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f~ ]14 ,,t()'), Serving Sheridan, Wl//amina and Grand Ronde I I I IIIII II I I I I Ill 8g, NO. 13 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 1989 50 CENTS PER COPY 'e in ina badly deteriorat- at Willamina is fal- River and that Roadmas- recommend that removed and Steel be vacated from the to the different prop- bridge keep falling county com- only safe thing left ~out." Polk County commis- the necessity the bridge at their The deterioration the past 10 years with the problem only might someone "tends to pollute of the Steel years ago created the time. A "Save formed, but no accomplished. The open to foot traffic has offered the of Willamina sev- ,the city doesn't have and/or maintain is planned for 9 a~ the Polk County t pact :t 1 I I I I I I i .... e II ......... iii i!ii!! liquor li- ' Hute's in io meet with police staff and Oregon Li- an Oregon g owners and Anthony A. offer in a letter to 13. The letter action to recom- deny renewing the the restaurant/ Bridge Street about serving dirty dancing and in his letter the extend the busi- an addition- added: Mr. Bischo, how- about the action of Sheridan, with OLCC application expressed by the ~bout problems at lounge." Bernstein said, y's concerns so set for the meet- I time! r it's spring ahead, SUpposed to help set your clocks this Saturday be late for Sunday time arrives offi- pple larm Rloh IVlotller, produce manager at The Comer In Wlilamln , freshens up apple display. --Photo by Colnrm Ivoy. es ICI es worrl nsumers By Doris MoKoIIip The Sun Correspondent Few West Valley produce shop- pers have even asked about Alar on apples, subject of a recent "60 Minu- tes" show on television. Or the cya- nide-laced Chilean grapes. But, rest assured, neither is in any of our mar- kets, anyway. Local produce managers disposed of any possibly contaminated grapes from Chile as soon as they heard about the possibility of poison fruit. (News reports Monday morning said the USDA has traced the cyanide to one specific distributor.) "If anything had been wrong with the grapes, I'd be dead," comment- ed Rich Metzler, produce manager at The Corner Store in Willamina. "I ate a bunch of them." Metzler noted that both food scares happened at the same time. He said that apple sales dropped for a couple of days and a few people asked about Alar. "We've never had any Alar apples here," Metzler said. "All of our ap- ples are Alar-free. Only about 5 per- cent of apple growers in the country use it, anyway." Lyle Buswell, owner of the Straw- berry Patch at Valley Junq~ion point- ed out that "60 Minutes presented Alar in typical 60 Minutes style. I think they were out to create a scare." Buswell said the state has assured produce managers in a newsletter that a person would have to eat 28,000 pounds of Alar contaminated apples a day for 70 years to equal the effects of the dose on 60 Minutes. "The majority of apple growers don't use any Alar at all," Buswell said. "Some of our customers men- tion it once in a while, but we reas- sure them. Apples are our main crop this time of year, so we didn't really need any kind of a public scare." Buswell said that the only way to get away from various kinds of pes- ticides would be by wholly organic gardening. "Most people don't gen- erally recognize the worth of organi- cally grown produce," Buswell said. "They want everything to look per- fect." BusweU said that Oregon has stringent laws controlling what can be called organic, with individual farms certified as such. He added that his own "home garden" is orga- nic. Most produce sold as organic is from California, where the same rules are not applied, according to Buswell. "Here in Oregon, we're trying to protect what organic means with strict regulations," Buswell said. "I like that." But, getting back to the Alar scare. Almost all of the apples sold in the West Valley come from E&E Or- chards on Red Prairie Road. They do not use Alar. adds one hour evening--a boon and golfers-- daylight in it perhaps bed early. have to adjust all Standard time Sunday in Oc- you'll make up sleepl Valley Cham ber of Com m erce & participating merchants , an exciting trip! See details and entry coupons on Page S. Last week's court injunction that has stopped virtually all logging on U.S. Forest Service land in the Northwest "is sending shockwaves through the industry," according to Ralph Saperstein, vice president of the Western Forest Industries Asso- ciation. In an interview Monday., Sapr. stein said the ruling will heat up market prices for lumber as uncer- tainty grows about future logging and stockpiling of materials begins. The ruling, made in federal court in Seattle, halted the harvesting of nearly 1 billion board feet of timber in Northwest woods until it is shown that the logging will not endanger the Northern spotted owl which, ac- cording to environmentalists, needs old growth timber to survive. The timber sales that have been halted would have been sold be- tween now and May 31, Saperstein explained. He said the injunction vir- tually stops all logging on U.S. For- est Service land