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Articles from the August 10, 2022 edition

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 By Benny Westcott    News    August 10, 2022

Logging for fish

Many river goers see fallen trees as a nuisance. But for juvenile winter steelhead, toppled timber can be a welcome addition to the aquatic ecosystem. USDA Forest Service District fish biologist and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 10, 2022

Judge: Lower Green Peter to help fish

Green Peter Reservoir will be lowered to historic levels this fall and early winter, during which period its dam generators will cease to produce electric power, in an effort to preserve young...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 10, 2022

Training pays off for local young people in July 29 water rescue

A broken-down boat on Foster Lake may have recently gotten in the way of recreation for five area young people, but it turned out to be a life-saver for two Salem men. The evening of July 29 began...

 

Michael Magers

Michael LeRoy Magers, 71, of Sweet Home died July 31, 2022. He was born Aug. 26, 1950 in McMinnville to Forest LeRoy and Bonnie (Rutherford) Magers. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972. He was in the Vietnam War for eight months.... Full story

 

Death Notices (Aug. 10, 2022)

Lynda Irene Kimball, 79, of Sweet Home, died Aug. 8, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. Rita Kay Kraemer, 62, of Sweet Home, died Aug. 5, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral... Full story

 

Betty Vee Young

Betty Vee Young, 98, a longtime resident of Sweet Home, passed away Sunday July 31, 2022, at the Lebanon Veteran's Home. She was born Aug. 3, 1923 in Anaheim, Calif., to Harvey Elmer and Mildred... Full story

 

SHUHS Class of 1960 members celebrate (belatedly) 60 years at Waterloo

Members of the Sweet Home Union High School Class of 1960 gathered July 23 at Waterloo Park to mark 60 years since their graduation, though a two-year wait for COVID to pass pushed it to...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 10, 2022

Superintendent outlines approach, plans for school board members

At the Sweet Home School District's Monday, Aug. 8 meeting at the District Office, Interim Supt. Terry Martin, who assumed that role July 1 after former Supt. Lisa Riggs resigned on June 30, told the...

 

Meridian Heights Loop closing to traffic Aug. 13

Meridian Heights Loop will be closed to traffic Saturday, Aug. 13, for road resurfacing, the Linn County Road Dept. has announced. Sierra Santa Fe Corp. is scheduled to apply a product known as Liquid Road to the asphalt pavement surface of Meridian...

 

Letter: Why were other gubernatorial candidates left out of debate? (Aug. 10, 2022)

Editors of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association: I am writing to thank you for hosting the first gubernatorial debate of this campaign season. Last Friday, I was watching the debate you hosted and noticed something, or rather, someone, was...

 

Letter: Happy to still have local newspaper (Aug. 10, 2022)

Editor: Congratulations to Scott and Miriam Swanson and their staff at The New Era on being named the best weekly newspaper in the state with a circulation of less than 2,000. That is an amazing accomplishment, especially for a true “mom and...

 

From Our Files (Aug. 10, 2022)

Aug. 10, 1972 The Sweet Home Planning Commission approved conditional use of 2.5 acres at 12th and Elm streets by the Conservative Baptist Church. Pastor Howard Libby said the congregation will landscape the area with screening plants and that two...

 

Need work? County Parks Dept. still needs help

Business has been booming this summer at Linn County Parks, director Brian Carroll told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning, Aug 2. However, he added, staffing remains well below adequate levels. “Our staff is doing a great job and they are...

 

South Cascade District fire danger now 'high'

Fire danger level has increased to “high” (yellow) on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry South Cascade District, which includes Sweet Home and Lebanon, as of Aug. 6. This escalation comes on the heel of recent lightning strikes...

 

Planners give final OK to new development code

At its Thursday, Aug. 4 meeting at City Hall, the Sweet Home Planning Commission approved an updated Sweet Home Development Code that commissioners have been working on for several years. The code will now be sent to the Sweet Home City Council for f...

 

Salem man killed in I-5 rollover

A Salem man was killed Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2, in a rollover crash on Interstate 5 north of Albany, Oregon State Police reported. According to OSP, troopers and emergency personnel responded about 1:15 p.m. to the crash near milepost 236. A...

 

Around Town (Aug. 10, 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....

 

Public Safety (Aug. 10, 2022)

August 1 6:37 a.m. - Brooke Lynn Paige Brown, 48, was cited and released for second-degree criminal trespass and harassment, 1100 block of Tamarack St. 8:39 a.m. - Caller reported someone scraped the side of his vehicle while it was parked in 1300...

 

Dinos in the Library

A traveling exhibit called "Oregon's Dino-Story" is on display through Sept. 3 in the foyer at the Sweet Home Library, 1101 13th Ave., through Sept. 3. Displays, which were created by Jeff Franzen of...

 

Gates man sentenced in child exploitation case

A Gates man was sentenced to 1,027 months in prison Monday, Aug. 8, in connection with an online child exploitation investigation reported in April 2020 to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. According to Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan, an...

 

Forest thinning project approved for Quartzville-Middle Santiam

The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it will move forward with the proposed 89,000-acre Quartzville-Middle Santiam Project located in the Willamette National Forest about 20 miles northeast of Sweet Home. The approved project will treat about...

 
 By Cathryn Arndt    News    August 10, 2022

Producing with produce in the summertime

Summer is a unique time, when we have different encounters with the foods of the season. From barbecues to farmers markets to our own maverick zucchini plant in a pot on the porch, it offers a...

 

Western Zone Championships Swimmer

Sweet Home Swim Club's athletes, Khloe Sautel was selected to compete in the 2022 Western Age Group Zones Championships in Elk Grove, Calif., Aug. 3-6. A total of 48 athletes represented the state as...

 

Ex-Husky Price finishes as all-time winningest Kansas baseball coach

On May 22, Ritch Price retired after 20 years as the University of Kansas' winningest baseball head coach in the program's 132-year history. "I'm a Jayhawk for life," the 67-year-old said in a...

 

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