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SIX The lleppner Gazette-Times. Ileppner, Oregon, Thursday. January 1. !!
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Oregon drivers have to learn a few new laws enacted during '79
Oregon drivers have to
learn only a few new traffic
laws since new legislation
enacted by the 1979 Legisla
ture went into effect Oct. 3.
One law that will ,make it
easier to remember when to
turn on car headlights is
among the new or changed
rules of the road. It says
drivers must turn on head
lights between sunset and
sunrise, rather than a half
hour after sunset until a half
hour before sunrise.
The change also says lights
must be turned pn if drivers
cannot see people or vehicles
1,000 feet away. Under the
previous law, visibility had to
be down to 500 feet before
lights had to be turned on.
Two changes relate to
stopping for certain types of
buses carrying children. One
new law authorizes church
buses carrying children to use
school bus stop lights. Permits
must be issued to religious
organizations by . the Motor.
Vehicles Division to use the
lights. Other traffic must stop
for these buses the same as
for a stopped school bus or
(worker transportation bus.
Officers installed
by Heppner C of C
William J. (Bill) Kuhn, an
attorney, was installed as the
president for 1980 of the
Heppner-Morrow County
Chamber of Commerce Mon
day. He succeeded Ernest
McCabe, co-owner of the
Central Market.
Other officers for 1980
include Fred Toombs, mana
ger of Columbia Basin Elec
tric Cooperative, Inc., first
vice president; Bob Harris,
real estate broker, second vice
president; Ken Miller, branch
manager of the First National
Bank of Oregon, secretary,
and Dick Boerger. loan officer
at the First National, trea
surer. In a brief ceremony at the
luncheon meeting at the West
of Willow. McCabe handed
over his gavel and Kuhn, in
turn, presented McCabe with
a plaque. Herman Winters, an
attorney, was the installing
. Another law relates to
drivers of ambulances and
emergency vehicles. It re
quires drivers of these vehi
cles to stop for stopped school
or other buses using the.
flashing school bus lights and
picking up or unloading chil
dren. After stopping, drivers
of emergency vehicles may
proceed if no passengers of the
bus are on the road and if the
emergency vehicle proceeds
with caution.
Still another traffic law
change relates to where a
vehicle may be stopped,
parked or allowed to stand.
The change prohibits a
driver from stopping, parking,
or. allowing a vehicle to stand
within seven and one-half feet
of the nearest rail of a railroad
track if that interferes with
railroad operations.
The fee for an instruction
permit to learn to drive
increases from 3 to $5. The
one-time fee to have a driver's
license endorsed to operate a
motorcycle increases from
$3.50 to $7.
A new type of vehicle is
given statutory recognition a
moped and rider require
ments have been established.
The new law allows a person
16-or-older to get a limited
moped license. People who
already have a driver's li
cense, however, may also
operate a moped without
returning to the DMV for more
tests. Limited licenses for the
small vehicles are issued if the
applicants pass a vision and
knowledge of the rules test, as
well as an off-street riding
demonstration. The fee will be
Mopeds must have pedals,
an engine of no more than 50
cc's, and a top unassisted
speed on a level road of 30
One of the most important
driver license changes makes
it easier to let the Motor
Vehicles Division know your
address has changed. For the
. last three years, any change of
address has meant a trip to a
nearby DMV office, but the
new law allows drivers to
notify the division of the new
address by mail as well as in
person. In most cases, DMV
will issue an adhesive sticker
showing the new address
which drivers then apply to
their old licenses. Notice to
DMV must be given within 30
days of the change of address.
'. If for some reason you want
a new license when you
change an address, or if the
division must issue a' new
license for any reason, the fee
will be $3.
Another driver license law
change deals with false appli
cations for licenses or non-driver
identification cards. The
penalty for false application
or using false documents to
get a license goes up from a
Class B misdemeanor to a
Class A misdemeanor. That
Oregon's traffic deaths for
1978 climbed higher than the
nationalaverage, according to
figures compiled by the State
Highway Division in its "1978
Traffic Accidents and Acci
dent Rates on the State
Highway System" report.
. Nationwide there were an
estimated 5 1,900 traffic deaths
during 1978, an increase of 5.4
percent from 1977. Oregon
experienced 721 traffic deaths
during the past year, or an
inc reaseoT 7.1 perceffTcom
pared to 1977.
