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'Red Flag' waived off, but fire danger still high By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun The Red Flag Warning is- sued for the area last Friday by the National Weather Service expired on Sunday at 6 p.m. and the weather has cooled, but the extended period of warm, dry conditions means the fire danger remains high. The current ban on burning will not be lifted until the area has received significant rains and cooler temperatures, said Sheridan Fire District Deputy Chief Bill Alguire. That may not be anytime soon. With brttsh piles growing, lo- cal residents may be tempted to go ahead and bum. "You really can't," Alguire said. It will take at least a week's worth of rain-- not a few sprinkles----before it is safe to burn, he explained. "The grasses are still dead," concurred West Valley Fire District Assistant Chief Dave Meier. Even though it is now September, he recommends using the same precautions to- day as you would in August. In the past week West Val- ley Fire District personnel has responded to a couple of ille- gal burns, Meier said. On Sunday, Sheridan Fire District personnel responded to three illegal bum calls. In each instance people were buming yard debris or using a bum bar- rel. "One person was quite un- cooperative," Alguire said. As a result deputies were called. "It's real serious," Alguire warned. With grasses tinder dry, Alguire advises using caution and common sense even when using charcoal barbeques at home. Place the barbecue on a hard, dry surface---such as a patio---and keep a hose handy, he suggested. Recreational burning, which includes camp fires, is only al- lowed in designated areas ap- proved by the Oregon Depart- ment of Forestry. If there is any question, Alguire suggests con- tacting ODF, 503-623-8146. The ODF website, includes valuable information. And remember ... anyone who ignores the bum ban and starts a fire will be held liable, Alguire wamed. No date set for ya]:d sale discussion By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun Discussion about the yard sale ordinance in Sheridan won't be taking place anytime soon, but it will be placed on the agenda for a work session sometime in the future. That response came in reply to Councilor Chris Ehry's request to put the ordinance on the agenda for the October 3 meet- ing. The agenda is already full for the next work session, City Manager Frank Sheridan ex- plained. Not only will the coun- cil be reviewing the Develop- ment Code changes, but it needs to complete the city manager's performance ap- praisal. With the end of the yard sale season nearing, delaying a re- view of the ordinance shouldn't be a problem, Sheridan told Ehry. Additionally, the concern Sheridan said he heard voiced was enforcement -- lfyou "re going to have it, enforce it. As a result, the city stepped up enforcement. "We're getting compliance," Sheridan said. The topic of yard sales will appear on an agenda when it can be reasonably fit in, Ehry was told. Then it can be dis- cussed until the council is happy with the ordinance. Willamina councils hires Kennedy to city office Local residents visiting Wil- lamina City Hall will soon be greeted by the newest staff member--Shawn Rose Kennedy. The Willamina City Coun- cil approved hiring Kennedy at the Sept. 8 meeting. Kennedy will assist with customer service, court services and general office work. Add- ing an additional employee at City Hall will also allow for more separation of duties--a concern addressed by the fraud specialist hired by the city to strengthen its fiscal controls of cash transactions. Kennedy was chosen from a field of 36 applicants. Of those, five were interviewed by a committee consisting of City Recorder Sue Hollis, Councilor Ila Skyberg and Office Coor- dinator Debra Bernard. The new office specialist is not new to the area. She lives between Sheridan and Wil- lamina and her children at- tended the Willamina School District. She has been active in the community and has served Speaker Ethics is topic of Rotary speech Addressing the Sheridan Rotary Club today at noon at the Green Frog Restaurant banquet room will be Robert Repp. He will talk to the group of business people and community leaders about medical ethics. The Sheridan Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon at the Green Frog. Births Born at Willamette Valley Medical Center, McMinnville: Melanie Miehelle Carr, 8 lbs. 2 ozs., daughter of Felicia and Christopher Carr, Grand Ronde, Aug. 31. Birth announcements may be submitted to The Sun by calling 503-843-2312, ext. 204 or sending a FAX to 503-843-3830. Our email address is You're Invitei00 to our Tiri Aroma[ Community Awgrds Banquet Satur00a?9 Oct. ] Federal Corrections Institution Ballston Rd. Social Hour: 5:30 - 6:30 pm Dinner & Program: 6:30 - 9 pm Buffet Featuring: Home-made Jambalaya (made by our own Harry Cooley) Meatballs, Pasta and Sauces Salad & Vegetarian Selections Rolls, Dessert and Beverages Our theme this year: "MARDI GRAS" $15 per person until Sept. 23 $20 after 9/23 & at the door. Please bring non-perishable food items for food bank. For tickets please call 971-241-7178 PLEASE join us as we onor Outstanding Community Members Sponsored by on the school district budget committee. The council approved pay- ing $11/hour for the part-time position with a 5 percent in- crease scheduled after suc- cessful completion of a 6- month probationary period. According to the staffreport, the new city employee was available to begin work on Monday. WVFD meeting canceled The West Valley Fire District board meeting scheduled for Sept. 8 was canceled due to a lack of quorum. The meet- ing will not be rescheduled. The next regular board meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13. 