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Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 31 75 Cents 20th Oregon Jamboree showtime starts Friday By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Yes, Wynonna is coming back. Despite some unfounded rumors to the contrary that have circulated through the community for the past couple of weeks, the country music star who helped kick off the Oregon Jamboree in 1992 will return this weekend to help celebrate the 20th anniver- sary. She will be joined by headliners Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley, along with a long list of country musicians hosted by Neal Mc- Coy Friday through Sunday. The Oregon Jamboree was founded in 1992 as an economic development project for the Sweet Home Community. Jamboree founders Marge Geil and Leslie Ancke had a passion for community service and a love for country music. Their vision was a three-day country music, camping and fund-raising event. Geil and Ancke pursued their dream with convic- tion, traveling to see Wynonna Judd concerts and asking for her help. They finally got a personal meeting with Wynonna at one of her shows and were di- rected to the Wynonna's agent to discuss the idea. Wynonna agreed to play at the 1992 and 1993 Jamborees, and the vision of The Ore- gon Jamboree in Sweet Home was born. To- SeeTwenty, page 7 Rascal Flatts National Forest00 celebrates 100 years Fish Lake hosts celebration history By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era "Another recruit coming up here," called out Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, as he stood outside the dispatcher's cabin at Fish Lake. "We signed up another recruit!" Pinchot, portrayed by Sweet Home Ranger District Archaeologist Tony Farque, was on hand with Archie Knowles and other historic U.S. Forest Service figures for the Willamette National Forest's centennial celebration held July 20 at Fish Lake, an important historic site for the Willamette forest. "President Roosevelt couldn't make it, but he sent me on his behalf," Pinchot said. Inside the tiny dispatcher's cabin, one of those figures, Cy Bingham, a ranger around the time that the national forest system was formed, gave tours. He was portrayed by Steve Coady, formerly of the Forest Service. At around the time the forest was created, recruits would face one day of written tests, Coady said. The second day had a chopping test outdoors, where a good ax man was measured by the size of his chips. The recruits Photos by Sean C.Morgan Betty Applebaker, who served as packer at Fish Lake from 1985 to 2005 when the program ended, leads a pack train during the centennial celebration at Fish Lake. had to be proficient with a pistol at 25 yards and a rifle at 100 yards. Supplies would be laid out on a tarp, and recruits would have to demonstrate a proficiency turning it into a pack. Initially, the Forest Service used ex-cowboys, mountain men, miners and general wanderers to serve as rangers, Coady said The rangers stayed out in the forests through the rain and snow at $60 per month. The pay was acceptable, but they had to buy their own horses. See Forest, page 11 Steve Hamilton and Terry Godin of the Middle Fork Ranger District look at a model of the restored Tid Bits fire lookout. Red tape snag may stop Josai exchange By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era A federal recertification pro- cess may prevent two Japanese students from Josai University High School of Tokyo from attend- ing Sweet Home High School next school year. "We had a paperwork malfunc- tion," said School District 55 Supt. Don Schrader. The federal govern- ment is requiring the school to be recertified and when The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, sent n - tices to Schrader and the coordina- tor of the program, Cynde Burford, it was confusing, he said. "I had to send them my pass- port," Schrader said. He sent it and thought everything was set. "I thought it was done a long time ago. Not being involved in it, I didn't know. I assumed it. It was new to me, and we're kind of learning our way through it." Josai is a high school program and Schrader was copied on e-mails relating to the situation, as he is on many other issues pertaining to lo- See Josai, page 12 Ken Roberts remembered as'all heart' whenit-came to students By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Longtime coach, educator and Huskies announcer Ken Roberts died Thursday. He was 61. He leaves behind many friends and a legacy of helping others, especially children, unselfishly. "He was just a great friend," said Rob Younger, former high school science teacher and coach. "He taught me a lot about integrity and character. Ken was a true man of integ- rity, of character. What I enjoyed most about Ken is he was selfless. Even after Roberts retired as a social studies teacher at Sweet Home Junior High, he worked with students, Younger said. He helped them financially behind the See Ken Roberts Roberts, page 9 Pest plants and more Columnist Mona Wai- bel writes today about some of her least- favorite plants, such as skunk cabbage, shown here, and animals in 55 Plus, inside. Photo by Scott Swanson