Wednesday, December 28, 2005
News staff writer
December 17, 2005
The Oregon State Bar has honored a Hood River attorney for practicing law with the highest integrity and ethical standards.
Wayne Annala from the firm of Annala, Carey, Baker and Thompson, was presented in early December with the first Edwin J. Peterson Professionalism Award.
“The recipient fosters the respect and trust of other lawyers, clients, members of the community, and the judicial system,” read the State Bar announcement.
Annala was one of eight attorneys from Oregon to be honored for some aspect of his work. The Hood River native was nominated for the award by his three law partners, Will Carey, Jeff Baker and Mike Thompson.
“Wayne is very well established in this community as an old school gentleman. He practices law by being courteous to everyone, while staying very dedicated to his clients,” said Carey.
Also stepping forward to endorse Annala was Edwin J. Peterson, a former State Supreme Court chief justice for whom the award is named.
Peterson, who attended law school with Annala 50 years ago, wrote in his nomination letter that “candor was Wayne’s credo.” He praised Annala’s commitment to the legal profession and to the people of the Mid-Columbia region who sought his help.
“If a client needs his counsel, fees are secondary. The important thing is the representation of the client. You are lucky to be Wayne Annala’s client,” stated Peterson.
Annala said he was surprised to learn that he had been nominated for the award – and even more surprised to be chosen. He said there are many lawyers around the state that are equally or more deserving and he has been humbled by the distinction.
“I’m really not comfortable with public accolades but I am thankful for the efforts people went through on my behalf,” he said.
Carey said several of the judges for the award were moved to tears by a nomination letter from one of Annala’s former clients. Dixie Parker from The Dalles outlined how he had helped her out of a bad marriage when she was a young mother at the age of 16. She recalled being able to pay him only $50 during the entire two years that it took to get her divorce finalized.
“Because Wayne treated me with dignity when I was a young, foolish girl, I developed an attitude of respect for the legal profession and, not only have I been employed in the profession for the past 24 years, but I’ve also been married to an attorney for the past 18 years,” she wrote.
John Jelderks, a former Hood River County District Attorney who currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge, also added his remarks to the stack of nomination letters.
“It was always a pleasure to deal with Wayne on the opposite side of a case as he was always courteous, absolutely honest, easy to get along with, and very willing to extend appropriate professional courtesies,” Jelderks stated.
“The importance of a good reputation in a small town cannot be overstated, and during my time in the Hood River Courthouse, Wayne was very well thought of by law enforcement officers, county officials and other courthouse employees,” he continued.
He said social opportunities with Wayne and his wife, Loretta, had to stop once he became a Circuit Court Judge in 1972. However, he enjoyed having Annala practice law in his courtroom because he “never misstated the law or the facts while doing an excellent job for his clients.”
Frank Akin, owner of Anderson’s Tribute Center, gave equally strong support for Annala’s nomination. He said the attorney handled his legal records, both personally and for his business, with gre6at professionalism.
“Although Wayne has a way of occasionally coming across as a little ‘gruff,’ you quickly learn his bark is worse than his bite and he has a huge heart. He is generous to a fault with his time,” stated Akin.
The list of nomination letters for Annala was long, including numerous local attorneys and business leaders.
He has been a member of the State Bar for the past 48 years and has spent his entire private practice career in Hood River. He graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 1957, after earning a bachelor’s degree in education from the same academic institution three years earlier.
Prior to establishing his own firm, Annala worked as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge William East in Portland.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge