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'91 1 Emergency! 9
As in many small communities across the
nation, Morrow County residents have a
number to call when they're in trouble. It is
911 the emergency number that rings in the
sheriff's office.
Sheriff Larry Fetsch and his staff one or
another of them are on duty around the
clock, ready to answer the calls and to
dispatch help where needed, be the
emergency a fire, crime or one of personal
survival. And the response is quick, the
participants being volunteers on fire truck or
ambulance who leave their homes or jobs
whenever the alarm sounds. Many people can
thank their continued existence to the good
service of these volunteers, and to the police
and doctors who work with them.
In part, also, credit may be given tp the
development of modern communications
such as the telephone company provides and
the use of radio.
The Morrow County communications
center, developed by the sheriff, is in the
basement of the courthouse. There, the
deputies answer the emergency calls, that
come in over the reserved lines from four
major areas Heppner, Lexington, lone and
"We have two dedicated lines from each
exchange," Sheriff Fetsch said. "We have
worked out a cost-sharing formula between
the cities concerned and the county, for the
surrounding rural areas. We have trained the
operators to answer, '911 emergency,' so
people will realize they have dialed the right
Irrigon lies within Morrow County, too, but
its 911 number is tied into that of the Umatilla
City Police, in neighboring Umatilla County.
Irrigon's volunteer firemen are dispatched
by the Umatilla police, and police calls from
Irrigon are referred by telephone :from
Umatilla to the sheriff's office in Heppner.
The telephone lines between the two centers
provide usually reliable communications, the
sheriff believes.
The sheriff's staff receives over a
hundred calls a day, over both the 911 and
regular business phones. The five fulltime
employes and one or two persons on relief
shifts may be complimented for v their
courtesy and quick reactions, relaying calls
as necessary to volunteer firemen, ambu
lance crews or to local or state police and
sheriff's deputies. Beverly Launer is the
supervisor of the communications j center.. ,
Local firemen are provided with "buz
zers," radio devices that alert them to fire
alarms, and ambulance crews are summoned
by telephone to Pioneer Memorial Hospital,
where an ambulance is always in readiness.
In connection with the Pacific Northwest
Bell Telephone Co., the sheriff is looking into
more sophisticated systems, such as the
automatic ringing of several numbers of
people on volunteer duty by pushing one
button. It is a cost well worth considering.
In smaller communities such as those in
eastern Oregon, many vital services are
dependent on a well organized volunteer
force with good professional direction. This
certainly is the case here.
U Uinaii pays a casual visit to Heppner
Congressman Al Ullman, the eastern Oregon
representative who heads what is described as "the
powerful House Ways and Means Committee that
writes all tax and Social Security legislation," didn't
apear to be in "deep trouble with the voters back
home." He spoke at a no-host breakfast last week at
the West of Willow in Heppner, a casual affair
representing both Democrats and Republicans where
most of the discussion concerned economic issues. He
came in with Orville Cutsforth. in whose home he had
spent the night, and he greeted a number of persons
with t apparent fondness reflecting a type of
acquaintance developed over several years that is
expressed with a hearty handshake, a shoulder pat,
and such comments as, "Well, well Bill, it is good to see
On the whole, it seemed a sympathetic audience,
and if Mr, Ullman is in "deep trouble," the questions
and answers there didn't seem to show it. The
descriptions, in fact, come from a magazine, Congress
Today, that is published by the National Republican
Congressional Committee in Washington, D.C. That
group, of course, is rooting for "Republican challenger
Dennis A. Smith. 42-year-old airline pilot-turned
newspaper publisher (who) has 23-year House veteran
Ullman on ropes, according to informed reports."
Perhaps that is true, perhaps not. The Republican
publication describes as the major campaign issue
Ullman's proposal that the U.S. adopt the "value added
tax." a sort of national sales tax.
In fact, the VAT wasn't mentioned at the meeting
here. Mr. Ullman's campaign director, Jim Beall, said
the congressman is concerned that there is "a lot of
misinformation on VAT he doesn't want it to
overshadow other issues. He wants the people to look at
it. He does feel he's stimulated discussion but he's not
going to push it." Beall's feeling was that the VAT
legislation probably will not come to the floor of
Congress this session, and he commented that "other
politicians" have easy answers to the complicated tax
problems that come before Ullman's committee.
Beall. a young (30) University of Oregon Law
School graduate, who grew up in Hillsboro, comes to
the campaign from Ullman's staff in Washington. He
has served in Ullman's office and on the Ways and
Means Committee staff, and was asked last year by the
congressman to head his re-election bid. This meant
resigning from the congressional pay roll and going to
work for an organization called People for Al Ullman.
