Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, July 31, 1980, Image 1

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

The Heppner
, - , ' ....
LI D '"'..'!'
Research needed on
Morrow County Judge Don
McEIIigott saya he wants to
see some more research done
before he'll give his OK to a
proposal that would see thous
ands of gallons of sewage
sludge dumped in Morrow
County near Boardman each
, Commenting this week after
attending a special meeting
July 22 in Boardman, McEIIi
gott says he'a still not
convinced dumping the waste
here would be healthful or
beneficial to the county.
Under the proposal the city
of Portland wants to barge 80
million gallons of sludge from
its sewage system up the
Columbia to a site near
Boardman. The sludge would
be dumped, with some treat
ing, onto a large area of
y; round.
i have questions about the
whole thing," McEIIigott said
in an interview with the
Gazette-Times Monday. "The
cadmium content (of the
sludge) is a little heavier than
normal. Cadmium is the most
dangerous of the heavy met
als; it can hurt your kidneys."
He also said he is worried
about disease or virus which
""may "be transmitted along
La Verne VanMarter, HI
named to hospital board
VanMarter, III
A twenty eight-year-old
Heppner man, LaVerne Van
Timberman joins
Ullman campaign
Allen Nistad, vice president
of Kinzua Corporation in
Heppner, has joined Timber
Operators for Al Ullman, a
committee for the re-election
of the 2nd. District Congress
man. "I am delighted to loin the
campaign," Nistad said rec
ently. "It is imperative that
the voters of the 2nd. District
understand the importance of
keeping Al in Washington.
"Al has worked hard for the
families in Oregon whose
livelihood depends on the
health of the wood products
Industry," he said.
Nistad noted that much of
the federal legislation import
ant to the timber industry is
handled by the Ways and
Means Committee. "Al's
chairmanship is vital to Ore
gon. "A lot of people just don't
realize that Al is one of only
four members of Ways and
Means who represent rural
with the sewage waste. "I
don't know if there will be any
viruses coming out of this
(treatment process) into the
ground water or not," he
Two separate private comp
anies have bid with the city of
Portland for disposal of the
waste aludge, and both propo
sals were presented by com
pany officials at the meeting
in Boardman.
One proposal would have
the sludge dumped at a $40
acre site east of Boardman
within the Boeing Agri-industrial
site boundaries. The
sludge would be unloaded at
Castle Rock on the Columbia.
A perched bed covering 40
acres of land would handle the
major portion of the aludge
during the first five years of
the twenty-year dumping pro
ject. The perched bed is
designed to separate the
liquids from solids. The as
phalt and cement lined bed
would also provide biological
treatment of the sludge.
In addition to the treatment,
a 100 acre agricultural exper
iment station would be set up
nearby to test for possible use
of the sludge as a fertilizer.
McEIIigott stated that be
cause of the high levels of
Marter, III, was recently
appointed to the Pioneer
Memorial Hospital Board of
Van Marter replaces Frank
Pearson who resigned after
taking a job with Publisher's
Paper in Portland. He served
only several months on the
Van Marter is a native of the
Heppner area, and , except for
four years spent away at
school, has lived all his life
A personal and safety direc
tor for Kinzua Corp., Van
Marter lives at 275 Main,
He was appointed to the
hospital board at the board's
last meeting July 15.
districts. The other 32 all
represent big cities.
"We get legislation through
Ways and Means because Al
Ullman is chairman," he said.
"It's that simple."
Ullman said he was delight
ed to have the help of Nistad.
He said he has worked with
him for years and that Nistad
is a credit to the timber
industry and to his commun
ity. Nistad also said that his
support of Ullman has not
diminished even though he
recently accepted a position
as one of three Oregonians on
a Denny Smith tax advisory
group. Smith is Democrat
Ullman 's Republican oppon
ent for the Second Congres
sional District.
