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Ski area closes early Saturday for funeral Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort will be closing at1 p.m. Saturday so employees can attend the memorial service of Bert Vanderwall, who helped establish the ski area. He died March13 at age 86. His funeral will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Baker City Nazarene Church, 1250 Hughes Lane. See Bert's obituary on Page 2A.

Haines School plans art show and auction The Haines School's annual Art Show and Silent Auction is set for Thursday, April 3. The event will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Haines Elementary School. Hors d'oevures will be served while those attending view student artwork created under the direction of Nancy Coffelt. The children's book author and illustrator lives in Portland. Silent auction items will include artwork and desserts donated by local artists and bakers, according to a flier advertising the event. Proceeds will support the Haines School's annual Artist in Residence program.

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A playhouse made of not just cardboard, but with art and love, awaits small grandchildren at the home of Brenda Goshorn, 2305 Third St. Goshorn's daughter, Heather, exits the door. She handled interior decor, while her mom painted the exterior. The Goshorn's dog, Zoey, explores the playhouse if the door is left open.

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went to visit. While there, For the Baker City Herald Heather built a quick box With just a few simple items house with her 2-year-old — cardboard boxes and spray niece. paint— Brenda Goshorn and After returning home, her daughter, Heather, have Brenda got a new washer createda playhouse to delight — and with it a very sturdy any youngster. cardboard box. r We worked on it for two or Now she just has to wait until her granddaughters come three days," Brenda said."She to visit. iHeatherl worked inside and I "It makes me anxious for worked on the outside." them to get here," Brenda said. The playhouse is made of When her newest grandthree separate boxes — a big one that stands about 4 feet daughter was born in Washington, Brenda and Heather tall has the door, and then a

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smaller box makes a tunnel to a middle-sized box. The Goshorns cut windows into the big boxes, then spraypainted them brown. Using acrylic paint, Brenda painted grass and flowers around the bottom and shutters at the end edge of the windows. Contact paper and wall stickers in a jungle themeall purchased from The Dollar Tree — provide a cheery,light interior.

John Clarke has been following the mystery of the missing Malaysian jetliner (see story on Page7A) with a perspective few people share. Clarke, who lives in the foothills of the Elkhorns northwest of Haines, is a retired airline pilot. He worked for United Airlines and captained Boeing 777s, the same model as the missing Malaysian Airlines plane, for the last six years ofhis career, which ended in 2000. "It's a beautiful, beautiful airplane," Clarke said of the 777."I never had any problems with it. It's a lot of fun to fly, an easy plane to

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at Keating Elementary. His poster placed first in the local competition, then was judged secondatdistrictbefore claiming the topprizein the state contest, Hal Huntington, Baker Elks Lodge Poster chairman, stated in a press release. Lupita Macias, a South Baker sixth-grader this year, won the state championship a year ago as a fif th-grader. SeeWinnerslPage 8A

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

BAKER COUNTY CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 • Bread Drive for Baker School District's FEED (Feed Everyone Every Day) program:5 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Stephens Episcopal Church,2177 First St.; sponsored by the Oregon School Employees Association. THURSDAY, MARCH 20 • Anthony Lakes Ski Area Board of Directors Information Session:6 p.m. to 7 p.m., North Powder School multi-purpose room. • Baker County Democrats Meet:7 p.m., Rogers Fellowship Hall, 1995 Fourth St.; social times at 6:30 p.m. TUESDAY, MARCH 25 • Forest Plan Meeting:5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Community Events Center, 2600 East St. THURSDAY, MARCH 27 • ForestPlan Meeting: 5:30 p.m .to8:30 p.m .,Halfway Lions Club Hall, 235 Lion St. • Baker City Council:7 p.m., City Hall, 1655 First St. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 • Baker County Commission:9 a.m., Courthouse, 1995 Third St. • AARP 'Smart Driver' Safety Class:9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Senior Center, 2810Cedar St.

TURNING BACK THE PAGES 50 YEARS AGO from the Democrat-Herald March 19, 1964 MCARTHUR COURT, Eugene — The Baker Bulldogs this morning became the first of 16 teams to be eliminated from the 1964 state A-1 tournament here in Eugene. With the exception of the first two minutes of play the Bulldogs trailed through the entire ball game and went down in defeat to the Klamath Falls Pelicans 60-47. 25 YEARS AGO from the Democrat-Herald March 20, 1989 A school of beached and dying flatfish at Oxbow Reservoir on the Snake River probably is the result of early water release from Brownlee dam, a state fish biologist said today. A Democrat-Herald reporter who visited a beach about six miles downstream from the dam Sunday reported thousands of fish, mostly crappie, dead or dying along a beach. Other fish seemed disoriented, he said. Duane West, fish biologist for the state Fish and Game Department in La Grande, said such fish kills are not uncommon at this time of year. 10 YEARS AGO from the Baker City Herald March 19, 2004 George Keister snugs the olive-drab binoculars to his eyes and peers through the dawn's murky light at a little bird that could cause big problems for Eastern Oregon ranchers. The bird is a sage grouse. On this 30-degree March morning at Virtue Flat, about seven miles east of Baker City, Keister is watching a male grouse. The bird is so intent on seducing the nearby hens with his stylish courtship strut that he either didn't notice, or ignored both the soft rumble of the V-8 engine in Keister's pickup truck and the thump as Keister closed the driver's side door. ONE YEAR AGO from the Baker City Herald March 20, 2013 It's a little eerie, to be driving west on Auburn Avenue and suddenly see Pinocchio. But at 30 feet tall and 4 tons, he's hard to miss. Especially with that nose. Pinocchio has been nine months in the making at Blue Mountain Fine Art, a bronze foundry in Baker City. He is made of more than 300 pieces of bronze.

OB1TUARY Bert Vanderwall Haines, 1928-2014

Bert W. Vanderwall, 86, of Haines, one of the true pioneers of skiing, died March 13, 2014, surrounded by his family. There will be a viewing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Bert Ther e will be Vanderwall a celebration ofhis life at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. There will be a graveside service afterward at the Haines Cemetery. He was born on Feb. 8, 1928, at Haines to Roy and Loddie Hornbeck Vanderwall. He joined a brother, Royal, and was preceded in death by a brother, Garrett. Bert attended Muddy Creek School and graduated with the last graduating class from Muddy Creek High School in 1947, riding his horse to school all year long. Bert's passion was skiing and he made many trips to the Little Alps and

Anthony Lakes prior to the ski area being active, by hiking to the top. This was often a nine-hour day for only acouple oftripsoffthe mountain for pleasure. Bert and his dad were instrumental in helping to create and open the ski area as we know it today. Bert married his high school sweetheart, Betty Cox, on Aug. 6, 1948. They had three daughters: Rhea, Hilda, and Roberta. Bert briefly attended Oregon State University at Corvallis, but returned to work on the Muddy Creek farm when his Dad was injured in an accident. He quitfarming when he and Betty bought Anthony Lakes Summer Resort. Bert drove logging truck and then worked construction for more than 35 years. His favorite machine was a Cat 235 excavator. He loved that machine! Bert was a ski instructor for more than 50 years, and on the Anthony Lakes Ski

Patrol (ALSPl. All three of his daughters followed in hisfootsteps and became members of ALSP. All of his kids and grandkids have followed the family tradi-

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SENIOR MENUS • THURSDAY:Oven-roasted chicken, au gratin potatoes, peas and carrots, broccoli-bacon salad, roll, cookies • FRIDAY:Cheeseburger on a bun, potato salad, mixed vegetables, coleslaw, fruit Public luncheonat the Senior Center,2810 Cedar St., noon; $3.50 donation (60 and older), $5.75 for thoseunder 60.

