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Ken Bronson got quite the send off from a drive-by procession of Senior Center and Rotary Club members after announcing ...
09/05/2020
Senior Center chief calls it quits – sort of

Ken Bronson got quite the send off from a drive-by procession of Senior Center and Rotary Club members after announcing his retirement as the Senior Center director.

Ken Bronson was honored by a drive-by procession of Senior Center and Rotary Club members, and others Friday afternoon, Aug. 28, behind the Jim Riggs Community Center, where the Senior Center is located.

Before you head out to enjoy festivities this Labor Day weekend, Police Chief Jeff Lynn has a serious message: “You’ve h...
09/04/2020
Police to focus on traffic this weekend

Before you head out to enjoy festivities this Labor Day weekend, Police Chief Jeff Lynn has a serious message: “You’ve heard it before, and we’re going to keep repeating it: Don’t drink and drive.”

Sweet Home Police Department officers will be focusing on downtown traffic as the Labor Day weekend approaches and the department is reminding the public to avoid drinking and driving. “You’ve heard it before,” said Police Chief Jeff Lynn. “And we’re going to keep repeating it: Don’t dri...

Sweet Home School District and teachers union leaders are facing off over classroom safety and other issues as opening d...
09/04/2020
District, teachers negotiating as new school year nears

Sweet Home School District and teachers union leaders are facing off over classroom safety and other issues as opening day for the new school year approaches.

Of The New Era Sweet Home School District and teachers union leaders are facing off over classroom safety and other issues as opening day for the new school year approaches. Union leaders maintain that “teachers working at home is the safest way to provide quality distance learning to our students...

Some bright and sunny news this balmy Friday: a local family has grown a spectacularly sized sunflower.
09/04/2020

Some bright and sunny news this balmy Friday: a local family has grown a spectacularly sized sunflower.

The city council has scheduled an informational session this evening, Thursday, Sept. 3, at 5:30 p.m. They will continue...
09/03/2020
City Councilors discuss raising SDC fees for new construction

The city council has scheduled an informational session this evening, Thursday, Sept. 3, at 5:30 p.m. They will continue a discussion related to increasing the city’s System Development Charges over the next several years, which would bring the charges to a level similar to other comparable cities.

By Kelly Kenoyer Of The New Era City Council members last week discussed increasing the city’s System Development Charges over the next several years, which would bring the charges to a level similar to other comparable cities. Councilors Diane Gerson, Greg Mahler, Susan Coleman, Lisa Gourley, Dav...

A new wastewater treatment plant is necessary because the current plant does not have sufficient capacity to cope with "...
09/03/2020
Cost of wastewater plant improvements rises, but changes should last longer

A new wastewater treatment plant is necessary because the current plant does not have sufficient capacity to cope with "peak flow," which means untreated wastewater sometimes ends up released into the river. That happens during storms, when leaks in the piping system push stormwater into the wastewater system, overwhelming the plant's current capacity.

Of The New Era Costs for the planned wastewater treatment plant have risen about $1.9 million since the last estimate, but planners say the changes will help the plant last a lot longer. City Council held a work session to hear about the plant's design on Tuesday, Aug. 28, because the planning is no...

A wave of evictions may occur once the statewide moratorium on evictions runs out on Sept. 30, experts say, but landlord...
09/02/2020
Looming evictions pose challenges

A wave of evictions may occur once the statewide moratorium on evictions runs out on Sept. 30, experts say, but landlord organizations and service providers alike are trying to prepare and prevent disaster.
(Note: This story was written before the CDC announced a federal evictions moratorium, which extends to December 31, 2020)

https://www.sweethomenews.com/story/2020/09/02/news/looming-evictions-pose-challenges/23384.html

Of The New Era A wave of evictions may occur once the statewide moratorium on evictions runs out on Sept. 30, experts say, but landlord organizations and service providers alike are trying to prepare and prevent disaster. The Community Services Consortium, a regional community action agency, is work...

The fire appears to be well under control now, and crews are working on mop-up.
09/02/2020
Fire at Green Peter: Multiple agencies rally to contain blaze in two days

The fire appears to be well under control now, and crews are working on mop-up.

Of The New Era A fire that broke out Saturday afternoon on a roadless peninsula at the eastern end of Green Peter Lake had stopped spreading Monday, Aug. 31, and will likely be contained at 14 acres. Oregon Department of Forestry Spokesperson Jim Gerbach said humid conditions helped slow the spread....

