Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, July 12, 1979, Image 1

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Getting it
City water drinkable according to
Lexington, lone officials this week
There are no problems with
water supplies in lone and
Lexington, city officials in
both cities said this week,
despite a report from the
Environmental Protection
Agency that those cities and
129 other water systems were
not informing the federal
agency of the results of their
water sampling.
"Those 131 systems are
leaving their 24,000 customers
in the dark," Don Gipe.
coordinator of the EPA's Safe
Drinking Water Program said
last week in a press release to
area newspapers.
lone Mayor Linda La Rue
said she had the water
samples taken by the city's
maintenance man and sent
them to a private laboratory
in The Dalles. It was her
understanding that the lab
oratory would forward the
results directly to the EPA.
That wasn't the case and
LaRue will be sending the test
results directly to Portland.
She was displeased with
EPA's action of sending out
the press release as was
Lexington City Recorder Lois
Allyn without informing the
city of lone.
Mrs. Allyn does the water
sampling herself by simply
filling out a bottle of outside or
inside water and mailing it
first class to the Eastern
Oregon College laboratory in
La Grande. The tests come
back and she forwards them
on to Portland.
She said Lexington didn't
get the reports to the EPA on
time. But Mrs. Allyn couldn't
understand all the flap about
the water systems, since
Lexington's water has been
found okay.
Heppner wasn't one of the
cities listed among the non
reporting water systems and
asked about any possible
water problems. Mayor Jerry
Sweeney says the city tests its
water religiously. "We have
good water and add very li'ilc
chemicals." he said.
Both lone and Lexinjj.nm
officials said the Stale Health
Sanrihollow farmers and ranchers and their hired men volunteered their equipment and labor to
assist the County in patching the numerous potholes that stretched the length of the well-travelled
road before harvest started. Morrow County's road department had money budgeted for the
materials needed but didn't have the manpower available to put the asphalt on the road. Pictured
here are Ken Turner, Bill Kenny. Kick Hill and Dan Nix. Following the crew in his personal grader
was Don Kvans, who worked the cold mix into the holes before the county rolled the repairs.
Turner said each member of the four-man crew pictured shoveled about five tons of asphalt last
Thursday and it took five days to complete the job.
Division used to do the
sampling for the cities but
after the first of the year, the
practice was slopped.
CoiiUk1'1!! mi Portland about
lone. iik! I. . melon's response
to the statcu nle press release.
EPA's Gipe said that some of
the systems listed were
non-reporting and some non
monitoring but all were in
formed in the last two years
that they should report their
Five enter guilty pleas
Five defendants entered
guilty pleas in District Court
Monday at the Morrow County
Rick Rea. 18, Bombing
Range Rd., and Delbert Tur
ner, changed their pleas from
not guilty to guilty to a charge
of delivery of a controlled
substance in Judge Jack
Olsen's Court and multiple
charges by District Attorney
Dennis Doherty were dropped.
Both defendants also plead
guilty to a charge of false
Lions begin project to clean
up Willow Creek channel
The Heppner Lions Club in
association with the Heppner
Water Control District will be
conducting a channel clean-up
and debris removal project on
Willow Creek July 14.
The object of the project is
to reduce the hazard of
flooding caused by debris
dams. According to local
officials, the last flood waters
contained 40 percent debris
and sill and B0 percent water.
Saturdav's work will involve
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samples monthly.
"If there isn't regular moni
toring, there could be contam
ination entering at any one
point." Gipe commented.
The Kinzua Corporation was
also named in the report but
according to Personnel and
Safety Manager Dan Sween
ey, the company sends quar
terly samples to the State
Public Health Laboratory in
Portland to make tests of their
Richard Hamletl changed a
plea to guilty to a charge of
controlled substance.
A pre-sentence investigation
has been ordered for the three
cases the last under the adult
indictments of the Morrow
County Grand Jury investiga
tion drug problems in the
county. Monday's pleas in
volved marijuana. A case is
still pending against a juvenile
involved in the drug investi
gation. Tamara McKenzie. Board
man, changed her plea to
removing trash and debris
from the channel and cutting
brush and small trees in the
channel that cause debris
dams to form.
The project is scheduled to
begin at 9 a.m . July 14
Participants will meet at the
Alfalfa Street bridge. Volun
teers and property owners are
encouraged to pitch in and
reduce the danger of flooding
in Heppner.