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Amanda Bowman (Travisl, Miryka Donovan (Billl, and Riley Huddleston; and 11 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol or the Haines First Baptist Church.

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Elena "Helen"Tarango: 83, of Baker City, died March 17, 2014, at Meadowbrook Place. ColesTribute Center is in charge of arrangements. Barbara Walker: 89, of Baker City, died March 18, 2014, at her home in Baker City. Coles Tribute Center rs rn charge of arrangements.

Macy: Karla and Levi, of Baker City, March 8, 2014, 12:09 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City, a boy, Henry Thomas, 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Grandparents are Joan and Terry Macy of Baker City, and Jeff Richards and Kelly Armfield of Albany.

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runner-up for Tree Farmer of the Year, while tree farming theirforest properties. He was often found using his sawmill to help build fencing rails, or whatever anyone wanted. He loved spending time out tinkering with wood in his shop, using wood that he got for himself in the mountains. He made numerous small tables and figurines. ''What we will always remember is his contagious smile,great attitude, and friendly demeanor, which he maintained through his last days," family members said."Next time you're at Anthony Lakes, ski a few runs for Bert." Survivors include his wife, Betty; his three daughters, Rhea Patton (Jiml, Hilda Knight (Billl, and Roberta Vanderwall; his grandkids, Kristie Osborn, Bert Huddleston

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tion and become skiers. Bert was a legend at Anthony and for many he really was "Anthony Lakes." If you ever skied on the mountain, undoubtedly you knew Bert or at least skied Bert's Run. Bert was mountain manager and ski host for years. In 2012, Bert received the Gemutlichkeit Award givenout by Oregon Ski Magazine. This award is given to those who are known for their "comfortable ambience, friendliness, informality, coziness, snugness, good nature, pleasantness, approachability, easy going nature, warm, amicability." This was BERT! He loved to sing and play songs. He was often up at Anthony Lakes to lead the Easter Sunrise service with his music. He was a very active member of the Haines Baptist Church and in the choir, and really enjoyed his time spent volunteering and spiritually mentoring inmates. After retiring, Bert became involved with the Small Woodlands Association. He served on the board of directors, earning the distinction of first

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CRIMINALTRESPASSING I: Scott Wade Culley, 22, address unknown; and Beth Marie Johnson, 26, 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, in the 1600 block of Valley Avenue; jailed; police also arrested Johnson on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. INTERFERING WITH A POLICE OFFICER, CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON, HARASSMENT and DISORDERLY CONDUCT II: Buddy Dean Otnes, 30, of 1908 Chestnut St., 8:36 p.m. Tuesday, in the alley behind the 1200 block of Court Avenue; jailed; police said Otnesthreatened Rory Dambach, 29, who also lives at 1908 Chestnut St. When police arrived to investigate a report of a disturbance, Otnes fled the scene and failed to stop when ordered to by police. Police ChiefWyn Lohner said officer Dustin Newman caught Otnes after a short foot pursuit. Otnes was found in possession of a double-edged dagger he was wearing on his belt and had it concealed under his jacket. Baker County Sheriff's Office Arrests,citations DRIVING UNDERTHE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICANTS: Deborah Elizabeth Hannah,61 of 3343 Campbell St., 3:11 p.m. Tuesday,at her home; cited and released. Oregon State Police Arrests,citations

UNLAWFUL ENTRYON STATE WILDLIFE AREA: Brady Hill, 45, of Baker City, Thursday; cited and released; police said Hill was seen entering the Elkhorn Wildlife Area by vehicle at the river feed site location on March 9. VIOLATION OF RELEASE AGREEMENT (Baker County warrant): Corey Haney, 24, of Ontario, 6:13 p.m. Thursday, on the Powder River near the Smith Ditch diversion, cited and released.

ChilrChramle Baker City Christian Church is selling raflle tickets for four beef quarters. Proceeds will benefit the church's Kenya short-term missions trip. Tickets are $3 each or two tickets for $5. The drawing will be April 6. Winners need not be present. To buy tickets, call541-523-5425.

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himselffor 15 years,he'sdecided that its time to let others take the wheel. The 87-year-old has not, however, given up serving as the volunteer coordinator who schedules the trips. He's hoping to add to his list of four volunteers this spring by recruiting otherstojoin the effort. Volunteers need not be veterans. But they must be at least 21 and in good physical condition to qualify as a volunteer driver, Warner says. A good

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Bob Warner is persistent in his efforts to help ensure that all Baker County veterans who need services at the Veterans Hospital in Boise have a ride to and from their appointments. Freetransportationisprovided aboard a Disabled American Veterans van driven by volunteers. And that's where Warner comes in. Although he volunteered as a driver

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Ladies Golf/Bridge group to meet April 2 Baker Ladies Golf and Bridge Association's opening luncheon is set for Wednesday, April 2, at Quail Ridge Golf Course. Weather permitting, the group us scheduled to play golf at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and bridge will be played afterward in the lounge. The cost oflunch will be $7 each week. The first week there will be a $1 charge for the Ladies Association dues. Any new people or previous members are welcome to jointhe group forgolfand bridge. Lunch reservations are required. Call the golf course at 541-523-2358orJennifer Godwin at541-519-2060 by Monday, March 31.

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The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers, and the organization has scheduled a public presentation April 8 in Baker City. The event will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Red Cross' Baker City office, in the basement of City Hall, 1655 First St. ientrance is on the north side, along Auburn Avenue). More information is available by emailing volunteer.cascades@redcross.org.

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Continaed~om Page1A Gracie Farber, a student in Sue Richard's sixth-grade classatHaines,placed second in this year's Baker Elks Lodge contest. And third-place was awarded to Paige Parsons, who is a fikhgrader in Victoria Howard's classroom at South Baker Intermediate School. The three winning posters w ere sent to the districtcom petition in February and then Andrew's poster competed at

Ashley Anne Chase, 26, has absconded from the supervision of the Baker County Parole and Probation Department on a conviction for supplying contraband. The Department is asking the public forhelpin finding Chase. Baker County residents should not attempt to apprehend her, however, said Will Benson, Parole and Probation supervisor. Chase has blond hair and hazel eyes. Chase Sh e is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. Anyone with information about Chase is asked to call Paroleand Probation at541-523-8217;thenearestpolice department; or the Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center's business number, 541-523-6415; or send the information via email to parole@bakercountyorg.

