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Ill Illll I II Ill I I II Ill I Illl I I I : ; Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde 94, NO. 18 WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1994 50 CENTS PER COPY New law requires nated as "predatory sex offenders" have recently moved to the West notice in Valley and are under the supervision ||L|I ] of the Yamhill County community ,fiton communities corrections department. George Robertson They are: WBi!~or, The &m Ronald Craig Blackwell of 344 t sc . . . NW 5th St., Willamina, and Leslie . ~l~obablon officers m Yamhill Neal Graham of 23451 Grand St atl~,... t o!nty are trying to walk a thin Ronde Rd., Grand Ronde. of ] ' Their photographs are included in 1 'rhey want to comply with a new O law that requires public notice a flyer that was handed out to the le ,ll ,predatory sex offenders." Wiilamina school district. Louis - liut they want to make sure the Chandler, director of the county ):r ' i !icity isn't so great that it will community corrections department, : '. lee those offenders to flee into has declined to give copies of the am .!_u hther state or a remote part of photos to The Sun. If the photos are published in the newspaper, he said, a[ ~gon to escape detection, it might force the two men to move. :|'Kvo men who have been desig- The flyer describes Biackwellas6 ft. and 205 ibs. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Graham is descri- bed as 6 ft. 4 inches, weighing 240 lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes. The flyer also lists restrictions imposed on each of the men. Graham is prohibited from con- tacting boys and girls and cannot visit places where children gather. He is not allowed to visit any school or playgrounds near schools. Graham, according to the flyer, found his victims by volunteering to babysit children. He preferred boys 10 to 12 years old but has a history of abusing both boys and girls. Blackwell, according to the flyer, sexually abused a relative in his home. He is prohibited from visiting schools, teen shelters and play- grounds. Chandler explained that the new law took effect Nov. 4. "Sex often- ders have always been with you but you seldom knew it," he pointed out. The thrust of the law is to notify the public to protect the children in the community, he added. Richard Sly, chief of the sex offenders unit for the Yamhiil County community corrections department, said he is concerned about creating hysteria in the public. The new law, he said, was prompted by the brutal death and mutilation of some young boys in Vancouver, Wash., several years ago. That case showed that a sex offender "could move with impunity in a commun- ity," Sly said. Oregon legislators first approved a law that requires sex offenders to register for life so they can be tracked on computers. Last session, they passed the public notification law. Only about 10 percent of sex offenders are considered dangerous enough to require flyers to be sent to local police departments, schools and other agencies, Chandler said. In Yamhili County, that translates into 10 offenders. "We are only doing those that pose the highest degree of risk," Sly said. The risk rating depends on the kind of crimes, the amount of vio- lence and whether weapons were used. Sly said it's not difficult making sure there is plenty of publicity about those classified as predatory sex offenders. "Just give a person on Main Street a flyer and they will make 50 copies and they will give it to others who will make 50 copies," he said. That's basically what's happened with the flyers on Graham and Neal. The flyers also prompted a town- hall meeting last month at Grand Ronde Elementary School which Chandler and other probation offi- cers attended. Posting flyers generates a lot of concern, Sly acknowledged. "We hear people say 'We thought we moved out of the city to get away from big city problems like this.' " ~you want to make telephone between Sheridan and Willa- or Grand Ronde and McMinn- without having to pay a long- llaac e charge? your answer is "yes," then probably in favor of creating tended Area Service (EAS) for communities. _Public hearing on the EAS is I~uled for 7 p.m. Thursday, May Room 32 of the Yamhiii nty Courthouse in McMinn- The state Public Utility Com- ff[_ll ion will hold the hearing. stomers of Sprint/United Tele- in the West Valley have ived a letter that outlines pro- ..... rates under the EAS. [ sidential customers in Willa- and Grand Ronde would pay per month, per line for unlim- while Sheridan custom- pay $5.42 per month. The less in Sheridan because is a higher volume of calls. would be even lower for customers who are by General Telephone. charges would be in addition base rate the phone company each month; that rate in ][,nan is $12.47. ~iness customers in Willamina ][Brand Ronde would pay $14.16 per line for the EAS John Vamos, a local toy maker, helps Willamina Head Start student Kaylynn Lopes, 5, put wheels on wooden cars that Vases donated to the program. Students also learned how to paint and glue the cars.--Photo by Corinne Ivey. m C] Training for and printers and spend about Dick Paay, a school board mere- municate with students. Key said $10,000 for software and $40,000 to ber who chaired last week's meet- both students and staff need to show By Travis Moore Staff Wn'ter, The Sun The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde should be able to begin work on a $15 million gaming facility because of a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Mary Fetsch, executive assistant to Rep. Elizabeth Furse, said "tech- nical corrections to a Native Ameri- can laws" bill returned three parcels of land to the tribe which was part of reservation lands. The additional lands will allow the tribe to go ahead with the gaming facility. "The Senate passed the bill ear- lier," Fetsch said. "When they passed the bill a few words were different. So it goes back to the Senate and they should pass it again fairly soon." The tribe was relieved to hear the news. Bruce Thomas of the Spirit Mountain Development Corp. said, "We've been working on this for a long time. The delay was unfortun- ate. The gaming facility will create 500 to 600 jobs for this area." Thomas said Spirit Mountain will start construction on the facility as soon as possible. Construction was originally scheduled to begin sev- eral months ago on the site along Highway 18 next to The Strawberry Patch between Valley Junction and Grand Ronde. residential and commercial teachers also in ers will have the option to be snen' =n".