Penalty-free: Mt. Angel Public Library eliminates overdue fines

May 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on Penalty-free: Mt. Angel Public Library eliminates overdue fines

By Stephen Floyd The Mt. Angel Public Library has become the latest book lender to eliminate overdue fines in an effort to make borrowing easier and more accessible. The Mt. Angel City Council voted May 2 to discontinue library fines following a ...

Rights rally – Reproductive rights supporters hold impromptu rally in Silverton

May 2022 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Rights rally – Reproductive rights supporters hold impromptu rally in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner When Christie Diacetis learned of the possibility that Roe v. Wade was under threat of being overturned, she decided to speak out. In the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case the justices ruled the Constitution protects a woman’s right ...

ODOT all-in on transportation electrification

May 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on ODOT all-in on transportation electrification

The Oregon Department of Transportation is committing $100 million over the next five years to build out Oregon’s public electric vehicle charging network on several major road corridors, and to increase access for all to EV charging in communities throughout ...

Silverton initiates new water use protocols

May 2022 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Silverton initiates new water use protocols

By James Day The City of Silverton has put in place a new water use policy, which automatically kicked in May 1 with the lowest level of alert. The new policy was approved by the City Council at its March 7 meeting ...

Pudding River project – Bridge work to close Hazelgreen access in 2024

May 2022 Posted in News, Travel | Comments Off on Pudding River project – Bridge work to close Hazelgreen access in 2024

By James Day Silverton-area residents who commute in and out of the Salem-Keizer area will be facing another detour. Marion County will be replacing the bridge over the Pudding River on Hazelgreen Road NE near Torvend Road. [caption id="attachment_11444" align="alignright" width="370"] Pudding River ...

New duties – Faith Rockenstein takes reins at Gordon House

May 2022 Posted in News, People | Comments Off on New duties – Faith Rockenstein takes reins at Gordon House

By James Day For Faith Rockenstein, it was love at first sight. The accomplished artist, arts educator and long-time museum manager, who has traveled widely in the U.S and abroad, was blown away a couple of years ago when she entered ...

Relief effort – Silverton pastor returns from Ukraine mission

April 2022 Posted in Community, History & Culture, News, People | Comments Off on Relief effort – Silverton pastor returns from Ukraine mission

By James Day Silverton pastor Kurt Barnes is back from a week-long Ukrainian relief effort in Poland. He returned tired, inspired and eager to continue to help. Poland has become ground zero for refugees from the conflict in Ukraine, and Barnes, a ...

Building momentum: Silverton Habitat project gets a federal boost

April 2022 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Building momentum: Silverton Habitat project gets a federal boost

By James Day Efforts to put together an ambitious 18-home Habitat for Humanity project in Silverton are receiving a $1 million windfall from the federal government. [caption id="attachment_11332" align="alignright" width="423"] This is the almost-completed first home in what eventually will be an ...

Public defender challenges Marion County District Attorney

April 2022 Posted in Community, News, People | Comments Off on Public defender challenges Marion County District Attorney

Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson is being challenged by a public defender for her role as top prosecutor. Spencer Todd, of Salem, filed for the May 17 primary to unseat Clarkson, also of Salem, who was first elected DA in ...

Two Democrats challenge incumbent county commissioners

April 2022 Posted in Community, News, People | Comments Off on Two Democrats challenge incumbent county commissioners

By Stephen Floyd Two political newcomers are running for Marion County Commissioner as Democratic challengers to the Republican incumbents. Andrew Dennis (D-Salem) and Mark Wigg (D-Salem) will square off against incumbent commissioners Kevin Cameron (R-Detroit) and Colm Willis (R-Stayton). Each candidate was ...

Tripped up – Elks settle personal injury lawsuit

April 2022 Posted in Community, News, Other | Comments Off on Tripped up – Elks settle personal injury lawsuit

By Stephen Floyd A $975,000 personal injury lawsuit against the Silverton Elks has been dismissed after the parties settled out of court two weeks before trial. The suit was filed Dec. 31, 2019, by Salem resident Patty Wolford, 88, for an incident ...

