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/ I . Jill.  o , lloug & ,';on:; Bindery Springport, MI. 49281 I III Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde 91, NO. 7 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1991 50 CENTS PER COPY i i gs fly for downtown parade Monlcal The Sun to show support of the Persian Gulf Sheridan streets led briskly by a VFW color guard and by a Willamina High band with flute and only a few days ear- mh attracted more than Valley participants who mute in loose order or more than a dozen flag and i ribben adorned vehicles. the Sheridan Volun- and Ambul- the rally and parade for showing to in Operation "It's a good turnout, considering the short notice," said Don Hinds of Sheridan, organizer of the event. "It's just great to see everyone here." Hinds, a Vietnam veteran, pro- moted the event in part because his own generation received little public support for its service. "We never got any support then," Hinds said. "I want this to be different." The event began with a short rally at Chapman Grade School, followed by a march to Bridge Street, around a downtown block and back along Bridge Street to the high school. Members of the Willamina band performed marches at the rally and accompanied Katrina Kmmer as she sang the national anthem. The Rev. Craig Tarter-Strobel, pastor of the Sheridan United Methodist Church, recited a litany of American freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Right Alluding to those who disagree with President Bush's decision to begin the war, Tarter-Stmbel said the right to dissent and not to suffer reprisal is the essence of America. "And do you know what that does for us?." Tarter-Strobel asked. "It frees us up. It frees us to support and care for one another...even if we are widely different. "I believe that that is what it means to be an American. And I hope that that is the significance of this rally and parade. We can agree with the president's policies or we can vehemently disagree. But we can all support one another in this time and we can support and care for those who have as a result of those polices and decisions been called to fight in the Middle East." On that note, the parade began a crisp march toward downtown Sher- idan, yellow ribbons blowing and flags snapping. Flag-waving Cub Scouts filled the beds of two pickup trucks, hung with banners supporting Desert Storm pen pals A Willamina fire truck moved slowly along the route, its hood and f'ue-fighting apparatus hidden beneath huge American flags provided by Sheridan Mayor Val Adamson. A small red pickup bristling with flags and filled with family and friends of Army Sgt. Douglas E West of Sheridan followed. A Sheri- dan High School graduate, West, 29, has been in the Mideast since Oct. %, i  i: ii00 I scouts wave flags along route during Sunday's dozen vehicles participated in the event, sponsored by the Robertson support American military personnel in the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance service. than 250 West Valley residents and about a A VFW color guard led the march. More photos on Page 4. reservoir study will the Mill Creek and sites, according to Commissioner Mike Bureau of Reclamation, week, has agreed to sites in a two-year three county boards of (Polk, Yamhill and agreed to that plan," is kicking in $18,000 Cost of the study and the is paying explained. laid he still favors the site above Willamina it could provide for acre feet reservoir, about than the Mill Creek one acre of deep with water.) acknowledged that the site, with a 200 ft. Would take up more steeper Mill Creek site be about 275 ft. tall. building a res- Hollow would dislo- of families while only a be affected if the Mill Were developed as a lake. a former Willamina High teacher, agreed he Political heat for sup- Hollow site, espe- those living in that area together to fight a lot more pressure who need water. I feel a lot stmnger," Propes interview. study, he noted, is which is the best the region for the next forecast Slate Univer- at least 50,000 more sites put in study people living in the area by the year 2040. "We already now have a critical water problem in Polk County," Propes said, adding that five water districts have imposed building moratoriums. Those districts include Rickreall, Buell-Red Prairie, Eola, Perrydale and Lucki- muette. "That means virtually no addi- tional development will be allowed," he added. Lack of water can stop economic development in its tracks, Propes said. "Some companies say they will be leaving Polk County if they can't get enough water," he yearned. Asked to name some companies, Propes said there are several fn'ms in the Rickreall area who have told him they are concerned about water shortages and Pipe Co. in West Salem has threatened to move if it cannot get more water. -The reservoir