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Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde lloug & ," .,ous Bindury Springport, MI. 49281 J 91, NO. 5 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 1991 50 CENTS PER COPY 2.6 million school bond on ballot Monlcal N/,, The Sun school district patrons asked to approve a $2.6 to finance tamed- and adding classrooms to growing enrollment curriculum needs at Grade School and Sheri- School. request for a 15-year levy on the March 26 mail-in it will cost $3.29 assessed value or Per year on a $50,000 aCcording to US Bank fig- request.follows an inves- district building needs m 1989. The school board the amount Jan. 23 follow- ing a brief listing of options, includ- ing double shifts and year-round sessions, presented by Superinten- dent Ian Grabenhorst. "A have definitely explored every option and looked at a whole spectrum of possibilities to arrive at an informed decision," Grabenhorst said. "It hasn't been an easy pro- CesS." Grabenhorst told board members not to consider double shifts or year-round schools. That approach calls for additional staff, and money to pay for more staff was eliminated by Measure 5, he said. "It's not viable," Grabenhorst said. "The money just isn't there to pay for more staff salaries and benefits." Grabenhorst presented recom- mendations for remodeling and additions at Chapman and the high school. Adopted by the board, the plans are scaled back from earlier proposals advocating construction of new buildings and are thought to reflect more closely present eco- nomic conditions in the district. Plans for the high school call for use of the atrium for a publications room and distance education class- room designed to receive satellite transmissions; addition of a com- puter classroom and two general- purpose classrooms on the build- ing's east side; addition of a multi- purpose room with storage space, outside-access restrooms and con- cession facilities at the south end of the shop wing; remodeling of the present business room; remodeling of the building's entire roof, and limited remodeling of locker rooms. Cost for the project, including a 15 percent contingency, is estimated at $1,042,265. Plans for Chapman Grade School call for construction of a library/ media center; construction of two science rooms; remodeling of the kitchen, nurse's room, walls and main hallway roof, and weatheriza- don of the whole building. Completion of the project will open two classrooms to general use and allow installation of computers in a third classroom. Cost is esti- mated at $1,161,448. Total cost for the project, includ- ing architectural and engineering fees, is set at $2,609,270. The levy request does not cover $100,000 to furnish the added classrooms. The board at first voted to seek a 20-ycar levy but settled on 15 years when it learned that additional interest amounted to more than $631,000. "That's a lot of classrooms we can use in the future," said vice- chairman Cliff Yoder. The levy request is considerably reduced from earlier proposals. It eliminated plans to add classrooms at Faulconer Grade School, where classes are crowded but where dis- trict projections don't anticipate heavy growth. It does not address safety issues at the Faulconer site. The levy proposal also elimin- mated plans to remodel the high school library and refinish the ceil- ing and improve lighting in the gym; cancels addition of storage space for materials and student projects in the shop; and eliminates plans to reno- vate counselor, nurse, toilet, lounge and administrative areas. The levy request also abandons a building committee recommenda- tion to consolidate grades K-8 in two new buildings at the Chapman site and demolish the present struc- ture. Instead, it commits district money to remodeling Chapman, a building some believe is slowly rotting away. At best, the board agreed, the plan meets pressing district needs, pro- viding rooms in which to put stu- dents, creating facilities to handle modern curriculum, but does not look far into the future. gets e family Willamina Buckhoitz The Sun Desert Storm has the hearts of long-time residents Claudine and brother USMC Gun- gt. Thomas Roy Baker ais orders for Saudi Arabia and should have arrived of the U.S. military traq. in a classified posi- Richardsons could not what his job entails. wife Debbie behind in where he was most Richardson's biggest threat of him being or being listed as I acares me more than him I don't want to even the possibilities of him or lost somewhere." if they support the U.S. aCtion against Saddam the Richardson's repty was 6 a' yes, because he s he had no right to just like has a brother as a brother-in-law who are the Army Reserves and Called to active duty any- have this mes- Gun/Sgt. Thomas Baker:. You and we're standing 3)u...come home safe." Thomas Baker Roberts k at r fete Barbara Roberts will West Chamber of banquet at 7 p.m. Restaurant in Grand hour will P.m. for the banquet are may be made by by Feb. 7. will present "First Nancy Fitzgerald positions U.S. flag outside her Sheridan hardware store last week. Downtown SherMan merchants have displayed sidewalk flags every weekday since war began in the Persian Gulf Jan. 16. West Valley residents have also flown flags at their homes and on their vehicles. Desert Storm listing begins Action in the Middle East looks remote in films because of the alien climate and terrain. But there's a distinct link formed by the stories of the people from this region support- ing America's interests there. And there are a lot of them. The Sun invites local people with sons, daughters and other relatives in the war to provide capsule stories about them, with mailing addresse We will print them on a weekly basis. Doug Stutzman Staff SgL Douglas Wayne Stutzman, age 28, a 1981 graduate of Sheridan High School has made his way to the Middle East. His father is Nel- son Stutzman