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 ...

Deadline approaching for city council elections

July 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Deadline approaching for city council elections

If you have even considered throwing your hat into the ring to run for your city council, now is the time to do it as deadlines are around the corner. Mount Angel The city of Mount Angel terms for mayor and three ...

Water worries: Farmers at odds over Drift Creek reservoir proposal

July 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Water worries: Farmers at odds over Drift Creek reservoir proposal

By Kristine Thomas If a neighboring farmer needed to borrow equipment, Victor Point farmer Joel Rue wouldn’t hesitate to lend it. There’s an unwritten rule about farmers helping a fellow farmer, he said. That’s what makes the current disagreement with farmers belonging ...

Setting a course: Silverton Health board examines hospital’s options

June 2014 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Setting a course: Silverton Health board examines hospital’s options

By Kristine Thomas  Gayle Goschie understands the decision being pondered by the Silverton Health Board of Directors is one that can affect everyone in the community. “It’s one most community members care about the outcome,” said Goschie, who is the board’s chair. ...

Eugene Field to close: Board continues discussion of replacement plan

May 2014 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Eugene Field to close: Board continues discussion of replacement plan

Silver Falls School District Board work session Monday, May 19, 7 p.m. District Office 802 Schlador St., Silverton By Kristine Thomas  The fate of Eugene Field School has been decided. It will close. At its May 12 meeting, the Silver Falls School District Board unanimously ...

Winning ways: Kennedy baseball on a 10-game streak

May 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Winning ways: Kennedy baseball on a 10-game streak

By James Day The streaking hot Kennedy High baseball team is looking like it is ready to make another deep run into the state playoffs. The Trojans, the 2012 state champions, have won 13 of their past 14 games, including 10 ...

Progress report: Mount Angel school improvement plans reviewed

May 2014 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Progress report: Mount Angel school improvement plans reviewed

[caption id="attachment_4708" align="alignright" width="300"] The deteriorating track at Kennedy High School will be replaced this summer thanks to the bond passed by voters last November.[/caption] By Steve Ritchie  Drop by the Kennedy High School track on a spring afternoon, and you’ll see ...

‘Close it’: Eugene Field parents, staff, encourage board to move students

May 2014 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on ‘Close it’: Eugene Field parents, staff, encourage board to move students

By Kristine Thomas This time, they are determined to effectively and clearly communicate why it is time to close Eugene Field Elementary School. Eugene Field parents are working to raise awareness of the problems of the 93-year-old building. They have sent letters ...

Water study: Cities join for grant

April 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Water study: Cities join for grant

By Don Murtha The cities of Mount Angel and Silverton are looking to see if aquifers could provide millions of gallons of water storage for long-term availability. The cities have joined forces to apply for a grant from the Oregon Water Resources ...

Silverton Council reverses direction on traffic study

April 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Silverton Council reverses direction on traffic study

Eliminate $170,000 from the next city of Silverton budget for any traffic studies. After receiving negative feedback about the council’s March 24 decision to spend $40,000 to study the feasibility of two-way streets in the downtown corridor, Silverton City Councilor Laurie ...

Traffic plans: Two-way study OK’d

April 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Traffic plans: Two-way study OK’d

By Kristine Thomas Silverton City Councilors Laurie Carter and Jason Freilinger both have businesses in the downtown core. However, Carter and Freilinger have come opposite conclusions about the advisability of turning the downtown streets from one-way to two-way streets. From his shop at ...

Eugene Field’s future: Bond measure, replacement on the table

April 2014 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Eugene Field’s future: Bond measure, replacement on the table

By Kristine Thomas Understanding it is time to make some decisions about the future of Eugene Field Elementary School, the Silver Falls School board members met March 17 to discuss the recommendations made by the Eugene Field Eugene Field Facility Task ...

Decision nears: Board studies recommendation to close Eugene Field

March 2014 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Decision nears: Board studies recommendation to close Eugene Field

Silver Falls School District Board Work Session on Eugene Field School Monday, March 17, 6 p.m. District Office, 802 Schlador St. By Kristine Thomas This time, the clock is ticking on a decision about the fate of Eugene Field School. Although in years past there have ...

Spring improvement: Matching funds for facade repairs available

March 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Spring improvement: Matching funds for facade repairs available

By Kristine Thomas  Mount Angel business grants What: Economic development grant for downtown businesses to improve facades. Requirements: Grants are on a first-come, first-served basis. Grant money must be used by June 30. Eligible improvements include: repainting, replacing or removing sign frames, adding or replacing awnings; restoring ...

