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2 The Sun, Wednesday, May 10, 1989 ourism plan O ,gnores area There was quite a bit of hoopla last month when a $50,000 study looking into Yamhill County's tourism potential was unveiled to a select group of community leaders gathered for lunch at the Sokol Blosser Winery just north of McMinnville. Not surprisingly, the study concluded that the wine industry should be the focal point for any tourism promotions. Specifically, the study recommended creation on a destination resort in the form of a wine country inn. The 75-room inn would coat about $3.2 million, according to the study, and should be located on between 30 to 50 acres of land. The consultant, Adam Krivatsy of International Toudsm and Resort Associates of San Francisco, said the county could actually handle three such resorts. A map showing potential areas for the wine country inns, however, didn't include any locations in the West Valley. We still think the Delphian School, overlooking the West Valley from a hillside off Rock Creek Road, would make a perfect resort-in the French chateaux style. But the lottery-funded study for Yamhill County ignored the Sheridan school and made only passing reference to a possible resort in the Grand Ronde Valley. Perhaps the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde might take up that idea and build something like a Kah-nee-ta. Tourists, of course, are looking for something unusual to visit. That's why we still think that murals painted on buildings in downtown Sheridan and Willamina--especially if they had an historical theme--would draw some of those thousands of cars from Highway 18 as they hurry between Portland and the Oregon coast. --G.R. on easure We think Measure 1 on next Tuesday's ballot should be defeated. First, it will take away some of the local control voters have over school financing and property taxes. That's because it would give all school districts in the state a new tax basHven those like Willamina where voters have repeatedly rejected a tax base. Second, it will cost more. A new tax base will cost property taxpayers in the Willamina school district more money each year--and it will give an automatic 6 percent pay raise to teachers because the school board will be able to levy 6 percent more each year after the new tax base. Finally, it's coming at a very bad time. When thousands of mill workers face the loss of their jobs in Oregon isn't a good time to submit a measure to voters that has anything to do with taxes. --G.R. 1989 Roger Pond by Roger Pond Cowboys have always held a experiences not required by other special place in American literature, forms of entertainment. Whereas Now, these erstwhile buckaroos are country-western music is mostly enjoying a new popularity with the about women and trucks, cowboy boom in cowboy poetry readings requires a working knowledge of all around the country, those things, plus cattle, dogs, Friends invited my wife and me tO saddles, ropes, and horse manure (in attend one of these readings recently, no particular order). and it certainly was a kick in the Our rancher friend's wife said, "I pants. Some folks may hoist their think I could write that kind of noses at cowboy poetry, but I think poetry, but I'd have to get a horse most would appreciate the talent and and a hat." humor of these bunkhouse bards as And you have to be athletic to be a much as we did. cowboy poet. While more traditional It's just amazing how many poets are adjusting their glasses, cowboy poets there are these days. cowboy poets are riding the podium, When you start looking around and jumping off the stage, and generally see all of the people on the stage and mixing it up with the audience. all of the folks who came to hear One of the more interesting guys at them, you have to wonder, "Hey, this poetry reading was a fellow from who's home watching the cows?" Wyoming. He wore one of those That's the first thing the poets will black hats with the front pinned- tell you, "Wul, I wrote this poem this back; the ones that make you look morning while the wife was pulling a like you've just been hit with a scoop calf; and I've got to read it real fast ~ shovel. before she finds out I'm gone." With his mashed-in hat and gray That's the only downside to beard this fellow was Gabby Hayes cowboy poetry as far as I'm reincarnated. And he was good! His concerned: A guy who is working on best act was reciting the Robert his meter and rhyme when he is Service classic, "The Cremation of supposed to be tending the gate, is Sam McGee" (complete with howling going to get himself shot sooner or huskies). later. I've seen some pretty good actors One fellow said, "I got the idea for on TV, but this is the first guy I ever this poem while we were digging out a saw who can portray a prospector, a spring. But I didn't write it until we corpse, and a walling huskie all at the took a break after the spring was same time. done." (I figured his boss was in the Of course we all know Robert audience somewhere.) Service wasn't a cowboy poet. But We should remember that not there's no doubt in my mind that he everyone can be a poet, though, and would have been if he had just been a becoming a cowboy poet calls for little more athletic. (USPS 493-940) om, A NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ,t,SSOCIATION George Robertson EDITOR and PUBLISHER NEWS - CORRESPONDENTS - PRINTING - Mike Petrovsky Floy Blair Toni Rose Doris McKellip Mickey Barber Kathy Olson Myrtle Barber PRODUCTION - ADVERTISING - Leslie Newberry Chris Higginson Paula Necas PHOTO TECHNICIAN - Terry High Rite Kramer Corinne Ivay JoAnn Ashcroft POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Bridge Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Second class postage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamlna and Grand Ronde postal addresses, $17; all other postal addresses, $26. DEADLINES: Noon Friday - Letter to Editor, Society & Church, press releases, general. 