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    TWO - Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon Wednesday, August 31, 2022
The Official Newspaper
of the City of Heppner and the County of Morrow
U.S.P.S. 240-420
Morrow County’s Home-Owned Weekly Newspaper
Published weekly by Sykes Publishing and entered as periodical matter at the Post
Office at Heppner, Oregon under the Act of March 3, 1879. Periodical postage paid
at Heppner, Oregon. Office at 188 W. Willow Street. Telephone (541) 676-9228. Fax
(541) 676-9211. E-mail: editor@rapidserve.net or david@rapidserve.net. Web site:
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P.O. Box 337, Heppner, Oregon 97836. Subscriptions: $31 in Morrow County; $25
senior rate (in Morrow County only; 65 years or older); $37 elsewhere; $31 student
Chris Sykes ..............................................................................................Publisher
.................................................................................................. Editor
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Cutsforth makes
world record shoot
Stanley Cutsforth with his shooting rifle
Stanley Cutsforth of Heppner has set a new
Extreme Long Range Shooters (ELR Shooters) world
He made three hits at 2,560 yards Cold Bore
and took first place at the Spring Canyon Record
match, including a first round hit at 3,700 yards. He
also took first place at the Raton Thunder 1.64 Mile.
~ Letters to the Editor ~
Demand Port remove nitrates
To the Editor:
Commissioner Jim
Doherty’s exposure of un-
restrained nitrate poisoning
in Morrow and Umatilla
county has drawn the re-
proach of many citizens.
Has Commissioner Doherty
used nitrate poisoning as a
“headline grabbing attempt
to make political hay out of
the Port of Morrow’s nitrate
issues?” (Jerry Rietmann,
G.T. 8/24/22) Jerry raises
valid concerns regarding
the problem of greater scru-
tiny from the DEQ, EPA,
and multiple State of Ore-
gon regulatory agencies on
our private property. Riet-
mann contends “the Port is
not that much of a contrib-
utor to the overall nitrate
issue. No doubt with the
large amount of current and
future investment the Port
will make the investment
to remove nitrates from its
water process.” (Rietmann,
8/24/22) If this statement
is true and accurate then
Commissioner Doherty
deserves the criticism lev-
eled against him. If not then
Doherty has been unfairly
attacked as “No good deed
goes unpunished.”
A local Morrow County
Dairy Farm was recently
fined and closed down for
significantly less nitrate
poisoning than the Port of
Morrow gets away with
every year. It is a docu-
mented falsehood (Nitrate
Poisoning, G.T. 6/22/22) to
publically state “the Port of
Morrow is not that much of
a contributor of the overall
nitrate issue.” The DEQ has
been fining, then rescind-
ing, then fining the Port of
Morrow nitrate poisoning
for more than two decades
with zero success. In my
letter documenting (G.T.
6/22/22) the egregious
“reckless, deliberate” con-
Immediate Care –
Rolling Into
Boardman Soon!
Seven days a week
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
MCHD’s clinic will offer immediate care and
occupational health to Morrow County.
Working toward a healthier community, the Morrow County Health District is launching
a new immediate care clinic in Boardman. Boardman Immediate Care will offer a range
of immediate care and occupational health services that are convenient, affordable and
accessible. Staffed seven days a week, the clinic will play a vital role in keeping the people
of Morrow County healthy and safe.
What is it? Boardman Immediate Care is an
immediate care and occupational health clinic
with two clinical exam rooms and X-ray and
laboratory services.
Where is it located? Housed in a custom-
designed motor coach, the clinic will be located
at 101 Kinkade Rd. in Boardman.
What kind of care is available? Patients
can be seen for minor illnesses and injuries, skin
rashes, irritation or infection, sprains, strains and
muscle tears, scrapes or cuts, minor workplace
injuries, drug screening and more.
Who can get care here? Anyone needing
immediate care or occupational health services
can access care at Boardman Immediate Care.
When will it open? The Boardman Immediate
Care coach arrived in Boardman Friday, Sept. 2.
It is scheduled to open for business Tuesday, Oct. 11,
and will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m.
to 7 p.m.
Morrow County Health District accepts all major insurance plans and is committed to providing financial assistance to
people who have health care needs and are uninsured, underinsured, ineligible for a government program, or otherwise
unable to pay for medically necessary care.
Working toward a healthier community in Morrow County. Find out more at HealthyMC.org
tinuous nitrate poisoning
by the Port of Morrow I
was questioned by an Ione
resident Virgil Morgan re-
garding the excess total
nitrogen applied by the Port
from 2007-09. I highly re-
spect Virgil, so I went back
to the publication to make
sure I documented correct-
ly an excess of over three
thousand pounds per acre
of nitrogen in the permit
violation. Confirmed but
not satisfied I contacted the
DEQ for actual documenta-
tion in their records. “Mr.
Dick please find attached
the 2011 Notice of Permit
Violation citing the 2007-
09 violation. By my quick
count, the total excess nitro-
gen applied across all fields
during that time frame was
3,580 lbs. per acre.” (Jeff
Bachman, DEQ , 7/18/22).
Contrary to Jerry Ri-
etmann’s confidence that
the Port “will make the
investment to remove ni-
trates from its water pro-
cess” there is no evidence
to support his confidence.
The Port relies on the pub-
lic support of citizens and
Port food processors that
profit greatly by having
their contaminated water
removed. Therefore the
Port has received scant
public pressure to make
any concrete commitment
to remove nitrates from the
water on farms they con-
tinue to poison with excess
If the land owners and
citizens of Morrow County
want the DEQ, EPA and
other regulatory agencies to
back off and leave us alone,
then it past time to demand
the Port Commissioners
use their authority to re-
move the nitrates from the
irrigation water instead of
encouraging attacks against
Jim Doherty. Jim Doherty
is not the problem, he is
just the whistle blower that
brought it to the surface.
Stuart Dick
Grant graduates from Pacific
Sophie Marie Grant of
Heppner graduated from
Pacific University in May-
22 with a bachelor of sci-
ence degree in biology
from the College of Arts &
“Pacific Univer-
sity serves nearly 4,000
students in undergraduate,
graduate and professional
programs in the arts and
sciences, business, educa-
tion, optometry and health
professions. Committed to
inspiring students to think,
care, create, and pursue
justice in the world, Pacific
offers a transformation-
al liberal arts foundation
paired with meaningful
professional preparation.
Pacific is the No. 1 private
research university in the
Northwest, with campuses
in Forest Grove, Hillsboro,
Eugene, and Woodburn,
OR,” said a Pacific Univer-
sity news release.
Rebekah Lodge
to host BUNCO
Starting September 15, Hol-
ly Rebekah Lodge is once
again holding BUNCO
parties at their Lodge Hall
in in Lexington. A lodge
spokesperson said, “Grab
your friends and come on
down for a fun evening of
playing BUNCO. The dice
will start rolling at 6 p.m.”
The cost is $5 per person
Valby Lutheran Church
Valby Road
Ione Oregon. 97843
Church Services
1st & 3rd Sundays
10:00 AM
Available for:
Weddings • Funerals
Family Events
All Are
Murrays will be closed Sunday and Monday
Have a safe and fun Labor Day!
217 North Main St.,
Heppner, OR
Phone 676-9158 Floral 676-9426
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm • Sat 8am-6pm • Sun 9am-2pm
Pharmacy- Mon-Fri 9am-6pm