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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rates go up: Water, sewer hikes

April 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Rates go up: Water, sewer hikes

The Silverton City Council voted unanimously on April 5 to approve rate increases for sewer, water and storm drainage. Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby said the rate increases are needed to address significant issues withe the city’s infrastructure. The rates will go ...

Silverton Health: Cagen retires, Fronza will become interim CEO

March 2015 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Silverton Health: Cagen retires, Fronza will become interim CEO

[caption id="attachment_5753" align="alignright" width="200"] Sarah Fronza[/caption] Silverton Health President/CEO Rick Cagen announced March 24 he will retire July 1. Sarah Fronza will take his place as the interim CEO  and continue the negotiations for the proposed partnership between Legacy Health and Silverton ...

School board candidates set for May 19 elections

April 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on School board candidates set for May 19 elections

Elections will be held for seats on both the Mount Angel and Silver Falls School boards in the May 19 vote-by-mail election. The deadline for candidates to file was March 19. Our Town will have stories on each of the ...

Silverton Fire District puts $4.3 million bond on ballot

April 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Silverton Fire District puts $4.3 million bond on ballot

The Silverton Rural Fire Protection District is asking voters to approve a $4.3 million general obligation bond in the May 19 vote-by-mail election. The fire district said the bond is needed to improve fire safety and service delivery. If voters approve the ...

Bursting at the seams: Police evidence locker stuffed to capacity

March 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Bursting at the seams: Police evidence locker stuffed to capacity

[caption id="attachment_5642" align="alignright" width="200"] Dori Elliot sorts Silverton Police Department evidence.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Making arrests and seizing evidence is a triumph – and a burden that can leave police holding the bag – literally. Unlike suspects, evidence lingers at the police ...

Water woes: Gilliam weighs in

February 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Water woes: Gilliam weighs in

When Marion County Circuit Judge Claudia Burton ruled in favor of the East Valley Water District’s request to be have permission to go onto the property of Victor Point landowners along Drift Creek, she also stated she sees what is ...

Silverton Health status unchanged

February 2015 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Silverton Health status unchanged

In December, Silverton Health Board of Directors Chair Gayle Goschie said she was hopeful she could announce “by February who Silverton Health has chosen as its partner.” Last year, the board decided it was no longer fiscally responsible for Silverton Health ...