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Agustin Barocio. Submitted Photo.

Legal Matters: ‘No active threats’ as search continues

Mount Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel said there are “no active threats to the community” as authorities search for a suspect in the Jan. 1 fatal shooting of a local resident. Agustin Barocio, 42, has been accused of killing Brandon Slack, 42, both of Mount Angel, and is the subject of a no-bail warrant on charges including second-degree murder with […]

City of Mt. Angel

Mount Angel to start chlorinating water

By Stephen Floyd The City of Mount Angel plans to chlorinate its water supply after being directed by the Oregon Health Authority to reduce the presence of potentially harmful microbes. On Oct. 17, OHA sent a letter to the city after tests revealed a high number of coliforms, which are bacteria commonly found in human and animal intestines. Because the […]

Truck procession honors Frank Merrill

A longtime Pepsi employee who died in October will be remembered with a procession of roughly 200 semi-trucks Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at the Pepsi plant in Mount Angel. The memorial convoy will head to the Pacific Northwest Truck Museum in Brooks where a service will be held for Frank Merrill, who died in Mount Angel Oct. 25 at age […]

Academy grads – FBI training completed

By James Day For a police officer, getting an opportunity to train at the FBI Academy is the ultimate feather in your cap. The intense ten-week course, which is free to those whose applications are accepted, is the equivalent of graduate school-level instruction. And you learn from and with city, county, state, federal, NCIS and even NASA law enforcement personnel. Captain Todd Engstrom […]

Mount Angel City Manager and Police Chief Mark Daniel, left, swears in his new deputy chief, Charles Hall. submitted photo

Hall sworn in as deputy chief in Mount Angel

By Stephen Floyd The City of Mount Angel has promoted Charles Hall to the new position of deputy police chief as the department evolves following Chief Mark Daniel assuming his co-role as city manager. Hall was promoted during a ceremony in City Hall July 24 from his position as sergeant, which he had held since 2018. A statement from the […]

Mount Angel Chief Mark Daniel appointed to state board

Mount Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel has been chosen for the Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards & Training, which helps set policy on law enforcement instruction and certification. Gov. Tina Kotek announced Daniel’s appointment Aug. 31 among a slate of appointees to state boards. The Senate Committee on Rules is expected to vote on confirmation in late September. Mount […]

City of Mt. Angel

New fiscal year: Mount Angel passes ’23-’24 budget

By Stephen Floyd The City of Mount Angel is focusing on infrastructure improvements, public safety and building community in a $17.2 million budget passed for the new fiscal year. On June 5, the City Council unanimously approved the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 based on a recommendation from the city’s Budget Committee. Included were $5.2 million in […]

Mount Angel income survey focused on obtaining grant

Some residents in Mount Angel may have recently received a survey in the mail or a knock on the door asking for household income information. It’s no scam. The City of Mount Angel is hoping to apply for a federal grant to rebuild Railroad Avenue.  In order to qualify, the affected neighborhood must meet certain income requirements. Around 60 households […]

The empty lot on Marquam Street purchased by the City of Mount Angel. Stephen Floyd

First step – Mount Angel buys land for new City Hall

By Stephen Floyd The City of Mount Angel has agreed to purchase an undeveloped lot for a new City Hall and officials are optimistic the project could be finished without asking voters for a bond. The city has agreed to pay $240,000 for a quarter-acre lot at 295 W. Marquam St. currently owned by Mount Angel Bible Church. The funds […]

Mount Angel moving forward with RFID water meters

By Stephen Floyd The City of Mount Angel has begun the installation of radio-read water meters that could cut the work hours needed to take meter readings by a one full-time position. The city has allocated $300,000 from federal COVID-19 relief funds for the project, and anticipates having all meters within the city upgraded before the end of 2024. The […]

Lone run – Wall unopposed for Mount Angel mayor

By Stephen Floyd When late Mount Angel Mayor Don Fleck died suddenly in June, City Councilor Pete Wall was prepared to temporarily take up the mantle. As president of the City Council, he became acting mayor, but told fellow officials he would not seek election if appointed to fill the remainder of Fleck’s term, and would instead return to his […]

Legacy of service – Friends, associates remember Don Fleck

By Stephen Floyd Mt. Angel Mayor Don Fleck is being remembered as an exemplary civil servant and a force within his community after his sudden passing June 26. Fleck, 68, died of natural causes at his home.He was laid to rest July 1 during a graveside service at Calvary Cemetery. At the memorial service held at the Mount Angel Festhalle, […]

Daniel appointed official city manager for Mt. Angel

Mt. Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel has accepted the position of city manger after filling the role on an interim basis since last year. The City Council appointed Daniel June 6 and he will now act as both city manager and police chief, much as he has since previous City Manager Kevin Cronin departed in August 2021. The city initially […]

Chief Mark Daniel honored by chamber for Distinguished Service

By Stephen Floyd Police Chief Mark Daniel said he was shocked when the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce arrived at City Hall to tell him he was being presented with the Distinguished Service Award. Daniel, who also serves in a dual role as interim city manager, said he didn’t feel deserving, but the chamber insisted and he felt honored. “This […]

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 final approval March 7. A total of $803,382 was divided between the Parks, Public Works, Library and Police […]

Daniel to remain interim manager

Mount Angel Interim City Manager Mark Daniel has agreed to remain in his position indefinitely as the city continues searching for a qualified applicant. During the Mount Angel City Council meeting Feb. 7, Councilor Pete Wall said the search for a new city manager had become exceptionally difficult because of numerous other cities also hiring for the position. “This is […]

Double duty – Chief Mark Daniel thrives as Mt. Angel’s interim city manager

By Stephen Floyd Mark Daniel was already a man of many hats when he became interim city manager of Mt. Angel on Sept. 1. The police chief/emergency manager/firefighter/EMT/DJ knew it was an unusual choice to add city administration to his many responsibilities. But the last four months have shown he was up to the task, with the coming year holding […]

The Superintendent – Mt. Angel’s Dan Bernt retires after 36 years

By Stephen Floyd Mt. Angel has lost an institution after Public Works Superintendent Dan Bernt retired following 36 years with the city. Bernt was hired as a utility/maintenance worker in 1985 and became superintendent in 1996. After years of flirting with retirement, he decided to step down as of Dec. 31. During a ceremony Dec. 17 at the Mt. Angel […]