Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, October 18, 1979, Image 1

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I Morrow County's Home-Owned Weekly Newspaper
I VOL. 97 NO. 37 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1979 20 cents 12 pages
Don Gilliam Weather
Hi Low Pre.
Tues.,Oct.9 68 37
Wed., Oct. 10 75 39
Thurs., Oct. 11 79 46
FrL.Oct. 12 76 42
Sat., Oct. 13 76 43
Sun., Oct. 14 70 50 .32
Mon.,Oct.l5 66 51 .06
California trip for lone band approved by Morrow County School Board
The Morrow County School
Board approved a field trip to
California for the lone March
ing Band Monday at the board
meeting in lone.
The board had some prob
lems with approving the trip
because it is out of state and
more than 200 miles away but
this was offset by the fact the
band members were going to
raise all the money for the trip
with money-making projects
and therefore it would cost the
district nothing except sup
plying the bus.
Music director Gene Sartain
of lone was behind the drive
and according to Principal
Chuck Starr, the entire lone
community is behind the
"The community is excited
about music," Starr said,
"and they support his re
quest." The trip is tentatively sche
duled to take place April 9. It
is not guaranteed. The band
first must send a tape some
time in December to the
producers of the contest-type
event. Only if they are
Heppner may get P.O. boxes
Heppner's mail problem of
not having enough post office
boxes for the number of
residents who want one may
soon be solved.
But then again, maybe it
Fifteen residents are on a
waiting list to get a post office
box if one becomes available.
There are also 75 people in the
general delivery who have not
even bothered to get on the
waiting list. Add to this the
countless number of people
who share boxes because they
cannot get one of their own
and there definitely is a
Postmaster H.C. Wilson put
in an order to the United
States Postal Service two
years ago for some hew P.O.
boxes. The new ones have
arrived but now Wilson and
the rest of the Heppner
community will have to wait
until the U.S. Postal Service
sends out someone to install
the new boxes.
"Within a year, the boxes
will either be installed here or
possibly somewhere else,"
Wilson said.
Wilson said the U.S. Postal
Service could decide to install
boxes in another location if
there were a determined need.
Wilson said he could not use
local volunteers to put in the
boxes even if an organization
did volunteer its services. The
U.S. Postal Service would not
allow it because it has its own
"I can't have them installed
because they have their own
installing crews," he said. "I
guess that does make good
sense because they know what
they are doing. We could
possibly be in the process of
remodeling soon."
Wilson said the Heppner
Post Office will have to be
remodeld completely if the
new boxes are installed.
There are 733 post office boxes
in the Heppner office now and
there are 1,200 new boxes so
the only way the new boxes
will fit is if the building is
The post office boxes pre
sently rent for $5 for small
ones, $8 for middle sized ones
and $10 a year for large ones.
selected will the band be able
to go.
The trip will be to Great
America, Calif, which is near
Santa Clara, south of San
Francisco. Bands from all
over will be putting on a show
in the amusement park in the
town. The 25 students who are
selected to go will get on
rides at the part for free,
according to Sartain.
"This trip is the ultimate for
a marching band," Sartain
said. "Hundreds of people will
see the band but it is not
guaranteed because the tape
must be complex music."
Students will only miss one
day of school for the trip. They
will leave on a Thursday night
and arrive in Great America
Friday morning. After a rest
they will practice and spend
some time in the park.
Saturday is performance day
and after they perform, they
will head back home.
Sartain will choose which
students will go and they must
meet his criteria for marching
and playing the music. The
band will pay the fuel, the bus
driver and motels and meals
with money received from
money-making projects. One
such project is the lone Band
Carnival this Saturday.
Some members said Sar
tain's ambition was a bit
beyond what should be al
lowed and they asked if a
different type of trip could be
But Sartain said another
trip would not be of the same
caliber and would not unify
the band like this trip would.
"To make this trip, we
cannot tolerate poor caliber
workers so this will make our
band strong," Sartain said.
Sartain said it might not
cost the students anything to
take the trip to California
depending on how much
money they can raise. Even if
they do have to pay some of
their own way, the trip is
planned out now so they can
start saving, Sartain said. He
added the hotel rooms would
cost only about $325 so they,
the kids, would probably only
have to pay for meals.
