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2 The Sun, Wednesday, July 31, 1991 ,,, (:)PINION Timber jobs now Homespun Humor up to Congress Why complain about the weat The release last week of another scientific study on the Northern spotted owl dramatically shows how much the controversy has become a national concern and can only be resolved in Congress-- and, unfortunately, the federal courts. To no one's surprise, the latest study upholds the infamous Jack Ward Thomas report and calls for setting aside millions of acres of timberland to protect the owl, spotted murellet and other flora and fauna. Meanwhile, in the halls of Congress there are several major bills making the slow rounds of sub- committee hearings. Sen. Brock Adams of Wash- ington, it appears, may once again come to the rescue. His bill, which has the tentative approval of some environmentalists and some timber in- dustry leaders, would apparently allow future court challenges while setting aside timberlands for both threatened species and loggers alike. Adams bill may cast a large shadow over two others already in the hopper--those introduced by Sen. Bob Packwood and Rep. Les AuCoin, both of Oregon. Perhaps Adams's bill might also stop the campaign bickering between Packwood and Au- Coin. Such rhetorical fights can't help the mill workers whose lives hang in the balance and can only bolster the efforts of environmentalists and those who are going after their votes--like Harry Lonsdale, the Bend businessman who came close to ousting Sen. Mark Hatfield last year and who has his eyes firmly focused on beating both AuCoin and Packwood next year. Insiders say that none of the timber bills can be hammered out before Congress adjourns for the summer. They even wonder if a long-range solu- tion can be approved this year and hint that another short-term bill like the AuCoin-Adams measure adopted several years ago will probably make it through a sharply divided Congress. The short-term bill, which will at least keep some mills running, will probably be weighted more toward environmental concerns than the last one was. Meanwhile, the general public is learning more and more about such things as "new forestry" in which some trees are left standing to provide more nutrients to the soil and more places for flora and fauna to grow. Clear-cuts could be a thing of the past. Even though Douglas fir seedlings don't grow very well in the shade it seems to be the politically correct way of thinking about logging in the 19908. Through all of this we hope West Valley resi- dents will continue fighting for the timber indus- try.--G.R. There's plenty to do this week If you're looking for something to do this week you don't have to look very far. Between Sheri- dan's annual summer sidewalk sale and the Yamhill County Fair in McMinnville you should find plenty of action. Sheridan's downtown sale this year features a great hot dog sale on Thursday and Friday along with a watermelon eating contest on Thursday and ugly pet contest Friday. A special art show is also planned both days. The county fair, billed as a "Family a-Fair," of- fers plenty of fun for the whole family starting today. In addition to the traditional 4-H and FFA events that draw blue ribbons and prize livestock, the fair this year will feature some top bands like The Byrds and Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts. And the price of the concerts is included in the general admission ticket. Check out the art show, too, and the arts and crafts that have been entered by Yamhill County residents. Many of these entries will qualify for the state fair in Salem. Both events depend on many volunteers who have donated countless hours of their time to make them a success. We hope youql do your part, too, by taking in the Sheridan sidewalk sale and the county fair this week.--G.R. .... ............ SUN THE, mT TI Hil .......... i----- " ff i .... __ . George Robert.son EDITOR and PUBUsHER 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, Willamina and Grand Ronde postal addresses, $19.00; all other U.S. postal addresses, $26.00. DEADUNES: Noon Fdday - Letter to Editor, Society and Church, press releases, general. 5 p.m. Friday - Legal Notices, Display. Noon Monday. Classified Ads, Classified Display. Phone number (503) 843-2312. