Confluence of concern: Parties weigh in on Detroit Dam project

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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

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Funding Partners

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!”

Energized: Revitalize Downtown Stayton developing projects, programs

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By Mary Owen

Last month, Revitalize Downtown Stayton got a neighborly handshake from Main Street.

On July 16, RDS participated in a national program that brought Sheri Stuart from Oregon Main Street and Mary Bosch from Marketek for two days to assess Stayton’s downtown, talk to and survey citizens, and make recommendations as to what direction to pursue next in each of the four focus areas: promotion, economic vitality, design and organization.

“We had some very lively and well-attended focus groups,” said Isaac Kort-Meade, program coordinator with Revitalize Downtown Stayton. “We had four focus groups, for city officials, property owners, business owners and community organizations. A total of
about 50 people attended among the four groups.”

Top seed: Martin sets series of Corban records

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James DayFormer Cascade High athlete Nathan Martin has finished a record-shattering track and field career at Corban University.

The Warriors senior won the 100 and the 200 and took second in the 110 high hurdles at the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships and went on to compete in both the 200 and the high hurdles at the NAIA national meet.

Martin became the first men’s athlete at Corban to win a conference championship in the 100, where he ran 11.03. He won the 200 in a school record 21.33. It was his second conference title in the 200.

River City revels Music & Art Jamboree takes second bow

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By Mary Owen

The second River City Music & Art Jamboree offers more than good music.

“We will feature several local artists and three local bands over a two-day event,” said Tom Peters, coordinator. “Also featured is a photography contest, and a scavenger hunt will bring a different twist.”

Hosted by Santiam Hearts to Arts and the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce, the festival runs 12 – 10 p.m. Aug. 18 and 12 – 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at Kimmel Park in Mill City. Performing will be Cascade Rye, Canyon All-Stars and Bigfoot Mojo. Trio Tavern will host a beer and wine garden, and there will be activities for the kids. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to “enjoy an awesome day at the park,” Peters said.

50 golden ‘ears: Aumsville celebrates half century of buttered corn, fun

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eating the corn

Aumsville Corn Festival fans eat up the fun. Everyone is welcome to join them for the 50th annual event Aug. 18 at Porter -Boone Park

By Mary Owen

The Aumsville Corn Festival celebrates “50 Years of Golden Ears” this month with free corn and lots of fun.

“This is our 50th year of putting on a festival for the pleasure of our local residents and for visiting families,” said Sonny Newson, coordinator. “Our vendors enjoy coming and serving all the visitors are always asking to come back each year. The word is out that the festival is a very successful one-day event.

‘Another perfect day…’Thoughts on the City of Angels, or Dreams

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Carl Sampson

Carl Sampson

Randy Newman had it right: “I Love L.A.” – with an exclamation mark! I and a couple of my kids recently spent a long weekend in Los Angeles and, while I’m certainly no expert on that city, there’s way more to it than meets the eye.

I once was talking with an acquaintance who moved to L.A. from the Midwest. I asked him if he liked it.

He thought a minute, and said, ”I like everything about it, especially the dysfunction of it.”

Water impacts: Algae blooms, economic repercussions expand discussions

July 2018 Posted in Community, Nature, Your Health | Comments Off on Water impacts: Algae blooms, economic repercussions expand discussions

By Mary Owen

Recent water advisories may have lifted for Salem, but some repercussions have been felt, especially at Detroit Lake.

“This constant on-and-off recreation advisory has businesses scrambling to keep up,” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC. “Many visitors remain leery about getting in the water, even in areas that are not impacted by the algal bloom.”

Samples of water tested in late May showed levels of cyanotoxins from algal blooms in Detroit Lake to be above the Environmental Protection Agency’s notification threshold. An emergency alert went out to stop drinking tap water.

Pitching in: Deputy organizes North Fork clean up

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MCSO 1 Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Marion County Public Works recently “teamed up to clean up” a portion of the north fork of the Santiam River.

“This was Dep. Mark Ferron’s idea,” said Lt. Chris Baldrige, public information officer for MCSO. “Not only did he suggest it, but he started working with the public works and parks departments to get all the partners needed for
the project.”

Vertical spaces: Stayton adopts plan to encourage downtown residential

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By Peggy Savage

Downtown revitalization has become a focal point for Stayton’s city government. With that in mind, the city council passed an ordinance June 5, establishing a Vertical Housing Development Zone (VHDZ).

In January, the council first heard a report from city Planning and Development Director Dan Fleishman promoting downtown development via a vertical housing zone. The zone would provide tax incentives to downtown multi-story development projects with mixed-use plans combining residential and commercial use.