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Hometown Newspaper of June Brown Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 47 75 Cents The, Bard comes to SHHS Actors from Ashland open students" eyes to Shakespeare's genius By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The play is the thing wherein actors might catch the interest of high school students. That was the muse behind a visit by two actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival of Ashland, Wayne Carr and Chris Albright, who spent three days last week work- ing with high school students and performing for the public a show designed to bring William Shakespeare's work to life in away relevant to modern students and audiences. Cart axad h.bx'ight spent Nov. 13-15 at Sweet Home High School conducting workshops with language arts students. A performance on Nov. 14 included portions of Shakespeaere's "Taming of the Shrew," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "King Lear" and "Cymbeline," com- bined with bits from other plays, poetry and short stories and the sword fight between the Dread Pirate Roberts and See Theater, page 8 Photo by Sean C. Morgan Wayne Carr and Chris Albright perform an excerpt of William Shakespeare's "Tam- ing of the Shrew" at Sweet Home High School. Students jump mto free ACT program By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Thirty-two Sweet Home High School students are holding off on graduation and taking advantage of the Accessing College Today pro- gram, which allows them to earn college credits for an enhanced di- ploma. Under the program, students walk in the graduation ceremony at the end of the school year but do not receive a diploma, said coor- dinator Pat Stineff, who retired as SHHS principal last school year. Instead, they take some 36 to 40 college credits through Linn-Ben- ton Community College to earn an enhanced high school diploma and be well on their way to an associ- ate's degree. Combined with other pro- grams, such as College Now, stu- dents can earn substantial college credit as high school students, paid for by the School District. The credits appear on their high school transcript. Students can take advantage See ACT, page 11 Solutions Team assigned to work on community forest By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Local tourism has gotten what is likely to be a majOr boost with the designation of an Oregon Solutions Team by Gov. John Kit- zhaber which, participants say, will likely trim years off the development of a community forest east of Sweet Home. The action by the governor creates a group of interested and affected parties repre- senting .federal, state and local interests, who will gather every few weeks over the next six to eight months to effectively cut through red tape and other hindrances to the establishment of a forest of public and private lands between Sweet Home and Cascadia - and possibly be- yond. Goals to be addressed include improved access to the South Santiam River, improved forest health and recreation, and creation of local forest-related jobs. Another goal is to transfer Cascadia Cave, a site currently on land managed by Cascade Timber Consulting, to public ownership and management. "We're just trying to open up access but do it in a way that's sustainable and that con- nects Sweet Home to the national forest," said Sweet Home District Ranger Cindy Glick, one of the members of the team. The impacts could be "significant" for Sweet Home, said City Manager Craig Mar- tin, a member of the team, calling it "another piece of our economic revitalization." The project plays fight into the city's 2020 Vision, which identifies local forest and their natural resources as not only an income source for the community, but contributing to Sweet Home's quality of life, he said. "Not only could this capitalize on special- ty forestry products that could result from the effort, but increased tourism and recreation, See Forest, page 9 Open house gives public a look at Foster fish facility in the works By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era A contractor is moving dirt at Wiley Creek Park below Foster Dam in preparation for the construction of a new $18.6 million fish transfer facility. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held an open house at Foster School on Wednes- day night, Nov. 14, to provide information about the project to Sweet Home-area resi- dents. Right now, the contractor, the Natt Mc- Dougall Company of Tualatin, is mobilizing, planning and completing pre-construction work, said Corps Project Engineer Albert Wright. Fencing is up, and a single excavator has been going over the site. Wright expects "multiple excavations" to be under way by the first week of December, with dump trucks traveling to and from the site on the east end of the park. The Corps awarded the contract on Aug. 15, Wright said. It is scheduled for comple- tion on Feb. 28, 2014. After testing, it is ex- pected to open on April 1,2014. The project is based on a biological opinion issued by the National Marine Fish- eries Service in July 2008, said Corps Proj- ect Manager Christine Budai. The opinion recommended "a number of reasonable and See Fish, page 11 Photo by Sean C. Morgan James Cameron of Sweet Home shows old maps of the South Santiam River to Corps Spokesman Scott Clem- ans, center, and Project Manager Christine Budai. The New Era wishes all our readers a Happy Holiday weekendt We willbe "officially" closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23, though our staff wi# be woridug a  I I