Wildlife rehab expert lands in Milton-Freewater to talk about her work



Lynn and Bob Tompkins alit in the midst of Milton-Freewater Rotary Club members, who hosted the pair as guests at their Jan. 26 meeting.

As executive director of Blue Mountain Wildlife, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility in Pendleton, Lynn talked about the center and a satellite facility in Benton City that annually treat about 350 birds.

Most of the birds are injured by flying into powerlines or are hit by cars. Some are injured by natural predators.

"Lynn told us that many of the eagles they treat are suffering from lead poisoning, having eaten an animal that has ingested some lead in one form or another," Rotary member Robby Robbins reported.

Lynn told the group they also find fishing weights in the stomachs of some sick birds.

In 2009, raptors were admitted from a 16-county area in Oregon and Washington.

Approximately 40 percent can be treated and returned to the wild.

Grants, memberships and donations fund the center. It offers professional, high-quality medical care to native orphaned, injured or sick wildlife in a continually expanding service area.

In 2008, Blue Mountain Wildlife provided a raptor display for Columbia River cruise ship passengers who were bused to Pendleton.

After the cruise line went bankrupt, that fundraising service faded away. That makes new memberships an even more important source of funding for the wildlife center.

An extensive education program keeps volunteers and children interested in the program.

Programs featuring live birds of prey are delivered to nearly 20,000 spectators each year at fairs and community events.

An internship program is available during the May-October period for college students to gain hands-on experience.

The group met Ula, an 8-year-old golden eagle that was injured when she flew into a car.

The injuries have resulted in blindness in her left eye and she would not be able to survive on her own in the wild.

She seems to be regaining some vision in the eye but it will probably never recover completely. She has a 7-foot wingspan and weighs about 9 pounds.

For more details, contact Lynn at 541-278-0215; e-mail lynn@bluemountainwildlife.org or online see www/bluemountainwildlife.org .


Paul Franzmann, communications manager at Fort Walla Walla Museum, is excited about the return of professional baseball to our community. He says it will one day be noted as a historical event.

General manager of the Walla Walla Sweets, Zachary Fraser, donated the last available, limited-edition Inaugural Season baseball cap to the Museum.

Zachary told Museum Director James Payne that the caps sold well from the get-go. He also offered to contribute other memorabilia as occasions arise.

The Museum is planning a new gallery, The Great and the Near Great, that will highlight individuals who became renowned after having spent time in the Walla Walla area.

The gallery will include Hall of Fame baseball players Ozzie Smith and Tony Gwinn, who played minor league ball here.

Other luminaries are Kurt Russell, a noted actor before he played baseball in Walla Walla, and Eddie Feigner, who was dubbed softball's "The King and his Court."

James said, "One day, another rising young star will make that leap into the Major Leagues and we will want to include that individual in the community's pantheon. Getting the basis for that collection in place now will make life much easier for future museum staff."

The Walla Walla Sweets cap is something of a curiosity, Paul said. The manufacturer reversed the colors of the ‘W' gracing the front, so that it appears blue with a lighter trim. The caps sold to the public have a white ‘W,' making the Museum's unique.

While visiting the Museum, James gave Zachary a tour of the Entrance Building and Exhibit Galleries. The facility opens to general visitation April 1.

"Baseball is made great by its history and the Walla Walla Sweets want to help make sure that this new chapter in community sports is well documented for future generations," said Zachary said. "We're really pleased to be partners in the community with Fort Walla Walla Museum and look forward to many more collaborations."

The Museum is on Myra Road in Fort Walla Walla Park. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, April through October. Admission is free to members and children under 6, $3 for children ages 6-12, $6 for seniors 62 and older and students, and $7 general admission. For more details, call (509) 525-7703; e-mail info@fortwallawallamuseum.org or online see fortwallawallamuseum.org .


Legions of airmen have served in the 82nd Airborne Division during the last 66 years, including in Afghanistan and Iraq recently, and who will return for another tour of duty.

The 82nd is also seeing service in Haiti, according to World War II veteran Mr. Shirley R. Gossett, national 82nd Airborne Division Association membership chairman.

This is the most-decorated division in today's military, including World War II, Shirley noted in a release. Its 100 civilian chapters around the nation serve the military and civilians.

Its 34,000 members meet regularly for picnics, dinner-dances, mini reunions, the annual national convention and local parades.

The association sponsors school programs on its airborne history. Its membership has veterans who've served in the 11th, 13th, 17th, 82nd, 101st and in special forces.

Several events are coming up: a winter weekend Feb. 25-27 at Hilton Head Island, S.C.; a spring fling May 18-22 in Grantville, Pa.; and the 64th annual convention Aug. 18-21 in Charleston, W.Va.

