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Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde t"~-- r" -,31VAo '.~GZd-.,--'~.~:i:d,::-:; S~t NVPq..L I NI]) ~t~-!~ I CI~ AJ_Nr'ICI:D SZ 9N ]1 (IN I :]):~l-ICl:::I ~gN i BIB"lJ VOLUME 94, NO. 43 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1994 50 CENTS PER COPY Spartans will use Chapman gym for hoops Structural engineers looked at the Nken trusses over the Sheridan Itigh School gym Friday, but come up with a solution head custodian Arnold said the engineers will t~tllm this week. "We are going to open up a e~Uple holes on the west side of the t001',, he said. "Then we'll put a devise on the cords to see if is any more movement, l'm to try to get the engineers ty." cracks were found in the and bol cords of two of the over the gym two weeks The m has been closed to all personnel since then. ]'he engineers also looked at ~ks in the walls outside the gym ~to the senior lockers and ~Ostetler said it is hard to tell ri the cracks developed. cracks had been taped and over years ago," he said. have also been painted over 1 got here in 1987." added, "We will be keeping on the cracks. But there be a problem. We've the trusses." 15 6X6 beams spanning the floor to the ceiling were 10 days ago to brace the trusses. and the structural engi- are trying to find the blue- from the building of the high in 1963. gym was built in the late 1940s and the school was built around the gym in 1963. Hostetler said the blueprints may give the engineers a clue why the trusses cracked. It was also decided last week that the Sheridan girls and boys basket- ball teams will practice and play games in the Chapman School gym until the problems at the high school By Travis Moore Staff Writer, The Sun Willamina fire chief Bob Eddy turned in his letter of resignation at the fire board meeting Thursday night. Eddy said the board didn't take any action on his letter of resigna- tion at Thursday's meeting. Another volunteer fireman also handed in his resignation at the meeting. The board took no action on Gary Simpson's resignation. The board reached a resolution on suspended volunteer Chris Voigt. The resolution says that Voigt can't come onto district property or be on emergency scenes. The fire board issued a press release Friday. The document said that the district "is in the process of utilizing a citizen's input committee gym are repaired. The Chapman gym will see a lot of action. The Chapman 7th and 8th grade girls, 7th and 8th grade boys, varsity and JV high school girls and varsity and JV high school boys teams will all practice and play games in the Chapman gym. The high school basketball season starts in about two weeks. to help settle the emotional pro- cess." The release went on to say, "Many of the volunteers are to be commended for their continual dedication to serve the district. Chief Eddy, the volunteers and the district board want to assure the district that fire/ambulance protec- tion is and will be available day and night." The statement said the three sus- pended volunteers have numerous violations of district regulations, some occurring before the Summer Jam, and some occurring after. Fire board chairman Vernon Mos- ser said, "There has been a lot of confrontation, discussion and vent- ing over all of this. I just hope we are finally getting over the hump on this thing." .... .=,. ,,& ........... John Hampton, right, president of Willamina Lumber Co., walks with Bill Witt, left, Republican candidate for First Congressional District, and his campaign manager after Witt gave talk to crew at Fort Hill Lumber last week. Witt vowed to "bring balance" to federal Endangered Species Act and support timber harvesting on federal forests.--Photo by George Robertson. Former Wiilamina High School teacher and coach John Groth pleaded guilty to official miscon- duct in the first degree and attempted contributing to the sexu,,i delinquency of a minor in Yamhill County District Court last week. Judge Wayne Harris sentenced Groth to a total of 10 years formal probation, and 90 days of house arrest, according to Deputy District Attorney Lori Coukoulis. He will also have to resign any teaching position, and turn in his teaching certificate to the state board of education. Groth's probation also requires that he undergo sex offense evalua- tion and treatment. He is to have no unsupervised contact with females ages 10-18, and absolutely no con- tact with the victim. Groth was facing eight counts of sex abuse, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor and official misconduct in the first degree involving a ! 7 year-old girl when he worked in the YamhilI-Carlton dis- trict in 1991. The Willamina school district placed Groth on leave in May. He resigned in July. Groth taught social studies at WiUamina High School along with coaching last year's football and softball teams. Incumbent experience important Ted Lopuszynski will a bid for his sixth term as a County commissioner in 8 general election against Rob Johnstone. nski has heard charges kger that he has been too long. But it is that that Lopuszynski says him a stronger candidate. opponent has called me the man," Lopuszynski said. Says that is how much the has paid me in salary in my in office." "I say, why throw away I have nearly 20 ~ eperience at this job. I know and what doesn't." mski said commissioners get paid a little more than He said that number than all of the surrounding except Polk. 80 percent of a commis- job is administrative," he 'I don't think many admini- in the area would want to Salaries with me." nski said he would be to term limits. people are the judge," he give the term limits. they think someone isn't they vote them out." added, "We've had five com- voted out of office since been here. It is not right to people the right to vote for they want to." 