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eye on ANTELOPE Phone DropttOff,,, Email ' Friday, September 19, 2003 — Page 24 Pronghorn antelope does and fawns are often seen racing across the high-desert scrub land in the heart of southeastern Oregon's Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge. (AP photos) Home on the range Swelling pronghorn population prompts debate By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press Writer HART MOUNTAIN NATIONAL ANTELOPE REFUGE, Ore. —The only car for miles rumbles in the distance and 50 pairs of black- tipped ears flick forward in nervous anticipation. The vehicle draws closer, and now the pronghorn .Jitelope are on the run, surging across the flat plain with necks outstretched and mouths gaping. Sightings of pronghorn have become commonplace at the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, 10 years after the population dipped significantly. A helicopter survey in late July counted more than 2,400 animals, the most antelope ever recorded since the refuge was founded in 1936. But success hasn't come without consequences. The refuge banned cattle grazing in 1994 after a bitter dispute with local ranchers. It remains one of the largest catde-free tracts of public land in the West. Widi antelope numbers at an all-time high, the refuge once more finds itself at the center of a high-stakes debate, between environmentalists who want to kick"" cattle off all federal land and ranchers desperate to stop them. Environmental groups say banning cattle played a critical role in restoring a healthy population. Ranchers dismiss the role of the cattle ban and instead point to the end of a seven-year drought. Refuge managers, caught in the middle, say there are no easy answers. "We can show the difference between what we started with and what we have in the end. But to say for sure whether the most important factor was the removal of cattle — you just can't prove that," said Mike Nunn, project leader for the Sheldon- Hart Mountain Refuge Complex. Located near the Oregon- Nevada border, the remote refuge sprawls across an 8,000- foot tabletop of rock that juts from a flat, sweeping expanse of hay fields and cattle meadows. In 1936, Pranklin D. Roosevelt created the refuge — about one- third the size of Rhode Island — as a "last stronghold" for the then-dwindling pronghorn, a creature the size of a small deer with elegant, heart-shaped horns, a black-and-white muzzle and a running speed of up to 60 mph. Ranchers grazed sheep and cattle there starting in the mid- 1800s, and over 150 years the ecosystem changed from high grasses and plush streambeds to JOHN O'KEEFFE ... Cattle rancher ... ankle-high sagebrush. The Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the refuge, decided in 1994 that grazing didn't fit with the refuge's mission and banned it despite angry protests from families who had grazed thousands of cattle on the land for generations. The refuge's^cattle-free status still rankles in remote Lake County, population 7,000, where ranching is the major industry. "The Fish and Wildlife decided they wanted to get out of the cattle business and they did," said John O'Keeffe, a rancher who once grazed 700 head on the refuge. "There wasn't any justification for eliminating the cattle." But Nunn and his chief biologist, Mike Dunbar, believe that the ban on grazing was the main reason for the antelopes' revival. Without cattle, Nunn and his staff say they have been able to burn 22,000 acres of sagebrush. The burning has caused an environmental rebirth on the land, in many cases returning it to its natural state and benefiting pronghorn, refuge managers say. Without the cover of the ground-hugging sagebrush, populations of small rodents and birds favored by coyotes — the antelopes' only remaining predator — have dropped, meaning fewer coyotes survive to eat newborn fawns. A 1998 survey showed flowering plants, a preferred pronghorn treat, increased by 300 percent in certain areas. But ranchers who suffered when the refuge shut them out say eliminating cattle has nothing to do with the recent pronghorn upswing. They point to a seven-year drought that ended in 1994, just about the time cattle Jeft the refuge, and say several ranchers had already stopped grazing cattle in the mid-1990s because the forage was so scarce. Pronghorn counts hit a low the same year cattle were banned, which coincided with the worst of the drought, O'Keeffe said. "If you point to 1998 numbers as opposed to 1988 numbers, you're looking at 10 inches of rain instead of 2," said O'Keeffe, who is also the Oregon