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Community November 6
Territorial Highway progress continues
Much progress is being made on the Territorial Highway Project at Stony Point the past few weeks. A traffic light has been installed and a concrete barrier has been erected so that one-way traffic can proceed in a single lane around the worst part of the existing road that has no shoulders. What they are calling “the big fill” is showing progress below where the new, less curvy route is being built. The new arrangement has alleviated a lot of our nervousness in driving in the area where there were not only no shoulders, but where traffic had to be navigated at the edge of steep drop-offs. Thank you, Lane County!
Opinion November 6
Gosh, golly and gee whiz!
Last week, a friend sent me a link to a website mapping America’s use of swear words. According to the website, Oregonians curse less than much of the country. I’m not going to write the words here, you know them all, but if you want to tickle your brains, here are their first letters. H D D B A B C C D F F F G M P S S W I’ve been known to let colorful words fly in my life, but it wasn’t always so. When my family moved to New York City in 1963 I was eight, and I did not know curse words. That didn’t last long, as survival and acceptance in NYC demanded I learn the words of the streets. Soon enough, I cursed with the best of them, much to the chagrin of polite relatives who observed how the city had changed me.
Community November 6
Good news! Steelhead are on the way
The silver (or chrome) lining of November is that winter steelhead will soon be in most rivers all along the Oregon coast. Steelheads actually range and are native to rivers from Southern California to Alaska’s southeast coast. Over the next couple of Anglers Logs I will, exclusively be talking steelhead. This week about the fish itself, steelhead habitat, range and some important generalities about the steelhead’s habits once they reach their home stream or river.
Community November 5
Pandemic can’t obscure Veterans Day milestone
This Veterans Day, for the first time since the holiday was conceived in November 1919, there will be no large ceremonies in big cities and small towns to properly express our gratitude and appreciation of the men and women who served in the U.S. military. Instead, 2020 will be remembered as a year of tremendous change and challenges. Yet, this year also notably marks 75 years since the end of another historic global event: The end of World War II and the subsequent creation of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs in 1945. One of the most poignant aspects of our Oregon veterans community is that it is as diverse and united as the nation we serve.
Education November 5
Creswell schools won’t return in-class on Nov. 9
CRESWELL – It’s been more than six weeks since the beginning of school and Superintendent Mike Johnson said it is time to assess the district’s ability to reopen for in-person instruction at the end of the first quarter on Nov. 9. With the consistent increases of cases in the past four weeks and Lane County being put on a “watch list” for additional community restrictions, Creswell School District won’t be moving forward with returning to in-person instruction.
Community November 5
Few ‘very touched’ by community turnout for his 90th birthday celebration Sunday
If the City of Creswell were to nominate one person for sainthood, the whole town could just about agree that Norm Few should get the nod for that nomination. So it made perfect sense that on Sunday, Nov. 1, a seemingly endless centipede of cars encircled the Creswell Presbyterian Church, where he is pastor emeritus, for a drive-by parade to celebrate Norm’s 90th’s birthday.
Community November 5
Mt. David, Part III: ‘The Hill’ in limbo
I might have bitten off more than I can chew in attempting to tell the story of Mt. David in three parts but I am going to try to cover a lot of ground this week, even at the risk of oversimplifying a very complex set of events. Let me apologize in advance if I leave out important details or misstate some of the issues. As a point of clarification in this week’s column I will be talking about two separate pieces of land. The first was and is held by the Emerald Heights LLC development group. It is 63 acres, comprising most of what is considered Mt. David proper, and is the land that has been discussed in the past two columns. The second parcel is 78 acres and lies to the west of Emerald Heights. It is owned by the Sunrise Ridge LLC.
News November 5
Crowds, caravan overwhelm downtown
Protest groups clash in Downtown Creswell
Education November 5
Thurston holds virtual murder mystery
Thurston’s Acting Ensemble has a tradition of generating Halloween fun, and this year will be no different. Instead of a Halloween-themed escape room, however, the group will be producing a virtual murder mystery event written, produced and managed by the acting ensemble class. “The goal for this project is to provide leadership positions for students to create, direct and produce original work,” Director Megan Helwig said. “This year, we decided that we still wanted to do the project and Virtual Murder Mysteries seemed to be the best option to still keep the heart of the project.”
FreeObituaries November 4
Saddened by sudden loss of a dear friend
Life-long Lorane resident Charles Drullinger was killed in a farming accident on Oct. 27. Charles and his wife Phyllis have two adult children, Jeff and Jan, who went to the Lorane and Crow schools with our own daughters and son. Jim and I have attended many football, volleyball and basketball games, track meets, school carnivals and programs, 4-H club meetings and other social events with the Drullingers through the years.
FreeObituaries November 4
Freeman Rowe Jr.
Sept. 28, 1930 – Oct. 7, 2020
FreeObituaries November 4
Barbara Jean (Heyerly) Hooley
May 26, 1932 – Oct. 22, 2020
FreeObituaries November 4
June Elaine McGoldrick Clark
Sept. 2, 1927 – Oct. 27, 2020
FreeObituaries November 4
Dean Cranmer
June 4, 1937 – Oct. 25, 2020
FreeCreswell Elections November 3
Knudsen wins Creswell mayor race; three join her on council
Creswell votes in a new mayor, three new councilors

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