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 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

'Exclusion' law stirs debate as councilors take another look

A possibiltiy of an "exclusion ordinance" banning troublemakers from the downtown area stirred vigorous discussion Tuesday, Sept. 24, as the City Council took another look at the proposal. The...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

Councilors divided over scope, need for 'livability' ordinance

The question of whether Sweet Home should try to do something about rathole rentals led to extensive discussion by the City Council at its Sept. 24 meeting. The issue has been on the council’s radar since 2016, and it reappeared in late August,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

Council fast-tracks changes to codes

City Council members took steps at their Sept. 24 meeting to fast-track approval of changes to the city’s Zoning Ordinance that have been approved and recommended by the Planning Commission. Planning commissioners held a work session on June 3 to...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

Council hears timelines for water/sewer operations options

City Council members reviewed options for possible changes in management of the city’s Water and Wastewater Treatment facilities at their Sept. 24 meeting. Public Works Director Greg Springman presented three options for the council to consider:...

 

Students step up for boy with cancer

Sweet Home's Sept. 11 volleyball game against Woodburn was more than just an athletic event. The players all wore custom-made tie-dyed orange socks and the student cheering section was decked out in...

 

Goat-killing cougar dispatched in 43rd Ave. family's back yard

Craig Hayes says a neighbor warned him when his family adopted a small herd of goats. "He came down and said he saw a cougar," Hayes said. "He said it's hard to have goats up here." That was Sunday...

 

After slow start, Huskies wake up and dominate Phoenix in 22-7 win

After a pair of losses to two of the state's top teams, Sweet Home moved into the win column Friday, Sept. 20, downing Phoenix 22-7. "It was good that we got a win," said Head Coach Dustin Nichol,...

 

Scam near-victim warns not to bite

Local resident Margie Coulter wants local residents to be on guard against scams – after she almost fell for one, she said. Coulter said she got a phone call last week in which a man from the “Social Security Administration” on the other end...

 

A 'long, crazy road'

It's 6:30 in the morning and the summer sun has yet to rise over Foster Lake. Below the Shea Point rest area, where the old Highway 20 blacktop dips into the water, a lone man performs tai chi as the...

 

1,000-plus athletes expected for this weekend's Best in the West triathlons

The ninth annual Best in the West Triathlon series will take place this weekend, Sept. 6-8, at Lewis Creek Park. Bigger and better than ever, says founder and Director Blair Bronson. This year’s festival is on track to exceed last year’s record...

 

Don't miss great show, right down the road

This weekend, a big event is taking place right down the road from you. This is the ninth year that the Best in the West triathlon series is being held at Lewis Creek Park, as detailed starting on page 1. It will be held Saturday and Sunday...

 

Football: With veterans gone, younger leaders will need to show the way

With last year's veterans largely departed, Sweet Home's football team, this year, will be ... whatever his players decide they will be, Coach Dustin Nichol says. The Huskies finished their season in...

 

Volleyball team looking to pick up where it left off last season

One thing is clear about this year's Sweet Home volleyball team: They aren't going to sneak up on anybody. The Huskies reached the state championship semifinals before finishing fifth last year with a...

 

Numbers up for Husky harriers, who will field girls team this year

Sweet Home cross-country looks to be on the rise after a number of down years, punctuated by multiple coaching changes since the retirement of longtime Coach Billy Snow in 2014. Head Coach Kambria...

 

Onetime SHHS star now head coach at University of Puget Sound

Of The New Era Lisa Brocard Kushiyama wasn't aiming to be a coach when she headed off to Linfield College in 2004 after a career at Sweet Home High School as a stand-out volleyball player and track...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 14, 2019

7-Eleven switchover not just a name change

Of The New Era Sweet Home's former Circle K convenience store was shut down last week as construction workers turned it into a 7-Eleven. The store is getting a total overhaul, said Mary Kay Riley,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 7, 2019

Local teens learn leadership during summit at Cascadia Park

Of The New Era A dozen teenagers, all but one blindfolded, stumbled around a grassy area of Cascadia State Park Saturday morning, July 27, learning to be leaders. They were some of the two dozen...

 

Planners hold off on updates to city code

Of The New Era With just four members present, the Planning Commission held off taking action on proposed zoning code revisions Monday night during its regular meeting to allow more input from additional commissioners at its Sept. 3 meeting....

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 7, 2019

Josai visitors experience new things during this year's trip to Sweet Home

Of The New Era The 2019 Josai exchange group ended their 13-day visit to Sweet Home with a first: a visit to the Jamboree. "We came later this year," said Takashi Takahashi, international school liais...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    July 31, 2019

Big finish gives Casey Tow third in decathlon nationals

Of The New Era Casey Tow finished third in the decathlon last week in the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field 17-18 Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Competing in his fourth...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    July 31, 2019

After low points, local swimmer experiences ultimate high

Of The New Era Lucie Davis' sophomore year as a swimmer at Boise State University started with a low. Her coach quit, suddenly, right before summer workouts were supposed to begin. Davis had won four...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Have a good time, but keep it responsible

Sometimes it’s not hard to write an editorial. This might be one of those times. We’ve all heard, over and over, year after year, warnings about driving while intoxicated. We’ve seen the billboards. The bumper stickers. Heard the commercials....

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 24, 2019

Politicians of every stripe find splashy emails their communiqué of choice

“Hey,” yells the email on my computer inbox list. Wow, it’s from U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris. Just like the one I got yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that. In fact, I get at least one email from Kamela just about every day ...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    July 10, 2019

SH's Casey Tow top placer in Jr. Olympic regional decathlon

Of The New Era Sweet Home’s Casey Tow is following in the footsteps of his coach, Dakotah Keys, winning the decathlon at the USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships July 4-5 at...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    July 10, 2019

Local shoot produces 'comeback' score for rookie archer

Of The New Era When Luke Perkins lined up his final arrow at this year’s Wapiti Bowmen Bonanza Safari Shoot on Richardson Gap Road on June 15, it was the culmination of a journey. It had been a bit...

 

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