From Our Files (Jan. 18, 2023)

Jan. 18, 1973

City Manager Michael Gleason said an increase in vandalism is costing the city thousands of dollars in repairs, adding that Sweet Home has one of the worst records in the state for vandalism, particularly in the parks.

Something is broken or damaged every week. Damage at the beginning of the year included broken drinking fountain heads at Sankey Park (cost to replace will be $150 plus labor), broken glass, broken lights at the library parking lot ($15 each plus labor), and dented and scratched doors at Northside Park ($200 each to replace).

Other recent destruction includes fouling of park furnishing with human excrement. Damage valued under $200 is a misdemeanor and over $200 is a felony.

Carmon E. Gailey, 52, was found innocent by a jury of criminally negligent homicide.

Gailey struck pedestrian Amelia T. DuVal, 79, with his truck when she attempted to cross Main Street near 13th Street. Gailey said he was momentarily distracted by pedestrians crossing 13th Street and did not see DuVal step from a curb along a median strip on Main Street until it was too late.

The first air contaminant discharge permits written for the Mid-Willamette Valley Air Pollution Authority were issued this week. Among the nine firms receiving permits was Morse Bros., Inc., of Sweet Home. Air permits were part of the 1971 state legislature’s package of tighter environmental laws.

The State Soil and Water Conservation Commission announced a referendum on inclusion of additional territory within the East Linn Soil and Water Conservation District, which would include all the land in Linn County not presently within the boudnaries of such a district. The action for inclusion was initiated by petition of 25 land owners in the area. Soil and water districts supervise a program for making the best use of land and water resources through voluntary development of sound conservation practices.

med the school board that if the high school changed from three electrical services to one, the District would save approximately $4,000 a year in electricity costs, but it will cost $30,000 to $36,000 to make the change.

The reason for the savings is that the change would put the school under an industrial schedule, and the savings may be greater if the shop area and football fiedl lighting were placed under the same service.

Lisa Ward, Swiss yodeler, will provide entertainment during the Chamber of Commerce awards banquet. She has yodeled around the world and has been called the prima donna of yodeling. Her yodeling consistently suggests three echoes and many times five echoes are counted.

Ward moved to the United States in 1958 and developed her talents in Portland

Jan. 21, 1998

Don Hopkins, who owns an 86-acre ranch on the Upper Calapooia, testified before the Joint Interim Committee on Navigability reiterating the position that landowners, not the state, should control non-navigable stream beds and embankments adjoining their properties.

Hopkins has battled the state for 20 years every time the issue reappears before the legislature. His land, part of the original Rice Family Donation Land Claim dating to 1846, has the Calapooia River running through it for over 2,500 lineal feet.

The Sweet Home Economic Development Group Board of Directors agreed to change the date of the 1998 Oregon Jamboree from Sept. 25-27 to Aug. 7-9 based on concerns about the weather and potential of damage to the fields due to rain.

School District 55 favored the decision to change the date away from when school is in session.

Nathan Allen Deffenbaugh pleaded guilty and Keith Allen Brown is being sought in connection with the theft of a Public Works pickup truck from the city’s Central Garage.

The truck had just been purchased with logos and striping added when Deffenbaugh drove it through the garage door. Physical evidence linked Deffenbaugh to the crime, and police believe Brown used a stolen temporary registration from the car of a city prosecutor in Montana to buy license plates and sell the car to an individual in Washington. Police recovered the car, found it was damaged and had more than 3,300 miles added to it.

The Oregon State Marine Board voted to mandate life jackets be worn at all times on those aged 12 and under while boats are underway.