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iii!i!: 2i 7 VV Cota t 5heiton Wa 98564 Hometown Newspaper of Larry and Susan Angland Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 3 75 Cents Forging a merit badge Photo by Sean C. Morgan Colby Gregg of Albany pulls a red-hot spike out of a forge during a merit badge fair held Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which drew more than 50 uniformed Boy Scouts from Linn, Benton and Lane counties. For more on the event, see page 8. Council OKs tras] l rate hike By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Coun- cil adopted ordinances last week raising garbage service rates by 4.3 percent and implementing a local law against possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. The council held the third reading of each of the ordinanc- es during its regular meeting on Jan. 10. The first ordinance al- lows Sweet Home Sanitation to raise trash collection rates. The rate increase will take effect in March. Sweet Home Sanitation asked for the rate increase be- cause disposal and fuel costs have increased, according to Scott Johnson of Sweet Home Sanitation. The company has been able to maintain stable rates, but the factors behind this increase are "mostly uncontrol- lable expenses." Sweet Home Sanitation's disposal fees have been going See Council, page 8 SH's first baby of 2012 has By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Natalie Renee Looney is Sweet Home's first baby of 2012 but her arrival Came with a lot more drama than her young parents expected. Natalie was born at 5:26 a.m. on Jan. 3 at Lebanon Samaritan Com- munity Hospital via an emergency C-section after she quit breathing after ingesting some meconium - material the infant typically passes following birth but which is some- times expelled into the amniotic fluid prior to or during birth. Her mother, Hailey Voldbaek, who had been in labor for 20 hours, credited Dr. Dana Kosmala with saving the baby's life. "She couldn't breathe for 10 minutes," said Voldbaek, 18. "The doctor said she didn't know if she could save her. They called Code 99 and everything. They had to get CPR done. Dr. Kosmala was the one who saved her." Natalie was rushed to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Eugene, while her mother had to stay behind at LSCH. "It wasn't the most fun experi- ence in the world," Voldbaek said. "I had to stay for two days before I could go to Eugene." Natalie's father, Aaron Looney rough arrival Photo by Scott Swanson Sweet Home's first baby of 2012, Natalie Renee Loone gets some cud- dling from her parents, Aaron Looney and Halley Voldbzek. spent his days in Eugene during his fiance's hospitalization. After she was released, they were at RiverBend from dawn until midnight until Jan. 9, when Natalie was released. "When I was discharged, we could go visit but we couldn't stay the night." Looney, 20, works as a hook tender for Timberline Logging, while Voldbaek, who has training as a phlebotomist, plans to stay home with Natalie, she said. They knew each other at Sweet Home High School "but never hung out," Voldbaek slid. "The end of my junior year was when I began to date him. He asked me out to the Oregon Jamboree" Natalie, wto weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long at birlh, takes after her mom, Voldbaek said. "I was an extremely chubby- cheeked baby but she is too," she said. "Aaron and I have similar fea- tures. We've actually been called siblings before, which is actually annoying. Se;e Baby, page 2 Photo by Sean C. Morgan Sweet Home's first snow lightly coats shrubs outside Wells-Fargo on Main Street Monday morning. Forecasted snow barely touched Sweet Home Sunday and Monday. Heavy rain is expected this week. Fire calls ctrop in 2011; caedical cads set recor00 [ By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era 2011 was the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District's busiest ever for medical calls, while its overall Call load was its second highest ever. The total number of fire calls last year fell to 200 from 217, while the number of medical calls increased to 2,200 from 1,983, a total of 2,351, up from 2,200. "It's right there," said Fire Chief Mike Beaver, near the highest total number of calls ever. But not quite. The highest total number of calls for the district was in 2006 when it had'2,391. Last year is notable because it had 2,200 medical calls. The district See Calls, page 8