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Searching for a new home...again

Since its beginnings in Prineville a decade ago, the Boys and Girls Club has moved eight times

by: KEVIN GABOURY/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The Prineville Branch of the Boys and Girls Club, which has been at its location on East First Street for nearly tow years, has to vacate the building by Aug. 1, 2008.  In the photo above, club staff member Evelyn Dubisar plays a game of ball with youth.

With almost six months before the state mandated deadline, local gas stations have already started introducing an ethanol blend gasoline into the community.
   House Bill 2210 was passed in the 2007 legislative session and signed into law. On Jan. 15, nine northwestern Oregon counties were required to implement the use of the 10 percent ethanol blend gasoline. By April 15, the remaining westside counties must instigate the mandatory use of ethanol, followed by counties east of the Cascades on or before Sept. 16.
   The Prineville Chevron took the lead in town, offering the blended gasoline in October. More stations have followed suit, introducing the specialized motor fuel in recent weeks.
   "Basically it is a cleaner gas. It burns cleaner, so it doesn't put out as many emissions," Prineville Chevron Manager Jeff Hensley said. "It just takes the water out of the gas and makes it more efficient."
   While studies show the environment may benefit from the use of one-tenth ethanol fuel, statistics estimate that the average miles per gallon ratio could decrease by two to four percent.
   In addition, older cars may run into significant problems with the new blended gasoline.
   "There is such a small percentage of ethanol in the gas that on most rigs, most of the time, it's not going to do any damage," Roxie Shulson of Terry's Auto Repair said. "They've got a loophole in there, so that if you have damage to your rig, yours is just one of the ones that fell through the cracks."
   Unfortunately, older vehicles with outdated components could wind up with considerable damage, including a blown engine.
   "We knew that this was coming. We can't keep expecting other people to make space for us forever. We need to step up and be a real club. We need to have our own real space. We're very grateful for all the support and the places who have allowed us to use their spaces. But we need a home."
   For Parker, a permanent location is key, and first and foremost in her mind are the kids the club serves.
   "We'll do what we have to do to serve the kids, and if that means moving to a place temporarily while we look for something more permanent, we'll do it. We're going to be here for the kids," Parker said.
   Branch personnel declined to release financial information regarding funding for a new home. They explained that the board of governors must first review this information before it is released.