Temporary fix: Lyons tackles city budget with temp workers, out-of-town help

June 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Temporary fix: Lyons tackles city budget with temp workers, out-of-town help

By Mary Owen The city of Lyons is moving forward in the wake of recent city staff resignations. Since September 2012, four employees have quit due to what they describe as a “hostile work environment.” “We have hired two temps to help with ...

Calling it quits: Staff resigns due to conflict with Lyons councilor Mark Orr

May 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off on Calling it quits: Staff resigns due to conflict with Lyons councilor Mark Orr

By Mary Owen In the wake of city staff resignations, citizens spoke out at the last Lyons City Council meeting, asking for Councilor Mark Orr to step down. “I was voted in by the people of Lyons, so if they wish to ...

The lure of spring: Disc golf part of parks’ many amenities

April 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on The lure of spring: Disc golf part of parks’ many amenities

[caption id="attachment_1763" align="alignright" width="206"] A disc golfer enjoying the sunshine at Pioneer Park in Stayton.[/caption] By Mary Owen Information about Stayton’s eight city parks is now just a scan away for many cell phone users. “If you have a smart phone with a ...

A fresh take: Administrator Keith Campbell brings new perspective to Stayton

February 2014 Posted in News, People | Comments Off on A fresh take: Administrator Keith Campbell brings new perspective to Stayton

[caption id="attachment_1696" align="alignright" width="233"] Stayton’s new city administrator Keith Campbell with his daughter, Marlowe, 3.[/caption] By Mary Owen Stayton’s new city administrator views his position as both challenging and beneficial. “I’m moving to an area where I don’t know anybody,” said Keith Campbell, ...

Worried neighbors: Phase 1 of Pioneer Park plan funded, phase 2 challenged

November 2013 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Worried neighbors: Phase 1 of Pioneer Park plan funded, phase 2 challenged

[caption id="attachment_1593" align="alignright" width="300"] Pioneer Park Rehabilitation Phase 1 design[/caption] By Mary Owen Proposed changes to Pioneer Park are drawing concerns from several neighbors in the Pioneer Meadows subdivision. “Myself and other debating the city’s master plan for Pioneer Park do not oppose ...

Creating community: Neighbors begin process of improving safety

November 2013 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Creating community: Neighbors begin process of improving safety

Mill City Neighborhood Watch Jim Lepin is the Neighborhood Watch liaison with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. His goal is to have 10 Neighborhood Watch groups in Mill City within the next two months and for the leaders of each group to network with one ...

Law enforcement levy: Lyons voters asked to increase police coverage

November 2013 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Law enforcement levy: Lyons voters asked to increase police coverage

By Mary Owen Budgetary cutbacks have led the city of Lyons to place a $30,000 levy to maintain law enforcement services on the November ballot. “Previous surveys have shown that citizens value law enforcement coverage and the security that adequate coverage brings,” ...

The right fit: Stayton council defines desired profile for new city administrator

August 2013 Posted in News | Comments Off on The right fit: Stayton council defines desired profile for new city administrator

By Mary Owen Appointed by Mayor Scott Vigil and approved by Stayton City Council, Finance Director Christine Shaffer has stepped in as the city’s interim city administrator. “I am looking forward to assisting the mayor and city council in the recruitment process ...

Canine cop: Drug-detecting dog joins Stayton PD

May 2013 Posted in News | Comments Off on Canine cop: Drug-detecting dog joins Stayton PD

By Mary Owen Stayton Police have recently added a four-footed member to their team. The department has ordered a drug detection canine from Pacific Coast K-9 in Custer, Wash., and the next step is to start training the dog this month. “Having a ...

Plans for Pioneer Park: $300,000 grant sought

April 2013 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Plans for Pioneer Park: $300,000 grant sought

By Mary Owen A two-year project to improve Pioneer Park will move forward if the city of Stayton’s recent grant request is approved. “The Parks and Recreation board will apply for a Recreation Trails Program grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation ...