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Articles from the February 2, 2022 edition

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'Sleep center' discussion continues

After more than a year of discussion and, more recently, two back-to-back meetings held Jan. 25 and 26 (with another this week), the hot-button homeless "sleep center" conversation continues. The...

 

Sweet Home man arrested following report of road rage incident

A Sweet Home man was arrested Tuesday morning, Feb. 1, following a road rage incident in the Lebanon area, Lebanon Police reported.  According to police, at approximately 9:39 a.m. on Tuesday the Lebanon Police Department received a call about a... Full story

 

Commissioners review two bids for former mill site in Sweet Home

The Linn County Board of Commissioners reviewed two bids for the former Willamette Industries mill site Tuesday morning, Feb. 1. County Property Manager Rachel Adamec opened a bid of $800,000 from Sweet Home Real Estate Restorations LLC, whose...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    February 2, 2022

Back to normal? Not yet

It's been slow going, but progress is being made toward normalcy as Sweet Home High School enters its second semester of full-blown school under COVID-19.  "It's been really challenging, the COVID...

 

City Council issues statement on racism

Sweet Home's city councilors made a public statement against racism in the community at their Jan. 25 meeting. The declaration stems from a Jan. 7 incident at a Sweet Home High School wrestling...

 

Shain Lamont Thompson

Shain Lamont Thompson, 79, of Sweet Home passed away Jan. 24, 2022. He was born Jan. 15, 1943 in Lebanon to Cleo and Shirley (Watkins) Thompson. Shain has lived in Sweet Home all his life. He started... Full story

 

Death Notices (Feb. 2, 2022)

Terry Lee Anderson, 59, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 25, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. Delton Grover Buttler, 84, of Lebanon, died Jan. 27, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral... Full story

 

Corps' Facebook breaking the mold

The acronym-laden and typically dry language on many federal agencies' social media posts is ... understandable, but there are exceptions. One is the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, w...

 

Ducks in a row? Birds of a feather?

Snow geese glide on Foster Lake last week during a stop, presumably on their way to the Arctic, where they'll breed this spring and summer....

 

Sweet Home sees building increase in 2021

When discussing construction in Sweet Home, words like "growth" and "demand" come up often. According to the Community Economic Development Department Report for Dec. 2021, the city issued 350...

 

Cause of 2021 Elm Street church fire remains unknown

The trail has gone cold in an investigation of the fire that severely damaged Elm Street Baptist Church’s fellowship hall last year. The fire, which occurred May 11, 2021, was set intentionally, investigators said at the time. It destroyed much of...

 

Commentary: Alsea epitomizes tensions we're all feeling (Feb. 2, 2022)

The Alsea School District generally doesn’t make a big splash on the Oregon news frontier. But it certainly has turned heads in the last couple of weeks after its School Board voted and its superintendent announced that when students returned to...

 

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,...

 

Politicians not dialed in to reality (Feb. 2, 2022)

Editor: I just finished reading an essay by Jamie Cate on various farming practices. It made me harken back to last summer when her and Fred Girod held a town meeting here in Sweet Home. I was less than impressed with both of them. It was clear that...

 

What's at stake in the 2022 state Legislature

By Julia Shumway and Alex Baumbardt Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon legislators returned to Salem Tuesday morning with a long list of policies to change and pet projects to fund, and 35 days to do it all. Job training is top of mind for most...

 

Deputy DA named Linn County judge

Linn County Deputy District Attorney Keith B. Stein has been appointed as a judge to the Linn County Circuit Court.  Stein fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge David E. Delsman. His...

 

Two die in separate weekend Highway 34 crashes near Lebanon

Two mid-valley residents were killed in separate Highway 34 accidents west of Lebanon over the weekend, according to the Oregon State Police. In the first incident, reported shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 43-year-old David Weis of Albany...

 

Around Town (Feb. 2, 2022)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels offers take-out lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays. Suggested donation is $3.50....

 

Fire destroys motor home

An RV caught fire near Cascadia State Park Sunday afternoon. Flames consumed the RV and caused a “total loss” of the vehicle, but firefighters arriving on the scene prevented the blaze from spreading to a residential structure near which the RV...

 

Police shoot at moving car in Albany arrest

An Albany Police detective shot at a moving car during a Wednesday, Jan. 26, arrest for multiple warrants in the parking lot of Bob’s Family Market in Albany. According to an Albany Police Department news release, 31-year-old Kagen Ray Sandoval,...

 

Public Safety (Feb. 2, 2022)

January 24 8:27 a.m. - Veronica Sue Szuch, 25, was arrested on a Sweet Home Municipal warrant for failure to comply on an original charge of second-degree theft, Salem Police Department. 10:22 a.m. - Christopher Lee Baker, 39, was cited and released...

 

OHA files permanent rules for masking in schools

By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Sweet Home schools Supt. Lisa Riggs says she wasn’t surprised by the Oregon Health Authority’s announcement late last week that it was making requirements for masking indoors in K-12 schools permanent, and that...

 

City issues letter to County Commission detailing mill property concerns

A letter signed by Sweet Home Mayor Greg Mahler, with the unanimous backing of the City Council, expressing concerns about the upcoming planned sale of the former Weyerhaeuser/Willamette Industries mi...

 

County computers back online after Jan. 24 ransomware attack

Linn County public services are coming back online after a ransomware attack was identified early Monday morning, Jan. 24, according to Administrative Officer Darrin Lane. Lane said that the Clerk’s Office is again able to record documents, one of...

 

Mat Club wrestlers victorious at Oregon Classic, state tourney

Sweet Home Mat Club had five champions in the Oregon Classic kids wrestling tournaments, held Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond. Bailey Chafin won the girls...

 

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