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,,,,,,.. Page 3 Page 5 Gas tank nightmare Area college clas Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde I1oug & Sons Springport, Bindery MI. 49281 I | 91, NO. 2 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 1991 CENTSPER COPY ii / , ?! il)! ii/; : i! I i!i i  =i , ii Moore, a freshman at Sheridan High School, hands red to Jason Memler, a Chapman Grade School eighth tg recent campaign in which students pledged to refuse drugs and alcohol. A new community program is tackling other Ideas to reduce drug and alcohol use in West Valley.--Photo by Lawrence Monical. panel sets campaign Monlcal The Sun West Valley community gathered at a brainstorm- Ssion last week in the Sheri- ty library to begin a hopeful, and long-term effort to youth the pain and of drug abuse. lively roundtable exchange of and opinion Ja=. 3, par- in Oregon Togetherl, an prevention program created at tversity of Washington, con- a list of 16 social factors predict youthful drug and abuse, narrowing it to the they believe most the West Valley. group will define how the affect area youth and begin strategy to blunt the risks s.trengthening protective fac- t the COmmunity. process is much like preven- to Ian Gra- Sheridan school superin- don't have to wait for heart to before you fight said. "You can jog, your diet, quit smoking and things to prevent it." can take a similar to Preventing drug and among their youth, horst said. By identifying that lead to abuse and ning elements that help it, mnities can move drug-free youth, i. by Sheridan City Manager Bruce Peet, participants offered their opinions and perceptions of local conditions most likely to induce youthful drug and alcohol abuse. According to group consensus, West Valley youngsters are most often led to abuse by parental drug use and positive attitudes toward drug use. The factor is buttressed, the group said, by family management problems in which rules and expec- tations are unstated or poorly enforced, and by community disor- ganization and community-held laws and norms favorable toward drug use. Just how these factors produce youthful drug abuse in the West Valley is under examination by group members. That drug and alcohol abuse exists and is probably widespread among West Valley youth was never in question in group discussion. High school students told of local drinking parties available almost nightly and of a recent party attended by children as young as the sixth grade. By their reckoning, the students said that perhaps 90 percent of Sheridan High School students had tried drugs or alcohol, and that 50 percent had access to them. Some students struggle constantly with drugs, repeatedly on them and off them, the students said. Students who visit elementary schools to counsel youngsters about drugs report tales of children tear- fully concerned for their older brothers and sisters or their parents. "You can only hug them," a student said. Willamina High School principal Don Yates told of an unspoken wade-off adults appear to have made with their children, tolerating use of alcohol if other drugs are avoided. "We have struck a deal with our teen-agers," Yates said. "We tell them 'Don't be involved with drugs and we'll look the other way when it comes to alcohol.' " Oregon State Police Trooper Dennis Dougherty, a member of the Interagency Drug Enforcement team, said that police agencies recognize particular drugs as dominant in different areas of the county. Methamphetamine, or speed, is the signature drug of the West Valley, Dougherty said. Evidence that drug abatement programs can work was offered by Dr. James Molloy, a Sheridan physi- cian. Molloy said that until recently his office had treated one or two wor- kers daily for job-related injuries, but that with the advent of employ- ment drug screening and random drug testing in local mills and factories, the number of injuries has dropped to two or three monthly. "We consider it a direct result of testing," Molloy said. "Employers are telling their people, 'If you're going to work here, be clean.' It works. And if parents are clean, their kids will be clean." As the group reached consensus, Peet offered a summary. "What we appear to be saying is that we see the family and commun- ity as central to drug issues," he said. "If this is our understanding, how do we organize and mobilize our energies?" Group members volunteered for study groups intended to define risk factors in terms of West Valley youth and to report their findings at a second meeting next month. Peace rally planned at college As the number of U.S. soldiers deployed in the Middle East increases, a growing number of local people are expressing their concern about the threat of war. The Yamhill Valley Peacemakers and Linfield Students for Peace are co- sponsoring a large rally for peace on Saturday, Jan. 12, to call for non- violent solutions to the crisis in the Middle East. Participants will meet at the west side of Wortman Park in McMinn- viile at 11:45 a.m. and will walk on the sidewalk along Highway 99W to Town Center. Following the peace rally, there will be a public showing and discus- sion of the film Where There Is ttatred. This film shows the value of non-violence in promoting social and political change in such coun- tries as the Philippines and China. The film will be shown at Linfield College, in the Fireside Room at Riley Hall, at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Childcare will be provided. caped inmate bothers residents Nancy Austin closed the door in Robertson's face and called the sheriff's substation. She got a recording, however, and did not leave a message. "He seemed spacey, more like a psychiatric patient than a prisoner," Nancy Austin said, adding that she had In'st spotted Robertson while taking out trash about 9:30 a.m. Robertson was placed in adminis- trative detention pending outcome of disciplinary action, Palmquist said. Incarceration in the prison camp, a minimum security facility housing 440 inmates, is a privilege within the federal prison system, Palmquist said. Prisoners are closely screened through an elaborate security and custody classification system that takes into account an inmate's inmate walked away from the Federal Prison Camp last parently wandered as far as rive off Cherry Hill Road, at the door of a residence Street and was picked up shops Street. Frederick Robertson, 35, away from the prison camp 2, shortly after the 8 a.m. :ount, .according to Robert assnstant to the warden. was serving a five-year for conspiracy to manufac- dnes, Palmquist