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SERVING SHERIDAN, Duck Races The West Valley Kiwanis Club will send rubber ducks racing down Willamina Creek this Saturday. --NEWS, 5 WILLAMINA AND GRAND RONDE SINCE Harvest Season Farmers throughout the region, includ- ing those in the West Valley area, are busy harvesting their crops. --NEWS, 10 / 1881 VOLUME 112, NO. 32 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8 2012 WWW.SHERIDANSUN.COM 75 CENTS in on e soon By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun The last hurdle before placing the Green Bridge re- habilitation work out for bid has been cleared, and now its time to begin working on a new calendar---one that will culminate with a ribbon-cut- t'mg celebration. "I'm happy to say this project is going to bid," Brian Nicholas of OBEC Consulting Engineers told the Sheridan City Council on Monday. The Oregon Department of Transportation will open the bids on Sept. 20. It gener- ally takes ODOT 10 weeks after opening the bids to get contracts signed and be ready for work to begin, Nicholas explained. That could put the start date for the bridge work early in December. "I can't tell you the exact day," Nicholas said. Since traffic flow will be interrupted, the push will be to get the work done as quickly as possible--without de- lays--once it has begun. As a result, the contractor must be given some flexibility as to when the work will start. With the holidays falling so near the project start date, it is possible that the contrac- tor will choose to begin the project after the first of the year, Nicholas said. Since the steel truss work will be enclosed, weather will not be a factor. "He can start anytime and weather won't de- lay him," Nicholas said. Only a few thin ch as refinishing the deck and stab'dizing the river bank--will need to be com- pleted next summer. An open house for the public has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Sheridan High School. Project team members will be on hand to discuss the traffic flow, answer questions and outline the impacts the con- struction work will have on the community. "We will work with the contractor to minimize the impact to the public," Nicho- las told the council. BRIDGE [ Page 5 mix By Meredith Lawrence Correspondent, The Sun From old favorites like el- ephant ears and the combat zone, to brand new attractions like #BMX free-style bike event, this year's Polk County Fair will have it all. But, said fair Manager T'ma Anderson, as always, the biggest attraction at the fan: will be the myriad of 4-H and FFA events. "Most of the people who come to this little fair come for the FFA and 4-H exhib- its," she said. And, with 4-H offering over 40 programs to local school-age children and FFA offering many more, it's easy to see why. Throughout the year, 4-H provides school children the chance to hone their skills in such areas as animal science, expressive arts, fine arts, home economics, engineer- ing and natural resource edu- cation. Children who have partici- pated in 4-H programs over the course of the year will present at the fair and be judged on their projects, per- formance and animals, said Susan Busier, 4-H Agent for Polk County. "The fair is kind of the cul- mination of the 4-H year," she said. Througtx the days of the fair, 4-H shows will include meal preparation, dog agility, horse- manship and Lego robotics. "It's an opportunity for the children to show what they've learned and worked on," she said. And whether they bring home a grand champion or a white ribbon, it's a chance to practice doing so gracefully. "The neat thing about the 4-H program is that children are able to try something new in a supportive environment," Busier said. The biggest fair event will be the combined 4-H and FFA animal auction on Saturday evening, where animals such as cows, pigs, goats, rabbits and even turkeys will be available for viewing and will be auctioned off. In addition to many other showcase event the fair will also feature a small camival, concerts and the all-new "A Walk on the Wild Side- Rep- tile & Ex@ Exhibit." "We ty} to put a lot of free stuffotrt there for the children so yo[;reJ' not nickleand dimeS;to death the minute you walk in the gate," Ander- son said. Saturday is Home Depot Family Day and Home Depot will provide tool kits for chil- dren to build such toys as sail- boats and racecars. Over the course of the fag, Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District will give away 3,000 trees. "Come to the fair, get a tree," Anderson said. Photo by Marguerite Alexander West Valley Fire Chief Chuck Eddings directs firefighters as they check for hot spots after extinguishing a residential structure fire in Willamina on Thursday. A Willamina woman and said Dickinson. The single occupant of the her two children were displaced The fire was reported by a adjoining duplex, who returned on Thursday evening when a neighbor around 9:30 p.m. on home after the fire was ext'm- fire broke out in their two-story Aug. 2. Firefightersarrived to guished, did not report any duplex on Pioneer Drive. No find smoke and fire showing smoke damage. one was at home at the time. from the first floor. The family's cat also es- Dara Dickinson and her According to West Valley caped injury. It had gone out- children returned from a quick Fire Chief Chuck Eddings, the side just prior to the fire. errand to find the night sky lit fire was concentrated in the The cause of the fire was with emergency lights, fire en- kitchen area. Fire crews were investigated by the Yamhill gines and hoses in front of the able to extinguish the flames