"I've always supported Al
Ullman, he is a real friend of
te timber Industry," said
Nistad. Nistad said he has not
contributed money to the
Denny Smith campaign.
Alcr U 1. ifcr I.
Morrow County's
metal In the sludge, which
comes from industrial waste,
the material may not be
suitable as a fertilizer. "It all
depends on the load (amount
of concentration)."
He stated that the main
reason engineers are interest
ed in dumping the waste in
Morrow County is the high Ph
rating of the soil. Cadmium
and other heavy metals bond
; easily with this type of soil, he
He also said that the Castle
Rock unloading site will not
require a large amount of
pumping, thus keep costs for
the city of Portland down.
In a second study, also
submitted to the city of
Portland for consideration,
the sludge waste would be
stored at a site east of
Boardman. The waste would
be dried and bagged and sold
for fertilizer.
"There are some good
aspects and some bad aspects
to this (sludge dumping in the
county," McEIIigott said. He
said he and the county court
plan to travel to Portland
sometime in August to look
over the waste facilities there.
"We would like to get some
independent analysis of this
Nominating petitions
due in to city soon
Residents of Heppner who
wish to run either for one of
the four city council seats -or
the mayor's chair, up for
election this fall, are remind
ed they must have their
nominating petitions into the
city clerk by 5 p.m. Tuesday,
August 26.
Of the four council positions
up for election, one is a two
yIi6!"1 "d threeare four,
year terms. The mayor's term
is for two years.
The mayor's position is now
Heppner "youngsters" enjoy a
a member of Circus U.S.A. which
performances on Monday, July
Home-Owned Weekly Newspaper
county sludge
(sludge dumping) data," he
said. "We are exploring the
possibility of getting an EPA
grant to hire an independent
McEIIigott added that, at
present, there is no wajf
Portland could legally dump1
the sludge in Morrow County
without approval of the county
court. But he seemed to feel
that the dumping may event
ually proceed with or without
the county's approval. j
"The first thing we have to
do is find out if either of these
systems has any merit," ha
said. "If we were to accept
their (Portland's) deal, the
county would have to be
reimbursed and have a posi
tive check on the operation.
We would have to be able to
monitor it."
McEIIigott did not say how
much the county would de
mand from Portland if the
sludge project went ahead, but
he did say there are plans to
charge for the dumping. "I
have some figures kicking
around in my head," he said.
But, he said the first thing is
to determine if the dumping
project is good or bad for
Morrow County. "What the
long term affects are, I do' ,
know," he concluded. '
held by Jerry Sweeney; the
four-year council seats are
held by Cliff Green (council
president), Warren Plochar
sky and Ronald Forrar.
The two year position on the
council is presently vacant,
however, a replacement is
expected to be named at the
next council meeting. The
person appointed to serve on
the two year term may run for
election in November.
There is no fee for filing for
A W...give me a
id, :
ride on Peggy, the elephant,
stopped in Heppner for two
ii .r i i . m m hi
' i
Largest amount
Proposed Unloading x"" ' L--y
Facility (I J T--.
Castle Rock v'C
x Ti i! ,
! I 1 Land H
II I Applies- , U.S. Navy
"i J I tlon j, Bombing Range I Sabre Farms r
I r storage I Facility t I
f f " Sim-Tag Fanns ! La9n j j , '
V ' lessee) l ll I
Mj., rv Lj i
V1-. f D- 1
County schools to receive tip28i)54i9A52,
Morrow County schools will
receive 128,549.72 in earnings
from investments of the Com
mon School Fund, State
Treasurer Clay Myers an
nounced recently.
"That amount is by far the
largest in the county's his
tory," Myers said.
The Common School Fund is
administered by the State
Land Board, whose members
are Governor Victor Atiyeh,
Secretary of State Norma
P:ulus and Myers.
