From Our Files (June 21, 2023)

June 21, 1973

Proposed HB3256, which would have designated part of the South Santiam River as a scenic waterway, was defeated by more than 2:1 on the Oregon House floor.

The vote ws 37 to 17 after several attempts to delay the bill or send it back to committee were rejected.

Rep. Bud Buyers led the fight on the floor, armed with 1,308 signatures of people opposed to the bill. Buyers was surprised by the defeat, but attributed its success to the petition and testimony on the floor.

The Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality, Oregon House Division and Linn County Health Dept. took the first steps to annex the Foster-Midway area into the City of Sweet Home in an attempt to solve what they consider a health problem caused by failing septic tanks in the area.

Sweet Home had nothing to do with the move, but was asked to draw up boundaries of the annexation already rejected by voters last year. This annexation includes boundaries further east as far as The Point restaurant.

Amnesty Day was celebrated at the library. Librarian “Nicky” Hines said all overdue books were allowed to be returned free for that day only.

June 24, 1998

Sweet Home pastors are preparing a community marriage policy in an attempt to stem the number of marriages ending in failure.

Pastors with the Sweet Home Ministerial Association are preparing a proposal that will require couples to participate in such activities as mentoring or premarital courses, personality and relationship assessments, participation in the faith community, and a promise to cultivate the marriage after the wedding.

A search for two missing campers ended this week when rescuers located the tired and hungry couple in the Mt. Washington Wilderness area.

Colleen Brown, 18, and Christopher Bradley, 21, set camp near Kuttan Lake but lost their trail when attempting to return to the car for more gear. They had only a granola bar to share during the three nights they were missing.

The school district will implement the first steps of an alternative learning environment for students who fail to meet the minimum standards on state assessment tests and benchmarks.

Depending on a student’s grade and progress, a number of steps will be implemented to aid a child in their education. Summer school and holding a child back are last-resort options.