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Hometown Newspaper of Tim Mi ler Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 41 Fire danger still l00igh "Be careful, "official hot, dry continues warns as weather By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Fire managers throughout Oregon are feeling the heat. With rain not expected until at least the end of the week, continued hot, dry weather is plaguing the region that could lead to a significant fire from a single spark. The weather and fuels are dry, according to Chad Calderwood, Oregon Department of Forest- ry Sweet Home Unit forest protection supervisor. A half-acre fire last week near the intersection of Canyon Creek Road and Highway 20 showed just how dry it is fight now. Firefighters from the ODF and the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to the fire at about 10 p.m. on Oct. 2. The U.S. Forest Service also sent an engine. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Calderwood said. "It burned actively," Calderwood said. "People need to be careful." The fire was under control within about 30 minutes, Calderwood said. "The only challenge was it was in thick blackberries." And Canyon Creek is called Canyon Creek for a reason, he said. The slope to the creek is quite steep. The response from multiple agencies helped tremendously to get the fire under control, Calde- rwood said. See Fires, page 10 Photo by Sean C. Morgan Flames race up a tree along Canyon Creek during a brush fire Oct. 3. 75 Cents Proposed lighting law to get further discussion By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council was sched- uled during its regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9, to discuss a proposed ordinance regulating the Iflside: use of outdoor lights. That was the re- Learn about suit on Oct. 2 when City Council two counc, members, candidates. Marybeth Angulo and Mayor Craig Fentiman, Page 5 met with the Planning Commission to discuss the issue. The commis- sion had requested a meeting with the council to get input and direction on how to develop See Council, page 12 School Board hears classified insurance woes By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Velma Canfield told the District 55 School Board Monday night about an em- ployee whose paycheck was $6.36 for Sep- tember. She mentioned another who made "100 See Schools, page 11 Agencies take wood to streambed problems in Canyon, Owl creeks By Scott Swanson Of The New Era A mile-long section of Canyon Creek has gotten work this summer that is expected to create enhanced fish habitat and help keep the stream within its historic channel. On Friday, Oct. 5, an H-46 Sea Knight chopper operated by Colum- bia Helicopters of Portland picked up some 70 logs - full-length up- rooted trees - and relocated them to strategic spots in Canyon and Owl creeks, about seven miles from Highway 20. Lance Gatchell, aquatics pro- gram manager for the U.S. Forest Service's Sweet Home Ranger Dis- trict, said the project is expected to achieve three separate goals: stabilize the stream channel below the confluence of Owl and Canyon creeks, create scour ix)ols that will provide cover for young fish and create spawning habitat. Photo by Scott Swanson Lance Gatchell surveys a log construction in the Canyon Creek stream- bed that is intended to trap gravel and other sediment to create habitat for fish. Eric Hartstein, coordinator of the South Santiam Watershed Council, who co-directed the proj- ect with Gatchell, said the goal is to create a more stable stream, "so the creek doesn't flop back and forth, and not a lot of pools are being de- veloped that are too shallow. "We're missing out on rearing habitat for juvenile fish," he .said. We need pools with cover. With these wood structures we're hoping See Logs, page 11 Husky Homecoming Thursday. Pages 17-18 Josai staffers' visit leaves positive vibes By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Sweet Home High School's Josai Japanese exchange pro- gram appears to be back on track after visits from an immi- gration official and, last week, from three representatives of Josai University High School in Tokyo. Vice Principal Terataka Kato, English teacher Hiroko Yoshida and Roger Robinson, a faculty member who is Ameri- can, visited Sweet Home Oct. 2-4 to talk with local school of- ficials and tour the campus. Their visit came after the 30-year string of Josai students spending a year at Sweet Home High School came to an abrupt halt because paperwork had not been filed for recertification under a 2010 law that requires recertification every two years. Despite frantic efforts to get help from federal legislators, Sweet Home has been forced to complete a full certification process instead of recertifica- tion, and that has taken too long for two Josai exchange students to attend Sweet Home High School this year. The two, instead, are at- tending Regis High School. See Josai, page 7