The State Treasury invests
nearly all the funds, and
earnings are distributed annu
ally by the Division of State
"Our Common School Fund
break, fellas
The circus, which packed the stands at the Morrow County
Fairgrounds, was sponsored by the Heppner Lions Club.
dnimping says
I S S"V.
j Boeing Agri-Industrial Site Boundary
I m mm mm m mm m mm mm m mm mmm m mm m mm m mm mm m mi
Proposed Unloading
in history
earnings multiplied nearly 6H
times over the last ten years,
equalling $11.98 for each
student aged person in
Oregon," Myers stated.
"Because inflation contin
ues to be a heavy burden,
substantially higher invest
ment earnings are more
important than ever," accord
ing to Myers, "and the money
also helps to offset depend
ence on property taxes."
The basis of the Common
School Fund is the land grant
at the time of statehood by the
federal government to Oregon
of two sections out of each
township for the use of the
common schools. Money from
the sale and lease of these
by Don Gilliam
The weather report was not
available this week since Don
Gilliam has been admitted to
Pioneer Memorial Hospital.
Best wishes to Don for a
apeedy recovery from the
Gazette-Timet staff:
L .......A
Facility-Castle Rock
lands, from navigable water
ways of the State, &n$ from
abandoned and escheated per
sonal property, forms the
principal of the Common
School Fund.
This distribution to school
districts is in addition to the
Basic School Support from the
State General Fund.
Former Heppner
A 27-year-old former Hep
pner man, Gordon Lewis
Cecil, was arrested by the
Heppner police last Thursday,
July 24, and charged with
resisting arrest, disorderly
conduct and assualt.
Police say Cecil was causing
a disturbance at Cal's Res
taurant in Heppner at about
11:50 p.m. City police re
sponded and then asked for
assistance from the Morrow
County Sheriff's department.
Police said Cecil is a former
resident of Heppner, but that
Ullman slates Heppner stop
Oregon Congressman Al
Ullman will conduct a public
meeting in Heppner on August
9 and has invited all residents
of the area to attend.
The 7 p.m. meeting will be
held on the back lawn of the
Morrow County Courthouse,
following a 6 p.m. picnic to
which everyone is invited. At
4:30 p.m. Congressman Ull
Currin meets sig
A former Heppner resident
who now lives in Pendleton
has announced his candidacy
for the newly formed Umatilla-Morrow
County District
Judge position presently held
by John Smallmon.
Ralph Currin, who graduat
ed from Heppner High School
in 1934, and then moved to
Pendleton to practice law in
1949, says he has gathered
enough signatures to have his
name placed on the ballot in
Currin will be running
against at least one other
candidate, Smallmon, who
The distribution, depending
on population, ranges from a
low of $6,661.61 to Wheeler
County, with a 560 population
between ages of ' four and
twenty, and - Multnomah
County's $1,587,720.70, with
133,470 youth in that age
category, based on Portland
State University's official esti
mates. man arrested
they did not know Cecil's
present address.
In other police news, the
Sheriff's Department reports
that John Coen, Irrigon,
reported his motorcycle mis
sing Sunday, July 27, at 11:12
The motorcycle was a 1979
Suzuki DS 100.
The Sheriff's Department
also reports that a truck
overturned on Highway 74,
milepost 42, on July 25 at 4:09
p.m. The Oregon State Police
responded to the accident.
man will be at the Pioneer
Memorial Hospital open
Ullman will make brief
remarks about recent Con
gressional activity, then
answer questions from the
Heppner is one of a number
of stops Ullman has scheduled
on his two-week tour of the 2nd
Congressional District.
announced last week that he
also gathered the necessary
signatures to have his name
on the ballot. Smallmon was
appointed to the newly formed
court by the governor in July.
"Morrow County has been
good to me and my family," '
Currin told the Gazette-Times
Monday, "and I want to give
Morrow County the service it
deserves." "I think I have the
welfare of Morrow County in
mind," he added, "in excess of
that of Mr. Smallmon."
Currin, who was district
attorney for Morrow County in
1949, practiced law in Pendle
ton until 1978.