From Our Files (Feb. 2, 2022)

Feb. 3, 1972

A pickup truck wiped out one unit of the Porta Via Motel when driver David Henry Bruseau, 35, left Terrace Lane and crashed into the back end of the building where the bathroom is. Bruseau and his passenger, daughter Marsha Lee, 14, were uninjured.

The guest staying in the unit had been shaving in front of the bathroom mirror only five minutes prior to the accident, and had left the building shortly before the truck struck. According to motel operator Cecil Poe, four brick walls of the unit were destroyed, causing several thousand dollars in damage.

Bruseau was taken into custody by city police and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

A collection of old bottles is on display in the lobby of the library. The bottles, all dug in the vicinity between Bellingham, Wash. and Vancouver B.C. by Joseph Start, represent a wide variety of types. Particularly intriguing is an amber bitters “fish bottle.”

The colors in the exhibit range from the deep cobalt blue of medicine bottles to the iridescent hues of a carnival glass soda pop bottle. Some of the bottles once contained Gordon’s Gin, sarsaparilla, saki, poison, sperm whale sewing machine oil, linament, and olives.

Jan. 29, 1997

Consultants for the City of Sweet Home presented the transportation system plan’s citizen and technical advisory committees with the results of its analysis of existing conditions within Sweet Home. Outside of a few key areas, they found that the Sweet Home transportation system can handle existing traffic volumes and some growth.

Problem areas include the intersection at Pleasant Valley Road and Highway 20, the median-controlled segment of Highway 20, and the limited sidewalk and bicycle systems. Based on an intersection analysis for Pleasant Valley Road and Highway 20, the study recommends a traffic signal at that location.

A recent grant from the federal government will allow the Sweet Home Police Department to digitize its computer records and develop programs to free up police officers’ office time. The police department will use the $10,945 grant to purchase a 166 megahertz IBM compatible computer, Hewlett Packard flatbed scanner, and Kodak DC 40 digital camera.

The first phase of the program is to digitally catalog thousands of mug shots and then to proceed with digital mug shots from this point forward.

Prior to this new technology, the Police Department has been spending $1,200 on year on film for mug shots.

The new computer system includes a 2 gigabyte hard drive, enough memory to easily back up the office’s main server every day. The digital camera utilizes computer chips instead of film that can store up to 48 high-resolution images, which can be easily downloaded into the computer system via a single cable.

Commander Steve Young is now working on a $57,000 grant application that would allow him to buy a master database, laptops for every patrol vehicle, and a projection system that would transfer information from the laptop onto a wall or large screen.

A fire at Smurfit caused about $20,000 damage to finished chip board siding. When firefighters arrived, stacks of the siding were on fire in one of the warehouses. Sprinkler systems were keeping the fired contained, but the building was filled with smoke. A total of 10 stacks of 4-by-8-foot siding about 12 feet tall were on fire.

Firefighters and mill workers tore part of the north wall off the building to gain access and ventilate the building. They used a forklift to remove the burning stacks from the building where they were extinguished.

Sweet Home High School expanded its technology this year with a new computer lab that is used for two new classes, Computer Design and Architectural Design. The programs and the new lab were started so that students could use computers and technology for something other than word processing.

The classes also use a CNC mill and computer-controlled lathe so students can design something on the computer, such as a chess piece or a key, and the machine will make it. In the Architectural Design class, students design building plans, and the computer program allows them to take a three-dimensional look at the plans. Students in the Computer Design class learn how to program machines that are used in today’s growing industries.