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state earlier this month. The Baker winners were presented trophies and monetary awards Tuesday during an awards ceremony at the Baker Elks Lodge. Paige was unable to attend because she was participating in a fikhgrade music concert at Baker High School Tuesday night. Huntington said he received127 postersfiom 10 teachers by the Feb. 3 contest deadline. 'Thanks to all the students and teachers who participated this year," Huntington said.

Baker County Democrats will have their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Rogers Fellowship Hall at 1995 Fourth St. in Baker City. They will be looking at the 2014 election opportunities. Coffee ishotat6:30 p.m. forsome socialtime.

BMS carnival raises more than $11,000 The Baker Middle School Carnival, which brought in more than $11,000 for the school, was deemed"a great success" by staff and students. The money will be spent on student needs in the classrooms and on technology. "A big thank you goes out to all of the students, staff, parents and community members and businesses who made it all possible," teacher Samantha Sullivan, LeadershipClass adviser,stated in a pressrelease.Members of the Leadership Class planned and coordinated the event.

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a ens romise Rep. Greg Walden has gotten right to the heart of the debate over managing national forests, and he only needed to write a four-page bill to do it. Which must be some sort of record for legislative brevity. Walden, the lone Republican in Oregon's congressional delegation, thinks residents ought to have a louder voice when the U.S. Forest Service proposes to restrict motor vehicle use on national forests. Actually, Walden's "Forest Access in Rural Communities Act" pretty much gives county commissioners veto power over such decisions as the Wallowa-Whitman's 2012 Travel Management Plan, a decision that was quickly withdrawn aker local residents balked at the proposal to ban motor vehicles from more than 3,500 miles of roads. Walden's bill applies to counties, including Baker, Union and Wallowa, that have national forests within their boundaries, as well as to counties that border a county with national forest land. The bill would prohibit the Forest Service &om banning motor vehicles from any road until the agency does two things: • "consult with each afected county for the purpose of incorporating the needs, uses, and input of affectedcounties"; • "obtains the concurrence of each affected county for implementation of the access travel management action" The second requirement is what makes Walden's bill so significant. Although the bill doesn't define "concurrence," Andrew Malcolm, Walden's communications director, said Tuesday that the congressman's intent is that concurrence would mean"something like a resolution voted on by the county commissioners." In other words, unless two of the three Baker County commissioners endorsed a Forest Service proposal to limit motorized access, the agency would have to scrap the plan. This is precisely what a lot oflocal residents have advocated for. Aker all, it's all but guaranteed that county commissioners would be less likely to agree to motor vehicle restrictions than Forest Service officials would be.

Walden's bill, though, faces long odds. We're skeptical that he can convince enough members of Congress to, in e6'ect, hand over to county commissioners the longstanding federal authority to manage motorized access on national forests. And we doubt President Obama would sign the bill anyway. Even Malcolm acknowledged that"it won't be easy to get this done." But even if Walden's bill doesn't become law, it can — and it should — inHuence Forest Service policy. The agency's boasting of its plethora of public meetings and comment periods sounds to many local residents like empty posturing. The withdrawn 2012 travel management plan is the most noteworthy recent example. The Wallowa-Whitman received thousands of comments, most of them from people opposed to motorized restrictions, and agency officials said those comments would be incorporated into the final decision. Yet when that decision was announced, and it called for banning motor vehicles from more than 3,500 miles of road, it's hardly surprising that many commenters felt their opinions had been ignored. Malcolm said the outcry over the travel management plan was the latest in a series of similar cases that prompted Walden to introduce the bill. "It's frustrating that it's come to this, that it takes this to get the Forest Service to pay attention," Malcolm said. True. But if Walden's legislative brinkmanship persuades the Forest Service to give more credence to residents' comments, then he will have succeeded even ifhe doesn't change the law.

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Excitement builds for a big beer fest Editorial from The (La Grande) Observer: June mayseem like a long way away, but if you are looking ahead for an event to mark on the calendar then the Eastern Oregon Beer Festival, scheduled for June 21, should surely seem like an obvious choice. While the actual event is sure to be an interesting element to the early-summer Union County agenda, the fact that the affair is happening in the first place should be lauded. In a sense, the one-day occasionwhere breweries &om across the state of Oregon are set to attend, including eight &om Eastern Oregon — is a way to showcase the innovative nature of the people who live and work in our region. The event also symbolizes why cultivating a motivated local organization — such as La Grande Main Street, the sponsor— isim portant. The eight confirmed breweries from Eastern Oregon include Barley Brown's

and Bull Ridge Brew Pub, both of Baker oftendo — have a habitofm orphing into something larger. And that could City, Prodigal Son Brewery of Pendleton, Terminal Gravity of Enterprise, bode well forthefuture.Asfestivals Dragon's Gate Brewery of Milton-Free- grow they attract more people &om outwater, Beer Valley Brewing and Tandem side the area who do one critical thing Brewing, both of Ontario, and 1188 — spend their dollars locally. Brewing of John Day. Siddiqui said she and organizers are "Those are pretty much all the excited with how far the event has proEastern Oregon breweries," said Saira gressedconsidering theidea came about Siddiqui, La Grande Main Street coorjust a few months ago. dinator and event organizer.'There will W e are excited,too. It may seem, at first glance, to be a be upto20 breweries total." Festival organizers will announce small affair with little residual impact. more breweries as the event nears. That would be overlooking the obvious Siddiqui also announced that the benefits of creating a solid foundation band Promised Land will open for for something larger in the future. Any time a local community can create an the Wasteland Kings the night of the festival. The festival also will feature a event that attracts business &om outfoodcourt,and organizers are calling on sidethe area — and thereforeattracts crafters to sign up for booths. A home people to the town — the county wins. brew competition will take place the Yes, for now, the festival is a small Friday before the festival, with winners event. Yet it could be the foundation for being announced Saturday night. a long-term happening that brings in dollars tothelocalarea and showcases Modest festivals such as the Eastern Oregon Beer Festival event can — and our unique and beautiful area.

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Forest Service: Listen to e public Editorial from The (Bend) Bulletin: The U.S. Forest Service goofed with its plan for roads and trails that might be closed to m otorvehicle usein the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The Forest Servicesaysitgoofed, because its maps were wrong and didn't accurately show what was on the ground. Itneeded to startover. People who live in the area and U.S. Rep.Greg Walden, R-Hood River,said the ForestService goofed,because itdidn't listen to public input. It needed to start over. Walden wrote that the way the Forest Service developed its plan"amounts to an assault on good process,the public's

ability to enjoy their natural resources, and rural traditions on public lands. That is unacceptable." To theForestService'scredit,ithas startedover.A committee ofForestService personnel is revising maps to ensure they are more accurate. When that is done, it is going to take them to the public and gatherinputto ensure they arecorrect.Thereisnodeadline to come up with what is called a"travel management plan" for the forest. This week, Walden is holding town hall meetings in Eastern Oregon to get an update kom the public on the Forest Service plan and other issues. He intends to introduce legislation that would prevent

the Forest Service kom implementing a travel plan without concurrence &om the local community. Whatever happens with that bill, it won't be easy for the Forest Service to reachan agreement about what roads and trails should be closed to motor vehicles. Walden says some 70 percent of U.S. Forest Service lands in Wallowa County are already dedicated to non-motorizedrecreation.Closingotfm ore,even for good environmental reasons, could be bad for economic and recreation reasons. But this time around, the Forest Servicemust truly doasithaspledged: Conduct an open process. Incorporate what the public says into the plan.

