Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, January 03, 1980, Page TWO, Image 2

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    TWO The Ileppner Gazette-Times. Ileppner. Oregon. Thursday. January I.
js. The Official Newspaper of the
City of Heppner and the
' County of Morrow
Ortgon Nawtfapor
The Ileppner
Mcrrow Cont j's Eoae-Owied We kl j Newspaper
U S P S. 240-420
Published every Thursday and entered aa second-claw mailer at the Potl Office
al Heppner. Oregon under the Act of March 3. IS7. Second-class postage paid at
Heppner. Oregon
Ollice at 147 West Willow Street Telephone. (S03; 676-922H
Address communications PJ the Heppner Gazette-Times. P O Box 337. Heppner.
Oregon. S7Hi
Sniai in Morrow. Umatilla. Wheeler Gilliam counties: 10 00 elsewhere.
Senior Citizen Rate. 5 00
Jerome F. Sheldon, Publisher
Steven A. Powell. News Editor
The Good Servant
Traditionally it has been the postmaster
in any community who has been the federal
official closest to the people. In his everyday
sale of stamps and money orders and distri-t
bution of letters and parcels, the postmaster
is "Uncle Sam" to many citizens.
Postal employees are in a position to
create goodwill for the government by the
way they conduct business, and their attitude
usually reflects that of the postmaster. In
Heppner, it is good to observe, the postal
workers arecourteous and cheerf ul a credit
to the leadership of Postmaster Hubert
Wilson who now has retired.
Community newspapers such as the
Heppner Gazette-Times are in a position to
make critical judgments of the U.S. Postal
Service, for the efficient distribution of their
newspapers is very much dependent on how
well the postal workers handle the mails. This
newspaper has been pleased with Mr.
Wilson's staff in particular, and wishes to
extend to him its hopes that he will enjoy a
good life in whatever venture he undertakes.
May his successor be the equally good
public servant that he has been!
Scuttling Amtrak ?
A proposal by the federal government to
reduce passenger train speeds could affect
the patronage that Amtrak is gaining.
Rules published in the Federal Register
recently call for cutting the running time of
Amtrak's trains to those of freight trains
because as stated in the official notice
many locomotives in passenger service
impose as severe loads on the track as any
freight equipment. Therefore, the increased
probablity of personal injuries in passenger
train accidents warrants at least the same
level of safety for passenger trains as for
freight trains.
That phraseology appears in the notice
establishing hearings on the question. The
hearings have been held but the record is still
open for written comment.
Amtrak officials say the effect of the
rules could be devastating to some of their
patronage. The Empire Builder, for example,
would have six hours, forty-three minutes
added to its run between Chicago and Seattle.
The Pioneer, operating between Salt
Lake City and Seattle, would not be as severly
affected. It would add only eight minutes to
its present running time.
The technical basis for the proposal is an
evaluation of track conditions prepared by
the Federal -Railroad Administration. Oppo
nents, however, argue that if adopted the
changes would drive patrons to other
transportation modes that have poorer safety
records, and thus would actually increase the
number of transportation fatalities in the
United States.
People who use the trains do so for a
number of reasons, among them being, of
course, the comfort and relative safety of rail
travel. There is also the matter of
convenience. Arrival and departure sche
dules must accommodate most of the
passengers. But the trains must alsooerate
on time and perhaps run a little faster than
the competition particularly the private
auto on parallel routes.
The proposal to cut passenger train
speeds is viewed by some passenger-train
buffs as a "backdoor attempt" to scuttle
Amtrak, without the same public outcry that
direct abandonment of the trains would
(If you're interested in adding your
comment to the record, use this address:
Docket No. RST-3, Notice No. 1, Docket
Clerk, Office of the Chief Counsel, Federal
RailroadAdministration, 400 7th St. S.W.,
Washington, D.C., 20590.)
Good years ahead seen for beef industry
Hay French doesn't want to push his luck, but he thinks
the next few years could he good years for the beef industry.
French, a rancher from the Heppner area, became the
president of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association during the
OCA convention last month. And it wasn't a matter of his
heing elected because he wasn't at the election. He went in
with his eyes open, with reasonable expectations of those
good years he was talking about.
"Yes. I'm optimistic." he said. "This year we've seen
prices improve quite sharply.
"Expect these prices to level off, because I expect to see
expansion of the cattle herds."
French, 52, is a member of a family that has been
ranching in the area for four generations. And he has a
daughter on the ranch, so prospects look good for another
It there is one fly in the ointment, one nagging itch that
can't be scratched away, it's the high cost of money.
