Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - FIVE Emergency Conservation Program sign-ups ConAgra Foods Lamb available now Weston hiring event at A lack of moisture over vineyards has been reduced -installing pipelines or county office from now SAGE Center an extended period of time below normal to the extent other facilities for livestock until Oct. 1. has caused producers in Morrow County to suffer from the effects of severe drought conditions. Farms and ranches experienc- ing severe drought con- ditions may be eligible for cost-share assistance under ECP. This disaster program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA), which pro- vides cost-share assistance if the damage is so severe that water available for livestock or orchards and that neither can survive without additional water. A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost shares not to exceed 50 percent of the cost of installing eligible temporary measures. Cost sharing for permanent mea- sures is based on 75 percent of the total eligible cost. Cost-share assistance is limited to $200,000 per person or legal entity per natural disaster. Approved practices and measures may include: water or existing irrigation systems for orchards and vineyards; -constructing and deep- ening wells for livestock water; and -developing springs or seeps for livestock water. Producers who have experienced severe drought conditions requiring out- side assistance to provide supplemental emergency livestock water may contact the local FSA county office. Requests for assistance will be accepted at Morrow FSA To be eligible for cost shares, practices shall not be started until a request has first been filed at the FSA County Office and an onsite inspection of the problem area has been made by COC or its representative. COC will review the inspection findings when considering the request for cost shares. To obtain additional program information or to schedule an appointment to file a cost-share application, contact the county office at 541-676-9011. Boardman West Plant hiring for multiple positions at Sept. 11 event BOARDMAN—Job opportunities with ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston in Boardman will be available at a Sept. 11 hiring event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SAGE Center, 101 Olson Road, Boardman. ConAgra Foods is hir- ing at the Boardman West Lamb Weston potato plant for positions including general laborers, lift truck operators, packaging op- erators, and several backup positions. ConAgra Foods asks event attendees to come interview-ready with a ré- sumé. Interested parties also need to apply online at www.conagrafoodscareers. com. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service selects Mary Chamber Chatter Sept. 10 – 2 lowing session, and will Abrams as new supervisor for Pacific Islands p.m. Thursday, “safeTALK” Com- hear issues that citizens are munity Training – Christian interested in. Fish and Wildlife Office Life Center: safeTALK is Saturday, Oct. 2 – 5:30- Editor’s Note: Mary waterways. “Hawaii and the Pacific Abrams grew up in Hep- pner, the daughter of the Islands are vital for the con- l a t e B o b a n d M a r i o n servation of wildlife in the Pacific Region,” said Robyn Abrams of Heppner. PORTLAND, OR— Thorson, Pacific Region Long-time natural resourc- Director. “The Service, our es manager Mary Abrams partners and the public will benefit from Mary’s has been named proven leadership Supervisor for the skills and coopera- Pacific Islands Fish tive approach to and Wildlife Of- conservation. Mary fice in the Pacific played a vital role Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Mary Abrams in protecting habitat throughout Oregon, Service. Abrams succeeds Loyal Mehrhoff, and I’m confident that ex- who retired from federal perience will translate to working with public and service. Abrams has a strong private lands in the Pacific background in science, pol- Islands.” Abrams will assume icy and international work. She is currently Director her new duties on Novem- for the Oregon Department ber 2, 2015. Based in Ho- of State Lands, which plays nolulu, this 90-person staff a significant role in the manages complex natural state’s natural resources resource issues through- management. In addition out the Pacific Islands, to management decisions which includes Hawaii, for about 750,000 acres of America Samoa, Guam forest, range, agricultural and the Commonwealth and commercial trust lands, of the Northern Mariana Abrams also oversees more Islands. The Pacific Islands than 1 million acres of navi- Fish and Wildlife Office’s gable and tidally influenced core responsibilities include species conservation and recovery, private lands and conservation partnerships, listing and classification of endangered species, fed- eral agency assistance and consultation, and the as- sessment of contaminants on natural resources. “The opportunity to lead the Oregon Depart- ment of State Lands over the past three years has been richly rewarding. It has been an honor to serve the people of Oregon,” Abrams said. “The opportunity to contribute to the Service’s important work in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Islands will, without doubt, be equally rewarding and challenging. I look for- ward to developing a strong partnership with state and federal agencies, partners and the public to address the conservation challenges facing Hawaii and the Pa- cific