When Brandon Freeman heard someone scream "fire!" he leaped into action.Freeman ran outside to grab a hose and rushed to...
09/02/2020
Family works to recover after narrow escape from house fire

When Brandon Freeman heard someone scream "fire!" he leaped into action.

Freeman ran outside to grab a hose and rushed to where smoke was pouring from his home at 38th Avenue and Long Street. The back porch was already strongly ablaze at that point, and had started taking over the back wall of the house.

Of The New Era When Brandon Freeman heard someone scream "fire!" he leaped into action Tuesday, Aug. 25. Freeman ran outside to grab a hose and rushed to where smoke was pouring from his home at 38th Avenue and Long Street. The back porch was already strongly ablaze at that point, and had started ta...

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09/02/2020

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When the old Grange Hall in Holley burned down in 2013, it marked the last of an era for that community.
08/30/2020
Old Holley Grange Hall memories hark back to another era

When the old Grange Hall in Holley burned down in 2013, it marked the last of an era for that community.

When the old Grange Hall in Holley burned down in 2013, it marked the last of an era for that community. By then Grange 325 had already been disbanded and the building was being used as a residence. Luckily, the couple living there discovered the flue fire in time to get out, along with their two do...

Here's our complete list of the winners of the Chamber of Commerce's virtual awards on Aug. 19.
08/28/2020
Chamber names its awards winners – virtually

Here's our complete list of the winners of the Chamber of Commerce's virtual awards on Aug. 19.

Longtime local music teacher and choir director Paul Rowton was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, while Jim Hagle was named First Citizen and Kristina Mathers Junior First Citizen during the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce's annual awards presentation, held remotely at the chamber office Wedne...

The LBCC Board of Education has approved a plan – called the “LBCC Rebounding Plan” – for college-goers and staff that w...
08/28/2020
LBCC announces 'Rebounding Plan' for fall classes

The LBCC Board of Education has approved a plan – called the “LBCC Rebounding Plan” – for college-goers and staff that will include several options, while following the guidance of state and local authorities, and protecting the health and safety of the college community.

Linn-Benton Community College has announced its plan for the fall quarter, which starts Sept. 28. The LBCC Board of Education has approved a plan – called the “LBCC Rebounding Plan” – for college-goers and staff that will include several options, while following the guidance of state and loc...

A serpentine pile of gravel down the center of 29th Avenue last week represented what could be a new approach to fixing ...
08/28/2020
City Public Works tries new (to it) surfacing technique to fix street

A serpentine pile of gravel down the center of 29th Avenue last week represented what could be a new approach to fixing streets in Sweet Home: chip sealing.

A serpentine pile of gravel down the center of 29th Avenue last week represented what could be a new approach to fixing streets in Sweet Home: chip sealing. Thursday morning, Aug. 20, a street sweeper rolled slowly down 29th, sucking up the loose crushed rock after an application of layers of quarte...

Ken Bronson is stepping down as the executive director of the senior center, but this hard worker is sticking around par...
08/27/2020
Sr. Center director stepping down – figuratively, at least

Ken Bronson is stepping down as the executive director of the senior center, but this hard worker is sticking around part time. On Friday, Aug. 27 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., there will be a drive-by parade in his honor at the Sweet Home Senior Center.

In the early mornings, while most people are still asleep or just beginning to wake up, Ken Bronson will be listening to the patter of his feet on the ground, or the quiet splash of water as his arms break the surface of Foster Lake, or the wind whizzing past his ears while he runs, swims and bikes....

Oregon has Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, Aug. 19, due to the imminent threat of wildfire a...
08/27/2020
Wildfire danger prompts governor to declare state of emergency

Oregon has Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, Aug. 19, due to the imminent threat of wildfire across Oregon.

Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, Aug. 19, due to the imminent threat of wildfire across Oregon. Much of the state is now in extreme fire danger, and red flag warnings have been issued for hot, dry, windy conditions and dry thunderstorms, officials say. "Oregon has experien...

After 20 years working as an educator in Alaska, our new junior high principal knew it was time to come home to Oregon.
08/27/2020
Sweet Home position is return to Oregon for new JH principal

After 20 years working as an educator in Alaska, our new junior high principal knew it was time to come home to Oregon.

A longtime Alaska educator has been named principal at Sweet Home Junior High. Terry Martin's hiring was confirmed by the School Board at its August meeting earlier this month. Growing up in Hermiston, Martin wanted some adventure. After getting an undergrad degree in teaching at Western Oregon Univ...

