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'1 Nt "r,,, - January 4, 2012 VouR COMMUNITV/OPINION Page 5 We review top news of 2011: July through December Editor's note: This is the con- tinuation of our review of the major news events of 2011. The events of January through June appeared in the Dec. 28 edition. July • A survey on the city's web- site showed the majority of respon- dents favored allowing residents to own chickens, which at that time were severely restricted within the city limits. liThe U.S. Masters Swimming One-Mile Open Water Champion- ships were held on Foster Lake. • Kimber Swanson was named Sportsman's Holiday Queen. • The School Board approved four furlough days for the 2011-12 school year to save roughly a quar- ter million dollars and bolster end- ing fund balances. • The teachers union and School District reached an agree- ment that had no increases to sal- ary or benefits during the 2011-12 school year although it will give a step increase to eligible teachers at the end of the year. • The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest opened in Lebanon. • Don Schrader began work- ing as School District 55 superin- tendent. • The Rick McKay Corpo- ration won the Logger Olympics Working Loggers Relay. • Dr. Henry and Mollie Wolthuis were named Tree Farm- ers of the Year by the Linn Coun- ty Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association for their 120-acre Wiley Creek tree farm. • Sweet Home police officers began wearing video recorders as part of their uniforms. The cameras. are used when officers respond to calls for service. August • Randy Nicholson placed first in the Texaco Country Show- down at Linn County Fair and then performed at the Oregon Jamboree. Tristan Nichols and Trevor Tagle finished second in the showdown. All three are from Sweet Home. • Fifteen students from Josai University High School in Tokyo spent two weeks in Sweet Home, with visits to Chafin Farms for shooting demonstrations, a hayride and cowboy photos and locations around the state. • Performing at the annual three-day camping and country music festival The Oregon Jam- boree were Clay Walker, Jo Dee Messina, Darius Rucker, Margaret Durante, Laura Bell Bundy, Saw- yer Brown, Jason Jones, Jerry Jeff Walker, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ronnie Dunn, Collin Raye and Lady Antebellum. Photo by Scott Swanson The former Cascadia School burns on Nov. 19. II Notes From page 4 • Internet - Our website, sweethomenews.com, thus far is all free-access. That will change, even- tually, and when it does, the website will become a more integral part of improved service to subscribers. More on that when it happens. • Delivery - As you know if you read my column from a couple of weeks ago, we're in the process of trying various options on how best to deliver the newspaper and the Ex- tra (which currently is carrying the advertising inserts that were previ- ously included in your newspaper). This has been a problem area for some time, with changing deadlines and rising prices at the Post Office. Whatever the solution is, it will be one that will get you your paper in the most timely, reliable and afford- able way. The more we can keep our de- livery costs down, the less chance of price increases for subscribers. We don't like raising prices any more than you like paying them. • Subscribers -Although our subscriber base is pretty steady, the economy has definitely taken a mall toll on our readership the last couple of years. We're aware that some of our readers are in financial straits, and although The New Era actually costs you less each week than you'd pay for a cup of coffee, we know even that is tough for some. So if you have ideas that would make it easier on your budget to pay the $32 local annual subscription fee, tell US. if you've got comments, feel free to e-mail them to me at scott@ sweethomenews.com or call me at (541) 367-2135. Happy New Year? Photo by Sean C. Morgan Medics load Robert Walter Graf of Portland onto a REACH air ambulance waiting on Highway 20 near The Point Restaurant and Shea Point on Aug. 25. He sustained critical injurie in a crash on Highway 20 in front of the Waterhole. • The Jamboree announced during the show that Rascal Flatts would perform next year, and Neal McCoy would be the emcee all weekend long. Since then, the Jamboree has announced headliner Dierks Bentley. • Air Force bomb experts removed a dummy round from a Vietnam-era cluster bomb from the Sweet Home Police Department parking lot. A Sweet Home man had found the device on a trail in Foster and taken it to the Police Department. It turned out to be a dummy round for use in training. • The Linn County Sheriff's Office showcased its new marine patrol boat. • Geuevieve Rice turned 100 years old on Aug. 12. • Numerous bands from around Oregon performed at the second annual Psychostock held over two days at Sankey Park. • A&W celebrated its 50th anniversary. • Mark