didn't realize he was gone Policeman brought him to said. resident called depu- 8:30 a.m. to report a suspicious person, but deputies located no one. A resident on Regia Drive, an unpaved road jutting off Cherry Hill Road near the two-mile point, reported a suspicious person at 11 a.m. Sheriff's deputy Tim Wehr investigated but found no one. About noon, Sgt. Dave Leinen- bach of the sheriff's office investi- gated a suspicious person report and eventually spotted Robextson at 12:30 p.m. near Sheridan city shops on NW Sherman Street. Leinenbach apprehended Robertson and returned him to the prison. Sheridan resident Brtw.e Austin reported later that Robertson had knocked at the door of his house on Evans Street at about noon and asked Austin's wife, Nancy, for a ride to the prison. crime, history of criminal and violent behavior, adjustment and behavior while incarcerated, com- munication abilities and other fac- tors, Palmquist said. Palmquist said that the Sheridan camp is slighdy more restrictive than camps elsewhere in that inmates must wear tan prison garb in place of street clothing allowed in other locations. "We do that out of concern for the public at large," Palmquist said. Federal prisoners wear plain tan shirts and trousers and black steel- toed oxfords, Palmquist said, and may purchase athletic shoe, s to replace the oxfords. Robertson was wearing prison clothing when he was apprehended, according to the sheriff's office. Heart attack claims chief WiUamina Police Chief Ervin S. "TJ" Tietjcn, 54, died of a heart attack Saturday morning at McMinnville Community Hospital. Tietjen was stricken about 3 a.m. Saturday at his Willamina home. He was transported by Willamina ambulance to McMinnville Com- munity Hospital where attempts to revive him, including application of an external pacemaker, failed. He was pronounced dead at 5:57 a.m., according to hospital records. An autopsy conducted Sunday in Pordand disclosed that Tietjen died of a heart attack, the result of heart disease. "Chief Tietjen died of a blood clot related to long-standing coron- ary artery disease," said Dr. Karen Gunson, deputy state medical exa- miner. "The death was not related to his leg injury." The autopsy was ordered by the Yamhill County medical examiner. Tietjen had been on medical leave since Dec. 13, when his leg was broken during an attempt to subdue a drunken man. Had his death been related to the incident, additional charges, including manslaughter, could have been filed against the man, Gunson said. Willamina Mayor Francis Eddy said he was told that Tietjen com- plained of an upffet stomach shortly before he collapsed. Eddy and his wife were called to Tietjen's home as an ambulance crew worked to revive Tietjen, Eddy said. Eddy said that ambulance and hospital personnel at one point succeeded in restoring Tietjen's breathing and blood pressure, but not a firm heart beat. According to Gunson, doctors were working to install an external pacemaker when Tietjcn died. Eddy praised the ambulance crew for its attempts to revive Tietjen. "I thought they did a real con- scientious job trying to bring him back," Eddy said. Tietjen, a retired Air Force crew chief, had served as chief of police for a year. He was appointed to succeed Tim Wehr, who resigned to Ervin 'T.J.' Tietjen work as a sheriff's deputy. He had previously served on the Willamina city council and the city planning commission. "He really believed in being a policeman, being fair to everyone but maintaining law and order," Eddy said. "He was well liked and seemed to have a good relationship with younger people, which in a small town is an important part of police work." Council names acting chief James Mile Lyon, a Willamina police officer, was named acting police chief Monday at a special meeting of the city council. The council also agreed to adver- tise for a permanent chief and promoted Jim Brown, a reserve officer, to the position vacated by Lyon. Lyon, 31, is a December graduate of the Oregon Police Academy in Monmouth. He has served one year on the Willamina force, including six months as a paid reserve officer. He served previously in Sheridan and Dundee. Lyon and his wife, Brenda, have four children, aged 17 to 20 years. New mayors to take posts A new mayor and three city councilors will be sworn in at a meeting of the Willamina city coun- cil Thursday. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in council cham- bers at the Willamina city hall. City Recorder Charlene Brown will administer the oath of office to mayor-elect Gene Taylor along with councilor Mary Lou Greb, who was re-elected, and to newly elected councilors Vic Branson and Fred Hulett. Taylor will make a statement outlining objectives he hopes the council will accomplish during his two-year term. He is also expected to announce his nominations for city recorder, utility supervisor, attorney, police chief and municipal judge, subject to council approval. AS mayor, Taylor must also assign councilors to various city commit- tees, but he said last week that he may not be ready to make assign- ments at the Jan. 10 meeting. Sheridan's new mayor, Val Adam- son, will take his oath of office at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library conference room. Adamson is expected to push for some changes in the way the City of Sheridan operates. Before the elec- tion he advocated more cooperation with the City of Willamina, possibly sharing the use of costly equipment. Adamson has been trying to get on the city council for several years. Although he garnered the most votes in the 1988 election he was disqualified for using a wrong address. He was expected to be appointed to the council to fill a vacancy last year but Les DeHart, a retired school principal, was chosen instead. Finally, when he was offered a council seat a few months later he declined. First Federal ," Savings and toan WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS: REGISTRATION FOR CHEMEKETA CLASSES IN THE SHERIDAN/ WlLLAMINA AREA continues through Jan. 11. Please register at classes. For more information call 843-3776. BLOOD PRESSURE CMNIC: Wednesday, January 16, 9:30 am to 12 noon. American Legion Hall, Sheridan. Everyone is Welcome, RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: Thursday, January American Legion Hall, 125 N. Bridge St., Sheridan. appointment call 843-2069. THE WlLLAMINA BUSINESS GROUP meets every am at Vic's Restaurant in Willamina. The public is invited, THE SHERIDAN BUSINESS GROUP meets every Thursday at 8 am at Voigt's Care in Sheridan. All interested persons are :welcome.