'nski said the most issues facing the county entbrcement, health care, and dealing with a tighter budget. juvenile crime levy was very important in, our fight against crime, he said. Juvenile crime is the fastest growing segment. This will help us deal with this serious problem, but it is not the answer in itself. Prevention is important." , He said the newly created Com- mission on Children and Families is one of the most important activities in which he worked during the past year. "We tiffed all of the best people for the commission," he said. "They deal with at-risk kids so hopefully they won't be a part of those crime statistics in the future." Turning to land use issues, Lopus- zynski said the growth issue is made even more difficult by the state's policies. "I think the state plan is too restrictive and too legalistic," he said. "It troubles me that people who own land can't always build on it. I don't want to cut out large chunks of agricultural land, but people are being robbed of their vested rights." Lopuszynski said a few of the measures on the Oregon ballot will effect county government if passed. "Measure 5 would prohibit cities and counties from raising fees," he said. "Much of the counties money comes from fees. The measure is too cumbersome. It would have a nega- tive impact." Measure 15 will also hurt the county by taking money away from city and county operating funds, he said. Lopuszynski said the sheriff's substation in Sheridan and the clinic at Willamina High School demon- strate the extension of services to the West Valley. He promised to try to extend more services to outlying areas as long as there is money for such projects. The 10-year serial levy for the county's road system will be paid in two years but Lopuszynski said it is Ted Lopuszynski Meet the candidate Name:Ted Lopuszynski Age: 56 Residence: McMinnville Occupation: Yamhill County Commis- sioner, 20 years. Spent one year in Salem school district as administrative assistant. Spent nine months working in the state Senate. Private business for five years. Education: Degree in political science from Washington State University. Previous public service: Marine Corps 10 years, former member of Yamhill County Planning Commission, Associa- tion of Oregon Counties, the senior ser- vices agency, former chairman of state welfare commission, Mid-WUlamette Val- ley Council of Governments. too early to say if another levy is needed. "The levy and gas tax have helped bring the roads up to a decent level," he said. "I won't make a committment on another levy until we see the conditions of our road system when the current levy is over." In the end, Lopuszynski said his experience sets him apart. "As commissioner you deal with a myriad of problems," he said. "Often the problems and services of the county seem to mesh together. Understanding that mesh is a key part of the job.." [3 Johnstone says 20 years is too long Republican Rob Johnstone of McMinnville wants to take the county commissioner seat Ted Lopuszynski has held for nearly 20 years. Johnstone is running against Lopuszynski in the Nov. 8 general election. He knows it won't be an easy task. He lost to Lopuszynski by a few thousand votes in the 1986 election. Johnstone said he thinks 20 years is too long for any politician to hold office. "I favor term limits," he said. "With today's political landscape I think politics has become big busi- ness. Politicians that keep getting elected can form coalitions that make it difficult for anyone to challenge them." Johnstone wants fewer special levies to come in front of the voters. "I'm in favor of limited govern- ment and. less taxes," he said. "I'd like to see some of the existing levies fall into the general tax base. It would eliminate the need for special levies. The people get held hostage every couple years with the special levies." Johnstone says one of his biggest jobs as commissioner will be deal- ing with what we calls the land use quagmire. "Dealing with land use is going to be a big job," he said. "Between the state regulations and environ- mental groups it will be a tough job." Johnstone said the highest prior- ity with the rapid growth in the area is the infrastructure of the county. "We need to make sure the roads are maintained," he said. "We need to make sure that everyone has access to utilities that needs it." He added, "We need to stay up to date on these infrastructure changes. The county can't stop growth. We need to make arrangements for its orderly development." Johnstone also said the mainte- nance of roads is one of the most important issues the county deals with. "I think I would like to bring the maintenance of roads under the general fund budget," he said. "But I need to know more about the dollar amounts first." He added that the current 10-year serial levy for the roads came at a critical stage for the county. When the levy expires, he said, another may not be necessary. Johnstone said all of the state measures will effect the county in some ways, but he refused to single out any one in particular. Johnstone said he thinks it is time for a change in the county commis- sioner's office. "I'm running because 20 years is too long for anyone to be in county government," he said. "I'd like the opportunity to try to give the county less government and to do more with what we have." Rob Johnstone Meet the candidate Name:Robert Johnstone Age: 37 Reeidence: McMinnville Occupation: Energy conservation ana- lyst for McMinnville Water and Light. Education: Graduated McMinnville High School. Less than one year at Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and one year at Oregon State University. Previous public service: Served on McMinnville city council. Former vice- chairman of Yamhill County Republican Committee. Treasurer for Committee to Stop State Financed Abortions in 1986. Served on Governor's children's task force. Served on McMinnville Christian School board for three years. West Valley Weather Report Weather for Oct. 18-24, 1994 Sheridan High Low Prec. Tuesday: 69 33 0.00 Wednesday: 71 41 0.00 Thursday: 65 45 Na Friday: 66 44 Na Saturday: 67 35 Na Sunday: 72 42 0.00 Monday: 71 37 0.00 Monthly: 0.21 Outlook: Wlllamlna Grand Ronde High Low Prec. High Low Prec. 65 32 0.01 66 31 0.00 70 39 0.00 66 37 0.00 64 46 0.05 60 42 0.14 64 43 0.11 62 42 0.14 67 38 0.01 64 34 0.00 70 43 0.00 67 40 0.00 67 35 0.00 66 36 0.00 0.75 1.20 High Low Prec. Wednesday: Windy! Periods of rain. Thursday: Windy! Periods of rain, mainly north. Friday: Periods of rain. Afternoon clearing. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Na = Not Available 62 47 70% 61 45 70% 57 42 60% 60 37 40% Compiled by Quentin Calder Shop with us and this Halloween won't be the least bit scary. With one quick, convenient stop, , you'll be able to get treats, decorations, even I You're probably well aware of your family's life ...,--..-,,. great costumes. And you'll find everything at I Insurance needs. And you probably have ques, tions ...... ~'" "\ prices that are a real treat. 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The historic Ballston School will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m.