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III I Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde VOLUME 94, NO. 19 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 1994 50 CENTS PER COPY Tuesday, voters in the West will help decide who will run Congress, the state legislature county commissioner seats in general election. voters in Yamhill County also decide two ballot meas- One would make the county job appointive and the would create a new tax base the sheriff's and trans- portation levies. There's even one statewide ballot issue--about using gasoline tax money to help clean up old gas stations. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the usual balloting places in Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde. Absentee ballots are still available from the county court- house in either Dallas (for Polk County voters) or McMinnville (for Yamhill County voters.) Most of the races on the May 17 ballot are on the Republican ticket. For example, three Republicans want their party's nomination for the I st Congressional District. Bar- ton DeLacy, Cleve Larson and Bill Witt all want to challenge first-term Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse, a Democrat, in November. + ?~i : ;, g. members of the Willamina High School softball team traded in their uniforms Saturday to compete in the annual South Yamhill River race. From left in the rubber raft are Cherry, Emmy Creel, Polly Mode and Jill Littlejohn.--Photo by Phil Hodgen. Six Republicans are battling it out for the nomination for governor but the race has focused on former Congressman Denny Smith of Salem and Craig Berkman of Port- land. The winner will face Demo- crat John Kitzhaber. In addition, there are four Repub- licans fighting for a seat on the Yamhill County Board of Commis- sioners. Tom Bunn, Joann Stoiler, couni Two Yamhiil County measures will appear on the ballot in the May 17 primary election. One will address the county sur- veyor's position and the other the law enforcement and transportation levies. Measure 36-6 would combine the law enforcement and transportation levies into a new tax base. Yamhill County Commissioner Dennis Goecks supports the meas- ure. He says the proposal would have saved the taxpayers $132,000 a year over the last four years. "We can eliminate the costly special elections that average $11,000 each," Goecks said. The measure would eliminate the "temptation for costly extras" each time a new levy is proposed, he added. But Yamhill County Sheriff Lee See MEASURES, Page 6 Linda Stephenson and David Van- Bergen all want to run against political newcomer Wes Caspers, a Democrat, for the seat being vacated by Debi Owens. On the Democratic ticket, there are two local races. Incumbent Yamhill County sur- veyor Norris Jones is trying to win a fourth term against a stiff challenge from Dan Linscheid of Sheridan, assistant county public works direc- tor. And two political newcomers, Hank Vredenburg of Woodburn, is battling Lujean R. Smith of Amity for the 38th House District nomina- tion; the seat is held by Republican Patti Milne of Woodburn. Several non-partisan positions also appear on the ballot. Norma Paulus faces three challengers for another term as state superintendent of schools. Her biggest challenge is coming from Michael Ewers, a teacher, who has opposed the 21 st Century school reform measures. Finally, there are five candidates for Position i 0 on the Oregon Court of Appeals since there is no incum- bent running, and Supreme Court Justice Wallace P. Carson Jr. faces a challenge from Morton A. Winkel. Complete results of the May 17 election--with precinct-by-precinct breakdowns--will appear in the May 25 edition. Robertson The Sun may get even harder to find a space along South Bridge ~- city council is considering a plan that could reduce the parking spots by as many be to meet state regulations L parking near intersections and t the council is trying to reduce to about six spaces by the number of crosswalks some of them V-shaped. need to conform to state law what we do," Mayor Val told the city council last :as he unveiled a parking plan Street. suggested the city des- with paint each parking That could prevent motorists up too much space for he said. Councilors offered a few of OWn ideas. Valley Sprint/United Tele- will have a chance rnore information tomorrow the proposed Extended for Sheridan, Wiila- Grand Ronde and McMinn- Public Utility Commis- hold a public hearing on at 7 p.m. Thursday in room Yamhill County Court- EAS plan, customers in may pay a flat rate for toll-free calling to the The other option is rate measured calling. the fiat rate, customers in Councilor Russ Lambert sug- gested moving some fire hydrants, but Lonnie Hinchcliff, public works superintendent, said it could cost about $2,000 to move a hydrant. Councilor Les DeHart suggested eliminating a driveway at the former Texaco station to provide a few parking spots. Adamson returned to the idea of reducing the number of crosswalks but DeHart said that would just encourage more jaywalking across Bridge Street. DeHart favored the V-shaped crosswalks on Harney and Monroe Streets, saying the city could gain four parking spaces by doing that. Lambert also favored the V- shaped crosswalks. "You can pick up two and maybe four (parking spaces). Any you can pick up would be worthwhile," he said. Lambert also suggested designat- ing smaller parking spaces for com- pact cars as another way to increase the amount of on-street parking. Adamson suggested adding a crosswalk--on the south side of the Wiilamina and Grand Ronde would pay $7.08 a month while Sheridan customers would pay $5.42. If customers choose the reduced measured plan they will pay 8 cents per minute with a 50 percent dis- count at night and weekends. Businesses in Willamina and Grand Ronde will pay a fiat rate of $14.16. Sheridan businesses will pay $10.84. Kelly Gray of Sprint/United Tele- phone said it will be up to each individual customer to evaluate which option is best for them. Customers in Willamina and Grand Ronde will need to make 89 minutes of calls to the three other bridge near Sunshine Cafe. No park- ing spaces are in the area so none would be lost, he said. Lambert suggested making the crosswalks narrower--5 ft. instead of 8 ft.