kim Hicks, attended Eastern from 1979 to 1981. She is now an escrow officer for Western Title and Escrow at the Prineville branch. Thomas’ sister, Mary Kate McCarthy, graduated in 2008, marking the third generation of McCarthys at Eastern. She

graduated with a degree in business administration with a concentration in leadership, organization and management. She is currently in project support as a trainer for Les Schwab. And that brings us back to Thomas, who was honored June 2 at the fourth annual Mountie Awards as the men’s basketball player of the year after traveling to national tournaments with the team in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The basketball program was a large factor in his decision to attend EOU, Thomas said. But family also factored in. “(My sister) was a senior when I was a freshman, so she kind of had an influence on it,” he said. “I also really liked the campus, and there was family around.” He will celebrate by taking his turn beneath the blue and gold commencement tents — or, hopefully, beneath blue skies — this Saturday. And in the stands, you might be able to hear cheers from a particular group of alumni. “Everybody supports each other in this family,” Kay said. “Everybody’s planning to be there.”

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Exchange worn-out U.S. flags for new flags all next week Wildflower Lodge Assisted Living is celebrating National Flag Week with a flag exchange June 13 through June 17. Local residents are invited to exchange worn-out U.S. flags for new flags, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next week. Supplies are limited. To reserve a flag, call the lodge at 541-663-1200. Prestige Care is hosting the program. To properly dispose of the worn flags, Prestige has partnered with the American Legion for a ceremonial dis-

Collection rate at issue BOTTLES from 1A redemption centers, which allow people to redeem bottles in specialized locations instead of at the local grocery store. Proponents say the centralized centers make redemption more convenient and will help ensure the collection rate rises back above 80 percent. “The bottle bill is really about more than recycling,” said Rep. Ben Cannon, DPortland, a chief sponsor of the measure. “It’s about the culture of Oregon.”

OBITUARIES LOCAL FUNERALS AND VISITATIONS June 11 — Merton Wade, memorial services, 11 a.m., Lostine Cemetery June 25 — Edward Wheaton, memorial service, 3 p.m., La Grande Country Club July 9 — Alice Eft, celebration of life, 4 p.m., lower Catherine Creek State Park, Union

Wesley C. Shaffer Summerville Wesley C. Shaffer, 83, of Summerville, died June 9 at a local care center. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Clarence G. Red Formerly of La Grande 1930-2011 Clarence Gene Red, 80, of Moundville, Ala., and formerly of La Grande, died June 8 at Moundville Health & Rehabilitation with family at

his side. According to Clarence’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. Magnolia Chapel is in charge of arrangements. He was born in La Grande in 1930. Gene joined the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He met the love of his life, Evelyn, on Canal Street in New Oreleans in 1948. The two married in 1949 and were together for nearly 60 years. After serving in the Navy, Gene settled with Evelyn in Belle Chasse, La., in 1955 and remained there in the home he built until 2005. At that time, the couple moved to Moundville to be near their children. Gene spent 40 years as an auto body repairman and retired in 1995. After retirement, he bought an airplane and pursued his pilot’s license. He took his solo flight in late 1997. Evelyn rode along on a flight around Plaquemines Parish. Gene was preceded in death by his mother, Zelma; father,

James; brothers, James and Eugene; sister, Donna; wife, Evelyn; and granddaugther, Crystal. Survivors include his daughters, Karen Hunter and her husband, Herman, Robin Watkins and her husband, Barry, and Sheri Tillie and her husband, John; son, Terry Red and his wife, Tracy; 15 grandchildren; and 11 greatgrandchildren.

Blanche L. Ware Formerly of Elgin 1920-2011 Blanche Luella Ware, 91, formerly of Elgin, died June 8 at Regency Hermiston Health & Rehabilitation Center in Hermiston. A graveside funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Stanfield. Sign the condolence book at She was born March 14, 1920, to Nile Erastus and Ella Bell (Sears) Bennett at Hillsboro. She was raised in Hillsboro. In 1936, she married

Harold Wallace there. They moved to Stanfield and then to Elgin in 1945. They lived in Elgin until 1965 when they moved back to Stanfield. Blanche and Harold divorced and she married Gerald Ware on Feb. 26, 1973, in Walla Walla, Wash. They lived in Stanfield and in Hermiston until Gerald died in 2002. Blanche attended the Church of Christ in Hermiston. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, puzzles and visiting the coast. She is survived by son, Wayne and his wife, Trula Wallace, of Summerville; a niece; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Wallace in 1975 and Gerald Ware in 2002; and sister, Lovell Carter in 2008. Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 1050 W. Elm Ave., Suite 220, Hermiston 97838. The Observer publishes free obitu-

PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT POLICE AND FIRE La Grande Police Trespassing: A woman in the 1800 block of Third Street reported Thursday a male subject was trying to get into her apartment. Officers responded. Cited: John Lawrence McDonald, 58, La Grande, was cited Thursday on a charge of sexual harassment. Trespassing: The high school requested officer contact regarding a subject who has been trespassing. An officer made contact and information was taken. Larceny: A subject requested officer contact Thursday regarding the theft of a bicycle at Eastern Oregon University. An officer made contact and took a report. Arrested: William Anthony Pifher, 54, Pendleton, was arrested Thursday on a Union County warrant charging failure to appear. The original charge was menacing. He was arrested after officers respond-

ed to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 1200 block of Adams Avenue. Arrested: Floyd Mirl Vaughn Jr., 48, address unknown, was arrested Thursday on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants on a bicycle and reckless endangering. Arrested: Abel C. Mendoza, 30, address unknown, was arrested early Friday on charges of Burglary II, Criminal Mischief II and disorderly conduct. La Grande Fire & Ambulance Between 7:30 a.m. Thursday and 7:30 this morning, La Grande Fire & Ambulance responded to nine medical calls. La Grande Rural Fire Medical assist: On Friday at about 12:53 a.m., a crew responded

to assist Medic IV in Island City. Elgin Police No report available. Enterprise Police No incidents to report. Union County Sheriff Prowler: A woman in the 10700 block of Emily Drive in Island City reported a prowler Thursday. A deputy responded and was unable to locate anything. Arrested: Jeffrey Lee Mallory, 32, address unknown, was arrested Thursday on a Benton County Washington warrant charging failure to appear. The original charge was larceny. He was arrested while lodged in the Union County jail.

Wallowa County Sheriff Arrested: Kyle Edward Wisdom, 31, Lewiston, was arrested Thursday by Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office and charged on an outstanding Wallowa County, no-bail warrant for probation violation; original charge, criminal mischief. Oregon State Police No report available. Information for the record is obtained from police departments and other public agency logs. Persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until pleading guilty or proven guilty in a court of law. Those who appear in this column who have had charges dropped or have questions about information contained in the record should call The Observer at 541-963-3161.

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posal of the retired flags at a later date. Funds raised through donations for new, exchanged flags will benefit Wreaths Across America, an organization Prestige partners with to honor fallen veterans. Find Wildflower Lodge Assisted Living at 508 16th St. in La Grande.

For the McCarthy family, Eastern roots run deep  
For the McCarthy family, Eastern roots run deep  

Written by Lisa McMahan. Think you’ve got Mountie pride? Wait till you meet the McCarthys. Three generations of the family have worked or go...