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Articles from the October 5, 2022 edition

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Making friends at the Harvest Festival

Porter Jo Hogan, who's 4½ months old, and her grandma Karla Hogan, get up close and personal with Levi the donkey during the Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 1. See more photos in our online...

 

Earthquake shakes Sweet Home, east Linn County

An earthquake shook east Linn County just before 6 a.m. today, Friday, Oct. 7, centered about 14 miles north of Sweet Home, according to preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS reported the magnitude at 4.4 and that it... Full story

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 5, 2022

Council votes to demolish historic depot

The Sweet Home City Council tackled an action-packed agenda Tuesday, Sept. 27, one that saw a vote to topple an historic structure, the swearing-in of two top officials and the city's refusal to take...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 5, 2022

An artist's eye for nature

It's never too late to chase your dreams. Photographer Craig Fentiman has captured open-space adventures on film since his adolescence. But after retiring last year, he decided to pursue this lifelong...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    October 5, 2022

Duncan, Raymond square off in county sheriff forum

The two candidates for Linn County Sheriff faced off Friday evening, Sept. 30, in a forum hosted by the Linn County Republican Party at the Linn County Expo Center. Incumbent Michelle Duncan and...

 

Backyard burning season delayed

The backyard burning season, typically scheduled to open Oct. 1, has been delayed. Linn County Fire Defense Board Chiefs have agreed to delay the start of backyard burning until such time that the local area receives enough rain to minimize the risk...

 

Dennis Allen Bechtel

Dennis Bechtel, 75, of Sweet Home, has passed away. Dennis entered this world on Dec. 18, 1946, in the great state of Texas. In true Air Force fashion he aimed high, and flew off into the clouds on... Full story

 

Death Notices (Oct. 5, 2022)

Virgil Dale Brown, 91, of Scio, died Sept. 30, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. Georgeanne Denver, 93, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 2, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 5, 2022

Logger icons get gazebo shelter at museum

By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Robin Miller knelt on the ground in the yard west of East Linn Museum last week, twisting wires together. He was putting the finishing touches – lights – on a...

 

Commentary: Biggest threat to newspapers: lack of interest (Oct. 5, 2022)

By Ken Paulson There was a period in the late ‘60s when the Beach Boys, desperate for a hipper identity, reportedly considered shortening their name to “Beach.” Of course, the Backstreet Boys may perform into their 80s, but there’s no...

 

From Our Files (Oct. 5, 2022)

October 5, 1972 The City Council was handed a petition opposing annexation of Foster and Midway to the city at a special council meeting Tuesday night, which was called for the purpose of pursuing matters pertaining to sewer problems and setting an...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 5, 2022

Rep. Cate reflects on first term in House

Winding up her second year in office, local state Rep. Jami Cate recounted her experience in the capitol, saying last week that she was initially reluctant to run for office and that the COVID-19...

 

Ex-festival head pleads guilty to money laundering, wire fraud

The former president and minority owner of Willamette Country Music Concerts, LLC, who planned, managed, and promoted the annual Willamette Country Music Festival in Linn County, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept. 28, after she falsified bank...

 

County sets forums on fish passage plans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold at least three public forums in coming months concerning how it will change operations at area dams in an attempt to increase native salmon runs as ordered by a federal court, Erik Petersen, operations...

 

Around Town (Oct. 5, 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. Al...

 

Public Safety (Oct. 5, 2022)

Sept. 26 1:45 a.m. - Jonathan Perez, 27, of Salem, arrested for contempt of court, 44900 block Quartzville Rd. 3:24 a.m. - Caller reported laser being aimed at town from foothills, Marks Ridge/North River drives. Sheriff’s Office unable to locate...

 

Football: After loss to No. 3 Marist, Huskies refocus for Junction City

After a lopsided 42-12 loss at league-leading Marist Catholic last week, Sweet Home’s football team will hit the road once again this Friday to take on Junction City, a team that sits a slot above Sweet Home in the Special District 3 rankings. The...

 

Cross country: Tough day for top runners in Albany, but others come away with PRs

Sweet Home’s runners faced another large field at the Harrier Classic Saturday, coming away with mixed results. “It was kind of a mixed bag,” Coach Dave Martin said. His top runners didn’t come away with personal bests, but the others all...

 

Soccer: Difficult week on pitch for SH boys

Sweet Home lost 3-0 to Cascade Tuesday, Sept. 27, in boys soccer action at Husky Field. Things got tougher for them Thursday, as the Huskies dropped a 6-0 decision at Newport. The boys hosted No. 2...

 

Girls lose two on road in soccer

Sweet Home girls lost two road Oregon West Conference soccer matchups last week, falling 5-0 at Cascade 5-0, and then 8-0 to Newport. Cascade is third in the OWC, while Newport is the No. 1 team in the state for 4A. Sweet Home sits at fifth in the...

 

Volleyball: Pair of wins have Sweet Home sitting in second in OWC

Sweet Home's volleyball team entered the third week of Oregon West Conference volleyball play in second place in the league standings after wins over Newport and Philomath. On Saturday, Oct. 1, the...

 

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