sites, however, are just one of the alternatives that will be included in  federal study, Propes stressed. "we're also looking at getting water from the Wlllamette River or going in with Salem to serve the area from Detroit lake and also looking at the Bull Run reserir on Mt. Hood that serves Portland." He added: "The study will tell us what  the cheapest and best way to serve the region for the next 50 years---und it may not be a reset- roll'. Also being swdied are the City of McMinnvilie's Walker Creek reser- voir site and the City of Dallas's Ricks.all Creek site,  said. Those sites, be added, may provide enough water for the next 20 years. Propes said it's unfortunate some Buck Hollow residents are com- plaining about a possible drop in property values since the announce- ment that the site was being consid- ered. "Not having enough water will really take property values down--more than talking about a dam," he said. He said he favored the Buck Hollow site because that's the one the "technical people" recom- mended. Polk County commission- ers picked Buck Hollow as the No. 1 site while Yamhill County commis- sioners chose Mill Creek. As a compromise, both are being studied. The federal study will also look at Big Rock Creek in Polk County, Pmpes said. The creek, in the Val- setz area outside of Dallas, drains into the Siletz River. A reservoir there would mostly benefit Lincoln County. Propes estimated it will cost about $150 million to build a regional reservoir. How that size project will be financed will be part of the study, too. Environmental concerns will also be pan of the study, Propes said. From Measure 5 There are some spotted owl sites in the Mill Creek area, he noted, but the biggest issue will be how any proposed reservoir would affect fish runs. "we're already working with state and federal Fish and Wildlife people and environmental groups and LCDC. The preliminary indica- tions are they would probably sup- port the Big Rock Creek site because it would actually help fish runs," Propes said. A regional reservoir could ease one environmental problem. By improving stream flows during the summer, restrictions on damping treated sewage from city plants could be decreased, Propes said. The Buck Hollow site could help McMinnville, Willamina and Sheri- dan with sewage restrictions but the Mill Creek site would not improve stream flows for Willamina, Propes said. i iiiii ii i i i i County official sees tax windfall Polk County may get $300,000 more in timber taxes---thanks to Measure 5, according to Commis- sioner Mike Prope "Nobody believes me," Propes said of his projection which is based on how he reads the proposed tax legislation that changes the Western Oregon Severance Tax 0VOST). The $300,000 projected gain, he said in an interview, takes into account there will be a dramatic decrease in the timber harvested from federal lands as a result of the spotted owl. ) But there's bad news, too. "My biggest concern is that this might put some timber companies out of business because they won't be able to write off on their federal income tax since it won't be an offset," Propes added. The Association of Oregon Coun- ties supports the change in the WOST tax but Propes, a former forestry teacher and logger, said he isn't backing the legislation even though Polk County would gain tax revenues. "The severance tax currently encourages the growing of trees but this new law would encourage cut- ting younger trees because there's no (tax) incentive to let daem grow," lpes said. 7, according io his mother, Betty West of Sheridan. "we just wanted to show him our support," West said of the truckload of his sister, nephews and friends. "We love him." Sheridan farmer Glen Dickey drove an antique red tractor sporting a large American flag. His two grandchildren rode behind the rig in a small wailer. Another Sheridan farmer, Ray Rice, drove a tractor with a banner that proclaimed sup- port for the U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf. Log trucks, bedecked with yellow ribbons, and cars sport- ing U.S. flags took part in the caravan too. The Parks family, whose two sons are stationed in the Mideast, stood quietly on the sidewalk as the marchers went by, waving a large Illegal payoffs charged flag to show their support. Small clusters of well wishers lined Bridge Street and cheered on the marchers. At the comer of Bridge Street and Sheridan Road, the march turned to circle the block, emerging at Bridge and Hamey Streets to head south to Sheridan High School, where it disbanded. "It went really well," Hinds said of the effort. "I think we showed our support from this part of the coun- try." About 20 minutes after the parade disbanded Ted May field of Pacific Parachute Center in Sheridan sky- dived onto the high school grounds to show his support for troops. Mayfield descended in