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Oct 19 2020 thru Oct 25 2020

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Happy to Help October 23
Nailing down hope: Local builder helps area veteran’s family
When Jason Bush, building official for the cities of Cottage Grove, Creswell, Veneta and Coburg, first got a call from Jayson Southmayd on July 6, he originally thought that he was getting involved in a small contractor-builder dispute with minor issues. It wasn’t until he went out to see the property the two days later that he realized how much trouble the Southmayds faced. “Never have I been as affected by someone as I was then,” Bush said. “He’s a veteran and my whole family is veterans. For someone to go out and fight for our rights, it’s heartbreaking to me to see him go through something that is so given to the average family.”
Chinese Astrology October 23
Candidate DelSol: An intense, kindhearted Scorpio-Pig
Ivan DelSol is a political candidate running against incumbent Cottage Grove Mayor Jeff Gowing (The Chronicle, Oct. 8). DelSol was born under the sun sign Scorpio during the lunar Year of the Pig. Scorpio-Pigs are known for being smart and good-natured. They have a passion for human services and for changing and creating policies that regulate human services, such as Hillary Clinton (Scorpio-Pig). Scorpio-Pigs are passionate about reaching goals and fulfilling objectives, and they are sweet, empathetic, and kindhearted.
Education Station October 22
Stepping up to meet new challenges
im Lukehart, lead custodian at Briggs Middle School, is spotlighted for Springfield Public School’s Humans of SPS, which took a hiatus over the summer. Lukeheart, who is a former military police officer, said he runs a pretty tight ship but that he and his colleagues enjoy the work.
Education Station October 22
Creswell School District staying connected
Creswell School District has implemented 58 hotspots in the community and are directly impacting 99% to 100% of their students. That breaks down to 13 hot spots for high schoolers, 12 for middle schoolers and 33 elementary schoolers. “Hot spots were a hot item,” said Joel Higdon, director of technology services and facility ops. Each hotspot costs $100 and they have only had to replace a couple that didn’t work.
Education Station October 22
Johnson: In-person classes might be after winter
Superintendent Mike Johnson said comprehensive distance learning will be extended into November based upon Lane County’s surge in COVID-19 cases. “Realistically, winter brings in hard times and a lot of viruses,” he said. “People get sick in winter and so I’m not holding out on being in person before winter break. A lot of districts are looking to spring break.”
Community October 22
Move to dissolve Pleasant Hill FD Department isn’t fair
Ballot Measure 20-316 is not fair, equitable or beneficial for Pleasant Hill taxpayers. This measure proposes the dissolution of the Pleasant Hill Fire District (PHFD) and annexation into the Goshen Fire District. As background information, PH and Goshen agreed to share the services of a common fire chief in 2013 to reduce the total expenses being paid for the two Chief positions. The good news is this agreement has been in place since that time and results in a net savings to both fire departments. Additionally, the combined staff of our two fire departments is over 50 volunteers and career staff according to a recent public document. However, Measure 20-316 would implement other factors which are detrimental to Pleasant Hill taxpayers.
Community October 22
Thurston protest investigator looking to ‘establish cause, not assign blame’
Use-of-force expert Rick Braziel said at this week’s Springfield City Council meeting that he will focus on getting “the rest of the story” from the July 29 protest in Thurston. City leaders hired Braziel to further investigate the conflict between officers and protesters. City manager Nancy Newton said that hiring Braziel will help “effectively evaluate how we grow and learn from this experience.”
FreeNews October 22
Springfield council keeps status quo
SPRINGFIELD – The city council decided to keep the status quo and put off appointing a new mayor, leaving council president Joe Pishioneri to fill those duties. The mayor’s position has been vacant since August. Councilors decided during the Oct. 19 meeting that with six meetings remaining in 2020 it was best to wait until the new year. They also appointed council president pro-tem Marilee Woodrow to assist him. Council members said they will meet again after the election to give the new Ward 3 councilor an opportunity to weigh in on the formal appointment.
