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Articles from the November 10, 2021 edition

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Teacher fired – sort of – over vaccine mandate

The Sweet Home School District Board voted 7-2 Monday, Nov. 8, to dismiss Holley Elementary resource room/special education teacher Tina Tressel for not providing proof of vaccination against COVID-19...

 

Exploring gold mine of memories

Though he's lived in Spokane, Wash., for 42 years, Steve Munts has never really left Sweet Home – or, more specifically, the gold fields of Quartzville.  Munts, 70, now retired as a mining...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 10, 2021

Voters pass county sheriff's levy

Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 2, passed Measure 22-189, the high-profile four-year law enforcement levy proposed by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. It was the only countywide initiative on the special-election ballot. Some 63% of the mid-valley’s...

 

Richard Carlson

Dr. Richard Duane Wamsley Carlson, 79, of Sweet Home died Sept. 10, 2021. He was born Dec. 12, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Richard and Evelyn (Peterson) Wamsley.  He lost his father in combat in W... Full story

 

Donald Emmert

Donald "Don" Ray Emmert, 94, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 30, 2020. He was born June 22, 1928, in Hubbard to Rolena (Lehman) and Ivan L. Emmert. He met his wife Berdina at school in Omaha, Neb. They were... Full story

 

Richard Nash

Richard Arthur Nash, 69, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 1, 2021. He was born Dec. 12, 1951 in Herlong, Calif. to Alfred and Juanita Juanice (Teague) Nash. Mr. Nash entered the United States Navy on April... Full story

 

Death Notice

Judy Florene Gaskey Lovell, 71, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 3, 2021. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com.... Full story

 

'Pro-liberty, pro-America' comedy on tap Saturday at The Rio

While patriotism may not be a laughing matter for some in our current world, Oregon-based comedians Alex Elkin and Chris Warren hope to find an audience in Sweet Home for their brand of humor,...

 

Commentary: Page 1 tells a different story – a sad one (Nov. 10, 2021)

NOTE: The print edition of the Nov. 10 New Era features mostly blank space above the front-page "fold." This commentary outlines the reasoning behind that design. If you’re wondering why the top half of the fold on Page 1 is mostly white, let me...

 

From Our Files (Nov. 10, 2021)

Nov. 11, 1971 Sweet Home’s zoo boasts its first inhabitant, Napoleon the llama, who has been holding out at a new corral alongside the F and F Mobil Service Station near the west entrance to town. Napoleon will soon be joined by a kangaroo and a co...

 

Around Town (Nov. 10, 2021)

TOPS group to meet Thursdays Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a group promoting and encouraging healthy weight loss, meets Thursdays at Sweet Home Christian Church, 1825 Long St. Weigh-ins begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by the 10 a.m. meeting. For more...

 

Public Safety {Nov. 10, 2021)

November 1 2:54 p.m. - Caller reported a juvenile assaulting his great-grandmother, 1440 block of Sunset Lane. Officer responded. A 13-year-old male was cited and released for domestic violence harassment. 3:05 p.m. - Caller brought in a wallet left...

 

Former Marine, cop, defense contractor now serves through massage

Grover Hubbard's past might be considered out of the ordinary. So is his present, as a former police officer now working as a successful massage therapist. The 45-year-old runs Body Dynamics Massage T...

 

Ric Olson, organization focus on Vietnam vets

Eric "Ric" Olson has had to curtail his involvement in local veterans affairs since COVID-19 hit the area in the spring of 2020, but he's been one of the most active leaders in the area in the past...

 

Veterans events happening, but require audience participation

Will there be a Veterans Day Parade in Albany this year? Well, sort of. This year, which marks the event's 70th anniversary, the parade event will have a different look. Instead of traveling the...

 

Local veterans honored in ramp-up to parade activities

Former Sweet Home resident Al Severson is one of three Distinguished Veterans named by the organizing committee of the Albany Veterans Day Parade. Other honorees this year are Veteran of the Year...

 

Veterans Home gets $1.738 million grant for memory care

Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04) announced Oct. 26 that the Department of Veterans Affairs  will award a grant totaling $1,738,100 to construct an activities room for the memory care unit at the...

 

Municipal Court (Nov. 10, 2021)

Oct 13, 2021 Ballweber, Steven L. – guilty by default – Violation driving while suspended or revoked, fine $2,015, license suspended; driving uninsured, fine $1,015, license suspended.  Brown, Larry D. – guilty by default – Careless driving...

 

Finding the right dieting pathway to health

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Call me late to the party, but as I considered all the people I've personally known to have struggled with cancer (breast or otherwise), it got me thinking a...

 

Information sought in poaching incidents

Poachers are busy day and night in Oregon. Three cases around Halloween have Oregon State Police troopers asking the public for information on these incidents, while Oregon hunters raise reward amounts to $3,500 for those who do. Troopers discovered...

 

Life Flight adding 12 helicopters to its air ambulance fleet

Life Flight Network, the nation’s largest not-for-profit air ambulance provider, will add 12 Bell 407GXi helicopters to its air medical fleet.  Delivery of the aircraft will begin in May 2022 and bring the total number of Life Flight-operated...

 

ODOT officials already working on plans for federal windfall

By Les Zaitz Oregon Capital Chronicle Travis Brouwer had given up on Congress Friday afternoon, Nov. 5. Brouwer, an assistant director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, was eager to see the...

 

Volleyball: Huskies can't find rhythm in 3-0 playoff loss at Cascade

Sweet Home volleyball's season came to a close Tuesday, Nov. 2, in the 4A state quarterfinal, as the seventh-seeded Huskies fell to second-ranked Cascade 25-21, 25-15, 25-18 on the Cougars' home...

 

Keeping footing firm around Foster Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week replaced a bridge on the trail along the north bank of Foster Lake that had been literally "falling apart," according to a local resident, who brought it to...

 

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