- ,-.. u ,,,.."ro"o' on a per-call basis at 8 ._ minute with a 50 percent for calls made during the By George Robert on 4 l and weekends, according to Editor; The Sun a4' mted s letter. The Sheridan school district may phone company intends to spend more than $100,000 to service Nov. 1. develop computer labs in each @u have questions about the school and hire a full-time specialist )il, u can call the phone com- to help teachers and students use the new equipment. Consumer affairs bureau toll The district may also spend 1-800-877-3345. plan got the endorse- Willamina Mayor Twila last week's city council think it's a great idea," t the council. "It sure will be not to have long distance you pick up the phone," POinted out that local resi- tried for many years to Area Service in the She said the monthly for unlimited calling reasonable and customers given the option to pay for on a per minute basis the monthly charge. $35,000 to pay teachers in 4th through 8th grades to attend a 7-day class this summer that focuses on discipline problems. The two ideas are included in the proposed 1994-95 budget that was presented to the district's budget committee last week. Superintendent LeRoy Key said the money to fund the computer projects will come from a one-time payment under Chapter 1 since the federal government underpaid the district in past years for the number of at-risk students enrolled. The money must be used primar- ily for'at-risk students, Key said. Under his plan, the district will buy $53,000 worth of computers hire a specialist. Turning to the discipline problem, Key called it "a critical area of concern." He said after being in the job for nearly a year he agrees the concern is legitimate. "We need to help the teachers...they are the ones that make it happen." The class will be held a week prior to school opening next Sep- tember. Funding the class, he said, is a "critical test of our community" to deal with the discipline issue. "We can gripe about it....or believe what we're all about and that's educa- tion." All teachers in 4th through 8th grade have already indicated they will attend the class, Key said. It will cost $1,400 to rent a building at Linfield College in McMinnville for the week. Class materials will cost $1,600 and the trainers will cost $6,000. In addition, Key said the district should spend $25,000 to purchase new language arts textbooks for kindergarten through 8th grade. Teachers could be trained in how to use the new books during the sum- mer class. ing, called the summer class "a good way to go." He pointed out the discipline problems at Chapman Grade School have been troubling the board for several years. The board hired a new principal this year in an effort to deal with the problem. Doug Miller, Faulconer School principal and the district's curricu- lum coordinator, said the summer class would focus on ways to corn- Was Willamina schools superin- tendent Larry Audet's contract auto- matically extended last month? No, according to Bruce Zagar, the school district's attorney. Zagar said while there is no test case on the books it's his opinion that when a superintendent is work- ing under a multi-year contract the state laws about automatic contract renewals don't apply. Audet's contract status was one of the questions raised at a crowded Gary Hampton Before a thief strips your car clean, stpp by our office for a free booklet of prevention tips. Together, we'll slam the brakes on ear theft. HUNTLEY INSURANCE AGENCIES, INC. dignity and respect to each other. The budget committee didn't take any action on either one of the proposals. The committee will meet again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sheridan High School library to review budget proposals for each of the district's three schools. A final budget session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 12. All meetings are open to the public. school board meeting last month during the debate over reassigning Don Yates, high school principal. Some school board members at that meeting said they didn't intend to extend Audet's contract by letting the April 1 deadline go by without taking any action. Audet was hired last July under a two-year contract. The board and Audet are still negotiating a new multi-year contract. Spirit Mountain Development Corp. will start construction on a tribal artifact repository in Grand Ronde next month. The tribe will start tearing down a building later this month next to the Spirit Mountain building on High- way 18 to make room for the repository. Nearly 1,000 artifacts were turned over to the tribe earlier this year. The artifacts, some more than 1000 years old, were found near Portland. The artifacts are from Chinook homesites. Most are stone tools, arrowheads, spear points and fishing weights. The artifacts will be on display at the repository along with some items found locally, according to Chris Leno, project coordinator. Leno said the storage facility will meet all the federal standards. The building and equipment will cost about $123,000. II II II I IIIII JIIIIII First Federal ..... "" Savings and Loan k@) WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS: SHERIDAN EXTENSION FCE STUDY GROUP meets 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at the home of Dorothy Agee, 503 SE Sheridan Rd. Lesson on "The Oregon Trail" with guest speakers Mr. & Mrs. Gary Hampton. ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE: May 5 & 6, 9-4. Sheridan United Methodist Church, 234 N. Bridge Street. MILL CREEK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL HAM DINNER FUNDRAISER: 6 p.m. Friday, Sheridan Legion Hall. Adults $5, kids 6-10 $3.50, kids 5 & under free. There will be displays and a program to follow. CAN & BOTTLE DRIVE: Please help scouts earn their way to camp. Sheridan Boy Scouts will collect refundable bottles/cans dooroto-door Saturday a.m. A.A.R.R SALE: Saturday, May 7, 9-4. Table of baked goodies at The Corner Store Soup, chili & potato plus odds & ends at the Drop In Center in Willamina. SHERIDAN CHRISTIAN WOMENS CLUB: 9:30-11:15 Tues., May 10. Call 843-3709. II II IBIIII I I II