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Fire destroys vacant house near Sweet Home

A two-alarm fire Thursday morning, Jan. 6, destroyed an unoccupied house in the 40000 block of Hwy. 228 south of Sweet Home. According to the Sweet Home Fire District, a passerby reported the...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    January 12, 2022 

School board reviews state COVID-19 advisory

Sweet Home School District School Board members reviewed the Jan. 3 Oregon Department of Education’s school health advisory, issued earlier this month. The ODE recommended that schools pause extracurricular activities or ensure they follow the...

 

County prepares as COVID-19 numbers rise

With a massive surge in COVID-19 numbers late last week, local health officials are scrambling to prepare for anticipated demand for vaccines and the impact on local medical facilities.  The state's...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 12, 2022 

Ranger honored for 2020 fire heroism

Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker has a beef with U.S. Forest Service leaders, so he took it last week to Sweet Home District Ranger Nikki Swanson.  But not in the way that sounds.  Tucker...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    January 12, 2022 

Parent addresses sparsely attended school district listening session

A "listening session" was held Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Sweet Home Junior High, allowing parents to interact with Sweet Home School District board members outside of regular monthly board meetings, where...

 

Nyquist named commissioner chairman; no decision on homeless site

Roger Nyquist was elected chairman of the Linn County Board of Commissioners for the 20th year Tuesday morning, Jan. 4, during the board's first meeting of 2022. Commissioner Will Tucker will serve...

 

Numerous laws passed in 2021 long session

Oregon legislators passed hundreds of new laws in the 2021 session, many of which went into effect Jan. 1. The Legislature considered a total of 2,519 bills, memorials and resolutions during the 2021 long session, and passed 719 – adding six more...

 

Meeting to discuss possible changes to Corps' Willamette Valley System

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planners are considering changes that may impact the continued operations and maintenance of the Willamette Valley System, which includes Foster and Green Peter reservoirs.  Staff continues developing an Environmental...

 

Public Safety (Jan. 12, 2022)

January 3 3:19 a.m. - Perry Leroy White, 57, was arrested on a Linn County Sheriff’s Office warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of criminal driving, Linn County Sheriff’s Office. 9:17 a.m. - Deputies confirmed that a missing juven...

 

Cougar attacks dog Monday

Sweet Home police warned residents to be aware after a dog was attacked by a cougar just after noon Monday, Jan. 10. The dog belonged to a resident in the 1000 block of 43rd Avenue. Kathi Melson, 62, and her boxer-shepherd mix exited the back of...

 

Linn County engineer retires after 16 years

Although Linn County Engineer Chuck Knoll's last day of work was Dec. 31, his list of planned activities will keep him busy for a long time to come. For example: trips to Alaska, Yellowstone, and...

 

Lebanon man gets four years for COVID-19 relief fraud

A Lebanon man was sentenced to four years in federal prison Thursday, Jan. 6, after reportedly stealing millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds. Andrew Aaron Lloyd, 51, also received five years’ supervised release and was ordered to pay more...

 
 By Cathryn Arndt    News    January 12, 2022 

Four tips for achieving your health goals in the new year

Here we are again, at the start of a new year!  No doubt you, like so many others, want to make some healthy changes this year and nutrition is an area in which most of us can improve! I will not...

 

Draining a Deluge

The Christmas snow may mostly be gone, but the mid-Willamette Valley wasn't yet finished with its early-winter outburst over the weekend, bringing Oregon's usual downpours in droves, plus a helping...

 

Fire destroys unoccupied house near Sweet Home

A two-alarm fire Thursday morning, Jan. 6, destroyed an unoccupied house in the 40000 block of Hwy. 228 south of Sweet Home. According to the Sweet Home Fire District, a passerby reported the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 5, 2022

Schools urged to stop sports for a month

Sweet Home school officials were scrambling Monday evening, Jan. 3, after the Oregon Department of Education recommended earlier in the day that schools cease after-school extracurricular activities to reduce the spread of the omicron variant of...

 

2021 in review: Year of triumphs, year in flux

Here is a recap of the big stories from 2021, which we didn't actually have space to include in last week's paper, which would have been our usual practice – too much news. January -- Two local...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 5, 2022

Bundle of New Year joy has Sweet Home connection

Olivia Eden Littlefield spent her New Year's Day at the hospital, hard at work.  For Olivia, 28, though, the payoff came at 6:24 p.m. with the arrival of a daughter, Elora Lynn Littlefield, who becam...

 

Duncan sworn in as Linn County sheriff

Michelle Duncan, Linn County's 41st sheriff, is a hard worker, dedicated, compassionate and a team leader, Circuit Court Judge Rachel Kittson-MaQatish said Monday morning, Jan. 3, as she officiated ov...

 

Rising star Munsick added to Jamboree's 'different styles' lineup

Continuing a string of artist announcements that started with the Oregon Jamboree's "Twelve Days of Christmas" series in December, the festival added Ian Munsick to its lineup on New Year's Day....

 

County audit released

An audit of Linn County’s annual finances resulted in a “clean opinion with no reservations,” Tara Kamp of the CPA firm Pauly Rogers & Co. told Linn County commissioners Roger Nyquist and Will Tucker on Tuesday, Dec. 28. Commissioner Sherrie...

 

Public Safety (Jan. 5, 2022)

December 27 12:29 p.m. - Caller reported fraud involving resident of 28300 block of Ridgeway Road. Would-be victim was nearly scammed for $100,000, but a bank employee discovered the scam in progress and prevented the transaction from occurring....

 

Final Inspection

The new mailbox stacks at Cascadia's Short Bridge Wayside got a look-see from some of the people who made it happen. From left in the photo are: Jim Gourley; Courtney Flathers, field representative...

 

Christmas Lights winners

Joyce and Paul Rowton, featured in the first photo, were double winners in the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce's 2021 Lights Contest (their display, at 994 29th Ave., illuminates the second photo),...

 

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