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8 The Sun, Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Bulldogs: Connued from PAGE lO SHS girls finish XC race together sacked Tyler for a loss and a short punt gave the Bulldogs the ball at midfield. A turnover on downs and then an- other punt gave the Bulldogs even better field position at Toledo's 37. With 2:25 left in the first half, Wil- lamina Coach Tim France pulled a trick out of his playbook. Hunt tossed the ball to the right to his brother who threw downfield for an open Bmckner, but just missed. On the very next play Hunt threw right to Hunt again and instead of throw- ing the ball down the field, he threw it right hack to his brother who carried the ball for a first down to the 15. The Hunt-to-Hunt-to-Hunt trick play set up a two-yard quick slant TD pass to Bmckner with 47 seconds on the clock. Hunt connected with Miller in the backfield who carried the ball in for two. The Bulldogs took a 22-0 lead to the lockers for halftime. Wdlamina marched fight down and scored early in the third, but the 11- yard touchdown pass to Brandon Englund was wiped off the books be- cause of a holding penalty. A failed reverse attempt and a sack and the Bulldogs had to punt from the Toledo 40. The Boomers converted twice on fourth down before the Bulldogs stopped them at the 21-yard-line. The remainder of the game, the ball went back and forth turned over on downs, fumbles and interceptions and punts. "We did really well the first half, played very, very well. I'm very happy," France said. "The second half we were trying a few new things and we didn't do as well. I think our kids were still trying really hard, we were just making a few mistakes." The Bulldogs play at Kennedy High School in Mt. Angel on Friday night at 7 p.m. Mackenzie Hall, "l'abltha Mueller and Danlelle Womeldorf hold hands as they cross the finish line. By Herb Swett Correspondent, The Sun Photo by Clinton Vlnlng Mackenzie Hall, Tabitha Mueller and Danielle Wolmendorf held hands and crossed the finish line Thursday in a show of unity for a first-place fin- ish at a cross country meet at Wil- lamina. The three Spartan girls as well as the three Spartan boys ran 3,500 meters in the JV division, because coach Barbie Justen wanted to take more time, especially in the exlremely hot weather, for conditioning to reach the 5,000-meter varsity level. "I expect the team to be to that level before long," she said. The girls' time was 18:42. The boys' times were 16:26 for Cody Knuth and Mark Anderson in an 11 th-place tie and 18:49 for Patrick Mueller in 18th place. Next is the Monster Meet today at Silver Creek Falls. Kennedy High School is the host. Racing in the heat As temperatures soared above 90 degrees, the Wil- lamina High School cross country runners lapped the Oaken Hill Campus, running 5,000 meters in the WHS Invitational last Thursday afternoon. TJ Greenhill, Willamina's fastest, finished third in 19:51. Vemonia's Nathan Fleck won the race in 19:10. Jordan Robertson (21:56), Cody Coblentz (22:32), Skyler Voigt (23:24), Nie Goodman (25:16), Coty Brown (25:22) and Jordan Voigt (25:44) also raced in the varsity race. "TJ ran really well today, even in the heat," said coach Ariah Fasana. "He wasn't breaking 20 minutes until the end of last season, so he is way ahead of where he was." David Calaway placed fourth (14:25) in the junior varsity race. He is a freshman and this was his first race. Bulldog TJ Grsenhlll crests one of several hllls the runners must navlgate st the WHS Invltatlonal last Thursday. Photo by Clinton Vlnlng Spartans: Continued from PA GE 10 passes were to Jon Harris for 25 yards and Hamilton Mateski for 65. The remaining first- quarter score for North Bend was a two-yard run by Kai Johnson. In the second quarter, Johnson ran for a 15- yard touchdown, and Mateski threw to Alex Dew for a 47-yard score. The third-quarter touchdown was on a 14-yard run by Mason Laird. One of Sheridan's quarterbacks, K yle Edwards, missed the game because of a death in his family. Matt Bushbaum got twice as much time at quar- terback as he nonnally would have and, in Ingram's words, "did make some sophomore mistakes in his first varsity game but did some things well." Another game with a higher-classification school, Portland's Roosevelt, is on the Spartans' schedule. Ingram said that game also should give his players valuable experience. Expansion: Opponents 'disapp )inmd' in county commissioners' approval Continued from PAGE 1 between McMinnville and Sheridan. ''We deserved a real answer, whether you liked the landfill expansion or not, both sides de- served a decision. The long drawn-out process does the whole community a disservice, Lewis said, expressing the frus- tration of all combatants in the : matter. Lewis said commissioners were following last year's Land Use Board of Appeals ruling that if the county wanted to have solid waste facilities any- where in the county, they had to amend their zoning ordi- nance to match state law which allows solid waste facilities on farmland. "The county was more re- strictive than state law," she said. "We're doing what LUBA told us to do. We took the lan- guage right out of state law and state administrative role." By January this year, when a confusing Oregon Appeals Court decision sent the ease back to the county, the compli- cated case, filled with nearly impenetrable land use legal jar- gon, already had dragged on for some three years. The process included a pub- lic vote, numerous hearings, and a commissioned report from an engineering consulting firm, and ended when Commis- sioners Lewis and George voted to allow the expansion. Commissioner Mary Stem has reeused herself from all as- pects of the expansion request, initially citing a potential con- riot of interest because her hus- band was an executive with Western Oregon Waste, one of Riverbend's largest customers. He now works for Waste Man- agement. Battling the expansion ev- ery step of the way has been a group of local residents named Waste Not of Yamhill County, which noted their "disappoint- ment" with last week' s decision VOLLEYBALL Nickie Gibbs Sheridan High School proudly salutes Nickie Gibbs as its athlete of the week, for her excellent spiking ability on the Volleyball court. Nickie had 6 kills against Willamina. Keep up the great work, Nickie! FOOTBALL Travis Hunt Willamina High School proudly salutes Travis Hunt as its athlete of the week. 