Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, July 03, 1996, Image 1

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Blue Star Memorial dedicated to Veterans
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L-R: Sharon Hamner, District 10 Garden Club chairman, Linda Nelson, State Garden Club
president, Jan Iseli, State Garden Club Vice President, Nan Jean Roller, State Blue Star Marker
chairman, Jane Rawlins, District 10 secretary and Heppner Garden Club charter member.
New sign installed at Masonic Cemetery
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Marie Rudisill displays new sign
The Morrow County Jail dilemma
By Don McElligott
Morrow County courthouse was constructed with a jail annex
which lasted until the early 1970s when it was declared inade­
quate under the new jail standards. Since that time we have relied
on boarding our prisoners with other jurisdictions. During this
time we have boarded our prisoners in Columbia, Deschutes,
Umatilla City, Umatilla County, Wasco and Benton or Klickitat
Counties, Washington, wherever we could find a bed. Since
each of these jurisdictions have experienced their own problems
most of these spaces are no longer available. The problem has
been further complicated by the new state laws which require
that the counties lodge those prisoners sentenced to a year or
less and also that our counties handle parole and probations and
other prisoner programs.
In 1984 we were faced with much of the same problems, a
prisoner load that varied from nine to 17 and using space
wherever we could find it. A projection of future requirements
by the sheriffs department and State Corrections felt that we
should plan for 24 male bed spaces plus room for women and
juvenile detention. This would require almost doubling the
sheriff's staff. A county citizens committee studied the problem
and decided that construction and staffing a jail would be too
expensive at this time. Shortly after that Sheriff Drago contracted
with Benton County, Washington for space which solved our
problem until the last few years. Now Benton County needs the
space for their own prisoners.
Presently we contract with Umatilla County for six spaces and
any others found guilty and sentenced are simply released. There
has been some criticism of our law enforcement and prosecutors
because some people recently found guilty of serious crimes have
been released by the judges. It is as simple as this. There is no
space and if we try to stack them in we'll be sued for violation
of their rights.
Morrow County has been searching for a solution to this pro­
blem for the last two years. Five of our neighboring counties,
Gilliam, Wheeler, Wasco, Sherman and Hood River have exact­
ly the same problems. Now our problem is to see if we can ar­
rive at a joint solution that will be fair to everyone and possibly
be within our financial capabilities. Commissioner French has
been exploring the possibility of a joint solution through NOR­
CO, the mid-Columbia group of counties. Since both Commis­
sioner French and we fellow commissioners feel that all the
citizens of Morrow County should be involved in these decisions
we have decided to appoint a county wide committee to study
and make recommendations. The commissioners urge anyone
who feels deeply about community corrections and wishes to
volunteer to call Judge Carlsons' office as soon as possible.
The Heppner Masonic Ceme­
tery has a brand new sign,
thanks to the efforts of care­
taker Marie Rudisill and her
husband Jim and others in the
area who donated time or
Kinzua Resources donated
lumber for the sign; Miller and
Sons, donated the braces and
welding; and the Rudisills
designed, constructed, routed,
painted and watersealed the
sign. They also donated
railroad ties and created a
flower bed around the sign.
Marie said that the old round
sign at the cemetery that had
been hanging on the fence had
completely fallen apart.
“ It (the new sign) really
cheers things u p," said Marie.
“ It (the cemetery) should look
nice. And if people want to
have flowers planted, we can
utilize the flower beds.” She
said that previously, potted
flowers placed at the graves
had to be gathered up for mow­
ing and maintenance. But now,
she can plant them in the
flower bed. She also has plans
for another flower bed.
The Rudisills have made
several signs for cemeteries in
the outlying areas and plan to
make one for the old cemetery
out Rhea Creek.
HCC to meet
The Heppner Coordinating
Council will meet on Tuesday,
July 9, at 7:30 a.m. in the Hepp­
ner Ranger District Conference
The topic for discussion will
be a review and update of the
Heppner Strategic Plan.
The public is welcome to at­
tend the meetings of the
The Blue Star Memorial
Marker Dedication, sponsored
by the National Federation of
Garden Clubs, the Oregon
State Federation of Garden
Clubs and the Heppner Garden
Club, was held at the mini park
on Highway 74 in Heppner on
Thursday, June 21.
The marker was dedicated as
a tribute to the men and
women in the armed forces.
“We hope this marker honor­
ing all veterans will be seen by
many and that we do not forget
them,” said a Heppner Garden
Club spokesperson.
A capsule inside the marker
listed the names of those who
gave their lives in service in
World War I, World War II,
Korea and Vietnam. City
manager Gary Marks read each
name, followed by a moment of
silence in their honor.
The list included: Ernest
Forbes, Nalbro Cox, David A.