It is a campaign and fund-raising group, and Beall said
he is enjoying the challenge of organizing the
campaign utilizing the help of local supporters In
communities throughout Oregon's vast Second
Congressional District. While Mr. Ullman's visit to
Heppner was an "official" one. as opposed to a
campaign tour, Beall came along to learn of the issues
of concern and meet with various campaign chairmen,
including Mike Sweeney and Betty Brown in Morrow
Congressman Ullman does have opposition in the
Democratic primary election on May 20 from Steve
Anderson, whom Beall described as "a perennial
candidate very, very " liberal, who expressed the
feeling that Al's not a real Democrat because he's not a
true liberal." (Steve) is "a very nice guy but he has a
completely different philosophy." Apparently, Ander
son has sought to debate with Mr. Ullman but the
congressman "has a limited time available, and he is
not sure how much value there would be to a debate
when he has a 23-year record in Congress," Beall said.
What will Beall do when the campaign is over and
Mr. Ullman, presumably, has been re-elected? He
probably will go back to Washington. There is a "tug
and pull" between the opportunities in the nation's
capital and "the lifestyle out here," but he did add
"Washington is where the action is."
An endorsement
for candidate
Over the past eight years I
have come to know Mary
Martin not only socially but
through her involvement in
community affairs and other
related activities. I have found
her to be a person of integrity
and independence and one
who is responsive to the
community's needs.
It is on this basis that I want
to publicly endorse Mary
Martin for the nomination of
Morrow County Treasurer in
the upcoming primary May
Mary C Kilkenny
A correction
and an apology
The article in last week's
paper announcing local per
sons involved in the Lansing
for State Treasurer campaign
contained an error which
should be corrected. While the
press release from the Lan
sing Leadquarters correctly
listed myself as county coor
dinator, the release was either
incorrect or misinterpreted to
include members of the Mor
row County Democratic Cen
tral Committee as members of
the local Lansing committee.
Paul Jones, Edna Peck, and
Barbara Bloodsworth are cur
rent officers of the Central
Committee and have no offi
cial connection to the Lansing
for Treasurer campaign.
I apologize for any incon
venience or confusion which
may have resulted from the
Linda A. Shaw
Morrow County Coordinator,
Lansing for State Treasurer
Box 365, Heppner
Sifting through
the TIMESjp
Fifty years ago Harry L.
Corbett, republican candidate
for governor, spoke at a Lions
Club luncheon. He was the
first gubernatorial aspirant to
appear locally that campaign
year. He said he was not going
to make the usual promise of
reducing taxes because the
people want most the things
the taxes would pay for.
About 10,000 trout were
planted in upper Willow Creek
for the fishing season.
Laverne Van Marter wa
installed as the new exalted
ruler at Heppner Lodge No.
358 B.P.O.E.
Heppner Lions Club and the
Rod and Gun Club organized
in an effort to kill crows and
. magpies and destroy their
, eggs to reduce the number of
'Conspiracy' against
eating red meat
"Irresponsible federal go
vernment policies and regula
tions as well as various social
and environmental activists
who lack faith in a free society
and free economy, are trying
to determine the structure of
American agriculture and. to
a large degree, our food
economy. They even want to
tell us what food we should or
should not eat," stated the
Executive Vice President of
the Oregon Cattlemens Asso
ciation Donald Ostensoe.
"During the past two years,
and much more so during the
past six months, there seems
to be a widespread conscious
conspiracy to alter our food
system. There is considerable
evidence that there are many
legislative and regulatory ini
tiatives which, if imple-.
mented. will result in a much
less efficient and much more
controlled agriculture.
"In particular, the role of
livestock in our economy and
meat in our diets, will decline
substantially. American con
sumers are being misled by
inaccuracies, half-truths, and
even lies, concerning the
effects of red meat on diet,
health and longevity. Con
trary to popular thinking,
medical science is still baffled
by the causes of heart disease,
strokes and cancer.
"Because of this meat,
milk and eggs have been
targeted as foods contributing
to high cholesterol, therefore a
variety of diseases. It is
widely believed by people in
and out of government that
eating less red meat will be
beneficial to us.
The beef executive added
that "It has become quite
clear that some environmen
tal activists have a bias
against red meat in particu
lar, and agriculture produc
tion in general. Their propo
sals and activities reflect a
basic anti business,- anti
technology and anti modern
agriculture viewpoint."
Herbicide Protesters wrong
Ostensoe continued, "My
remarks are particularly sig
nificant in Southern Oregon in
regards to the protesters
calling themselves 'Applegate
Occupation Team' opposing
the herbicide 2.4,-D. Less than
two dozen individuals state
that 2.4-D contains cancer
causing agents and is linked to
miscarriages and birth de
fects. "Twice the number of
scientists that I'm familiar
with defend the use of 2,4-D
and also 2.4,5-T. "
game birds that are killed by
those two species. Two teams
were formed and the team
that killed the most would win
and the other team would have
to take the winners out to
Ham was for sale at the
MacMarr Grocery Store in
Heppner for 29 cents a pound
and the Easter special on
coffee was three pounds for $1.
