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  • Measure 110 - Should It Stay Or Go

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    The Oregon State Legislature began their short session on Monday, Feb 5, and will adjourn on March 10. During this time is when lawmakers will decide the fate of Measure 110. Ballot Measure 110 (110), also known as the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, marked a pioneering effort to tackle drug addiction and criminalization. Approved by almost 60% of Oregon voters, the measure aimed to decriminalize minor quantities of hard drugs and redirect the state's emphasis from prosecution to...

  • Neighbors Praise City For Abating Nuisance Property

    Sarah Brown|Feb 7, 2024

    Julie and Jim Wall are so grateful to Code Enforcement Officer Blake Dawson that they said they would vote for him as president of the United States. In the past two weeks, Dawson and a clean-up crew have cleared off nearly an acre full of, essentially, garbage at the end of Surrey Lane. Julie Wall, who lives on that small street off Ames Creek Road, said the occupant on the property had been adding to a mess that's been a problem for decades. "It became a garbage dump of egregious and...

  • City Grapples with Rising Vandalism, Explores Solutions

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    Sweet Home city officials took to Facebook this week to address a concerning surge in graffiti and vandalism within the city's parks. The online announcement served as a follow-up to discussions held during the Jan. 23 City Council meeting, where council members, led by Councilor Dylan Richards and Public Works Director Greg Springman, expressed growing concerns and explored potential solutions. During the City Council meeting, Richards voiced his concern about the escalating graffiti issues,...

  • Gas Prices Rise Across Nation - Oregon Bucks That Trend

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    In a week marked by rising pump prices in most states, Oregon stands as an outlier with a continued decline in gas prices. The fluctuation is attributed to a nationwide rebound from winter weather events and an uptick in crude oil prices spurred by positive economic indicators and escalating tensions in the Middle East. The national average for regular gasoline saw a four-cent increase to $3.13 per gallon for the week. Contrarily, Oregon experienced a two-cent decrease, settling at $3.62 per...

  • SHHS Lockdown Resolved Quickly

    Feb 7, 2024

    In a quick response, Sweet Home Police Department (SHPD), on Thursday, Feb. 2, responded to a report of potential safety concerns at Sweet Home High School (SHHS). According to the press release, the report was received thirdhand, suggesting that a student may have expressed intentions to shoot others at the school. Following standard protocol, the school was placed on hold as law enforcement worked to ensure the safety and security of all individuals involved. At approximately 12:56 p.m.,...

  • ODFW Gives February Fishing Outlook and Opportunities

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    Winter anglers in Sweet Home have several key updates to enhance their fishing experiences, including recent and upcoming trout stockings, regulations for Willamette spring Chinook fishing, ice fishing safety precautions, and essential information about boat ramp closures. Narrowing the scope of the many bodies of water available for fishing in the area, the bodies focused on will be Foster Reservoir, Green Peter Reservoir, Quartzville Creek, and the North and South Forks of the Santiam River....

  • From Altar Server to OSP Trooper: Damian Aranda Embarks on Law Enforcement Career

    Alex Paul, For The New Era|Feb 7, 2024

    Damian Aranda, 23, always knew he wanted to help other people, starting as an altar server within the Catholic church. Then, as he studied for the priesthood at Bishop White Seminary on the Gonzaga University campus in Spokane. And even after discerning that priesthood was not in his future, Aranda believed he could accomplish his goal through a career in law enforcement. On Jan. 26, Aranda graduated from the Basic Police Class at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, a proud...

  • Alyssa Peterson Signs to Linfield, SHHS Seniors Leave it at the Mat

    Sky Chappell|Feb 7, 2024

    Alyssa Peterson became the latest Husky to sign a letter of intent to wrestle for Linfield University in a ceremony held prior to the dual against Tillamook, Feb. 1. "I definitely did not think that signing for Linfield for wrestling would happen, as my freshman year was only three years ago," Peterson said. Peterson started wrestling as a freshman. After spending only three years with the high school, Peterson technically is a junior, but she has taken accelerated classes and according to Thorp...

  • Huskies Secure First Oregon West Conference Win

    Sky Chappell|Feb 7, 2024

    In the competitive landscape of the Oregon West Conference, the Sweet Home High School boys basketball team (4-15) is showcasing their resilience and determination through a season of ups and downs. Despite facing challenges, the team's recent performances against North Marion (14-6) and Stayton (8-9) highlight their fighting spirit and potential for growth. On Jan. 29, the Huskies took to their home court in a league matchup against North Marion, where they lost 46-65. This game was putting...

  • Huskies Make Waves Dominating Over Tigers and Crusaders

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    In a thrilling swim meet that pitted the Sweet Home Huskies against the Junction City Tigers and the Salem Academy Crusaders, the Huskies emerged victorious on both the boys and girls swim teams. The win not only secured their impressive 8-1 record for both squads but also propelled them into the highly anticipated district championship rounds. Coach A Jay Bronson, visibly pleased with the team's success, expressed his satisfaction, saying, "This was a great way to end the regular season. Both b...