Islands.” Prior to her position as Director for Oregon De- partment of State Lands, Abrams worked interna- tionally, serving as Country Director for U.S. Peace Corps in Niger, Rwanda and Zambia. She was also Division Administrator and Senior Water Quality Specialist for the Oregon Department of Environ- mental Quality, as well as an Environmental Manager for the City of Portland. Abrams also served on the faculty of the Oregon Graduate Institute where her research topics included non-point source impacts on water quality and soil/ plant interactions. Abrams has doctorate and master’s degrees in soil science from the Univer- sity of California, Davis. She earned her bachelor’s degree in agronomy and plant genetics from the University of Arizona. Abrams and her hus- band, Gary Cramer, cur- rently live in Portland, OR, and enjoy traveling, hik- ing, gardening and spend- ing time with family and friends. Sheriff’s Report July 30: -A flying ser- vice reported an overdue aircraft, flying from Van- couver, WA to Richland, WA that might have di- verted to the local area, and requested Morrow County Sheriff’s Office check at the Boardman and Lexing- ton airports. The aircraft was located in its hangar at home base. -A caller in Irrigon re- ported that there were peo- ple on the refuge, walking toward town on the burned area, who were screaming and yelling; the caller gave a description of the couple’s clothing. MCSO responded and arrested Leobardo Jac- quez III, 39, for Violation of Restraining Order and Violation of No Contact Release Agreement, as well as on a Morrow County Circuit Court warrant for Failure to Appear on Ha- rassment. The subject was lodged at Umatilla County Jail with no bail. -A caller reported a motorcycle wreck on I-84 East, Boardman. The caller did not stop but reported a man and a motorcycle on the bank. MCSO, Board- man PD, Boardman fire, Boardman ambulance and Oregon State Police all responded. One individual was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center. -A female in Irrigon advised she was on her front porch and her uncle rode by and called names and threatened violence against the female and her family. She advised there was a restraining order in place. -A caller advised MCSO that there was a red vehicle and someone look- ing for something along the side of the road, and they requested the police be called. The caller called back and stated that some- one burned the sister of the person in the car with acid and the sister jumped out of the vehicle onto the side of the road. MCSO responded and transported the subject to Good Shepherd. -A male in Lexington stated his dog was just attacked by another dog; his dog was torn up and wouldn’t come to him be- cause it was so skittish. The caller requested phone contact. -A female in Heppner advised her elderly mother was incoherent but breath- ing; it had started about three hours ago. Heppner ambulance responded and the patient was transported. July 31: -A female advised Morrow County Sheriff’s office that she was in a motor vehicle accident near Les Schwab’s in Hep- pner and requested deputy contact. She advised that the other driver was still there. MCSO responded and made contact with all involved. -A male advised MCSO that the neighbors of his rental property in Hep- pner could smell meth. The caller said he believed it was highly explosive and he would like a deputy to check into it. Deputy ad- vised he was in the area and did not smell anything out of the ordinary. -A caller advised there was a black, extended cab pickup running all over Hwy. 74 near Heppner, pos- sible drunk driver, swerv- ing and speeding up and slowing down. The caller called back and advised the vehicle was headed toward Ione. MCSO responded and made contact with the caller and located the vehicle. -A female in Heppner reported that another fe- male was intoxicated and yelling in her face. She advised the female took off running between houses while the caller was on the phone. MCSO responded and determined no crime had been committed. -MCSO advised that the major crime team was activated for Milton-Free- water. -MCSO received a re- port that a female had run into the bridge on Quaid St. in Heppner. Katy Leigh Arnspiger was cited and released for DUII, .15 blood alcohol content, and failure to drive within lane. August 1: -Morrow County Sheriff’s Office was advised by a subject that he was exceeding the speed limit in order to get a patient in pain to St. Anthony. Dis- patch advised the subject that he could pull over and they could send an ambu- lance, but the caller wanted to drive straight through. Oregon State Police was also advised. -MCSO, Oregon State Police, Gilliam County and Arlington Ambulance responded to a motorcycle accident on I-84 eastbound between Boardman and Arlington, involving two bikes, with three people down and injured. MCSO was cleared once OSP ar- rived on the scene. -A resident in Irrigon advised MCSO that a male subject was at the residence and harassing them. The caller advised that the male duct taped signs to the win- dows and was refusing to leave. He had been asked to leave several times. While the caller was on the line with dispatch, the subject left in a Suburban pulling a boat. Caller advised there was a restraining order but the subject contested it and the judge dropped it. The caller was worried he would come back and requested deputy contact. The subject was trespassed from two locations. -MCSO escorted