director of the Public Lands Council and vice- chairman of federal lands for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. "In the desert, that's a big ... difference." No comprehensive studies have been done that fully answer the question of the relationship between grazing and antelope — a criticism of both ranchers and environmentalists. Nunn and Dunbar said such an exhaustive survey would cost the refuge at least $1.5 million when it must already pillage its general budget for the smaller scale research it currendy conducts. The two are also acutely aware . .. _ r _ i could plummet as quickly" as it shot up. Despite changes in the ecosystem, jackrabbit and sage grouse populations have increased recently, which could foreshadow a rise in coyote numbers and a subsequent decline in surviving pronghorn fawns. A drop in antelope numbers could give leverage to ranchers, who want to see catde return someday. And no one is sure what will happen if and when the next drought hits. Nunn and Dunbar will present a more specific antelope management plan to the Department of the Interior this fall that could call for killing a "very small" number of coyote if the pronghorn population drops dramatically, Dunbar said. A similar coyote proposal in 1995 drew 1,300 public comments, threats of a lawsuit and angry full-page newspaper ads sponsored by animal rights- groups. On a sweltering July day, however, antelope are plentiful. Coming over a crest in the road, Nunn slams on the brakes. He draws in his breath at a herd of 25 antelope feeding lazily in a lush, sinuous streambed. "Aren't they beautiful?" he said. "That right there is why I do what I do." 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TX 77002-5fl«:i, -has made application to the Bureau of District Mining Operations, 28<> Industrial Park Road, Eb- cnsburg, PA 15931-4119, for a revision to their existing 287.3 acre coal refuse reprocessing permit, SM1'# :i2!>50202, in Center Township, Indiana County as shown on the U.S.G.S. 7-1/2' Indian;) quadrangle map. The application for revision is to request a variance on'the i(XT barrier of Unnamed 1 Tributary"' to Yellow Creek W, beginning at its juncture with Yellow Creek and extending eastward and upstream approximately 150*. The variance is requested in order to reconstruct that portion of the stream channel that has been affected by previous minim; activities related to the abandoned coal refuse pile. A copy of this application has been placed on Tile for public review at Iho Bureau of District Mining Operations, 286 Industrial Park Head, Eb- enstmrg, PA 159:il-4119. Any. one wishing to submit comments or requests for an informal conference concerning this application for revision should write to the above listed Bureau of District Mining Operations address within twenty (20) days of the final publication of this notice staling his or her name, address, telephone number, and the nature of their objection. This application is made in accordance with the provisions of the Act of June 22, 1SB7, P.I,, 19S7. as amended. 9/19,9/26 USE GUARANTEED RESULTS ADVERTISING TO SELL YOUR HOUSE. The Indiana Gazette has a Guaranteed Results program to help you sell your house. Place your "Home for Sale" in the Indiana Gazette Classifeds. Sell it in four weeks or we will run your ad FREE until your house is sold. There are five easy steps to follow. For details phone the Classified advertising department at 724-3494949 and we will discuss it with you. Classified hours are Monday-Friday 8a.m. to 5 p.m and on Saturday 8a.m. to noon. NOTICE SHERIFF SALE NOTICE TO DEFENDANTS YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THIS ACTION CAN DEPRIVE YOU OK YOUR PROPERTY. YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN ATTORNEY TO ADVISE YOU OF YOUR RIGHTS. YOUR PROPERTY IS THE SUBJECT MATTER OF A WRIT OF EXECUTION BASED UPON A JUDGMENT. YOU MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO PETITION TO OPEN THE JUDGMENT OR SET THAT JUDGMENT ASIDE. AFTER THE SALE IS HELD YOU 'STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO PETITION THE COURT TO SET ASIDE THE SALE AND/OR FILE EXCEPTIONS TO THE DISTRIBUTION WITHIN TEN (10) DAYS AFfER THE FILING OF THE SCHEDULE OF DISTRIBUTION. BY V1HTURE OF CERTAIN WRITS OF EXECUTION ISSUED OUT OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF INDIANA AND TO ME DIRECTED THERE WILL BE EXPOSED TO PUBLIC VENUE OR OUTCRY AT THE COURTHOUSE, INDIANA, PENNSYLVANIA, ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2003 AT 2:00 P.M. ALL THE RIGHT, TITLE, INTEREST, CLAIM AND DEMAND OF THE DEFENDANTS), MICHAEL .!. AND MICHEL B. SHELLHAMMER AND ALL OTHER PERSONS HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN AND TO: ALL THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED REAL ESTATE SITUATED IN THE TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON, c.pu.flT.y OF "INDIANA; 'COMMON-" WEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA. HAVING ERECTED THEREON A DWELLING KNOWN AND NUMBERED AS 24 POTTS ROAD, HOME, PA 15747. DEER BOOK VOLUME ii:!7, PAGE; s.m PARCEL NUMBER 39 003-113 0.3. TAKEN INTO EXECUTION AT THE SUIT BANK ONE N.A. VS MICHAEL .1. SHELLHAMMER AND MICHEL B. SHELLHAMMER CS # 10586 CD 2003. ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: KIMBERLY J. HONG (412)4:14-7955.. NOTICE TO ALL PARTIES IN INTEREST AND CLAIMANTS: At the time of the sale $100 or ten (10) percenl of the successful bid, whichever sum is the greater, must be paid to the Sheriff. The balance of the purchase money must be paid before the date fixed for the filing of the Schedule of Distribution or the Sheriff will direct the Auctioneer to resell the properly. The balance due shall be paid to the Sheriff by Hie date fixed for the filing of the Schedule of Distribution, otherwise all money , previously paid will be forfeilcd and the property will be resold at which time the full purchase price of all costs, whichever may be higher shall be paid in full or under proper circumstances a rcceipl given by a lien creditor; also there must then be delivered to the SherilT a Judicial Affidavit of Value, executed in duplicate on the form .supplied by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for the purpose of establishing the correcl amounl of documentary stamps for Ihc deed, (note that proper certifi- calion must be secured from the Department of Revenue if the amount of stamps is to be based upon monetary value or if exemption is claimed for a deed to a grantee such ns the Veterans Administration). For each sale n Schedule of Distribution will be filed on OCTO BER 2fi, 2003 and distribution will be made in accordance therewith unless exccplions arc filed within ten (10) days after the filing date. DONALD L. HECKWITH. SHERIFF 9/5, 9/12, 9/19 NOTICE SHERIFF SALE NOTICE TO DEFENDANTS YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THIS ACTION CAN DEPRIVE YOU OF YOUR PROPERTY. YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN ATTORNEY TO ADVISE YOU OF YOUR RIGHTS. YOUR PROPERTY IS THE SUBJECT MATTER OF A WRIT OF EXECUTION BASED UPON A JUDGMENT. YOU MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO PETITION TO OPEN THE JUDGMENT OR SET THAT JUDGMENT ASIDE. AFTER THE SALE IS HELD YOU STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO PETITION THE COURT TO SET ASIDE THE SALE AND/OR FILE EXCEPTIONS TO THE DISTRIBUTION WITHIN TEN (10) DAYS AFTER THE FILING OF THE SCHEDULE OF DISTRIBUTION. BY VIRTURE OF CERTAIN WRITS OF EXECUTION ISSUED OUT OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OK INDIANA AND TO ME DIRECTED THERE WILL BE EXPOSED TO PUBLIC VENUE OR OUTCRY AT THE COURTHOUSE, INDIANA, PENNSYLVANIA, ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2003 AT 2:00 KM. ALL THE RIGHT, TITLE, INTEREST, CLAIM AND DEMAND OF THE DEFENDANTS), LANCE E. DECKER AND JENNIFER DECKER AND ALL OTHER PERSONS HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OH INTEREST IN AND TO: ALJ. THAT CERTAIN piece, parcel or lot of land situate at or near the Village of Lu. of Center, Counly. of Indiana and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, recorded 8/1/2001 in Deed Book Volume 1208, Page 952. TAX PARCEL 12-030-603 & 12030604 Being known as li)0 7T1I STREET LUCERNEMINES, PA 15754.. TAKEN INTO EXECUTION AT THE SUIT OF CENDANT MORTGAGE CORPORATION VS LANCE E. DECKER AND JENNIFER DECKER CS* 10892CD200;t. ATl'ORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: FRANK FEDEKMAN (2 IS) 5(53-7000.. NOTICE TO ALL PARTIES IN INTEREST AND CLAIMANTS: At the time of the sale $100 or ten (10) percent of the successful bid, whichever sum is the greater, must be paid to the Sheriff. The balance of the purchase money must be paid before the date fixed for the filing of the Schedule of Distribution or Die Sheriff will direct Ihc Auctioneer to resell the property. The balance due shall be paid to Ihe Sheriff by the dale fixed for the filing of Hie Schedule of Distribution, otherwise all money previously paid will be forfeited and the property will be resold at which time the full purchase price of all costs, whichever may be higher shnll be paid in full or under proper circumstances a rcceipl given by a lien creditor, also Ihere musl