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City seeking to fill Planning Commission vacancy

The City of Sweet Home is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. The seven-member Planning Commission provides citizen review and recommendations on planning-related matters to the City Council. The commission has two distinct...

 

Councilors approve plan to refinance debts, save city money

Sweet Home City Council is looking to refinance some of its debts to take advantage of unusually low interest rates. Councilors Lisa Gourley, Greg Mahler, Diane Gerson, Dave Trask, Susan Coleman, and...

 

Election: City Council gets 2 new members

Angelita Sanchez, Dave Trask, Lisa Gourley and Dylan Richards were the winners in the nine-candidate race for four Sweet Home City Council seats in the Nov. 3 election. Sanchez, who was seeking a...

 

No charges filed against watercraft operator in fatal accident at Foster

No charges will be filed against the operator of a personal watercraft that struck and killed a young boy at Foster Lake last summer, the county District Attorney's Office has decided. In the July 20...

 

Governor pleads for Oregonians to stay home, stop COVID spread

After record-shattering spikes in COVID-19 cases across Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown held a press conference on Friday, Nov. 6, to announce new restrictions for the worst-off counties and to beg the rest...

 

Measure 108 passage means businesses, customers will be paying increased tobacco taxes

With the approval of Measure 108 by Oregon voters last week, the state Department of Revenue is moving ahead with the implementation of increases in cigarette and tobacco taxes along with a new tax on inhalant delivery products. As a result of the...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 4, 2020

Councilors decide to purchase new street sweeper for city

Sweet Home city councilors voted Oct. 27 to buy a new street sweeper using a loan from the city's Street Improvement Fund. Councilors Diane Gerson, Lisa Gourley, Mayor Greg Mahler, Dave Trask, Susan C...

 

Sanchez, Trask, Gourley and Richards lead City Council race; city levys look to be passing

Early results Tuesday night showed Angelita Sanchez, Dave Trask, Lisa Gourley and Dylan Richards leading in the nine-candidate race for four City Council seats. Sanchez, who is seeking a City Council seat for the first time, had 1,895 votes (15.35%)...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 28, 2020

Council aiming to upgrade downtown

After years of watching stagnation continue in downtown Sweet Home, City Council is ready to make some serious moves to address vacant buildings and revitalize the area. That’s the outcome of a special meeting on Oct. 20, in which councilors...

 

Local land case appealed to state Supreme Court

Neighbors of a 108-acre parcel off Crawfordsville Drive are asking the Oregon Supreme Court to overrule a decision by the state appellate court that is the latest in a battle between a developer and landowners north of Crawfordsville. Neighbors are r...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 21, 2020

City to staff water/sewer treatment

Sweet Home’s wastewater and water treatment plants are going to be handled in-house next year for the first time in nearly 15 years, instead of being run by a contractor. That’s after a controversial decision at the Oct. 13 city council meeting,...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 21, 2020

City seeking proposal for downtown streetscape upgrades

The City of Sweet Home is requesting proposals for a streetscape and parking plan in the downtown area, meant to give the area a facelift and make it more pedestrian-friendly. Council voted unanimously in favor of putting out a request for...

 

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...

 

Oregon's election system offers tried and true voting safeguards

By Bev Clarno A lot has changed in our world in 2020. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of how we live our lives has been turned upside down. In Oregon, however, one significant thing hasn’t changed: how we vote. Oregon has been...

 

Planning Commission OKs 54-lot Duck Hollow subdivision

Sweet Home planning commissioners on Monday, Sept. 21, approved a property line adjustment which will allow for a new subdivision on the north side of Long Street and east of 41st Avenue. That property has been considered for development twice...

 

Voters to choose from nine candidates for City Council

The field has been finalized for Sweet Home’s upcoming municipal elections on Nov. 3. Four City Council members – James Goble, Lisa Gourley, Cortney Nash and Dave Trask – have their seats up, and all four are running again. Five new...

 

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