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Hometown Newspa )er of Lynn and Nancy Ellis Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 24 75 Cents As rainpoureddownoutside, that the advice is good but the Class Of 2012 graduated Fri- shouldn't be taken too far." day, June 8, in a cozy ceremony Miller said she wasn't famil- in the Main Gymnasium. iar with Dean, so she had to do Their motto, "Dream as some research to learn about his if you'll live forever; live as if cultural influence as a rebellious you'll die today," was the pervad- movie star. ing theme from the beginning, "He left us with sayings we as valedictorians Tyler Fosback, quote today," she said. "In his six- Tiffany Miller and Kristen Tolle year career, he accomplished all embellished on the quotation of this; which goes to show you from James Dean. should enjoy and appreciate who "It starts out optimistic but and what you have now. Every- then gets a little morbid," Fos- thing is temporary. We may not back said, noting that Dean him- be able to control everything that. self "lived out his quote, nearly happens, so we need to make the to the letter. "He is not-so-living proof See Grads, page 7 Photos by Scan C. Morgan Jenna Roberts, 7, cheers on her sister, Christina Lugo, during Sweet Rachel Adams, left, and Alyssa Adams (no relation) enjoy a moment Home High School graduation ceremonies Friday night in the Main during graduation ceremonies. Gym, with some support from her father, Mike Roberts. By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The District 55 School Board ratified a contract Monday night with People Involved in Education to operate the Sweet Home Charter School. The board also voted to maintain control of special funds that the state may disburse to school districts based on attendance counts, but it did agree to split funds it received earlier thisyear with the charter school. The last sticking point in the contract was over language, sought by PIE, which would bind the district to split those funds, the same way it splits regular state school funding. State law and the existing contract allow the board to decide whether to pass through such money to charter schoOls. See Board, page 8 Burning ban starts June 16 l By Scott Swanson you make thathappen? the gathering, held at the Sweet nity Forest, and the development of Of The New Era Those questions were the es-Home Ranger Station. a diversified forest products local What would happen if local sence of a meeting last week focus- Glick is one of the main play- economy. government officials and private ing on what has become known as ers in recent efforts to collaborate "We had a meeting to to invite landowners worked together with the Sweet Home All Lands part- in three different partnerships the governor's Oregon Solutions key state and federal officials to nership, which would do exactly - the restoration plan for 10,000 team to look at work we're doing create uses of the forest that would that. acres of public and private forest in on all-lands approach and bring in spur economic growth and improve Sweet Home District Ranger the Cool Soda area off Soda Fork leads from various state agencies," the Sweet Home community with Cindy Glick, of the U.S. Forest Road east of Sweet Home, the cre- jobs and opportunity? And how do Service, said 27 people attended ation of a Cascadia'Cave Commu- See Meeting, page 5 Summer of 2012 shaping up to be an active one By Scott Swanson Lewis Creek Park - which will host Of The New Era such events as a huge Girl Scout This past weekend, Sweet jamboree, an open-water water polo Home's first big one of the season tournament featuring high-powered - featuring the Free Fishing Day teams from around the West, a mas- at Foster Lake, Grampa Tom's Car ter's swim competition and a triath- Show and the Safety Fair - looks lon. to be just the start of what will be a Back this year is the fourth an- very active Summer locally, nual Sweet Home Sweet Ride Car A succession of events, rang- Show on June 30, which attracted ing from water sports at Foster Lake some 300 entrants last year, ranging to a massive all-school reunion, are from show-quality motorcycles to shaping up to make this summer high-end hot rods. one of the busiest in recent years for The Sportsman's Holiday, Sweet Home. Working Loggers Olympics and Much of the action will cen- ter on Foster Lake - specifically at See Summer, page 12 L Photo by Scan C. Morgan Don Hopkins checks out a Model A Ford at Grampa Tom's Car Show. By Sean C. Morgan " Of The New Era A ban on backyard burning begins Saturday, June 16, in-Linn County, along with Benton and Marion counties. The ban is meant to reduce the incidence of open debris bums escaping control and will likely end around Oct. 15, depending on fire danger. Fire officials say growth of grasses has been shaping up to produce some serious fire risk as the weather gets drier. "A lot of green-up is occur- ring due to the current weather patterns," said Mike Beaver, Linn County Fire Defense Board chief. "We expect this to result in heavy fuel loading for the grass models as temperatures rise and the fuels dry out." Mountain snows have delayed fire risks in the high country thus far, Said Unit Forester Ed K-eith, Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit. "We were lucky enough to get a good snowpack in the high country," he said. A week ago, things were dry- ing out quickly, Keith said, but See Ban, page 14