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 By Benny Westcott    News    August 10, 2022 

Logging for fish

Many river goers see fallen trees as a nuisance. But for juvenile winter steelhead, toppled timber can be a welcome addition to the aquatic ecosystem. USDA Forest Service District fish biologist and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 10, 2022 

Judge: Lower Green Peter to help fish

Green Peter Reservoir will be lowered to historic levels this fall and early winter, during which period its dam generators will cease to produce electric power, in an effort to preserve young...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 10, 2022 

Training pays off for local young people in July 29 water rescue

A broken-down boat on Foster Lake may have recently gotten in the way of recreation for five area young people, but it turned out to be a life-saver for two Salem men. The evening of July 29 began...

 

SHUHS Class of 1960 members celebrate (belatedly) 60 years at Waterloo

Members of the Sweet Home Union High School Class of 1960 gathered July 23 at Waterloo Park to mark 60 years since their graduation, though a two-year wait for COVID to pass pushed it to...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 10, 2022 

Superintendent outlines approach, plans for school board members

At the Sweet Home School District's Monday, Aug. 8 meeting at the District Office, Interim Supt. Terry Martin, who assumed that role July 1 after former Supt. Lisa Riggs resigned on June 30, told the...

 

Meridian Heights Loop closing to traffic Aug. 13

Meridian Heights Loop will be closed to traffic Saturday, Aug. 13, for road resurfacing, the Linn County Road Dept. has announced. Sierra Santa Fe Corp. is scheduled to apply a product known as Liquid Road to the asphalt pavement surface of Meridian...

 

Need work? County Parks Dept. still needs help

Business has been booming this summer at Linn County Parks, director Brian Carroll told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning, Aug 2. However, he added, staffing remains well below adequate levels. “Our staff is doing a great job and they are...

 

South Cascade District fire danger now 'high'

Fire danger level has increased to “high” (yellow) on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry South Cascade District, which includes Sweet Home and Lebanon, as of Aug. 6. This escalation comes on the heel of recent lightning strikes...

 

Planners give final OK to new development code

At its Thursday, Aug. 4 meeting at City Hall, the Sweet Home Planning Commission approved an updated Sweet Home Development Code that commissioners have been working on for several years. The code will now be sent to the Sweet Home City Council for f...

 

Salem man killed in I-5 rollover

A Salem man was killed Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2, in a rollover crash on Interstate 5 north of Albany, Oregon State Police reported. According to OSP, troopers and emergency personnel responded about 1:15 p.m. to the crash near milepost 236. A...

 

Public Safety (Aug. 10, 2022)

August 1 6:37 a.m. - Brooke Lynn Paige Brown, 48, was cited and released for second-degree criminal trespass and harassment, 1100 block of Tamarack St. 8:39 a.m. - Caller reported someone scraped the side of his vehicle while it was parked in 1300...

 

Dinos in the Library

A traveling exhibit called "Oregon's Dino-Story" is on display through Sept. 3 in the foyer at the Sweet Home Library, 1101 13th Ave., through Sept. 3. Displays, which were created by Jeff Franzen of...

 

Gates man sentenced in child exploitation case

A Gates man was sentenced to 1,027 months in prison Monday, Aug. 8, in connection with an online child exploitation investigation reported in April 2020 to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. According to Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan, an...

 

Forest thinning project approved for Quartzville-Middle Santiam

The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it will move forward with the proposed 89,000-acre Quartzville-Middle Santiam Project located in the Willamette National Forest about 20 miles northeast of Sweet Home. The approved project will treat about...

 
 By Cathryn Arndt    News    August 10, 2022 

Producing with produce in the summertime

Summer is a unique time, when we have different encounters with the foods of the season. From barbecues to farmers markets to our own maverick zucchini plant in a pot on the porch, it offers a...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 3, 2022

Hot times at the Jamboree

Searing temperatures and humidity aside, this year's Oregon Jamboree drew huge crowds to hear headliners Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins and Old Dominion, and experienced relatively few problems, accord...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 3, 2022

City manager search down to 2 finalists

After a series of executive session interviews, the Sweet Home City Council has selected two top finalists from whom it plans to select Sweet Home's next city manager. The two remaining candidates are current Sweet Home Community and Economic...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 3, 2022

Council: No to psilocybin businesses

A City Council majority said "no" last week to psilocybin in Sweet Home, voting Tuesday, July 26, to adopt a resolution referring to voters a measure proposing a prohibition on businesses related to...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 3, 2022

Groundbreaking kicks off work on memory facility

A July 27 groundbreaking ceremony launched the beginning of what will become a 48-bed memory-care facility at the Wiley Creek Senior Living campus. The 29,165-foot, single-story facility, scheduled...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 3, 2022

Native American cultural encampment held in Foster

By Sarah Brown Of The New Era Native American Deitrich Peters' words reverberated quietly against a backdrop of trees and brush as he spoke his prayer through a microphone. "Dance," "happy" and...

 

The New Era named state's best small weekly

The New Era was honored as the best weekly newspaper in Oregon last week by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, receiving first place in General Excellence for weeklies of 2,000 circulation...

 

Chamber welcomes new feed store owners

Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and others gathered July 22 for a ribbon cutting to welcome new owners of what used to be OK Country Feed to the Sweet Home business community. New owners Gregg and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 3, 2022

Gubernatorial hopefuls face off in debate

The three women running for the Oregon governor's seat in November faced off for the first time Friday, July 29, kicking off an historic election season. Republican Christine Drazan, nonaffiliated...

 

County: No to Douglas fir monument

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker unanimously agreed Tuesday morning, July 28, to send a letter to the mid-valley’s Congressional delegation opposing the proposed Douglas fir National Monument. The proposed...

 

Linn to celebrate Breastfeeding Week

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in Linn County from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 6, in the Annex parking lot of the Linn County Courthouse, 315 SW 4th Ave., Albany. Organizations that support...

 

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