Clark, Kay Ferguson, Jarry Set­
tles and Elbert M. Gibson, Jr.,
all Heppner; Stanley A. Way,
Clyde Edwards, and Kenneth
E. Warner, Lexington; Tench B.
Aldrich, Clarence T. Harris,
Paul V. Rietmann, Herbert R.
Davidson, Alfred Emert, and
Bobbie Morgan, lone; James A.
Stevens, Golder Collins, and
Arthur Chapel, Hardman;
Eldon L. Allen and Raymond
Allen, Irrigon; and Dow
Worden and Donald R. Myles,
The marker is part of a na­
tionwide highway beautifica­
tion project of the National
Federation of Garden Clubs.
“ The name was taken from the
Blue Star in the Service Flag, in
honor of the men and women
serving in the Armed Forces,"
said Sharon Hamner, director
of the Blue Mountain District 10
of the Oregon State Federation
of Garden Clubs.
Heppner Mayor Bob Jepsen,
on hand for the ceremonies
said that as a little boy during
World War II, he remembers
seeing windows around town
with gold stars in them, which
meant that their serviceman
wasn't coming back. A blue
star in the window meant the
safe return of a loved one, he
Heppner World War II
veteran Arnie Hedman said
that the marker was an honor
to veterans, especially in the
later wars and for Vietnam
veterans. “ Some guys had to
sneak in the back door after
their return, and it was 30 to 40
years before they could speak
of their experience," said Hed­
man. "That's why this is so im­
Marks said that he intends to
have a flag pole erected direct­
ly behind the marker.
The dedication got underway
with the invocation by the Rev.
A1 Trachsel, Heppner United
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Blue Star Memorial
Methodist Church. The Ad­
vancement of Colors was by
the Heppner American Legion
Post 87. The Pledge of
Allegiance was lead by Dorothy
Jackson, Heppner Garden Club
president. The Rev Tim Van
Cleave, Christian Life Center,
sang the National Anthem.
Hamner delivered the wel­
come and Verna Brinda, Blue
Mountain chairman, Blue
Mountain District 10, in­
troduced out-of town guests:
Oregon Federation of Garden
Club Members, Linda Nelson,
state president; Jan Iseli, state
vice president; Nan Jean Roller,
Blue Star Marker chairman;
Robert and Martha Fariss,
Portland, Roadside Scenic
America; Bill Lowe, World War
I veteran, and other local
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Roller gave a history of the
Blue Star Marker, which was
started by a Garden Club in
New Jersey in 1944 and is now
member of the Heppner
Garden Club, gave the
Nelson unveiled the marker
and Mayor Jepsen and Marks
accepted it on behalf of the city.
The Rev. Trachsell delivered
the benediction. “Taps was
beautifully played by young
Darren Van C leave," said
Refreshments were served at
the St. Patrick's Senior Center
following the ceremony. Bebe
Munkers served cake which
was decorated with a blue star,
and Dorothy Jackson served
coffee and punch.
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City council to extend curfew
A proposed city of Heppner
ordinance which intends to get
teenagers off city streets earlier,
will be considered at the
regular council meeting Mon­
day, July 8.
The ordinance proposes to:
-extend curfew for children
14 and under who have not yet
entered high school from 9:15
p.m. to 6 a.m. every day of the
Previously, the curfew for
children 14 and under was 9:15
p.m. to 6 a.m. school nights
and 10:15 p.m. to 6 a.m.
weekends or when school is
not in session.
-extend the curfew for high
school students 14 and over
from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. school
nights and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
weekends or when school is
not in session.
Previously high school-age
students had an 11 p.m. curfew
on school nights and a mid­
night curfew on weekends.
Heppner city manager Gary
Marks said that the proposed
action is because of "loitering"
in the downtown area and in­
creased vandalism.
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Potluck revival planned for Fourth
A Fourth of July "Potluck
and Revival Meeting”, spon­
sored by the Christian Life
Center, will be held at the
Grange hall in lone from 5 p.m.
until the fireworks display gets
The potluck dinner will begin
at 5 p.m., with special music at
7 p.m.; the speaker at 8 p.m.;
and worship at 8:30 p.m.
The evening will feature
music specials by local Chris­
tians and local evangelist Roger
Britt as speaker.
Those planning to attend
should bring a hot dish, salad
or dessert and a lawn chair or
blanket for the fireworks
Children and adults are in­
vited to participate in the
musical performance. Anyone
wishing to perform a music
special or interested in acting
during a musical performance
should call Samarra, 676-5581,
or Nancy, 676-9835. For more
information, call Kelly, 422-
7571, or Myma, 676-5448. For
potluck information, call Lola
Humphreys, 676-5409.
A freewill offering will be
taken to help offset the cost of
the fireworks display.
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