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Homq ;town Newspaper of George Virtue Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 19 i 75 Cents Saving smolts Foster study seeks to determine best ways to keep young fish alive By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era South Santiam Hatchery steelhead smolts are busy taking one for their wild kin this month as they slide down a tube into and through the Foster Dam power- house turbines or over the spillway gates this .month. Researchers are trying to find the least harmful way for the young fish to make their way downstream. The Corps is conducting tests to es- timate the direct survival and injury rates of juvenile salmon and steelhead pass- ing through the Foster Dam spillway and powerhouse at specific reservoir levels, said Spokesman Scott Clemens 'q'be tests will provide important data to the Corps and its partners about how Best to manage operations at Foster and other dams to op- timize fish passage and survival." See Smolts, page 15 Photo by Scan C. Morgan Researcher Matthew Williams removes tags and balloons from a steelhead smolt dur- ing tests at Foster Dam. Pending city pay hikes raise eyebrows By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era Following a discussion at the city's Budget Committee meeting on May 2, city councilors will likely discuss freezing the wages of city employees who are not rep- resented by unions - primarily supervisory staff members and department heads. Times are tough, said Councilor Greg Mahler, who made it clear he wasn't om- fortable with the idea of giving raises un- der the current economic conditions. He added that the city needs to take a look at insurance benefits. In the 2012-13 budget, Police Depart- ment employees will receive a 3-percent general wage increase. General city em- ployees and employees not represented by a union will receive a new 3-percent step based on merit following an evaluation. The city cannot freeze the wages of union-represented employees without bar- gaining, but it could freeze the wages of non-represented employees. "I cannot sit here and argue why I feel See Raises, page 8 District asks legislators to address school funding inequities By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home School District #55 has asked state representatives Sherri Sprenger and Phil Barnhart to address the state's education funding equalization formula and implement improvements, which Could increase funding to Sweet Home schools. Both representatives have vis- ited Sweet Home in recent weeks, Sprenger at a town hall meeting on April 19, and Barnhart on April 12, to visit the School District and Hol- Icy School. School District Business Man- ager Kevin Strong asked both to look into what he says are funding inequalities that favor some dis- tricts over others, such as Sweet Home. "Evidence shows that the cur- rent equalization formula does Couple By Scan C.'Morgan- Of The New Era Ed and Wanda McCartin of Sweet Home celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Saturday at the Community Chapel. The secret to 70 years of mar- riage is straightforward. "First you've got to let your wife know who's the boss," said Ed. "If she doesn't hit you, you've made it." Who's the boss? "She is," Ed said. "I'm the boss when she wants me to be." "Patience, tolerance, a lot of give and take," Wanda said. "Our interests weren't exactly celebrates 70 years of the same," she said. He was into sports and dogs, she said, and she isn't. Ed is well-known in his family for bringing home any stray animal he found, and it was a running in- side joke during the celebration. "I'm surprised by how fast it's gone," Wanda said. William Edward McCartin, 90, and Wanda June Smith, 87, were married on May 9, 1942 in Tow- son, Md., a town near Baltimore. They met when Wanda's mother invited him to church, said their son Mark McCartin, pastor at Community Chapel. Their first date was in a rented car with bald not create a level playing field for Oregon's school districts and stu- dents," Strong said. "For example, a district with no homeless stu- dents receives over $1,000 more per student per year than a district where over 10 percent of the stu- dents are considered homeless. The less-funded school district also has a higher percentage of special edu- cation students." He submitted six suggestions marriage, including tires, skidding all over the place. After that their dates were by pub- lic buses or his mother's car. After about five months, he asked her to marry him, their son said. They tied the knot a couple of weeks later. Since it was so fast, Wanda "fibbed" to her parents and said she was going to work. She rode the bus to the pastor's house instead. Ed fibbed too, telling his par- ents Wanda was 18 years old. She was 17. "Fibbed is what us Baptists called a lie," Pastor McCartin See 70th, page 3 to make the equalization formula more rational. First, he asked that the fa- cilities grant be eliminated. Under the grant, which he said should be called the "anti-Robin Hood Districts that pass bond mea- sures are, in effect, receiving a sub- sidy from districts without bond measures, Strong said. Second, he asked that the leg- islature equalize the weight given Grant," districts receive grant fund- . to students in poverty with students ing from the state to be used for in English As A Second Language furnishing and equipping school programs. The state awards a half- buildings, reducing the amount of weight to students in English learn- money available for distribution See Schools, page 5 through the State School Fund. "a lot of give and take" Photo by Scan C. Morgan Ed McCartin gives wife Wanda a kiss as they celebrate 70 years together. iiillmllll o mmmm08805n92