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I II I I I I IIII I Serving Sheridan, VOLUME 94, NO. 13 Willamina and Grand Ronde i i WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 1994 ii i II IIII IIII I II 50 CENTS PER COPY il By Travis Moore Staff Writer, The Sun Not everyone is happy with the prospect of having a huge reservoir carved out of a canyon in the Mill Creek area, especially those who may live near it. Several area residents voiced con- eerns at a meeting with Polk County COmmissioner Mike Propes at Buell Grange earlier this month. Paul and Carol VanHouten were among those residents at the meet- tng. Their home is located about a half-mile away from a proposed site. "They told us that there is no plan la build the dam as of yet. They are StUdying whether or not the area is fight for a dam," Carol VanHouten said. . "They said they are in the prelim- uary stages of a long process. The reau is doing a detailed study and lhat issupposed to take three or four Years, she said. The VanHoutens were told the BUreau would take into account ~Vimnmental factors and public II~tlt. "If environmental factors are !iOugh to squelch the deal, I think .~Y should be addressed early on, 9~-Iouten said. 'I ve had neigh- bars say they have seen spotted owls in the area," she noted. VanHouten said she doesn't believe the county has looked at all of its options. "The dam would supply water for McMinnville, Newberg and Dal- las," VanHouten said. "The Mill Creek site offers much more capac- ity than needed. They don't seem to be looking for alternatives." She added that Mill Creek offers several recreational opportunities-- including hiking, swimming and picnicking. Propes said the pro- posed dam would not be used for recreational purposes. "They told us there is no specific site being studied right now," she said. "There is no real target for us to lock onto. The first action may be three years away, aod the dam would be at least three years away. The county said they would keep us informed throughout the process." The Mill Creek dam, if built, could provide water for McMinn- ville. Newberg and even Sheridan by increasing the South Yamhill River's water levels. Dallas would need to provide a water line to tap into the dam. \ Derek Littlejohn, 2, of Sheridan finds a bunch of daffodils for his morn, Michelle, as region basks in sunny, warm weather during first week of spring. Please see Page 4 for local Easter Sunday services.--Photo by Corinne Ivey. kids--there's no Easter egg this year in Sheridan park has been torn up this to install an underground system. area businesses have donated candy eggs to the Sheridan Information and Referral Center to It was a tough election for school give to needy families, board incumbents last week. The Confederated Tribes of Grand Gerry Elstun, former Willamina Ronde will host an egg hunt for schools chief, outpolled Ran Pitt- man 647 to 513 votes to win a seat children 10 and youn~er at 10 a.m ..... Saturday near the tribal center, on the Yamhill Educational service ;i District (ESD). Robert Goodwin finished third with 459 votes. In the Sheridan school district, incumbent Myna Deck narrowly won a re-election bid by outpolling Dan Hand 375 to 365. The only incumbent who won an easy victory was Mike Eisele who was appointed to the Sheridan school board six months ago. He scored an impressive win over Gor- don Neilson, 477 to 209. Tom Schussman won a three-way race for the one seat on the ballot for the Willamina school board. He collected 361 votes while Chis- topher Rankin got 229 and Mike Galvin polled 161. The incumbent, Jude Lehner, did not seek re- election because he is moving to Eastern Oregon. Deck, who served as Sheridan school board chairman during last year's teachers contract dispute, trailed Hand by four votes, 337 to 333, in the Yamhill County ballot- ing but won in Polk County by a 42-28 margin. Yamhill County Clerk Charles Stem said Deck's lO-vote victory isn't close enough for an automatic recount. If Hand wants a recount, he must file papers with the Secretary of State's office by April 26, Stem said. The Educational Service District race was the hottest on the ballot. Elstun charged during the campaign that the ESD has been mismanaging money and giving huge pay hikes to some staff. It's the second time in a year that Pittman has lost a school board seat. He lost a bid for re-election to the Willamina school board last year to challenger Jack Bailey. Here's how the races were decided: Sheridan school board: Deck 375, Hand 365. Eisele 477, Neiison 209. Wlilamina school board: Schussman 361, Rankin 229, Gal- vin 161. ESD: Elstun 647, Pittman 513, Goodwin 459. e April 13 is big day i n of Tuggle Chevrolet, left, holds giant stuffed animal while Sandra Smith, project checks out some of the donations for this Saturday's Kiwanis dinner-auction. will provide college scholarships for area high school graduates. For list of auction please see Page 12.--Photo by Corinne Ivey. By Travis Moore Staff Writer, The Sun An earthquake registering 8.5 on the Richter scale will rock Oregon April 13 at 10:30 a.m. This will be the assumption of a state-wide earthquake drill lasting from April 13 to April 24, according to Yamhill County Emergency Pro- gram Coordinator Jeffrey Kresner. Kresner said the drill will provide disaster response and recovery train- ing to local, state, federal, private sector and volunteer agencies. "This was planned even before last spring's quake," Kresner said. "The recent quakes have just shown the need for this kind of drill." tions in Sheridan on April 16. "This is in case we lose all electricity. These ham radios can be powered by car batteries." The Red Cross will open a shelter in Willamina for the drill. "People from the coast will be coming west to get away from the tsunami," Kresner said. "Willamina and Sheridan would probably be two of the places most of them would stop." The second week of the exercise will provide post-disaster training. "FEMA has learned many of the Set clocks ahead He said the hypothetical quake on Saturday niaht would take place off the coast of Oregon on the New Madras fault. Emergency teams will respond to fallen buildings and have to deal with hundreds of hypothetical injur- ies and deaths. Kresner said ham radio operators will test emergency communica- It's time to spring ahead! Day- light Savings Time is upon us. Clocks need to be set ahead one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday to avoid being late for church. Daylight Savings Time continues until the last Sunday in October. best techniques to use after exper- iencing the Midwest floods and California earthquakes," he said. "The second week will be to learn these techniques." Kresner said geologists have con- firmed that Oregon may be in for a large quake sooner than you might think. "There is a major quake every 350 to 500 years," he said. "The last one was in the late 1600s. The next one may be soon, and we need to be prepared for it." Kresner said the drill may become an annual event. Farmfest '94 in today's paper Farmfest '94, an 8-page section focusing on farming in the West Valley, is part of today's edition. The section includes articles deal- ing with water rights, how some farmers "work out" and the outlook for farming in Oregon this year. ill I II I II ill I Ill mill I I J II I Hop in for Easter gifts. Put your car and homeFirst Federal ...... ' If you're looking for special Easter treats, under one roof. 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