CONTACT YOUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS President Barack Obama: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500; 202-456-1414; fax 202-456-2461;to send comments, go to www.whitehouse.gov/contact. U.S. Sen. Jeff M e r k ley: D.C. office: 313 Hart Senate Office Building, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.,20510; 202-224-3753;fax 202-228-3997. Portland office: One WorldTrade Center, 121 S.W. Salmon St. Suite 1250, Portland, OR 97204; 503-3263386; fax 503-326-2900. Pendleton office: 310 S.E. Second St. Suite 105, Pendleton 97801; 541-278-1129; merkley.senate.gov. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden: D.C. office: 221 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-5244; fax 202-228-2717. La Grande office: 105 Fir St., No. 210, La Grande, OR 97850; 541-962-7691;fax, 541-963-0885; wyden.senate.gov. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (2nd District): D.C. office: 2182 Rayburn Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515, 202-225-6730;fax 202-225-5774. La Grande office: 1211 Washington Ave.,

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OREGON BRIEFING Oregon jobless rate under 7 percent

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PORTLAND (APl — Oregon's jobless rate continues to inch down, falling under 7 percent last month. The state Employment Department said Tuesday that the 6.9percentrateisthe lowestsinceAugust 2008. Unemployment was above 11 percent during the Great Recession and has been falling for more than four years. The department said February saw moderate job growth, marked by stronger-than-expected numbers in manufacturing and continued steady growth in food manufacturing.

PostalInspectors Report Rise In Scams

A phone and mail scam that has cost one Baker City resident $1,320 involves the purchase of Green Dot pre-paid debit cards. Police Chief Wyn Lohner said a local resident bought three such cards — two worth $500,

Postal inspectors have seen an increase in the number of scams targeting older Americans in recent years, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. In warning of potential scams, the service emphasizes that it is illegal to require a prize winner to purchase an item or to pay a fee to enter and win a sweepstakes. "You always have an equal chance of winning whether or not you order — it's the law," the press release states. The agency is working with other law enforcement agencies in Project JOLT (Jamaican Organized Crime Linked toTelemarketing) along with the Jamaican government to stop Jamaican-based telemarketing fraud. These tips are offered to help protect friends and family from scammers: • Suggest they place their phone numbers on the free national Do Not Call Registry to block numbers from most phone solicitations. Sign up at donotcall. gov. •Placea passwordon creditcards,bankand phone accounts.Such a precaution may prevent others from diverting money to another account or address. • Talk to older family members about foreign lottery fraud. Explain that legitimate lotteries and sweepstakes don't ask for up-front payments in order to receive a prize. • Advise loved ones not to attend sales presentations or to enter drawings or sweepstakes. • Make sure that your loved one is not isolated. Ask a neighbor or friend to visit if you can't to watch for the warning signs of fraud. And make sure they know they can call you in confidence if they're concerned. More information on foreign lottery scams is available at deliveringtrust.com/ index.php. Here are some more tips for ways to mitigate harm caused by scammers: • Report the crime; call police and the FederalTrade Commission along with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service if the postal service was used in any phase of the scam. • Notify each legitimate business involved, such as wire transfer services, banks,shipping companies and phone companies. • Close accounts that were involved in the fraud and look for security options through banks and brokerages to protect financial assets when opening new accounts.

and one worth $320then gave the PIN number to the cards over the Loh n er phone to the scammer. That information allowed the person to get the money. Lohner said he remembers a similar scam severalyears ago,but the prevalencetoday of pre-paid cards just makes people more vulnerable. "You don't have to send a money order like you used to," he said. The scam involves phone calls and mailings telling recipients they have won alarge sum of money — $1 million, in some cases — and that they have to buy a Green Dot card in order tocollectthe prize. Lohner said no legitimate company wouldrequire a winner to buy such a card, and to give the PIN number to someone over the phone. At least one of the phone numbers involved with the scam is from Jamaica, Lohner said, the origin of many other scams (seestory at right). "It'sa reminder to people to be extra cautious," he said.

State traps, kills cougars near Eugene park EUGENE (APl — The state Department of Fish & Wildlife reports it has trapped and killed a second cougar preying on livestock near a Eugene park. The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit. ly/1gwOMaLl Monday that a trap remains set for a third cougar officials believe is roaming near Hendricks Park in south Eugene. The cougareuthanized Monday was trapped on Friday. It was a 6-month-old male that officials believed didn't fit thecriteria for captivity.Itwassedated and drugged. The first cougar killed from the area was an adult female that was shot through the head. Goats and chickens living near the park were being taken by cougars.

Deschutes County bans medicalpotstores BEND — Medical marijuana dispensaries will immediately be banned in unincorporated areas of Deschutes County at least through May 1, 2015, following a vote of county commissioners Monday. The moratorium does not apply in incorporated communities of Deschutes County, including Bend, Redmond, Sisters and La Pine, where city laws apply. Redmond has adopted a similar prohibition, while the Sisters City Council has voted to continue studying the issue. — Scott Hammers, WesCom News Service

Bill wouldfightfires withFEMAmoneV ByAndrew Clevenger VVesCom News Service

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of members of Congress at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boisepledged Monday towork on behalf oflegislation that would change the funding structure for fighting wildfires. Under legislation currently under consideration in the House of Representatives and the Senate, the largest 1 percent of wildfires, which consume 30 percent of the federal firefighting

budget, would be treated as natural disasterslike tornadoes orhurricanes, and response would be funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This approach has the support of the Obama administration, which included the change in funding in its 2015 budget request. Last year was not a terrible fire year, but typical of a"new normal," said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on a conference call with reporters after meeting with fire officials, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and members of the Oregon and

Idaho congressional delegations. Even so, in 2013 the U.S. Forest Service and Interior Department exceeded their fire budgets by about $500 million, she said. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the legislation he co-introduced in December withSen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, came out of a meeting last August at the NIFC. Companion legislation, introduced last month by Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.,and Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, is making its way through the House of Representatives.

Cat that trapped family taken to shelter PORTLAND (APl — A 22-pound house cat that trapped a Portland family in a bedroom this month has been taken to the Multnomah County Animal Services shelter. Shelter director Mike Oswald tells The Oregonian (http J%s.gd/1fwqzgl the family called animal services on Monday and asked workers to come get the cat named Lux. Oswald says the family hasn't made a final decision on whether to keep Lux. Owner Lee Palmer told a 911 dispatcher March 9 that he kicked the cat after it scratched his 7-month-old baby. The cat then went ballistic, leading Palmer and his girlfiiend to barricade themselves, their baby and the family dog in the bedroom. Portland police arrived and captured Lux on top of the refiigerator using a snare.

