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Community Apr. 24
Corps anticipates insufficient water year
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, is anticipating an insufficient water year as it refills its 13 Willamette Valley and two Rogue River Basin reservoirs for the upcoming recreation season.
Outdoors Apr. 23
Dry weather, low-water levels a concern
It has been a wonderful spring, with mild sunny weather and little rain. In fact it has been one of the driest Aprils in recent history, giving a lot of Oregonians a chance to shake off the effects of an extended “cabin fever” that in the light of the seemingly endless days of shutdowns and stay-at-home recommendations took on a new meaning last year.
Community Apr. 23
HERE TO HELP: Creswell First!
Peggy Whalen is enthusiastic when she discusses the Family Relief Nursery operation. Those who work with the executive director are equally enthusiastic when they discuss Whalen. It’s hard to say for sure that the relationship was “destiny,” but everyone agrees it was love at first sight. “We have a very, very great board of directors,” Whalen says when explaining the support system behind the nursery’s mission. “I mean we have a phenomenal board of directors.”
Community Apr. 23
Glenwood development: Residents consider 'lifestyle' vs. economic engine
What’ll it be? A soccer arena and an ice rink, or a 20-story hotel on Glenwood’s riverside? The Springfield Economic Development Agency (SEDA) heard unsolicited pitches from two developers: Glenwood Development project pitched a 20-story hotel, and LOCALIS Partners proposed a soccer stadium and a skating rink. Both proposals include plans for various grades of housing, conference/hotel structures, parking, eateries and retail shops.
Community Apr. 22
Choosing to see beauty around us
Thankfully, almost all of our adult family members have gotten at least their first shot of the COVID vaccine or are planning to do so when eligible. It’s a good feeling to know that we can venture out a bit even though we continue to wear masks and social distance in public.
Community Apr. 22
Goodbar delivers for those searching for a good time
COTTAGE GROVE – Some folks are under the impression that performers can flip the proverbial switch and … poof! … stage magic happens. But there’s not a chapter in the musicians’ handbook that deals with returning from a worldwide pandemic. “It’s like riding a bicycle for 60 years, then you don’t ride for a year, then you try to ride again,” Steve Goodbar said to The Brewstation audience between songs Friday night. “That’s what it feels like up here.”
FreeCommunity Apr. 22
Linden quietly shatters world record
For several months reports were circulating among running enthusiasts that professional marathoner Desiree “Des” Linden would be attempting her first ultra-marathon. She had her sights on the 50-kilometer race, just over 31 miles, with the aim of beating the women’s world record, 3:07.20.
Community Apr. 22
Chief: We need better fire prep
“It turns out that a fire season 2021 preview is upon us,” said Tom Boyatt, Springfield community services manager, at the Springfield City Club April 15 meeting. “Dry conditions, east winds and hot temperatures, that’s the recipe.” The rising temperature and wind speed in Lane County is closely monitored by local experts, and smartphone users may have noticed a fire danger warning recently popping up on weather apps. Moving forward, discussion to reflect on the recent Sweet Creek and Holiday Farm fires may be in order to determine future action should another fire spark, officials said.
Education Apr. 21
Multiple seats up for grabs across area school boards
As the May 18 Special Election nears, several area school boards have seats up for election, including Springfield, South Lane and Creswell boards, as well as Lane Community College. All seats in the SLSD are contested, as are most in Springfield, and no seats are contested in Creswell and Pleasant Hill. The Chronicle will be publishing candidate viewpoints and Q&A responses in upcoming editions.
Community Apr. 21
Fire Board makeup already locked in ahead of election
COTTAGE GROVE – When South Lane voters go to the polls on May 18, they can cast ballots for the members of the South Lane County Fire & Rescue board of directors. It will be only an exercise; the results already are known. The five-person board has four incumbents running – all unopposed. Another board member is not seeking re-election, and only one person has filed as a candidate for that spot. The deadline for filing as a candidate was March 18.
FreeCommunity Apr. 21
Businesses struggling to find help amidst Covid
Local business owners who have suffered and – somehow – survived this far through the pandemic are eager to ramp up and super-serve customers ready to socialize, shop, eat, drink and be merry. A lack of hireable employees is threatening to make it all go bust. The state’s oscillating “risk level” remains an immediate challenge, particularly for restaurants and bars trying to meet guidelines, customer needs and business expenses. County health officials are expected to raise the risk level to “High” this week.
FreeObituaries Apr. 21
Jeffrey Drew Beckwith, MD: April 24, 1945 – April 1, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 21
Robert Eugene Lundeen: March 29, 1933 – Feb. 23, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 21
Eric Irby Robinson: May 16, 1956 - April 2, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 21
Robert Lee ‘Bob’ Mullins: July 7, 1950 – April 10, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 21
Harley Edward Lewis, Jr. Dec. 28, 1940 – Jan. 12, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 21
Peggy C. Wolfe: Sept. 15, 1943 – April 2, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 21
Danny ‘Dan’ Clinton Miner: Oct. 26, 1957 – April 12, 2021

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