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Hometown Newspaper of Lin Gaclner Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 21 75 Cents Local kids learn forestry By Caitlyn May For The New Era Sixth-graders from Foster and Oak Heights schools got the chance to explore a local tree farm during Forest Field Days, held on May 16 at the Udell Happy Valley Tree Farm. The exercise included grade-level cur- riculum and a complex role-playing game to hammer home the importance of Or- egon's forests. LaRae Ash, an organizer of the event, said the basic outline of the outdoor field trip was to put middle-schoolers into a sit- uation where they have to decide how to manage a .family tree farm. "The kids role play a family that has inherited 200 acres from 'Grandma Pe- terson' and they have to create a five-year land management plan using math and sci- ence curriculum." Broken into four teams to represent "Peterson's" four grandchildren, the stu- dents were asked to come up with the best way to sustain their inheritance and manage the land. To accomplish their task, the kids were ushered to four different stations to learn the basics of compaction, recreation, timber and forest rules and regulations. Each station is led by an expert in the field, who volunteers their time for the event. In order to properly sustain the ficti- tious 200 acres, students were required to choose from several land use possibilities, including whether or not to implement See Forest, page 3 Photo by Caitlyn May Students from Oak Heights and Foster schools listen to a presentation on soils by Dick Pow- ell of the Starker Forest during a visit o the Udell Happy Valley Tree Farm last week. Swimming pool levy. gets 'yes' vote- barely By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Sweet Home's swimming pool got a two-year reprieve, by a fingernail in swim racers' lingo, as a two-year local option tax for pool operations passed by a 54-vote mar- gin Tuesday, May 15. County Commissioner Will Tucker was another winner, in the only other truly con- tested local race, defeating challenger Chris- tine Ruck to earn a second four-year term on the commission. Tucker drew 5,853 (59.89 percent) votes to 2,717 (27.80 percent) for Ruck in the race for Position 3. In the Democratic primary for the 4th District U.S. Representative's seat, incum- bent Peter DeFazio defeated challenger Mat- thew Robinson with about 90 percent of the vote. DeFazio got nearly 80 percent in Linn County, while Robinson finished with 16.6 percent of county Democrats' votes. DeFazio will face Robinson's father, Republican Art Robinson, in November's regular election. Passage of the Sweet Home pool fund- ing measure means the facility will continue to operate for the next two years, during which time the school district is expected to explore the possibility creating a pool district such as those in Lebanon, Albany and other area cities, to keep the facility running. The levy passed Tuesday will cost tax- payers 32 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for two years, is expected to raise an estimat- ed $90,000 in 2012-13 and $90,900 in 2013- See Pool, page 5 Budget goes to School Board with staff cuts By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Staff shuffling that will tighten up the Sweet Home School District's administra- tion is a major component of a proposed $28,287,603 budge t approved Tuesday, May 15, by district Budget Committee members. The budget, which got a unanimous thumbs-up from the 14 committee members present, now goes to the School Board for a public heating on June 11. The budg& includes more than $1 mil- lion in cuts from 2011-12, District Superin- "tendent Don Schrader said. Those include See Budget, page 11 Lebanon vets home reques t-for-proposal issued by state The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs last week issued a request for pro- posal for a general contractor to construct Oregon's second veterans' home, in Leba- non. The general contractor, or construction manager, will support the preconstruction, construction, post-construction and war- ranty phases of a project for the construction of the next veterans' home. The planned 150-bed veterans' home will offer long-term skilled nursing care, rehabilitation services, and Alzheimer's and memory related care. A mandatory pre-proposal conference for firms planning to submit a proposal will be held at 1 p.m. on May 22, at the ODVA, 700 Summer St. N.E., Salem. Potential pro- posers will have an opportunity to discuss the project with ODVA, the architect and project manager to ask questions and request clarifications to the solicitation documents. ODVA intends to award a single con- tract as a result of the RFP process. Propos- als are due by 2 p.m. on June 8. The RFP and attachments can be obtained on the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) See Veterans, page 11 One veteran to replace another in high school principal changeover By Semi C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home High School Principal Pat Stineff will retire at the end of the school year, and Assistant Principal Keith Winslow will assume the post. Stineff became principal in 1997 - when most students gradu- ating this year were 3 to 4 years old. She started teaching in 1977 at Central High School, where she taught English and Social Studies for 17 years. She was a vice princi- pal for three years. She could have retired five years ago, she said. The district's fi- nances convinced her that this was the time. "I could see the writing on the wall," Stineff said. "They needed to cut somebody at the high school." Stineff is going to continue working a couple of days each week coordinating the Accessing College Today program, she said. The pro- gram, which has about 36 students signed up, allows students to hold off on graduation and the district will pay their tuition for college classes at Linn-Benton Community College while receiving some fund- ing for each of those students. Students receive support from the district and LBCC, Stineff said, while earning college credit. It's an opportunity for district students and for home-school stu- dents, she said. While still working part time, she has plans for her spare time. "I'm going to travel and read and quilt and follow my grandchil- dren's sports," Stineff said. "And garden and clean the house and paint it. I have a list." Stineff has most enjoyed the students and staff at SHHS, she said. "I love h.igh school kids any- way. What you see is what you get with our kids. I've really just enjoyed the kids tremendously. I couldn't ask for a better staff. They care about the kids. They're profes- sional. They work hard for us, and they work together well." She's going to miss the staff and students, Stineff said. "I just appreciate the fact I've been able to be here for 15 years. I like the town. It's a great place. See SHHS, page 5 Keith Winslow, left, will replace Pat Stineff as SHHS principal. news@sweethomenews.com ,,,,- www.sweethomenews.com