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tion contacts along the way. "It's not a thing you can understand on Google Earth." Using traditional storytelling, real-time multimedia blogging, time-lapse photography and a documentary film, they hope to offer new insights into what the spread of wolvesacrosstheWest

means for the people who live here, inspire new attitudes that ease conflicts in ranch country and recognize conservationist sworking toprotect wolves. On his route, OR-7 passed through where the last Oregon wolf was killed by a bounty hunter in 1946, and where the last known California wolf was killed in 1924. OR-7's trek is standard procedure for young wolves trying to establish new territories. That's how wolves came to Oregon in the late 1990s fiom Idaho, where they werere-established aspartof a federal endangered species program. "OR-7 is really a pioneer," said David Moskowitz, a wildlife biologist, tracker and photographer."Heisoffering a first glimpse of the new story unfolding about what it

is going to be like for wolves returning" to a changed landscape. Unlike five Oregon wolves thatmigrated eastto Idaho, OR-7 has not been shot, noted Amaroq Weiss of the conservation group Center for Biological Diversity. Idaho has allowed wolfhunting since Endangered Species Act protection was lifted in 2011. The expedition was the brainchild of Portland storyteller Rachael Pecore-Valdez. She was in Berlin, where her husband was studying renewable energy, when she talked to a South Alrican fiiend, Galeo Saintz, about a trek he had done to raise awareness for endangered rhinos. She decided to do something similar for OR-7. "For me the expedition is really about learning by talking tootherpeopleand asking

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MalaysianAirlinerMystery

By Chris Brummitt and Thanyarat Doksone

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U.S. investigators now say analysis of radar and satellite data KUALA LUMPUR, makes it likely the missing 777crashedin one of two areas in Malaysia — Investigators the eastern Indian Ocean, but the territory describedis vast. trying to solve the mystery of CHINA a missing Malaysian jetliner Area being searched by receivedsome belated help YANM Indian, U.S. Bay of Tuesday from Thailand, South ships, aircraft Bengal China Sea ILAH whose military said it took VIETNAM ' 10 daysto reportradar blips INIIA INES @0 that might have been the MALAYSIA ' I SRI ULNKA plane "because we did not * pay attention to it." A coalition of 26 countries, IND I Area being including Thailand, is looking searched for Malaysia Airlines Flight by U.S. Indian Ocean ships, 500 miles 370, which vanished March aircraft 8 with 239 people aboard km on a night flight from Kuala 2. About an hour later, plane's transponders Lumpur to Beijing. Search stop signaling; westward turn thought to have A nd a n crews are scouring two giant been made; no radio calls heard Is s arcs of territory amounting to 3. and 4. Malaysian military radar tracks I IA the size of Australia — half unidentified aircraft at these locations; it's not confirmed either signal was Flight MH370 of it in theremote seasofthe March 13 Officials say electronic aircraft status southern Indian Ocean. jr Savarkar signals were received by satellite for 4 to 5 Cmdr. William Marks, a Lnternational hours after transponders stopped; effort to use Airport spokesman for the U.S. 7th that data to track direction is being pursued Little Andaman Fleet, said finding the plane 5. March 14 Reuters reports that analysis of was like trying to locate a few AndamanSea Malaysian military radar suggests an aircraft flew over "waypoints," navigational positions, people somewhere between and along established airline flight corridors, New York and California. eventually on a heading that would have taken 't Malaysian officials said it over Andaman Islands early in the search that they Ngbar 6. Later in the day, U.S. and Malaysian officials, Islands based on a classified analysis, determine it is suspected the plane back50 mlles d' likely the plane crashed either in the region of tracked and flew toward the the Bay of Bengal or southwest of the 50 km Strait of Malacca, just west Malaysian peninsula in the lndian Ocean of Malaysia. But it took a Source:ESRI, DeLorme, IPC, NAVTEQ, NRCan, Reuters, CNN © 2014 MCT week for them to confirm Malaysian military radar Flight 370 took off from data that suggested that doesn't know whether the Kuala Lumpur at 12:40 a.m. route. On Tuesday, Thai mili- plane it detected was Flight tary officials said their own Malaysian time March 8 and 370. radar showed an unidentiThailand's failure to its transponder, which allows fied plane, possibly Flight air traffic controllers to idenquickly share possible information about the plane tify and track the airplane, 370, flying toward the strait beginning minutes after the may not substantially change ceased communicating at Malaysian jet's transponder what Malaysian officials now 1:20 a.m. signal was lost. M ontol said thatat 1:28 know, but it raises questions Air force spokesman Air about the degree to which a.m., Thai military radar Vice Marshal Montol Suchoo- some countries are sharing "was able to detect a signal, korn said the Thai military theirdefense data. ,

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deliberate, whether it was thepilotsorothersaboard who were responsible. Malaysian police are considering the possibility of hijacking, sabotage,terrorism orissues related tothe mental health of the pilots or anyone else on board, but have yet to give any update on what they have uncovered. Investigatorshad pointed to a sequence of events in which two communications systems were disabled in succession — one of them beforeavoicefrom the cockpit gave anall-clear message to groundcontrollers— as evidence of a deliberate attempt to fly the plane off-course in a hard-to-detect way. On Monday, they backtracked on the timing of the first switchoff, saying it was possible that both were cut at around the same time, leading to fresh speculation that some kind of sudden mechanical or electrical failure might explain the flight going offcourse. Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said it was not out of the question that there was some kind of problem aboard the plane, though he noted it still was intact enough to send a signal to a satellite several hours later. As further confirmation that someone was still guiding the plane after it disappeared from civilian radar, airline pilots and aviation safety experts said an onboardcomputer called the flight management system would have to bedeliber-

ately programmed in order to follow the pathway taken by the plane as described by Malaysian authorities. "If you are going to fly the airplane to a waypoint that isnot a straight ...routeto Beijing, and you were going to command the flight management computer and the autopilot system, you really have to know how to fly the airplane," said John Gadzinski, a U.S. Boeing 737 captain. "If you were a basic flight student and I put you in an airborne 777 and gave you 20 minutes of coaching, I could have you turn the airplane left and right and the auto throttle and the autopilot would make the airplane do what you want," he said."But to program a waypoint into the flight management computer, if that is what they flew over, is a little bit harder." Investigators have asked security agencies in countries with passengers on board to carry out background checks. China announced Tuesday that background checks of the 154 Chinese citizens on board turned up no links to terrorism, apparently ruling out the possibility that Uighur Muslim militants who have beenblamed forterror attacks within China might have been involved in the disappearance. "So far there is nothing, no evidence to suggest that they intended to do harm to the plane," said Huang Huikang, China's ambassador to Malaysia.

