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42bi2U i,3 t, Oii'Jii i-OWi; 'apef- 2 i 7 vv Cota St onitoa Vva -3656, Hometown Newspaper of Bonnie Dodge Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 49 75 Cents Lights & 0000ughte00 The Sweet Home community Christmas tree, right, lights upat the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce Friday night. Mayor Craig Fentiman introduced this year's Christmas season in Sweet Home, and Debbie Olson and Laura Barrett turned the lights on followed by Christmas carols Friday evening. Below, Larry Johnson delivers his pants to a buyer who donated $2,000 for them at the Sweet Home Alumni Foundation's Christmas tree auciton. It's a long story, told on page 4. For more photos and holiday information, visit page 16. Photo courtesy of Wendi Melcher " Photo by Sean C. Morgan New festival still in works for SHEDG By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home Economic Development Board of Directors is continuing to plan a new music festival, featuring indie and alternative artists. The board approved 2013 budgets, including a budget for the new festival, Monday night during its regular meeting. At this point, the organization is laying the groundwork in preparation for the festival. The SHEDG board will host a community information meeting in the future, said SHEDG President Kevin Strong. That meeting will most likely be held some time in February. S HEDG announced the proposal to operate the festival last summer when the county and SHEDG announced plans to permanently site the Oregon Jamboree country music and camping festival during the summer. SHEDG has operated the Oregon Jamboree for 20 years as a way to raise money to fund local economic development and charitable projects. The proposed second festival would run the week before the Jamboree, which is scheduled for Aug. 2-4, and it would use some of the same resources, such as staging, to help hold down costs. For more information about the Oregon Jamboree, call (541) 367-8800. For more about SHEDG, call (541) 367-3061. Foresters: Local impact of new spotted owl rules uncertain By Scott Swanson to preserve the northern spotted The plan nearly doubles the Of The New Era owl from extinction, amount of Northwest national for- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife The protected area, announced est land dedicated to protecting the Service has finalized a "science- Nov. 21 by the service, includes- bird by the Bush administration based proposal" that designates 9.3 Sweet Home Ranger District's for- four years ago. It includes about million acres of"critical habitat" in ests, District Ranger Cindy Glick 2.9 million acres in Washington, Oregon and other Northwest states said. 4.5 million acres in Oregon and 2.1 million acres in California but leaves out about 4.3 million acres of state and private forestland pro- posed earlier this year. It includes about 7.9 million acres managed by the U.S. Forest Service, 1.3 million acres held by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, 270,886 acres of state-owned land (mostly in Or- egon) and 20,684 acres of munici- pal land in Matin County, Calif. According to the service, spot- See Owl, page 12 Sweet Home empty picture windows get artistic touches By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home and the petrified forest that lies beneath it were crafted by giants with ant- lers. That's just a fantasy story that an area art- ist came up with but visitors can see it depicted in the windows of 1344 Main St. The new artwork taps into the area's heritage to help spruce up the community's streetscape. Two artists are displaying their work in two different storefronts in Sweet Home through Feb. 11 as part of the "Art in Rural Storefronts" program by the Corvallis Arts Center. In addition to Sweet Home, one location in Philomath will feature special art, created specifically for those storefronts. The Sweet Home locations include 933 Main St., Elite Performance Academy, the building owned by Sarah and Robert Shamek; 1344 Main St., a building owned by Ozzie Shaw that is currently empty; and the old li- quor store in Philomath, 1604 Main St., owned by Debbie Thorpe. The art was specifically created for each location, said Hester Coucke, the Arts Center curator. "The goal of the "Art in Rural Store- fronts" project is to bring contemporary art in- stallations to communities which lack spaces dedicated to contemporary/non-commercial artwork, and at the same time attract renewed attention to the properties involved." "The idea here is to improve the image of the storefronts and show activity in empty storefronts," said Sweet Home Economic De- velopment Director Brian Hoffman. "it's a great partnership with the Corvallis Arts Cen- ter." The Arts Center was supported by an Arts See Art, page 5 Artist Andy My- ers of Albany installs panels in a window at 1344 Main St. in Sweet Home. Myers' art, on display at that location, depicts a fantasy creation tale of antlered giants building the Sweet Home valley. Photo by Sean C. Morgan news@sweethomenews.com ,, ,, ,, www.sweethomenews.c(00m