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 By Benny Westcott    News    June 1, 2022

Council sets hearing on name for treatment plant

The Sweet Home City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, May 24, to hold a June 28 public hearing to name the city's upgraded wastewater treatment plant the Mahler Water Reclamation Facility. City...

 

County hosts meeting of emergency responders

Members of the Region II Health Care Coalition met Friday, May 20, for an all-day session at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany. Coalition chair Neva Anderson, Linn County Health Emergency...

 

Agreement reached on intermodal property tax

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker on Tuesday, May 24, unanimously approved an extended property tax agreement between the Linn County Enterprise Zone and ITS ConGlobal, which will manage the new intermodal...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 25, 2022

Subdivision debated at Planning Commission meeting

The Sweet Home Planning Commission voted unanimously at its May 19 meeting to continue the public hearing to June 16 for Cordle Construction's application to subdivide a 193,625-square-foot property t...

 

Commissioners hear death statistics for April

Linn County recorded 66 births in April, Dr. William Muth told the Linn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning, May 17. Of those, 38 were female and 28 were male. About 14 COVID-19 outbreaks were recorded; three deaths were reported with...

 

Linn County Fair gets an Internet upgrade

Vendors at the Linn County Fair in July will see a marked improvement in their Internet service, due to the installation of high-speed fiber optics. Linn County partnered with LS Networks to install fiber optic cable from the courthouse servers to...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    May 25, 2022

People react to Lebanon's denial for a Pride proclamation

By Sarah Brown Lebanon Local Mayor Paul Aziz denied a request to proclaim June as Pride Month, following an April 13 City Council meeting where several members supporting the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay,...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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