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Hometown Newspal3er of Christy Duncan Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 43 75 Cents Working together Unique cooperative effort on display in Cool Soda field trip By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Hydrologist Lance Gatchell stood above a stream bed deep in the Willamette National Forest Thursday, Oct. 18, critiquing a culvert that dumped rainwater into the creek. A couple of dozen people decked out in hard hats and boots eyed the 2-foot culvert as Gatchell, who works for the U.S. Forest Service, explained why the pipe needed to be 4 I/2 feet in diameter and how gravel and sediment that build up behind the undersized tube must be removed instead of passing through and providing spawning habitat for fish. Replacing that culvert would cost about $12,000. The culvert would be deepened, realigned and enlarged. Gatchell was one of the speakers on a tour for members of agencies involved in the development of a recreation proposal for the Cool Soda See Soda, page 11 I Photos by Scan C. Morgan Brett Blundon, above, talks about dropping trees into the Soda Fork to create more salmon and steelhead spawning beds to members of a group that has developed proposed restoration proj- ects for the Cool Soda planning area. The group toured the Cool Soda area, visible in photo at left, last week to look at examples of problems that projects will attempt to resolve. The group included members of public agencies, conser- vation groups and private timber interests. Chamber looking to upgrade By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce members voted Oct. 18 in support of refinancing their building at 1575 Main St. to raise $30,000 to make repairs to the fa- cility, which houses the chamber office and Visitors Center. The chamber's general meet- ing drew some 25 members to the Veterans Club. See Facility, page 7 SHEDG gives thumbs up to indie festival By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home Economic Development Group Board of Directors Oct. 17 authorized Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Erin Regrutto to begin the preparation work on a new festival, featuring an indic-alternative rock festival. The decision allows Regrutto to prepare for potential board See Indie, page 12 Photo by Scott Swanson Dr. Ivan Wolthuis and Dental Assistant Lisa Lemmer hold the bait - dol- lars - that they're offering for Halloween candy on Nov. 3. Dentist to offer By Scott Swanson Of The New Era So your kid(s) brought home 10 pounds of candy from Halloween. What now? Do you let them eat it all? Sweet Home dentist Dr. Ivan Wothuis is offering an alternative. He's offering to shell out $1 cash a pound for up to 5 pounds per person of unopened Halloween candy - plus cash for candy a kid's tooth brush to each participat- ing youngster- from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3, at Wolthuis Family Dentistry, 1524 Long St. The candy will be sent to Opera- tion Gratitude, a Van Nuys, Calif.- based organization that creates in- dividual holiday packages for u.s. troops overseas. See Candy, page 7 Cougar shot near Pleasant Valley Whether cat was one involved in horse's death is uncertain By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Mitch Walker says has seen three cougars in the last month - all in different spots around Sweet Home. The most recent was on a logging road near Bates Bridge, not far from where he lives, off Pleasant Valley Road. Walker said he was hunting on private property in the 29000 block of Pleasant Valley, the whereabouts he declined to pinpoint exactly, on Saturday, Oct. 13, opening day of elk season, when he heard a deer give a distress call. "I heard this old doe coughing," he said. "I walked over the top of the field and the cougar was standing in the middle of the road." Walker shot the cat, his first, he said. He plans to get it mounted by taxidermist Heath Sewell, who estimated the tom at 140 to See Cougar, page 12 Photo courtesy of Jack Legg Mitch Walker, with Marty G/over, right, shows of f his cat. Imlll I! I!lll