a spiral to the high school practice field, red smoke trailing, a large American flag attached his his equipment. Willamina taverns hit in video raid State Police and Yamhill County sheriff's deputies, executing search warrants issued by the Yamhill County Circuit Court, raided two Willamina taverns late Monday morning, seizing video gaming machines, cash, receipts and bank deposit records. The warrants were issued after affidavits were filed by the Oregon Department of Justice alleging that undercover officers had received illegal payoffs from bar and tavern employees or developed information that the payoffs were occurring, according to Phil Lemman, a spo- ..... ke.sman for the Oregon Attorney General's office. No criminal charges were filed, but they may be later, Lemman said. The raid was part of a larger operation in which 135 officers from 12 state and local agencies executed 39 warrants and raided 35 locations in Yamhill, Polk, Marion and Lincoln counties, Lemman said. Seized from Vic's Restaurant and Lounge, 150 NE Main St., were two video games, undeposited checks and bank receipts and "all the money in the place," according to owner Vic Branson, a member of the Willamina city council. State POlice conducted the raid at his business, Branson said. Yamhill County deputies "took everything," including two video poker machines and a dart game, from Benny's Tavern, 161 NE Main, according to an employee who answered the phone Monday after- noon. According to Lemman, the raids were the result of an investigation begun in August at the request of Marion County Sheriff Robert Prinslow and Yamhill County Sher- iff Lee Vasquez. Undercover agents visiting Benny's Tavern Dec. 20 accumu- lated 100 points on a video poker machine and asked for a payoff. According to Lemman, an employee made a payoff slip and the agents were given a $25 payment Dec. 31. At Vie's, Lemna said, tuder- cover agents accumulated pmts on a Sweet Sioux video game and requested a payoff. Employees and Branson himself told agents payoffs were not made in the establishment, Lemman said, but agents reported hearing conversation among employees about whether the agents could be trusted with a payoff. Brauson vehemently denied the allegations. "It wasa legal holdup," Branson said of the seizure. "We do not make payoffs here, the machine owners do not make payoffs." Branson said police seized all the cash in the restaurant, including checks and bank deposits prepared but not yet taken to the bank. He complained that agents refused to issue a receipt for the money or to allow him to count it. See RAID, Page 7 Phone petition need signatures Petition signers must be people to whom the phone service is billed, and only one person on a listing may sign, Mien said. The PUC will allow Allen to gather the necessary signatures and add them to accepted petitions. Allen has placed petitious at Stuck Electric, TJ's Superette and Hi-Way Market in Sheridan. Phone customers who have already signed a petition should not sign one again, Alien said. When enough signatures are gathered, the PUC starts a one-year deadline in which to make a deci-. sion on the request to establish an EAS rate in the area. Ill Ill I A shortage of 69 walid signatures on petitions circulated in Sheridan has delayed efforts to end long- distance charges on phone calls between West Valley communities. Auditors at the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) discovered the shortage after petitions from Wflla- mina, Grand Ronde and Sheridan were submitted for verification in mid-January, according to Mary Mien, a Willamina florist who initi- ated the project last fall. More than enough signatures were gathered in Grand Ronde and Willamina, Mien said. "They found duplications and invalid signatures on the Sheridan etitious," Allen said. II i I I First Federal Savings and Loan VALENTINE PARTY Feb. 14th at lho American Legion Hall. 11:00 am.  senior cilizens invited,  ertalnment. Lunch served at 12 noon, BLOOD PRESSURE (JN: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 9:30 am to noon Amerim Legion Hall. Everyone is welcome. "OREGON TOGETHER" AT WEST VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ROUNDIABLE: Thursday, Feb. 21, at noon, at The Green Frog. Speaksrs will be I1: Gerry Elsmn, lan Orabmhorst and Brm latml. Please Gall 8437 tot ! retervions. LUNCH & BAKE M.E: March I, 9 am-4 pro,  Masonic R0.,  ! Stmat. Hot dogs, o:dtee, pie & bak goods role. : I GOODWILL-OOODPJRN PROJECT: Sherid Oub  ! Scout Troop 215 will Iss out donalion tmos Fel 1&28. Piak upis 2., | starling at 10 am. For iMo call Tmi at 843-2362. | I SHERIDAN HIGH SCHOOL GRAD RtJR3f COMMII"r witl have a rummage | sele soon. Contact Sharon Msh, 8434810  donate   ilsms. I REBEKAH SPRING BAZAAR: March 22, 143 SW. Monroe. To rent a craft tabte ($5) please call 843-3315 or 843-300.