Increases ahead: Legislature approves schedule of minimum wage hikes

March 2016 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Increases ahead: Legislature approves schedule of minimum wage hikes

Your story matters If you are an employer or employee and have a story to share on how the minimum wage increase will impact you, please email kristine.t@mtangelpub.com.We are looking for stories about living on minimum wage or how the increase specifically impacts local businesses. By Kristine Thomas After much ...

Silverton City Council agrees to water rate increases

February 2016 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Silverton City Council agrees to water rate increases

The Silverton City Council voted at its Feb. 1 meeting to raise water and sewer rates. The increase will help fund investments in the city’s aging infrastructure. It is the fifth increase since 2011. The last one took place last April. ...

Where to grow?: Silverton Council debates putting pot in industrial park

January 2016 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Where to grow?: Silverton Council debates putting pot in industrial park

By Kristine Thomas Last fall, the Silverton City Council voted  to allow marijuana to be produced, grown, sold and dispensed within city limits. The council now must outline the rules for a grower, producer, retailer or dispenser. Silverton Community Development Director Jason ...

Agreement reached: Silverton Health to join Legacy Health system

January 2016 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Agreement reached: Silverton Health to join Legacy Health system

By Kristine Thomas The countless hours, reams of paperwork, long discussions, yet another meeting and attention to detail has resulted in a document that makes all those involved proud of their work. And the document has brought tears of joy and relief ...

Setting the course: Silverton envisions 2035, builds the plan to get there

January 2016 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Setting the course: Silverton envisions 2035, builds the plan to get there

[caption id="attachment_6562" align="alignright" width="220"] Silverton City ManagerBob Willoughby[/caption] By Tanner Russ Our Town met with Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby to discuss the state of the city, with topics ranging from the acquisition of a site for the new police department, to ...

Collaboration: Water resource interests pooled

December 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Collaboration: Water resource interests pooled

By Kristine Thomas The city of Silverton needs to replace its aging water treatment plant. The city of Mt. Angel wants to improve the quality and taste of the water it provides its residents. The East Valley Water District has concerns ...

Day of Service planned to counter flier

December 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Day of Service planned to counter flier

Plastic sandwich bags with a piece of hard candy and a flier were left on driveways in some Silverton neighborhoods the weekend of Nov. 14. What surprised many residents was what the flier said: “Join The Klan And Save Our Land!!!”  ...

Pot policy: Mount Angel, Silverton outline ordinances for marijuana sales

October 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Pot policy: Mount Angel, Silverton outline ordinances for marijuana sales

By Kristine Thomas  On Oct. 1, medical marijuana dispensaries can begin selling up to one-quarter ounce of marijuana per person, per day to recreational users. In January, recreational retail stores can open. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is still working ...

Stage 2: City wants to cut water use

September 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Stage 2: City wants to cut water use

By Kristine Thomas Silverton city officials would like to see more brown lawns. At its Aug. 24 meeting, the Silverton City Council moved the city to Stage 2 in its water restrictions. The measure is an effort to continue to save water ...

No violation: School board election investigation complete

September 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on No violation: School board election investigation complete

By Kristine Thomas An investigation by the Oregon Secretary of State Election’s Division has found there is “insufficient evidence” that three Silver Falls School District employees violated election laws. In April, Fred Vandecoevering filed a complaint with the Oregon Secretary of State ...

Water update: City officials monitoring flow on Abiqua and Silver creeks

August 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Water update: City officials monitoring flow on Abiqua and Silver creeks

[caption id="attachment_6186" align="alignright" width="300"] Melody Harpole standing on the bank of a very low Abiqua Creek. She normally irrigates her farm from the creek. This year’s drought will probably cause the loss of young fruit trees, she said.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Melody ...

Police move eyed: Silverton council discusses three possible sites

August 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Police move eyed: Silverton council discusses three possible sites

Silverton City Council Meets Monday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m. Silverton Community Center 421 S Water St. Agendas are available. Visit the city’s website at www.silverton.or.us The council will discuss and may decide on the location of a new police department and city hall. If you would like to voice your ideas, email ...

Marijuana policies: Silverton looks at new rules, taxes

August 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Marijuana policies: Silverton looks at new rules, taxes

By Kristine Thomas In an attempt to nip potential problems in the bud, the Silverton City Council met for almost two hours on July 27 to discuss how the city would deal with Oregon’s new marijuana laws. In November 2014, Oregon voters ...