Back on the ballot – Brentano enters Marion County treasurer race

April 2022 Posted in News, Other | Comments Off on Back on the ballot – Brentano enters Marion County treasurer race

By Stephen Floyd Former Sublimity Mayor and Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano is coming out of political retirement to run for Marion County Treasurer with an eye to merge the office with the county Finance Department. Brentano filed unopposed for the Republican ...

Public defender challenges Marion County DA

April 2022 Posted in Community, News, Other | Comments Off on Public defender challenges Marion County DA

By Stephen Floyd Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson is being challenged by a public defender for the role as top prosecutor. Spencer Todd, of Salem, filed for the May 17 primary to unseat Clarkson, also of Salem. She was first elected ...

New chapter – Books N Time in Silverton changes hands

April 2022 Posted in Business, News, People | Comments Off on New chapter – Books N Time in Silverton changes hands

By Melissa Wagoner Karolle Hughes has seen bookstores come and go during the 30 years she’s lived in Silverton.  “Whenever one would come in, I’d say, ‘Dag nab it!’ because I wanted to do that,” she recalled. “But it just wasn’t the ...

Broadband competition booms in Silverton

April 2022 Posted in Business, Community, News | Comments Off on Broadband competition booms in Silverton

By James Day Silverton-area residents are being wooed by companies promising to upgrade the power of their internet. Ziply Fiber took the plunge first, announcing in early March that its high-speed fiber optic network was ready for service for Silverton-area residences and ...

Groundbreaking set for civic center

April 2022 Posted in Briefs, News | Comments Off on Groundbreaking set for civic center

Silverton has set a groundbreaking for its new civic center complex for 11:30 a.m. April 11 at the site of the former Eugene Field School. Elected officials and city staff will be on hand to make remarks, said City Manager Ron ...

Relief package – Mount Angel allocates $800K in ARPA funds

April 2022 Posted in Community, News, Other | Comments Off on Relief package – Mount Angel allocates $800K in ARPA funds

By Stephen Floyd Mount Angel is moving forward with several upgrades to city departments after allocating more than $800,000 in COVID-19 pandemic relief funds. The city spent months seeking public input and recommendations from staff and committees before the City Council gave ...

Shortfall – Enrollment drop forces Mt. Angel to face large budget issues

April 2022 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Shortfall – Enrollment drop forces Mt. Angel to face large budget issues

By Stephen Floyd The Mt. Angel School District (MASD) is considering deep cuts to programs and staff to cover a large budget deficit as enrollment continues to decline. Based on current estimates, the shortfall could be around $783,000 if there are no ...

Homeland – Silverton artisan aids Ukrainian resistance by making jam

March 2022 Posted in News, People | Comments Off on Homeland – Silverton artisan aids Ukrainian resistance by making jam

By Melissa Wagoner Tasha Huebner feels every bomb that falls on Ukraine like a physical blow. A second generation American of Ukrainian descent, she has long maintained ties to her heritage through extensive travel, a study abroad in the 1990s and ...

Tower’s shadow – Old Wilco property to be cleaned, cleared, sold

March 2022 Posted in News, Other | Comments Off on Tower’s shadow – Old Wilco property to be cleaned, cleared, sold

By Stephen Floyd Residents in Mount Angel will soon see cleanup activity at the site of the Old Wilco Building after fire investigators concluded the cause of the blaze that destroyed the structure last October could not be determined. Barbara Hettwer, sister ...

Final steps – Silverton accepts bid for civic center construction

March 2022 Posted in Business, Community, News | Comments Off on Final steps – Silverton accepts bid for civic center construction

By James Day Silverton will break ground on its new civic center this spring, with opening tentatively set for summer 2023. The City Council selected Corp Inc. of Salem as the general contractor at its March 7 meeting. Corp Inc. turned in ...

Growth spurt – Community Roots 7th, 8th grades moving to Grange Hall

March 2022 Posted in Community, News, School | Comments Off on Growth spurt – Community Roots 7th, 8th grades moving to Grange Hall

By Stephen Floyd Community Roots School plans to move its middle school into the Silverton Grange building as part of a partnership to meet the program’s unique requirements. A move-in date is not yet finalized, but school administrators are planning for the ...