Matt Doherty, superinten
dent said, "He (Sartain) has
a parent's group behind him
100 percent. Projects are
going to raise the money for it.
He (Sartain) has raised $5,000
in each of the last two
years (for other bands he has
directed to go to Great
America.) He has the fourth
through the high school stu
dents and parents working
together for what he hopes to
be year after year objective."
Jim Wishart added, "Since
it is a community effort, with
no expense to the district and
they only are going to miss one
day of school and since they
are going to foot the bill, I
can't see what we are worried
Harold Snider seconded
Wishart 's motion and after the
half hour debate, it passed
The board also approved a
field trip for Riverside seniors
who are college bound.
. Seniors at the high school
will be able to go to the
Shakespearean Festival in
Ashland Oct. 27. They will see
the play "MacBeth". The
district will supply the bus and
driver and fuel at a cost of
about $215. The students will
pay for their own tickets.
The board also approved the
contracts of Pam Ausman,
junior high cheerleader super
visor in Heppner for $222;
Barbara Fairchild, Heppner
Junior High dance team
advisor for $222; Chris Garcia,
the Riverside Jr. High dance
team instructor for $222; and
Charles Wyatt, a new langu
age arts teacher at Heppner
High School for $9,786.
The school board held an
executive session to discuss
the problem of discipline with
a juvenile. The board decided
to go after the money "no
matter what." The former
student owes the district for
damaging some buses last
spring. They decided to go
after the full amount of $1,800.
A problem of grounds main
tenance equipment was dis
cussed by the board. They
decided to look into the
possibility of contracting the
grounds work to be done by a
company. They also left open
the possibility of leasing with
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County judgeship
still up for grabs
"It's anybody's guess right
now (who is going to be the
new Morrow County Judge),"
Assistant to the Governor
Shirley Woodrow said Mon
day. Woodrow said Governor
Victor Atiyeh was briefed
Monday On the possible candi
dates for the job and she said
he probably will fill the
position sometime this week.
Judge D.O. Nelson's last
day was officially Monday.
"We are very aware Mon
day was the last day and we
realize the difficulty in timing
and we will try to have a new
judge as soon as possible,"
Woodrow said.
Woodrow said five names
being considered for
Morrow County Judge inclu
ding John Mollahan, the
Morrow County Central De
mocratic Committee's choice.
Daniel Creamer of Irrigon,
who competed with Mollahan
for the Central Democratic
Committee's nomination but
was not selected, is being
considered by the governor.
Woodrow said three other
names are being looked at but
two of the three nomina.tir.ns
have not really been explored.
She said they will be looked
into if the governor wants to
pursue information on those
Former Judge Paul Jones is
being considered for the job
and also two women's names
have been mentioned.
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In the distance over the sage brush
covered landscape the Boardman coal-fired
plant with its tall smoke stack appears in
block silhouette form. At higher elevations in
Morrow County, it can be seen from 20 miles
Last week, by invitation, the Heppner
Gazette-Times in the person of two staff
members visited the Boardman plant,
arriving at the gate after traveling over
Tower Road, a two-lane highway stretching
over the desert. A signboard cautions that it is
a private road.
As the highway alternately dips or rises
with the topography, the silhouette of the
power plant appears to grow larger as the
visitors approach. Soon there are clusters of
mobile houses, a railway track alongside the
road and chain-link fencing.
A sign directs visitors to a special parking
area. Across the main road is a gate and
guard shack. Before anyone may enter, the
very courteous and helpful security guard
requests the visitors to sign the register. He
issues plastic badges to be clipped to pocket
or lapel, safety helmets (for the entire plant is
a "hard hat" area), and a magnetic sign to
attach to a door of the car.
The guard points out the turns to take to
reach a long, two-story office building where
the visitors are to meet Dave Eagon, public
relations officer of the Portland General
Electirc Co. (PGE).
The Boardman plant, under construction
since 1976, represents a total investment of up
to $525 million, 80 percent of it owned by PGE,
10 percent by the Idaho Power Co., and the
remaining 10 percent, by the Pacific
Northwest Generating Co., a consortium of
electric-power cooperatives.
