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Pepper and Keith Teem in front of the Mt. Angel Public Library. Stephen Floyd

Teem power: Mount Angel couple lauded for 50-year service to library

By Stephen Floyd Keith and Pepper Teem started volunteering at the Mt. Angel Public Library in 1974 and since then have played central roles in both its day-to-day operations and major projects. Now the Mount Angel couple has retired after 50 years of service at the library and city leaders are marking this milestone with official proclamations and a celebration […]

Mt. Angel Middle School principal Jeff Taylor and library director Jackie Mills have teamed up to hold a community-wide reading program based around the novel Wonder. Melissa Wagoner

Wonder – Mt. Angel School District encourages community reading

By Melissa Wagoner During the spring conferences held on March 22, each family in the Mt. Angel School District was given a gift – a brand new copy of R.J. Palacio’s award-winning book, Wonder. “We saw a need, especially as we come out of COVID,” Middle School Principal Jeff Taylor said of the project, which he hopes will encourage a […]

City of Mt. Angel

30% growth – Study predicts Mount Angel will near 4,750 residents by 2040

By Stephen Floyd A recent housing analysis estimated the population of Mount Angel could grow 30% by 2040 compared to 2020 and said the city has enough buildable land to meet this need. The analysis was approved Jan. 18 by the city’s Planning Commission and is scheduled to go before the City Council for final approval Feb. 5. Mount Angel […]

Chesterton Academy cast members rehearsing for Mary Poppins. Melissa Wagoner

In the most delightful way – Mary Poppins comes to Mount Angel

By Melissa Wagoner There is magic in the air at Chesterton Academy of the Willamette Valley – a private Catholic school located on South Main Street in Mount Angel – as the students prepare to present the school’s first musical performance, Mary Poppins. “I think most people who love the original Mary Poppins movie or books will find a lot […]

Not so fast – FBYC halts purchase of former dorm buildings

By Stephen Floyd Plans by Father Bernard Youth Center (FBYC) in Mount Angel to purchase the property currently housing St. Joseph’s Shelter have been terminated after negotiations fell through. While the youth center hoped to finalize terms with owner Catholic Community Services (CCS) in December, parties remained far apart into the new year on sale price and use of the […]

Mount Angel Mayor Pete Wall

Infrastructure – Future of Mount Angel hinges on planning, funding

By Stephen Floyd Mount Angel Mayor Pete Wall highlighted public infrastructure needs in his State of the City Address Jan. 2 before the Mount Angel City Council. Wall said the city must position itself to tackle multiple priorities, chief among them the wastewater, storm drainage, transportation and parks systems. As an initial step the council has scheduled a work session […]

Mount Angel Mayor Pete Wall won’t seek re-election

By Stephen Floyd Mount Angel Mayor Pete Wall has announced he will not seek another term in office. He said instead he’s opening the opportunity for someone else to run for the position this fall. Wall made his announcement during his State of the City address before the Mount Angel City Council during its regular meeting Jan. 2. Wall said, […]

New chapter – Sisters close sale of Queen of Angels campus

By Stephen Floyd The Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel have officially sold the Queen of Angels Monastery after relocating from the property last year. On Dec. 27, 2023, the Sisters closed the sale of the property to Salem-based Catholic Community Services (CCS), which has long been a ministry partner with the Sisters. Sister Jane Hibbard, pastoral administrator of the order, […]

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 […]

Marion County Sheriff

Murder charges filed for New Year’s Day shooting

Authorities have charged a Mount Angel man with murder after he allegedly killed another man on New Year’s Day in Mount Angel, and the suspect is presently at large. On the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 2, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Tracy Prall signed a warrant for the arrest of Agustin Barocio, 42, for the fatal shooting of Brandon Slack, […]

Bernard Hall will be purchased by Father Bernard Youth Center for expanding youth programs. Stephen Floyd

Changing spaces – Monastery sale pending

By Stephen Floyd The impending sale of Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel will mean larger spaces for local Catholic ministries, although details of the transitions must still be hammered out. Catholic Community Services (CCS) is expected to finalize its purchase of the monastery this month and plans to move its transitional housing program, St. Joseph’s Shelter, into the […]

Ally Corthell, owner of Red Haus Pizza in Mount Angel. Melissa Wagoner

Pizza returns to Mount Angel

Ally and Mac Corthell love pizza. “Both of our favorite food is pizza,” Ally confirmed. “We even had pizza at our wedding.” Which is why, when the couple moved to Mount Angel three years ago and discovered there were no local pizza restaurants, they decided they would simply have to open their own – but where? Lucky for the Corthells, […]

Nuts! Fest returns to Festhalle

By Stephen Floyd Hazelnut Fest is returning to the Festhalle this year in Mount Angel, along with a renewed emphasis on local hazelnut producers and vendors. Scheduled for Dec. 1 – 3, the event is free to attend. It will feature food, specialty beers, live entertainment and Christmas shopping opportunities. Sarah Bauman, president of the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce, […]