Twenty-five years ago Echo
girl Carol Ann Wiglesworth
was named queen of the
Morrow County Fair.
About 100 persons gathered
at the fairgrounds in Heppner
for the first testing of the new
field lights.
A carnival put on by the
Heppner band raised about
$800 for new uniforms.
Dennis Swanson. son of Mr.
and Mrs. Garland Swanson,
was named valedictorian at
lone High School.
A Chevrolet Corvett sports
car driven by Donald McElli
gott collided with a truck
driven by Lloyd L. Howton
near Eight Mile. McEIligott
had minor injuries and How
ton had a broken shoulder.
Plans to give the first series
of polio vaccine shots to all
first and second graders were
delayed because of a delay in
the shipment of the Salk polio
vaccine, because of a lack of
the serum.
Five years ago vandals
damaged buildings at the
county fairgrounds causing
the fair board to make the
threat that if the vandalism
did not stop during the
off-season of the fair, It would
have to be closed to the public.
"You're a Good Man Charlie
Brown," was the name of the
musical play being put on in
lone with stars Tammi Hams,
Martha McEIligott, Paula
Lindstrom, Mike Conklin. Dan
McEIligott and Jerry Riet-mann.
Would Olympic ideals be served by our athletes' going to Moscow?
It is not necessary to hate the Russian people or the Soviet
athletes to acknowledge that the Soviet Union is an anachronism
in our modern world. Despite its economic, scientific and
military advances it is dangerously backward socially and
politically. A system of political control that has changed little
since the earliest czars still is operated from the Kremlin,
employing the secret police, closed borders, summary justice
and slave labor camps to control the peoples of a vast empire.
The Soviet leaders, self-conscious about this backwardness and
always fearful of the people they suppress, badly wanted the
Olympics this year as a means of earning greater world respect.
The world initially was willing to give them that, with as
much good will as they could have asked. It was willing to
overlook the human rights violations. It was willing to risk the
possibility of dirty tricks of the type that Western athletes have
sometimes experienced in international competition inside the
Soviet Union. It was willing to overlook, once again, the fact that
Soviet athletes serve the needs of the state, not the Olympic
ideal of individual excellece. All this was accepted in the
interest of trying to give the Soviet people some sense of
welcome to the world community. The Soviet cities where
Olympic events are scheduled have been looking forward to the
occasion with growing excitement.
The Kremlin's response to the good will from abroad was to
send its armies into Afghanistan, a neighboring independent
state that had committed no offense against the U.S.S.R. beyond
resisting efforts to turn it into a Soviet satellite. Most probably
these troops have used one of the most terrible weapons ever
invented, poison gas, against the Afghan resistance. The
Kremlin can offer no rationale other than the tired and phony
explanation offered so often in the past, that the Soviet troops
were "invited" in by the Afghan people.
The United States Olympic Committee delegates , who met in
Colorado Springs, should ask themselves whether the Olympic
ideal is really served by winking at all this and pretending that
Moscow is just another Olympics site. Would it not be served
better by demonstrating to the Russian people and the world
that Americans private citizens are capable of moral outrage
and are willing to make some sacrifices as proof of their
feelings? And finally, will they really feel comfortableending
young American men and women to march and compete in a
place so poisoned with political cynicism? We hope not, because
we certainly wouldn't feel comfortable watching such
insensitivity to ugly reality. ,
The Wall Street Journal
Size of trees harvested
1aCtfYrk'n 3
The size of trees harvested
from Oregon forests will
"drop dramatically" during
the next century, posing
ma jor challenges to the state's
forest products Industry, pre
dicts an Oregon State Univer
sity forester.
Tree size diameter mea
sured at breast height-will
fall to an average of 14 Inches
in both the eastern and
western regions of the state by
2075, believes Philip L. Ted
der, assistant professor of
forest management.
In 1975. the average dia
meter of trees harvested in
western Oregon wus 23 inches
and in the eastern part of the
Btale, 25 inches. In earlier
days when the timber was all
old growth, the average dia
meter was much greater, said
It takes 3.22 logs 14 inches in
diameter to produce the same
cubic volume of lumber as one
24 inch log. figures show. In
converting logs to plywood.
2.40 logs 14 Inches In diameter
are required to provide the
same amount of veneer as one
24 Inch log.
The forest products Industry
will be clinllongi'ri to achieve
current quality and quantity
of production with smaller
material, said Tedder.
The drop In tree size will be
sharpest in privately-owned
forests in western Oregon,
predicts Tedder, The average
diameter will full from 27
Inches In 1075 to near 1 1 Inches
In 2075. Diameters harvested
In national forests will fall
more gradually, from 22
Inches to 17 inches between
1075 and 2075.
In eastern Oregon, average
tree diameters In private
forests are expected todrop
from 2li In 13 inches and on
national forests, from 27 to IS
Tedder based his analysis
on studies led by John Neuter,
head of the forest manogue
ment department at OSU.
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