Any property owner along
l lll
domestic water system; those
reports are forwarded to the
EPA. There have been no
reports of problems with
Kinzua's water. Sweeney said.
While Kinzua receives free
water tests for their quarterly
samples, the cities of lone and
Lexington pay for their sam
ples to be tested. The EPA is
now requiring testing of
Kinzua's wells for chemical
guilt of possession of a
controlled substance and will
undergo a pre-sentence in
vestigation. Robert William Hoffman.
Boardman. plead guilty of the
felony of driving while sus
pended . Nora Pourrier. Irri
on changed her plea to guilty
to a charge of first degree
J.C. Helsel. Hermiston.
plead no' guilty to a charge ot
theft of property from an lone
service station last Februarv.
the creek that wishes to oner
assistance or provide access is
encouraged to do so. Brush
removal will he conlined to
that area below high water II
any properly owner does not
wish to have brush removed,
they should contact volunteers
as they work in the area or
visibly mark any brush the
wish to save A in vegetation
that prov ides bank slabilitv in
critical areas will be left
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Health care board recommends
more budget cuts before vote
The Morrow County Hospi
tal Hoard decided at a special
meeting Monday night at
Columbia Basin Co-op in
Heppner to recommend Wed
nesday to the County Court
that $2:5.7:57 be trimmed from
the county hospital levy when
placed before the voters in
In the second trimming
operation following a levy
defeat this year, board mem
bers first heard three and a
half hour s of budgetary rec
ommendations by the medical
and nursing staff with Dr.
Joseph Gi fiord as spokesman,
then met for an hour later and
recommended the following
reductions: accepting the
medical personnel's recom
mendation that monies be
trimmed in the budget for
physic ian services because of
the possibility of not obtaining
a new doctor until January 1.
the board made a $:!:i,fi:S9
reduction in physician relief
(weekend service, malprac
tice and insuiance. reducing
the income by $2(1.11(10; re-"v.-d,
VhW I'wi'i physician
recruitment. reduced the
physician's salary by $12,5(10.
thereby reducing the income
figures b $ Hi. 744: added
$2,342 for reimbursement of
telephone billing for indivi
dual patients; increased lab
oratory expenses by $4.000 and
proposed Sli.ooo as the in
crease in income Irom lab fees
in following the recommenda
tion from the hospital staff
that money could be saved by
instituting in house proced
ures rather than sending the
woi'k away and rent on the
house used by the hospital
administrator was increaseed
to$22r per month or $2,700
board members said there
would be no change in the
budget; it would be balanced
on the income side of the
No change w as made in the
lianancial requirements rec
ommended for the North
Morrow County clinic of
$157,140 dt spite a motion by
board mem er Dan Sweeney
who said. "We have to
realistically weigh how many
votes we are going to uel from
the north end."
North end board members
contended that such a move
could cost the hospital lew
issue a greater number of
votes than in the second levy
deleat June 20.
Irrigon Member Gladys
ilobbs advised the board to
give that area more services
besides the Norlh Morrow
Clinic and said il lunds for
north end medical care are
removed, there would be a
strong voter reaction against
August's llnr.d levy try.
"They would lake that as a
direct slap in the tace. ' ilohh
Hoard member Ed I lick said
he would be reluctant to
remove support lor the north
end clinic and ( 'hairman Fred
Martin agreed.
In making their budgetary
recommendations, the board
also made no cham;es in the
already sla-hrd planning and
development lunds and niil
i. lied il" i iiange in the SKT.Onu
coniiiigeiie tund. noting that
salary negotiations are not
completed vet with noiilic
eased emplo ei s
County Court olhcial- will
decide he'lier t,, repl Hie
recommend. it ions a! a special
hearing ednosdas at Hi a in
at ihe I ouii! ( 'oui'llmuse II
I he coin" L'l.t along With ihe
proposals, that would mean a
$08,737 cut in the original levy
proposal submitted to the
voters in the first levy vote
May 22.
In Monday night's session,
the medical personnel which
have formed a professional
association, made several
recommendations regarding
the future hospital budgetary
Speaking for the profession
als. Dr. Gilford said the main
concern of the group was
medical care.
His question of "How many
times the budget can be
presented to the voters" drew
a response from Ed Dick. Dick
said there was no limit to the
times the levy could be
submitted to the voters but
failure of the levy would pose
problems in property tax
Gilford asked what alterna
tives the board was looking at
should the levy fail again.
