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Articles from the September 30, 2020 edition

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Group effort helps carvings get back on feet

Melissa Cheek has always appreciated public art and when she took over ownership of the Holley Market four years ago, she inherited a piece – a severely weathered carving of a miner that stood...

 

Kids' return to school up in the air

At press time Monday evening, Sept. 28, Linn County has officially dropped out of eligibility for in-person schooling. That’s because Linn County has had a lot more cases this week – 55, which is 43.5 per capita. That number pushes Linn County...

 

City to hold Harvest Fest this Saturday

Sweet Home will hold its annual Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 3, and there is plenty of fun to be had. This year’s festival will look a little different because of COVID, but there will be music, pie and chili cook-offs, and a beer garden. The...

 

Groundbreaking marks start of 48 apartments

For the first time in decades, Sweet Home is getting a new apartment complex. The four-building complex will be located at the intersection of Mountain View and Long streets, right behind 7-Eleven....

 

Joseph Mortimer Fallon III

Feb. 22, 1930 - Sept. 18, 2020 Joseph Mortimer Fallon III, 90, passed away peacefully in Cherry Log, Ga., on Sept. 18, 2020. Joe was born Feb. 22, 1930 in Cloverport, Ky., to Joseph and Charlie... Full story

 

Richard Roll

Aug. 26, 1938 – Sept. 1, 2020 Former Sweet Home resident Richard J. Roll, 82, died Sept. 1, 2020 in Reno, Nev. He was born Aug. 26, 1938 in Minneapolis, Minn. Mr. Roll worked 35 years for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 18 of those as... Full story

 

Virginia Blankinship

June 3, 1927 – Sept. 22, 2020 Virginia L. Blankinship, 93, of Kansas, Okla., died Sept. 22, 2020 at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, Ark. She was born June 3, 1927 in Southwest City, Mo., to Guy and Opal Womack. She married Alwin... Full story

 

Sweet Home alum now serving on Navy ship

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Langholf Destroyer Squadron 15 A Sweet Home native and 2019 Sweet Home High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS...

 

New chamber office manager brings lots of experience to job

Melody Jordan Reese has been office manager for the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce for less than a month, but this isn't new territory for her. Her fingerprints have been all over the chamber's websit...

 

RBG: President in charge for 4 years

Editor: Diane Daiute opines in her Sept. 23 letter that the GOP is playing dirty. Her entire missive is apparently prompted by the pending nomination of a SCOTUS justice. She digresses into her revisionist interpretation of history but the wound she... Full story

 

'Inert' forest policy dangerous to us

Editor: Zombie apocalypse forest fire infernos in California, Oregon and Washington seem out of human control. But wait, let us look. To some, protecting forests means taking a “hands off” approach. But protecting forests must include... Full story

 

Forest ownership change an answer?

Editor: Thank you, Lars Arndt, for your guest editorial of Sept. 16. It got me thinking... The spotted owls, which ruined our timber economy decades ago, are now roasted, along with their aggressive barred cousins from the east who were fairly... Full story

 

Oregon's election system offers tried and true voting safeguards

By Bev Clarno A lot has changed in our world in 2020. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of how we live our lives has been turned upside down. In Oregon, however, one significant thing hasn’t changed: how we vote. Oregon has been...

 

National Newspaper Week: Reporting shines spotlight to injustice, other ills

By Michael A. Anastasi Rarely are lawmakers across the political spectrum so unified. And rarely do they act so rapidly. As we commemorate National Newspaper Week this year, Oct. 4-10, I’ve been considering the question why America Needs...

 

Around Town Sept. 30, 2020

New art on display at Albany gallery Fiber artist Pat Spark and watercolorist Susan Bourdet are the featured artists through Oct. 24 at Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. West in downtown Albany. The First Friday virtual reception, from 6 to 7 p.m....

 

Public Safety Log Sept. 30, 2020

Sept. 20 12:07 a.m. – Officer located Sammy Hughes, 19, on a Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charges of theft and criminal mischief, and a Linn County warrant for meth...

 

Police chief: Fires prompted nearly 1,000 calls to SH cops

The Sweet Home Police Department received 996 calls related to the fires in early September, Police Chief Jeff Lynn told City Council members at their Sept. 22 meeting. Councilors Diane Gerson, Lisa Gourley, Mayor Greg Mahler, Dave Trask, and...

 

K-9 festival to be replaced by Gemma-focused scavenger hunt

Sweet Home Police Department will host an alternative-format K-9 Jamboree this year, a scavenger hunt that will feature the department’s canine officer Gemma, from Oct. 3 through 17. This year’s Cascade K9 Jamboree will be a photo scavenger hunt...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 30, 2020

Women on Weddle: Seniors decide they're done with sitting

Editor's note: The New Era's policy is to not promote individuals on our staff in our news coverage unless there's more to the story than just their involvement. That is the case here. This story is a...

 

Calapooia River has wound its way through lot of local history

In the East Linn Museum a large, hand-drawn map of Linn County backs a partition of the household room near the rear exit sign. Most of us would not notice it if our attention were not directed...

 

The battle of Ping-Li

It was the end of a busy afternoon and I leaned into the reception desk to check on what remained of the day. "I'm beat. How close to being done are we?" I asked. "You poor man," replied Sandy, my...

 

Library, others to join together in providing kids with after-school activities

Children in Sweet Home looking to spend time with peers will soon have a new, free option thanks to a grant from Linn County. Starting Oct. 5, students in the Sweet Home area will have the opportunity to join a free evening enrichment program put on...

 

City officials, sponsors of logger carving on ODOT land, weight options

The chainsaw carving at the intersection of Highway 228 and 20, in front of the East Linn Museum, is deteriorating in the Oregon weather, but nobody is really taking care of the statue. That's because...

 

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