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SERVING SHERIDAN, WILLAMINA AND GRAND RONDE SINCE 1881 WHS Tourney Heat Your Home Bulldogs and Lady Dawgs host The Sun has discovered that this year Vernonia, Toledo and Nestucca at the cost of natural gas is actually down, annual Willamina Tournament. but how do other fuel sources compare? --SPORTS, 14 --NEWS, 7 Contributed Photo Matthew Gretzon, 15, of Salem, was accidentally shot and killed Sunday in Grand Ronde. 15 year old killed in hunting accident I Sheriff reminds hunters to be safe and wear orange By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun It was meant to be an enjoy- able day on Sunday when Rodney Gretzon took his 15- year-old son Matthew hunting near the home of the teen's uncle, Troy Gretzon, of Grand Ronde, but in a split second the day took a tragic turn when the Salem youth was struck by a bullet and killed. The hunting party, consist- ing of the two adults along with Matthew and Troy's ll-year- old daughter, was looking for cow elk in the 59000 block of Highway 22 about three miles north of Grand Ronde. "Matthew was struck in the back at 10:30 a.m. when his uncle fired through heavy brush," said Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree. "Mat- thew was wearing.camouflage clothing in an area where the party had seen elk earlier." An ambulance from West Valley Fire District was called to the scene. Soon after a REACH helicopter was dis- patched, but it was too late to save the life of the teenager. He died at the scene. Matthew Gretzon was a stu- dent at McKay High School where he was in ninth grade. "It was definitely an acci- dent," said Capt. Ken Summers of the sheriff's office. Even though the death was ruled ac- cidental the sheriff's office is sending the results of the inves- tigation to the District Attorney to make sure that carelessness or recklessness were not con- tributing factors in the death, explained Summers. "Situations like this are strong reminders that safety clothing, such as orange vests and hats, should be worn while hunting," Crabtree said. "The first and foremost con- cern of each hunter should be to make certain they are clearly identifiable to other hunters." Drug deal gone bad, man' dead A Grand Ronde man died as the re- sult of a gunshot wound he received in a residential neighborhood of Keizer last week--the result of a drug deal gone bad. Travis Calvin Clawson, 21, was transported to the Salem Hospital on Tuesday night where he succumbed to his injuries early Wednesday morn- ing. Hours after Clawson breathed his last breath two men, Miguel Angel Aispuro, 18, and Dustin Michael Free- man, 22, were arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail on drug charges related to the incident. Aispuro was charged with delivery of marijuana and conspiracy to deliver marijuana. Free- man, who had traveled to the area from Medford, was charged with posses- sion, delivery and conspiracy to deliver marijuana. Both men are being held on $500,000 bail. Aispuro is scheduled to appear in Marion County Circuit Court on Dec. 15 and Freeman's next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17. Neither man has been charged in the death of Clawson. The shooting is still under investi- gation and the circumstances leading to the death of Clawson have not yet been disclosed, but arrest documents indicate that Freeman had one-quarter pound of marijuana which he hoped to sell for $500 that evening. Freeman has known gang ties in Medford. He was arrested in Septem- ber following the murder of a 24-year- old man in a gang-related fight. On Oct. 19 he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for being present at the scene of the Sept. 15 fight. He was then re- leased from jail having completed his sentence. Clawson is a former student at Wil- lamina High School. Although he at- tended the local high school, he did not graduate from the school. During the past year he has had multiple rim-ins with the law. In Feb- ruary, Clawson was arrested by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and charged with first-degree criminal mis- chief, second-degree assault and sec- ond-degree criminal mischief. He also was booked on a Polk County hold. Bail was set at $167,000. In April the Grand Ronde man was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation for attempted second- degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief. In July a warrant was issued for his arrest on probation violation. On Wednesday, Dr. Chris Young of the Oregon State Medical Examiners office performed an autopsy and de- termined the cause of death to be gun- shot. " Photo by Clinton Vlnlng Ice lines the banks of the South YamhUl River in Sheridan Tuesday rooming as small chunks of ice float down the river under the bridge. Below: A Willemina thermometer reads 6 degrees. Cold settles in By Clinton Vinlng Publisher, The Sun A bone