Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, January 10, 1980, Page TWO, Image 2

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TWO The Heppner Gazette-Times. Heppner. Oregon, Thursday. January 10, l!)KII
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U.S.P.S. 240-420
Published every Thursday and entered as second-class matter at the Post Office
at Heppner. Oregon under the Act of March 1. 1179. Second-clan postage paid at
Heppner. Oregon.
Office at 147 Weil Willow Street Telephone. (503) 676-9221
Address communications to the Heppner Gatette-Timet. P.O. Box 337, Heppner.
Oregon. 978:w
Sum in Morn. Umatilla. Wheeler t Gilliam counties. 110 00 elsewhere.
Senior Citizen Rate, IS on
Jerome F. Sheldon, Publisher
Steven A. Powell, News Editor
The Dam's Impact
While the Willow Creek Dam, if
constructed, would remove a substantial
flood threat from Heppner, a new factor has
been introduced into the thoughts of the
community. This is pointed out in the Final
Environmental Impact Statement prepared
by the U.S. Army District Engineer at Walla
Will the dam break? That's the question
causing some fear in a few minds, and the
Army Engineers provide their own answer,,
"Undoubtedly 'no.'"
The report recognizes that people do
remember the failures in recent years of
dams in Georgia and Idaho that resulted in
property damage and loss of life. The
Engineers cite a sociological impact study
previously made that uncovered a certain
amount of anxiety on the part of those
interviewed on whether a dam might' fail.
It would be difficult, if not impossible, to
completely dispel this fear, the Engineers
The report leaves the question at that and
goes on to comment on the economic benefits
that are associated with dam construction.
First in the minds of project planners is
the long-term decrease in property-damages
to property caused by flooding. The almost
sole justification for the Willow Creek project
is its ability to decrease both urban and rural
losses due to flooding, the Engineers say.
The short-term economic boost to the
community would be the influx of construc
tion workers and their families during the
dam's construction.
The Army sees a "mini-boom" for
Heppner for a short period of time, depending
on the size of the work force and where the
workers live. There is the likelihood, they
say, that many local businessmen will benefit
during the construction period but this
would be only for the short-term.
While some people in Heppner have
looked for increased tourism because of the
lake, the Engineers caution that the small,
size of the lake would be a limiting factor to
any recreational development. Furthermore,
the poor water quality in the late summer
months would be another limiting factor.
Local businessmen and city officials would
have to understand these conditions in
planning any capital investments for
supplying either goods or services.
The report points out, besides the
short-term economic benefits from the influx
of construction workers, the probable change
for Heppner in "new ideas, new ways of doing
things and new people." This intangible
impact of the project may make some people
uneasy, however it is a factor to be
More tangible aspects may be noted in
the increased demand for public services
such as water supply, health care and school
services. In most of these areas, the report
says, it is likely that little can be done other
than simply endure during the construction
In other words, grin and bear it, they say.
Oregon traffic toll 673
Oregon's tentative 1979 traf
fic death toll has been set at
673. nearly a seven percent
drop from 1978.
Morrow County deaths rose
from three in 1978 to eight in
The 1979 count of victims
includes 86 pedestrians. 66
motorcycylists. and nine bicy
cle riders. The remaining 512
victims died either as drivers
and passengers of motor
vehicles, according to statis
tics compiled by the Motor
Vehicles Division from police
and driver reports of acci
dents. Nineteen percent of the
victims (130 people) died in 55
multiple death crashes. Two
crashes, one in August in
Douglas County and one in
December in Marion County
each claimed five lives and
were the "worst of the year."
There were three crashes
each of which claimed four
lives, eight crashes each
claimed three lives, and 42
crashes each claimed two
Figures are subject to
revision if delayed reports are
received or if persons listed as
injured die within 30 days of
the accident.
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Fifty years ago the Black
horse and Sand Hollow Tele
phone Co. asked for a fran
chise to run a telephone line
through the city of Heppner. It
would replace one that was
destroyed in a fire.
Christmas mail at the post
office brought in $1,130.21
compared to $939.88 the pre
vious year. The total income
of the year was up to $8,738.39
from $8,643.98.
A memorial hall in Galax,
Virginia was named in honor
of Rufus Burroughs, who
enlisted from Heppner to
enter World War I. It was
named Burroughs Memorial
Hall. He went to Galax after
the war. About 250 persons
attended the ceremony.
The Peoples Hardware Co.
had a full page ad in the
Gazette-Times advertising the
new John Deere tractor. It
was powerful enough to pull
three 16-inch plows at four
miles per hour, harrow 120 to
140 acres per day or drill 75 to
85 acres a day. The cost of fuel
per acre was 28 cents.
Twenty-five years ago the
county court was looking into
the possibility of purchasing
the Patterson Ferry and all its
assets including tugs, barges,
landings, real estate and
liquid estates from the owners
from Prosser. Wash.
Births were down in Morrow
County from 228 to 179 and
deaths were up from 43 to 53.
