Pettit property: City council approves sale

January 2015 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Pettit property: City council approves sale

At its Jan. 5 meeting, the Silverton City Council agreed to sell 2.28 acres of the Pettit property to Moonstone Resort to be developed into a high end pub and restaurant. Moonstone has agreed to pay $300,000 in cash for the ...

Bike friendly: City and citizens work together toward special designation

January 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Bike friendly: City and citizens work together toward special designation

By Steve Ritchie  Momentum is building for the citizen volunteer-driven effort to make Silverton a “Bicycle Friendly Community.” At its meeting on Jan. 5, the Silverton City Council voted to accept the “Silverton Bike Report” and approved beginning the application process to ...

Eminent domain?: East Valley Water District takes landowners to court

January 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off on Eminent domain?: East Valley Water District takes landowners to court

By Kristine Thomas East Valley Water District board members Duane Eder and Dave Bielenberg and Victor Point landowners Joel Rue and Bruce Jaquet all say they are farmers – not experts on legal matters. Yet, all four are now immersed in learning ...

Options on the table: School board faces many proposals

January 2015 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Options on the table: School board faces many proposals

Since the defeat of the $24.9 million bond measure in the November election, Silver Falls School District board members have listened to input, ideas and feedback from patrons and staff members. As the board deliberates what to do next, it must ...

Update: Hospital options

December 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Update: Hospital options

By Kristine Thomas Silverton Health Board of Directors Chair Gayle Goschie is hopeful she can announce by February who Silverton Health has chosen as its partner. This fall, Goschie said the board made the decision Silverton Health can no longer operate independently ...

What’s next for Eugene Field students?: After voters defeat bond measure, school board ponders next move

November 2014 Posted in Community, News, School | Comments Off on What’s next for Eugene Field students?: After voters defeat bond measure, school board ponders next move

By Kristine Thomas Speaking before the Silver Falls School Board at its Nov. 10 meeting, Eugene Field first-grade teacher Jennifer Wiken emphasized a sense of urgency to move students and staff out of the building. “We’re exhausted and we are done. It’s ...

Clean sweep: Four new members for Silverton City Council

November 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Clean sweep: Four new members for Silverton City Council

When Rick Lewis walked into the Main Street Bistro and Coffee shop on Nov. 5, a group of men sitting at a table stood up and gave Lewis a round of applause.Graciously, Lewis received well wishes and congratulations. As Silverton’s mayor-elect, ...

Pettit proposal: Moonstone, Garden Foundation, seek to retain public access

November 2014 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Pettit proposal: Moonstone, Garden Foundation, seek to retain public access

[caption id="attachment_5292" align="alignright" width="300"] Pettit Pond and the old Pettit house adjacent to the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Photo by Kristine Thomas.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Christine Diacetis cannot believe it took her this long to visit the Pettit property. Although she moved to ...

Decision 2014: Silverton mayoral candidates

October 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Decision 2014: Silverton mayoral candidates

Our Town asked candidates five questions focused on the challenges the Silverton City Council will face over the next four years. The questions, below, are each identified by a key word. 1. FUNDING: How will we fund needed construction, reconstruction and ...

Decision 2014: Silverton council candidates

October 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Decision 2014: Silverton council candidates

Our Town asked candidates five questions focused on the challenges the Silverton City Council will face over the next four years. The questions, below, are each identified by a key word. 1. FUNDING: How will we fund needed construction, reconstruction and ...

Decision 2014: Mount Angel council – It’s a matter of money

October 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Decision 2014: Mount Angel council – It’s a matter of money

By Brenna Wiegand Most cities face the same basic issues and most of those boil down to money – or lack thereof. Mount Angel Mayor Andy Otte, who’s running unopposed, and city council candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot know they ...

Decision 2014: House District 18 – Gilliam and Mills vie for state seat

October 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Decision 2014: House District 18 – Gilliam and Mills vie for state seat

In the race for Oregon House District 18, which encompasses parts of Marion and Clackamas counties, four-term incumbent Vic Gilliam, a Republican, faces Democrat challenger Scott Mills. Vic Gilliam [caption id="attachment_5216" align="alignright" width="152"] Vic Gilliam[/caption] Gilliam says he is running for re-election because ...

Fees on ballot: Voters would have to agree

October 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Fees on ballot: Voters would have to agree

For Silverton residents Jon DeBo and Scott Walker, the reason they are advocating citizens vote “yes” on ballot measure 24-375 is because they firmly believe citizens should have a say in being taxed. “Instead of the city council looking for creative ...

