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10 The Sun, Wednesday, May 2, 2007 A steady stream of visitors attended the Sheridan Home and Garden Show at Sheridan High School on April 21. Above: John Hemstreet learns about laser engraving from Barbara Lafferty, owner of Laser Creations. At left: Josh Trotter, a member of the Sheridan High School FFA, sells a plant to Agnes Bradford. Below: Shelly" and Tom Rector pick out a bird house made by Roger Schaff. Photos by Sheliey Harman Bush vows to veto bill that includes Iraq troop pullout By Matthew Daly Associated Press Writer A $5 billion plan to extend pay- ments to rural counties hurt by cut- backs in federal logging was left out of a massive spending bill agreed to by House and Senate negotiators. Democrats are preparing to send President Bush a $124 billiqn bill that pays for the war in lraq but re- quires that troops begin pulling out if progress is not shown. The bill, which Bush has vowed to veto, includes $425~million for a one-year extension of the payments to timber counties, as well as $500 million to fight wildfires and $60 million for salmon fishers and tribes in Northem California and Oregon. But it does not include a Sen- ate-approved plan to spend about $2.8 billion to Continue the county payments law through 2011, and direct another $1.9 billion to rural states as part of a program to reim- burse state and local governments for federally owned property. The failure to include the longer term solution drew fire from Re- publican Sen. Gordon Smith, R- Ore who said in a statement Tues- day that the "final county payment deal leaves rural Oregon out to dry." The Democratic bill "falls far short of a long term solution for rural Oregon," Smith said. "No sooner will counties get up off the mat then this extension will expire again We need a long term solu- tion -- it is just that simple." Democrats said a longer term solution was still possible, but said the more expensive plan was re- moved by House leaders, who face pressure to reduce domestic spend- ing -- labeled by some as pork -- in the war-spending bill. "While we're disappointed that the House would not accept the (Senate) legislation, this is far from over." said Josh Kardon, chief of staff to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore, the chief sponsor of the Senate measure. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev has indicated strong support for the five-year extension of the timber program, formally known as theSecure Rural Schools and 'Community Self Defermina- tionAct. The program, which re- imburses 700 rural counties in 39 states hurt by federal logging cut- backs imposed in the 1990s, ex- pired in September. Schools and counties throughout the South and West have scrambled to cut spend- ing to make up for the expected loss of federal funds. Wyden and other Democrats remain optimistic a version of the longer-term Senate bill can still be approved, Kardon said. Given Bush's veto threat, thereat test will come in a spending bill that follows the measure to be approved this week, he and other Democrats said. "At the end of the day, Congress is going to have to pass a (war- spending) bill, and the president is going to have to sign it. So the real question is to get a county payments bill that President Bush actually signs," Kardon said. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore said inclusion of the one-year ex- tension was important, even though the bill itself is almost certain to be vetoed. 'q'his puts us in a very strong position for one-year funding in whatever final foma this emergency spending bill takes," he said. The agreements also gives law- makers additional time to resolve difference between the House and Senate and work toward a long- term solution, he said. The House could vote as soon as Wednesday on the spending bill, with the Senate expected to act af- ter that. In addition to the timber money, the House-Senate agreement in- cludes $500 million to establish a reserve account dedicated to emer- gency wildland firefighting, and $60 million to help fishermen in California and Oregon hurt by a sharply curtailed salmon fishing season. The bill also includes $20 nail- lion for dairy farmers in California who suffered losses in the 2006 heat wave, mad another $20 million for California citrus farmers hurt by a five-night freeze in January. It also would provide $12 mil- lion to the Forest Service to com- bat drug trafficking on federal lands. Sheridan museum meeting scheduled A meeting to discuss plans for a Sheridan museum will be held Thursday at the Green Frog. A no-host dinner will begin at 5 p.m. with the meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. The meeting is open to the pub- lic. For more information, call Maria Cohen, 503-857-5820. By George Robertson Editor, The Sun A hold-the-line $1 million gen- eral fund budget for the next fiscal year beginning in July cleared the Sheridan city budget committee last week. City Manager Frank Sheridan called it a "maintenance budget." noting that expenses continue to increase While taxes and oflaer rev- enues remain about the same. The budget does include a few new items -- more money for park maintenance and better