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Hometown News aper of Andy Busek Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 25 75 Cents Rescue touch-down Photo by Sean C. Morgan Sweet Home rescue personnel and a REACH crewmember load an automobile crash victim, Marissa L. Estes, 14, onto a helicopter for a trip to the hospital after an accident on North River Road near Gedney Creek on June 13. The driver and two passengers were injured. For more details, see page 9. SH Rodeo cancelled By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era After nearly 70 years of annual shows, the 2012 Sweet Home Rodeo has been canceled. "Basically, lack of funds is what it is," said Rodeo President Dick Coffin. "I wanted to thank all our sponsors and all the people that have supported the rodeo throughout the years." Without the support of sponsors and vol- See Rodeo, page 8 Board ratifies contract with licensed staff By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The District 55 School Board ratified a two-year contract with district eachrrs and licensed staff Monday evening in a special meeting. The existing contract expires on June 30. The contract includes a 0-percent ad- See Contract, page 5 Rural development experts congregate in SH By Scott Swanson Of The New Era " Board and staff members from Rural Development Initiatives got an up-close-and-personal look at a community on the rise, which they have helped for years, during their annual convention last week at the Community Center. Since 1991 RDI, an Oregon nonprofit organization that aims to assist rural communities in helping themselves through leadership development, economic vitality, networking, and organizational development, has been working with Sweet Home residents and some 40 people got to see some of the results Monday through Wednesday, June 11-13. "Many of the things that have happened in tliis community are directly related to what this organization does," said Brian Hoffman, economic director for Sweet Home Economic Development Group. The very existence of SHEDG, after spotted owl protection policies shut down the vast majority of the timber industry in Sweet Home around 1990, is a testimony to RDI's efforts, said Tim McQueary, former mayor and now an RDt board member. "They led us through the process of working up a vision for the community and how it would look," he said. "We lost 1,000 jobs. RDI came to town and that was the time we started SHEDG." Before their conference sessions got rolling, the visitors heard from a variety of local community leaders including McQueary, City Manager Craig Martin, Hoffman, County Parks Director Brian Carroll, John Morrison of the Visit Linn Coalition, Cascade Timber Consulting President Dave Furtwangler and Alex Paul, former publisher of The New Era. They also watched as Joanne McQueary, representing the See RDI, page 5 ,C-'rrafitti vandal(s) mar new police mural By Scott Swanson Of The New Era A late-night graffiti job tem- porarily mined Sweet Home's most recent mural last week, but some quick action by members of the local Mural Committee got things straightened out. Someone tagged the mural sometime on June 12 with an anti- See Mural, page 5 Photo by Scott Swanson Artist Larry Kangas repairs a mural marred by graffiti. SPORTSMAN'S llOLIbaV COURT 2012 Chancy Fuesler Chancy Fuesler, 17, is the daughter of Stacey Fuesler. She graduated June 9 from Sweet Home High School. She was active with the yearbook, the Huskian newspaper, newspaper photog- raphy and track and field. She was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and vol- unteering in commu- nity activities. Fuesler plans to attend Linn-Benton Community College for two years and then transfer to Western Oregon University for two years and then be- come a social worker. She enjoys photography, writing, swimming, volunteering and design. "This community has given me so much during the time I have been here, and I wanted to give back to these wonderful people," she said of joining the 2012 Sportsman's Holiday Court. She said her sisters have been the biggest influence on her life. "They make me a better person," Fuesler said.