Under investigation: State looks into Save Old Schools filings

October 2014 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Under investigation: State looks into Save Old Schools filings

By Kristine Thomas For the second time in 14 months, the Oregon Secretary of State is investigating Silverton resident Gene Pfeifer for a possible violation of election law regarding his political action committee, Save Old Schools, SOS, for which he is ...

Update: Schmidt honored at skatepark

October 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Update: Schmidt honored at skatepark

The Silverton City Council voted unanimously Oct. 6 to name the Silverton skatepark in honor of community leader and former councilor Judy Schmidt, who died Oct. 1 from Creuztfelt-Jacob Disease. The Judy Schmidt Memorial Skatepark, 115 Westfield St., near the Silverton ...

Are you registered to vote?

October 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Are you registered to vote?

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 14 tin order to be able to vote in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election . For information, visit www.oregonvotes.gov. Mount Angel candidates forum Mount Angel voters are invited to meet the candidates for the Mount ...

Charter change?: Mount Angel council sends revisions to voters for approval

October 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Charter change?: Mount Angel council sends revisions to voters for approval

By Brenna Wiegand Measure 24-370 Mount Angel City Charter updates The measure to amend, update and renumber the Mount Angel City Charter, last updated in 1982, includes many amendments. A few of the changes to the charter include: Require voter approval of annexations. Require ...

Decision time: $24.9 million bond measure goes to voters

October 2014 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Decision time: $24.9 million bond measure goes to voters

By Kristine Thomas Eugene Field School tour Friday, Oct. 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The pubic is invited to see the school and get information about the bond. By nature, Jessica Veith and Chris Mitchell are not worriers. She is a nurse at Salem Hospital’s ...

Domestic violence: Community seeks ways to change the dynamics

September 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Domestic violence: Community seeks ways to change the dynamics

Three brutal cases over 30 days focus the conversation On Aug. 9, Mount Angel resident Kathleen Marie Schwartz died from homicidal violence. A note at the crime scene confirmed she was strangled and killed by her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Daniel Cuanas. He ...

Deadline nears: Conditions for a Drift Creek Reservoir outlined by state

September 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Deadline nears: Conditions for a Drift Creek Reservoir outlined by state

[caption id="attachment_5099" align="alignright" width="300"] The sign is across the street from Victor Point Elementary School. Behind the sign is where the proposed Drift Creek reservoir would be built.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas A Drift Creek reservoir moved one step closer to becoming a ...

Candidates file for council seats

September 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Candidates file for council seats

There will be a contest for city council seats in both Mount Angel and Silverton on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. In Silverton, incumbent Mayor Stu Rasmussen will face challenger Rick Lewis. Nine candidates are competing for three Silverton councilor seats ...

Voters to decide: $24.9 million school bond goes on November ballot

August 2014 Posted in Community, News, School | Comments Off on Voters to decide: $24.9 million school bond goes on November ballot

By Kristine Thomas  After months of listening to public input, reading reports by specialists about the condition of the Eugene Field School building and weighing the pros and cons of what they consider fiscally prudent plans, the Silver Falls School District ...

Violent end: Armed assailant takes the life of Mount Angel mother

August 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Violent end: Armed assailant takes the life of Mount Angel mother

Fund for family set up A gofundme account has been established for the Schwartz Family. Express condolences or contribute to The Schwartz Family Fund at www.gofundme.com/schwartz. Community response to the Aug. 9 murder/suicide in a home on St. Mary Circle in Mount Angel has included an ...

Boiling point: Silverton City Councilors frustrated by the tenor of meetings

August 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Boiling point: Silverton City Councilors frustrated by the tenor of meetings

Silverton City Council The Silverton City Council meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m., Silverton Council Chambers, 421 S Water St. Agenda available upon request or visit www.silverton.or.us. The council’s next meeting is Monday, Aug. 4. The urban renewal meeting starts at 5:30 p.m., followed ...

Design time: Mount Angel residents invited to give input on downtown

July 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Design time: Mount Angel residents invited to give input on downtown

Mount Angel Charrette Saturday, July 26, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mount Angel Fire Hall, 300 Monroe St. Lunch is free. An RSVP would be appreciated for planning purposes to City Administrator Eileen Stein, estein@ci.mt-angel.or.us or 503-845-9291 By Molly Gunther A German ...