Saved!: Historic Railroad Bridge receives major Department of Transportation grant

April 2018 Posted in Community, Nature, News | Comments Off on Saved!: Historic Railroad Bridge receives major Department of Transportation grant

[caption id="attachment_3342" align="alignright" width="300"] Mill City’s Historic Railroad Bridge. Courtesy Lynda Harrington[/caption]   By Mary Owen Mill City’s Save Our Bridge Committee just received an astonishing $8.1 million windfall that left most members with their eyes and mouths wide open. “We are in a ...

Banding together: River Fusion 22 named Oregon Festival of the Year

April 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food And Drink, News | Comments Off on Banding together: River Fusion 22 named Oregon Festival of the Year

By Mary Owen River Fusion 22 was chosen as the Oregon Festival of the Year for festivals by the Oregon Festivals & Events Association. “We’re thrilled!” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC. Two  Ovation awards are given to festivals, one for ...

Service integration: Community collaboration outreach expands

February 2018 Posted in Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on Service integration: Community collaboration outreach expands

By Mary Owen Help for those in the Santiam Canyon is growing through a unique outreach: Service Integration Teams. “One of the biggest challenges for our smaller communities is being able to find a simple way to respond to needs of individuals, ...

Recovery help: Fire-impacted businesses can apply for low-interest loans

January 2018 Posted in Community, Nature, News | Comments Off on Recovery help: Fire-impacted businesses can apply for low-interest loans

By Mary Owen [caption id="attachment_3263" align="alignright" width="300"] Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center.[/caption] Detroit area businesses impacted by recent wildfires may get a hand-up from Marion County Emergency Management. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans for working capital ...

Host of experience: Ron Harding named city administrator in Aumsville

September 2016 Posted in News, People | Comments Off on Host of experience: Ron Harding named city administrator in Aumsville

[caption id="attachment_2853" align="alignright" width="300"] Myrna and Ron Harding have been married for 31 years. Ron is the new city administrator for Aumsville.[/caption] By Mary Owen Aumsville is the “perfect community” for Ron Harding, the city’s new administrator. “It’s very similar to my hometown ...

Wearing many hats: David Marshall Sublimity’s first city manager

September 2016 Posted in News, People | Comments Off on Wearing many hats: David Marshall Sublimity’s first city manager

[caption id="attachment_2857" align="alignright" width="227"] Sublimity City Manager David Marshall[/caption] By Mary Owen Sublimity welcomes David Marshall as the city’s first-ever city manager, a job that embraces many roles. Marshall said his new job will be challenging as he juggles many hats including city ...

Adding staff: City of Sublimity

June 2016 Posted in News | Comments Off on Adding staff: City of Sublimity

By Mary Owen Sublimity is taking steps to add a city administrator to its employee roster. “The city of Sublimity City Council has determined that a city administrator would be a good fit for our community because it provides for continuity of ...

Personnel matters: Dismissal of librarian leads to management review

February 2016 Posted in News | Comments Off on Personnel matters: Dismissal of librarian leads to management review

By Mary Owen The termination of the Stayton Library director last month has catapulted into an investigation into the management styles of several city managers. The decision to pursue looking into recent allegations of wrong-doing that started with the dismissal of Katinka ...

Water quality town hall topic

February 2016 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Water quality town hall topic

Marion Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Ag Water Quality Management Plan and the Mill Creek Focus Area Project Thursday, Feb. 18, 6 - 8 p.m. at the ...

Safety plans updated: School districts prepare for emergencies

November 2015 Posted in Community, News, School | Comments Off on Safety plans updated: School districts prepare for emergencies

By Mary Owen In light of recent school shooting events and the potential for an earthquake, local school districts are shoring up their emergency safety procedures. “Safety has always been our top priority, yet recent events have caused us to re-examine our ...