Wildfire retrospective: Santiam Canyon challenged by forest fires

October 2017 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Wildfire retrospective: Santiam Canyon challenged by forest fires

[caption id="attachment_3092" align="alignleft" width="300"] copyright @123rf[/caption] By Mary Owen Recent wildfires have wreaked havoc on local businesses and area events in the upper Santiam Canyon. “Many of our local communities, especially Detroit and Idanha, rely on summer and shoulder season tourism to support ...

On the fire line: Siegmund’s new system makes short work of steep slopes

October 2017 Posted in Business, Community, Nature | Comments Off on On the fire line: Siegmund’s new system makes short work of steep slopes

By Mary Owen Siegmund Excavation & Construction’s new logging harvest system helped firefighters contain recent area fires. “This logging harvest system was able to cut close to one mile of fire line through standing timber on steep slopes in approximately three days,” ...

Distracted driving: ’No touch’ law carries steep fines for device users

October 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Distracted driving: ’No touch’ law carries steep fines for device users

[caption id="attachment_3097" align="alignright" width="300"] ©-123rf.com[/caption] By Mary Owen Oregon Department of Transportation statistics show that a distracted driver crash occurs every two and a half hours in Oregon. To help prevent these accidents, a new Oregon law will go into effect on Oct. ...

Rhoten: Colleagues pay tribute to city attorney

October 2017 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Rhoten: Colleagues pay tribute to city attorney

By Mary Owen The city of Stayton is mourning the passing of longtime City Attorney David Rhoten. “I am deeply saddened by the news of David’s passing,” said Keith Campbell, city administrator. “He was a gifted and talented attorney who was passionate ...

Adding in person to online: ORCA events expand experiences

October 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Adding in person to online: ORCA events expand experiences

By Mary Owen Oregon Connections Academy students study online but socialize offline. “There are many events, field trips and clubs that ORCA hosts throughout the year to provide in-person socialization opportunities for students,” said Brenda Ballinger, a third-grade teacher from Silverton. “Some ...

Grant will preserve negatives

October 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Grant will preserve negatives

By Mary Owen The Santiam Historical Society recently received a $1,000 grant from the City of Stayton Community Grants program to preserve and protect a historic glass negatives collection. “We found 100 glass negatives in a crawl space above the restroom at ...

Highlights #1: Stayton High dance team wins 13th state title

April 2017 Posted in Community, School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Highlights #1: Stayton High dance team wins 13th state title

By James Day The Stayton Highlights dance team finished second to Valley Catholic of Beaverton at the past two state championships. This year’s squad was determined not to let that happen again. “This team is driven beyond words,” longtime coach Robin Meier told ...

Teaming up: Stayton Sublimity Chamber builds on varied skill sets

April 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Teaming up: Stayton Sublimity Chamber builds on varied skill sets

[caption id="attachment_3067" align="alignleft" width="150"] Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce’s new president and CEO Holli Thomas[/caption] By Mary Owen The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce selected two executive officers to build its strong identity with business owners in the communities it serves. Holli Thomas ...

Body work: Stayton shop opens

April 2017 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Body work: Stayton shop opens

By Mary Owen A Salem auto body shop owner is expanding to Stayton. Tom Fleming has been doing body work for more than 40 years. “My older brother used to do custom airbrushing and painting in Seattle, which gave me the bug to ...

Providing a little lift: Artist uses her talent to create smiles – and funding for Shriners Hospital

April 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Providing a little lift: Artist uses her talent to create smiles – and funding for Shriners Hospital

[caption id="attachment_3072" align="alignleft" width="300"] “Girl on a Swing” by Denise Goodin-Vasquez[/caption] By Mary Owen A local artist uses her talents to help support Shriners Hospitals for Children, a charity “near and dear” to her heart. “I began this journey by painting gifts for ...