Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, February 07, 1980, Page TWO, Image 2

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Step Forward, Heppner!
Generally, any community wants to
attract industry in order to establish a stable
tax base. At least two key factors should be
considered: The availability of land and the
existence of a labor pool from which to draw.
These points are of importance in the
Heppner area because of the recent closure of
the Kinzua plywood mill that put about 150
people out of work. If other industries could
be developed to utilize these people and their
skills, what site and facilities would be
available? If a substitute industry were
secured, those affected by the Kinzua closure
might remain, continuing as part of the basic
economic support for retail businesses and
With business growth come the social and
cultural aspects that keep people in the area
for reasons other than employment, such as
schools, hospital and medical services, and
All of this was the subject of an informal
give-and-take session held at the West of
Willow Restaurant in Heppner last week,
involving a group of business people, at least
one farmer, and Harold Kerr, the Morrow
County agent for the Oregon State University
Extension Service.
Mr. Kerr's ostensible purpose was to obtain
local participation in the updating of a
periodic planning study for the county that
considers various economic conditions. The
last such study report was published in 1971.
But the meeting was as much to spur
business spirits here as to obtain information
for another study to be published in Corvallis.
As such, it served a useful purpose. So the
plywood mill closed. What can the commu
nity do now?
In this sense, we use "community" to
mean not Heppner alone but all of south
Morrow County.
One thought was that the area needs an
"action" person, one who could expedite
matters in the way of industry recruitment
and capital development. Who would pay his
salary? Apparently there are government
grants available that are intended to aid
community development. Indeed, there are
so many sources of money authorized by
Uncle Sam that the Extension Service in
Corvallis requires a computer print-out to
identify them and their specific purposes.
This was brought out because a serious
effort to develop an additional and substan
tial industrial base here would seem to
require professional coordination.
The farmer in the group stressed that his
fellow agricultural producers are as interes
ted as the townspeople in preserving the
community's economic well-being. As a
trading center, Heppner provides goods and
services. The farmers could drive to
Hermiston the mileage isn't so great they
couldn't do so but to come to Heppner often
is more convenient.
Several ideas for economic development
were discussed, Many of them centered on
using wood products. There may not be a
market for locally produced plywood but how
about a furniture factory? Or using wood
waste to generate power?
With the hundreds of people who come to
the Heppner area to hunt, could tourism and
outdoor recreation be a factor in the future?
Gasohol production was mentioned.
Considering the times, this seems to be the
proposal of almost every agricultural region
that produces grains that could be distilled
into alcohol.
In over a centry of existence, Heppner
has known prosperity as well as depression.
Now is the time to step forward! !
New law cracks down on shoplifters
A grouing number of Ore
gonians are learning the hard
way about a new law on the
books that deals rather se
verely with shoplifters.
And those same Oregonians
are discovering the meaning
of a Latin legal phrase,
"Ignorantia legis nemihem
excusat." specifying that ig
norance of la w excuses no one.
The new law is the result of
Senate Bill 893. enacted by the
Legislature during the 1979
session and is detailed in
Oregon Revised Statutes
30 870 and 30 875. It became
effective on Oct. 3 last year
and results of its application
are beginning to surface.
"Although the law has been
in force four months, many
merchants are just now be
coming familiar enough with
its provisions to put it to
practical use." reports Otto J.
Wilson, director of the Oregon
Retail Council division of
Associated Oregon Industries.
The law, patterned largely
after a similar statute in the
State of Washington, permits
retail victims of shoplifters to
seek damages and penalties
from shoplifters.
"The civil law is not meant
to be a substitute for criminal
prosecution," Wilson said.
"The criminal law remains on
the books and is another
weapon against shoplifting."
Together, both procedures
areavailable in the continuing
fight against a crime that
costs Oregonians as much as
S30 million a year.
Wilson, whose statewide
organizations of retailers
sponsored and supported pas
sage of the anit-shoplifting
civil procedures statute, said
it is apparent larger stores
with professional security per
sonnel were first to begin
using it.
"One statewide retail chain
that also has stores in Wash
ington and was familiar witrr
the law in that state, reports
significant results in applica
tion of the Oregon law,"
Wilson said.
Its policy is to seek civil
damages and penalties from
every apprehended shoplifter.
Information from 20 of its
stores shows that some 400
apprehended shoplifters have
been sent demand letters
requesting damages equal to
the price of the stolen mer
chandise, plus a $100 penalty.
Seventy percent of appre
hended shoplifters have been
minors and demands for
damages and penalties have
been sent to their parents, in
accordance with provision of
the law.