The plant is expected to be in service in
August of 1980, adding 530,000 kilowatts in
generating capacity to the Pacific Northwest
power grid.
PGE's territory lies mainly in the
Willamette Valley. It covers 3,350 square
miles, includes 54 incorporated cities and
serves a million people.
The Boardman plant's output would
represent 25 percent of PGE's load factor.
The electricity would enter the Bonneville
Power Administration's transmission lines
near Arlington and be metered out at
- substations near Portland.
The Boardman plant's administration
building lies in the shadow of the towering
generating plant. Glass doors provide
entrance to a utilitarian foyer. Steel
stairways lead to a second-floor reception
There, the visitors are given coffee while
they wait for Dave Eagon to return from an
initial plant tour with a Portland radio news
Soon he appears. With him are Tom
Meyers, a shift supervisor who acts as tour
guide, and Neal Penland, who is with radio
station KYXI in Portland.
Penland tells the visitors that he grew up
in Heppner, when his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Robet Penland, owned and published the
Gazette-Times. He was graduated from
Heppner High School in 1961, and from there
went on to the University of Oregon at Eugene
and a career in radio broadcasting.
Penland has a tape recorder hanging by a
strap over his shoulder and a hand-held
microphone extension.
From the reception office the group goes
first to the machine shop. The corridor they
follow is suggestive of prison architecture,
with its bare concrete walls and steel-railed
second-level walkway.
The machine shop will be equipped for
complete mechanical maintenance of the
power plant.
The tour then goes into the power plant
proper, which is a remarkable industrial
operation, a hive of workmen in hard hats,
some in welders' masks, and the sight and
sound of construction underway.
Visitors have to step warily over electric
cables, scraps of pipe and lumber, and climb
steel-mesh stairways to higher levels to see
the turbines and master control room.
Right now, in construction, the contrac-
employ 1,260 people. When it goes on line,
PGE's permanent force will total 126. Tom
Meyers, who joined the operation last year,
will be among those permanently employed.
He lives in Boardman.
The control-room, designed for one-man
operation, includes a 20-foot wall covered
with dials, switches, lights.and other indica
tors, and a desk with video display terminal
and keyboard.
Meyers has explained it all, reeling off
statistics by rote, as Penland holds the
microphone to his face.
After the plant tour, Eagon and Penland
say goodbye. They have to catch the return
flight to Portland on PGE's company plane.
Meanwhile, Meyers takes the, Heppner
visitors on an outside-plant tour to see the rail
handling facilities.
These are the statistics:
Every two or three days, trains of up to
100 cars in length will arrive over the
Burlington Northern and Union Pacific
systems from the AMAX mines in Wyoming.
An 11-mile spur track will bring the trains
to the power plant. An automatic rotary
unloading device can turn the cars over by 178
degrees, spilling the coal into a conveyor
system. An entire train load can be emptied in
under four hours.
One concern of PGE, Meyers said, is the
railroad has allowed four hours' demurrage
for the trains. PGE wants a longer time
without a tariff penalty, should unloading
emergencies arise. This is a problem to be
worked out.
Within the plant, the fuel consumption is
designed to produce a very low ash. The
so-called fly ash may be taken to a disposal
site or could be used in concrete aggregate.
Instead of cooling towers, a familiar sight
for nuclear power plants, the Boardman plant
will utilize for recirculated water the
Carty reservoir, a man-made lake that also
provides irrigation for nearby agricultural
Construction started at the Boardman
site more than 32 years ago. ine
architect-engineers for the project are the
Bechtel Power Corp. The rail yard coal
handling system was designed by Swan
Wooster, Inc., and other structures by
Originally, PGE had planned to build a
nuclear power plant. This was ruled out,
however, because of the proximity of the U.S.
Navy's aerial bombing range. It was feared
that a bombing plane could veer out of control
and seriously damage the power plant.
If the Navy should ever give up the
bombing range, PGE could build both coal
and nuclear-fired plants in the future.
The smoke stack at the Boardman coal-fired plant can be seen from as
far away as 20 miles. The plant itself is expected to be in service in 1980.
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