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Community August 28
Helping vets get back on their feet
VENETA —So often, it’s a cruel fact of life that our veterans -- the heroic men and women who survived while fighting for our country -- find themselves back in harm’s way once they return to civilian life. Whether it’s problems related to PTSD, drug and alcohol abuse, or a U-pick-’em list of mental-health issues, many vets wind up homeless or incarcerated. In fact, Oregon has the nation’s highest percentage -- 19% -- of imprisoned vets. (Colorado, with 11%, is the next highest.)
Opinion • Chinese Astrology August 28
Leo-Tigers need nature, financial security
A reader of The Chronicle asked if I would tell him about his personality and what career would be good for him. He was born under the western sign Leo during the lunar Year of the Tiger. He has been working in farming. Now, in his early 30s, he wonders if there would be a better career to pursue.
Community • Our Stories August 28
The rise of sugar raises questions
In a recent Blue Paper, the National Academy of Nutritional Sciences addressed the rise of sugar consumption in the United States. Said N.A.N.S., “Main-street America’s food supply is changing rapidly with sugar distribution outlets leading the charge. It seems like every town now has a “Candy” store and a “Bakery,” the terms preferred by sugar industrialists to the previously described “Sugar Dispensaries.”
Community • Our Stories August 28
Theater to host drive-in music concert Saturday
LORANE — One of my favorite organizations that I’ve mentioned many times is feeling the pinch of having to cancel so many of its fun events. The Applegate Regional Theater, situated on Central Road near both Veneta and Crow, is trying to stay afloat until they can once again sponsor the drama and musical events in its beautiful theater and on campus.
Community August 28
Seafood and coastal views highlight conclusion of epic, two-day road trip
The old North Bend proper, along 101, there are many antique and boutique shops. Liberty Theater is now closed, due to the virus. It is a beautiful preserved motion picture theater from the silent era. I attended stage shows there for many years. David Walker, news anchor on KVAL, was MC for many years at the Liberty Theater Good Old Opry. Keep an eye out for when it opens again – consider attending a show. North Bend is also famous for a huge log export yard with freighters throughout the world being loaded with NW logs.
Cottage Grove August 27
It’s been easy to keep busy in the Grove
COTTAGE GROVE — Radio station KNND’s Rock Roll & Rumble didn’t let the Coronavirus hold it back from getting some cool cars cruising along its traditional route through historic downtown and along south River Road this past weekend. It was a made-for-social-distancing event as people typically bring folding chairs and spread out along the route looking for shade anyway. Being in the open air doesn’t hurt either.
Outdoors • Angler's Log August 27
Anglers are packing parking lots; crabbing improving soon
As we head into September the fishing conditions that you will encounter in our region are generally consistent with the calendar. Which is prime for multiple angling opportunities across Lane County. Pushed east by a cold front that brought a little rain to western Lane County, last week’s sweltering heat has left us for now. Leaving nothing but sunny days and mild temperatures in the mid 80s, in the 10-day forecast for the southern valley. Over on the coast it will be about 10 degrees cooler but there, too, sunny weather is in the forecast. Offshore, the next week will see a series of small-craft advisories as the same high-pressure system that is bringing the sunny days will also kick up the wind.
Community • Our Stories August 27
Dental staff aims for sensible, stress-free visits
CRESWELL — No matter what your thoughts and beliefs are about the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some ideas that are pretty much set in stone. One is that you still need to eat, and in order to do that effectively and long-term, you cannot ignore your dental health. A visit to the dentist can be an anxiety-laden experience even under the best conditions, but you still need to take care of your teeth.
News August 27
Knudsen, Prociw vie for Creswell mayor spot: Four contend in city council race
CRESWELL — Two Creswell city councilors are looking to level up as they vie for the mayor seat Nov. 3, and four community members are taking aim at the three city council seats about to expire. Councilors Amy Knudsen and Kevin Prociw are running for mayor and Shelly Clark, Jeri Hutchinson, JoRell Medina and Normajean Osborn are running for city council. For both Prociw and Knudsen, their passion for public service has only increased during their time on council.
Education August 27
Education Station Notebook
The Oregon School Boards Association met virtually on Aug. 19 to discuss the school boards’ role and responsibilities as they enter Fall 2020. OSBA Senior Assistant Legal Counsel Andrea Schiers and Elliot Field, as well as Board Development Specialists Vince Adams and Kristen Miles fielded questions on how to communicate about any COVID outbreaks, when boards can meet in person and ways to avoid liability.
Opinion August 27
Take a few minutes to consider the long view
Ten years, a full decade. Is that a long time? If you live to be 90, that makes nine of them. Throw out the first and last ones, and that leaves us with seven good decades in our lives. Anything more is a true blessing. There are plenty of good souls who received less.
News August 27
Oregon releases rates for 2021 health plans
SALEM – Small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance can now see the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation’s final rate decisions for 2021 health insurance plans. The division reviews and approves rates through a detailed and transparent process before they can be charged to policyholders.
Community August 26
Rangers stress recreating responsibly in a pandemic, during fire season
COTTAGE GROVE — As the remainder of the hot summer days lie before us, going to a local park for swimming and day camping is a great way to pass time during a pandemic. The park rangers who maintain these parks for us to use have important reminders on how to use the parks safely and responsibly during this time.
Education August 26
Springfield schools now have ‘one less thing to worry about’
Springfield resident and retired substitute teacher Denise Calloway donated 730 homemade masks for kids and 180 masks for teachers and staff at Springfield Public Schools. “I can’t really do anything else to help, and kids are going to need masks to go back to school, and I realized that it’s really expensive to keep buying them,” she said.
News • Creswell August 26
‘Inclusive community’ : Creswell city leaders discussing action steps around equity initiative
Creswell City Council is putting plans in motion to “build a more equitable and inclusive community” by working on a document to affirm that Creswell is an inclusive city, fine-tuning an ordinance OKing an equity commission, and is considering hosting town halls to help educate and engage the community in discussions about racism.
Community August 26
Seeing beyond the picture
In the wake of another police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin, leading to more protests and civil unrest, Don Prechtel said the country is behaving like it’s 1861. “We haven’t really seen anything like this since the Civil War,” he said, while putting the finishing touches on a painting of Gen. George Custer’s young bugler, Joseph Fought, at the Battle of Gettysburg.
FreeObituaries August 26
Death Notices
FreeObituaries August 26
Teresa Luce
Sept. 1, 1961 - July 10, 2020
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Charles Hinkle
July 24, 1940 - July 23, 2020
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Carol Juanita Rose
Aug. 22, 1930 - Aug. 6, 2020
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Carol McAllister
March 4, 1937 - Aug. 5, 2020
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Donald Calvin Potter
Nov. 7, 1954 - Aug. 12, 2020

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