5 p.m. Friday - Legal Notices, Display. Noon Monday - Classified Ads, Classified Display. Phone number 843-2312 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, P.O. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. i I i J f Sidewalk Opinions WHAT DOES "COMMUNITY BETTERMENT" MEAN TO YOU? JACK SPROUD - It means showing your pride by sprucing things up. LEE THORNBY - It means building flower boxes to make our town prettier. BUCK HOSS - It means makin' visitors feel wel- come so they'll come back. BILLY BEETLE- It means JOE GRUMP - It means RANDOM STILES - It painting pictures on the going around picking up means folks oughta do sidewalk, dog-doo, what they do best. 1 v 4, '89 J TIMBER SUPPLY Last week I sent a letter to all Hampton Affiliates' employees informing them of" the good news and the bad news." The good news is that we reached agreement to acquire to 300 million board feet of timber in 177 parcels from the Times-Mirror Land and Timber Company. The bad news is that harvesting this in an orderly way will only provide 15 to 20% of our company's annual requirements and that preservation obstructionists have impacted the public timber supply on more than one-half of the Forest Service and BLM timber on which the industry depends. The limited volume of federal timber available for sale today had pushed bidding to levels that guarantee future losses when Rose- burg Lumber Co. returns to operations and the U.S. economy begins to slow down its current rate of growth. Public timber supplies are being interrupted by a carefully planned, well financed and professionally organized campaign led by the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation and The Wilderness Society with the help of Oregon Natural Resources Council. The key decision two weeks ago by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to recommend the Northern spotted owl be listed as threatened has made a profound change in the prospects for normal public timber supplies. It is important for the public to know that almost a million acres was added to the Oregon Wilderness System in 1984. The political compromise that was reached at that time was supposed to release for multiple use the unroaded areas in the National Forest System in Oregon and Washington. Those federal lands are now being impacted by appeals on timber sales and lawsuits stopping the harvest of the timber. At present, the Forest Service has 2.5 billion feet of timber in Oregon and Washington which will not be sold before the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1989 because of the preservationist pressure. Regional Forester Torrence, last week, told the industry that it would be lucky to have as much as 60% of the 1990 timber sale program completed. As sawmills ,and plywood plants compete for the few timber sales that are being marketed, they drive the cost of the timber to levels that are equal to or higher than 1979. We all know what happened in the early 1980s as a product of paying too much for publictimber. Our industry is doing everything possible to bring about legislative solution to this frontal attack by preservationists. A summit meeting has been suggested by Gov. Goldschmidt, Rep. ACoin and Sen. Hatfield. Since the preservationists already have their wilderness setaside, it is difficult for the industry to attend a meeting of this nature to talk about what should be done with the moderate amount of federal forestlands that are available for multiple-use, including the practice of forestry andtimberharvesting. Meanwhile, a record log export volume was shipped in 1988. A total of 4.3 billion of raw logs was shipped overseas to Asian markets from the Pacific Coast of the United States. Oregon citizens can take direct action to stop a part of this flow of logs by voting yes on Measure 2 on June 27. This will be the first step to stop the export of state of Oregon logs. We need to stop behaving like a Third World country by shipping our raw materials overseas for value-added manufacturing. Those jobs belong in Oregon. We need to make permanent the ban on federal logs as well. We need to pass a federal law delegating authority to restrict log exports from state lands tothe state of Oregon. It is imperative that every citizen who is old enough to vote be registered and turn out at the polls to vote yes on Ballot Measure 2 on June 27. It is important to let your congressman and senators be aware that a reliable, affordable source of raw material is compatible with a quality environ- ment. The timberlands we are harvesting are being immediately replanted with vigorous, young growing stock. While we respect the need for a wilderness system, the pendulum has swung too far. It is irresponsible to lock up commercial timberlands in the wilderness system when society has other benefits to derive from these multiple-use lands. Continued from Page 1 School earlier this year. The program is budgeted to continue at Grand Ronde next school year and expand to the Willamina Grade School. Fink himself, however, pointed out that 85 percent of the breakfast program is funded by the state and federal go- vernment, so eliminating that pro- gram would not produce much of a savings. The board also discussed a lease- purchase agreement for buying new school buses in an effort to reduce transportation costs. As if the district didn't have enough financial problems, last month the