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SERVING SHERIDAN, WILLAMINA AND GRAND RONDE SINCE 1881 Her Team Only You ... Third grader becomes first girl 'Red Flag' week reminds us all to quarterback in the league, be careful in the woods, taking pre- =. _ prevent fires. r! SPORTS, 8 cautions to --NEWS, 6 =. .... kin Young mother killed in roll-over By Scott Arany Correspondent, The Sun Candace M. Diaz, 23, of Sheridan, was killed after her vehicle rolled on Highway 18B near Rock Creek Road early on Saturday moming, Oct. 6. Diaz was driving eastbound on Highway 18B at approxi- mately 2:55 a.m. when her 1996 Ford Explorer traveled onto the eastbound shoulder after a leftward curve in the road. Diaz over-corrected, caus- ing the vehicle to veer across the highway and into a ditch where it rolled after colliding with a driveway headwall. She was not wearing a seatbelt. Diaz was pronounced deceased at the scene. Oregon State Police troop- ers from the McMinnville Area Command office continue to investigate the incident. OSP was assisted at the scene by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Sheridan Fire District, and Oregon Depart- ment of Transportation. The highway was closed for about three hours during the in- vestigation. Diaz, an employee at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, is survived by her parents Denna and Manuel Diaz; brothers, Manuel Diaz III, Arthur and Donivan Diaz and Keenan and Brendon Ulestad; sister, Tajia Ulestad; and infant daughter, Jayde Diaz. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde tribal gynma- slum. Candace M. Diaz died after crashing on High- way 18B Saturday. Chief parts ways 1Eddings, District agree on severance By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun After more than a decade as fire chief of the West Val- ley Fire District, Friday marked the last day for Chuck Eddings. "He's gone," said Board Chair Rick Mishler on Monday. According to Mishler, Eddings voluntarily left the fire district. The decision was mutually agreed to by Eddings and the fire board. "The district wishes him well and thanks him for his years of service and stew- ardship," Mishler said. Eddings was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 27. Last month the board authorized Director Connie Crawford-Lain and the attorney fo/the fire dis- trier, Christy Monson, to negotiate lrms of the fire chief ployment con- it him. As a result, the fire district and Eddings agreed to part ways. Eddings was hired in Sep- tember of 2001 following a rapid succession of eight fire chiefs in less than five years. Soon after he was hired, Eddings discovered discrep- ancies in the fire district's ac- counting system which led to the resignation and subse- quent arrest and conviction of the fire district clerk on charges of aggravated theft and official misconduct. In a letter written by Crawford-Lain, Eddings was praised for doing a good job of guiding the board and his skiU in managing the district's budget and fiscal affairs. "He was really good with finances," agreed board member Twila Hill. Eddings, she said, got a handle on the district's fi- nances and got things sWaightened out. The fire board will dis- cuss plans to fill the vacancy when it meets at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11. Photo by Scott Arany The day after, family memlm look at the aftermath of a fire that destroyed a Grand Ronde home Friday morning. Heroic escape saves family from blaze By Scott Arany Correspondent, The Sun Get your message Despite the loss of their en- tire house, the Swoyer family managed to escape their bum-. ing home on Friday morning, Oct. 5, on Andy RiggS Road in Grarld Ronde. Elderly homeowner Carol Swoyer woke to flames last Friday morning from a fire that began on her front porch. Swoyer roused her husband, John, and went upstairs to wake her daughter, Kate Swoyer, in time to escape. While John managed to get out of the house along with their dog Willy, Carol and Kate i out there! SPECIAL EVENTS " I Call Paula at . \\; i/l 503-843-2312 The00Sun - ext. 202 .I ..: : __fN k. *'J corn U II 111:111 111 Ilk I1  found themselves trapped up- stairs. Flames blocked the stair- case. Desperately looking for an escape, Kate saw a window leading to an outside porch roof--but the window wouldn't open. "The top opened, but not the bottom," Kate told The Sun. By luck, the women were in Carol's collection room. "My mom collects stuff, and she had this cast iron frying pan." Kate smashed the window open with the frying pan, cutting her hand in the process, and prepared to jump out the second-story win- dow. "Before I knew it I felt a lad- der under my feet," said Kate. Seeing his family's dangerous position, father John Swoyer found a ladder so they could escape. Now safe, family and dog watched