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SERVING SHERIDAN, WILLAMINA AND GRAND RONDE SINCE 1881 West Valley Youth Sports finishes another successful season and joins the LINCS family. --SPORTS, 8 The West Valley Fire District is ready to put it's newly acquired ambulance into service. --NEWS, 3 By Marguerite Alexander Ed~o~The Sun Ha Skyberg announced last week plans to resign from the Willamina City Council at the end of the month. She told the council that it was necessary for her to step down to make her family and business her top priority. "I feel slightly sick to my stomach," responded Mayor Corey Adams upon hearing the announcement Skyberg would have ten- dered her resignation imme- diately, she said, but was con- vinced by city staff to remain on the council through the end of the month. The delay will , ~ : . facilitate the banking transi- tion necessitated by the up- coming closure of the Wil- lamina branch of Bank of America - the only bank in town. Skyberg, who serves as council president and is on the finance committee, is a check signer. Skyberghas served on the council since January of 2009. Al- though she had re- signed from the coun- Ila Skybergcil in February 2007, she garnered enough write-in votes in November 2008 to fill one of the three va- cant seats She was subsequently re-elected in November where she received the most votes of all the candidates running for council positions By Marguerite Alexander preclude an outfight prohibi- also not addressed in the state Editor, The Sun tion on the dispensaries, the laws governing the location of city's legal council added, dispensaries. The Sheridan City Council With schools spread The city council must also moved a step toward banning throughout the.city and state consider whether the city pot shops in town, when it met law prohibiting the location of should require business li- on Monday. The council de- marijuana dispensaries within censes for medical marijuana cided to take advantage ofa leg- 1000 feet of a school, there dispensaries. islalivebillthatallowscitiesand are already few places in town The first two readings of counties to place a one-year where they would be allowed, the ordinance imposing the moratorium on medical mari- "We're pretty well cov- moratorium were approved juana dispensaries, ered under state law," said by the four council members The delay will give the city City Manager Frank Sheri- present-Rene Quniones, time to enact reasonable regu- dan. The map he presented to Roxie Acuff, Larry lations. That would include the council, however, omitted McCandless and Mike Ellis. determining the appropriate one of the eligible schools and The council is expected to zoning (place) for marijuana changed the property bound- hold a third and final reading dispensaries and the time and aries of another, of the ordinance in April-af- manner in which medical Other concems include the ter local residents have a marijuana can be dispensed, fact that the current state law chance to voice their opinions. "The key there is that it has does not include Head Start The moratorium would be to be reasonable," said Mayor or other preschools in its deft- in effect from May 1, 2014 to Harry Cooley. That would nition of schools. Parks are May 1, 2015. attack lands one in An attack with an umbrella at Dillon's bar on March 8 led to the arrest ofa Willamina woman last week. Cassandra Joanne Mathers, 25, was taken into cus- tody on March 13 and charged with second-degree assault. The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office gave the following ac- count of the incident: Mathers was at DiUions, located in the 100 block of NE Main Street in Wlllamina, around 10 p.m. on March 8 when she allegedly heard a 49-year-old female talk bad about her. Feeling harassed, she swung an umbrella at the woman who sustained a concus- sion and a puncture wound. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Mathers. She was taken into custody and trans- ported to the Yamhill County Jail where she is being held on $150,000 bail. i, Photos by Walter Scoff Traffic came to a stop in the heart of Willamina on Friday at approximately 6:30 p.m. when a Portland & Western Railroad train car loaded with lumber derailed. According to Steve Zika of Hampton Affiliates, only one car derailed and they were able to get it back on track without significant spillage. The break in the tracks occurred in the 100 block of Northwest Main Street. A crane was brought into town on Saturday. "The PNWR worked had during the weekend to get it fixed," said Zika. By late inlhe afternoon on March 16, the sound of the train's horn could once again be heard as the loaded railcars made their way eastward. As a result of the rapid repairs, the sawmill had no downtime and was able to ship on Monday, Zika said. By Meredith Lawrence made it hard to understand what the has been heard loud and clear," Baldwin "We're looking at making it as green The existing road to the site will also Correspondent, The Sun community had to say, Baldwin said. said about the fall bond money that and economic as possible and also need to be improved, Baldwin said. "I needed to hear what the concerns was slated to go into athletics, making it sustainable," Baldwin said. "This is something we could get The Willamina School District once were," he said. This bond measure will include no The school district has also taken done relatively quickly," he said. again will lry to pass a bond in May. It was not until after the bond failed money for athletics. Instead, the $2 steps to fix the water pump issue and The improvements could be done The proposed bond is a smaller, that people began to be more open million would go toward replacement bring the water pressure up to code at roughly the same time the district modified version of the bond that about their problems withthe measure, of the modular classrooms usedbythe for fire suppression. Several weeks would want to start building. failed to pass in November. Last week, he said. elementary school and to building a ago, engineers, the fire chief, fire mar- The new arrangement is also con- the bond committee met to discuss Thebondandbondcommitteefacedmulti-purpose building for agriculture, shal, and a few Willamina School Dis- siderably cheaper than other plans the what went well and what didn't work two primary obstacles lasttime around: metal and woodshop classes, tfict administrators sat down to figure district had considered, costing for the fall campaign, too much money going to athletics and The 36-year-old modulars will be out how to make the district's pro- roughly $88,500, Baldwin said. The Going door-to-door and calling in- a report from the Oregon State Fire replaced with a pre-fabricated six-plex posedwater pondwork, Baldwin said. water improvements will be included dividual community members was Marshal's Office indicating that water that will hold five classrooms and one WiUamina's Oaken Hills campus in the bond measure. successful whereas having free food flow to the campus was insufficient for workstation, Baldwin said. already has a place where apond natu- The six-plex will cost approxi- in a town hall-like setting didn't work, fire suppression and that the discrep- Baldwin also hopes that the multi- rally forms. The district was given the mately $400,000 and the multipurpose said Bart Baldwin, co-chair of the ancy would need to be rectified before purpose classr9om will be something go ahead to deepen the pond and in- building will cost around $1.1 million. bond committee, any new construction began, that can be used by community mem- stall a new pump and pump station as The total $2 million bond measure also The low tumout at community events . "And you know what? That message bers outside of school hours, well as waterlines and a fire hydrant. BOND [Page 4 Plumbing. Electrical Paint Lumber Molding Screen/Patio Doors Made & Repaired Tool Rentals Feed Diamond Stove Dog & Cat Food STORE: OPEN 7 DAYS Made Your Prearrangement means putting your affairs in order in advance, so that the difficult decisions won't be left to grieving relatives at a time when they are least able to handle them. 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