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 By Aliya Hall    News    September 12, 2019 

Setting the pace, setting an example

CRESWELL - Dairy farming never stops, according to Bobbi (Harrold) Frost of Harrold's Dairy on Dale Kuni Road. "You can't ask the cows to take a break," she said. Frost, 30, is the fourth generation...

 By Aliya Hall    News    September 12, 2019 

Making art accessible for everyone

SPRINGFIELD - The goal of the Springfield Arts Commission (SAC) is to make art accessible for everyone in the city. "To me, that means it needs to be very public," SAC Board Chair Daphne Mantis said....

 By Aliya Hall    News    September 12, 2019 

Oregon's 1940s hipsters:

COTTAGE GROVE — What started as a small Civilian Public Service (CPS) camp in 1945’s Waldport, Oregon, emerged into what became the Beat Movement of the early 1960s. These conscientious objectors...

 By Aliya Hall    News    September 5, 2019

Vermicomposting. Whaaat?

COTTAGE GROVE - It's all about soil biology, Bruce Elliott of Sustainable Agricultural Technologies explained. "Everything about farming is about biology," he said. "If you don't take care of the...

 By Aliya Hall    News    September 5, 2019

'Super' plan devised at childhood

CRESWELL – Mike Johnson grew up California's bay area – in fact, on some of the toughest streets in that part of the country. Poverty, alcohol and drug violence, physical and domestic abuse,...

 By Aliya Hall    News    September 5, 2019

Oaksong Farm produces vegetables, raises children

LORANE - Christina del Campo said she has two babies: her two-year-old son, Quincy, and her farm, Oaksong Farm. The one-acre farm was established last year in the spring, and del Campo said she's...

 By Aliya Hall    News    September 5, 2019

Springfield Museum, Oregon trail lacemakers weave together exhibit

SPRINGFIELD – It was a "perfect collaboration" between the Springfield Museum and Oregon Trail Lacemakers that made the lacemaking exhibit at the museum such a success, Museum Curator Maddie McGraw... Full story

 By Aliya Hall    News    September 5, 2019

Coast Fork Willamette Watershed aims to eradicate knotweed

COTTAGE GROVE – Representatives of the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council (CFWWC) visited Cottage Grove last week and educated Coast Fork Science Pub attendees on efforts being made to...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 29, 2019

Cottage Theatre starts remodel

After years in the making, Cottage Theatre is moving forward with their remodeling plans. Although unexpected changes in cost over the years required a different strategy, Executive Director Susan Goe...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 29, 2019

Moon Child Vintage brings groovy tastes downtown

SPRINGFIELD - Jenna Moser-Cohen has always been interested in fashion. Growing up on the East Coast, she studied fashion design and merchandising before going on to work at a fashion company; while...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 29, 2019


Yaakov Levine, 66, of Creswell, has always been on a journey to be healthier. His father was a semi-invalid from heart disease by the time Levine was 5 years old, and it made him want to live a...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 22, 2019

Next challenge?

After eight and seven years, respectively, in the Creswell School District, Todd Hamilton and Ryan Beck and have said goodbye – but they didn't move far. Both former administrators have been hired...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 22, 2019

Remembering the fishin' musician

When Ulla Hacker-Harada's friend lost someone to cancer, she thought that she was being a sympathetic and supportive pal, one who was there for whatever her friend needed. But when her own husband,...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 22, 2019

Developer pitches new hotel

Springfield Developer David Loveall isn’t finished with his plans for Springfield. Loveall, who owns and redesigned the 300 block downtown, pitched the Springfield Utility Board (SUB) about buying...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 22, 2019

Digital Monsters

If a bird were to fly up to the window, digital artist Josh Searl said he would stare at it for at least 20 minutes. "I love watching them move; I like to see how their wings work and how their moveme...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 15, 2019


By Aliya Hall Staff reporter Live Healthy Lane wants to make sure their data is telling the right story. Healthy Lane (LHL) has been collecting feedback from communities to see if the data from their...

 By Aliya Hall    Opinion    August 15, 2019

Learning writ large; it's better together

Validation. That was my key takeaway from the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland the first weekend of this month. I’ve only recently gotten back into creative writing, after stepping away...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 15, 2019


Springfield-Eugene Pride held its first march on Aug. 10. Pride activities have been going strong for 28 years, organizers said, but the march was a new installment this year. This year, there were...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 8, 2019


One of the biggest misconceptions that Curran Munzer hears about taxidermy is that the process involves "stuffing" an animal. "These are not stuffed, they're mounted," he explained. "The term 'stuffed...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 8, 2019

Diamond in the rough:

The idea for the name Misfit Toy Ranch came from co-owner Zach Driscoll because when their ranch started in 2013 it became known as the place that would take horses that were no longer wanted, or...


Trufflebert Farm

In Trufflebert Farm's 10th season, Ken Corricello had read that award-winning chef Charlie Trotter was opening a new restaurant in Chicago. Corricello decided to send him a large sampling of nuts...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 1, 2019

Board elects new chair, awards reroofing contract

Creswell School Board Director Mike Anderson was elected board chair for the 2019 school year during the July 23 special meeting, with board member Lacey Risdal elected as vice-chair. The decision cam...

 By Aliya Hall    News    August 1, 2019

Thurston teacher's new series debuts

Family, belonging and ... goblins? These are the themes in local author William Ritter's new series debut, "The Oddmire: Changeling." The book follows two brothers as they "follow a curious map into...

 By Aliya Hall    News    July 25, 2019

Six years spent serving - Rogers reflects on his time on school board

"Service" is an action that resonates with Tim Rogers. From his religious beliefs to his employment at Northwest Christian University, which has "service" in its motto, the word is close to his heart....

 By Aliya Hall    News    July 25, 2019

Economic development sparks Springfield's growth

When it comes to highlighting projects and business growth within the past 12 months, City of Springfield Economic Development Director Courtney Griesel compared it to picking a favorite child,...


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