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Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde L SN NVNIf30 1: l: GH AINFIO:D E:Z 9N I QN I :.-'I)tOFU-] .gN I N37-d 31Vlo II II III VOLUME 94, NO. 29 WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1994 50 CENTS PER COPY II II Judge denies ornpany's bid purge records Moore The Sun hanAfter 11 months on strike, Taylor ber workers got their day in Tuesday before a National r Relations Board judge. JUdge Timothy Nelson of San presided over a hearing in which drew about 30 onlook- including some striking workers Union officials along with about attorneys. Nelson denied several motions by attorney James B. Ruyle of to purge documents sub- by the International Wood- of America to bolster their that the company failed to good faith last year when a new contract for 70 workers. argued that the union had the company few choices and Taylor was not engaged in "surface bargaining" as the union has claimed. Nelson indicated the hearing might go beyond the two days set aside to hear all arguments in the case. In an effort to avoid the hearing, the company last week made an informal offer to settle the strike. The offer was rejected, according to Lloyd Carver, the union's business manager in Gladstone. Carver said no written proposal was submitted during discussions with company and union officials last week but the informal offer included $1,000 in back pay for workers who have been on strike since last Aug. 16. "It was not acceptable to mem- bers," Carver said Monday. Bruce Summers, Taylor's plant manager, confirmed that the union and company officials met last week but declined to say what they talked about. "I can't talk about the details," he said. The federal labor board was scheduled to begin a hearing Tues- day morning in Salem on the See TAYLOR, Page 6 NEW MURAL IN RIDAN \ .... : 2,~,,, .............. ~;:: i \ \ Sheridan 11-year-olds Rachel Zander, left, and Tessa Watkins, walk past mural painted on walls of Select Market, the latest building in downtown Sheridan to be used as a canvas for colorful murals. This painting, which wraps around two sides of grocery store, depicts fresh produce and other foods, using a turn-of-century style.---Photo by George Robertson. Robertson The Sun of the Willa- district. not the ideal conditions which we are operating but I a career in the Willamina district...and I will do all I help the district move for- Yates said Tuesday. school board offered Yates last week. knew this was one of the were looking at," Yates adding that he didn't want to the board's decision by beforehand he would accept 47, has worked at Wflla- t l'ligh School for 25 years. He a teaching job at the school graduating from Oregon State and has been there since. Was named principal in 1986 .Working as a teacher, vice and head track coach at stressed he will serve as "I don't have certificate so is a limited amount of time I U can spend." Yates will continue as high school principal and will spend most of his time at the school. He'll be espe- cially busy next year since the school board last month eliminated the vice principal's position as part of a last-minute budget cutback. Yates said he will call on the district's three other principals to help run the school district until a full-time superintendent is hired by the school board. "It will be a team effort and we'll share duties and responsibilities as an administrative team," he said. He will post office hours so people will know when he is in the superintendent's office, Yates and his wife, Jo, live in Grand Ronde. They have two chil- dren: Jason, a sophomore at Oregon State, and Angela, a senior at Willa- mina High School. Yates replaces Larry Audet who served as superintendent for the past year and was placed on leave June 2. The board has refused to disclose the reasons for taking the action against Audet or the details of a settlement on his $59,000-a-year contract that ran through next year. ina n By Travis Moore Staff Writer, The Sun If you don't think there are any programs that help kids in the West Valley, you haven't heard about what's going on in Willamina. Twelve teen-agers from the Willa- mina school district are earning money for the summer, earning credit for school and doing mainte- nance work around the schools. The program is open to students of working age who have fallen behind in credit hours. Program director Ron Caligure said the students go to school four hours a day and work four hours. The participants get paid minimum wage for the eight hours. The program is run through the Mid-Willamette Valley Jobs Coun- cil. The youngsters show up every day at 7:30 a.m. and do school work all morning. After a 30 minute lunch break it's off to work. The students have done a variety of odd jobs around each of the district's schools.. "We've worked on the sprinkling system on the baseball field," Cali- gme