  • SHHS Girls Basketball Face Challenges in League Play

    Sky Chappell|Feb 7, 2024

    In the midst of a challenging season, the Sweet Home High School girls basketball team continues to display resilience and determination. Despite recent losses, including a 27-40 defeat at home against the North Marion Huskies (9-10) on Jan. 29, and a 12-63 loss away against the Stayton Eagles (12-4) on Feb 1, the team remains focused on improvement and development. The game against North Marion was a contest where the Sweet Home team came prepared and eager for the challenge. According to...

  • Sweet Home Huskies Take Grand Champions At Oregon Elite Pre-State Championships - Headed To State Championships

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    In a dazzling display of skill, spirit, and pure athleticism, the Sweet Home Huskies cheerleading squad emerged victorious at the Oregon Elite Pre-State Competition held in Salem on Feb 4. The Huskies, with their unwavering dedication and precision, claimed first place in both the Traditional and Game Day routines, solidifying their dominance in the competition. The intensity and passion were palpable as the Huskies executed their routines flawlessly, captivating the audience and leaving an...

  • Walter Adolph Rasch

    Feb 7, 2024

    Walter Adolph Rasch May 13, 1932 - January 14, 2024 Walter Rasch, 91, of Sweet Home passed away on January 14, 2024. He was born to Christian and Lydia Rasch in Halliday, ND on May 13, 1932. Walt had eleven brothers and sisters, all of whom preceded him in death. Early in his life, Walt worked on his family's farm. North Dakota's harsh weather and unforgiving terrain brought many challenges – all of which cultivated Walt's penchant for diligence and hard work (though he may not have... Full story

  • Kelly Lynn Walker

    Feb 7, 2024

    Kelly Lynn Walker October 10, 1972 - November 17th, 2023 Kelly Lynn Walker died unexpectedly on November 17, 2023 at his home in Lebanon. He was born on October 10, 1972 in Eugene to Debbie Carlin and Jeff Walker. Kelly graduated from Sweet Home High School and attended Linn Benton Community College. Kelly spent much of his career at Hewlett Packard in Corvallis, and later enjoyed success in sales. He loved to fish, cook, ride motorcycles and work on his cars. He could fix anything! Kelly was... Full story

  • Robin Dianne Fadness

    Feb 7, 2024

    Robin Dianne Fadness April 16, 1947 - January 31, 2024 Robin Dianne Fadness, 76, of Sweet Home passed away Wednesday January 31, 2024. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. Full story

  • Public Safety - February 7, 2023 Edition

    Feb 7, 2024

    Jan. 29 8:02 a.m - Ervin Smith, 70, was arrested for obstructing a government or judicial official. 9:38 a.m - Barbara Kapicka, 61, was cited on a Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to comply on an original charge for second degree criminal trespass. 1:03 p.m - Rondell Allen Adams, 33, was arrested on a Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to comply on an original charge for criminal driving and failure to appear on an original charge for criminal driving. 7:53 p.m - Clifford Golden Boyce, 39, was arrested for fourth...

  • Circuit Court - February 7, 2023 Edition

    Feb 7, 2024

    Warrants are out on the following individuals: Kaleb Kimber Banta, Jacob Reginald Bliss, Brody Dylan Burright, Hope Marie Connors, Curtis Ray Daniel, Ashlee Dee Flanagan, Aaron Thomas Halvorson, Noe Hernandez-Reyes, Michael Trevor Hilton, Ariel Shanea Kaping, Andrew Donald LeGore, Charles James Marvel, Bryce William McGowan, Carrie Lynne Miller, Kendra Lynne Montoya, Larry Robert Morgan, Nicholas Alan Nelson, Daniel Austin Phillips, Julianne Nicole Phillips, Tammy Lavonn Robinson, Paul Levi Shelton, Kenneth Todd Smalley, Richard Gene Stephens,...

  • Around Town - February 7, 2023 Edition

    Feb 7, 2024

    Sportsman’s Holiday Jr. Court Applications ATTENTION ALL FIRST GRADE students!! Applications are available for those students that would like to participate in the 2024 Sportsman’s Holiday festivities as a Junior Princess or Junior Escort. Applications are due by March 1st. We will randomly draw one boy and one girl from each of the first-grade classes in the Sweet Home School District to be a member on the Sportsman’s Holiday Junior Court (including charter schools and homeschoolers that are homeschooling in Sweet Home area)....

  • From Our Files - February 7, 2023 Edition

    Feb 7, 2024

    Feb. 7, 1974 Sentry Electronics Inc. on Pleasant Valley Road has begun producing automatic smoke and gas detection units. Kenneth G. White Sr., president of the new corporation as well as White's Electronics, said insurance companies are enthusiastic about the product that can detect fire, flammable atmosphere, carbon monoxide and natural gas leaks. White plans to manufacture the detection devices for use in mobile homes. Unique educational experiences are happening at Cascadia School with HELP...

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