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SERVING SHERIDAN, WILLAMINA AND GRAND RONDE SINCE 1881 Scholar Athlete WHS senior'B.] Wilson wins Oregon Scholar Athlete of the Year Award from National Football Foundation. --SPORTS, 14 Year in 2009 was a year full of West Valley news from floods: to fires and base- ball championships. --NEWS, 6-7 I I ii Sheridan shares water int=.pted, the rural water district is once again used" $1,094. usual amount, Lyon's said they suspect there is. ' providing its own water to its customers, but a Altogether the rural water district discovered another leak--this one in the area of Gooseneck sixth leak--this one in the Finn Road/Gooseneck and repaired five leaks, four of which were and Finn roads. All the tanks are full, so only By Marguerite Alexander area--is suspected, weather related. One big break in the line oc- those customers upside of the tank are experi- Correspondent, The Sun After using 103,755 gallons of Sheridan wa- curred on Rosenbalm Road. Another leak in- encing low pressure, Lyon explained. If there is ter over a 10-day period, the Buell-Red Prairie volved a line across Savage Road. There was a leak, he said on Monday, it should be fixed V~qaen the Buell-Red Prairie Water District WaterDistricttumedoffthehydrantconne'ction also a frozen meter to contend with as well as an within a few days. water system sprang leaks after a week of sub- on Saturday, said SheridanCity Manager Frank airlock in one of the water valves at Tank 5. The It was on the evening of Dec. 13 that resi- freezing temperatures, the City of Sheridan al- Sheridan. On Monday the city disconnected the only non weather-related incident was the result dents served by the rural water district f(~unffthat lowed an emergency hookup to provide water equipment and prepared to clean the 750 feet of of a line slipping out of its joint, explained Mark they. had no water or began receiving sporadic to 60 households along Mill Creek and Savage hose, provided by Sheridan Fire District, used Lyon of the Buell-Red Prairie WaterDistrict. service. Three days later the City of Sheridan roads. Two weeks after the water supply was to connect the two systems. Total cost of the water With water usage running nearly double the LEAK I Page 3 By Kate Rowland Correspondent, The Sun Following Oregon statute, as the district with the smaller population, the Willamina School Board would have to vote to request a merger with Sheridan, should a proposed merger proceed that far. Until the neighboring com- munity gets a little farther along in the process, Sheridan is tak- ing somewhat of a wait-and-see position, said Superintendent AJ Grauer. MERGER I Page H Dudley Carson composes a song for a neighbor at he and his Meadow Assisted Living in Sheridan. Carson, 92, was a music also an artist, poet and gardener. Photo by Garret Jaros wife Genevieve's apartment at Deer teacher most of his life, but he was By Jo Mclntyre Correspondent, The Sun The rate of job losses in the West Valley is still slowing, and fingers remain crossed that the trend, now several months long, will continue. In Yamhill County, the sea- sonally adjusted jobless rate dropped to 10.6 percent, down from October's revised rate of 11.4 percent. Not bad, but a year ago, the unemployment rate was 8 percent. In the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Polk County, the jobless rate also went down in Novem- ber to 11.1 percent, compared to October's revised rate of 11.4 percent. In November 2008, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent. In Yamhill County the num- ber of workers shrank in all job categories, including govern- ment jobs, except health care and social assistance, since Nov. 2008. The Salem MSA picture was similar, but local govern- ment jobs increased by 100 compared to a year ago. All other categories declined: manufacturing, construction, leisure and hospitality, profes- sional and business services. By Garret Jaros Correspondent, The Sun Five years ago Dtidley Carson awoke from a dream that left him shaken. A dream that didn't fade with the dawn of a new day a dream that rippled through his being, driving him to put pen to paper. "It shook me to my very roots," says the 92-year-old. "I wrote what came to me. I didn't want to write it. When I did write it down, I wept and wept and wept." Carson shuffles through a stack'ofpapers on the bookshelf beside his piano, searching for the poem delivered in his dream. "It's called 'Waiting,'" be'says aslhis fingers pluck it from the pile. And then he begins to read. But first, to understand the profound affect the dream could have on this man, you have to know something more about the man. On the surface, Carson is a music man. Music is in fact the 'chord' that connects the melody of his life. He sang in his first Christmas program at age two. His One of Carson's colored-pen stippling creations. Camion began using the technique, which employs tiny dots to create pictures, while he was in college. One of his favorite subjects are the Saw Tooth Mountains of Idaho. )- mother played piano at their chu,,-eh. It was the only ms house. ~:me and my room knew it, Carson ~e I was fo~ or five years old I was sitting"iit tt pi o picking out tunes one finger at a,time." At age 8 he began to read music, by age 10 he was composing pieces. In 1934 drought pushed his dairy farmer parents out of Kansas. They relocated in Gooding, Idaho. "We'd have starved to cleath if we'd stayed in Kan- sas," Carson says. "in Idaho they had irrigation." Carson finished high school and started college before World War II intervened. He was drafted into the Army. MUSIC I Page 5 By Ron Karten Special to The Sun On Tuesday evening, No- vember 17, Tribal member and Tribal Director of Development Pete Wakeland along with three staffers from Portland-based Cardno WRG presided over a community meeting to unveil the Tribe's plans for Grand Ronde. The company was hired to strategize with Tribal officials and produce a vision for the community 25 years out. The plan, "The Grand Ronde Community Master Plan," aims to "create an area with a sense of connectivity," said Wakeland, "places where people can get to without hav- ing to get in their cars." It also intends to give the Tribe a sense of how projects will unfold in the years ahead to better bud- get for them. Based on the idea that Grand Ronde can be "a place to re- build a Tribal commuhity," the new plan takes a close- up and long- term look at steps that will give the Tribal community "a strong sense of place," accord- ing to the draft. Phasing in steps to make this goal happen were not available at the time of the community meeting,~but will be part of the document that will go to Tribal Council before the end of the year, according to Mimi Doukas, AiCP, RLA, Director of Land Use Planning and a Principal for Cardno, and Wakeland. To help the Tribe and the tribal commnnity value tribal holdings, the plan defines "an assortment of distinctive, inter- connected districts that collec- tively create a dynamic com- munity," according to the draft document. Housing districts, for ex- ample, are divided into Elders', central, northeast, Grand Mead- ows, gateway-Bunnsville and south neighborhoods. Short term, Cardno WRG has proposed to Tribal Council that the primary focus should be filling in the core areas: central PLAN [ Page 5 :i d i H 503-857-5600 Toll-f~e Ftx'- 866-450~ 1721 S ueAdamson2 @ gmai Loom w=b: www" Adamsn RealtyPLU S'inf Can & Bottle Drive: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 3, Old High School in Willamina. WHS Senior Grad Night. For pick:up call: 503- 879-3089, 503-474-7969, 503-857-8449. Yamhill County Historical Society: 2 p.m. Jan. 10, Public Works Bldg., 2050 Lafayette Ave,, McMinnville. Sheridan Chamber of Commerce: 1st & 3rd Thursday each month at noon at Sherman Fire Hall. Everyone is welcome! Community Bingo: American Legion Hall, 125 N. Bridge St., Sheridan. Jan. 15, doors open 5:30 p.m., games Start 6:30 p.m. Great snack bar. Come, support our veterans. First Federal t,'~':~.h'o-~. ~ ~==n= ~x~ www.FlrstFedWeb.com I i