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Nyquist named commissioner chairman; no decision on homeless site

Roger Nyquist was elected chairman of the Linn County Board of Commissioners for the 20th year Tuesday morning, Jan. 4, during the board's first meeting of 2022. Commissioner Will Tucker will serve...

 

Numerous laws passed in 2021 long session

Oregon legislators passed hundreds of new laws in the 2021 session, many of which went into effect Jan. 1. The Legislature considered a total of 2,519 bills, memorials and resolutions during the 2021 long session, and passed 719 – adding six more...

 

Meeting to discuss possible changes to Corps' Willamette Valley System

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planners are considering changes that may impact the continued operations and maintenance of the Willamette Valley System, which includes Foster and Green Peter reservoirs.  Staff continues developing an Environmental...

 

Linn County engineer retires after 16 years

Although Linn County Engineer Chuck Knoll's last day of work was Dec. 31, his list of planned activities will keep him busy for a long time to come. For example: trips to Alaska, Yellowstone, and...

 

County audit released

An audit of Linn County’s annual finances resulted in a “clean opinion with no reservations,” Tara Kamp of the CPA firm Pauly Rogers & Co. told Linn County commissioners Roger Nyquist and Will Tucker on Tuesday, Dec. 28. Commissioner Sherrie...

 

Committee talks options for the homeless

Community Services Officer Sean Morgan delivered numbers regarding Sweet Home’s homeless population and discussed a proposed sleep center during a Community Health Committee meeting at City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20. According to Morgan’s count, so...

 

County OKs mill site sale

Decision reached at contentious meeting EDITOR'S NOTE: The following story includes contributions from Linn County Communications Officer Alex Paul and The New Era reporter Benny Westcott.   Linn...

 

Downtown streetscape unveiled to council

The Eugene-based Dougherty Landscape Architects firm presented a recap of its proposal for preliminary "Downtown Streetscape" improvement project concepts during a Dec. 14 Sweet Home City Council...

 

Judge rules federal agencies overstepped in forest management

A federal court earlier this month issued two major decisions relating to the management of Western Oregon O&C lands. In one decision on Dec. 2, Judge Richard Leon invalidated President Barack Obama’s proclamation expanding the Cascade Siskiyou...

 

Plan explores natural threats to Sweet Home

Severe storms and wildland-urban interface fires, where neighborhoods and nature meet, pose the two greatest threats to Sweet Home, according to a recent update to the city’s 2021 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. The draft, submitted Tuesday, Nov....

 

County OKs Sweet Home acreage for shelters

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker gave initial approval Tuesday, Dec. 7, to provide the city of Sweet Home with 2.69 acres, which the city hopes to use for temporary homeless shelters. Commissioners also...

 

Youth wage grant program disburses record $70K

The Linn County First-Time Youth Wage Grant Program has disbursed a record $70,770 to local businesses that provided teenagers with their first job this summer. The program, sponsored by the Linn County Board of Commissioners, is financed with...

 

County's drug program leader retiring after 42 years

Tony Howell's plans for his upcoming retirement after 42 years with Linn County's Alcohol & Drug program is a version of a popular restaurant menu item - surf and turf - although in his case, it m...

 

Committee considers shelter plans

Sweet Home city councilor Lisa Gourley expressed a desire at a Nov. 15 Community Health Committee meeting to get a homeless shelter “up and going” on the city’s Public Works property by Dec. 1. “I hope we are able to meet those hard-weather d...

 

State Supreme Court leaves new legislative boundaries intact

By Julia Shumway  Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon’s new legislative boundaries are set for the next 10 years after the Oregon Supreme Court on Monday, Nov. 22, dismissed two challenges to the maps approved by legislative Democrats. The Supreme Cou...

 

City Council appoints advisory board members

The Sweet Home City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 9, to appoint Josh Thorstad to the Budget Committee and Laura Wood to the Planning Commission. Both Thorstad and Wood had vied for the commission vacancy, with the former also applying for...

 

Grant funds available to local arts, culture activities

The Linn County Cultural Coalition is accepting proposals for grants to fund projects involving the arts, humanities, and heritage activities in Linn County.  The LCCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization affiliated with the Oregon State Cultural...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 10, 2021

Voters pass county sheriff's levy

Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 2, passed Measure 22-189, the high-profile four-year law enforcement levy proposed by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. It was the only countywide initiative on the special-election ballot. Some 63% of the mid-valley’s...

 

Linn to join timber counties coalition

Linn County will participate in a new Oregon Timber Counties Coalition, commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker agreed Tuesday, Nov. 2. The coalition will include western Oregon counties with national forest lands. Douglas and...

 

City Council approves three-month waiver on library fines

The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 26, voted unanimously to eliminate 15-cent daily past-due fines on Sweet Home Public Library materials for three months, as approved by the library’s advisory board. The new policy went into effect Nov....

 

County gets Expo Center progress report

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Linn County in March 2020, the Linn County Board of Commissioners quickly determined that the Expo Center was a prime central location for public vaccination clinics — both in-house and drive-through — and circuit...

 

County Expo Center building gets new paint

Kris Barnes knows all about painting the Linn County Expo Center buildings. It's not an easy task, freshening up more than 200,000 square feet of space, but in 2005, he was working with Linn County...

 

Group considers interim fix for homeless population

With colder weather and proposed “sleep center” plans for Sweet Home’s homeless population in flux (Linn County has not weighed in on its intentions and the Sweet Home city council hasn’t voted on it yet), officials and citizens gathered...

 

Firefighter takes leave over mandate

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era A top Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District volunteer has taken a six-month leave of absence in response to the state’s requirement that he be vaccinated to serve as a firefighter or medic. Cascadia Station No. 24...

 

Council weighs in on Main Street ramp project

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Sweet Home City Council heard a pitch from Oregon Department of Transportation representatives on an intergovernmental agreement between the city and ODOT. If approved, the agreement would allow ODOT to move forward on a...

 

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