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Articles from the August 3, 2022 edition

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 By Scott Swanson    News    August 3, 2022

Hot times at the Jamboree

Searing temperatures and humidity aside, this year's Oregon Jamboree drew huge crowds to hear headliners Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins and Old Dominion, and experienced relatively few problems, accord...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 3, 2022

City manager search down to 2 finalists

After a series of executive session interviews, the Sweet Home City Council has selected two top finalists from whom it plans to select Sweet Home's next city manager. The two remaining candidates are current Sweet Home Community and Economic...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 3, 2022

Council: No to psilocybin businesses

A City Council majority said "no" last week to psilocybin in Sweet Home, voting Tuesday, July 26, to adopt a resolution referring to voters a measure proposing a prohibition on businesses related to...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 3, 2022

Groundbreaking kicks off work on memory facility

A July 27 groundbreaking ceremony launched the beginning of what will become a 48-bed memory-care facility at the Wiley Creek Senior Living campus. The 29,165-foot, single-story facility, scheduled...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 3, 2022

Native American cultural encampment held in Foster

By Sarah Brown Of The New Era Native American Deitrich Peters' words reverberated quietly against a backdrop of trees and brush as he spoke his prayer through a microphone. "Dance," "happy" and...

 

The New Era named state's best small weekly

The New Era was honored as the best weekly newspaper in Oregon last week by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, receiving first place in General Excellence for weeklies of 2,000 circulation...

 

Chamber welcomes new feed store owners

Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and others gathered July 22 for a ribbon cutting to welcome new owners of what used to be OK Country Feed to the Sweet Home business community. New owners Gregg and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 3, 2022

Gubernatorial hopefuls face off in debate

The three women running for the Oregon governor's seat in November faced off for the first time Friday, July 29, kicking off an historic election season. Republican Christine Drazan, nonaffiliated...

 

Death Notices (Aug. 3, 2022)

Danny “Dan” Ray Laude, 65, of Sweet Home, died July 26, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. Michael LeRoy Magers, 71, of Sweet Home, died July 31, 2022. Sweet... Full story

 

Commentary: For good of country, Biden shouldn't run again (Aug. 3, 2022)

Perhaps the best decision Joe Biden could make as president is to stand down. It would be a welcome act of statesmanship and self-awareness if the 79-year-old president dropped the insistence that he’s running for a second term, and instead announc...

 

From Our Files (Aug. 3, 2022)

August 3, 1972 A new event slated for the Sportsman’s Holiday will be a treasure hunt. A spokesman for the event, which is sponsored by White’s Electronics and Albany Metal Detector’s Club, said 7,425 coins and tokens will be buried in the...

 

County: No to Douglas fir monument

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker unanimously agreed Tuesday morning, July 28, to send a letter to the mid-valley’s Congressional delegation opposing the proposed Douglas fir National Monument. The proposed...

 

Linn to celebrate Breastfeeding Week

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in Linn County from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 6, in the Annex parking lot of the Linn County Courthouse, 315 SW 4th Ave., Albany. Organizations that support...

 

Circuit Court (Aug. 3, 2022)

Samuel Frank Ayers, 24, entered a plea on July 19 of no contest to charges of felon in possession of a firearm and attempted unlawful delivery of cocaine. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 21. Michael Anthony Giroux, 38, entered a no-contest...

 

Man killed walking on freeway

A Salem man was killed early Friday morning, July 29, when he was struck by a vehicle while walking near milepost 229 along Interstate 5 south of Albany. The incident was reported shortly after midnight. According to the Oregon State Police,...

 

Around Town (Aug. 3, 2022)

ABBA tribute at River Rhythms Take a chance on sugar-sweet harmonies with the arrival of ABBA tribute act Arrival, slated for Thursday, Aug. 4, as part of the River Rhythms series at Monteith Riverpark, 489 NW Water Ave., Albany. The series concludes...

 

SHFAD responds to 2 water rescues

At 6:37 p.m. on Friday, July 29, the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to a near drowning incident at Foster Lake, at the 43700 block of North River Drive. Fire Chief Nick Tyler said a male teenager jumped off the Gedney Creek boat...

 

Public Safety (Aug. 3, 2022)

July 25 12:02 a.m. - Dustin Kyle Westling, 35, was cited and released for theft by deception, 4900 block of Larch Court. 2:25 a.m. - Jeffrey Michael Clark, 52, was arrested on a Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to comply on an original...

 

New head of county Development Disabilities Department named

Chrissy Cliburn is the new director of the Linn County Public Health's Development Disabilities Department, but she isn't new to the department. She has a head for figures and a heart for helping...

 

Khloe Sautel leads Sweet Home Swim Club at state meet

Sweet Home Swim Club sent four competitors to the 2022 OSI Arena Long Course State Championships at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham July 21-24.  Khloe Sautel was Sweet Home's top place-winner,...

 

B&G Club fall sports deadline is August 12

Registration for fall sports through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam is under way. Volleyball and football sign-ups for elementary school students run through Aug. 12. A $25 late fee will apply to all registrations past that date....

 

Officials sought for fall sports

The Oregon Athletic Officials Association and the Oregon School Activities Association are recruiting officials for the high school fall sports seasons.  There is an immediate need for officials in football, volleyball and soccer. Register at...

 

Sweet Home wrestlers compete in Fargo

Six Sweet Home teens competed at the 16U Junior Wrestling National Championships held July 16-20 in Fargo, N.D. Junior-to-be Kyle Sieminski had the best run, in the 113-pound division, going 3-2 in both freestyle and Greco. “Kyle had a great...

 

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