By Theresa Woelk
HERMISTON ? Copper Basin, Inc. officials wanted to develop their land.
City officials wanted an alternative route to Hwy 395 to alleviate some of the community traffic problems.
Arlin Phillips wanted peace and quiet.
Unfortunately, these goals conflicted when placed in close proximity to one another.
Phillips lived on Theater Lane, directly adjacent to Copper Basins property and in direct line with Fourth Street.
He was not happy with the plans for his neighborhood and hired a lawyer to stop it.However, progress proved to be a stronger opponent than Phillips bargained for and Copper Basin was allowed to proceed with its development, eventually called Pheasant Run.
The Fourth Street extension project also eventually came to fruition, opening in May.
But the battle between Phillips and the other two parties continues to lumber along today. (For the full story please see the July 17, 2001 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)