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Their weapons of choice in the battle have been websites, personal public appeals, law- suits challenging county deci- sions, and dozens of appear- ances before planning commis- sion, county commissioners, Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and courts. In the public vote in 2008, 58 percent of the voters said it was okay to expand the exisling landfill or new landfills within 2,000 feet ofthe floodplain, while 42 percent were in favor ofban- ning such expansion. Waste Not urged the county to emphasize recycling and pro- ductive re-use of waste without doubling the size of the landfill with out-of-county garbage. Waste Management fought back with a website of its own, a well-executed, extensive letter- writing campaign to all county newspapers, and numerous newspaper ads describing their green technology using methane to produce electricity. The company also tried to work with local residents. Dur- ing the permitting process, company managers modified the size of the requested expan- sion, particularly the waste pile's proposed increase in height. They also put in generators to produce electricity from the 1.2 billion BTU per day of meth- ane that was being burned off on the landfill site and intend to sell itto McMinnville Water and Light. The company says the landfill is currently turning methane into enough electricity to supply 2,500 homes. The Waste Not of Yamhill County coalition strongly op- posed the change to the Zon- ing Ordinance. "If, as stated, the Commis- sioners' rationale in support of the amendment was to allow for development of alternative technology for municipal solid waste disposal in Yamhill County," a Waste Not press re- lease commented, the amend- ment to the Zoning Ordinance could have had different word- ing which would have done that, while not allowing land- fill expansion on farm land. Riverbend is supervised by state regulators. The landfill moved from its Whiteson loca- tion to the Riverbend site in 1982. Waste Management bought the landfill in 1994. Charter: if there is a measure, likely to voters in May or November of 2012 Continued from PAGE 1 Last month Councilor Chris Ehry asked to change the char- ter to give the council the op- tion of holding a special elec- tion to fill vacancies. The cost of holding a spe- cial election is estimated to be between $3,000 and $4,000, City Manager Frank Sheridan told the council. "It's an open- ended cost," he said. When Sheridan contacted the county elections official, he couldn't get exact numbers. The cost, he said, is calculated at the time of the election. "It just made me nervous," Sheridan said. Since postage and printed material is a large part of the cost, the number of registered voters plays a key role in deter- mining the cost. Recounts and hand-counts, if they become necessary, add to the bill. In addition to the direct cost of the election, there are oppor- tunity costs---the benefit, profit or value of something that must be given up to acquire or achieve something else. These costs can be accrued by the city, county or state, Sheridan ex- plained. If the council had more than one vacancy to fill in a year, the cost would climb. During the pat five years, 11 officials have been appointed to vacant mayor and council seats. Since Janu- ary two council members have been appointed to fill vacancies. "It's not unusual to have two or three a year," City Attorney Walt Gowell told the council. While some people in the community have expressed in- terest in filling council vacan- cies by election, the cost con- ceres them. Councilor Rene Quinones said that the people he had spoken with were uncom- fortable with additional costs for elections. Councilor Harry Cooley said everyone he talked to said it was not a good idea as soon as they heard it cost money. "This is not the time, in my opinion, to increase the cost," said Quinones. Councilors Cooley, Roxie Acuff, Sue Cain and Larry MeCandless con- eurred. Ehry did not believe that cost should be the deciding fac- tor. "I think we have plenty of money to throw around," he countered, citing the amount paid annually for the city manager's salary. The council opted for a less expensive approach. The con- sensus of the council was to ap- point someone until the next general election. This is the method used to fill vacancies for cities chartered under the Act of 1893, Gowell explained. If a council seat is vacated in the third or fourth year of the term, the appointment would be for the remainder of the term. If the appointment is long-term (more than 28 months), the council would appoint some- one to fill the vacancy until the next general election. In some cases the election would in- volve a two-year term in order to maintain a 4-year rotation of council seats. Not only would this option avoid the additional expense of holding special elections, it would ensure that vacancies are filled in a timely manner. State law dictates on which days elections for city office can be held. There are only four per year. With filing cutoffs 12 weeks in advance in election years and eight weeks in ad- vance in non-election years, council seats could remain empty for up to six months. Ehry, who was elected to the council in November, said he believes appointment encour- ages favoritism and does not promote democracy. One method of filling vacancies that he would support is giving the top vote getter &om the preced- ing election the fwst right of refusal for appointment to the position. "That is not an appoint- ment," said City Attorney Walt Gowell. The council must be free to choose the best appli- cant among those who have volunteered to serve. That de- cision is to be made at the time of the appointment. The coun- cil cannot delegate that respon- sibility to anyone. "Councils have to be free to make that choice if there is an appointment process," Gowell said. If the council approves a charter amendment measure, it was recommended that it be placed on the ballot of the May primary or the November 2012 general election. { ,i