a sub- ject off Bucknum’s property in Heppner. August 2: -A Morrow County Sheriff’s deputy advised he was out with a male who was urinating behind Bucknum’s in Hep- pner. The male was warned for offensive littering. -MCSO was advised of a car on fire in Boardman. The caller did not know how or why the car caught on fire since it was not working and was just sitting parked in the grass. MCSO, Boardman fire and Board- man ambulance responded. -A female in Irrigon advised MCSO that a male subject was beating up a female two houses down. She stated she could hear the male hitting the fe- male; she was unsure who lived there, but the female was screaming. MCSO and Boardman PD responded and determined it was ver- bal only and that no crime had been committed. -MCSO responded to a complaint about a 16-year- old female in Irrigon get- ting physical with family members and acting irate. MCSO responded and de- termined no crime had been committed. -Continued on PAGE SEVEN a three-hour training pro- gram that prepares helpers to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and con- nect them to suicide first- aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide, either directly or indirectly, invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to identify and work with these opportunities to help protect life. Powerful vid- eos illustrate both non-alert and alert responses. Discus- sion and practice stimulate learning. This training is open to anyone 15 years of age and older. For further questions or to confirm at- tendance, call Sam Fisher at 541-256-0692. Friday, Sept. 18 – 9 a.m.—Morrow County Vet- erans Services Town Hall: Topics related to safety concerns for veterans and seniors will be discussed. To confirm your attendance, please pre-register by call- ing 541-922-6420. Public welcome, most topics will pertain to veterans, some information may apply to all seniors. Monday, Sept. 21 – 7 p.m. – Senator Bill Hansell Town Hall – Heppner City Hall Conference Room: Sen. Bill Hansell will be talking about the legislative session as a whole, legisla- tion that was passed that will affect Eastern Oregon and his plans for the fol- 8 p.m. – Domestic Violence Services Annual Soup Bowl Supper and Silent Auction – Pendleton Convention Center: Support a fundrais- er by Domestic Violence Services – Cost is $25 per person and enjoy delectable soups, appetizers and more and keep the soup bowl. For reservations or to donate to their silent auction, please call 541-276-3322 or visit www.domesticviolenceser- vices-or.org. Saturday, Oct. 3 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Second An- nual Morrow County Har- vest Festival – The SAGE Center, Boardman: Lo- cal vendors come together to offer a lot of selection with homemade or home grown items to sell. Come shop local produce, arts and crafts vendors, taste local beer and wine. There will be horse and buggy rides, pumpkin painting, a mini horse petting zoo and more. The event is free and is a family-friendly event, check out the SAGE Center exhibits too. Saturday, Oct. 10 – Heppner Booster Club Steak Feed and Auction – Heppner Elks Lodge: Hold the date and plan on coming out and getting a great dinner and bidding on some great ideas that have been donated. More information to be provided at a later date. DA’s Report Morrow County Dis- trict Attorney Justin Nelson has released the following report: -Cody Edward Rankin, 25, was convicted of two counts of Recklessly En- dangering another Person, a Class A misdemeanor, and sentenced on each count to 90 days driver’s license suspension. Of the 180 days jail time for each count, a170 days were waived and the defendant sentenced to 24 months bench probation, to include 10 days jail time with credit for time served, to be served consecutively, and no contact with the victims. Rankin was addition- ally convicted of a count of Criminal Mischief II, a Class A misdemeanor. Ex- ecution of the sentence of 180 days jail time was sus- pended and the defendant sentenced to 24 months bench probation, to include no contact with the victim. Additional counts of Menacing and Reckless Driving were disposed without conviction. Fines, fees, assessments and res- titution totaled $500. -Darrell Dwight Rol- lins, 48, was convicted of two counts of Theft II, a Class A misdemeanor; ex- ecution of the sentence of 180 days jail time for each charge was suspended and the defendant sentenced to three years bench proba- tion, to include 30 hours of community service per count and no contact with the victims. Additional counts of Theft I were disposed with- out conviction. Fines, fees and assessments totaled $300. -Brandon James Vaughan, 33, was convicted of Harrassment, a Class B misdemeanor; of the sen- tence of 90 days jail time, 87 days jail time was sus- pended and the defendant sentenced to 24 months bench probation, to include 30 hours of community ser- vice, with contact with the victim governed by court documents. Fines, fees and assessments totaled $600. -Howard Floyd Ban- croft, 48, was convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance II, a Class C felony, and sentenced to 18 months supervised proba- tion, subject to 90 sanction units with 30 jail units, to include 80 hours of com- munity service, with license suspension to be reserved for later sanctioning of probation violations. An additional count of Disorderly Conduct was disposed without convic- tion. Fines, fees and assess- ments totaled $673.