Oregon's state highway sys
tem had 348 fatal accidents
during 1978, which was an
increase of 9.4 percent from
the 318 fatals in 1977. The total
number of persons killed in
these accidents was 411, an
increase of 10.5 percent from
the 1977 total of 372.
The freeway system was
again the safest place to drive
with the state highway system
showing a 1978 accident rate
per million vehicle-miles of
I. 98, almost three ties the
freeway rate of 0.67 for the
same period.
The state highway system
accounted for 11,830,089,981
vehicle-miles of travel during
1978, an increase of 7.2 percent
from the . 1977 total of
II, 035,194,552.
Secretary warns
Farmers must keep
soil tied down
Ancient Mammoth teeth
found at Eastern Oregon
Teeth and teeth parts found
earlier this year beneath the
baseball field at Eastern
Oregon State College have
, been verified as those of a
mammoth that lived 10,000 to
50.000 years go.
Associate Professor of Bio
logy Burr Betts said when the
teeth were found he and Bob
Ward, associate professor of
.education, tentatively identi
fied them as belonging to a
Mammuthus Washingtonii, a
1 hairy elephant-like mam
moth. He said that identifica
tion has now been confirmed
by a paleontologist at Wash
ington State University in
Burr said two, molar-like
cheek teeth used for grinding
food and parts of other teeth
were found early in the fall by
workmen digging a test hole
near home plate on the
baseball field.
According to Gary D. Web
ster, professor of geology at
WSU, "Mammoth remains
are fairly common in the
pleistocene deposits of Wash
ington and Oregon."
"Very likely those teeth are
there not because the elephant
died there but because tiiey
were washed there," said
Betts. He added any future
digging in the area will be
done with special care and if
human artifacts are found in
the area it would be consi
dered for scientific examination.
American farmers must
decide soon whether to keep
their soil tied down on the land
or ' to allow an additional 60
million tons of it to wash or
blow away this season, Secre
tary of Agriculture Bob Berg
land said recently.
Because of an excellent
demand for American grain in
the year ahead, there is no
set-aside or diversion for
wheat and feed grains, and
each farmer will decide for
himself how much cropland to
plant, Bergland said.
"In the 1973-74 crop year,"
he said, "farmers plowed up '
an additional nine million
acres of marginal land land
nearly impossible to protect
from soil erosion.
"The result was 60 million
tons more soil lost on those
nine million acres alone,"
Bergland said. "That was the
, bitter result of plowing from
fence to fence."
He pointed out that the most
serious soil erosion occurs on
a fraction of the cropland,
usually sloping land with
highly erodible soils. Soy
beans planted on marginal
lands in one part of Iowa, he
said, resulted in "the sicken
ing loss of 26 tons of soil for
each ton of soybeans harves
ted.': Bergland warned that
switching to crop production
on hard-to-protect acres can
undo years of work and
hundreds of millions of dollars
infested in soil conservation
Nursing program at
Blue Mountam
receives accreditation
Northwestern Livestock
Comm. Co.
Special Feeder Sale
Tuesday, Jan. 8
No one knows what cattle are worth now or
what they are going to be worth later this
We are short of cattle numbers in the United
States and you with feeder cattle should let all
the buyers bid on them at a central marketing
location the livestock auction.
Blue Mountain Community
College's practical nurse and
associate-degree nurse pro
grams received accreditation
for a five-year peril from the
Oregon State Board of Nurs
ing at its November meeting.
Accreditation for the nurs
ing programs comes two
years after the college's
nursing curriculum and in
structional staff originally
were approved by the State
Board in August, 1977. Appro
val of a nursing program is
granted for two years or until
the college graduates its first
class of nurses, according to
Bob Hawk, dean of occupa
tional education.
Last summer, BMCC gradu
ated 24 students in its associate-degree
nursing and six in
the practical nursing pro-,
gram, according to Jan Glas-
by, head of nursing.
During the summer, the
nursing department worked
on a self-study report as a step
to eventual accreditation. An
i on-site visitation was conduc
ted in October by the State
Board of Nursing. As a result
of this visit and the self-study,
the accreditation was granted
and in five years, the process
must be repeated.
There are currently 30
first-year students enrolled in
the two nursing programs at
BMCC. This summer Ms.
Glasby expects tograduate 18
associate-degree nurses and
about 10 practical nurses.
Information about applica
tion to the nursing programs
can be obtained through the
Admissions office at BMCC as
well as the . counseling and
nursing departments.