"It makes us think twice before we go out to borrow
money to expand out herds," he admitted, and he told of
ranchers who are paying as much as 16 percent to borrow
operating capital though others have managed to get money
at 11 percent, sometimes even less.
His optimism isn't strong enough to make him believe
that the costs of operating a cattle ranch will go down.
"They're going to get higher." he predicted, "and we will
probably have another cycle in the supply and demand of
These cycles are nothing new to the industry: When
there's a lot of beef, prices slip, and when beef is scarce,
prices are high. And it probably always will be this way.
What the cattlemen fear is the violent change, as in 1975-76
when prices dropped so low that many ranchers found others
ways to make their living.
"The rapid changes make marketing very difficult,"
French said, noting that many factors enter into the pricing
The Heppner Gazette-Times invites
letters for publication. They should concern
matters of general interest. They must be
non-libelous in nature and in good taste.
Preferably, letters should be typed, double
spaced, on one side of the sheet of paper only.
Letters of diverse viewpoints may be
published and their appearance in these
columns does not necessarily reflect the
opinions of this newspaper.
Area residents generous
tn Adventist appeal
The Heppner, Lxington and
lone residents have responded
with generous concern this
year for the worldwide huma
nitarian work sponsored by
Seventh-day Adventists. Near
the conclusion of our 71st
World Service Appeal, total
contributions are over $900.
These gifts are channeled to a
central fund through admini
strative lines that are already
functioning. In this way, no
money is lost in overhead.
Church members solicit gifts
strictly on a volunteer basis,
of course.
The funds gathered will be
appropriated to meet human
need wherever it exists in
Oregon, the U.S., or overseas,
and whatever form it takes.
Last year Adventists sent
cash, clothing, food, medi
cines and medical equipment
to 48 countries outside the
United States. This aid was
valued at $9 million. Seventh-
- day Adventists have missions,
schools or hospitals in 190
countries. The finer focus of
all their work is to present a
Energy crisis
publicity lauded
I would like to thank you for
helping to publicize the En
ergy Crisis Assistance' Pro
gram. I realize that the key to
publicizing our services
throughout five counties is the
effective use of the media.
Your public service articles
will no doubt save lives this
winter. The Energy Crisis
Assistance Program has al
ready served approximately
. 150 families.
J suspect there will be
families who will need our
services later in the season
who don't need them now.
Your publicizing our services
would be greatly apprc -iated.
Again, thanks for your help!
Sincerely. Jeff Cohen, M.S.W.
Coordinator, Energy
Crisis Assistance Program
Blue Mountain Economic
Development Council, Inc.,
living Christ, a Christ living in
the hearts of men and women.
Our own church members
participate heavily in the
World Service Appeal. But in a
world so full of tragedy and
injustice we welcome the
support of our friends in
meeting such needs.
To publicly express their
deep thanks, the Seventh-day
Adventist Church members
are preparing a vegetarian
buffet supper, slated for
January 13, for all local
residents and other who wish,
to come.
They are interested that all ,
be accommodated, so are
asking that reservations be
made no later than January 7,
by calling 676-9449, 676-9491 or
Sincerely yours,
Dan Adels, Pastor
Heppner SDA Church
The first step
to save energy
Our first step towards
energy conservation should be
to park, in Walla Walla, all
vehicles of the Corps of
Randy Lott,
Lott's Electric
A name spelling
(The following letter refers
to an article in the Oregon
State Bar Bulletin that the
Heppner Gazette-Times re
printed recently.
Re : Oregon Sta te Bar
Bulletin Current Issue.
No doubt you may receive
some mail calling your atten
tion to the misspelling of
Conser on page 10. The "g" in
the name should have been a
John F. Kilkenny
Senior Circuit Judge,
United States Court
of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit,
;md c.im combine to create a volatile situation.
('iiitle futures, politics, the weather, transportation
Kiev fill come into the picture." he said. "Even the eruption
in li-iin can change the market, even if there's no connection
between them
"The consumer finds it difficult to understand why there
can be such violent movement of prices. But if I have to pay
high rates of interest, the consumer has to pay higher prices
for beef."
A major concern of ranchers using public lands is the
agitation toward locking up those lands or curtailing their
To many of the ranchers whose cattle graze on public
land. French said, any serious cutback in grazing rights
would he devastating and "some might not survive."
"My family has been using public lands for three
N generations, and we need them. We want to stay on those
' Another cause of some apprehension is the "scare" story
downgrading beef as a nutritious food and even suggesting
that there might be a health hazard.
French noted that Oregon is a state that ships its feeder
cattle out of state for finishing and then buys back the
finished product.