their house bum, with their belongings and cherished memories inside. "We have nothing," said Carol. "We got out with the clothes on our back." Sheridan Fire District medi- cal units took the Swoyer fam- ily to the hospital to be tended for smoke inhalation and the cuts to Kate's hand. Despite their loss, the Swoyers are deeply grateful to the responding emergency per- sonnel. In addition to their firefighting, the crews shared pizza with the family. "They're very lucky," com- mented Deputy Fire Marshal Debbie McDermott of the McMinnville Fire Investigation Team fliT). "If [John] hadn't gotten that ladder it would've been different." West Valley Fire District re- ceived the call at 8:08 a.m. and within six minutes a four-man engine company arrived on scene from the West Valley Fire District Grand Ronde Substa- tion. The house was fully in- volved when they arrived, mak- ing any recovery of the build- ing impossible despite the fire HOUSE FIRE [ Page 6 Have you Made Your Plans for Tomorrow? Prearrangement means putting your affairs in order in advance, so that the difficult decisions won't be left to grieving relatives at a time when they are least able to handle them. You can decide the type of service and costs you think appropriate, and your individual preferences will be completely assured. Full Service Funeral Home Also uovhhng Cremation Services Val Adamson 503-843-2S25 Sheridan, Oregon Serv/ng a//7a00 & Cemeter00s II qf]er the bwest rote_, mmhiH C;ou): 'Red Flag' week 2012 ROYALTY Homecoming King and Queen Trevor Hunt and Destiny Osborn take their place in front of the rest of the homecoming court on Friday night. The Bulldogs whipped Amity 30-8 on the football field, read about it on Page 10. More photos online at SheridanSun.com. Photo by Lance Malteron 1Multiple brush fires keep area firefighters plenty busy By Scott Arany Correspondent, The Sun Several brush fires kept local fire districts extremely busy last week. While none of the fires caused significant damage., their number and close prox-. imity in time added signifi- cant complications to re- sponse efforts. Wind, low humidity and unseasonably high temperatures all con- tributed to red flag weather conditions. The first small blaze oc- curred last Wednesday after- noon, Oct. 3, on Southwest Willamina Creek Road, eight miles north of Willamina. The small brush fu'e, ap- proximately 50 feet by 50 feet, was contained quickly by the West Valley Fire Dis- trict. Cause of the fire is un- determined. Next, a small brush grass fire on Rock Creek Road at 3:57 p.m., also on Wednes- day, was quickly contained by responding crews from Sheridan Fire District, West Valley Fire District and the Oregon Department of For- estry. Cause of the fire is be- lieved to have been a ciga- rette butt flicked from a car window. The entire event lasted about 20 minutes and burned about 200 feet. Shortly afterwards, two fires and a false alarm kept firefighters incredibly busy and spread resources thin: West Valley Fire District crews responded to a report of smoke in a building at 5 p.m. on Yamhill River Road east of Willamina. Upon ar- rival and investigation, no source or fire was detected. Twenty minutes later, while crews were still re- sponding to the smoke re- port, a brush fire was re- ported on the 600=block of North Main Street in down- town Willamina. Crews BRUSH FIRES I Page 6 i WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS Bulldog Round-up BBQ & Auction: Oct. 12, WHS. Silent auction starts 5 p.m., dinner, entertainment, oral auction follow. Tickets available at WHS. Veterans Garage Sale: 9 am. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12-13, Willamina VFW Hall, 771 NE Main St. Sponsored by AMVETS Post 2000. Wlllamlna VFW Post 4211 Breakfast: 7-! 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. All you can eat, $6. Hot cakes, ham, eggs, sausage, biscuits/gravy, coffee. Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, United Methodist Church, 234 N. Bridge St., Sheridan. 'Nourish Yamhlll Valley' Community Convereatlon: Sat., Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sheridan Japanese School. Lunch provided. Childcara available. RSVP required, nourishyamhillvailey.org or 503-687-1487. Buell Grange 2rid Sunday Breakfast:. 8-11 a.m. Oct. 14. Buell Grange, 5970 Mill Creek Rd., off Hwy. 22. $6 incL juice/coffee, Info: 503-843-4703. Good Slrd Church Spaghetti Dinner w/saled btr dessert: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. E. Main St., Sheridan. Adults $7.50, se- niors $6.50, kids 6-12 $3.50, kids 5 and under free. 9 Salleton Flea Market: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Tables for rer2 for $10 for October only. Contact Vickle Rober at 503-843-7444. i ii SPONsOR NEEDED for this events cal: tall P#, 503-843-2312 ext. I I i I II ]I