"It appears to be parents of
minor shoplifters who are
learning about the law for the
first time." Wilson said, "and
records from this particular
chain indicate although sur
prised, about 70 percent ex-
'If irrigation rates go down,
we should recall board9
Regards article last week
about the delayed increase in
Columbia Basin Electric Co
operative rates in order to
make a new survey as
requested by irrigators.
If the board changes the
percentage upward for do
mestic and commercial and
lowers the irrigation rates, the
people of the cities of Hepp
ner. lone. Lexington, Condon
and Fossil should get up in
arms and recall the board.
Rural customers already
en joy the same domestic rates
as the cities although it costs
much more to build and
maintain the service to the
ranches and outlying areas
thn it does in the cities (where
in a small area there are lots
of transformers with several
meters on each, as opposed to
rural lines being long with one
meter at the end.)
It is much more profitable to
serve the cities, that is why
ranches and farms were the
last to get electric serv ice in
the first place.
The board is composed of
mostly ranchers so the rates
are influenced by that.
We outnumber Hie irriga
tors, by far. so let's not let
them do if to us.
Contact your board mem
bers and let them know how
you feel before it gets worse.
This Co-op belongs to all of us
and anyone with a meter can
Vern Wilson.
'Board has not yielded to
pressure...rates complex9
In regards to the letter
concerning the proposed rate
increase printed in this week's
issue. I would like to comment
for information purposes only.
1. The Board of Directors
has not yielded to any pres
sure from one group of
customers to benefit that
group while causing addi
tional increases to any other
2. Rate studies are very
complex and require the.
expertise of the finest profes
sionals in the business to
provide proper equity for all
classes of customers.
3. In the undertaking of a
cost of service and rate study,
all factors of the operation are
taken into consideration, (i.e.
rural customers, town cus
tomers, industrial customers)
as well as the facilities
required to serve them and
their location on the system.
Extreme care must be taken
to create rates that are
equitable to all customers
regardless of their location
and size.
4. It is simply not the case
that rancher influences domi
nate the Board. Representa
tives of Condon. Fossil, and
Heppner are members at
present and in accordance
with the by-laws, will continue
to be members.
As always in the case of
cooperatives, the lack of
informed members is the
single item that creates more
controversy than any other.
Board meetings are open to
all consumers and it is the
desire of the Board and myself
that if you wish to become
informed, please attend these
The best asset we can have
for any of us is an informed
The interests of all consum
ers are the only goal of the
cooperative and different
viewpoints are welcomed.
Fred R.Toombs.
Columbia Basin
Electric Co-op, Inc.
press support for it."
.Another retailer with nine
outlets primarily in the Port
land metropolitan area is
having almost identical exper
ience in its application of the
civil procedure.
Seeking damages and penal
ties from 320 shoplifters ap
prehended so far, its records
show about 54 percent are
minors whose parents had no
idea there was such a law.
In the cases of both busines
ses, the vast majority of
shoplifters or their parents
are paying damages and
penalties in response to de
mand letters from these
merchants. But both firms
have had to submit a few
claims to small claims court.
Wilson expressed little sur
prise at the numbers of people
professing ignorance of the
"Our experience over the
years in combatting the shop
lifting problem has proven
widespread ignorance about
both the crime and its
magnitude." he said. "It will
take a great deal of time and
experience before the new
civil statute achieves wide
spread understanding."
In view of this knowledge,
the Oregon Retail Council and
others have been working
diligently to furnish informa
tion about shoplifting and
existing laws to the public,
retail merchants, police and
the courts. More than 50
seminars have been conduc
ted statewide since October by
ORC people through auspices
of local Chambers of Com
merce. Public service announce
ments on radio and television,
along with advertisements in
newspapers have concentra
ted on explaining the new law.
"So far our efforts really
have only scratched the sur
face however," Wilson said,
"and the educational program
will be a continuous project."
ORC has published a 24
page handbook, entitled a
"Retailer's Shoplifting Pre
vention Guide," and two sizes
of posters calling attention to
the new law carry endorse
ments by the Crime Preven
tion Association of Oregon.
Oregon Law Enforcement
Council and Oregon Crime
Booklets and posters are
available at nominal cost
through most Chambers of
Commerce and ORC's office
in Salem.
Sifting through the TIM
About 150 national forests are administered by the U.S.
Forest Service.
Fifty years ago Lions Presi
dent CL. Sweek said, "One
should feed butter to his
children to make them bigger
and give the butter substitutes
to the rats to make them
smaller." That was the con
cluding statement made at a
Lions meeting with the discus
sion on butter. There was
surplus of butter at the time
because more people in the
country were using butter
substitutes The discussion
brought out that there are
more vitamins in butter so it
should be fed to the family.
