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Hometown Newspa :)er of Scott Wartena Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 18 I .................. Photo by Scott Swanson Family outing As Sweet Home High School golfer Austin Yoder tees off during a tournament Wednesday, April 25, a family of Canadian geese snack in the grass just below the flight zone. The geese appeared to be unconcerned by the balls whizzing overhead and, thankfully for them, the golfers were keeping their heads down, meaning their shots stayed up. 75 Cents City Council: Ex-Frontier should get new chance By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Emie Volkers and Manuel L. Victor are hoping to soon reopen the old Frontier bar as the Downtown Restaurant and l_x)unge. The Sweet Home City Council voted to recommend that the Oregon Liquor Con- trol Commission approve a liquor license for the business duringits regular meeting on April 24. Victor and Volkers applied for a full on-premises liquor license to operate the business, formerly known as The Frontier, The New Frontier, The Last Frontier, The Last Round and the Downtown Saloon, lo- cated at 1234 Main St. It permits wine, beer and hard liquor to be served at the table or bar. It has previously been licensed by Ed Volkers, father of Ernie Volkers, and also by Manuel Victor. The Sweet Home Police Department began investigating the request on April 5, said Police Chief Bob B urford. "Ernie Volk- ers will be the day-to-day manager, and Mr. Victor will be acting as a silent partner with See Bar, page 9 ,00:ity cracking down on wayward cans - sort of By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The city of Sweet Home has urged residents to get their trash cans out of the public right-of- way after trash pickup and had mixed results. The city's Code Enforcement Office recently sent letters to 85 residents, mostly in the Avenues, along Elm Street and nearby streets. The right-of-way includes sidewalks, beauty strips, parking lanes and travel lanes. Code enforcement personnel took a look at areas where they had received complaints three full days after trash pickup, said Community Development Direc- tor Carol Lewis, who supervises code enforcement. "Basically, they were just leaving them out there. You're not supposed to See Cans, page 9 ',3chool funding picture Looking slightly rosier By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era While forecasts are optimistic for school funding in the 2013- 15 biennium, School District 55 will need to continue to remain conservative and employ sustainable, fiscally sound budgeting measures in the 2012- 13 school year, according to Supt. Don Schrader. The district received an estimate April 2 from the Oregon Department of Education that sets the 2012-13 state school grant at $12.3 million, significantly less than what the district received five years ago, and the district is no longer receiving federal stimulus funding to help offset reduced state funding, Schrader said in his budget message Monday night See Funding, page 12 Photo by Sean C. Morgan Josh Stokes and Brittany Warth share a laugh while looking over McDowell Creek with Jesus Andrade and Briana Warth, in the background. Students learn By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Four Sweet Home High School students spent Saturday morning, April 28, finding and cataloging in- vasive species at McDowell Creek Park to help on a larger project to eliminate such growth from the South Santiam Watershed. The students, members of the Sweet Home High School Youth to deal with invasive species Watershed Council. were learning tension Service on a SEA Grant, to map invasive species, identify taught them the system they would them and record their findings in use to complete the work, with help a database, said Angela Clegg, co- from Sweet Home Ranger District ordinator for the youth council and botanist Ryan Murdoff and South an employee of the U.S. Forest Ser- Santiam Watershed Coordinator vice. The students included Brittany Eric Hartstein. The SEA Grant is Warth, Josh Stokes. Jesus Andrade a nationwide network of projects, and Briana Warth. administered through the National Tonia Siemens, working with the Oregon State University Ex- See Species, page 13