The county clerk issued 29
marriage licenses and 10
divorces, but one divorced
couple remarried later in the
Fire losses were only $510
during the year compnred to
$:.7(io in 1952 and $7,382.90 in
Heppner residents were
hopeful that TV could be
received in the town.' Strong
signals had been received two
miles west of the city and
g, Editor's iNotebook
Eastern Oregon State College
has a staff member whose
name is appropriate for the
job she holds. She is Glena
Records and her job title is
Director of Records.
The college sent out a news
release last week in which her
name and title appeared, and
there was the parenthetical
remark (name OK).
What could be a more
suitable matching of name
and occupation? We're start
ing a list. Have you any
We received a subscription
renewal from a Portland
resident recently. With her
check she added a note: "How
about more local news such as
who is visiting whom."
Her use of grammar is
pleasing and as for her
request, we'll try. But we need
the help of our readers. If you
have been on a trip or have
had visitors in your home,
drop us a line we'll be glad to
print it. Some readers of the
Heppner Gazette-Timesljye
"far away and like to keep in
touch vicariously with what's
going on in the old home town.
Marriages, births, deaths
all are grist for. the news mill,
not only for the edification of
those involved but to satisfy
the curiosity of others.
Recently, a man spent
several hours in the Gazette
Times office looking up refer
ences in back volumes of the
newspaper, as early as 1906
and 1910. He was searching for
obituaries and other informa
tion that could, perhaps,
support genealogical claims.
He never did reveal his exact
So. readers, we welcome
your news items, not merely
as gossip but as items of
genuine interest to others.
Unique service follows up on worker's comp
A little more than two years
ago. a couple of enterprising
southern Oregon women be
came aware of the staggering
costs of this state's Workers'
Compensation Insurance sys
tem. They figured they might be
able to do something about the ,
situation. They have and in the
process launched a rather
unique and successful busi
ness. Marsha McBaine and Joan
Hill were impressed by the
hundreds of millions of dollars
paid by employers each year
to insure workers against
job-related injuries. And they
also were impressed by the
demeaning loss of dignity and
self-esteem among injured
workers, who for a variety of
reasons were unable to re
join the productive workforce.
Both were caseworkers, for
the state welfare system
working in Ashland. Marsha
was counseling unemployed
families and Joan was per
forming the same service with
incapacitated workers.
A chance conversation with
a lumberman in the area
provided the impetus that
propelled them into business
for themselves.
Salem reader enjoys
her Heppner newspaper
Enclosed find my check in
the amount of ten dollars to
Hughes death
not mentioned
In your January 3. 1980,
paper in your 1979 review, you
told of a teacher dying, a
baby, a boy and a man dying
but you failed to name Homer
Hughes, ex-county commis.
sioner. He was born in Morrow
County and lived his life there.
I feel my father
should not have been forgotten
as I am sure many others do.
Carol R. Collins
555 E. Main. B-2
John Day. Ore. 97845
cover a year's subscription to
the Gazette-Times. It is a good
newspaper and I share it with
another Capital Manor resi
dent. Hazel Sutherland,
granddaughter of Jackson Lee
Morrow, for whom the county
was named. Mrs. Sutherland
shares these used copies with
her brother, so they do a good
I particularly enjoy Justine
Weatherford's columns, and
frequently find I receive a
better perspective on state
political problems from your
commentators than from Sa
lem papers.
Yours very truly,
Fay T. Coulter
922 Capital Manor
Salem. Oregon 97304
Editorial ' on right track '
with regard to Amtrak service
You're on the right track
with your recent editorial on
Amtrak service.
Eastern Oregon is most
fortunate to be served by the
popular "Pioneer" passenger
train. Residents of our area
have been discovering the
advantages of traveling by
Amtrak the comfort, safety,
convenience, economy, and
just plain pleasure of a train
The "Pioneer" has a good
daily schedule for trips to
Portland and Seattle, or east
to Boise, Pocatello, and Salt
Lake City. Family rates,
group fares, and senior citizen
discounts are available. Re
servations are easily made by
using Amtrak's toll-free num
ber. 1-800-421-8320; and tickets
can be purchased by mail
through local travel agencies
or from the conductor on
Next time you're travelling,
why not take the train? I'm
positive you'll have a really
great time.
Rod Aho
Route 1, Box 3392
(Rod Aho is director of the
Oregon Association of Rail
way Passengers. He encour
ages anyone who has ques
tions about schedules, fares,
etc.. to give him a call at his
home. 676-5271.).
The lumberman told Mar
sha he was concerned about a
couple of former employes
who had been hurt on the job.
He had lost track of them. He
was aware they were receiv
ing Workers' Compensation
benefits because his firm was
self-insured and cancelled
benefit checks returned with'
regularity. He was concerned
about the costs of those
benefits, certainly. But he was
also concerned about the
health and welfare of the
former employes and their
"How", he asked, "does one
go about checking up on
people in such straits? And is
it possible they might be able
to return to work?"