main boiler for the high school went on thefritz. In addition to that the district finally received the results of an as- bestos study done on district build- ings. As it turns out the district will have to spend $10,000 to remove the asbestos insulating material from the boiler room plus the cost of repairing or replacing the old boiler which dates to the late 1930s. Currently the high school is using a "newer" back-up boiler which dates to the mid 1950s. The smaller, back-up boiler will not generate enough heat for the school during the winter months. It would cost $30,000 to replace the boiler. The school board agreed to table discussion on the budget until after Tuesday's election. The board sche- duled a special meeting for May 22 to discuss possible budget cuts and set Homespun Our company has pledged to do everything possible to operate at full employment levels. We have, however, cautioned our employees that unless something changes, it will be necessary for us to consider the alternative of curtailment rather than to continue to pay excessive prices that guarantee financial losses to the company which would put us out of business. This issue effects not only our company and our employees, but our community and our state. The preservationists are attempt- ing to confuse the issue by claiming we are running out of old growth and overcuttingour forests. Nothing could needed forallof By Linda Fink I used to think I was pro assigning blame. SupPa That's the fault of whoeVa book I couldn't put down, an appointment? Someone before I left and I "C off the phone. You find someone besides it on. But, compared to the bigi pass-the-buck games, minor leagues. Col. blames his superiors for his the Iran-Contra affair. blames the The Reagan members of supported the Administration wouldn't forced" to do it In the drug scene, the the South American slip drugs into the Columbia, for one, ctaiming we're turning into a lawless drug American cravings for "Stop the Americans. "Stop the holler Columbians. The government blames the massive oil blames its Passing the buck is a quality. We to finding something blame our illnesses. We for reasons, although don't know what Common scapegoats arc and environmental Lately, the determined to cancer it's because we ate foods. Suddenly, springing up to Prevent Cancer." I'd like to believe cancer by diet, but I five friends of mine who cancer recently, fiber, low-sodium-and- and-vegetables eaters. doctor who ate the protective diet against and cancer. He's just as two who ate T-bone potato chips. So please make me feel guilty for ! my mouth if I get be further from the truth. We already badly enough. have 50 billion board feet of I think we need a neW! merchantable timber, mostly old common enemy to growth, in the wilderness system, everything. Somethin$ The Forest Service plans to convert over the world the remaining old growth in its abominable and commercial forests over a 50 year destroyed. period. All those lands are being Yes, let's declare promptly replanted, as are all of cancer, AIDS, heart industry's harvested lands as a blood pressure, condition of obtaining a forest deceit in practicespermit, suppers, drug abuse We have the ability to produce a The, instead of tiltin$ perpetual crop in a environmentally and each other, we can 1~ responsible way, while protecting To combat greed, other values%uch as wildlife, water purely altruistic quality and fisheries, expectation of monetary I It is time for us all to collaborate inWorkers will pride theinterestofthegreatergood, working for just John C.Hampton, Presldent shelter and food for WmaminaLumber Company They will rid Fort Hill Lumber Company materialistic desires from getting cancer). Company owners profits they charitable causes. distressing--and cause as date for a levy election, blood pressure--as How the district got into this finan- money than is cial mess may be harder to explain business running. than how it could get out. be disposed of as Last year Willamina voters rejected ficially as possible. a proposed tax base that would have produced a budget smaller than this Oil companies, year's and would have reduced taxes, interested in obscene Members of the board and the dis- profits at all, will find more efficient trict's budget committee now agree of transportation. that if that tax base passed last year, the schools would be in even worse more shape than they are now. concerns for What happened, according to Pitt- because there will man, was that at the beginning of last for money. Spare school year, the district had a carry- up with activities over balance of $861,000 and that anything, like dwindled to the $317,000 ending fund picking up litter and balance estimated for the end of this Drug traffic will school year without the spending one will want to freeze, sales. If people want When asked what happened to the they'll have to money, Pittman said he could not ex- own. plain it in detail Monday night, but of- What's that you fered to meet with The Sun sometime believe greed in the near future to discuss where the hangnails, money went. back pain? Do Getting a levy passed will be diffi- blame for the cult. The town's current property tax neither do I. So why rateis $18.04 per $1,000 which is near- greed? ly $3 more than what property owners When greed payinneighboringSheridanon$1,000 will have plenty of~ of assessed value. The $18.04 also environmental and doesnotincludebondedindebtedness of disease, because on the Grand Ronde Elementary paying them to devise School and the Willamina Middle plastic to wrap School-Elementary School complex, junk that Those buildings won't be paid off until materialistic the mid-1990s. Continued on page $