School superintendant Wil
liam Poulson was called in the
middle of the night by some
irate parents who thought a
party their students had gone
to was under the supervision
of the school. He assured them
it was not a school party but a
private one and that anytime a
student asks to go to a school
function, call the superinten
dant to make sure it will be
under the school's supervi
sion. The Heppner grade school
was staging an athletic circus
with the youngsters perform
ing gymnastic tricks.
Heppner was the site of the
sub-district basketball tourna
ment. A Lexington motorist re
ceived bruises on his head and
his car was badly damaged
when he slid on a wet road and
ran into a horse. The horse
was so badly crippled that it
had to be killed.
An advertisement telling
how to darken gray hair said
to make a mixture of a
half-pint of water, add one
ounce of bay rum, a small box
of Barbo compound and one
ounce of glycerine. Apply to
your hair twice weekly with a
Twenty-five years ago the
Heppner City Council gave 30
days notice to lessors of
buildings at the city park to
vacate the premises because a
city crew was going to tear
down the old buildings. The
city voters approved a special
tax levy to remove the
buildings and update the park.
The city council also voted
on a city ordinance in an
attempt to control the dog
Editor's Notebook
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Retail merchants in Heppner
have decided to schedule their
monthly promotional sale on
Friday. Feb. 22, the tradi
tional Washington's birthday
date. The event would carry
over the weekend as well, for
the local Elks will have their
"annual" celebration the next
day and the Kinzua Mill pay
day will be Monday, the 25th.
Ther merchants chose Feb.
22 in preference to a promo
tional sale on what has come
to be known as "President's
Day." This year it falls on
Feb. 18 a Monday and sat
isfies the apparent need of
many people to have a
three-day weekend. It is a
legal federal holiday, which
means that government of
fices and banks will be closed.
President's Day honors both
George.Washington and Abra
ham Lincoln, whose birth date
is Feb. 12.
Imagine our surprise to
discover city and state offices
observed Lincoln's Birthday
not on its traditional date, but
this week, on Monday. Both
the Heppner City Hall and the
Morrow County Courthouse
were closed. On Monday we
observed a lot of door-knob
rattling at City Hall, across
the street from our office,
when unsuspecting citizens
arrived to pay water bills or
transact other business and
found the door locked.
problem in Heppner but state
law required that the control
of dogs must be voted on by
the people of the city.
Approximately 50 cars were
at the site of the TV antenna
outside of Heppner to watch
the reception there. The city
was looking into the possibility
of channeling the waves to the
city. The Heppner TV Cooper
ative was in charge of the
plan. Cost was $135 hookup fee
and a monthly fee of $3.50.
Five years ago sales of
Oregon farm products went
over the $1 billion mark for the
first time which was $125
million more than the pre
vious year. Production costs
also set record highs.
A snowmobile race for the
benefit of the cancer society
was taking place in Morrow
County. The race was 24 miles
Heppner High School's stu
dent body ponsored a benefit
dance for one of its class
mates, Jo n Ekstrom, who
was listed in critical condition
in a Portland hospital after an
automobile accident.
Murrays Drugs in Heppner
was robbed of $600 in cash and
checks. It was taken from the
state liquor department sec
tion in the store and none of
the other registers were
tampered with 'and no mer
chandise was taken.
Benny Smith circulating
petitions for candidacy
Congressional candidate
Denny Smith says he is taking
the petition route in filing for a
spot on the election ballot.
Candidates for federal office
can either pay a $100 filing fee
or get the signatures of at
least 1.000 registered voters.
Smith, a Salem business
man, is running against Re
presentative Al Ullman in the
second Congressional District.
The signatures on petitions
must be certified in each
-ounty by the county clerk,
before the Secretary of State
will accept them.
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Cabinets, Rapco Insulation HePPnr
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Beauty Rest mattresses, Fabrics and Accessories,
Sherwin Williams Paint
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Cemetery, Grave Markers 676-9600
Granite, Marble, Bronze Or 676-9226
Serving (one, Lexington & Heppner p.o. Box 97
Service calls' every Wednesday
in Heppner, lone and Lexington
332 S. Main Sc., Pendleton Telephone Z76-6441
811 N. Fim, Hennion Telephone 567-2731
Chevron USA, Inc.
Commission Agent
Morrow County
Abrtrcct & Tftft Compcny
tMe hsironce 4 Escrow Service
676-9912 41-9261
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