Marsha took his questions to
Joan that very day. They
literally conducted a curbside
conference in front of the
welfare office and in the
process hatched an idea that
two months later became their
business Industrial Counsel
ing Service of Southern Ore
gon. During the course of re
searching the situation, they
discovered the Field Services
Division of the Workers'
Compensation Department is
charged with providing gui
dance for workers suffering
serious disabling injuries in
juries that may result in lost
time of 90 days or more away
from the job. They also
learned Field Services was
receiving reports of some 800
such injuries each month and
servicing those cases with a
force of 40 coordinators state
wide. Marsha and Joan armed
with their welfare experience
believed they might become
effective representatives of
concerned employers by coun
seling injured workers and
coordinating efforts by em
ployers, insurance carriers,
doctors and others to restore
the worker to gainful employ
ment. Their first client was the
concerned lumberman. When
he took a chance on their,
fledging proposition his direct
claim costs stood at $100,000,
the amount his self-insured
firm was paying in benefits to
injured workers. In nine
months. Marsha and Joan had
whittled that cost to $27,000.
Perhaps more important,
several workers had returned
to the workforce a couple
who had been off the job six
months or more and likely -
never again would have ob
tained productive employ
ment. That Marsha and Joan have
continued to achieve results is
evident from the fact they now
have a total of seven persons
on their staff, their client list
is swelling and a sizeable
portion of the business con
sists of contractual agree
ments with the Workers'
Comp Department's Field
Services Division.
Field Service Administrator
Norman Alverson said the
secret of their success is
largely attributable to the fact
they work directly for con
cerned employers and that
concern is relayed to injured
Marsha attributes their suc
cess to training of employers
as much as to the attention
workers receive.
"A concerned employer can.
learn to recognize conditions
that lead to extensive lost time
as a result of job-related
in juries," she explained. "And
many times we can restore an
individual to the workforce
before those conditions com
bine to produce a chronic lost
time situation."
While the Ashland firm
founded by Marsha and Joan
may be unique, the services
they render are being em
braced by a growing number
of entities concerned by the
fact Oregon is recognized as
one of the highest cost
Workers' Comp states in the
l nation.
Employee Benefits Insur
ance Company and the State
Accident Insurance Fund
(SAIF) are moving into the
field. FMC Corporation in
Portland. Fred Meyer and
others are examples of pri
vate employers providing si
milar services for their own
injured workers.
Vocational counseling, re
habilitation and employment
placement aren't the only
solutions for Oregon's high
cost Workers' Comp situation.
But they can go a long way
toward reducing the total bill
of nearly $600 million paid by 1
employers in 1979.
And there's no accurate way
of measuring the restoration. -of
self-esteem an injured
worker achieves when once'
more he or she rejoins the
"Conscience makes egotists
of us all." Oscar Wilde
Help offered on state
income tax returns
several interested persons
were investigating the possibi
lity of piping it to town.
The Heppner High School
Scoop reported the drill team
members wore galoshes and
snow shoes to practice their
drills for the Condon basket
ball game. They had to
practice outside because the
schedule for the use of the
gym was full.
Five years ago the Heppner
City Council was considering
adding more police to the
force and raising water rates.
Heppner lost to Sherman
County in a roundball game
55-49. John Kilkenny led the
Mustangs with 17 points. The
Mustangs outrebounded the
Umatilla Vikings 56-14 as they
easily defeated the visitors
64-42. Dave McLachlan led
Heppner with 22 points.
Clara Kincaid of Heppner
celebrated her 100th birthday,
as did Anna Sumner of
The state minimum wage
went up to $1.75 an hour.
Shannon Kelly was awarded
the annual Soroptirnist Youth
Citizenship Award for Morrow
County high school seniors.
The Eric Anderson home
and farm shop near lone were
broken into while the Ander
sons were honeymooning.
Camera equipment and a
clock worth $470 were taken.
Help with state income tax
returns is available in 43
Oregon cities beginning this
month. Oregon Department of
Revenue personnel will be
available to help people with
state income tax returns and
property tax relief claim
Morrow County taxpayers
can receive help at the
courthouse in Heppner Feb, 12
from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Taxpayers needing assis
tance should bring a copy of
their completed federal in
come tax form. 1979 W-2 wage
slips and other income records
and information about any
deductions they wish to claim.
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Heppner Auto Pert
234 N.Main Heppner ,676-9.1 23
Foamers Carpet, Linoleum, 422 Unden Way
Ceramic Tile, Kitchen '
11 Cabinets, Rapco Insulation Heppner
Carpet, Linoleum, Counter Tops Installed
Beauty Rest mattresses, Fabrics and Accessories,
Sherwin Williams Paint
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Home Remodeling
Specializing In Aluminum Siding and repair of old siding
Sonn Window! and Doon Prime Windows Small Remodeling Job
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Free Maibnc Service On Prompt iona HoaposJ Sappiier
Moa.-Fri. 96 pJ. Set. 9-lp.n. Located in the Medical Center
1100 Soathfate Pendleton 276-1531
Cemetery, Grave Markers 676-9600
Granite, Marble, Bronze or 676-9226
Serving lone, Lexington & Heppner p.o. Box 97
Service calls every Wednesday v
in Heppner, lone and Lexington
332 S. Main St., Pendleton Telephone 276-6441
SU N. Fim, Hermieton Telephone 567-2731
Chevron USA, Inc.'
Commission Agen
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Mcrrow County
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