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08/26/2020

Photos from The New Era's post

A house on 38th and Long went up in flames around 2 p.m. this afternoon. Witnesses stated that all the residents escaped...
08/26/2020

A house on 38th and Long went up in flames around 2 p.m. this afternoon. Witnesses stated that all the residents escaped.

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08/24/2020

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When Magen Hager finished the 200 Freestyle preliminary race at the 4A/3A/2A/1A swimming state championships last Februa...
08/23/2020
On heels of All-America honor, local swimmer heads to college

When Magen Hager finished the 200 Freestyle preliminary race at the 4A/3A/2A/1A swimming state championships last February, she knew she'd fulfilled a big goal: she'd set a state record in the event with her time of 1:50.63.
With that swim she'd gained high school All-American status, which goes to the top 100 swimmers nationwide in the event.

When Magen Hager finished the 200 Freestyle preliminary race at the 4A/3A/2A/1A swimming state championships last February, she knew she'd fulfilled a big goal: she'd set a state record in the event with her time of 1:50.63. What she didn't know was that she'd also fulfilled another longtime goal, o...

Cheerleading camp had half as many participants as last year, but they were still excited to practice their moves—social...
08/22/2020
Cheerleaders shake rust in camp

Cheerleading camp had half as many participants as last year, but they were still excited to practice their moves—socially distanced, of course.

Sweet Home's cheer team got busy last week with its annual three-day Cheer Camp, held at Community Chapel. Coach Amber Rosa said she had 18 girls this year, half last year's team number of 36. "Eighteen is still pretty good," she said. "I'm happy about that. The kids are hesitant to get involved bec...

The miniature lake known as "Blue Pool" for its iridescent hue draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. It's an ho...
08/21/2020
Challenges of Blue Pool

The miniature lake known as "Blue Pool" for its iridescent hue draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. It's an hour from Sweet Home and just a bit further from Eugene, so it's an attraction that draws visitors from all across the region, and even from around the world.

But that popularity has led to some danger and some degradation, according to first responders and foresters.

Tamolitch Falls spills into a jewel of a pool in the midst of the Willamette National Forest. The miniature lake there, popularly known as "Blue Pool" for its iridescent hue, draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. It's an hour from Sweet Home and just a bit further from Eugene, so it's an at...

The controversial zoning change on 23rd drew a lot of scrutiny from neighbors, but ultimately passed. Opposing the zonin...
08/21/2020
Councilors OK zoning change for apartments

The controversial zoning change on 23rd drew a lot of scrutiny from neighbors, but ultimately passed. Opposing the zoning change would have caused some legal problems for the city of Sweet Home, according to city staff.

Sweet Home City Council members spent an hour on Tuesday, Aug. 11, listening to public testimony and addressing questions from concerned neighbors about a zoning change application for a property overlooking Mountain View Road. The proposed zoning change to the 0.61 acre lot, near the corner of 23rd...

It's not often that a single letter from a relative inspires a book, but when Catherine A. Ponzoha Hamilton received a c...
08/21/2020
Relative's letter inspires novel for SH alum

It's not often that a single letter from a relative inspires a book, but when Catherine A. Ponzoha Hamilton received a correspondence from a long-lost Polish cousin named in 1996, the history "caught hold of me and wouldn't let me go," she said.

It's not often that a single letter from a relative inspires a book, let alone changes the course of one's life. Catherine A. Ponzoha Hamilton, daughter of longtime local residents Joe and Mickey Ponzoha, was a practicing psychotherapist and a freelance writer when, in late 1996, she got her hands o...

There is still time to submit your brag board photo!  If you sent one to us before August 13th, please send it to us aga...
08/20/2020

There is still time to submit your brag board photo! If you sent one to us before August 13th, please send it to us again! (We changed servers and lost all of our brag board photos!) Thanks so much!!

City Council elections are coming up, and it's not too late to register. Four candidates thrown their hats in the ring s...
08/20/2020
Four candidates so far for Nov. 3 City Council election

City Council elections are coming up, and it's not too late to register. Four candidates thrown their hats in the ring so far, with at least one more planning to file.

Four candidates have already registered to run for Sweet Home’s City Council, which will have four vacant seats to fill in the Nov. 3 election. Councilors James Goble, Lisa Gourley, Cortney Nash, and Dave Trask are up for re-election, and Nash and Trask have both already filed paperwork to run. Go...

Sweet Home's loyal old street sweeper has cleaned its last street.
08/20/2020
Final send-off for Old Sweepy getting send-off

Sweet Home's loyal old street sweeper has cleaned its last street.