Joseph Hardin, 49, was reported missing. Searchers looked for him for about 10 days but were unable to locate him. He disappeared in the Upper Calapoo- ia area near Holley. He had been reported missing on Aug. 7. He re- mains missing. • A reported pipe bomb turned out to be a plastic "Star Wars" lightsaber toy. The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit responded to render safe and then recover the device. • Sweet Home police re- ported an increase in automobile break-ins. Some 38 of 71 unauthor- ized entries into motor vehicles oc- curred between July 1 and Aug. 4. • Alfred Finnell turned 100 years old on Aug. 21. • Manager Don Friesen re- tired from Industrial Welding Sup- ply after 42 years. September • The Sweet Home Rodeo re- ported cutting its deficit to less than half, from $13,000 to $6,000, after its performance in July. • The Boys and Gifts Club reported that it was renovating Roy Johnston Field at Hawthorne School. The field is home to Sweet Home's summer youth baseball and softball programs. • Kambria Schumacher of Crawfordsville won the Sprint Triathlon portion of the Best in the West Triathlon held at Lewis Creek Park. Other winners were from elsewhere in Oi'egon. • The Mid-Valley Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America opened a fishing dock at a secret location outside Leba• non to be used as a fishing getaway for vet- erans staying Veterans Administra- tion hospitals and homes. • Sweet Home High School business teacher Michael Mor- rell was arrested on four counts of third-degree sexual abuse in con- nection to incidents involving a Lebanon high school student. The case remains under way in Linn County Circuit Court. • A mild summer tumed hot, and fire danger briefly spiked to ex- treme early in the month. • The Sweet Home Police Department celebrated its 100th anniversary. • Rose Peda was named di- rector of the Sweet Home Public Library. • Searchers located the body of a missing Corvallis man, Timo- thy Misner, 45, in Foster Lake near Lewis Creek Park. His vehicle had been located at the park. The sher- iff reported that there was no evi- dence of foul play. • Forest Protection Supervi- sor Jim Basting retired from the Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit after 42 years in the fire service. • Victoria Sophia Richards, 40, died in the motorcycle crash on Foster Dam. The alleged driver, Bobby Ray Hancock, 40, was ar- rested for criminally negligent homicide and second-degree man- slaughter. The case remains under way in Linn County Circuit Court. October • After learning about the impact of an aquatics district on the local police and library levies, School District 55 and aquatics committee members agreed to pur- sue a local option levy through the district, which imposes no impact on general government funding. • Increasing ridership prompt- ed Linn Shuttle to add buses. • Sunshine Industries pur- chased land off Clark Mill Road for a new building to replace its existing facilities, which are dete- riorating. • The U.S. Postal Service met with Cascadia residents to explain why Cascadia Post Office may be among numerous post offices closed around the nation. Cascadia residents told the Postal Service that they need their Post Office to remain open. A decision by head- quarters in Washington, D.C., is expected in January. • The body of Cody Myers, 19, of Lafayette was located inside a Jeep near Yellowbottom Camp- • See Revew, page 7 LETTERS TO TIlE LDNTOR Wolf columns make interesting points Editor: Interesting pro/con on wolves in Oregon (Dec. 28). Daiute's "pro" seemed to be supported by easily verifiable data- although presented in a somewhat combative style. Her points have been discussed by all interested parties with at least some effort to work out compromises. Rouse's offering was no less combative but relied more on per- sonal anecdotes (shades of Shosta- kovich's Peter and the Wolf). Data on wolves' positive impact in Yel- lowstone is easily accessed, as are the formal stances taken by both sides. I have seen wolves in the wild (B.C. near Head-Smashed- In), badgers, deer, of all sorts in Europe/ USA/ New Zealand, an- telope, wild boar in Germany and Turkey, predators and prey alike. I even saw a wolverine outside of Spearfish, S.D. I enjoy them. I seek them out and try to shoot pictures of them. Mr. Rouse's statement that a pack of'10 wolves kills three to four deer a week pales against the take of the Cottage Grove family that emptied a valley of game. The ODFW reported that last year's li- censed take of game animals was exceeded by that of poachers. So does one stand behind the game, the hunters, the poachers, or the ranchers? Could we at least con- sider the wolf?. I did note the differentiation Mr. Rouse made on the several types of wolves. I do not know much about the evolution of the wolf. That is, if one believes in evolution - if not, maybe they were put here by God . (Oops?)? Jim Elkins Sweet Home