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WARSAW,Poland — Denouncing Russia's actions in Crimea as "nothing more than a land grab," Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that the U.S. and Europe will impose further sanctions as Moscow moved to annex part of Ukraine. With limited options, the United States was seeking ways to show it won't stand idly by as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty for the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea to join Russia. So far, Putin has been undeterred by sanctions and visa bans levied by the U.S. and the European Union, and there's no U.S. appetite for military intervention. "Russia has offered a varietyofarguments tojustify what is nothing more than a land grab, including what he said today," Biden said in Poland, which shares a border with both Russia and Ukraine."But the world has seen through Russia's actions and has rejected the flawed logic behind those actions." Biden arrived early Tuesday in a region on edge over Russia's nascent aggression in Crimea. Amid eerie echoes of the Cold War, U.S. allies including Poland have raised concerns that they could be next should the global community be unable to persuade Putin to back down. FormerSovietstatesare among the most alarmed by the prospect that Moscow could be resuming its traditional imperial ambitions. But Ukraine is at greater risk militarily because it lacks membership in NATO and the promiseofcollectivedefensive measures that NATO membershipprovides. In a clear warning to Moscow not to test other nationsalong itsborder,Biden said the U.S. commitment to defending its NATO allies is "ironclad." He promised more sanctions would be coming, along with new NATO training and exercises that will take place in Poland.

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Anti-war demonstrators hold signs which read: "Crimea is not Russia" during a protest action in Simferopol, Ukraine. The vice president said the U S. was considering rotating American forces to the Baltic region as a step toward ensuringthe collectivedefense of NATO allies. Those forces could conduct ground and naval exercises, plus engage in training missions. Meanwhile, major Western powers sought &esh ways to show that Russia would incur realcostsunlessitchanges course. The White House announced that President Barack Obama was inviting the leaders of the G-7 group of nations to a meeting in Europe next week to discuss further action. The group normally meets under the banner of the G-8, including Russia, but has suspended preparations for upcoming G-8 talks. And in London, British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the U.K. was suspending military cooperation with Russia in light of the crisis. "It's a simple fact that Russia's political and economic isolation will only increase if it continues down this dark path," Biden said, adding that virtually the entire world rejects the referendum in Crimea on Sunday that cleared the way for Russia to

"This trial, this challenge absorb it. For his part, Putin seemed that we are facing will not be to shrug off the tough talk for a month or a year," Polfrom the West, describing ish Prime Minister Donald Russia's move to add Crimea Tusk said after meeting with Biden.'We are facing a stratoitsmap as correcting past injustices. In an emotional, tegicperspectiveform any live speech &om the Kremyears to come." Biden said the goal is for lin, he said that"in people's hearts and minds, Crimea NATO to emerge &om this has always been an integral crisis stronger and more unified than ever. While in part of Russia." Europe, Biden planned to Russia's move in clear defiance of its neighbors and discuss what additional steps the U.S. ups the pressure on the U.S. can take to shore up Biden to convince its NATO security for Poland and the allies that the U.S. won't suc- Baltics, such as increased cumb to Russia's aggressive training, said a senior adminmoves. istration officiai, who wasn't In sessions Tuesday in the authorized to comment by Polish capital and later in name and demanded anoLithuania's capital, Vilnius, nymity. Biden was to discuss the At Warsaw's request, the crisis with theleadersofEsU.S. last week sent some 300 tonia, Lithuania and Latvia airtroops and a dozen F-16 — three Baltic nations that fighters to Poland for joint are deeply concerned about training in a show of military what Russia's military intersupport for a key ally. vention in Ukraine's Crimean Also on the agenda: long-term energy security Peninsula might portend for the region. in Europe, a key factor that All four countries share has confounded the West's borders with Russia, while attempts to display a united Poland also borders Ukraine. &ont in punishing Russia. Poland broke away fiom Much of Europe is heavily deMoscow's domination in 1989 pendent on Russian natural and was a vocal advocate for gas, and European countries Ukraine forging closerties have major economic interwith the E.U.— a dispute at ests in Russia that could be in the heart of Ukraine's politijeopardy if Moscow retaliates cal crisis. with sanctions of its own.

preferredalternative and said the group "very likely will litigate if we have to." Continued from Page1A Cribbs said public input Walden said the bill does two major things. was considered when the "One, it puts a hold on bill was drafted. "This legislation is travel management plans across the country," he put together with our thoughts, our comments, said."The second thing it does is require, when it our opportunity up front, and they listened to evcomes to discussion about erything we said," Cribbs roadsand trailclosures and all, when the agencies sard. go through their work they Walden said input &om local governments isn't have to consult the local government, which means currently mandatory. "That's not law today," your representatives." "We have lost this Walden said. "That's a different playing field and partnership between the federal agencies and local it's a lot more level than it people," Walden said. is today." His bill states that the Walden madethe announcement at AC Power Forest Service can't take any"travel management Sports in La Grande with local officials and members action" until it"obtains of themotorized recreation the concurrence of each community, including affected county." Union County CommisAlthough the bill doesn't sioner Mark Davidson and define "concurrence," ForestAccess forAllrepAndrew Malcolm, Walden's resentatives Allan Chase communications director, and Larry Cribbs. said Tuesday that the idea This bill, Davidson said, is that commissioners in re-affirms the idea that each county would have to forestsare an integral approve a resolution suppart of peoples'lives,both porting a proposed Forest forindustrialand recreServiceaction before the ational use. agency could take that "I fully support it. I action. think this is the kind When asked about the of relationship that we likelihood of his bill becoming law, Walden said that is always should have had," he said. never an easy process. Davidson added that a "But certainly it elconsultant is helping coevatesthe issue,"he said. "They'regoing to realize conveners are put together their position on their people are upset."

PILOT Continued from Page1A Clarke, 74, deplores the rampant speculation that has distinguished media coverageofthem issingjet. "AsfarasspeculatingI don't," he said.'Who in the hell knows what happened? I wasn't there." Clarke did say that in his hundreds ofhours piloting 777s he never had any trouble with the plane's transponder, thedevice that allows air traffic controllers to identify and track each

flight. Investigators have focused on the transponder because the device on the Malaysian Airlines plane stopped working about 40 minutes after the plane took off from Kuala Lum-

pur on March 8. Clarke said pilots enter a code into the transponder when they begin each

flight. During flight the crew pretty much leaves the switch alone, he said. 'You could turn it off but I don't know why you would," Clarke said. Althoughhe never fl ew in the region of the Indian Ocean where the Malaysian Airlines plane went missing, Clarke said the incident would be puzzling regardless ofwhereithappened. Accidents of any sort are unusual with commercial airlines, and for a plane to in eff ectdisappear israrer still. "That's what makes it so

odd," Clarke said.

lidvanolicial accuses U.S.ofniracvinoil tankerseimre By Esam Mohamed Associated Press