lights for the Hebert Memorial Plaza on South Bridge Street to name a few. But it doesn't include anything to help pay for a school resource officer, estimated to cost about $100,000. (The Sheridan school district's budget panel last week Polk County road work listed The following roads will be af- fected by some type of construc- tion work or paving between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m accord- ing to the Polk County public works department. Red Prairie Road will be paved through today. Pilot cars will be used and travelers should expect up to a 20 minute delay. Zena Road will be paved today through Friday May. Pilot cars will be used and travelers should expect up to a 20 minute delay. West Perrydale Road will be closed from the end of the gravel road to Broadmead Thursday. No local access. Only emergency ve- hicles will be allowedthrough. De- tours will be in place. North Perrydale Road will be closed from the end of the pave- ment to Bethel Road on Friday between 7:30 am to I pm. No local access. Only emergency vehicles will be allowed through. Detours will be in place. Dejong Road will be closed from the county line to Ballston Road on Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. No local access. Only emergency vehicles will be allowed through. Detours will be in place. went along with Superintendent Roy Williams's recommendation to not spend money on a school cop.) It also doesn't includeS20,000 to replace the city library's leaky roof. New gutters and sealing were done this year to maintain the cur- rent roof. Sheridan said he has submitted a $25,000 state parks grant that could be used with a $10,000 Ro- tary Club donation for new park equipment. The budget includes $1.250 in donations to non-profit groups, in- cluding Art Conspiracy, Sheridan Kid Wrestling, Yamhill County Mediatros and the Chamber of Commerce. The city expects to receive about $73.000 more in revenues during the next fiscal year. Taxes will gen- Four local students have won prizes in this year's Willamette Educational Service District spell- ing bee. Two of the students -- W'dlamina High School junior Nick Sterling and Sheridan Japanese School Grand Sheramina director to talk erate the most money -- an esti- mated $295,000 -- while licenses and permits are expected to come in a close second at $288,000. In addition to the general fund the city has sewer, street, water and debt service funds. "Over the past five fiscal years, our average annual revenue and expenditures has been about $3.5 million for all funds combined," Sheridan pointed out. The budget includes salaries and benefits for the city's 17 full- time and 2 part-time employees. The city also contracts for services including law enforcement, judge, legal, engineering, planning and building inspection. The city council will consider the budget in May and hold a pub- lic hearing. The budget must be ap- proved by June 30. fourth grader Hanna Brandt placed first in their divisions. Sheridan High School senior William von Euen placed second and Willamina Middle School sev- enth grader Brandon Varela of Wil- lamina placed third. Bowling Sunday Mixed Won Lost WVEC 46 18 Would you like to learn more (winners of 1st and 2nd hal0 about what is going on m your lo- D Stake Mill 42t/221 ~ cal. community? Dafree Ent 37 27 Please attend a meeting spon- Argyle 36 28 sored by the Sheridan Home Ex- Willamina Drugs 35 29 FRED 31 V232V2 tension group. Guest speaker will Jim Doran Chevrolet 31 33 be Barbara Baker, executive direc- 3D Auto 31 33 tor of Grand Sheramina Comrnu- Timber Resources 28 36 nity Services. D Steel 25V2 39V2 The meeting will be held at the Weinberg Dentistry 22'A 41 V2 Late Bloomers 18 46 Rebecca Lodge Hall, 143 Monroe High women's series: Connie Walter, Street starting at 10a.m. onThurs- 628; Kathy Bennett 621. High day. Anyone may attend and please women's games: Kathy Bennett, 234; bring a friend. Karen Bell. 230'; Connie Walter, 214, 211. 203. High mens series: Orest The talk, questions and answers Bell. 657; Pat Henry, 650; Ernie Turn- should last about one hour. idge, 646; Ed Brickell, 645; Craig There will be coffee and teaBennett, 623. High mens' games: served with cookies. Orest Bell, 266, 210; Pat Henry, 255, 213; Ernie Turnidge, 237, 216. SOFTBALL Sheridan High School proudly salutes Cassie Nelson as its athlete of the week She earns the honor for her outstanding defensive play on the field for the Lady Sparts' Softball Team. Keep up the great work, Cassie! 503-843-2211 503-472-6114 317 S Bridge IAPA) 1717 N Baker Sheridan ~ McMinnville LETE AUTOMOTIVE I REPAIR 1 1235 W Main Sheridan 503.843-4712 90 Days same as cash, OAC Printing & Publishing 136 E. Main Sheridan 503-843-2312 BASEBALL Willamina High School proudly salutes HJ Bishop as its athlete of the week. He was 3 for 6 in two games. He had 6 RBI's with 5 runs scored, 2 home runs; one of which was a grand slam against Amity to help the Dawgs to two wins last week. Right on, HJ! 22630 Hwy 18B, TRUCKING Willamina 503.876-8300 ELECTRIC CO. INC. ! 47 W. Main Sheridan 503"843"2322 Gratia B. Certified Public Accountant PO Box 67, Sheridan, OR. 97378 503-843-2992 HRGRN HRMIJLTON insurance services 130 SW Monroe Sheridan 503-843-2384