Author: ERIN TIERNEY HEGGENSTALLER - [email protected]

Roadwork Roundup: Week of April 11

58th/Main, OR 126 getting overhaul Intersection improvements at 54th and Main streets ODOT crews are adding dedicated turning lanes, signals, and lighting, as well as installing ADA compliant sidewalks, curbs, and pedestrian crossings. Expect construction noise and delays throughout the day and night. There will also be shoulder and lane[Read More…]

7 years of dedication saved Creswell’s historic schoolhouse, Creswell First! takes it from here

It was one of the first stories I stepped into as a reporter for The Chronicle. About eight years ago, the Creswell City Council had a tough decision to make. It was under ownership of a dilapidated one-room schoolhouse in the middle of a residential neighborhood. With no capacity to[Read More…]

Dangerous ice storm scars cities with damage, causing major disruptions

No community was spared from the intense grips of a relentless ice storm. Blasts of arctic gusts up to 20 miles per hour and an accumulation of up to 4-6 inches of ice brought cities in the Southern Willamette Valley to its knees, prompting power outages that affected thousands and[Read More…]

Fleck recall tossed out: Petitioner says he refuses to quit; eyes next steps 

COTTAGE GROVE — At the center of a recall effort that’s been underway since July, Mike Fleck is the last among a trio of Cottage Grove City Councilors to cast a sigh of relief. “Lane County election officials conducted signature verification on Nov. 17 and found there to be an[Read More…]

Chronicle nets 21 editorial awards for ’22

We’re going to need more wall space.  The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association last week announced winners of the state contest, recognizing The Chronicle with 21 editorial awards for its work in 2022 – including four first-place awards, and a prestigious General Excellence honor for the fourth consecutive year.  Awards stretch[Read More…]

Smoke & heat: High temps strike; fires rage nearby

Triple-digit temperatures and ominous creamsicle-colored skies are making for a tough go this week in the Southern Willamette Valley, prompting residents to lay low, avoid the smoke, and keep an eye on forecast and fire evacuation notices. Most cities in our area are suffering from “unhealthy” air conditions. By noon[Read More…]

Creswell OKs ordinance for unhoused

CRESWELL – The Creswell City Council at Monday’s meeting unanimously approved an ordinance that permits unhoused camping, rather than prohibits it – a unique approach that satisfies a previously split council while also satisfying state law.  Instead of listing the locations where the unhoused can rest, the ordinance lists all the[Read More…]



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