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 By Benny Westcott    News    May 18, 2022 

Council discusses vacant buildings

Wastewater plant upgrades, railroad depot also on agenda The May 10 Sweet Home City Council meeting featured discussions on potentially enforcing stricter vacant-building ordinances downtown, funding...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Secretary of State discusses election changes

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan says Oregon's election system is about as air-tight as it can be, but that new rules may delay results, especially for close elections in the May 17 primary. Fagan, who...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

County helps Santiam Canyon residents rebuild after fire

Linn County has distributed more than $88,000 to assist homeowners use fire-retardant materials when rebuilding homes in the Santiam Canyon affected by the Labor Day 2020 wildfires, county commissioners learned Tuesday, May 10, at their weekly meetin...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 11, 2022

Planning Commission addresses housing, population

 By Benny Westcott  Of The New Era  The Planning Commission heard the results of a housing needs analysis, which explored the possibility of considerable population growth in Sweet Home over the...

 

Linn County appoints deputy district attorneys

Robert Beaver, Melissa Allison and Jace Cook have joined the Linn County District Attorney's Office as deputy district attorneys. Beaver, 29, is a North Carolina native and North Carolina State...

 

Linn County OKs budget for 2022-23

After four days of deliberations, the six-member Linn County Budget Committee last week approved a budget of $221,838,213 for fiscal year 2022-23. The current operating budget is $215,343,377. The approved budget is scheduled to be officially adopted...

 
 News    May 4, 2022

Election: Some races draw big fields

This is a big year for some elections for political office in east Linn County.  On the May 17 primary ballot are 34 candidates for governor, including some big names in Oregon politics.  The fields are large in some local races as well, thanks in...

 
 News    May 4, 2022

Old Armory Building to receive a new roof

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist and Sherrie Sprenger on Tuesday, April 19, accepted two bids to re-roof the Old Armory Building. Commissioner Will Tucker was absent. General Services Director Russ Williams presented a bid of $296,960 from...

 
 News    May 4, 2022

County hires tobacco prevention coordinator

In her new position as the Linn County Public Health Department’s tobacco prevention coordinator, Dani Crabtree will be able to combine two of her key interests — wellness and helping young people. Crabtree, 41, started her new job the first...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 27, 2022

Committee approves budget

The Sweet Home Budget Committee on Wednesday, April 20, approved the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022-23, which includes a notable tax reduction.  Mayor Greg Mahler and city councilors Diane...

 

County OKs stipend increase for youth wage program

Linn County and the Willamette Workforce Partnership will partner to increase the hourly stipend, from $2 to $5 per hour, to local employers who hire young people for their first jobs this summer as part of the Linn County First Time Youth Wage...

 

County budget committee to meet

The 2022-2023 Linn County Budget Committee will meet daily from May 2-5 at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road East. Department heads and elected officials will present their proposed budgets to the committee composed of Jennifer...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 20, 2022

Council: Where should the city manager live?

The Sweet Home City Council on April 12 unanimously approved a city-manager position profile, although it was a little more divided on where he or she should live. The profile adopted standards, crite...

 

Progress heard on Santiam Canyon program

A program to help Santiam Canyon residents make their homes more resistant to wildfires is being well-received, Linn County Planning and Building Official Steve Wills told the Board of Commissioners Thursday, April 14. Wills said the county has...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 13, 2022

Land transfer approved for homeless site

At their April 5 meeting, the Linn County Commissioners voted to complete the transfer of ownership of about three acres of former Willamette Industries mill property in Sweet Home to the Lebanon-based Family Assistance and Resource Center (FAC)....

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 13, 2022

Committee begins deliberations on 2022-23 city budget

City Manager Pro Tem Christy Wurster on Wednesday, April 6, delivered the annual budget message to the city's Budget Committee. Committee members received copies of the 2022-23 city budget proposal...

 

County hears report on Linn veterans services

Linn County Veterans Services has assisted nearly 9,000 veterans since last June, department manager Dee Baley-Hyder told the Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker. Baley-Hyder said her staff has helped local veter...

 

County to Forest Service: Reduce forest fuels now

Commissioners to Forest Service: Reduce forest fuels now Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker on Tuesday, March 29, expressed concerns to Willamette National...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 30, 2022

City to get $30M from feds for plant

Sweet Home city staffers showed up to work Monday morning, March 28, to a big surprise: $30,057,061. That’s the amount the city will receive from the federal government to help its wastewater treatment plant become compliant with the federal Clean...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 30, 2022

City Council OKs downtown streetscape, parking plan

The Sweet Home City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, March 22, to formally adopt a downtown streetscape and parking plan.  Developed by Eugene-based Dougherty Landscape Architects, the project... Full story

 

County lists top felonies, misdemeanors for 2021

For the first time since Doug Marteeny became Linn County District Attorney in 2013, criminal offenses associated with methamphetamine and heroin did not top a list of felonies and misdemeanors prosecuted by his 13 attorneys. However, that’s not...

 

County youth receive training to help find jobs

Eleven youth from the Linn Juvenile Detention Center, Benton County Juvenile Department, Albany Options School and Jack Street Youth Services, recently completed virtual and hands-on heavy equipment...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 23, 2022

Taco Bell plan gets Planning Commission OK – barely

Maybe it wasn't a corned beef joint, but fans of bean burritos accompanied by the ring of a bell should have felt extra lucky on St. Patrick's Day, as the Sweet Home Planning Commission approved a...

 

County commends IT for ransomware-attack response

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker gave the county's Information Technology (IT) department a standing ovation Tuesday, March 15, commending its response to a...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 16, 2022

City council approves IGA with Linn County

The Sweet Home City Council came close March 8 to losing the Lebanon-based Family Assistance and Resource Center Group's involvement in a long-proposed and intensely discussed homeless center....

 

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