former owner of Stutzman's Slaughterhouse in Sheridan. He worked previously there and at Willamina Lumber before joining the Air Force. His job is to train new recruits in the operation and loading of nuclear weapons. He served overseas for three years prior to being shipped to Staff Sot. Doug Stutzman Saudi Arabia in January. He is attached to the 92rid bomb wing division and is stationed just outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Douglas Stutzman 544-76-3940 1708 MMS P.O. Box 354 APO, N.Y. 09697 School board position draws two candidates O Paay, Smock enter race for Sheridan seat By Lawrence Monical Staff 14#/ter, The Sun Every open position on school boards and fire district boards in Willamina and Sheridan drew a candidate by the Jan. 24 registration deadline, but only one position will be contested in the March 26 mall- in election. In the race for Sheridan school board position No. 1, appointed incumbent Tina Smck will face Sheridan builder Dick Paay for a one-year term. Both Smock and Paay earlier applied for appointment to the post- don, left vacant by the resignation of Peter Nosack. Smock was appointed following interviews with the school board in July. In Willamina, incumbent school board chairman Walt Mendenhall did not file for re-election. Christina Brown, a member of the budget committee, filed for Men- denhall's position, which carries a Bomb threat empties bank, two schools Telephoned bomb tlnets forced evacuation of two Willamina schools 8rid a bank over a two-hour period Jan. 23. No bombs were found and no one was injured, according to Willamina police. The incidents began shortly before noon with a phone call to Wiilamina High School. A "very young male" told a school secretary that a bomb was in the building, according to Don Yates, principal. Yates said the school was evacu- ated and Willamina police, Yamhill County sheriff's deputies and mem- bers of the Wdlamina fire depart- ment searched the building. A second phone call was received by a student aide in the office at Willamina Middle School. The cal- ler was a "younger person," accord- ing m the aide. Both the middle and elementary schools were evacuated while police searched the buildings. "Hell-raising nun" middleN bombsschool werestudentfOund,was but ataken into custody after stolen property talks in Sheridan was di in his locker, accord- ing to Wdlamina Police Chief Mild Lyon. A third threat was received by Security Pacific Bank at about 12:45 p.m., according to Lisa Har- giu, a personal banking representa- five for the branch. Hargitt said the voice of a "young adult male" made the threat when she answered the Sister Thomas More Bertels--- known by friends and foes as "the hell-raising nun"--will bring her fire and brimstone brand of activism to Sheridan High School at 7 p.m. today. timber, agriculture and mining activists as well as community lead- ers from across Oregon. "Sister Thomas believes farmers, ranchers, loggers, miners and fisher- men need to band together to con- four-year term. Mendenhall cited positive feel- ings about the board's direction under the leadership of Superinten- dent Gerry Elstun as a reason for his decision. "I felt what I was trying to accomplish was being done," Men- denhall said. "I had a desire to increase other activities I had placed on the back burner." Those activities include Boy Scouts and work with his church, Mendenhall said. . Following are the candidates who filed for board positions: Willamina school board: position 4, Christina Brown, four-year term; position 5, Richard Kirkham (appointed incumben0, one-year term. Willamina fire district: position 1, Bill Felton (incumben0, four-year term; position 3, Ray Wagler (incumben0, four-year term. Sheridan school district: position 1, Tina Smock (appointed incum- ben0, Dick Pa._ay, one-year term; position 4, Kenny Knutson (incum- bent), four-year term. Sheridan fire district: position 1, Gary Hampton (incumben0, four- year term; position 2, Rick Grauer (incumben0, four-year term; post. tion 3, Bill Monroe (incumben0, four-year term. on the chamber's new Castor, and his goals appears on Page 8 Shawn Snook, a second grader at Faulconer Grade School in SherMan, finds his arm wrapped up by a snake during OMSI "Snakes Alive!" presontation at the school last week. Stu- dents and staff Pad an opportunity to handle a variety of harmless snakes. More photographs are on Page 3. The joys of lambing--Page 2 PGE's clerk to retire--Page 6 Sparts keep winning--Page 7 I I I I I IIII First Federal Savings end Loan WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS: RETIREMENT OPEN HOUSE FOR PHYLLIS BOCKES: Friday, Feb. 1st, from 9 am to 5 pro, Sheridan PGE office. THE AMAZING WHALES -an OMSI Outreach Program presented II $3.00.SaturdaY'CallFeb'for 2,moreat theinformation.Sheridan Public Library. Pre. registration fee i THE WlLLAMINA BUSINESS GROUP meets every Wednesday at8 am at Vic's Restaurant in Willamina. The public is invited. THE SHERIDAN BUSINESS GROUP meets every Thursdw at 8am "Citizen of the Year" Banned from speaking at Catholic front the preservationist move- phone. banquet and install church events because of her out- ment," said Harold Martin of West Hargitt said the building was at Voigt's Care in Sheridan. All interested persons are weicon, .... i| spoken views. Sister Thomas has Valley Citizens for Timber, Willa- evacuated and bank officers DEADLINE FOR COMMUN!TY CALENDAR ITEMS,is 5.pmr'r | spent 25 years organizing farm mina. "We're looking to her to help searched the premises for the following Wednesday s edition of The Sun. .lng .et. '"m | | women into activist groups, build a fire under Oregonians who Two juveniles were queioned by items to the Sheridan First,.Federal ,offi, 246 S. ,Sr..g: .m, | :! Hosted by West.Valley Citizens haven't heard theft way of life is at police, Lyon said. No arrests were '" 1 for Timber, Bertets will address risk." made, [