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Community Apr. 10
A careful return to public lands, waters
Over the last year, while adhering to the prescribed health and social distancing recommendations related to COVID-19, fishing, cycling, hiking and generally most other non-team outdoor activities have been considered safe for families and individuals. Unfortunately, last season there were dozens of federal, state, and county closures that limited everyone’s access to some very popular day and multiple-day use recreation sites. Roadside overlooks and rest stops were often also closed to prevent crowding and further limited many recreational opportunities.
Community Apr. 10
A VERY EGG-CELLENT ADVENTURE
SPRINGFIELD – Thousands of eggs were hidden throughout the trees of Dorris Ranch on Saturday, and families took turns filling their baskets after missing out on last year’s canceled event.
Community Apr. 10
Deputies pursue, help catch suspects
Lane County Sheriff’s deputies under contract to Creswell responded to 50 calls March 22-28, and two separate Creswell deputies were also involved in pursuits the final weekend of March that occurred outside of the city limits, Sgt. Scott Denham said.
Community Apr. 9
Earthquakes, lightning storms and a close call with the cross
In 1960, Jean and I were visiting her uncle, a retired journalist, who had spent his career in Minnesota, and now lived in Shoshone, Wyo. We were coming back home, and for the first time we visited the site of the Madison Valley earthquake site. It is quite a study in changing geology, to see for yourself, how this planet changes. Beautiful country, and well worth the time to visit. If you are a fly fisherman, the Madison River Valley will be your delight.
Community Apr. 9
City, agencies, businesses get creative to grow through Covid
When I grew up, everything was downtown. We did our clothes shopping at small stores or at JCPenney. The Little Folks Store was a dreamland for a kid, Bennett’s Drugstore had a great lunch counter and soda fountain. The library was there, all within a few blocks. Then the malls and shopping centers came as the town sprawled. Some of the old downtown businesses tried moving and reinventing themselves, others threw in the towel. Now, that downtown is stale, populated chiefly by lawyers’ offices.
Community Apr. 9
Local developer looks to build shops
CRESWELL – Local developer and landowner James Brick is seeking approval from the City Planning Commission to develop land next to a buidling he already owns along Highway 99. The City has scheduled a public hearing on April 22 to hear the request to extend utilities from the adjoining property to what would be new buildings.
Community Apr. 8
Not all fugitives in Oregon were running from the law
Sometime in 1915, a 40-year-old Black woman named Frankie Baker stepped off the train at Portland’s Union Station. She had come to stay; Oregon would be her home for the rest of her life. At that time, Portland had a a reputation as a good place to hide out when you were on the lam. It was far off the beaten path; but the town had all the cultural perquisites of civilization, or most of them anyway. Plus, the people of Oregon had a reputation for minding their own business. So a lot of people who got into trouble back east came to Portland hoping for a fresh start. And yes, Frankie was one of them.
Opinion Apr. 8
Holy Week: A reflection on faith and year-round service
We called the past week “Holy Week.” It was the week that preceded Easter weekend and Resurrection Sunday. This is the time Christians celebrate the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem to face His death on the cross for the sins of the world... As I write this article it is Good Friday. This is the day Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, accused by the religious leaders, scourged, rejected by the religious leaders for the pardon of another criminal, then crucified.
Opinion Apr. 8
An electric, exhilirating glimpse of the future
I was fortunate to spend time close to the NHRA drag racing circuit in my career. Mostly, it was in the 1990s while I was sports editor at the paper in Gainesville, Fla., where the Gatornationals event took place each spring. It was a big event for the community, and we looked forward to covering it. The stars of the sport were always accessible and likeable. John Force. Kenny Bernstein. Joe Amato. “Big Daddy” Don Garlits. Don “The Snake” Prudhomme.
Community Apr. 8
Tyler & Tyler: Senior duo saving their best for last
Fourth-year varsity seniors Tyler Atwood and Tyler Nicol have been two of Creswell’s football leaders through thick and thin ever since they joined the program. With their careers winding down, it was only fitting to see them shine their brightest as the Bulldogs rallied for a 25-14 home victory Friday night, April 2 over Lowell.
Community Apr. 8
Painful loss for Bulldogs; Dapron injures knee
CRESWELL -- Injuries. They happen. Every team deals with them. They’re part of the game. The players on the Creswell volleyball team have surely heard it all before. But that didn’t make it any easier on Saturday, March 27 against Santiam Christian when senior star Breanna Dapron suffered a serious knee injury.
Community Apr. 8
Finally, something to Crow about
Jim and I no longer have grandkids at Crow schools these days, but our oldest great- granddaughter is in kindergarten this year in Roseburg. We’ve always made a habit of going to all of the programs, plays, concerts, games and other athletic events they participated in over the years. We’ve missed that so much, but we’ll have a few great-grands old enough to fill their shoes before long.
News Apr. 7
Versatile Stinnett displaying power of positive singing
COTTAGE GROVE – Jon Stinnett probably doesn’t have a theme song. But if he were to choose one, B.B. King’s “I Like to Live the Love (That I Sing About)” wouldn’t be a bad choice. Because Stinnett – even though he runs “about 30 miles a week” through the streets of Cottage Grove – always walks the walk. He’s continually looking to make a difference in the world. He loves his community. It’s clear he adores his wife and two little girls. Even during these tough times, he’s a glass three-quarters-full kind of guy.
FreeNews Apr. 7
Officials still urge caution on COVID-19
Public health officials are seeing a “drastic increase” in COVID-19 cases, and encourage the community to help reverse the trend to avoid moving back into the risk category. This week, case numbers would place Lane County in the “moderate” category; however, Gov. Kate Brown issued a two-week grace period before the category may be reversed, as the county just moved into “low risk” on March 25.
News Apr. 7
ONE VICTORY TOO FEW: Despite title game loss, Few family proud of son Mark, team
CRESWELL – They were having a watch-party Monday night at Norm at Barbara Few’s house for the NCAA Championship Game. It wasn’t much of a party. There was little to cheer for. Baylor cruised to an 86-70 victory over Gonzaga, which is coached by the Fews’ son, Mark.
FreeObituaries Apr. 7
Violet ‘Dolly’ Brickley: Oct. 1921 – March 4, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 7
Stephen F. Schnee: May 25, 1953 – Feb. 19, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 7
Helen Lehmann: Sept. 25, 1928 – March 28, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 7
Timothy ‘Tim’ Dennis: Dec. 22, 1944 – Dec. 25, 2020
FreeObituaries Apr. 7
Glendon Henry Bricker: Dec. 23, 1926 – March 28, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 7
Charlotte Booher: Sept. 23, 1925 – March 23, 2021
FreeNews Apr. 5
Gonzaga coach Mark Few was on Creswell High School Final Four team
Forty years ago, Few's senior high school season in basketball ended in the semifinal game at the Oregon state tournament, 36-34, in overtime. A stark difference to Gonzaga's overtime win vs. UCLA this past Saturday.

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