From Our Files (June 7, 2023)

June 7, 1973

The Sweet Home High-Q team took the state champion title after defeating Beaverton High School 175-145.

As the youngest team from the smallest school in Oregon, the Sweet Home team is composed of four juniors (Erik Duncan, Richard Black, Jim Cook and alternate Steve Stenburg) and one sophomore (Tom Palkki). Referred to as the giant killers, the students jokingly give credit of their winning to the fact they all have rather long hair.

The team won nine consecutive games, and if they win their first set next fall, they will have set a new record. Sweet Home was also in the finals last year but the championship match was cancelled when Portland schools closed early.

Mark James Scott, 13, was injured when he rode his bicycle into a stopped car on Alder Street.

Driver Richard Ward Little, 17, said he saw Scott riding toward him so he stopped, but the boy rode his bike into the car and was thrown against the windshield. Scott suffered a bump over his eye and several bruises.

In a separate incident, eighth-grader Julie Kathleen Mausen is in fair condition after she reportedly swerved her bike in the path of a car as it was passing her.

Twenty years ago the U.S. Forest Service had 1,830 manned forest fire lookouts in the Pacific Northwest region, but today there are only 100 left.

That’s because of an increased reliance on aerial patrols. Sweet Home Ranger District continues to maintain one lookout on Iron Mountain with one to three airplanes on patrol.

One reason to keep the lookout is because it provides good public contact with hikers.

It also provides communications with the district, because radios will not reach the district office in Sweet Home when staffers travel over Iron Mountain.

Raymond Wright, 57, suffered smoke inhalation and second-degree burns on his back and left forearm when his mobile home burned in the Holiday Trailer Court, 444 Maple Lane. Asst. Fire Chief Ron Fogle said the fire was apparently started by careless smoking on a sofa. Wright was reportedly found just inside the front door and pulled from the home by an unidentified person.

Installation of a major underground electrical service system is nearing completion at the Stonebrook-Republic development.

Pacific Power & Light Co. said the $8,000 project is part of a growing trend to install underground electric facilities mostly as a means to improve residential aesthetics, improve tree trimming problems and reduce traffic accidents.

An estimated $250 worth of drugs were stolen from Grove’s Rexall Drug, 1301 Main St., in a burglary overnight.

Entry was made by prying open the front door. Police said the thief did not steal any cash or hard narcotics, but declined to elaborate what kind of drugs were taken.

June 10, 1998

Nearly 100 high school students and family gathered near the high school metal shop to honor the life of Shane Macy, who was killed in a pickup accident last year at the age of 14.

They planted a tree in his memory, also burying poems and other remembrances with it. Macy was riding in the back of a pickup truck with his brother on the way to Sun River when the truck hit a trailer.

Following Court Judge Jad Lemhouse’s decision to leave his position with Sweet Home, the City has begun the process of turning all uncollected fines over to collections agencies.

Sweet Home is currently carrying $1,099,775 in uncollected fines. With a collections agency involved, the court will impose a 25% collection fee to recover the cost.

Parents Juanita Belanger and Denise Roberts presented ideas to the District 55 board for preventing violence and criminal activity on school grounds. They said they talked to 20 teens and several adults to glean ideas.

One of the more difficult obstacles, they said, was teens’ reluctance to speak to adults about things they know are happening in the school system.

They suggested placing drop boxes on campus and in businesses so students could anonymously leave tips or concerns. They also said students need more activities in the summer.

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