TRIPOLI, Libya — A militia commander controlling Libya's oil terminals denounced the United States for seizing a tanker that his militia was using to try to export oil in defiance of the country's central government, saying Tuesday that Washington was siding with Tripoli againsttheaspirations in theeastern half of the country for greater

autonomy. IbrahimJedran ispartofa m ovement demandingautonomy for eastern Libya, and last summer his militia took over Libya's oil facilities in the east. As a result, the country's exportsofitsbiggestrevenue earner have slowed to a trickle. This month, Jedran's militia loaded a tanker full of more than $30 million-worth of oil at aMediterranean portitcontrols and tried to exportthe oilfor sale for

the east' scoffers. On Sunday night, U.S. Navy SEAL commandos captured the tanker, Morning Glory, as it was anchored off the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The U.S. Navy is now escorting the vessel back to Libya to hand over to the central government. The tanker episode illustrated the extreme weakness of Libya's government since the 2011 ouster

and death oflongtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi. Authorities in Tripoli have almost no authority around the country, the army and police are in disarray, and multiple militias around the country have filled the void, claiming their own power. At the same time, the autonomy movement in the east — a region historically known as Cyrenaica — has gained strength, building on local resentment over

years of discrimination and marginalization of the area by Tripoli. Speaking in a televised statement aired on his private TV network, the militia commander Jedran said Washington was aligning with the wrong side in the dispute of Libya's regions. He said the central authorities in Tripoli are dominated by Islamists, who hold sway in parliament, and ignore the aspirations of the east.

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nizersofthefast-food protests for higher pay on Tuesday shifted their attention to another issue:"wage theft." Protesters planned to rally outside McDonald's restaurants in cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami to call attention to the denial of overtime pay and other violations they say deprive workers of the money they're owed. McDonald's Corp. said in a statement that its restaurants remain open"today — and every day — thanks to the teams of dedicated employees serving our customers." The actions are part of an ongoing campaign by union organizers to build public support for pay of $15 an hour.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

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• Milwaukee, which has NBA's worst record, had a chance to win at end of regulation ByAnne M. Peterson

other jumper with just over a minute to go but Milwaukee PORTLAND — Wesley couldn't catch up. "Since the trade deadline Matthews didn't know they've been a pretty good whether to be kustrated or relieved over the Trail Blazers' offensive team," Matthews overtime victory over Milwausaid,"but that doesn't excuse kee. ahead by double digits. us. We've got to come out with ' We could have come and Matthews had 26 points, more urgency." induding a key 3-pointer laid down — our record is our Mo Williams had a seasonin overtime, and Portland record — but we kept fighting high 23 points off the bench withstood the tenacious Bucks and we11continue to fight and for Portland and Lillard, who 120-115 on Tuesday night. try to grow as a team," Sesgot off to a slow start, had 20 ''We put ourselves there," slons saId. points — 15 of which came Matthews said about the Sessions, acquired by the in the fourth quarter and threatkom Milwaukee."But Bucks at the trade deadline, overtime. we got ourselves out." had a chance to win it with a Lillard said that perhaps Robin Lopez added 15 jumper at the buzzer, but he the Blazers were overconfident points and 14rebounds for was off and the game went to goinginto the game because of the Blazers, who had been in overtime tied at 98. Milwaukee's rough season. 'There's nothing wrong with a funk with losses in five of Portland scored the first two their last sixgames. Portland baskets in the extra period, goinginto the game thinking i44-24l has also struggled with but Khris Middleton hit a you're going to win," Lillard the absence ofinjured forward 3-pointer and ZaZa Pachusaid."But that's an NBA team LaMarcus Aldridge. lia made a layup to give the over there." The Blazers pulled it out Bucks a 103-102 lead. The Blazers, who sit in fifth with a surge in overtime. The Matthews'basket and layup in the Western Conference, team's 22 points in the extra put Portland back in kont were withoutAldridge for the period was a fianchise record. before Lillard dunked and third straight game because Brandon Knight had 24 hit a longjumper to make it of a lower back contusion. He 109-103. Middleton's pull-up points and Ramon Sessions is also likely to miss Thursday's game at home against added a season-high 23 for jumperclosed thegap forthe Milwaukee, which lost its fifth Bucks, until Mathews'3 made Washington. straight. The Bucks i13-55l are it 112-105. Portlandled 52-47 atthe just 2-24 against the Western Middleton added anhalfbut Milwaukee kept up AP Sports Wnter

Conference. Despite the worst record in the NBA, the Bucks gave the Blazers troubleform ostof the game. There were 23 lead changes in regulation, and neither team was able to pull

and narrowed it to 67-66 on Knight's short jumper before going ahead on Giannis Antetokounmp's basket. Sessions' short jumper extended the

lead. The Blazers led 75-72 going into the final quarler but Sessions made back-to-back jumpers to give the Bucks an 84-81 lead with 8:11 left. Matthews answered with a 3-pointer forthe Blazers,beforeLopez scored on a layup and a kee throw to give Portland an 8784 advantage. Lillard hit a 3-pointer that gave the Blazers a 96-92 lead with 1:58 left. After kee throws kom Knight, Ersan Ilyasove made a layup to even the scoreat96 with 48 seconds togo. Lopezappeared totip in a shot, but the basket was waived offasboosfilledthe Moda Center. Sessions missed two of four kee throws before 's layup tied it again at 98 with 4.9 seconds on the clock.

'The guys played really hard for four quarters, even in overtime," Bucks coach Larry Drew said.

Florida State 58, Florida Gulf Coast 53 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. iAPl — Aaron Thomas scored 22 pointsas top-seeded Florida State opened theNational Invitation Tournament with a 58-53 win against Florida Gulf Coast, last year's NCAA tournament darlings. Thomas carried the Seminoles in the second half, scoring 14 consecutive points during one stretch. Bernard Thompson led the Eagles with 16 points and Jamail Jones chipped in 11.

Georgetown 77, West Virginia 65 WASHINGTON iAPl — DVauntes Smith-Rivera had a season-high 32 points and 10 rebounds, and Georgetown won a cozy matchup of former conference rivals. Markel Starks added 14 points, and Jabril Trawick scored 12 for the Hoyas i18-14l, who pulled away in the second half.

Belmont80,Green Bay 65 ASHWAUBENON, Wis. iAPl — Craig Bradshaw scored a career-high 25 points and Drew Winkler added 15 as Belmontbeatshort-handed Green Bay. Belmont i25-9l had a slim 37-33 first-half advantage before ending the half on a 12-4 run to go up 49-37. The Bruins increased the lead to 58-39, and Green Bay i24-7l got no closer than seven late in the game.

SaintMary's 70,Utah 58 MORAGA, Calif. iAPl — Kerry Carter scored 10 points over the final 5 minutes and Saint Mary's stormed back from 10 points down in the second half to beat Utah 70-58 on Tuesday in the first round of the NIT. Carter missed his first five shots before making a pair of 3-poi nters,recording astealand scoring on a fastbreak layup to complete the remarkable comeback for the Gaels i23-11l after guard Stephen Holt fouled out. The fourth-seeded Gaels will play against Minnesota in the second round.

