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COVID-19 case numbers, deaths continue to rise
Oregon’s reported COVID deaths went over the 3,000 mark last week as the wave of COVID-19 infections, spurred by the Delta Variant, sent the numbers of new confirmed and presumptive cases to new heights. On Monday, Aug. 23, the Oregon Health...
Highway 20 to close for slide repairs
Highway 20 will be closed for three days in early September to allow for slide repairs in the area between House Rock Campground and Sheep Creek, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Monday. The road will be closed from 12:01 a.m....
Albany's Cumberland Church making Sept. 16 move
The steeple of Albany's historic Cumberland Church, built in 1892, will be removed for refurbishing and replacement on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and the building itself will make its long-awaited journey...
Genealogical Society reopens to public
The Sweet Home Genealogical Society at 1223 Kalmia St. has reopened to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every third Saturday, with more days scheduled to be announced soon. The society... Full story
Linn County firefighters sent to assist on Middle Fork Complex fires near Oakridge
About 16 Linn County firefighters comprise a task force dispatched to assist crews battling the 5,000-plus-acre Middle Fork Complex fires burning 9 miles north of Oakridge in Lane County. Some 619... Full story
Burright memorial service scheduled Aug. 25 in Salem
A memorial service for retired Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Salem Armory, 2310 17th St. NE. The service is open to the public. Burright...
SUNDAY UPDATE: Bruler Fire containment remains at 75%
Crews have contained about 75% of the 195-acre Bruler Fire burning 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home as of Sunday, Aug. 8, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Forest Service. Its cause remains under investigation. The blaze was first... Full story
National Weather Service predicts mid-valley heat wave this week
An excessive heat watch is in effect this week for the mid-Willamette Valley, running Wednesday afternoon to Saturday morning, according to a National Weather Service advisory released Sunday, Aug. 8. Afternoon high temperatures are forecast to land... Full story
SHPD warns of "stranger danger" after pair of reports
The Sweet Home Police Department on Tuesday issued a warning to residents to watch for strangers in vans attempting to pick up children after receiving two reports last week. In the first, according to an agency release, a woman reported that her... Full story
Oregon health officials recommend masks indoors
The Oregon Health Authority announced Tuesday, July 27 (after the New Era’s press time this week), that masks are once again required indoors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Gov. Kate Brown had relaxed most state restrictions on June... Full story
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Bruler Fire containment at 53%
A South Cascade Interagency Type 3 team assumed command Wednesday at the 195-acre Bruler Fire 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home, the U.S. Forest Service announced late Wednesday afternoon. Containment is listed at 53%. The blaze was first spotted Mond... Full story
Mop-up work continues on Bruler Fire; containment at 53%
The South Cascade Interagency Type 3 team continued mop-up Thursday at the 195-acre Bruler Fire 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a release. Containment is listed at 53%. The blaze was first spotted Monday, July... Full story
Search suspended for missing Mount Jefferson climber
The Linn County Sheriff's Office has suspended the search for a missing climber on Mount Jefferson, according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon. Steven Van Pelt, 33, of Salem, has been... Full story
Monmouth man dies in crash near Independence
A Monmouth man was killed Wednesday, July 28, in a two-vehicle crash on Corvallis Road at Parker Road near Independence. Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies and medical personnel responded to the...
FRIDAY UPDATE: Crews mindful of weather forecast at Bruler Fire
Mop-up activity continued Friday as crews faced uncertain weather conditions on the 195-acre Bruler Fire 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home. Containment remains at 53%. The U.S. Forest Service reported that the South Cascade Interagency Type Team 3... Full story
Cooling center open Friday and Saturday at Lebanon Senior Center
In response to excessive heat warnings predicted Friday and Saturday, July 30-31, the City of Lebanon has opened a cooling center at the Lebanon Senior Center. 80 Tangent St. The center will be open until 5 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m....
Oregon Jamboree kicks off in Sweet Home
Corvallis' Adam Larson & Co. launches the main-stage party in raucous style at the Oregon Jamboree on Friday, July 30....
MONDAY UPDATE: Bruler Fire containment at 65%
The South Cascade Interagency Type Team 3 continued mopping up and strengthening contingency lines Monday on the 195-acre Bruler Fire, burning 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home. Containment is at 65%. According to a U.S. Forest Service announcement, c... Full story
Crews increase containment on Bruler Fire
Crews worked Wednesday to increase containment on the Bruler Fire 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home, now estimated at 195 acres. Containment is listed at 12 percent. According to a U.S. Forest Service...
Woman arrested in death of Albany man
An Albany woman was arrested Monday on a second-degree murder charge in connection to a death that occurred west of the city in early June. Tennisha Quin Bourne, 34, is suspected of killing Charles Thomas Mooney, 38, of Albany. Investigators...
Independence man arrested in connection with shooting death near Albany
An Independence man was arrested Monday on a second-degree murder charge in connection to the shooting death of a man south of Albany. Pedro Martinez-Carrillo, 19, turned himself in to the Linn...
UPDATE: Crews continue battling Bruler Fire Thursday
Cooperative weather continued helping crews Thursday on the week-old 195-acre Bruler Fire 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home. No further growth was reported. Containment remains at 12%. Heavy equipment arrived Wednesday in the form of masticators,...
UPDATE: Crews strengthen lines around Bruler Fire perimeter; containment at 20%
Crews have completed alternate and contingency lines around the perimeter of the 195-acre Bruler Fire 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home, according to information released Friday morning by the U.S....
UPDATE: Progress continues on Bruler FIre
Crews have placed hose around the perimeter of the 195-acre Bruler Fire 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home, according to information released Saturday morning by the U.S. Forest Service. Containment is now listed at 25%. No growth was reported...