Early reservations are encouraged. E-mail srgabn@aol.com; write Shirley at Airborne 2010, 5459 Northcutt Place, Dayton OH 45414 or call 937-898-5977. The Gen. Matthew Bunker Ridgway Chapter is at P.O. Box 1733, Dayton OH 45401-1733.


Garrison Middle School students will host a free Valentine's party for senior citizens directly after the Senior Round Table lunch at the Center at the Park.

Games, dancing to 331/3 rpm records and other fun are slated from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Beth Clearman's students organized the festive inter-generational party. For additional details, contact Beth at 527-3040.


Walla Walla native Sally Buzbee just returned to New York after running The Associated Press' Middle East news operations for the past five years, the AP reported. She's involved in bringing AP news that the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin uses.

As Middle East AP editor, Sally supervised Iraq war coverage and numerous other key stories and events. She was just promoted to deputy managing editor for the new AP News Center, Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll announced on Jan. 19.

Sally's role will be to build out and run the News Center, a new global headquarters operation in New York that will work closely with AP's regional and department leaders to deliver the most comprehensive, competitive coverage in all formats of the day's top stories.

While there has always been supervision of AP's news coverage from headquarters, the News Center is a new concept intended to help support field leaders who are directing coverage.

It also will be a place to experiment with new kinds of storytelling and fresh ways to engage readers and viewers.

As Middle East editor based in Cairo, Buzbee, 44, was in charge of content, staff, budgets and complex logistics in 16 countries stretching from Libya to Iran and south to Sudan. Under her leadership, which involved working closely with text, photos and video, the AP opened a news bureau in Saudi Arabia, one of the first Western agencies to do so, and expanded coverage of Iran.

She led coverage of the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel war, the Darfur crisis and the growing activities of terrorist cells in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Sally will report to Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes. Her appointment in New York is effective immediately. "They have found a strong leader in Sally," Mike said. "She has set high standards in her own work and has a proven record of leading those around her to new heights. She knows the news, the AP and what the AP needs to do to succeed."

Before moving to Egypt in 2004, Sally covered education, politics and economics in AP's Washington, D.C., bureau and later was named assistant chief of bureau supervising foreign affairs coverage.

She joined the AP in Topeka, Kan., in 1988 and was correspondent in San Diego before moving to Washington in 1995.

She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and an master's in business administration from Georgetown University.


Election and installation of new board members, officers and nominating committee members, recognition of volunteers and a celebration of recent accomplishments took place during Camp Fire USA Walla Walla Council's annual meeting celebration Jan. 26 .

Five new members were elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors: Terry Atchison, Sandi Blackaby, Pat Johnston, Jennifer Peha and Jill Zagelow. The Council's new slate of officers of the Board includes: Linda Hardy, president; David Leal, vice president; and Pat Johnston, treasurer.

Retiring Board member Ellen Camp was honored for her commitment to community and service as treasurer of the Camp Fire USA board during the past three years.

The guest speaker of the event was Stefanie Crumpacker-Flerchinger, site director for Camp Fire's After School Camp at Sharpstein. Stefanie, who is working toward a degree in music education, spoke about the nine characteristics of high performing schools.

She noted particular characteristics that stood out as being exemplary of Camp Fire USA, including high standards and expectations for all students and high levels of family and community involvement.

Camp Fire USA's annual meeting also marked the beginning of the organization's centennial year.

The celebration of this significant milestone will culminate at Camp Fire's annual summer luncheon Aug. 3. Interest in Camp Fire programs or attendance to the summer luncheon can be directed to the Camp Fire office at 509-525-3180.


Walla Walla Music Boosters are sponsoring a Tutti Frutti February Citrus Fundraiser to raise money for the Walla Walla Public Schools Music programs, according to a release from the Walla Walla Blues Society's e-mailed musical happenings communique.

The Boosters help buy new instruments, sheet music, choral risers and uniforms and contribute towards awards, contest fees and many other items.

They aim to sell a semi-truck load of Texas red grapefruit, California navel oranges, tangelos, and juicy juice oranges to make up to $20,000 for the music program.

The full and half cases of citrus fruits sale is from Feb. 5-24.

All orders must be pre-paid and funds turned in by Feb. 24. Buy fruit through Music Booster members or middle school and high school music students.

Orders may be placed at 509-730-5605 or at wwmb@ymail.com

Checks should be made out to Walla Walla Music Boosters. Payments may be mailed to 906 Chase Ave., Walla Walla.

Fruit will arrive the week before spring break, March 22-26.

Prices: 20-pound 1/2 cases of navel oranges, 28-44 count, red grapefruit, 20-24 count, juice oranges, 28-66 count, and tangelos, 40-70 count, are $20; 40-pound cases navel oranges, 56-88 count, red grapefruit, 40-48 count, juice oranges, 56-138 count and tangelos, 80-138 count, are $35.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.


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