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10 The Sun, Wednesday, June 28, 1989 Wayne Riccetti, public works supervisor for City of Willamina, stands amid knee-high weeds on lot in town. City council has ordered property owners to clean up lots or city will do the Job and bill them. --Photo by Ooris McKeliip. eral agen reconsl ers log West Valley is next ? By Mike Petrovsky Staff Writer, The Sun Toll-free calling in the West Valley is only a petition away. The ability to call Sheridan, Willa- mina, Grand Ronde or McMinnville without a toll charge came closer to reality last week when the state's Public Utilities Commission adopted new policies for Extended Area Ser- vice. The ball is now m the court of West Valley telephone customers. "What needs to occur is the com- munities themselves have to petition the PUC for that kind of service. The PUC in turn would order United Telephone and General Telephone in McMinnville to work out a plan," said Tom Yates, a spokesman for United Telephone System which serves the West Valley. Yates said the June 19 PUC deci- sion set guidelines for granting Ex- tended Area Service. What follows are those guidleines. First, the proposed Extended Area Service locations must have common geographic boundries. Second, the average calling volume between the exchanges must be at least four calls per month per line... And third, one-third of the customers must make at least one call per month to the neighboring ex- change. Northwest Gas asks rate hike The Oregon Public Utility Commission will open a public hearing July 6 in Salem on a rate increase requested by Northwest Natural Gas Co. The hearing, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the Labor and Industries Building, could last several days. Northwest Natural has asked for an increase of $29,432,000, or 12.7 percent. Testimony filed in the rate case by the PUC utility staff recommends that Northwest Natural's annual operating revenues be cut by approximately $9,962,000, or 4.2 percent. The staff believes the 1987 data filed by Northwest Natural to establish its revenue requirements should be adjusted to reflect significantly increased 1988 income. sal illam Ted Kilgore, Willamina, was the target of an attempted drive-by shooting as he walked to work about 10:4S p.m. June 20, accordig to Wil- lamina police reports. Kilgore, a Conifer Plywood em- ployee, told authorities that he has no idea who was in the car or what kind of vehicle it was. He did say he thought the two shots fired at him were from a small bore gun. "Kilgore told us that the car was coming west into Willamina," said in The PUC added a disclaimer to its seemingly inflexible list. The dis- claimer states that if a community or exchange does not meet the stan- dards stated in the list, customers may submit other evidence for their requests. Yates said his company is willing to talk to community groups in the West Valley concerning a petition for Extended Area Service, adding Unit- ed Telephone is ready to cooperate with the PUC. But Extended Area Service may not be as rosy as it sounds. It is ine- vitable that toll-free calling will in- crease monthly phone rates due to ire ina man T.J. Tietjen, a Willamina patrolman. "When it got almost even with him, it swung in closer and someone in the car fired the shots." Tietjen said authorities have no suspects at this time. The investiga- tion is continuing. Kilgore is awaiting judgement fol- lowing his May 23 trial on felony as- sault 1 charges in the Dec. 30, 1989 beating of Mark Summers of Sheri- dan. The alleged assault with a blunt instrument took place in Willamina. II$I the loss of revenue companies United Telephone receive from long distance charges. Yates said Portland area will pay $12 a a result of its extended area and said monthly rates in the Valley as a result of instituting free calling would be higher that. Currently the monthly for a single residential line in West Valley is about $11 de on whether or not the telephone push button or dial. Yates said he would be able to culate an approximate charge with Extended Area for those wishing to start a for the service. Fire destroys Sheridan home; owner on Both the Red Cross and Larry khardt, Sheridan fire chief, are tempting to contact Brian whose home at 5330 Red Prairie burned June 17 after he'd gone vacation. "A candle started the fire," khardt said. "The house-sitter Asay) woke up and tried to it with a blanket. When she she ran for help." Firemen arrived on the scene thin eight minutes, according to khardt. He said the engulfed in flames when they rived. Due to its age and the struction materials used the "went really fast," Eckhardt expo revenues At a meeting June 21 in his Washington, D.C., office, Sen. Bob Packwood convinced Richard Darman, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to take a second look at the Administration's proposal to lift the federal ban on log exports. Darman said the re-evaluation was justified because of new information supplied by Packwood that OMB had not considered when the initial decision to lift the ban was first proposed by the Reagan Ad- ministration. At a news conference following the Packwood/Darman meeting, Darman reiterated his pledge to Packwood. "1 can assure you we will take a second look and a more careful look than perhaps we have done in the past on this (log exports)...and hope we will be satisfactorily responsive. We intend to look at this issue on the merits, it lends itself to a fair examination on the merits," Darman said. Commenting on the meeting, Packwood said, "1 appreciate OMB Director Darman meeting with me today on the log export issue which is so important to Oregon and the Northwest. Based on our convers~i- tion. I feel confident that once the administration has considered this new information, it will reconsider the proposal to lift the federal log export ban." The information discussed in the meeting touched on the number of jobs at stake in Oregon and the Northwest, and the importance of adding value through the processing of logs prior to export. Packwood and Darman also discussed log exports in the context of free trade. Darman acknowledged that he. perhaps mistakenly, only considered log exports as a free trade issue but understood better the interests of the local economy and the interactions with the Canadian and international economies. In the meeting, Packwood explained why this is not a free trade issue. This is not a violation of the administration's free trade prin- ciples. Article 20 of the GATT (General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs) allows nations that have commodities in short supply to restrict their export and it is perfectly consistent with GATT. So it does not violate this country's free trade principles," Packwood said. On another point concerning estimated revenue gained by lifting the federal ban on log exports. Darman noted that after looking at the numbers more closely, the net revenue would be considerably lower than originally estimated by the Reagan Administration. Complete Printing Service THE SUN 249 S. Bridge St. Sheridan 843-2312 Life For Your Money In addition to personalized service, you'll get more life insurance for your money from a financially strong company. Issued by (_ountry lile Insuran(e (ompany, One ot Ihe ( ounlrv ( ompanies, BItx)min~lon, Illinois Kirk D. Bales Ron Pittman McMinnville Office: 472@545 Invet, lmell C_ oup Licensed Denturist Relines. Repairs . 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