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Chinese Astrology Jan. 29
How compatible are horses, rabbits together?
A reader asked me this week if the man she just started dating would be compatible with her in a long-term relationship. She is born under the sun sign Gemini during the lunar Year of the Rabbit, and her new beau was born under the sun sign Scorpio during the lunar Year of the Horse.
Opinion Jan. 29
Listening to each other is a great start on unifying
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, in his inaugural address, the new president repeatedly intoned the theme of “unity.” He outlined the challenges facing us as a nation: the ravages of the coronavirus, including the loss of over 400,000 lives, millions of unemployed, businesses closed or in danger of doing so, a smoldering legacy of racial injustice over 400 years in the making, our planet’s cry for help as 7 billion-plus humans strive to survive, and the rise of political extremism. To address these issues, he said, “It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity. Unity.”
Happy to Help Jan. 29
FFA Foundation receives $500k endowment
The Oregon FFA Foundation received its largest single gift with a donation of $500,000 from Northwest Farm Credit Services to establish an “Oregon FFA Today and Tomorrow” endowment. Foundation president Kirk Maag singled out Northwest Farm Credit Services and “the leadership of Brent Fetsch and his team for their continuing and generous investment in the lives of FFA members.
Community Jan. 28
Scorched, but not soured, florist has budding business
BLUE RIVER – One can almost smell the roses pushing up through the charred remains of the McKenzie forest, thanks to Megan Chappell. The 34-year-old lifelong Springfield resident and entrepreneur is readjusting and rebounding from the devastating wildfires that consumed over 170,000 acres last fall, including the location where she planned to open a floral shop. Last year, Chappell’s plans for opening her first storefront location on the McKenzie River were seriously derailed, and not by anything pandemic-related.
Community Jan. 28
BPA pikeminnow reward program exceeded goals
PORTLAND – The Bonneville Power Administration and its partners report that in 2020, for the 23rd consecutive season, the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program met its annual goal to remove 10% to 20% of pikeminnow, 9 inches or longer, in the Columbia and Snake rivers that prey on juvenile salmon and steelhead.
Community Jan. 28
County recycling program underway
Lane County Waste Management began a six-month pilot project that seeks to improve the quantity and quality of recycling at apartments, condominiums and multi-tenant properties.
Community Jan. 28
Tied up in a local legend: Drift boats always perfect on river
A local innovation, the McKenzie River drift boat has been around for almost 100 years and is as popular as ever. The boat offers a stable angling platform that can float in only inches of water and can maneuver among river rocks and shallows in comfort and ease. They allow you to fish miles of river in a single day and are just plain fun to float in and row. Piloting a drift boat is a simple exercise in hand-eye coordination that with a little training and practice most people master within a few floats. It’s a part of Oregon history that still motivates thousands to socialize with family and friends on the banks of their local river.
Community Jan. 28
Counseling center offering support for students, parents
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students’ mental well-being in numerous ways. Prolonged school closure and online learning pose some challenges for students such as loss of in-person connection, zoom fatigue, and lack of access to stable internet connection.
FreeNews Jan. 27
Lane County public health officials seeking more vaccines as trends suggest a rough spring.
Suds up, mask up, and stay put because the next 100 days are projected to be “relative misery” according to local public health officials. “We are really on the steep part of the curve right now,” said Dr. Patrick Luedtke, the county’s senior public health officer. He projected at the Jan. 21 Springfield City Club meeting that up to 120,000 people in the county will be infected before the numbers begin to drop in April.
Community Jan. 27
SPS board looks to improve equity in schools
SPRINGFIELD – The Oregon School Boards Association held a staff training session for Springfield district board members and staff discussing how to best improve the equity challenges students and families face in the district.
FreeNews Jan. 27
Mutated virus rears ugly head in state
A more contagious mutation of the coronavirus that rapidly swept through the United Kingdom has made its way to Oregon – one case each in Yamhill and Multnomah counties – but none in Lane County, public health officials stated.
FreeObituaries Jan. 27
Roseanna Gayle Frieze: Aug. 21, 1952-Jan. 12, 2021
FreeObituaries Jan. 27
Paula Lee: Nov. 22, 1930 – Dec. 16, 2020
FreeObituaries Jan. 27
Clifford Long Jr.: July 19, 1928 – Jan. 22, 2021
FreeObituaries Jan. 27
Traude Magdalina Ohler: March 15, 1931 – Jan. 17, 2021
FreeObituaries Jan. 27
Carolyn Simpson: July 1, 1937 – Jan. 15, 2021
Obituaries Jan. 27
Timothy ‘Tim’ Allen McNary: April 3, 1970 – Jan. 15, 2021
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Richard ‘Dick’ Ruf: Aug. 8, 1926 – Jan. 17, 2021

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