Responded Martin: "We can't
operate a public institution on
a deficit. We would have to
close 4he place down unless a
way is found to operate it on
revenue. I wouldn't promise
anyone that it would stay
Postmaster thanks hospital
staff for emergency care
after fall from roof top
Heppner Postmaster Hubert
Wilson, recuperating from a
broken hack, sustained when
he fell off the city hall roof five
weeks ago while tarring the
surface, says he received the
best care he has ever received
at Pioneer Memorial Hospital.
Wilson is now at home after
spending several weeks in the
hospital. He wears a custom
lilted steel brace to protect his
spinal column from further
injury. When he fell off the
roof, he crushed three verta
brae and fractured a fourth
He told the Gazette-Times
Monday that the hospital
personnel which took care of
him "were far superior to
other hospitals" which he has
been in. relating the nursing
staff's care during his hospital
A former hospital board
member. Wilson said two of
the nurses would move him
gently upon request without
arrousing the pain that he has
had to endure since his
"There was concern thc
were showing me."
Wilson also praised the
quick response of the ambu
lance crew which transported
him to the hospital. He and his
son. la ton. were working
on Ihe fit hall root u hen the
tall in-cured. Wilson, who
intermittently blacked out
Irom the tall, landed on the
concrete sidewalk directly in
Iron I ot the city offices. The
screams ol lu-- son were heard
b Ihe liandall Petersons w ho
phoned lor the ambulance
Il look only about three
minutes. sas Wilson, lor the
ambulance to arrive on the
M eiie The crew used what the
Postmaster described as an
"old lasliioned hay fork" w ith
lingers lo hfi him into the
elm lo
And lie praised the quick
Said Barlett: "It can't
operate with a deficit. The
decision would rest with the
County Court."
Chairman Martin said there
has only been one month this
year that "we have come close
to breaking even" and noted
that Ihe facility has been
subsidized for years. Dick
reported the hospital had a
$53,000 deficit in 1978, and
lacked $71,000 in 1971. "It's
nowhere near self-operating."
"If you think we are going to
operate without a subsidy,
you're chasing a rainbow,"
Martin said.
The professional association
recommended that $6,000
could be realized in income
from doing work in the
laboratory rather than send
ing it to other laboratories,
selling the clinic leased by Dr.
Gilford for $42,000 (the board
said that woul be a County
Court decision and might not
result in income to the hospital
budget : trimming the
$127 .990 earmarked for phys
ician services because of the
possibility that a physician
hired would not start until
after January 1; charging
patients for medical phone
calls outside the area; speci
Thanks hospital
V earing a steel brace. Heppner Postmaster Hubert Wilson is
rccov cring from his fall si weeks ago off the roof of Heppner
it Hall, lie says he received excellent care at Pioneer
Memorial Hospital and credits the quick attention and
av ailaliilily of the facility for his well-being
work ol Dr. Joseph Gifford in
fitting an clastic brace over
the injured area.
Wilson said Ihe Kennewick
physician who designed the
specially filled brace for him,
said ihe quick action by
(ill lord eased his medical
He will have lo wear the
brace for iwo years and while
sleeping at night must wear an
elastic brace
II was expected by many
'ha' he w on hi have to spend at
20 cents
fying directly in the budget,
travel funds for nurses attend
ing educational courses,
rather than lumping them
under administration and cut
ting the surgical expense by
$5,000 because of the probabil ity
of not having a surgeon
until after January 1.
The board held firm to its
insistence that surgical ex
penditures be left in the
budget. Chairman Fred Mar
tin was concerned the board
would be criticized in the
community if it cut out the
surgery expense.
Responded Gifford, "It
would take a lot more than an
intinerant surgeon" to rein
state surgery at Pioneer
Gifford said the medical
association was questioning
the budgeting of a fetal
monitor and said the two
physicians had not been asked
about it and recommended
purchase of what he felt was a
less expensive I V. transfusion
pump; asked that the amount
for physician recruitment be
reduced and volunteered his
services to raise funds for
fianancial inducements to
bring new physicians into the
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least 10 weeks in the hospital;
Hubert was discharged about
5 weeks early because of the
special brace.
While in the hospital, he
received about 98 cards and
numerous flowers from people
in the community.
Asked why he felt the care
was much better at Pioneer
Memorial than other larger
hospitals. Wilson said "Most
of the people are a little
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