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 By Scott Swanson    News    November 23, 2022 

Committee meets to talk about homeless shelter

Despite delays, the Sweet Home Sleep Center is still on track to open – as soon as an office facility can be installed, Brock Byers, project manager for the Family Assistance and Resource Group...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    November 23, 2022 

Departures, returns at fire department

It was a day of goodbyes and returns during the Tuesday, Nov. 15, Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District's board of directors meeting at the Jim Riggs Community Center. Fire Chief Nick Tyler...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 23, 2022 

Intermodal center ready to start shipping

Roger Nyquist drove down a newly paved strip of asphalt paralleling Interstate 5 just north of Albany last week, pointing out a row of railroad tracks running alongside the freeway. Nyquist, chair...

 

October ESPY Winners

Sweet Home School District's ESPY honorees for the month of October include, in front from left: Cayson Morgan, second grade, Oak Heights; Ricki NIcholson, first grade, Charter School; Avery...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    November 23, 2022 

Newly poured sidewalk vandalized outside Rio Theatre

Rio Theatre owner Thomas Baham is asking for help identifying a man caught on video Wednesday, Nov. 9, vandalizing a new sidewalk in front of his venue. Baham said that a community member has...

 

Oregon State Police issues statement on Measure 114

The Oregon State Police agency is aware of questions regarding Ballot Measure 114. The Oregon Secretary of State’s office notified OSP that the measure will go into effect at midnight Thursday, Dec. 8. The agency is working closely with the...

 

Circuit Court (Nov. 23, 2022)

Warrants are out on the following individuals: Samuel Frank Ayers, Noah David Colgrove, Curtis Ray Daniel, Andrew James Freitag, Aaron Thomas Halvorson, Noe Hernandez-Reyes, Michael Trevor Hilton, Faron Walter Kennedy, Taylor Robert Mespelt, Carrie...

 

Public Safety (Nov. 23, 2022)

Nov. 14 1:19 a.m. - Alexis Nichole Armstrong cited for driving with a suspended license and driving uninsured, 20th Avenue and Sun Lane. 5:07 a.m. - Caller reports son is at her house on drugs and he is scaring her, 1709 Fir St. Kaleb Kimber Banta,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 23, 2022 

Forestry Practices Act changes pose challenges for loggers

Local foresters and loggers will be faced with new rules on forest practices following the Oregon Board of Forestry’s approval of more than 100 changes to the Forest Practices Act at a special board meeting Oct. 26. The rule changes are a result...

 

Redmond man dies in crash with Lebanon pumper truck

A Redmond man was killed Monday evening, Nov. 14, in a two-vehicle crash involving a Lebanon Fire Department pumper truck near milepost 16 on Hwy. 20, west of Sodaville-Waterloo Road. The collision was reported shortly after 6:30 p.m. A preliminary...

 

Crash at Main, Pleasant Valley Road

On Monday, Nov. 14, a motor-vehicle crash occurred at Main Street and Pleasant Valley Road, reported at 3:46 p.m. Wanda Grajeda, 51, of Sweet Home, was driving a 2014 Honda Accord westbound on Main...

 

Respiratory virus joins seasonal lineup

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the usual winter colds and flus all but disappeared as people masked up and kept their distance. Now, with children back in school, most pandemic restrictions lifted and in-person gatherings again...

 

Suspected fentanyl found in I-5 traffic stop near Albany

An Oregon State Police trooper found 12 pounds of suspected fentanyl pills during a traffic stop Wednesday evening, Nov. 16, on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 227 south of Albany. According to a news release, at 10:30 p.m., an OSP trooper pu...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    November 23, 2022 

Planning Commission OKs watchman's office at former mill site

The Sweet Home Planning Commission on Thursday, Nov. 17, approved 6-1 a conditional use permit to allow an existing office building on the former Willamette Industries mill site near the corner of 22nd Avenue and Tamarack Street to be converted...

 

Outdoors: Partnership between OSU, others speeding chronic wasting disease testing

By Molly Rosbach Oregon State University Writer Faster and more widespread testing for chronic wasting disease in deer is now possible due to a new partnership between the Oregon Veterinary...

 

Visit state parks for free the day after Thanksgiving

Oregonians get free access to state parks once again on the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25. Popularly known as "Green Friday," the day after Thanksgiving has become a tradition in recent years....

 

Posse on Parade

Larry Chafin of Sweet Home, left, leads the Linn County Sheriff's Mounted Posse during the Veterans Day Parade Friday, Nov. 11, in Albany. Behind him is Sheriff Michelle Duncan, fresh off being...

 

Election 2022: Three return to Sweet Home City Council, one debuts

Three familiar faces are returning to the Sweet Home City Council and a fourth makes his debut following the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election. Incumbents Susan Coleman, Dylan Richards and Greg...

 

Officers commended with Life Saving Awards

An information-packed Nov. 8 Sweet Home City Council meeting began with four Sweet Home Police Department officers receiving Life Saving Awards for a pair of incidents, one involving one of their...

 

Martin named permanent Sweet Home School District superintendent

Sweet Home School District trustees voted unanimously Monday night, Nov. 14, to change Terry Martin's role from interim superintendent to superintendent, pending a mutually agreeable contract between...

 

Community Meet and Greet

Local leaders interact with community members at a Community Meet and Greet hosted by the Sweet Home Community Foundation at the Jim Riggs Community Center on Nov. 9. The event was intended to help...

 

Bivalent boosters available in Linn, Benton counties

The Linn and Benton County health departments are offering the COVID-19 bivalent, an mRNA vaccine that teaches immune systems to target the coronavirus’ original and omicron strains, at booster events throughout the mid-Willamette Valley. This...

 

County hears Planning and Building efforts

Linn County’s Planning and Building Department issued 309 total permits in October, Director Steve Wills told Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker Tuesday morning, Nov. 8. Wills said there were seven permits for...

 

Circuit Court (Nov. 16, 2022)

Warrants are out on the following individuals: Samuel Frank Ayers, Noah David Colgrove, Curtis Ray Daniel, Aaron Thomas Halvorson, Noe Hernandez-Reyes, Michael Trevor Hilton, Faron Walter Kennedy, Anthony John Lawson, Taylor Robert Mespelt, Carrie...

 

Public Safety (Nov. 16, 2022)

Nov. 7 8:02 a.m. - Caller reported fuel stolen from a vehicle overnight, 700 block of Elm St. 10:33 a.m. - Callers reported a female crashing into a median and running, 54th Ave./Main St. Report taken; driver unknown. Clayton Mayfield, 42, was cited...

 

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