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, RO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. I I I By Linda Fink Don't make promises you don't want to keep. That's what I've learned recently. I promised that I would never again complain about the weather if it would only be nice enough for Steve's high school gra- duation to hold our party outdoors. And it was. June 1st was a beautiful day. I was very, very grateful since I didn't know how I could stuff 60 people inside our little house. I am still grateful. But I sure would like to complain about the weather. The day of Steve's gradua- tion was the only warm day we had in two months. It stayed cold so late that I didn't plant corn until the end of June. (I'm not complaining, you understand, just stating a fact.) Usually my corn is knee high by the Fourth of July. This year it didn't t.00'I'IVF00ICS POST OFFICE SITE There seems renewed controversy over the proposed new site for the Willamina post office. It is unfor- tunate that the discussion and deci- sion on that site took place before the community heard the sad news that the department store was clos- ing. The store building (which I hear is up for sale) would have been the logical choice for the new post office, with room inside for any amount of expansion or possible sub-leasing, rooms at the side for parking official vehicles and, being opposite The Corner Store in the center of the traffic pattern for cars and pedestrians, far more accessible to the general public in its daily comings and goings than either the old location or the new. As a side matter, this would also spare the town the prospect of another empty store building. So it is even more unfortunate that the post office, having made up its mind, is unlikely to reconsider its decision. After all, construction is not yet started at the new site, and it should be cheaper to buy than build in the light of this unexpected opportunity. Jennifer Mueller Willamina come out of the ground until July 5th. Then summer hit -- but during the day only. In Grand Ronde, our night time temperatures dipped to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, days to 90. The nights finally warmed and the days grew downright hot. Now, as I write this, it's 60 degrees with a cold wind blowing. This morning we had a spectacular thunder and lighming storm with hail and torren- tial rainshowers. But I'm not com- plaining. We could have 100 degrees tomorrow -- or a killing frost then I'll complain. Oregon weather is always change- able, but this year has been a bit much. Our linden tree is so con- fused it just keeps blooming and blooming and blooming. I am horri- bly allergic to linden flowers. I'm not complaining, mind you, just sneezing a lot. My goats are confused, too. They can't decide if they should shed their winter coats or grow new ones. I made the decision for them by clipping them for show. On hot days they bless me. On cool ones, they huddle together and shiver -- and mutter about stupid humans. Some folks say the goofy weather is the first manifestation of the greenhouse effect. Others say it's the oil fires in Kuwait, the volcanic eruptions in the Philippines and elsewhere, or the first sign of the end of the world. I take it more personally. I think it's my punishment for promising not to complain about the weather if it would just be nice on June 1st. So I hereby apologize to all of you for I FEEL SORRY FOR THOSE POOR I:::LAG PERSOH$ HAVINk3 TO :STANI:> OUT -I"HERE ,'qL/., :P" LO/'6 ./ messing up the weather. I idea I had so much power. The heat wave in the summer is not my fault, Someone else must have foolish promise. "Let it be the day of my daughter's and I'll never complain weather again," some mother said. Now she's folly while wiping the sweat forehead. The Old Farmer's which claims 80 percent predicted a generally warmeri than normal. If it meant was 100 percent wrong. But in all fairness, how Old Farmer's Almanac have that I would promise not plain if the weather would nice on June lst? AT 14 BUCKS "N HOUR., THEY BE STAI,,IIIN "1 I New forest practices OIITUJUtl00$ John A. Robertson helps protect environme By Jim Sellers An Oregon newspaper editor was reviewing a new law with a timber industry representative. Recognizing the far-reaching nature of what the 1991 Oregon Legislature had just approved, the editor asked: "Do your people know what's in this bill?" He was referring to Senate Bill 1125, which delivers sweeping reform to Oregon's pioneering For- est Practices Act. The act, the nation's f't when it was adopted 20 years ago, governs what forest landowners can do on 10.3 million acres of privately owned timber- lands. The editor's question was partly in jest, yet it indicates that the reform is signific, t. How significant? These are exam- pies of what the new law, effective Oct. 1, will do: Timber harvest: Most clearcut harvest units will be limited to 120 acres, and 300-foot buffers will be left between clearcuts. Trees in the buffer areas cannot be harvested until adjacent seedlings have been in the ground at least four years, This is Oregon's first limit on the size of harvest unit A representa- tive of an independent Portland consulting firm testified that these requirements will significantly slow the rate at which trees can he harvested. Reforestation: After logging, landowners must plant 200 trees (instead of 100-150) per acre within two (instead of 3-6) years. FOr the first time, the state will be required to check that the seedlings are healthy after five years. Scenic highways: The state forester is now authorized to regu- late logging along nearly 30 scenic highways, including