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OSU study: Terns' impact on steelhead runs 'significant'

Caspian terns feeding on young fish have a significant impact on runs of steelhead in the Columbia River, research by Oregon State University suggests. Through detailed analysis of steelhead survival and Caspian tern predation rates, the researchers...

 

Corps officials upgrade Green Peter from 'high-' to 'low-risk' dam

After years of extensive studies, a risk assessment and recent rehabilitation of spillway gates, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials have re-classified Green Peter Dam as a Low Risk dam. Recent...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 14, 2020

New COVID cases surface in SH as county numbers rise

Sweet Home has two new cases of COVID-19, as of Oct. 7, which brings the overall total in the 97386 Zip code to 26 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Safeway has confirmed a second positive case of a store employee at the Sweet Home location....

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 14, 2020

School staff talk tricks of their trade during COVID

When classes go online, it can be tough to keep kids engaged. That's especially the case as the when the job is to "take jobs to students," as natural resources teacher Blake Manley put it to the...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 14, 2020

Coronavirus' effect on businesses that are open: empty shelves

Spots on store shelves remain empty of stock across Sweet Home, as gaps in inventory have narrowed after eight months of COVID-19 pandemic. While specific stores in town are seeing runs on their...

 

Tree Farmers of the Year focus on providing 'haven' for critters

By Larry Mauter For The New Era Lee Peterman and Shirley Jolliff have been busy shepherding 80 cut-over acres they purchased in 2013. They have come to love a place they call Bogwood - located near...

 

Public Safety Log Oct. 14, 2020

October 3 12:46 a.m. – Frank Archie Thompson, 46, cited and released on a Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on an original charge of disorderly conduct, 7-Eleven, 2405 Main. 3:29 a.m. – Caller reported her ex-boyfriend kicked her car and...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 14, 2020

Suppliers scramble to meet 'significant demand' for wood

Anyone working with wood right now knows it's a hot market for lumber. Plywood has more than doubled in price from where it was six months ago, as have products like graded panels. The situation...

 

Driver named in jetski crash that killed boy

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon has named the driver of the jet ski that struck two small children, killing one, on July 20, at Lewis Creek Park on Foster Reservoir, east of Sweet Home. The driver of the 2020 Sea-Doo was Antonio Cassanova-Gonzalez, 23,...

 
 By Cathryn Arndt    News    October 14, 2020

Autumn note: Don't 'fall' behind in your veggie consumption

It seemed as if a light switch was flipped after the recent fires. The smoke and haze that was cleared away with the assistance of rainstorms brought on suddenly the feelings of Fall. In a matter of...

 

Nine candidates in race for four Sweet Home City Council seats

Nine candidates, listed below, are on the ballot for four open seats on Sweet Home's City Council. Four, James Goble, Lisa Gourley, Cortney Nash and Dave Trask, are running for re-election....

 

State Senate District 9 Candidates weigh in on issues

Fred Girod, 69 Political Party: Republican Home/Years in District 9: Lyons/nearly all his life. His home in the Santiam Canyon was destroyed in the wildfires. Educa-tion: Harvard University (master...

 

Sweet Home City Council candidates state their views

Why do you want to be a Sweet Home City Council member? James Goble: I would like to retain my seat, so we can continue to make real progress through these difficult times for our community.  Lisa Gourley: In the past four years I have learned that...

 

Levies, measures on ballot deal with law enforcement, drugs, more

Sweet Home voters will see four state initiatives and three local levy renewal requests on their ballots in the upcoming election. Here is a description and analysis of each. Local Levies Sweet Home Police Five-Year Operating Levy Renewal The...

 

Four candidates in running for County Commission Seat 3

Scott Bruslind, 61 Residence/Family: Resident of Linn County since 1993; lived in Albany 1993-97, Lacomb 1997-Present. Wife Linda (married in 1993) and three children, all born at home in Lacomb....

 

County Commission Seat 3 candidates state their views

Why do you want to be a Linn County Commissioner? Scott Bruslind: Linda and I met Will Tucker at a 4-H Awards ceremony at the Linn County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, way back when our older son just started showing swine. Since then, I’ve been...

 

Three candidates aim for House of Representatives seat

Jami Cate, 33 Political Party: Republican Home/Years in District 17: Lebanon/33. Education: Oregon State University (B.S. In crop and soil science, minor in agriculture business, graduated summa cum...

 

House District 17 candidates respond to questions

Describe your view of the proper role of government under the U.S. and Oregon constitutions and how you, as a state representative, would carry out your responsibilities as a legislator. Jami Cate: I believe our government is designed to maintain...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 7, 2020

COVID spikes in SH

An employee at Safeway tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Oct. 5, and is now quarantining, according to Safeway public relations and several staff at Safeway. A city employee experienced mild cold-like symptoms last week that turned out to be...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 7, 2020

School officials frustrated by shifting rules, numbers

Sweet Home Public Schools is trapped in a tug of war between rising cases of COVID-19 and continually shifting state recommendations for schools re-opening, driven at least partially by the wildfires...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 7, 2020

City Hall gallery exhibits local photographers' perspectives of 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime historical event and a local photography show at City Hall seeks to document what it was like to live through 2020 for future generations. The exhibit in...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 7, 2020

Harvest festival draws crowd to upgraded park

Sweet Home's 2020 Harvest Festival was a resounding success, according to city officials. At its peak, the festival had 700 visitors, with approximately 2,000 throughout the day visiting to hear...

 

Public Safety Log Oct. 7, 2020

September 25 1:24 a.m. – Michael Branton Jr., 44, cited for driving while suspended and driving uninsured. 1:32 a.m. – Winston Police located Andrew Jacob Justin Cartwright, 33, on Sweet Home warrants for failure to appear on two original...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 7, 2020

Help for small businesses has been hard to come by for some

The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly hard on some local small businesses, even with the help available through the federal government. And requirements to participate local programs meant to...

 

Les Schwab chain sold to California investors

Les Schwab Tire Centers announced last week it is being purchased by an investment firm based in California. The tire company said Sept. 29 that an agreement has been made to sell Les Schwab to family-owned investment firm Meritage Group. The...

 

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