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Page 14 VIJ (".CMMI JNITV le i"e, 'r= - November 7, 2012 I Desler From page 1 by the U.S. Environmental Protec.- tion Agency during the abatement of asbestos from property managed by Desler. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removed more than 4 million pounds of asbestos- containing debris from the site, ac- cording to EPA figures. Desler was the managing trust- ee of the Western States Land Reli- ance Trust, which owned about 400 acres of property, including the 153- acre former Willamette Industries mill site at 2210 Tamarack St. and the area around it. Desler had been planning to develop the property for residential and commercial usage. Desler was indicted by a Linn County grand jury on air pollution charges on April 22, 2009. Those charges were later dismissed and the U.S. attorney filed a case against Desler on May 19, 2011. Desler was indicted on nine counts, which were dismissed in the plea agreement. In the plea agreement, Desler stipulated the following details re- garding the case: In 2004, an arson destroyed buildings on the mill property, and the Oregon Department of Environ- mental Quality notified Desler that it believed there was asbestos in the damaged buildings. Desler hired an abatement contractor to abate asbes- "tos in the damaged buildings and to test other buildings, revealing there was asbestos in multiple buildings. "W00--WAIT? ",," GET HEALTHY NOW! Christmas Shopping in Sweet Home Gift subscriptions are available for your loved ones? 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Ipods I Shoes I Skate Shoes I Clothing J Musical Instruments & Equipment Video Games I And Much Much More! 1295 Main Street I 541-367-] 904 www.steelheodsnf.nef I Find us on FaceIoook Furniture . . 7; ] $c6fltsy Candles 8 Warmers Candle Melts ! & Warmers 1141 Long Street 541-367-2938 None of the asbestos in undamaged buildings was abated. In 2007, Desler hired Charles Corp., an unlicensed contractor, to perform demolition and renovation work at the site. Demolition oc- curred on buildings that had been identified as containing asbestos, including tearing off and crushing roofing material, removing pipe in- sulation and removing crushed floor tiles. Some of the material was run through a chipper. All were materials that, based on the type and age of the building, would contain asbestos. During the eight months of work on the demo- lition project, Desler was at the site two to three times per week. Desler should have known there was asbestos m many of the buildings, but he allowed the de- molition without following the standards contained in the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for asbestos, includ- ing the proper removal of asbes- tos-containing material, wetting asbestos-containing material prior to removal and proper storage and disposal of asbestos-containing mac terial, which are designed to prevent the release of asbestos into the air during demolition and renovation activities. As a result of the demolition and renovation at the site, asbestos, a hazardous air pollutant, was re- leased into the ambient air and af- fected the surrounding community, putting workers and people in the surrounding area at risk for serious bodily harm. Linn County foreclosed on about 380 acres of Western States Land Reliance Trust property, in- cluding 2210 Tamarack St., on Dec. 30, 2010 for nonpayment of property taxes. WSLRT owed approximately $505,000 in back taxes at the time. It includes property from the mill to the South Santiam River and from 18th Avenue to Clark Mill Road. A portion of the acreage, pre- viously Knife River property, is proposed by the county for use as a county park and a permanent site for the Oregon Jamboree country mu- sic and camping festival, held each summer in Sweet Home. I Bryan From page 1 Bryan joins the lineup after many requests from Jamboree fans through Facebook and feedback surveys, said Festival Director Erin Regrutto. "We really try to listen to who our patrons are requesting to see, and Luke Bryan was a name that came up over and over again. "Luke Bryan has emerged in the past two or three years as one of country's biggest stars. We are so excited to have him at the Jamboree this year." Bryan's most current album, 2011's "Tailgates and Tanlines," de- buted at No. 1 on the country chart and No. 2 on the pop chart, making it the second-highest debut at that time for a country artist. The album is now certified platinum for sales over 1 million and contains three back-to- back platinum singles: "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," "I Don't Want This Night To End" and "Drunk On YOU." To date, Bryan has scored five No. 1 singles. McCoy first appeared on the Jamboree main stage in 2004. Since then he endeared himself to Jambo- ree fans, who have clamored for him, and has only missed 2006, 2009 and 2011. Last summer, McCoy hosted the festival in celebration of the Jam- boree's 20th anniversary. McCoy, who has recorded 10 studio albums, scored his first No. 1 hit, "No Doubt About It," in 1993, followed by "Wink" in 1994 from the album "No Doubt About It." "We have left Neal out a couple of years in the past 10 years or so," Regrutto said. "When we leave him out. people want him. People around here really love him. He's a fantastic entertainer. His show is so great, and he's so entertaining." The Jamboree announced Bryan during the CMA awards Thursday night using Facebook. During com- mercial breaks, the Jamboree posed trivia questions for different prizes. Among the questions, the Jamboree asked which male vocalist of the year is going to headline the 2013 event. The correct answer was the first announcement, Regrutto said. Each question drew 400 to 500 comments, Regrutto said, and Jam- boree officials were extremely ex- cited to see that kind of response. "So far today, we've seen a huge impact with ticket sales," Regrutto said Friday following the official announcement. "So far it's shaping up to be a great 21st birthday for the Jamboree." Jamboree management encour- ages those who want the most up- to-date artist releases to sign up for their email at OregonJamboree.com and to check Facebo0k for events and fun. Tickets and camping for the 2013 Oregon Jamboree are currently on sale at OregonJamboree.com or by calling the box office at (888) 613-6812 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5p.m. The Oregon Jamboree is pro- duced by the nonprofit Sweet Home Economic Development Group and presented by South Pacific Auto Sales. All proceeds are used to benefit economic development and chaff- table projects in Sweet Home. OUR ADVERTISERS DESERVE YOUR BUSINESS! The advertisers you see in this cot)3" of "The New Era" want to sen'e you, That's why flaey're helt)ing us bring the news to you today. Let them know you saw their ad and thank them for helping make Sweet Home news available? Thanks - The New Era Sial] HelI)ing Sweet ttoine resi(lents shop loc,'d since 19297