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Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 5 75 Cents Shallow gas line accidentally cut Photo by Scott Swanson Emergency responders close Ninth Avenue Friday morning after a worker, who was preparing for excavation and sewer repairs, cut through the asphalt - and a shallow natural gas line 3 inches below the surface of the road. For details, see page 9. City moves to renew cable deal By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council held the % first reading on Jan. 24 of an ordinance cre- ating a 10-year franchise agreement with Comcast. The previous franchise agreement was granted in 2006, said City Manager Craig Martin. The new agreement continues a fee of 5 percent of cable revenues to be paid to the city for use of rights of way and other property, Martin said. It will provide ap- proximately $78,000 to the city annually, depending on the number of subscribers. Tim Goodman represented Comcast at the regular council meeting and outlined a new Comcast program, Comcast Essen- tials. The program, rolled out in October, provides low-cost broadband Internet ser- vice to low-income families as part of an effort to bridge the "so-called digital di- vide," Goodman said. See Cable, page 12 New officers fill void at SHP[) By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Two new police officers, one a former college football player and the other a veteran of the war in Af- ghanistan, started at Sweet Home Police Department last week. Rocky Hanni, 27, and Matt Johnson, 22, Went to work on Jan. 23, tilting two of three vacant po- sitions. In local training now, they will attend the Police Academy in Salem and then return for further field training before going to work solo.' Hanni grew up in Sumner, Wash., and moved to Sweet Home from Puyallup, Wash. He attended Eastern Washington University, where he earned a bachelor's de- gree in criminal justice He gradu- ated in 2009. An offensive lineman, he played football in high school and was a four-year starter in college. His football career included try- outs with the Seattle Seahawks, but an injury ended any further pursuit of the game. Most recently, he was working in a paper mill. Hanni had been testing for a while, he said. His wife is about to graduate from college, and they de- cided to look in other states. They visited family in Albany during Thanksgiving, and family mem- bers mentioned that Sweet Home had openings. It seemed like a good fit, he said. "I like the outdoors, the trees and mountains and hills every- where. I was always interested in the small communities because it's See SHPD, page 12 Photo by Scott Swanson Sweet Home District Ranger Cindy Glick takes a look at a forestry report in her office. Tickets for District Ranger's aim is more, better uses of forest Saturday background in forestry, recreation, fire, range and environmental edu- cation after serving in the Siuslaw, Deschutes, Ochoco and Malheur national forests in Oregon - the latter her last stop as acting district ranger for the Prairie City Ranger District. She said her goal is to pre- serve and create forest-related See Glick, page 15 Mudfest go on sale early Mudfest tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, through Ticketmaster. The Mudfest, which typi- cally sells out the day tickets go on sale, will be held on March 3 at a location just east of Holley off Highway 228, its third year there. Preparation is going well, By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Nine months into her tenure as District Ranger in Sweet Home's U.S. Forest Service headquarters, Cindy Glick has identified two big goals: help people use the forest and figuring out how to use the forest to help people. Glick, who took over leader- ship of the Sweet Home Ranger District on April 11, 2011, has a See Tickets, page 12 Bluebird lady A longtime devotee of feathered folk, Diane Kaldahl is on a quest to establish a healthy breeding population of bluebirds on her Sweet Home-area property. Read about her efforts in today's edition of 55 Plus, inside.