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Outdoors May. 8
Bigmouth, smallmouth bass provide fun challenge for Oregon anglers
Before about 1890 there were absolutely no sunfish species in Oregon. No bass, no crappie, no bluegill and several other species of warm-water fish. They all were absent from the water bodies in Oregon. There were also no carp, shad, striped bass or catfish and it was decades before any of the dams and reservoirs were built. It was a time when all our waterways were unrestricted to fish migration and every river in the Columbia River Basin was still fully connected, leaving fish free to wander.
Community May. 7
Still need to buy mom a gift? Local shops can save the day
In a bind for time this Mother’s Day? Small businesses in South Lane County will be open this weekend, and are goldmine for locally-made and thoughtful gifts. In Cottage Grove, The Bookmine at 702 E. Main St. is one of the town’s grooviest local bookstores. Sisters Gail and Birdy Hoelzle have been running it since the mid-‘70s, and in April celebrated its 46th anniversary. Through the hard work of the Hoelzle sisters and their husbands, The Bookmine has evolved into much more than a bookstore.
Elections - Springfield Board of Education May. 6
Candidate Column: Jonathan Light for Springfield School Board
We have fantastic students in our schools, representing an array of diverse communities within the Springfield School District. I believe it’s the same in every district. However, as successful as we are with some of our kids, far too many of our wonderful students, nearly 28% in Springfield, fail to graduate on-time and are ill-prepared for the next step. Even more dismal, this statistic has been unchanged for decades. We can do better.
Elections - Springfield Board of Education May. 6
Candidate Column: Anthony Reed for Springfield School Board
Friends and neighbors, This last year has been a tough one for all of us. The pandemic, the social unrest and the disastrous fires in our area. One of these alone would have been difficult, but the combined effects have been devastating. Some of us lost friends and loved ones. Some of us lost our jobs or homes. All of us lost a year and then some. I want to do my part to lift our community up and build it back better than ever. That’s why I’m running for Springfield School Board.
Elections - South Lane School Board May. 6
Candidate Column: Pam Duffy for South Lane School Board
My name is Pam Duffy. I am running for the South Lane School Board Position 2. I am a Federal retiree having worked for the US Secret Service and the Federal Office of Workers’ Compensation. I moved to Cottage Grove in 2003. I was involved in a grade school/middle school mentoring program in Seattle for seven years. Upon moving here, I mentored at London Elementary for two years, but stopped to care for my mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As a new member on the Board, I will have a great deal to learn and the federal/state governments dictate much of what the school district can do.
Elections - South Lane School Board May. 6
Candidate Column: Taylor Wilhour for South Lane School Board
My name is Taylor Wilhour and I’m running for re-election to the South Lane School Board. My wife and I moved to Lane County in 2006 when our first child was just a toddler and we have grown to love this community more and more over the years. I’m proud to call this my home. We have three kids now, one each in elementary, middle school and high school, so I am involved at every level of our school district.
Community May. 6
Applicants sought for UpStream initiative
Applications are now open until June 9 to be part of Springfield’s effort to beautify the city. The “Stormwater Team” is looking for artists of all ages and from anywhere in Oregon to join the summer mural-painting project, UpStream Art.
Elections - Lane Community College School Board of Directors May. 5
Candidate Column: Steve Mital for Lane Community College School Board of Directors
Hello Chronicle readers, I am running to represent Zone 5 on the Lane Community College Board of Education. I have proven experience and success as a community leader, and I seek your support in my bid to work hard in support of our community college. I’d like to tell you a bit about myself, why I’m running and ask for your support.
Elections - Lane Community College School Board of Directors May. 5
Candidate Column: Mark Boren for Lane Community College School Board of Directors
Commitment. Integrity. Community. Family. These are just some of the key tenets I live by and will bring to the Lane Community College Board of Directors. Serving as a board member is a convergence of experiences and principles, including an understanding of Board processes, student experience and goals for success. The area represented is mostly Western Lane County from Hwy 99 West to Florence and Lorane North to Monroe. For these positions every precinct in Lane County votes.
Education May. 5
Schools struggle to solve shortages
Shortages of substitutes are a common theme in regional school districts, and are leaving staff feeling stretched thin. That’s according to Stephanie Rogers, an educational assistant at Bohemia Elementary School, who addressed the South Lane school board this week with concerns that staff is taking the brunt of the hit.
FreeCommunity - Creswell May. 5
Treasuring yard sale moments with mom
FreeObituaries May. 5
Olsa Lucille Scott: Oct. 20, 1936 – April 8, 2021
FreeObituaries May. 5
Albert ‘Al’ Wittenborn Dec. 12, 1928 – April 14, 2021
FreeObituaries May. 5
Beverly Faye Mohler: May 20, 1940 – April 21, 2021
FreeObituaries May. 5
Leslie Marie Woodruff: March 7, 1969 – April 22, 2021
FreeObituaries May. 5
Robert Dean Wilson: Oct. 26, 1954 – April 13, 2021
FreeObituaries May. 5
Jeffrey Leroy Smith: Aug. 16, 1959 – March 29, 2021
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Mary Kay Voorhees: Sept. 27, 1947 – April 11, 2021

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