From Our Files (Feb. 22, 2023)

Feb. 22, 1973

Another bit of history in East Linn County was preserved when the Willamette National Forest accepted 30 acres of forest land at the Cascade Mountain crest of the old Santiam Wagon Road from the Louis W. and Maude Hill Family Foundations.

The two parcels of land were valued at more than $80,000 and, although it contains an excellent stand of timber, will not be managed for timber production.

It will instead be managed for its historical and recreational values. Willamette National Forest Supervisor Zane G. Smith, Jr., said he hopes it will be put on the National Register of Historic Places.

The City Council decided to repair the city ambulance instead of replacing it following a collision with a school bus and The New Era building last month.

The 1970 Oldsmobile ambulance was extensively damaged in the wreck, but White’s Body Shop promised to return the vehicle to “as good as new” condition.

The El Royle Gunfighters of Milwaukie are negotiating with the Sportsman’s Holiday steering committee for the staging of its World’s Championship Fast Draw Shooting Contest.

Bill Corbin, president of El Royle, held a fast draw contest during last year’s Sportsman’s Holiday demonstrated his skill with a half-second draw and shoot. One of only four clubs of this type in Oregon, the El Royle Gunfighters started in 1969.

For the first time, the Sweet Home High School Forestry Products class through the Diversified Occupation Work Experience Program has become a full-time class with actual outdoor experience.

Sweet Home initiated the pilot program which is now being incorporated into other schools in the state. Students are limited in commercial work experience due to their age, but the 29 boys enrolled this year have been able to do various types of work on private land to gain experience in the use of basic tools, timber cruising and pole harvesting.

Feb. 25, 1998

Mid-Valley Healthcare held the grand opening of its Wiley Creek Community this week. Viva Groves, whose husband ran Groves Drug for many years, moved in as soon as the first rooms opened.

Police arrested Joseph Ellwood Collett, Anthony John Cole and Justin David Collett after responding to reports of a large fight in the area of Ninth and Poplar streets. The three, who are reportedly affiliated with the West Side Crips gang, were found injured and fleeing the scene. Police recovered homemade clubs from the suspects and a rifle from victims Rick Eugene Erickson and Stephen Lawrence Sapp.

ODOT is seeking bids to rebuild a seven-mile section of the Corvallis-Lebanon highway, Hwy. 34, west of Lebanon.

The $15.9 million project will extend from Seven Mile Lane to just west of the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks in Lebanon.

Community Center volunteers will be meeting to cut the size of the project for the Senior Center and Boys & Girls Club facility.

Architects submitted an estimate for the project that was about $270,000 more than is likely available for the project.

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