What should be the future of Eugene Field?: Silver Falls School Board and Silverton City Council discuss ideas

March 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on What should be the future of Eugene Field?: Silver Falls School Board and Silverton City Council discuss ideas

By Kristine Thomas What would you recommend the Silver Falls School District do with the Eugene Field School property? Our Town posted the question above on Facebook. If you would like to provide your input, go to our Facebook page: facebook.com/ourtown.smasm or email ourtown@mtangelpub.com Here are a few comments: Dana Smith: Sell ...

One-way streets: Mayor Stu Rasmussen says it’s time for a change

March 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on One-way streets: Mayor Stu Rasmussen says it’s time for a change

[caption id="attachment_4504" align="alignright" width="193"] Silverton Mayor Stu Rasmussen makes the case for restoring two-way streets in Silverton.[/caption] By Don Murtha After 40 years, it’s time to change Silverton’s one-way traffic system back to the two-way streets. Or so says Silverton Mayor Stu ...

Eugene Field: Closure recommended

February 2014 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Eugene Field: Closure recommended

By Kristine Thomas After touring Eugene Field School, reviewing documents, asking questions, hearing presentations from building experts and pondering options, the Eugene Field Facilities Task Force has unanimously recommended permanently closing the 93-year-old school by the 2016-17 school year.  It advised ...

Overboard: Cruise investigated

January 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Overboard: Cruise investigated

By Brenna Wiegand Eric Rappe’ of Silverton will appear on 20/20 in January, the result of an effort borne out of grief and anger at his older brother’s disappearance overboard “under suspicious circumstances” in 2012 while on a Thanksgiving Day pleasure ...

Cities collaborate: Economic development focus of new zone

November 2013 Posted in News | Comments Off on Cities collaborate: Economic development focus of new zone

[caption id="attachment_4199" align="alignright" width="300"] The 35-acre parcel on Wilco Highway at Industrial Way in Mount Angel is now part of the Silverton-Mount Angel Enterprise Zone.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas To compete for businesses looking to expand or to build new facilities, the city ...

On tap: Water 101 – Things to know about the water you drink

November 2013 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on On tap: Water 101 – Things to know about the water you drink

[caption id="attachment_4156" align="alignright" width="234"] Steve Sarner, City of Silverton Water Quality Division Supervisor. Photo by Brenna Wiegand.[/caption] Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on our water, its quality and availability.   By Brenna Wiegand  As with any surface water, Abiqua ...

Enterprise zone: Cities look for way to attract jobs

October 2013 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Enterprise zone: Cities look for way to attract jobs

By Don Murtha  The cities of Mount Angel and Silverton may soon work together to entice new business to bring jobs to their communities through a project known as an Enterprise Zone. The Mount Angel City Council took its first step to ...

Investment in facilities: Mount Angel seeks $10.4 million for schools

October 2013 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Investment in facilities: Mount Angel seeks $10.4 million for schools

By Steve Ritchie  The harmful effects of several years of budget cuts on instruction in the Mount Angel School District are hard to miss: fewer school days, larger class sizes, fewer elective classes, teaching and staff positions eliminated. The budget shortfalls also ...

Filling fines: Oregon State Elections Division says Save Old Schools violated rules

September 2013 Posted in News | Comments Off on Filling fines: Oregon State Elections Division says Save Old Schools violated rules

By Kristine Thomas The Oregon Elections Division has determined Silverton resident Gene Pfeifer, treasurer of Save Old Schools, has violated election laws. The Save Old Schools committee members opposed the $36.9 million bond measure by the Silver Falls School District on the ...

Resource rich: Administrator Eileen Stein eager to serve Mount Angel

August 2013 Posted in News, People | Comments Off on Resource rich: Administrator Eileen Stein eager to serve Mount Angel

[caption id="attachment_3819" align="alignright" width="229"] Mount Angel City Administrator Eileen Stein[/caption] By Don Murtha Eileen Stein knows her way around city government. And what she knows will bring a new outlook to Mount Angel, she said. Susan Muir, a friend and former Mount Angel city ...

Pay as you go: City of Silverton looks at fees to cover maintenance, repairs

June 2013 Posted in News | Comments Off on Pay as you go: City of Silverton looks at fees to cover maintenance, repairs

By Kristine Thomas Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby said it is time to stop “kicking the can” down the road. “We have to stop passing on the responsibility to maintain and fix our systems,” he said. “This generation has to step up ...