chilling cold front seines into the West Valley ana most or ur- egon early this week, Monday's high temperature ac- cording to was 30 de- grees in Sheridan, but the windchill high was 20 degrees with most of home, but kept maintenance crews and cleanup workers for the day. Walton expected the mill to be down or SO. operate hat bad weather is an unusual event which only oc: the day in the low teens, curs about once a year, but "it hap- Residents of the West Valley woke up Tuesday morning to even cooler temperafures. The wind had calmed, but the temperature dipped to below 10 degrees---at 7:30 a.m. the ther- mometer at my house read 7 degrees, WiUamina Lumber Mill reported thermometer readings of 9 and I1 degrees, even when the sun came out. Citing safety concerns, Chris Walton, local manager of Hampton's Wdlamina Lu r Mill, sent most of e crew home 0 n Tuesday. 'We are down today because of the cold," he said. "This is very. tough weather. It wasn't safe to run." The mill uses wet-down hoses during welding, plus ice forms on logs making handling of the boards dangerous. They slip and slide around, Walton said. The mill did have employee meetings before sending them pens every year. Last year it was the snow. Before that we had floods." The coldest recorded tempera- ture in the West Valley was - 11 de- grees in .............. to Weather forecasters predicted that the freezing temperatures would gradually warm up this week until the daily high would reach the 40s on Friday and the low would re- main above freezing at 33 degrees. The area is expected to see rain showers over the weekend. Oregon is prone to winter storms, and the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross urges residents to take steps now to stay safer when severe weather threatens. "By preparing together for win- ter storms, we can make our fami- lies safer and our communities stron- ger," Eric Corliss, Director of Emer- gency Services said. "We can help you and your family create a disas- ter preparedness plan now, before our communities are threatened by dangerously low temperatures, snow, ice and strong winds." As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recom- mends that individuals and families prepare for winter storms. Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mit- tens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing. Sand or non- clumping kitty litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery. Jo Mclntyre contributed to this story. Choir concert comes to town in honor of Knutson By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun It's riot often that a highly acclaimed choir makes a stop in Sheridan, but the Festival Chorale Oregon, directed by Dr. Solveig (SOUL-vay) Holmquist, will present a Christmas concert at the Trm%__. ity Lutheran Church on Suncy honoring the memory of Holmquist's mother--Barbara Knutson. The sounds of"A Victorian Christmas" will fill the church as the civic choir blends voices to celebrate the wonder of the season and honor a woman who loved music and gave so much of her time and talent to benefit the lives of others. The Sheridan Women's Study Group is hosting the perfor- mance. Holmquist is the founder of .Festival Chorale Oregon, a choir made up of professional and amateur singers from the Mid-Willamette Valley. Now in its 30 th season, the Chorale has gained a reputation for musical excellence. In addition to per- formances in Westem Oregon, the group has sung in Europe, Scandinavia and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Although her talent has led her to many places beyond the West Valley, Holmquist has not forgotten her roots in Sheridan. "Sheridan was a wonderful place in which to grow up and go to school," she said. As a youth in Sheridan, Holmquist shared her talents by serving as pianist for the Sheri- dan Rotary Club. "In those days the meetings always began with group singing," she said. In gratitude for her service, the club provided Holmquist with a full resident scholarship to a 3-week music camp at Lewis and Clark College. Holmquist called that gift "life-changing." She attended the camp two summers, play- ing in the orchestra, singing in the choir--and forcing her way CHOIR I Page 12 We Care Whether it's your home, auto or business, our agency offers the 1 Mutual of Enumclaw products yot ! need with the service you deserve Call today, t Mutual 000Enumclaw / 503-843-2384 130 SW Monroe NaGN flflNILTON Sheridan ,,,a, evi{ Sheridan, Willamina & Grand Ronde Sheridan Funeral Home Sheridan, OR 97378 503-843-2525 24/7/365 J HLII for 51 Years of Support in the Community We Love .Serving All faiths & Cemeteries. Offering You COMPLIMENTARY V'Kleo Histories and Notary Public Services www,adamsonssheridanfunetalhome,com JJllJ Jll[I WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS Cash Bingo: Amedcan Legion, 125 N. 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