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TELEVISION ALLllMES PDT Wednesday, March 19 Indiana at NewYork, 5 p m (ESPNI sanAntonio at LA Lakers, 7 30 p m (EspNI Thursday, March 20 NYYankees at Boston,4 p m (ESPNI Saturday, March 22 Seattle at Colorado, 1 10 p m (ROOTI Portland at Colorado, 3 p m (ROOTI

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SOUTH REGIONAL Second Round Thursday, March 20

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NCAA MEN'STOURNAMENT RRST ROUND Alllimes PDT Tuesday's Games Albany 71, Mt st Mary's 64 N C State 74, Xavier 59

At First Niagara Center Bufhlo, N.Y. Ohio State (25-9I vs Dayton (23-10), 9 15 a m Syracuse (27 5I vs Western Michigan (23-9), 30 minutes following

AtTheAmway Center Orlando, Ra. Saint Louis(26-6I vs N C State,420p m Louisville(295I vs Manhattan (257),30 minutes following At BMO Hams Bradley Center Milwaukee Michigan l25-8) vs Wofford (20-12), 4 10 p m Texas (23-10I vs Anzona State (21 11), 30 minutes following Riday, March 21 At PNCArena Raleigh, N.C. Duke (26-BI vs Mercer (26-8), 9 15 a m UMass l24 8)vs lowaTennesseewinner, 30 minutes following At Scottrade Center St. Louis

EAST REGIONAL Second Round Thursday, March 20 At First Niagara Center BuSalo, N.Y.

Uconn (26-BI vs saint Joseph's (24 9), 3 55 p m Villanova (284I vs Milwaukee (21 13), 30 minutes following

At SpokaneArena Spokane,Wash. Cinannati l276I vs Harvard(264111 10a m Michigan State (26-BI vs Delaware (25-9), 30 minutes following Riday, March 21 At PNCArena Raleigh, N.C. Memphis (23-9I vs GeorgeWashington l24 8), 355pm Virginia (28-6I vs Coastal Carohna (21 12), 30 minutes following AtThe ATST Center SanAntonio North Carohna l23-9I vs Providence l23-11), 420pm lowa State (26-7I vs North Carohna Central (28-5), 30 minutes following Third Round Saturday, March 22 At First Niagara Center BuSalo, N.Y. Villanova Milwaukee winner vs UConn Saint Joseph's winner At SpokaneArena Spokane,Wash. Michigan State Delaware winner vs Cinannatr

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At SpokaneArena Spokane,Wash. San Diego State New Mexico State winner vs Oklahoma North Dakota Statewinner Sunday, March 23 AtThe ATST Center San Antonio Creighton Louisianarafayette winner vs Baylor Nebraska winner

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Relay For Life will be meeting March 20th from 7-8 p.m. at the Sunridge in Baker City. Come by if you are interested in being On a team Or committee Or volunteering. Or just come and share with us how cancer has affected you Or a loved one. We would love to see you there! For further information, call Trista Wendt at 541-910-5227 or Jen Slater at 541-519-7886

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Brenda Goshorn imagined what she could do with a few boxes. Now a playhouse awaits her grandchildren.

PLAYHOUSE Continued ~om Page1A On the top, they cut the flaps to make a "It' sjusta cardboard box peaked roof, then glued on strips of cardboard Youcan do another one made to look like shinbigger and better." gles with brown textured — Brenda Goshorn, who spray paint. tumed three empty boxes A chimney — painted into a decorated playhouse red with white lines for for her grandchildren bricks — finishes the top. Brenda's granddaughters haven't seen it yet, but she's told them about it over Skype, a program thatallows real-time, face-to-face conversation over the computer. '%e said 'do you want to see inside?' and she said 'peas?"' she says of her 18-month-old granddaughter. As forthe tendency ofcardboard to tearorcrumple, Brenda's not worried. "It's just a cardboard box. You can do another one bigger and better," she said.

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PORTLAND — Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word'free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providingthat incentive to get young people to attend community college. Amid worries that U.S. youth are losing a global skills race,supporters ofanotuition policy see expanding access to community college as way to boost educational attainment so the emerging workforces in their states lookgood toemployers. Of course, such plans aren't freefortaxpayers,and legislators in Oregon and Tennessee are deciding whether &ee tuition regardless of family income is the best use of public money. A Mississippi bill passed the state House, but then failed in the Senate. The debate comes in a midterm election year in which income inequality and the burdens of student debt are likely going to be significant issues. "I think everybody agrees that with a high school education by itself, there is no path to the middle class," said State Sen. Mark Hass, who is leading the no-tuition effort in Oregon."There is only one path, and it leads to poverty. And poverty is very expensive." Hass said &ee community college and increasing the number of students who earn

college credit while in high school are keys to addressing a"crisis" in education debt. Taxpayers will ultimately benefit, he said, because it's cheaper to send someone to community college than to have him or her in the social safety net. Research fiom the Oregon University System shows Oregonians with only a high school diploma make less money than those with a degree and thus contribute fewer tax dollars. They are also more likely to use food stamps and less likely to do volunteer work. A Gallup poll released in late February found 94 percentofAmericans believe it's somewhat or very important to have a degree beyond high school, yet only 23 percent

of respondents said higher education is affordable to everyone who needs it. As at four-year universities, theprice ofattending a community college has risen sharply because of reduced state support and higher costsforhealth careand other expenses. The average annual cost of tuition nation-

allyisabout$3,300,and booksand feesadd to thebill It's cheaper than university, but expensive enough to dissuade someone who's unsure whether to pursue higher education. In Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam wants to use lottery money to create a &ee community college program for high school graduates. It'scentralto the Republican's goal of making

the statemore attractive to potential employers by increasingthe percentage of Tennesseans with a college degree to 55 percent by 2025 from 32 percent now. If approved by the Legislature, the 'Tennessee Promise" would provide a full ride for any high school graduate, at a cost of $34 million per year. Meanwhile, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill March 11 ordering a state commission to examine whether free tuition is feasible. Among other things, the study will determine how much moneythe program will cost, whether the existing campus buildings can accommodate extra students and whether to limit free tuitionto recent graduates.

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Powder Valley High School students received a shock when they arrived at school Monday morning. The students learned that almost all of the close to 100 lockers on the second floor of their school had been emptied Sunday night. Fortunately, few items were reported missing, according to school district offtciais. 'Theyrummaged through lockers but didn't take a lot," said North Powder School District Superintendent Lance Dixon. Money fiom a purse, about three jackets and two backpacks were among the limited number ofitems reporled stolen fiom the lockers. The lockers were easy to break into because only a handful of them were secured, Dixon said. The superintendentsaidthatlocksare available fiom the school but few students request them. Security cameras indicate that the incident occurred between 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. and involved at least two

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people. The North Powder Charter School campus was busy Sunday evening with activities, including a volleyball event in the high school gymnasium which is not connected to the rest of the high school. Dixon believes the busy eveningprovided thethieves the cover they needed. Fortunately the thieves did not steal or damage any computers. They had an opportunity to because at least one ciassroom filled with laptops was unlocked, Dixon said. The Union County Sherilf's Olftce is investigating the incident. Dixon said thatin the future the school district will upgrade its security system in response to the incident.

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Baker City Herald Paper 03-19-14