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Siobhan Taylor, a spokes- guests and employees and di- recting them during the evacuation process. "It worked as it was planned," Fritz said. According to West Valley Fire Chief Chuck Eddings, when fire crews arrived on scene, responders at the ca- sino were using a fire extin- guisher, discharged through an access panel in the wall, to put the fire out. The fire was quickly ex- tinguished and the lodge guests were allowed to return to their rooms within 30 min- utes, Fritz said. Damage was limited to the ground floor of the build- ing. The restroom sustained some damage as the result of fire personnel accessing the fire, which was in the wall. The gift shop walls were damaged, not the merchan- dise, and it is scheduled to reopen on Friday. Fire engines responded from the West Valley Fire sta- tions in Grand Ronde and Willamina and from Sheri- dan Fire District. A crew from Dallas was also dispatched, but was cancelled enroute. While West Valley Fire Dis- trict personnel checked the floors above the fire for ex- tension, Sheridan fire fighters took a thermal imaging cam- era up onto the roof to look person for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde who was pleased with the rapid emergency response, called it "fantastic." From the first re- sponders at the casino and the firefighters stationed in Grand Ronde to the backup units coming from Willamina and Sheridan, the response was rapid and the fire was imme- diately extinguished. "It just makes me so happy that we built the new fire sta- tion on Grand Ronde Road," Taylor said. Damage was limited to the ground floor. Eddings esti- mated the damage to the restroom to be a couple thou- sand dollars. The casino, he said, would assess the extent of the smoke damage to items in the gift shop, which he called "light." The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Fire Investigation Team, com- posed of representatives from the State Fire Marshal's of- fice, the McMinnville, Newberg and Dayton fire de- partments and the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, was called in look into the cause of the fire. They are being as- sisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Hopefully they will have answers in two weeks, Eddings said. Tomotoes Sweet Corn 00onl], Berries & Frutt, Peppers, Squosh, Cucumbers, HozelnuB U-Pick/We Pick Open Daily 8 - 6 I McM Farmer's Market ./ 00Ch.rches Good Shepherd Catholic Church 127 NE Hill Street, Sheridan. 503-843-2206. Deacon David Briedwell, Pastoral Administrator. Come celebrate with us. Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m. Reconciliation 30 minutes before Sunday Mass. Pinochle 2nd Sunday each month 1 p.m. in the Hall. Willamina Free Methodist Church 253 NE D Street, Willamina. 503-876-4085. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sheridan United Methodist Church 234 N. Bridge Street, Sheridan. 503-843-2776. Pastor Ken Johnson. Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Prayer Circle Tuesday 5:30-6:30 p.m. Open Door Community Church 339 NW Sherman Street, Sheridan, 503-843-6736, Sunday Meeting 10:15 a.m. Dur- ing the week Home Meetings and Youth Happenings. Jim Cook, Lead Pastor. Calvary Chapel West Valley 121 NE Yamhill St., Sheridan. 503-852-7195 or message: 503- 843-PRAY (7729). Pastor Thorn Carden. Sunday fellowship 10 a.m. Service 10:30 a.m. Womens' Bible Study 7 p.m. Monday. Mens' Bible Study 7 p.m. Wednesday. Seventh-day Adventist Churches Grand Ronde: 27660 Salmon River Hwy., 503-879-5812. Sheri- dan: 940 W. Main St., 503-843-5151. Services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sabbath School, 11 a.m. Worship service. West Valley Chris- tian School, Grand Ronde, 503-879-5812. Pastor: Ron Wearner. New Hope Christian Center 919 SW 2nd St., Sheridan. Call 503-843-3277. Online: http:// Pastor David Kennedy. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday activities 7 p.m. Complete listings available online. Church of the Nazarene 917 S. Bridge St., Sheridan. 503-843-3262. Senior Pastor: Monte Wing. Youth Pastor: Lindsay Raybould. Sunday Schools 9:30 a.m. Worship celebration 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening Bible Study 6 p.m. Youth and adult events throughout the week. Willamina Christian Church 209 S.E. Baker St., Willamina. 503-876-2097. Pastor Don Shelton. Sunday services: Bible School 9:30 a.m., morning worship 10:45 a.m. Jr. Church for ages 3 through 5th grade. Nursery for ages up to 3 years. Crossroads Worship Center 330 S. Main St., Willamina, OR 97396. Pastor Randall Long. 503-876-4424. Sunday 9:30 a.m. Monday Men's 6 p.m. Tues- day Youth 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Adult & Kids 7 p.m. Home groups & College and Career groups, check website for more information: i Emmanuel Lutheran Church, ELCA 315 S. Main, Willamina. 503-876-6844. Debra Lynn Carlson, pastor. Sunday worship service i ii!!  ili .... 10:30 a.m. WELCA 1 p.m. first Thursday. Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS 311 SE Schley St., P.O. Box 128, Sheridan, OR 97378. 503-843-4747. Eugene Ludwig, pastor. Fall Schedule: Sunday Education Hour, all ages 9 a.m. Worship with holy communion 10:30 a.m. Ladies Bible Study Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Ladies Aid (LWML) first Monday each month, 7 p.m. We welcome all visitors and look forward to meeting you. Sheridan Mennonite Church 240 S.W. Madison, Sheridan. 503-843- 3224. Pastor Gary Nice. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship service 11 a.m. Evening service 6 p.m. Wednesday evening Bible , study and prayer meet- ...... ing 7:30 p.m.