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City makes changes at Sankey in effort to 'take back' park

Big changes continue at Sankey Park as part of the city's effort to "take back" the facility. The city ordered a new set of restrooms last week and closed off the gravel parking lot to the south of...

 

Sweet Home adopting new approach to leaf collection

For decades, when tree leaves start dropping as fall arrives, city officials have asked residents not to put piles of leafy matter in the street because they clog up the storm drains. This year, city officials are asking residents to go ahead and...

 

Hazardous trees removed from Evergreen pocket park

The City of Sweet Home cut down 10 hazardous trees in the 1400 block of Evergreen Lane, which is a loop around a pocket park. Following a complaint about dead trees, the city contacted and received...

 

Fire danger reduced after rainfall

With some rainfall over the weekend, local fire danger levels fell to “moderate” and Industrial Fire Precaution Level II Monday morning in the Sweet Home area. A chance of rain continues through the week, said Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet...

 

Local man accidentally shoots self

A Sweet Home man accidentally shot himself in the leg at Circle K. Police responded to 2405 Main St. at 12:21 p.m. on Sept. 1. The man, Joshua Cloud, 25, has a concealed carry license, said Police Chief Jeff Lynn. He “had a firearm in his...

 

City Hall goes to bid

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved plans to seek bids to remodel the new City Hall building. The council voted 7-0 to move forward with the project during its regular meeting on Aug. 28. City officials are planning to move City Hall to...

 

Logger finds hobby in woodworking

In a case of real-life foreshadowing, Kody Marvin was the Tin Woodman in the Sweet Home High School's production of the "Wizard of Oz." "But he's got a heart," said his girlfriend, Naomi Martinez....

 

Owner seeks arsenic solution

Landlord Josh Victor says he plans to initiate the process to connect his north 18th Avenue properties to city water in response to the detection of arsenic in well water in the area. During tests for formaldehyde and diesel fuel contamination...

 

Library wraps up summer with puppet show, carnival games

The Sweet Home Public Library's Summer Reading Program ended last week with a bang – actually, a lot of bangs. And Ooga Booga. That was the name of the caveman. And he said it a lot while he...

 

Sweet Home School District adds 16 new teachers

Sixteen new teachers started the school year in the Sweet Home School District this week. • Joel Aplebaum, who will teach special education and Basic Life Skills at Sweet Home Junior High, is from Sweet Home. He holds a master of arts degree. • T...

 

Council selects three members to travel to Washington, D.C.

The Sweet Home City Council voted 6-0 to send three members to Washington, D.C., for the upcoming national tree lighting ceremony to be held on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. A fourth councilor’s plans to travel there will not be sanctioned by...

 

Garbage rate increase moves forward

The Sweet Home City Council last week held the first two readings of an ordinance authorizing an 8 percent increase in city trash service rates to help cover the increasing cost of recycling. The council had delayed reading the ordinance for the...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    News    September 5, 2018

Drought affecting Oregon conifers

Conifers in Oregon are getting hit hard by several years of drought, to the point that many are dying. “Beginning in 2013-14, we started to see significant impact on Doug-firs in western Oregon, particularly in the south end of the state,” said...

 
 By The New Era    News    September 5, 2018

Public Safety

Aug. 30 10:46 a.m. - Caller reported that someone cut the passenger side rear section of the soft top on her jeep while she was boating, 44500 block of Quartzville. Report taken. Aug. 29 4:45 a.m. - Caller found a cell phone at the CFN fuel station,...

 

City looking for grant for sidewalks around SHJH

The City of Sweet Home is pursuing a grant to construct sidewalks around Sweet Home Junior High School, including on the hill on Mountain View Road between Ames Creek Road and 22nd Avenue. While the Sweet Home School District is moving forward with...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 29, 2018

Kindergarten Boot Camp

Oak Heights kindergarteners and their teachers got a jump on the new school year in Kindergarten Boot Camp. The program was held over the past two weeks, with this week off for in-service. "It got...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 29, 2018

Interest in CEIP program rising in SH

The Sweet Home business community is taking advantage of the city’s new Commercial Exterior Improvement Program. “We made personal contact with 111 businesses,” said Ray Towry, adding that four have responded with applications. “We don’t...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 29, 2018

Home stretch rounding into sight for Capitol Christmas Tree

Christmas in Sweet Home is coming early this year, with a day-long celebration and parade Nov. 9 to cap off Christmas All Year Round process of locating and delivering the nation's Capitol Christmas...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 29, 2018

Fire officials stay on high alert following first rain in 71 days

While mild weather and a little rain dropped the fire danger from "extreme" to "high" over the weekend, the Willamette National Forest has banned all campfires. Thus far, the Sweet Home area has...

 

After many 'temporary' posts, Valloni now official

Dominic Valloni is the new maintenance superintendent with the Sweet Home Public Works Department. He had been working since February in an acting capacity until the position was restored permanently...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 29, 2018

Metal work provides expression, occupation for local artist

When Lawrence Paquin gets bored, he can be found in his garage, welding bronze to copper, painting metal with colorful consideration, and pounding his work while sitting on the ground "like a...

 

Public Safety Log Aug. 29, 2018

Aug. 26 2:09 a.m. - Rondel Allen Adams, 27, arrested on a Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charge of driving while suspended, Highway 20 and Pleasant Valley. During the traffic stop, a drug detection dog alerted to the vehicle. Po...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 22, 2018

Leadership Lessons

A group of 27 young people spent Friday kayaking around Foster Lake – learning about leadership. At stops around the lake, the youths heard from various speakers, including high school senior...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 22, 2018

Realities of pot production not looking so green for growers

A report released by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area this month shows that marijuana overproduction in Oregon is fueling illegal transport to black markets out of the state. Linn County is part of the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA, and...

 

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