Etcetera - 03/09/12

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This exhibit is only steps away: Blue Mountain Photo Club members' works are currently on exhibit through the end of March in The Stairwell Gallery at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

A Providence St. Mary Green Team initiative kicked off this initiative several years ago to encourage medical center staff and visitors to use the stairs rather than the elevator, said Kathleen Obenland, the hospital's director of public affairs, in a release.

Green Team promotes conservation of resources, Kathleen said.

"Photo and art displays in the stairway make taking the stairs fun, which both promotes physical fitness and saves on the power it takes to run the elevators," she said.

Stairway Gallery has hosted numerous shows in the past few years, including art from local school children and photography and art from Providence St. Mary staff and their families.

Photo Club members participating in the current show are Barney Krom, Duane and Lori Montgomery, Bob Baker, George Herbert, Ed Gustamante, Donna Lasater, Tim Wright, Judy Sine, Craig Harrigan, Lynn Suckow, Jim Willis and Larry Goodhew.

Additional photos by BMPC members can be viewed at youtu.be/Gg3k_iSnYPY.

Bill Hansell, a Umatilla County commissioner, spoke during a recent Milton-Freewater Rotary Club meeting about the wolf population and wind energy issues affecting the county.

Hansell grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch near Athena and understands the needs of the county's agricultural-based industry, noted Rotarian Robby Robbins in a report.

How the wolf population is controlled as it increases matters greatly to ranchers. "Several years ago when the wolves were introduced in the Idaho wilderness, wildlife officials told Oregonians not to worry, because the wolves would never cross the Snake River. Now we know that these are Canadian gray wolves, larger than the Rocky Mountain gray wolf, and they did continue to expand their territory into Oregon. They have been identified as predators of our herds," Bill told the group.

Counties can appoint a wolf depredation committee under the adopted State Wolf Plan, something Umatilla County commissioners did recently. By state statute the commissioners appoint five members, and commissioner Larry Givens will fill the county slot. Two members are livestock producers and two members are to be from the wildlife sector. That committee of five will appoint two additional members. The new standards were appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals, which remanded three items to the county for further justification. Bill said a public hearing to review and take action on the remanded items will take place on Tuesday. For details, call 541-276-7111 or email bill_hansell@co.umatilla.or.us.

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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