said. "We've cleaned ~oums, done painting, washed windows, weeded flower beds and cleaned out buses." Caligure said that each youngster in the program had to write a resume on a computer, a cover letter and a thank you letter. During the schooling portion of the program students read books, magazine articles, write reports on each and keep personal journals. The students also have heard guest speakers from the Army National Guard, A-DEC Dental Equipment in Newberg, the Mid- Willamette Jobs Council, Oregon State Parks and the construction industry. The youngsters have taken field trips to A-DEC, Devil's Lake and Evergreen Aviation in McMinnville to tour the Spruce Goose. "The speakers and the field trips are a big part of the program," Caligure said. "It's good to show the kids some possible jobs that are out there for them." ,~: , , ~*i~ i, r ~ ~"~"~" i ,i,i ..... Heath Wards shovels barkdust at Willamina High School as part of work/study program in Willamina. easy to Hodgen The Sun Dave Buswell the fact he can be a dislocated timber worker is determined to live in the Sa ail town he calls home. for three years at U.S. then went on to Willa- I was there for eight until the strike they had a few years back. It was such a tense situation when it was over that I could not go back." He soon found a job with H.R. Jones Veneer where he worked as a supervisor for five of the last eight years. When H.R. Jones eliminated one level of their salaried manage- ment, Buswell again found himself in his own personal timber crisis. "Although I was in the timber industry for 20 years, I never worked usm order prescriptions? Only about two cents per day per prescription. But what's really important is not what you save, but what you give up by using mail order. Mail order doesn't offer you the prompt, personal service we can. It also doesn't let you talk face-to.face with your pharmacist who can explain your prescription and answer your questions And when it comes to your health, we think that's more important than a couple of pennies. DRUGS 212 NE Main Street Phone 876-2112 Monday-Saturday 9-6 Pharmacy 876-8652 in the woods. I was always in the local mills. But it was time to go on to something else." After being laid off in October 1992, Busweil ended up in a retrain- ing program that is funded in part by the state and local government. Through the Mid-Willamette Jobs Council, he was directed into an exploratory course at Chemeketa Community College called "Choices and Options." Deciding on a two-year program in human services that will earn him an asso- ciate's degree, he is currently only a few credits away from graduating. "Fortunately, I could take advan- tage of the training funds, extended unemployment benefits and assis- tance with books and tuition. They even allocate a small amount of money to help you with other things. They've helped me with an insur- ance bill and child care." Buswell says the system has worked well for him, but is quick to point out that a dislocated worker must put a lot of work into making the system work. "A guy's got to be willing to talk to the people and get all the infor- mation you can. From the state employment office to the Mid- Willamette Jobs Council, to the people at Chemeketa...you have got Just like peas in a pod... That's how some insurance companies think you are - just like everyone else. We know everyone has their own unique set of needs. So we custom design an insurance package that's personalized for you. Call us for your own consultation. HUNTLEY INSURANCE AGENCIES, INC. 130 S.W. Monroe, Sheridan (Next to PGE) 843-2384 Gar,/Hampton be persistent and be positive about it." For the skeptics, Buswell suggests the two-week class "Choices and Options" as a way of testing the waters. "It was really a great experience. It taught us a wide range of things from job search to career choice. It is particularly helpful for those who are in a great deal of stress or need anger management skills." The program has allowed Buswell to draw unemployment during his retraining and transition as well as work part-time for Wiilamina True Value. See BUSWELL, Page 5 Dave Buswell First Federal Savings and Loan WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS: Iin % 1984 SHS GRADUATES will have their reunion August 6 at Huntley Park. Plan to be there! SHERIDAN ROTARY CLUB's 3rd annual 'KEN-DUCKY DERBY' will be held Aug. 14. 1 st prize: trip for 2 to Honolulu OR Disneyland for 2 adults and 2 children OR an RCA 25" color TV. 2rid prize: tnp for 2 to Las Vegas OR a 27" color TV. 3rd prize: Amtrak/Seattle Seahawks pkg. for 2 OR an RCA VCR. Tickets are now available from Rotary c ~b members or at First Federal Savings & Loan. DEADLINE FOR FIRST FEDERAL COMMUNITY CALENDAR is 5 p.m. Friday for the following Wednesday's edition of The Sun. Bring all calendar items to the Sheridan First Federal office, 246 S. Bridge.