Oregon Cattleman
December issue
""" Willi .lusline Weiitherford
As we leap into leap year 1980 and the beginning of a new
decade, perhaps a brief refresher course in understanding
time would be of benefit. Of course, everyone understands
that a year is the time the earth takes to make one complete
revolution around the sun.
However, astronomers use two kinds of years the solar,
equinoctial, or tropical year which is 365 days, five hours, 48
minutes and 46 seconds long, which is the basis of our
common or calendar year, and the sidereal year that is 365
days, six hours, nine minutes and 9.5 seconds long and is
based on the time it takes the earth to return to the same
place in its orbit, with reference to fixed stars. The sidereal
year is longer than the solar year because of the precession of
the equinoxes and it is seldom used except in the calculations
of astronomers. It is based on the moon's revolution in
relation to a fixed star.
To the 365-day calendar year, we have had o add an
extra day every four years to correct the difference in time
between it and the solar year. Soevery fourth year is called
leap year and the extra day is Feb. 29, which actually makes
the average calendar year 11 minutes and 14 seconds too
long. Therefore, the extra day is not added in the century
years, except in those divisible by 400. Thus the years
1700, 1800 and 1900 have had only 365 days but the year 2000
will contain 366. The real difference between calendar and
solar years will vary only one day over a period of several
thousand years.
In most Christian nations the calendar year begins Jan.
1. During the Middle Ages, however, most European nations
considered March 1 or March 25, Annunciation Day, as the
first day of the calendar year. By 1600 nearly all civilized
countries except England recognized Jan. 1 as the first day of
the year. England adopted the Gregorian calendar, which
sets Jan. 1 as the beginning of the year, Sept. 14, 1752.
The Orthodox Jewish year begins near the time of the
autumnal equinox, about the 22nd of September. The Islamic
year, however, is based on the changing phases of the moon.
It lasts for 354 days and its beginning continually falls earlier
in the seasons. Thirty Islamic years make up a cycle during
which there are 11 leap years which occur at irregular
intervals, ...
Most of us are so happy with written holiday greetings.
Several local families were cheered by international
telephone calls. Staff "Sgt. Charles Douglas Gonty and his
wife, Anastasia, chatted with his family here from their
Army-based home in Holland Christmas Day. Cathy Jensen
had a good holiday talk with family members in London, and
the Dick Grahams also chatted with relatives in London.
Because I have been traveling a bit and doing family
visiting and I admit also to being somewhat absent
minded last week I really learned that it pays to trade with
local merchants.
I did not do a very good job of picking up my purchases
Dec. 24 and did not realize I was short of a rather important
item until after the stores were closed. I argued with myself
during the night and the next morning about calling the
merchant's home Christmas Da.
I finally telephonedlo ask if I could possibly meet him at
the store and retrieve my package. He said "You don't need
to do that-I will see that it comes to your home, soon." And
he did and so my Christmas Day was much nicer that I
deserved to have it. Again I declare it really pays to trade
right here with our neighboring business persons who kindly
give extra service that we could never expect from
out-of-town merchants.
Several of us learned again how treacherous "black ice"
is at this time of the year. I had my car suddenly go out of
control as I traveled between McNab and Arlington Dec. 27,
and felt most fortunate that the car headed into the mud bank
on the left of the uphill grade and not to the right, down into
the canyon. My daughter-in-law Bette and little granddaugh
ter Anna were in the back seat and were really frightened
along with me. Thankfully son Bill Haberlach and grandson
Adam were following behind in the Haberlack car. Bill sort of
straightened out the exhaust pipe the hillside had bent over,
and we moved ahead at a snail's pace in the two cars over the
ice to Arlington.
Neighbor Jane Rawlins went to Pendleton Dec. 27 and
found a few minutes when she could not control her car
either. She reported that several big trucks just pulled off the
road to wait for safer traveling.
Charles Rawlins will soon be leaving for Western Kentucky
University at Bowling Green to study and to attempt to
rewrite golfing history.
I hear that Clifford and Frances Williams have sold their
small farm at Lexington and have moved to Hermiston.
For several weeks now lots of us will struggle to write
1980 instead of 1979. What creatures of habit we do become.
We wish you each a very Happy New Year.
Fiflv vears ago a fire blaze
caused by a gasoline cooking
stove New Year's Eve did $50
in damage to "Margie's Eat
Heppner reconditioned its
steam plant that had supplied
the city with electricity before
Pacific Power and Light Co.
was given a franchise in
Twenty-five years ago Mary
Van Stevens was sworn in as
the Heppner mayor. She was
the first woman mayor in the
history of Heppner.
The Heppner Common
Council met and acquired the
land needed to put a reservoir
near the high school for city
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