requiring 150- foot buffers of trees along the high- way. Trees in the buffer can be ' logged only after seedlings planted behind the buffer have grown to an average of 10 feet high. Fish and wildlife: The state Board of Fxestry is required to add protections for fish along a new, intermediate classification of John A. Rohertson of Grand Ronde died July 26 in a McMinn- ville care center. He was 75. He was born April 15, 1916 in Winter, S. D., the son of Robert and Jessie Weaver Robertson. He mar- ried Opal Brandon in 1935. Raised and educated in South Dakota, he moved to Bend in 1935 and worked for the Civilian Conser- vation Corps. He moved to Grand Ronde in 1936, where he was a logger for most of his life. He was employed as a second loader for 26 years by Crown Zellerbach. He loved to play cards. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Ronde. Survivors include his wife; sons, Bob Robertson of Tillamook and Jess Robertson, Ron Robertson and John Robertson, all of Grand Ronde; daughter, Ruby Christopherson, Wasilla, Alaska. A funeral was held July 30 at St. Michael's Church. Private family interment followed. Arrangements were handled by Macy & Son, McMinnville. G. 'Jack' Bissell G. "Jack" Bissell died July 23 at his Terrebonne home. He was 78. He was born Dec. 13, 1912 in Dallas, the son of Frank and Eliza- beth Heaton Russell. He married Joyce M. Meeuwsen on May 26, 1969 in Reno, Nev. He was a farmer and dairyman in the Salt Creek area and drove a truck for Rickreall Farm Supply. He moved to Terrebonne in 1975. He was a long-time member of the Sheridan Rodeo Association and was a member of the Oregon Draft Horse Breeders Association. Survivors include his wife; step- daughter, Mrs. Dennis Rogers of The Dalles; two step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral was held July 26 in Redmond. Interment followed Mon- day in Salt Creek Cemetery. More obituaries, see Page 11 stream. Every stream in the state already receives some protection, and Class I streams are already protected up to 100 feet on either side during logging. In addition, to provide additional habitat for non- game wildlife such as squirrels and woodpeckers, landowners will be required to leave designated num- hers of green trees, snags and downed logs after logging. What will this cost? The state Department of Forestry told legisla- tors that enforcing the new law will cost nearly $3.5 million, of which the industry will pay 40 percent. In addition, one company esti- mated that the new rules will hike logging costs from $140 to $300 per acre while also requiring land owners to leave some merchantable timber for wildlife habitat rather than sell it. The clearcut-size limits are expected to decrease the value of timberland from 4 to 20 percent, with older timber losing more value because it is growing less wood (and, therefore, the timber value grows more slowly). Of special significance are two studies costing nearly $1.2 million: One will examine the rate of! harvest on rate affects other forest The other will study the forestry practices on fish runs. The original bill was committee of 10 looked at forest practices the critical eyes of the spent hundreds of hours public-opinion polling, with opinion leaders and cials, visiting forestry ducting focus groups. SB 1125 was introduced Sen. Joyce Cohen, D-Lake with co-sponsors Sen. John man, R-Newport, Pep, Schroeder, R-Gold Beach, Bill Dwyer, President John Roseburg, was instrumental flaring the final emerged. How much support did bill have? The numbers SB 1125 passed the Orego0 and Senate with only one vote. Jim Sellers is public director for the Oregon Industries Council. Letters-to-the edltor am encouraged. They Letters are subject to editing, and we request they be typewritten and limited to 300 words. Where to write your U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfleld, 322 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington D.C. 20510. Phone (202) 224-3753. District office: Room 107, Pioneer Courthouse, 555 S.W. Yamhill St., Portland, OR 97204. Phone 326- 3386. U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood, 259 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Wash- ington, D.C. 20510. Phone (202) 224- 5244. District office: Suite 240, 101 S.W. Main St., Portland, OR 97204-3210. Phone 326-3370. First Districl Congressman Lee AuCoin, 2159 Raybum House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone (202) 225-0855. District office: 2701 N.W. Vaughn, Suite 860 Portland, OR 97210. Phone 1-800-4 Yamhill County Dennis Goecke, Ted Debl Owens, Yamhill County house, Fifth & Evans, OR 97128. Phone 472-9371. Polk County Mlke Propee, C, Ralph Ron Dodge, Polk house, Dallas, OR Phone 623-8173 or 370-2500. State Senator John R-Newport, Stats Capitol lem, OR 97310-1347. Phone 8176. Stale Representative Tim D-Bay City, Oregon House of sentatives 1-1-367, Salem, 97310. Phone 378-8878. Gov. Barbara Roberts, Stale tol, Salem, OR 97310-0370.