Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, January 17, 1980, Image 1

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Morrow County's Home-Owned Weekly Newspaper
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20 cents
By Don Gilliam
J Hi I.o Prec.
Tups. 1-8 22 15 .50
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Wed. 1-9 20 12 .10
2" snow
Thurs..l-10 32 9 .01
2-10" snow
Fri.,1-11 43 28
Sal.. 1-12 58 36 .50
Sun.. 1-13 56 35 .18
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HEW grant approved for
Pioneer Hospital project
A grant from the Depart
ment of Health. Education and
Welfare was approved last
week for the renovation,
modernization and a new
addition to the Pioneer Memo
rial Hospital in Heppner,
according to Frederick T.
Martin, of lone, hospital board
The total project will cost
more than $400,000 and the
grant from HEW will pay 75
percent of it. The local match
money will he provided by
funds budgeted and passed by
the county electorate in 1979.
County and hospital officials
have been working for the
project to be approved for
three years. Representative
Al Ullman and his staff were
instrumental in clearing the
grant application.
The renovation will bring
the existing building up to
code as a fire escape ramp
' from the nursing home level
will be constructed.
The x-ray room will be
redone and new x-ray ma
chines will be added. An
incinerator, approved by the
Department of Environmental
Qualify, will also be included
in the renovation.
The new addition will in
clude separate emergency
facilities, an ambulance port,
an emergency waiting room
and exam rooms. More than
$7,800 will be used for major
moveable equipment to fur
nish the emergency facilities.
Romae Construction Inc. of
Portland was the low bidder
for the construction and reno
vation with a bid of $262,000.
Work will begin as soon as
weather permits and mater
ials are obtained. It is
estimated the project will he
completed in five months.
Terms of the Grant require
the hospital to provide un
compensated care to those
persons classified as unable to
pav. following a formula
established by HEW. The
annual obligation for free care
is based on a percentage of the
facility's operating costs and
will continue until the free
care total equals the Grant
A number of interested
phvsicians are considering a
Heppner practice and a more
comprehensive and updated
hospital will make the com
munity more desirable to
them. Martin said.
Martin said many residents
of Morrow. Gilliam and
Wheeler counties have looked
to Heppner physicians and
Pioneer Memorial Hospital
for care. With these develop
ments, we will be in a much
better position to respond to
their needs.
Stolen explosives
still missing
Clcn Ward slums Hie linle in oil can after an M-X0 blew up inside it.
In Morrow County
Farm sales drop $386,000
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These are the floor plans for the hospital expansion.
The estimated total gross
farm sales for 1979 in Morrow
Coun'v were more than $12
millii.n. according to county
extension service statistics.
The precise figure is
$12,145.(100. which is down
$3!U;.()0() from 1978.
The big drop in sales was
from potatoes with the gross
sales in 1079 at $17,710,000.
compared to $29,202.00(1 the
year before, a drop of more
than $11.5 million.
"Potato prices are bad,"
John Nordheim. extension
agenl. said.
Dairv sales are down from
$.ri1o.ooo to $386,000 and swine
sales dropped from $82,000 to
All other farm commodities
are up in sales.
Wheat sales are up $6.7
million from $27,389,000 to
$34,170,000 with about 7.000
more acres being harvested.
Nordheim said the reason
for the increase is that
farmers received $4.25 a
bushel in 1979 compared to
$3.57 in 1978 and $2.86 in 1977.
Forage crops (alfalfa, hay.
corn and silage) sales are up
from $4,378,000 to $5,240,000
even though 7.000 fewer acres
were harvested.
Feed grains (barley and
corn ) are up from $706,000 to
$949,000 in sales despite 1,050
fewer acres being harvested.
The reason for the increase.
Nordheim said, was barley
sold at $108.33 a ton in 1979. up
from $75,83 a ton in 1978.
Sales of all other crops
(Austrian peas, mint dry field
peas, pinto and field peas,
grapes, cantalopes, muskmel
ons and watermelons) totaled
$4,167,000. up from $2,353,000.
In total crop sales, the gross
was down, mostly because of
potato prices, from $64,088,000
to $62,236,000 with 7.000 fewer
acres being harvested.
Total livestock sales were
up from $8,442,000 to
Beef cattle sales rose from
$7,07 3,000 to $7,871,000; sheep
and wool sales more than
doubled from $703,000 to
$1,512,000: and other livestock
(horses, rabbits, mules and
chickens ) sales were $75,000 in
1978 and 1979.
Oregon farmers and ran
chers chalked up a record $1.5
billion in estimated gross
sales for 1979. '
This was the sixth year in a
row farm sales have topped $1
billion in Oregon. The figure
includes $944 million from
crop sales (up 18 percent from
1978) and $580 million from
livestock and poultry (up 28
percenl I.
The estimated sales total
represents about a 20 percent
increase in gross income over
1978. according to Stanley
Miles. Oregon State Univer
sity Extension agricultural
"However, these figures
reflect gross sales and do not
represent net income. Farm
ers and ranchers faced a 14
percent increase in farm costs
due to inflation." Miles said.
Because of the diversity of
Oregon agriculture. 1979 pro
duced a good income picture
for many farmers and ranch
ers while it was another poor
year for others.
The record sales were due
mainly to improved produc
tion and prices for wheat and
to higher prices for cattle and
For the second year in a
row. three counties topped
$100 million. Marion County,
which has a diverse agricul
tural base, led the group with
sales of $162 million. Malheur
and Umatilla counties fol
lowed with $122 million and
$112. respectively.
Major gains in the sales of
grains, livestock and nursery
and dairy products more than
offest some sales losses from
field crops.
Grain sales were up 38
percent to $268 million, thanks
to higher production and
Wheat yields in the Willa
mette Valley rebounded from
a poor year in 1978 when 40
percenl of the crop was lost to
bad weather and disease
(Continued on page three.)
Approximately 100 M-R0 ex
plosives from the Oregon Fish
and Wildlife storage shed in
Heppner are still missing,
according to Glen Ward of the
Game Department.
Ward said five boxes with
100 explosives in each con
tainer were taken from the
shed and four have been
confiscated. The rest have
either been shot off or are still
in the community. Ward said.
"The M-80s are dangerous."
he said. "I don't want to see
any kids hurt."
According to Morrow Coun
ty sheriff reports. Ron Sch
warz of Heppner and John
Clow of Irrigon were charged
with taking the explosives.
Following the theft, the
sheriff said, some rural mail
boxes were blown up with the
M-80 explosives.
Ward said a key was used to
unlock the shed. The building
was not broken inlo. Saddles
and more expensive articles
are stored in the shed but only
the M-80s were taken.
"What we need is a com
bination lock." Ward said.
He said many persons use
the shed so instead of having
many keys, one has been kept
in a hiding place.
The M-80s look like a large
firecracker. Thev are yellow
with a green fuse and about
1 1 . inches long.
The Fish and Wildlife Dept.
uses the M-80s to scare away
game. The explosives are con
nected to a rope that is treated
so they will explode at dif
ferent intervals The explosion
of the M-80s keeps water fowl,
elk and deer out of farmer's
"The M-ROs are used to keep
wildlife from damaging alfal
fa and grain fields." Ward
Ward said the oversized
firecracker is needed because
theanimalscan gel used tothe
smaller firecracker sound.
"The M-ROs sound like a rifle
shot." Ward said. "They make
a loud noise and a bright
Ward said he knows more of
the M-H0s are in Heppner
because one was set off on
Main Street after an Elk
dance recently.
To show the strength of the
M-ROs. Ward set two off
One blew the bottom out of a
coffee can and it exploded 15
feel info the air.
The other biew a hole in a
two gallon oil can and stretch
ed it out of shape.
"One could blow your hand
or fingers off," he said.
High school requirements change
The State Board of Educa
tion is expected to adopt
changes in Oregon's high
school graduation require
ments and other state stan
dards for public schools when
it meets this weep n Salem.
One change being consider
ed would require school dis
tricts to award diplomas to
handicapped students and
others who complete a "per
sonalized education plan."
Under the present standards,
some districts are awarding
diplomas to handicapped stu
dents while others are not.
Other changes would re
quire a year of written
composition, a year of U.S.
history, a year of global
studies, an additional year of
math or science, and a year of
foreign language, fine arts or
applied arts. The changes
would increase the 21 units
now required for graduation to
Under the present stan
dards. Oregon was the first
state to require students to
meet competency as well as
credit and attendance re
quirements. The board may
reduce the competency re
quirements to the basic skills
of reading, writing, mathe
matics, speaking, listening
and reasoning.
County Court appoints committee
to investigate justice court system
The Morrow County Court
has appointed a seven person
study committee to explore
the possibility of a reorgani
zation of the Morrow County
Justice court system.
Former County Judge Paul
W. Jones has been asked to
chair the committee. Other
members are: Max Hellberg,
Dewey West, Harold Hadley.
Gary Grieb, John Bristow and
former judge D.O. Nelson.
At this time. Morrow County
has two justice courts. The
Fifth Disirict Justice Court is
located in Irrigon at the court
house annex. This court is in
session each Monday for ar
raignments and trials and at
other times as necessary. The
court is staffed by a court
clerk on other business days.
The clerk collects bails, an
swers questions and handles
general office matters. The
Irrigon Justice Court docket
consists primarily of traffic
matters; but, it also handles
misdemeanor complaints,
small claims actions and other
The Sixth District Justice
Court is located at the Morrow
County Courthouse in Hepp
ner. This court is in session
weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. This court handles pre
liminary proceedings on fe
lony cases, misdemeanor
cases, traffic matters and
small claims. The Sixth Dis
trict Justice of the Peace acts
as her own clerk.
The 1979 Legislature appro
ved the organization of a
District Court for the western
portion of Umatilla County
and Morrow County. This
court will sit in Morrow
County one day each week and
in Hermiston four days each
week. The new District Court
will begin July 1, the same
date as the beginning of the
fiscal year.
The committee is expected
to ascertain whether the two
justice courts could be comb
ined and. if so, whether court
services could be enhanced by
having clerks for both Irrigon
and Heppner and the Justice
of the Peace sharing time
between t he two court loca
tions. A reorganization along
these lines might open up
many possibilities. For in
stance, it may be possible to
set up a traffic bureau under
,the clerk(s) of the court to
"assess fines in traffic matters
where a person wishes to
plead guilty but does not wish
to see the judge. A magistrate
would remain accessible at all
times within the county.
The present Justices of the
Peace are Ernest E. Jor
gensen in irrigon anti tiiai -lotte
S. Gray in Heppner. Both
offices will be up for election
this year.
The committee had its first
meotimi Tuesdav.
Flovd HtiU'licns. Ri.hette Angell, Craig Angell and Marc Angell go for a sleigh ride.