Community October 22
Scarce visits with loved ones a tough part of pandemic
The increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Lane County and all over the country necessitates that we continue protecting ourselves and our loved ones as best we can. Wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing, and not seeing our loved ones as often as we would like are taking their toll on many of us, but we cannot let up our vigilance. The first three things have been easy for Jim and I to assimilate. They are simple inconveniences that seem almost natural to us when we are out and about these days. The hard part is not being able to spend more time with our son and daughters; our grandchildren and great-grands.
Community October 21
After wildfires, lower McKenzie provides an alternative
If you look around there is little doubt that with the certainty of the sunrise, winter will soon be here. Rain is in the forecast for this weekend and the comfortable 60-degree daytime temperatures that we have enjoyed will retreat to a more seasonal range in the 50s. And across our region for the first time since late last winter, low temperatures in the 30s are also in the forecast. Nothing out of sorts here; typical fall pattern and weather. At the top of the report, it’s hard to overlook that one of our counties, in fact one of our state’s premier fishing resources, was badly damaged by fire this season. Sadly, with McKenzie so compromised this fall, it clears the table of a lot of nearby opportunities for local anglers.
Special Election Preview October 21
Elections: Cottage Grove City Council Q&A
In their own words: Candidates make their cases to voters
Community October 21
Rodley emphasizes collaboration
SPRINGFIELD – Kori Rodley told attendees that she remains focused on housing and living-wage jobs – both exacerbated by the pandemic, she said. The remarks came during the Oct. 13 Business Roundtable sponsored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Government Issues and Economic Development Committees. Rodley is facing Johanis Tadeo for the Ward 3 position on city council.
Elections October 21
Elections: Springfield City Council Q&A
In their own words: Candidates make their cases to voters
Community - Cottage Grove October 21
Mount David has a rich history – not including the ‘oil’
Mount David, a silent witness to Cottage Grove’s birth and growth, stands over our town. It has served a variety of roles in the city’s history. An early water system had its reservoir there in the 1890s. Early photographers documented the town’s growth with panoramic views from its slopes. One slick huckster used it to separate many citizens from their hard-earned cash. But mostly the bucolic hill came to be regarded as common space by Grovers, the perfect place for a walk, picnic, or just to pause and reflect.
Special Election Preview October 21
Creswell Elections: Prociw: ‘Leadership requires a broader view’
First and foremost, I’ll use a few of my allotted words to thank The Chronicle for its coverage of our candidates. The hard work, time, and money that goes into compiling this valuable information for our voters has not gone unappreciated! It is with a sense of irony that this column is called a “viewpoint.” Because it is of views that I wish to speak of (literal and figurative). In this mayoral race, you have two extremely talented and qualified candidates to choose from. We share many of the same values, and we both want what is best for our community. Regardless of the outcome in November, the winners will be the people of Creswell – because either way you will have a mayor that cares for the well-being of our residents, workers, and visitors. And that’s a big win.
Community October 21
Northern Lights farm offering spooky, safe fun
PLEASANT HILL – Coronavirus might still be at large, but spooky season still rises like a zombie from the grave. Certain people, such as Lynn and Bob Schutte, have made sure Fall and Halloween are still celebrated at Northern Lights Tree Farm without sacrificing safety. The farm is charging admission for the first time, which is $5 per person or $20 a car. Admission is charged due to the loss of other revenues, and like everyone else, Northern Lights is just trying to stay afloat. Each day of the week holds a different special of the week, and there are multiple activities around the farm from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FreeObituaries October 21
Sean Mooney
May 13, 1973 – June 21, 2020
FreeObituaries October 21
Van Allan Criddle
Aug. 16, 1949 – Oct. 16, 2020
FreeObituaries October 21
Rozella “Rozie” Mock
April 8, 1921 – Oct. 4, 2020
FreeObituaries October 21
Brother Fred Hulbert Pittman
Nov. 1, 1945 – 2020
FreeObituaries October 21
Cherrisa Hope Risseeuw Rainwater
March 24, 1985 – Sept. 5, 2020
FreeObituaries October 21
AnnaMaye Brown
June 22, 1927 – Oct. 11, 2020

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