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Update: Linn County's COVID risk level drops

Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that 12 counties improved in risk level, with 10 including Linn County, improving from Extreme Risk,, for the first time since November, starting Feb.12. Effective Feb. 12 through Feb. 25, 14 counties will be in the...

 

Public Safety Log Feb. 10, 2021

Feb. 1 12:31 a.m. – Lisa Dawn Johnston, 46, cited and released on a Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of theft. 2:00 a.m. – Caller reported someone cut a catalytic converter off his vehicle, 1100 block of 43rd. Office...

 

Law enforcement on lookout for suspects in catalytic converter thefts

Catalytic converters are meant to protect people from airborne pollutants. But in 2021, Sweet Home residents might want to protect their catalytic converters. That's because the area is experiencing...

 

Chief: Homeless camp to be closed in March as other options are considered

The last day the homeless encampment at the Church of Nazarene will potentially be open is March 31, Sweet Home Chief of Police Jeff Lynn said last week. "If March is a beautiful month, we could do...

 

SHJH remodel getting final touches as students return

Finishing touches are being put on the newly remodeled Sweet Home Junior High building, which includes a renovated gym that is being called the Douglas Fir Dome, Supt. Tom Yahraes and Facilities Director Josh Darwood told School Board members at thei...

 

Though 'toxic,' with proper preparation lectins can provide great nutrition

I remember it distinctly. Three years ago I received a lot of questions regarding a certain doctor’s book (and his numerous YouTube ads) regarding a certain food “toxic” substance present in...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    February 3, 2021

Staffers practice at Hawthorne for students' return

In the hustle and bustle of preparing to bring students back, teachers and staff at Hawthorne could hardly contain their glee last week. Said one staffer to another: "I can see you smiling behind...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    February 3, 2021

Chamber game puts focus on businesses

Supporting local businesses has the potential for a payoff thanks to a new campaign by the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce.  Office Manager Melody Jordan Reese said "I wanted to do a shop local...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    February 3, 2021

Council discusses homeless issues

City Council members heard an impassioned presentation about the state of homelessness in Sweet Home at their Jan. 26 meeting. Councilors Greg Mahler, who is the mayor, Susan Coleman, Diane Gerson, Lisa Gourley, Dylan Richardson, Angelita Sanchez...

 

Public Safety Log Feb. 3, 2021

Jan. 25 3:37 a.m. – Caller reported female is outside yelling and refusing to leave, 2200 block of Main. Officer responded, Micaela Gabrielle Horning, 27, cited and released on a Douglas County warrant for failure to appear on original charges of...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    February 3, 2021

Steelhead reopens after state adjusts restrictions opens door to limited gym usage

It’s once again permissible for patrons to exercise at Steelhead Fitness. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Gov. Kate Brown announced some changes to the business regulations around counties in the extreme risk category, which includes Linn County. The...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 27, 2021

SHFAD storage bay takes shape

More than six months later than expected, construction has begun on the new Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District vehicle bay. The project was delayed because of permitting issues, largely because a...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 27, 2021

Schools gear up for return of students

It’s been nearly a year, but the day has finally arrived for Sweet Home students to return to their classrooms. On Monday, Feb. 1, grades K-3 will return to in-person schooling five days a week, either in a.m. or p.m. cohorts. The following week,...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 27, 2021

Retired Librarian Rose Peda leaving legacy of love

Sometimes it's best to start at the beginning. Once upon a time, in Cupertino, Calif., a little girl loved books so much she created her own library in the family's garage to share literature with...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 27, 2021

Neighborhood contemplates forming district to solve street, water problems

Neighbors on Willow and Yucca streets are working to form a Local Improvement District with the goal of improving their water supply and road infrastructure. The LID will allow residents to access...

 

Tree sale set for Feb. 6

By Bonnie Marshall LCSWA director The Linn County Small Woodlands Association will host its 26th annual seedling sale at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 6.  There may be some changes this year in the format of the...

 

On-the-ground veterinary work sometimes question of who pays whom whome

Johnnie Miller was waiting at the old barn when I pulled off the road. I stopped in front of the structure. "I have her in the far side of the barn," Johnnie said, with some excitement in his voice. H...

 

Public Safety Log Jan. 27, 2021

Jan. 18 10:39 a.m. – Caller requested assistance catching a loose chicken, 1100 block of Redwood. Officer responded, chicken escaped into neighbor’s yard, unable to contact anyone at neighbor’s residence. 11:31 a.m. – Caller reported his...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 27, 2021

Couple leave high-octane jobs for new life in Sweet Home

John and Jane Suh spent their entire lives in cities, but for the past year have been enjoying the relaxing benefits of rural, small-town life. The pair acquired Mr. Lucky's Deli, 1207 Long, and...

 

Museum harbors truths about lye and washerwoman blues

We hear the phrase "The more things change, the more they stay the same," and often we nod and echo, "Yes, yes." Should we? Likely not. Things do not hold steady and unchanged, as we can easily tell...

 

County employee arrested on embezzlement charges

The office manager for the Linn County Planning and Building Department was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 19, on suspicion of embezzlement, Sheriff Jim Yon reported. Sheriff’s detectives arrested Angela...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 27, 2021

County's COVID vaccinations progressing, but supplies lacking

Samaritan Health has begun administering the COVID vaccine at the Linn County Fairgrounds, and has so far given out more than 1,000 doses there. In a presentation on Jan. 21, Dr. Adam Brady, an...

 

OSU researchers find eDNA method trumps electrolysis in fish counts

By Molly Rosbach Oregon State University Writer Delivering a minor electric shock into a stream to reveal any fish lurking nearby may be the gold standard for detecting fish populations, but it’s not much fun for the trout. Scientists at Oregon...

 

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