except for salvage, sales and those with less than 40 acres of old growth timber. The ruling, he added, has upset the planning process for timber com- panies who usually plan now to build roads into the harvest areas and then log the timber in the summer. The sale of federal Bureau of Land arresh in murder By Mike Petrovaky The Sun Reporter A Polk County grand jury today will a~v~mine if Joel Dingman will stand trial for the alleged murder of Anthony Fagundes who law enforce- ment officials believe was shot at a Grand Ronde residcnce on the night of March 19. Dingman, 42, of 8125 Fire Hall Road, lived next door to the home where the alleged shooting occurred. His son, Clint Joe Dingman, was also arrested in connection with the inci- dent. The 22-year-old will stand trial at Polk County district court at 9:30 a.m. April 26 on an assault charge stemming from an alleged fist fight he had with Fagundes just before the fatal shooting. The father and son surrendered to the Polk County sheriff's office Thursday after hiding out for three days at an unknown location, Sheriff Ron Steele said Monday. District Attorney Fred Avera said the sheriff's department was in con- tact with Dingman's wife, Candice, since the day after the shooting. She later hired a Salem attorney who ad- vised her to get her husband and son Continued Egg hunt draws crowd In 8hedd . ace more phet on Page 10. Management timber may face the the Siuslaw prior to the court injunc- same fate. A case involving the BLM tion. and the spotted owl issue is expected Mill operators in the West Valley to be decided this week, Saperstein have expressed concern about the said. dwindling supply of raw materials The Seattle court ruling last week and have warned that mill shut- has tied up 293 million board feet of downs could occur. (A report by Eric sales in the Siuslaw National Forest. Schooler of Willamina Lumber Co. A total of 326 million board feet of appears on Page 2 in today's timber was scheduled to be sold in edition.) unl in erl For the first time in five years, Judge Robert Thompson held munic- ipal court in Sheridan on Tuesday morning. Peg Shawver, court clerk, said the judge had 21 cases on the docket plus some parking violations. Three of the cases, however, in- volved the late Anthony Fagundes who was killed earlier this month in Grand Ronde. He had been cited for careless driving and driving while his license was suspended. Two cases on the docket involved citations to clean up private proper- ty, Shawver said. The city council last month approved reinstating the municipal court as one way to help clean up the town. Other cases involved citations for speeding and driving without a licen- se, Shawver said. The court will not hear drunk driv- ing cases or cases involving juries. Those cases will continue to be heard in district court in McMinnville. Thompson, a McMinnville attor- ney, also sits as muncipal court judge in MeMinnville and Newberg. Other case's that will likely come before him include abandoned vehi- cles, stray dogs and nuisance com- plaints. The court will be in session the fourth Tuesday of each month start- ing at 9 a.m. in the city library con- ference room. The city dropped the municipal court in 1984 when the city council decided the caseload didn't warrant a local court. Bruce Peet, city admin- istrator, and Joe Miler, police chief, suggested reinstating the court to help the city's ongoing effort to clean up the town and eliminate junk cars and other debris on private property. Before the municipal court was rein- Robert "l'homp mn Muniolpat Court Judge stated the city used a time consum- ing process with the city atttorney sending letters to violators but this often took months for results. To keep track of the court cases the city has purchased a $3,000 computer system. Adding in about $2,000 in administrative expenses, including $1,125 annually for the judge, the court will cost the city about $5,000 a year. Peet said it's too early to say if fines will cover that cost entirely. But he noted the court was designed to provide local enforcement of city or- dinances. Last year the city received $2,291 in fines, half the total levied by the district court. Savings and Loan WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS: SHERIDAN GRAD NIGHT PLANNING MEETING: Thursday, March 30, 7 pm, at Sheridan High School library. Parents of juniors & seniors ere needed to help with plans. WILLAMINA HIGH SCHOOL "PROJECT GRADUATION" annual garage sale at Wiliamina Grade School. Saturday, April 1,10~ - 5 pm, Sunday, April 2, noon - 4 pro. Household items, c'~htn9. furniture & much more. Baked goods, featuring hot & delicious cinnamon rogs. All proceeds go to the 1989 all-night senior party, an organized activity to prevent drug & idcohoi abut. With the fur~ls ~ &donated Imst year the 1988 senior party was a ~-eat 8uccese vw-~b game~ & sports activities at Chemeketa, all-you-can-set pizza at Paddington's, bowling, dancing at I:tazzle's, breakfast & prize give-aways. FLEA MART/BAKED FOOD SALE: Wlliemina VFW Halt, April 6 & 7, 9- 5. Tables $5/2 days. Ceil 876-9231,879-564i, 843-4968.