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Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Vol. 79, N o. 8 75 Cents [] !'l Swimmer Jayce Calhoon sets record,- Kris Newport wins wrestling title, en route to two ' Photo by Sean C. Morgan championships Jayce Calhoon, above, swims to a new state record and his second straight state title in the 500 freestyle at the OSAA 4A swimming championships Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College. The boys team placed second in the state behind Cal- hoon's two victories, the other coming in the 100 backstroke. At right, Coach Steve Thorpe grabs freshman wrestler Kris Newport in a bear hug after Newport won the state ll9-pound title Saturday night to lead Sweet Home to a third-place team finish at the 4A wrestling championships at Portland's Memorial Coliseum. For more on both athletes and their teams, plus other Husky sports, see page 9. Photo by Scott Swanson Fire department adds new engines, ambulance By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home Fire and Ambu- lance District has received two new fire engines and one new ambulance in the last couple of weeks. The ambulance is part of the normal ambulance rotation, Fire Chief Mike Beaver said. The depart- ment replaces an ambulance every two years. The new vehicle replaces an old ambulance that has 160,000 miles on it and was starting to cost the district "a bunch of money to maintain." The department's newest am- bulance has close to 70,000 miles, and a third has,more than 100,000 miles, Beaver said. The district has four ambulances, including a four- wheel-drive vehicle that is nearing 50,000 miles. The four-wheel-drive is used when necessary and as a third- or fourth-out ambulance, Beaver said. The engines were paid for as part Photo by Sean C. Morgan SHFAD's new fire engines and ambulance, which have just arrived, are close to being put into service. barely get to 50 mph over flat ground. SHFAD promotes,': recognizes-" 6. Page 5 The oldengine also has a tailNoard, on which firefighters ride, whille the of a bond measure passed by district substation, Beaver said. The 1991 newer engine moving up from Foster voters in 2006. Pierce stationed there will move to has cab space for firefighters. One of the new Pierce fire en- Cascadia to replace a 1976 engine, gines will be placed at the Foster which is underpowered and can See Engines, pa, ge 5 Photo by Sean C. Morgan Nicole Street reflects on her ordeal after a gunman hem her hostage before he was shot by a Sheriff's sergeant on Saturday afternoon. By Sean C. Morgan and Scott Swanson Of The New Era Nicole Street of Crawfordsville was on her way home from Napa Auto Parts in Brownsville Saturday afternoon when a Sheriff's patrol car sped by, its lights flashing. It was Sheriff's Sgt. Dave LaMer, on his way to a Brownsville address after callers had reporteda man was brandishing a shotgun and threatening people about 1:40 p.m. Street has had her license for only a few months and she enjoys driving. She needed some gas, so she pulled into the Chevron station at the corner of Highway 228 and Wash- burn Street. "I pulled into the Chevron, and I saw him coming from the building," said Street, 16. Robert Earl Thompson, 51, a Brownsville resident, was carrying a gun. Behind him, an attendant shut the service station door and locked it. Thompson went to his car, parked in front of Street's Dodge Neon, and picked up some shells and put them See Hostage, page 8 School officer getting high marks all around By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era School District 55 and city of Sweet Home officials will recommend to their budget committees that they continue funding the student resource officer position, which began working in schools this school year. Police Chief Bob Burford met with District 55 Supt. Larry Horton and district administrators on Feb. 13 to discuss the situation. The city and district split the cost of the position. "The School District affirmed that they were very pleased with the program and wish to see it continue through the next school year," Burford said. 'Tve heard only praise from out in the community, from parents and from students. I see no downsides to the program at all." Veteran Police Officer John Tra- fan serves in the position, handling police calls within the district as well as working with staff and students on a variety of issues and answering questions. An Edu- cation Ser- vice District employee recently sent a letter com- plimenting Trahan for his work with a suicidal stu- dent, Horton said. "We feelJohn Trahan the position is a very valuable position to our district and students." If the funds are available for next year, the administration is supportive of continuing funding, Horton said. "I would anticipate the SRO position See Officer, page 6 Council putting library district on ballot By Sean C. Morgan which proposes the formation of the Of The New Era district. The Sweet Home City Council Brownsville City Council decid- adopted a resolution Tuesday al- ed last year not to join the districL lowing a proposed library district If it appears on the November to appear on Sweet Home ballots in ballot, the district will be formed if a November. majority of voters within the proposed With its unanimous decision dur- boundaries approve it, not individual ing its regular meeting, Sweet Home jurisdictions such as Sweet Home. joined a list of cities that will vote The Linn Library League pro- on the district, including Lebanon, poses a tax rate of 68 cents per $1,000 Scio and Tangent. The same night, of assessed property value, $136 per Millersburg and Halsey city councils year on a $200,000 property, an in- also were considering it. crease of six cents from the existing Albany City Council has yet to local option levy that funds the Sweet decide and has met with proponents Home Public Library. in work sessions to discuss the dis- trict with the Linn Library League, See Library, page 7 I