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Page 14 MtJn CCMMtJN'TV llt t" r" - March 28, 2012 native is |i ! Wa!lowa new ODF supervisor Photos courtesy of AI Grove Industrial skills winners at LBCC Sweet Home High School industrial arts students were among contestants from 17 Oregon high schools who competed in the annual High School Industrial Skills Contest held March 1 at Linn-Benton Community College. A record number of students competed in contests for drafting and engi- neering graphics, machine tool milling and turning, automotive technology, heavy equipment, and a variety of types of welding. Sweet Home win- ners were: Sten Weld, first in Automotive Technology; Elric Benson, first in Heavy EquipmentDiesel Mechanics; and Cory Hanks, first in Welding Technology-Gas Tungsten Arc Welding; and Jake David, third in Welding Technology-Shielded Metal Arc Welding. At left, David competes during his event. Above, place winners included, from left, John Connelly, fourth in TIG welding, Hanks, David and Benson, who was also fourth in arc welding. Winners received a variety of tools and other gear from companies that sponsored the competition. LEBA N DeniLass Business & Tax Services ,...,o Karl Denison Lasswell, EA#96303/LTC#26886-C & Sheila Sneddon, EA#79392/LTC#26291-C Licensed Tax Consultants I Enrolled Agents Tax Preperotion+ Payrot, Bookkeepitg  Busire,ss Services I- m -I I 7 I BUY ONE i Biscuit with Gravy I Get the Second for a $1.00 I A Lebanon Tradition 541.258.6136 I 940 Main Street, Lebanon, OR 97355 Across The Street From City Hall I Limit 1 coupon per customer * Coupon required * Expires 4/30/12 L J Newera Hats... Calvin Klein Flojos EYEBLACK Wicking Shirts Rain & Track Jackets Sports Bras &Yoga Pants A4 Compressionwear & Gear Bags Running & Basketball Shorts Slap Watches Good Hew Socks Soft Shell Jackets activewear for men & women Open Tuesday- Saturday: 11-5:30 541-259-NEMO (6366) I Located Nextto the Kuhn Cinema! PPLIANCE. inc. ed Lorge AppliGnc - New & Used Parts - Fast Repairs - 90 Day Warranty on ALL - Pickup o Un-Wanted Appliances Huge Showroom - Huge inventoryl I FROM THAT(/SPECIAL (_./ENGAGEMENT RING TO EVERYDAY JEWELRY i ', -' tt .",>,- X :) ITEMS STARTING AT $9.95 '-. Y / i By Seen C. Morgan Of The New Era Neil Miller, a former teacher, snow plow driver and an experi- enced firefighter, has succeeded Jim Basting as an Oregon Depart- ment of Forestry Sweet Home Unit's forest protection supervisor. Basting, who worked for the ODF for some 42 years, retired earlier this year. Miller, 45, grew up in Wal- Iowa, graduating from high school there. He attended Eastern Or- egon State College at La Grande, earning a degree in education. He taught elementary school from 1989 to 1994 in Wallowa. "I started working for forestry back in '85 as a seasonal," Miller said. After teaching, he went to work for the Oregon Department of Transportation. "I got into education, I think, a little too early in my career," Miller said. An opportunity came up to go to work for ODOT, and he took it. Mostly, he worked in winter maintenance plowing snow, work- ing on fires in tbe summer and the roads in the winter. He worked for ODOT in Meacham along In- terstate 84 from 1994 to 1999, in Elgin from 2000 to 2007 and En- terprise from 2008 to 2011. "I've seen more snow here than I have at home," Miller said, joking about last week's weather. Since he arrived in Sweet Home, he's seen the whole gamut - nice weather in January, flooding in early February and the late snow last week. "I've definitely seen what the west side is all about," Miller said. He took the job and moved to Sweet Home to advance his career and to be closer to family, he said. His wife's family is all on the west side of Oregon, and they have ties to Sisters. Now they won't have seven- or eight-hour drives when they visit relatives. He'll do more in the new posi- tion than he did as a forest officer, he said. The fuels and weather are different on this side of the Cas- cades, and he'll be working more on the law enforcement and urban interface aspects of forestry here than he did in eastern Oregon, where his unit worked on 40 to 60 fire calls per year, most of them started by lightning. The Sweet Home Unit handles 25 to 30 calls per year, with more See Miller, page 15 CORRr_.CT00ON The time of a March 19 rob- bery at the Shell gas station and convenience store at 1306 Main St. in an article in The New Era last week should have been reported as 7:45 p.m. : Moving? : ,i i i  tt:l)af'll//tq I1 ti i i