Challenge in change: Benedictine Sisters look to renew, strengthen

July 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Challenge in change: Benedictine Sisters look to renew, strengthen

Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel Founded in 1882, members of the order teach in schools and parishes; work as counselors, chaplains, and pastoral associates; they are also artisans, cooks and gardeners. The Benedictine Sisters sponsor two ministries: Shalom Prayer Center ...

Water awareness: Silverton Council asks for voluntary conservation

July 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Water awareness: Silverton Council asks for voluntary conservation

[caption id="attachment_6040" align="alignright" width="300"] Silverton Water Quality Supervisor Steve Starner is hoping for a good summer rain.[/caption]By Kristine Thomas Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby doesn’t want residents to panic or be worried. Instead, he just wants to raise their awareness of the ...

Evaluating the numbers: Mount Angel raises infrastructure fees

July 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Evaluating the numbers: Mount Angel raises infrastructure fees

By Kristine Thomas Mount Angel City Manager Eileen Stein knows the key to get a city council to raise a rate, fee or tax is for her to do her homework and present the facts. The facts are Mount Angel’s system development ...

Ready to start: New SFSD board members call for listening, long-term vision

June 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Ready to start: New SFSD board members call for listening, long-term vision

By Kristine Thomas Two incumbents and three newcomers were elected to the Silver Falls School Board on May 19. Incumbents Tom Buchholz and Tim Roth join newcomers Aaron Koch, Ron Valoff and Todd White when the new board begins its duties on ...

Silverton Health president/CEO on leave

June 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Silverton Health president/CEO on leave

By Kristine Thomas  Silverton Health President/CEO Rick Cagen is on a leave of absence after being arrested on chargss of one count of public indecency on May 14 in Woodburn. Silverton Health Governing Board Chair Gayle Goschie said in a press release ...

Food fight: School staff asks board to reconsider food services contract

May 2015 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Food fight: School staff asks board to reconsider food services contract

By Kristine Thomas More than 25 classified employees attended Silver Falls School District board meeting May 11 to express their disappointment in the current food services program provided by Sodexo. Wearing buttons reading “Local kid. Local food. Local control,” members shared stories ...

Sex trafficking: Closer, more threatening, misunderstood

May 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Sex trafficking: Closer, more threatening, misunderstood

Help is available There is confidential support regarding any kind of interpersonal violence – sexual assault, domestic violence or child abuse: Ester Craig County Line Safety Compass 503-400-2801 (confidential voicemail) Countyline_safetycompass@yahoo.com or see Facebook page. Kirstin Heydel Center for Hope and Safety 503-378-1572; www.HopeAndSafety.org 24-Hour hotline: 503-399-7722 By Kristine Thomas It’s not like in the ...

Mount Angel candidates unopposed

May 2015 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Mount Angel candidates unopposed

All three candidates in the Mount Angel School District school board election are running unopposed. They are: Position 1: Daniel Zene Crowe, Position 3: Shari Bochsler Riedman, Position 4: Raymond Frey. All three are graduates of Kennedy High School. Crowe is running to replace ...

Contested races: Eugene Field School fate still looms in Silver Falls election

May 2015 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Contested races: Eugene Field School fate still looms in Silver Falls election

Candidate Profiles Silver Falls School District candidate answers to the following questions are available at by clicking here: • Why are you running • What are your top three goals? • Would you uphold the closure of Eugene Field School? • What four words describe ...

Fire district bond: One bond retires, no tax increase anticipated

May 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Fire district bond: One bond retires, no tax increase anticipated

Measure’s details If the $4.3 million Silverton Fire District bond is approved, the money would be used to: • Purchase and equip firefighting apparatus and firefighting and rescue equipment.• Refurbish three existing pumpers to improve reliability and safety. • Upgrade and make safety improvements to existing fire apparatus and equipment. • Replace ...

Meet the candidates: Silver Falls School Board

May 2015 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Meet the candidates: Silver Falls School Board

Voters in the Silver Falls School District can vote for one candidate in each zone or write-in a candidate. The candidates were asked the same questions. Each candidate was given 300 words to respond. The questions were: 1. WHY: Why they are ...

Under investigation: Election complaint filed over school correspondence

May 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Under investigation: Election complaint filed over school correspondence

By Kristine Thomas After receiving a complaint from Silver Falls District patron Fred Vandecoevering on April 9, the Secretary of State is looking into possible election law violation by Eugene Field Elementary School Principal Jennifer Hannan, Eugene Field special needs assistant ...