Thumbs up to the numerous volunteers who coordinated with Cycle Oregon to host a Sept. 9-10 layover for the nearly 2,000 bicyclists. "We couldn't have done it without them," noted John Day City Manager Peggy Carey. Kudos also go out to the groups and citizens, particularly those in Prairie City, who hosted Cycle Oregon last year. This year, one group we were remiss in not mentioning: John Day/Canyon City Parks and Recreation District workers. Cycle Oregon benefits the county and promotes the area to visitors. Among organizers this year were Bill Thomas, who worked as site coordinator; Teri Arnall, who took on community entertainment; Arlene McGetrick, who oversaw hospitality; Elaine Husted, Marsha Delaney and Kay Cowan Thompson, who were in charge of food; and Sue Newstetter in Mt. Vernon, who led that city's effort to host bicyclists.
Thumbs up to Robert "Bubba" Wright, transportation maintenance manager for the Burns Maintenance Section for Oregon Department of Transportation. Wright helped retired Region 4 Safety Manager Jerry Hakes and his wife, whose vehicle broke down at a project in southeastern Oregon. Wright towed the couple's vehicle a mile up the road and called for a wrecker.