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Springfield City Council updates: SEDA to buy bank building; also, Vino & Vango to get the boot

SPRINGFIELD –  The City’s economic development agency this week gained a new property and also lost a longtime tenant.  The Springfield Economic Development Agency this week approved steps forward to purchase the now-vacant U.S. Bank at 437 Main St. The city manager will negotiate and enter into an option agreement[Read More…]

Valley poses unique issues for allergy sufferers

As spring has taken over and pollen counts are increasing, allergy season is quickly approaching. It’s estimated that more than 50 million Americans struggle with seasonal and environmental allergies, and Dr. Kraig W. Jacobson, a Eugene-based allergist with Oregon Allergy Associates (OAA), said experts have noticed the pollen season begins[Read More…]

State ethics commission investigating Cottage Grove City Council

Panel questions Sauerwein’s hiring ‘behind closed doors’ SALEM — The state’s Ethics Commission is investigating Cottage Grove City Council for violating Public Meeting Law when hiring its new city manager in December 2023. The complaints were lodged by Cottage Grove resident Johanna Zee, who alleges that the decision to hire[Read More…]

Cottage Grove, Sheriff’s Office resolve immigration violations

While Oregon was an early-adopter of laws which protect immigrants from federal agencies like Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), outstanding issues remain throughout the state. In fact, Oregon was the first state in the nation to enact a statewide law, the Sanctuary Promise Act (SPA), to stop state and local[Read More…]

State’s first standalone inpatient rehab unit to break ground in Springfield

Hospital will also house region’s first brain injury unit SPRINGFIELD – The State’s first inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be coming to Springfield in 2026. This is not the first time hospitals have had rehabilitation units, but this will be the first standalone hospital in Oregon solely dedicated to inpatient rehabilitation.[Read More…]

Roundup: Area planning commissions work out land use matters

When it comes to city government, there is always something happening behind the scenes. Last week, Springfield, Creswell, and Cottage Grove’s planning commissions met to discuss land use matters. The area’s local planning commissions are seven-member volunteer bodies which discuss topics to then make recommendations to councils. They are appointed[Read More…]

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