Battle escalates: Marion County moves to intervene in Detroit Lake plan

September 2018 Posted in Community, Nature, News, Other, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Battle escalates: Marion County moves to intervene in Detroit Lake plan
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Experts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discuss the controversial Detroit Lake fish project with residents at an Aug. 6 | meeting in Stayton. James Day

By James Day

The ongoing process aimed at improving fish passage and temperature control at Detroit Lake has led to a new line in the sand being drawn. The Marion County Board of Commissioners voted 2-0 on Aug. 8 to have the county counsel intervene in the lawsuit the Northwest Environmental Defense Center has filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Nut tsunami: Hazelnut growers open new, state-of-the-art processing facility

September 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Nut tsunami: Hazelnut growers open new, state-of-the-art processing facility
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In an Aug. 15 ceremony, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon CEO Tim Ramsey, Customer Care Manager Debbie Hitchcock, Mark Nonnenmacher from Northwest Farm Credit Services, Operations Manager Jason Costa, Grower Relations Manager Tim Aman, VP Sales & Marketing Patrick Gabrish, Donald Mayor Rick Olmstead, and COO Randy Moore cut the ribbon for a state-of-the-art 120,000 sq. ft. hazelnut processing facility.

By James Day

Hazelnuts. Millions of hazelnuts, perhaps billions and trillions of hazelnuts. The math gets daunting and you run out of fingers and toes.

Recalled: Former Aumsville councilors reflect on decisions, seats now open

September 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Recalled: Former Aumsville councilors reflect on decisions, seats now open

By Mary Owen

The recall of three Aumsville city councilors over a $12 monthly public safety fee has been met with mixed feelings.

“Last year, the city council  and city manager decided to create a police safety fee to be added to the water bill so we could fund a sixth officer, and have money in reserve to hire a seventh officer to get full police coverage,” said Kevin Crawford, who was recalled with councilors Trina Lee and Lorie Walters. “Surveys we took indicated that our citizens wanted 24/7 police coverage. Even with seven officers, we can just cover basics and no more.”

Big show: Monster trucks, entertainment descends on Sublimity Harvest Festival

September 2018 Posted in News, Other | Comments Off on Big show: Monster trucks, entertainment descends on Sublimity Harvest Festival

King Krunch – SHF Pictures, IngallsBy Mary Owen

Monster trucks are coming to the 46th annual Sublimity Harvest Festival this month.

“There are always new trucks, tractors and ATVs in each of the pulls, and this year we have a couple of new ones – Brandon and Jake Gallie driving Wicked Strong and Tmaxx driven by David Tucker ,” promoter Scott Ingalls said. “We also have Eric Swanson driving Obsessed, Darron Basl in Tantrum, and Dillen Finley, King Krunch.”

Presented by Power Chevrolet, the festival takes place Sept. 7-9 at the Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, complete with food booths and commercial vendors.

Take two: Second River Fusion 22 unites communities

September 2018 Posted in Nature, News, Other | Comments Off on Take two: Second River Fusion 22 unites communities

By Mary Owen

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River Fusion 22 will include kayaking excursions. Sheldon Traver

River Fusion 22 will again celebrate the best of the regions outdoor recreation fun and small town charm.

Launched last year during the Great American Eclipse, River Fusion 22 is the North Santiam River Country’s signature regional outdoor recreation festival.
This year, the event moves to the fall, Sept. 20-23.

“Our concept this year is to provide a wide sampling of activities that will give folks a sense of the depth of outdoor recreation opportunities here plus a unique combination of entertainment, all in one weekend,” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC, the organization coordinating the festival and the larger tourism initiative aimed at raising the profile of this area between Salem and Bend.

Charting his course: ORCA student reflects on Naval summer session

September 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, School | Comments Off on Charting his course: ORCA student reflects on Naval summer session
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Above, ORCA student Garett Kincaid, at the US Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis. Right: Kincaid (center) with his squad in a training exercise. Submitted Photos

By Mary Owen

An Oregon Connections Academy student from Lyons spent the first part of his summer at a seminar at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Garett Kincaid, a junior at the state’s virtual public charter school, was accepted to attend the Naval Academy Summer Session, one of approximately 2,500 applicants selected out of more than 8,000 who submitted applications.

Gridiron season opens: New faces in high school athletic programs

September 2018 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Gridiron season opens: New faces in high school athletic programs

James DayThe fall high school sports season is underway, with the first football games taking place Friday, Aug. 31 and teams in cross country, soccer and volleyball are also getting started.

Here is a look at the football prospects and “what’s new” for the fall from Santiam Canyon-area schools:

Cascade

Tim Ganfield, who coached softball for 14 years for the Cougars, is the new athletic director. Ganfield, who is in his 20th year at Cascade, replaces Heidi Hermansen, who left to become the principal at Central Linn in Halsey.

A joyful noise: Listening for the sounds of life

September 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A joyful noise: Listening for the sounds of life

I like noise. I should clarify that statement. I like most noise.

Carl Sampson

Carl Sampson

As a guy who has lived and worked in big and small cities – and places where there are no cities at all – the sounds of people are, to me at least, comforting. Silence is something that I usually avoid, unless I’m writing, when I need to concentrate. Otherwise, I like noise.

As a parent, silence was always worrisome to me. When the kids were little, the quieter it was in the house, the more I worried. Was someone hurt? Were the kids getting into something they shouldn’t?  For a parent, silence is the equivalent of a police siren.

Confluence of concern: Parties weigh in on Detroit Dam project

August 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Confluence of concern: Parties weigh in on Detroit Dam project

Detroit Dam-1By Mary Owen

After releasing information addressing public comments on the Detroit Dam Fish passage project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host three
public meetings to go over the findings.

Designed to provide an overview of alternatives assessed to date to meet the project’s purpose, the meetings will be held: 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 at the Stayton Community Center, Aug. 22 at the Gates Fire Hall, and Aug. 23 at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission in Salem.

Interconnected: SIT acknowledges backers, participants at year-end event

August 2018 Posted in Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on Interconnected: SIT acknowledges backers, participants at year-end event
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Melissa Baurer, left, with representatives of Santiam Service Integration funding partners.

By Mary Owen

Santiam Service Integration finished the school year with more than a few “warm fuzzies” and a lot of “kudos.”

“When we work together, step out of our silos, we accomplish great things,” said Maggie Hudson, chief financial and operations officer with Santiam Hospital. Hudson told about 80 attendees at the year-end event “We are so thankful for your support and appreciate each and every one of you!”