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Hometown Newspaper of Doris Rector Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 35 75 Cents Big plans for WSLRT land County, SHEDG plan new festival site, park for part of foreclosed property By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era After its biggest Oregon Jamboree ever, the Sweet Home Economic Development Group is planning a couple of huge changes, a new location and a second festival. Linn County and SHEDG, which owns the Oregon Jam- boree, are partnering to build a permanent Jamboree facility on a former Morse Bros.-Knife River rock quarry site at the north end of Clark Mill Road along the south shore of the South Santiam River. SHEDG also plans to host a second festival, with a different musical genre, one week in ad- vance of the Oregon Jamboree in 2013. The Oregon Jambo- ree is a three-day camping and country music festival, from which proceeds are used to fund local economic development projects. "The county has possession of the mill site," said Jamboree Festival Director Erin Regrutto. Photo by Scan C. Morgan County Board of Commissioners Chairman Roger Nyquist, left, Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Erin Regrutto and Kevin Strong, chair of the Sweet Home Economic Development Group, look over land that the county wants to turn into a park and permanent Jamboree facility on the former Morse Bros.-Knife River quarry site north of 24th Avenue and Clark Mill Road, next to the South Santiam River. "They have some really excit- ing plans for that property." The property is part of a master plan developed by Dan Desler, Troy Cummings, De- velopment by Design and West- ern States Land Reliance Trust. Linn County owns the por- tions that had been controlled by Desler and WSLRT after foreclosing for nonpayment of property taxes. The new facility will be located on the 193-acre rock quarry portion of the for- mer WLSRT property. The property is authorized for residential development, said Sweet Home Community Development Director Carol Lewis. It will require a mas- ter plan amendment to allow the new festival site. A smaller See Festival, page 6 Ex_SHPD officer arrested Klamath Falls police arrested a former Sweet Home police officer on charges of theft and official mis- conduct on Aug. 18. Randy Gill, 32, who was presi- dent of the Sweet Home Emergency Employees Association, is accused of taking money from the union's Benevolent Fund four times, from December 2010 to October 2011. He is charged with three counts See Gill, page 8 Sportsman's Holiday ideas aired at forum By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era A group of about 20 people representing various community in- terests started divvying up responsi- bility for 2013 Sportsman's Holiday activities and discussed the basics for forming a Sportsman's Holiday Committee during a meeting held Thursday night in the City Council Chamber at City Hall. See Plans, page 3 CCC veterans honored by Forest Service at annual Longbow picnic By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Tony Farque - aka J. Roy Blake, Sweet Home district ranger - was in fine form as he chatted it up with the Civilian Conservation Corps workers sitting in the amphitheater at Longbow Organization Camp Wednesday, Aug. 22. "You could have gone AWOL," Farque said, impersonating Blake. "But that's why they shipped you so far away from home." Farque's living history/reminiscence performance was part of the Willamette Na- tional Forest's annual potluck picnic honor- Vets recall CCC days Men who served in the Cascadia and other CCC programs remember their service with the Civilian Conservation Corps. See the 55Plus section inside. ing the contributions of CCC Company 2097, young men who built roads and trails, camp- grounds, telephone lines and many other projects between 1933 and 1942. The five CCC alumni who attended Wednesday's picnic shared their memories with a group of more than two dozen fam- ily, U.S. Forest Service employees and others who gathered for the event. The youngest, Bill Albright of Lebanon, is 87 and the two oldest, Ken Molver of San Francisco and Harold Lill of Albany, who are 95. The latter were.the only two who actually worked in the Sweet Home area, but all were part of the CCC prior to World War II, when they entered the service. Longbow itself was built by the CCC, along with House Rock, Fernview, and Trout Creek campgrounds, Company 2097, formerly Company 1314, was organized in 1933. The members moved to Camp Cascadia, located along the South Santiam River east of Sweet Home, in 1934. While working in the Willamette Na- tional Forest, Company 2097 built 35 miles of forest roads and 80 miles of trails; installed 17 miles of telephone lines; built six fire look- outs and eight bridges; landscaped four acres of grounds near the Cascadia Ranger Station; constructed two large dwellings, an office building and a gas and oil station; and spent Photo by Scott Swanson Tony Farque, aka one-time District Ranger J. Roy Blake, interviews Civilian Conservation Corps member Richard Chrissinger, now of Missouri, during the annual potluck picnic hon- oring the contributions of CCC Company 2097 at Longbow Campground last week. more than 7,000 days fighting wildfires. Farque and the alums recalled the mil- itary-style discipline in the camps. Farque said hazing was common for new initiates, including such experiences as finding sand or lizards in one's bed, or finding it run up the flagpole, or getting tossed into a cold river. Or, a newcomer could be told to go out to See Picnic, page 6 i ,l!+njl!tl00l