CountyFire Investigation Team. house and a ladder leading up quickly but the home sustained According to Eddings, the pre- to the second story, water damage to the kitchen liminary findings indicate the 'Tm heartbroken over it," and smoke damage throughout, cause of the fire to be a toaster. m Photo by Susan Ragan Interested citizens, city officials and curious residents gather in the barn at Wallace Bridge to hear a presentation by J.W. Millegan on the world-class equestrian center he dreams of building south of Willamina. are a By Jo Mclntyre Millegan pressed on with conservation easement prop- Correspondent, The Sun thedemonstmtionheldinabam erty trade, Millegan will be on the WaUace Bridge property forced to shelve his plans, The ambitious Wallace for the people who did attend, which also include many chari- Bridge horse ranch/event cen- amixture of interested citizens, table events for the benefit of ter proposal got another airing horse-lovers, and elected city local and state groups. at a presentation on Friday. officials. His wife and two sons What Millegan needs, if the Entrepreneur J.W. Millegan and current Wallace Bridge project is to go forward, is a had hoped officials from the Project staffmembers and con- modification of an easement for Natural Resources Conserva- sultants also attended,protection of 187 acres that was tion Service would come, as The property is on Sawtell sold to the NRCS several years they had said they would, but Road, between Highways 18 ago as a wetland reserve per- they cancelled at the last and 22, outside of Willamina. manent easement by a previous minute, leaving an empty table His proposal to switch con- landowner, who received a set up with placards identify- servation easement-defined one-time payment. It's not easy ing the invited staffers who lands is critical to his plans. If to get the modification, since a would have been there, the NRCS does not allow the EQUESTRIAN I Page 6 Warm weather may have been a little slow to arrive in the region this year, but when it finally got here, the thermometer boldly climbed near the triple digit mark. July proved to be unsea- sonably cool with the Na- tional Weather Service re- cording only one day where the temperature hit 90 de- grees - July 6 - in McMinn- ville. The average high for the month was 80 degrees. Early last week fore- casters warned of hot weather by the week's end. The temperature shot to 102 degrees in McMinnville on Saturday, which tied or set a new record for the day. Sunday was slightly cooler with the thermometer peak- ing at 92 degrees. Although the tempera- tures reached the 100 degree mark in McMinnville, the local WeatherBug recording station at Faulconer- Chapman School fell short of that mark, peaking at 99 degrees. Earlier in the day the temperature at the WeatherBug station was 13 degrees below the tempera- ture recorded at the McMinnville airport. By 1:30 p.m. Sheridan's tem- perature exceeded McMinn- ville's by a degree. That reversal didn't last for long. Both recording sta- tions recorded peak tem- peratures in the early evening. By 8:40 p.m. the temperature in Sheridan had fallen to 81 degrees - 11 de- grees lower than the tem- perature at that time in Mc- Miunville. The hot weather enticed many people to head for the coast. Long lines of slow- moving traffic extended across the West Valley. At 2:05 p.m. on Saturday, a re- port out of Polk County in- dicated that traffic was backed up from the casino to Wallace Bridge. Sheridan pair arrested for DUll in downtown parking lot Troubling behavior in an apartment parking lot on East Main Street in Sheridan led to the arrests of a local married couple on the after- noon of Monday, Aug. 30 As a result of unusuat'-r behavior, deputies were called to the parking lot of Riverplace Apartments. Af- ter failing a field sobriety test, the couple was arrested for DUII/dmgs and cited to appear in court. As of Tuesday, they had not yet been arraigned. i OUt SPECIAL EVENTS The Sun ~1 il I1|~1 t. "!!11~111 1111.1 I~1 / Call Paula at ext. 202 advertising@sheridansun.c0rn 108 NW Lincoln St. - Sheridan 503-843-2525 Complimentary Notary Public www.AclamsonsSheridanFuneralHome.corn We Support Sheridan Chamber o[ Commerce and are here to serve you 7 days a week. Call or come by any time or we'll come to you to discuss options. Consider Pre-plannlng. DIRECT CREMATIONS ] DIGNIFIED. ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICE Traditional Services Available Complimentary Video History . Green Crest Cemetery Lowest rates in Yamhlll County f WEST VALLEY CONING EVENTS Willamina VFW Post 4211 BreaMast: 7-1 la.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. All you can eat, $6. Willamina VFW Garage Sale: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10-11. Table rentals $10. Contact Vickie Rober at 503-843-7444. Sheridan Care Center BBQ: 4-8 p.m. Aug. 10. Live band, raffle, games for all ages. Costumes/masks optional. Info: 503-843-2204 West Valley Kiwanis Rubber Duck Races & BBQ: 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, over $1600 in prizes. ~ckets $2 per duck, available at G&M Ins Dr. Brooks, Hagan Hamilton Ins The Sun or from Iqwanis Club members. Barbeque $7, kids $5. '~. Valentine for Sky," an original one-act play by Maggie Worrix King: 6:30 p.m. Sat Aug. 11, Slow Train Coffee Shop. Ages 13 & up. $5 at the door. FundraJser for Fern Eberhart Center. Info: 503-883-3103 Wine Social with Munchies - Benefit for Sheridan Museum of History: 5-7 p.m. Aug. 18. $10 tickets sold by members. $12 at the door. Live music. SPONSOR NEEDED for this events calendar - call Paula at 503-843-2312 ext. 202