--in an effort to save parking spaces, Councilor Darol Funk said the city might follow McMinnville's approach and install pedestrian "kickouts" on Harney and Monroe Streets. Since they are raised, they would provide both pedestrians and motorists with better visibility, he said. That idea prompted Mike Sauer- wein, city manager, to suggest that the council consider a "cityscape" plan for the downtown streets. The plan might include trees, planting areas and benches. If the council is interested in such an approach, Sauerwein said, the public works staff should delay cutting handicap curbs on South Bridge Street until the plan is reviewed. "We would want to include the sidewalks on Bridge (Street) and the towns each month to make the flat rate beneficial. Sheridan customers would only need to make 68 min- utes worth of calls. Businesses in Willamina and Grand Ronde would need to make 177 minutes of calls to the other exchanges. While businesses in Sheridan would need to make 136. Two local businesses evaluated which plan would be most benefi- cial for them. Bill Felton of Felton Insurance in Willamina said the flat rate wouldn't cut his bill. "The flat rate wouldn't be cheaper for me," Felon said. "We spend less than $14.16 on calls to the area right now." concrete work in front of the build- ings," Sauerwein said. He suggested such a program would take at least a year to finance, adding: "If we do it, we should do it right." Adamson asked Sauerwein to work with the city engineer and develop a "cityscape" plan for the council's next meeting on May 16. Councilor Frank Johnson said the city shouldn't forget about Main Street and the need for crosswalks on that state highway, especially in the commercial area. Adamson agreed the city needs to apply the same safety standards on both Bridge and Main Streets. Under the parking plan drawn up by Westech Engineering, the city would allow just two parking spaces on both sides of South Bridge Street between Harney and Monroe Streets. The plan recommends four parking spots between Monroe Street and Sheridan Road on the west side of Bridge Street. In another street matter, Hinch- cliff outlined his plans for summer See PARKING, Page 3 Felton said he wouldn't be able to attend the meeting tomorrow night. He added that he thought the pro- posal would end up in an overall increase in phone service costs. Gary Hampton of Huntley Insur- ance in Sheridan said the flat rate would help his business. Hampton said the company made nearly 200 calls to the three exchanges involved in the EAS on a recent phone bill. "We'd come out better off," Hampton said. "We would end up saving the amount equal to one phone bill per year." If approved, the new service will take effect Nov. 1. Roy Whitman, Willamina High School agriculture teacher, holds up Hampshire pig he lost Saturday in Sheridan. By Phil Hodgen Special Writer, The Sun When Roy Whitman, Willamina High School's agriculture teacher, put out an APB last Saturday for a fugitive pig the word reached Sheri- dan resident Louise Rentz too late. The pig pursuit capped a tough day for Whitman. He had two flat tires on an early morning trip to Albany on his way to pick up the pig near Lebanon. Later in the day he travelled to the West Valley Farmers store in Sheri- dan. When he returned to his truck his son told him that only one of the two pigs were still in the pickup. A female Hampshire was AWOL. That's when the APB--all pig bulletin--began. Whitman and his son traced their steps back to Willamina but the slippery swine could not be found. Back home, Whitman's son told his dad that the last time he noticed two pigs in the truck was back at West Valley Farmers. "Only mildly steamed when I asked him why he didn't tell me that back in Sheridan, he said: 'You didn't ask, Dad,' " Whitman said. The swine search began in earn- est. Neighbors in a 10 block radius of West Valley Farmers helped search for the elusive Hampshire. But it wasn't until Monday when something turned up. "I happened to mention to my 6th period class what had happened and one of the students said 'If it's black and white, my grandmother has it.' " The grandmother, Louise Rentz, thought the porker might be an unusual Mother's Day present. "I kept accusing my family of getting me a pig for Mother's Day," she said. "At first, it was in the backyard, then it got in the house. Eventually we had to shoo it out of the bathroom." But the pig was persistent and Mrs. Rentz gave up trying to keep it out of the house. "I called 911 and told them that this was not an emergency but I've got a pig here," she said. Police, fire and ambulance crews apparently declined to get involved so Mrs. Rentz's son took the pig off her hands. A grateful Whitman recovered it Monday afternoon. A Willamina High School teacher was arrested Monday on charges of sex abuse involving a female under age 18. John E. Groth, 31, of Dayton, was charged with several counts of sex abuse in the third degree, according to John Mercer, Yamhill County district attorney. The charges stem from an alleged relationship between September and October 1991. Groth worked in the YarnhilI-Carlton school district at that time, according to a Willamina school spokesperson. Groth posted a $2,500 bail and a pre-triai hearing is scheduled for June 8, Mercer said. The Yamhill County sheriff's department concluded its investiga- tion of the case last month, Mercer said. Groth was varsity football coach last year in Willamina. I get a Generics are available for most drugs. 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Main Street, Sheridan 843-2384 First Federal Savings and Loan WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS: I d~ ' t THE WEST VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have it's May 11 forum at the Green Frog at noon. There will be a speaker. Also The Phil Sheridan Days Senior Court will be special guests. SHERIDAN FCE EXTENSION BAKE SALE: Friday, May 13th 9 a.m., in front of the old Sears Building, S. Bridge St. There will be baked foods, plants and crafts. CAR WASH, BAKE SALE THIS SATURDAY, 10 am - 3 pm at First Federal parking lot. All proceeds go towards Chapman 8th grade promotion and field trip. Please support this special occasion! WILLAMINA BUSINESS GROUP meets at 8 a.m. every Wednesday at Coyote Joes. I I IIIIII I -- = __J