Price of protection: Aumsville council considers a police service fee

December 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Price of protection: Aumsville council considers a police service fee

By Mary Owen On the 2017 Safewise Safest Cities Survey list of the 20 safest cities in Oregon, Aumsville was ranked fourth. “This is up nine spots from the 13th where we were last year, and 21st the year before,” said Richard ...

Mouse tale: Family classic on stage

December 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Mouse tale: Family classic on stage

[caption id="attachment_3231" align="alignleft" width="300"] Seth Isaksen stars as Stuart Little.[/caption] By Mary Owen “And all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...” However, a mouse is stirring in the play, Stuart Little the Musical put on this month ...

Back online: Burned-out Freres veneer plant reconstructed in four months

December 2017 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Back online: Burned-out Freres veneer plant reconstructed in four months

[caption id="attachment_3235" align="alignleft" width="300"] The rebuilt Plant 4 at Freres Lumber Co. in Lyons. Submitted Photo[/caption] Workers displaced by the disastrous fire at Freres Lumber Company’s Plant 4 on June 26, are back at work in the veneer production facility in ...

Child safety: Training on what makes a ‘safe’ adult helps

December 2017 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Child safety: Training on what makes a ‘safe’ adult helps

By Melissa Wagoner Stranger danger, the idea that unknown people can pose a threat, is an important topic for parents but it can also be a difficult one to broach. Many parents worry about instilling a fear of the unfamiliar or ...

Stayton Fire District seeks recruits to begin training in January

December 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Stayton Fire District seeks recruits to begin training in January

By Mary Owen Stayton: firefighters wanted! “The Stayton Fire District has seen a decline in volunteers over the last year,” said Jay Alley, assistant chief. “We are always actively recruiting for volunteers in all four of our fire stations – Elkhorn, Mehama, ...

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 ...