Ihcu he delivered lo Ihe Sheriff a Judicial Affidavil of Value, executed in duplicate on Ihe form supplied by Ihe Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for the purpose of establishing the correct amount of documentary stamps for Ihe deed, (note that proper certification must be secured from the Department of Revenue if the amounl of stamps is to be based upon monetary value or if exemption is claimed for a deed lo a granlce such as the Veterans Administration). For each sale a .Schedule of Distribution will be filed on OCTOBER 2fi, 200,1 and distribution will be made in accordance therewith unless exceptions are filed within ten (10) days after Ihe filing date. DONALD L. ItEGKWITII, SHERIFF 9/5, 9/12, 9/19 Nurses looking for hospitals Hospitals nurses «• NOTICE SHERIFF SALE NOTICE TO DEFENDANTS YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THIS ACTION CAN DEPRIVE YOU OF YOUR PROPERTY. YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN ATTORNEY TO ADVISE YOU OF YOUR RIGHTS. YOUR PROPERTY IS THE SUBJECT MATTER OF A WRIT OK EXECUTION BASED UPON A JUDGMENT. YOU MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO PETITION TO OPEN THE JUDGMENT OR SET THAT JUDGMENT ASIDE. AFTER THE SALE IS HELD YOU STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO PETITION THE COURT TO SET ASIDE THE SALE AND/OH FILE EXCEPTIONS TO THE DISTRIBUTION WITHIN TEN (10) DAYS AFTER THE FILING OF THE SCHEDULE OF DISTRIBUTION. BY VIRTUtlE OF CERTAIN WRITS OF EXECUTION ISSUED OUT OP THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF INDIANA AND TO ME DIRECTED THERE WILL BE EXPOSED TO PUBLIC VENUE OR OUTCRY AT THE COURTHOUSE, INDIANA, PENNSYLVANIA, ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2003 AT 2:00 P.M. ALL THE RIGHT, TITLE, INTEREST, CLAIM AND DEMAND OF THE DEFEND- .ANT(S), GREGORY G. AND .)ILL A. GRIFFITH AND ALL OTHER PERSONS HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN AND TO: Real Estate, now in deed to Gregory G. Griffith, as Recorded in Ihe Indiana Counly Re- cordcrTof Deeds in Booh Volume No. 1213, Page !)H5. this property is localcd al the address of Box 2, Armagh, Township of Easl Wheatfield, Indiana County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 150290, ulso known as Parcel Number 040.009-106 & 040.00S-107. TAKEN INTO EXECUTION AT THE SUIT OF FIRST COMMONWEALTH BANK VS ' GREGORY G. GRIFFITH AND'- JILL A. GRIFFITH CS « 10409 ' CD 2003. ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: BRADLEY M. OPHAUG-t (724)465-9552. .,,-,. NOTICE TO ALL PARTIES; IN INTEREST AND CI,AIlrf-=l ANTS: At the time of the safeTi. $100 or ten (10) percent of th,e/.successful bid, whichever sum/ is the greater, must be paid to the Sheriff. The balance of th'i-3, purchase money must he pajdil before the date fixed for llKy,_ filing of the Schedule of Dislrit, billion or the Sheriff will cliM' reel the Auclioncer to rcsoll'l 1 the property. The balance due shall be paid to Ihc Sheriff by.'- Ihc dale fixed for the filing of ' Ihe Schedule of Dislribiitiori,:: otherwise all money previ-V ously paid will be forfeited, and Ihc property will lie re-' sold at which time the full pur; chase price of all costs, whichever may be higher shall be, paid in full or under proper circumstances a receipt given by a lien creditor; also there must then be delivered lo the . Sheriff a Judicial Affidavit of Value, executed in duplicate on the form supplied by the • Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for the purpose of cs-., tablishing Ihe correcl amount, of documentary stamps for llic[. deed, fnote that proper certifi- , cation must be secured from... the Department of Revenue if the amount of stamps is lo be based upon monetary value or 1 if exemption is claimed for a '. deed to a grantee such as the: Veterans Administration). For, each sale a Schedule of Dislri '. bution will be filed on OCTOBER 26, 2003 and distribution will be made in accordance" therewith unless exceptions are filed within ten (10) days after Ihe filing date. DONALD L. I1ECKW1T1I, SHERIFF 9/5, 9/12, 9/I« >^—^^I • •-.. .—^«^«»»w««^»v««w^«M^^^^B^^B^^B^^^^^^KAM^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^B^H«_^ Mike Nunn, right, U.S. Fish and Wildlife project leader for the Sheldon-Hart Refuge Complex, and Mike Dunbar, had biologist for the project, search out antelope in the refuge. //)<' < /</sv//ir(/\ an- the i>crf>'ft mt'ilii Indiana Gazette Classifieds • Your Employment Marketplace (724) 349-4949 Monday-Friday 8 am.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. -noon

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