Sweet Home's loyal old street sweeper, Old Sweepy, has cleaned its last street. After mechanics noticed the sweeper was spitting up more dust than it was collecting, they decided to open the machine up and check it out. City Mechanic Tommy Robey told the City Council on Aug. 11 that multiple parts o...

Linn County recorded its 11th death from the coronavirus last week, though the victim actually died in back June.Oregon ...
08/20/2020
Linn County death added to state coronavirus total

Linn County recorded its 11th death from the coronavirus last week, though the victim actually died in back June.
Oregon has had 23,500 total coronavirus cases and 388 deaths. Linn County has had 333 total cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

That means 1.65 percent of coronavirus cases in Oregon have resulted in death, while Linn county has a higher death rate at 3.3 percent. At least 13 percent of cases have been asymptomatic in Oregon, according to authorities.

Linn County recorded its 11th death from the coronavirus last week, according to the Oregon Health Authority, but the victim actually died in early June. The 75-year-old man tested positive on April 7 and died on June 10 in his residence. He had underlying conditions, the OHA reported. According to....

The log that trapped two children in recent weeks in the Calapooia River near McKercher Park turned out to be a 30- by 3...
08/19/2020
Problem burl removed from Calapooia at McKercher

The log that trapped two children in recent weeks in the Calapooia River near McKercher Park turned out to be a 30- by 30-inch burl.

The log that trapped two children in recent weeks in the Calapooia River near McKercher Park turned out to be a 30- by 30-inch burl, said Brian Carroll, Linn County Parks director. He said Linn County Bridge Crew workers pulled it out early Monday, Aug. 10, less than a week after park-goers rescued....

The Sankey Park bandstand is on its last legs, and will have to be taken down and replaced.
08/19/2020
Wear and tear leaves Sankey Park bandstand facing demolition

The Sankey Park bandstand is on its last legs, and will have to be taken down and replaced.

The Sankey Park bandstand is on its last legs, and will have to be taken down and replaced, according to a report presented to the City Council at its Aug. 11 meeting. The structure was built in the late 1930s or early 1940s as a New Deal project. A tree fell on the structure in 2018, which prompted...

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08/19/2020

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08/13/2020

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08/13/2020

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Can you guys help the get answers for our community and do an interview/article about lawn mowing during fire restrictions? I am seeing a lot of people saying NO mowing is allowed; others saying only before 12 noon; others saying allowed only before 10 am; and if I remember correctly, last year the fire department clarified mowing grass in your neighborhood was okay, but not mowing fields? It would be great to actually have the answers out there. Love your paper (especially the Public Safety section). Keep up the great work!
You said a 7th grade girl named Keeley baker was my 8th grade girl named Keely Boyd on their basketball picture. Pretty crappy my kiddo doesn’t get her name in the paper.... just her picture
Just wondering if this event is still going on , could not find anymore info on this , posted to sweethome news and events ... Native culture and traditions, flute/dancing 1-4 , story telling 5 -7 Sunnyside Park, July 26-28
On behalf of close friends and family, I am asking if anyone was a witness to the accident on highway 228 at 6:15pm on 5/13/19 that involved a blue Ford truck. Can you please private message me the details of what you saw. I would greatly appreciate any information. Thank you!
Shout Out to THE NEW ERA and LEBANON LOCAL! Thanks so much for all your great coverage of these communities. Your publications are professional, positive and entertaining 💕 KEEP 'PRESSING' ON!!
Thursday is Teri Miners last day at KeyBank! For all of Keys clients that know Teri, please stop by and wish her well in her Retirement! 12:30-> 40 years is a long time!!!
This is a bill that myself and nonprofit are working on getting passed.
If State offers settlemt and Lin County board declines to accept, then Linn County is liable for attorney hourly rate Lorenzo hourly $625. Hit legal team total is $3,300/hour.
Wondering if you have talked to AT&T about the lack of working cell service? We’ve been out of service for all but a couple minutes here & there every few days... for about a week. After hours on the landline - being told over & over there’s no service problem... beginning around the 10th... We were suddenly told it was a cell tower problem that would be fixed within 3 days, by the 13th. After another hour yesterday on a landline - was told there was no report about a tower problem. Until suddenly when I requested a supervisor - suddenly the report was found. It wasn’t going to be to be fixed until the 16th. I know of people throughout Holley & Brownsville who have no service.
So great to see our beautiful Lewis Creak County Park filled to near capacity! Who Knew! Seriously the only parking left was the upper lot. Really got to hand it to the crew taking care of this incredible local resource.