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 […]

American Legion

Legion Hall – Business sponsors upgrades

By Stephen Floyd The American Legion Hall in Mount Angel has some new upgrades thanks to sponsorship from a local business, and Legion leaders say it has already made a difference. Silverton-based John’s Waterproofing reached out to Legion Post 89 in September with a desire to support a veterans’ group for their regular community sponsorship program. Post 89 Adjutant Jim […]


Oktoberfest scores high in US survey

The Mt. Angel Oktoberfest can take another bow. Its 58th rendition from Sept. 14-17 not only was a clear success amid splendid weather and enthusiastic crowds, but the local celebration has sparked support in a national survey. USA Today polled U.S. residents as part of its readers’ choice ten best series and the numbers showed that the Mount Angel event, which honors […]

The home of Emily and Greg Sisk, in Mount Angel, is thoroughly decorated for Halloween. The display has gained the attention of 1.4 million viewers on TikTok and sparked meaningful interactions. Submitted photo

This is Halloween – Mount Angel family goes all out for spooky

By Stephen Floyd Halloween has become a lot more fun this year for one family in Mount Angel. Emily and Greg Sisk were already prepared to go big after their lederhosen-themed skeletons got a lot of attention in 2022.  Little did they know their efforts would be viewed by more than 1 million people online and touch the lives of […]

Scott and Kristi Stokley, proprietors of Lou’s Kitchen in Mount Angel. Stephen Floyd

Order up! Lou’s Kitchen reinvigorates revered space

By Stephen Floyd A familiar venue will have a new feel this Oktoberfest in Mount Angel after Scott and Kristi Stokley moved Lou’s Kitchen beneath the glockenspiel in the Edelweiss Village Building. The iconic clocktower stands in the center of town on E. Charles Street, with wooden figures revolving four times daily. The venue beneath once housed The Glockenspiel Restaurant […]

Mt. Angel Drug on Main Street. JAMES DAY

End of an era – Mt. Angel Drug to close at end of September

By James Day Mt. Angel Drug, that venerable local institution at the corner of Main and Charles streets, is closing its doors at the end of the month. Jack Holt owns Mt. Angel Drug and 24 Hi-School Pharmacy locations.He said that the loss of the Mount Angel outlet’s contract with Providence Health and other structural changes have made the business […]

Legal Matters

MAPD arrests man on out-of-state assault warrant A Missouri man wanted for felony assault in his home state has been arrested in Mount Angel and is awaiting potential extradition. Joseph Robert Wood, 44, of Springfrield, Missouri was arrested Aug. 9 by MAPD on a warrant for assault in the third degree of a special victim, allegedly committed in August 2022. […]

The catio lifestyle. Judy Gabriel

Outdoor-indoor – Catios wanted for first Silverton tour set for Sept. 30

By Melissa Wagoner When Judy Gabriel first heard the term “catio” used to describe an outdoor, enclosed patio created just for cats she was not impressed.  “I thought that was nuts,” she said. But then winter set in and she began to wonder if her own kittens – Bubba and Buddy, whom she had adopted the spring before – might […]

Transportation options for Oktoberfest

By Melissa Wagoner This year the organizers of Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest are making it easier than ever to enjoy the festivities while leaving your car safely at home. “It is brand new!” Monica Bochsler, Director of PR and Marketing, said of the latest edition to the festival’s public transportation lineup – a shuttle service provided by Northwest Navigator Luxury Coaches.   “I can’t […]

Developer buys former Wilco property in Mount Angel

A Woodburn developer has purchased the site of the former Wilco headquarters in Mount Angel, while plans to develop the property remain in the early stages. According to the Marion County Assessor’s Office, the 2-acre lot at 190 S Main St. was sold to Double I Construction, owned by Ivan Ivanov, for $465,000 on June 15. Mount Angel Administrative Services […]

Colegio Cesar Chavez 50th Anniversary

Supporters of Colegio Cesar Chavez will be hosting a 50th anniversary celebration on Aug. 26 in Mount Angel. The public is welcome to attend. Hosted by PODER, a Woodburn-based nonprofit focused on supporting the Latinx community, the event will celebrate the school’s pivotal role as the first accredited, independent four-year Chicano/Latino college in the U.S. Colegio Cesar Chavez was founded […]

Paddle boarder renting from Paddle Silverton -- courtesy of Britt Edmondson

Paddle boarding – Exploring Silverton Reservoir just got easier

By Melissa Wagoner Making the Silverton Reservoir more accessible to more people was high on Britt Edmondson’s list of priorities when he decided to open Paddle Silverton – a mobile stand up paddleboard (SUP) and kayak rental service – on June 14. “I decided to go out on a limb and do what I had hoped someone else would,” Edmondson […]