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Published on September 7, 2018 2:24PM

Last changed on September 7, 2018 5:29PM

BMCC President Cam Preus (second from right) reads the voting results for their bond measure off of the cell phone during an election-night party in 2015 at BMCC in Pendleton.

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BMCC President Cam Preus (second from right) reads the voting results for their bond measure off of the cell phone during an election-night party in 2015 at BMCC in Pendleton.

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A tip of the hat to Cam Preus, the outgoing president of Blue Mountain College.

Preus has served admirably, following through on the mission of expanding the college’s reach outside of Pendleton.

We won’t soon forget her resolve after failing to get a bond passed early in her tenure. She took the defeat to heart and spearheaded a listening tour to tap into the needs of residents from all corners of the service district.

It’s hard work to sell a $23 million bond measure in Eastern Oregon, but through Preus’ diligence and leadership the goal was accomplished. The workforce training center in Boardman, precision irrigated agricultural center in Hermiston and expanded agricultural center in Pendleton are all part of that legacy.

But she didn’t stop after the college collected enough votes to levy the tax. Preus was a regular presence on those campuses and in those communities.

She will now take her talents to the Oregon Community College Association, which represents BMCC and 16 other Oregon community colleges.

Preus said it was her intention to retire at BMCC, but we don’t fault her for leaping at the opportunity to take her talents to a bigger post.

We look forward to seeing her take the same inclusive approach at the state level that she did in Pendleton, and believe even in a new office she’ll help BMCC continue to grow.

A kick in the pants to hunters who kill things before they know what they are.

The latest victim was Porky the pet pot-bellied pig. A Portland-area archery hunter spotted the domesticated animal on a road near Pilot Rock, mistook him for a wild boar and killed him.

We understand honest mistakes. Identifying wildlife isn’t always easy at a distance. And there are wild boars in Oregon, though none that we know of in Umatilla County.

But a good hunter doesn’t pull the trigger until they know for sure what’s in the crosshairs. Shooting an animal out of season or on the protected list is poaching. Shooting a pet is devastating to the owners. And there’s always the possibility that the movement in the brush is a person.

Think twice (at least) before taking the shot.

A tip of the hat to Pat Casey, the Oregon State University baseball manager who announced Thursday he’ll retire from the program after 24 years and three national titles.

College baseball may not have the national attention in the same way football and basketball do, but in Oregon, a state with no Major League franchise, we’re proud to have a team that regularly competes in the upper echelons.

We realize it’s just sports, and sports can often distract from more pressing issues in secondary education. But giving Oregon sports fans something to cheer about in June is a welcome gift that our NBA franchise hasn’t been able to provide in recent years.



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