Selling the auction
way provides:
Guaranteed payments
Competitive bidding
No pencil shrink
Accurate weights
We have already consigned for Jan. 8 bidding : 200 head
of 400-to 500-pound calves: 60 head of 650-pound steers.
60 mixed white and black bally pairs, 50 preg-tested
Northwestern Livestock
Commission Co.
Don Grauer
(503 ) 567-6655,
evenings 567-3111
Gary Miller,
(503) 565-3275
Eddie Cole, Manager
(503) 296-4672 '
means a maximum tine oi
$1,000, up to one year in jail, or
In addition, if a license es'
cancelled for false applica
tion, a new license cannot be
issued to the person for one
In addition, if a license is
cancelled for false applica
tion, a new license cannot be
issued to the person for one
The fee for most title
transactions a title serves as
proff of ownership goes up
from $2 to $7. The $2 fee, DMV
officials told lawmakers, has
been the same since about 1950
and falls far short of paying
for the cost of issuing the
document today.
Fees for short term trip
permits for trailers also have
increased. The fee depends on
the weight and period of time
for which the trip permit is
issued. Mobile home trip
permits also go up from $1 to
$5, and mobile home registra
tion fees increase from $6 to
Vehicle fee changes are
intended to cover the cost of
providing the service or docu
ments and the changes are all
based on cost studies comple
ted last year by DMV.
Another new law relates to
parking privileges for handi
capped people. The definition
of handicapped is expanded to
include, among other things,
persons with respirator or
cardiovascular illnesses that
"make it impossible or im
practical" to walk.
These people, or others in
their household, may apply,
beginning Oct. 3, for either a
disabled person license plate
or an insignia that may be
moved from vehicle to vehi
cle. Either entitles use of
disabled person parking spa
ces. Vehicles displaying the
plate or insignia are allowed
to park in certain areas
without worrying about over
time parking tickets.
Would-be applicants for the
plates or insignias must pro
vide.a physicians's certifica
tion on the disability when
applying to a DMV field office. '
Still another new law is
aimed at making sure people
know what they are getting
when they buy a vehicle that
has been "assembled" or
"reconstructed." It also
closes some loopholes in laws
dealing with destroyed vehi
cles. The loopholes, DMV
officials say, have been
adding to stolen car problems
in the state.
Vehicle equipment require
ments in law will now be in
closer step with rules adopted
'by the federal government
and the, Motor Vehicle Divi
sion under its rule-making
All vehicles, including small
trailers, must have two,
instead of one, tail lights and
two stop lights. Turn signal
lights become required equip
ment on all vehicles except
mopeds, and motorcycles
manufactured prior to 1973.
Braking requirements also
are being updated to eliminate
stopping distance tables for
certain speeds and simply
.require that vehicles of cer
tain weights be able to stop
within a set distance from a
speed of 20 miles per hour
without leaving a 12-foot wide
As in the past, lighting and
most other equipment laws
do not cover implements of
husbandry units used for
agricultural purposes only
and certain antique or special
interest vehicles.
Another new law deals with
vehicle windows and wind
shields. The former law
banned outright any sign,
poster, or other nontranspar
ent material on windshields,
widewings, side or rear win
dows of motor vehicles. The
only exception was for papers '
required to be displayed by
The change makes it illegal
to have signs, posters, one
way glass, adhesive film,
glaze applications or other
material on the windshield,
sidewings or windows forward
of or adjacent to the driver's
seat if the material prohibits
or impairs seeing into or out of
the. motor vehicle. The law
also applies to rear windows of
Annfhor npw renuirement
ends a long-standing exemp-
tion for log trucks. Previously
these vehicles did not have to
have mudflaps or splash
aprons to deflect mud and
spray but after Wednesday
these vehicles will join other
types of trucks needing the
flaps. The law does provide a ,
"fix it" provision so that if
flaps are replaced or repaired
courts must dismiss any .
citation without penalty.
In the past people moving to
Oregon have been allowed to
continue using valid out of .
state plates for the same
period of time their former
state honored Oregon-plated
vehicles. This usually meant- -new
residents could drive here
without getting Oregon regis
trations for several months
and, in some cases, up to a
: A new law now says you
must get Oregon license plates
whien you become a resident.
You establish residency by
such acts as remaining here
for a consecutive period of six -months
or more, placing .
children in a public shcool
without paying nonresident
tuition Wees, claiming to be a
resident for purposes of get
ting, at resident rates, a state
license or tuition fees at a,
publicly-maintained school, or
maintaining an office or
warehouse facility in the state
and operating motor vehicles,
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