Area Briefs

Creswell Grange honors members, re elects president

At the January meeting of Creswell Grange, volunteers were recognized for the work they did during 2022. Pictured above, from left: Creswell Grange President Patrick Dearth and Grangers of the Year Louise and Martin McClure. Pictured below are Stanley Garboden, Volunteer of the Year Priscilla Phillips and Dearth. Dearth was[Read More…]

Stoehr steps down

Stoher SPRINGFIELD — Leonard Stoehr, Springfield Ward 4 councilor, announced his resignation at the Jan. 23 meeting, citing a job transfer to Atlanta, Ga. “Serving as a Springfield City Councilor has been a tremendous honor and I am going to miss being part of this team and this community,” Stoehr[Read More…]

Lane transit elects leadership

Grimaldi Last week, the Lane Transit District Board of Directors elected its leadership team, including president Gino Grimaldi, a retired Springfield city manager. He spent 45 years serving in city  government in Arizona, Maine, and Oregon. He represents Subdistrict 1, East Springfield to McKenzie Bridge.  Cox Susan Cox was elected[Read More…]

Springfield artist receives career opp grant

SPRINGFIELD  – In the first round of FY2023 Career Opportunity Program grant awards, the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation have awarded $92,297 to 36 artists for career development projects, including one artist from Springfield.  Erin Langley, of Springfield, will be granted $2,000 to support the cost of[Read More…]

LCSO responds to school

CRESWELL — Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputies say an intense search did not turn up any reason for concern after an allegedly armed individual was reported near Creswell High School last Thursday.According to LCSO, at about 3:39 p.m. on Jan. 19, a Creswell School District employee reported that a person[Read More…]

ADA-design feedback sought in Cottage Grove

COTTAGE GROVE –   Engineers are looking for direction from the Cottage Grove City Council regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps and corner bulb outs, the street/sidewalk widths and trees to help prepare their final drawings.  Engineers, with guidance from the 2015 Main Street Refinement Plan, have created conceptual[Read More…]

New funding opportunities at United Way Lane

United Way of Lane County has opened three funding opportunities for local nonprofits and initiatives with the intention of investing $650,000 in the 2023 cycle. Two grant opportunities will support nonprofits and coalitions helping children and youth succeed; the third grant will support initiatives advancing racial justice locally. Applications are[Read More…]

Lane receives housing vouchers for residents with disabilities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley last week announced that six Oregon counties, including Lane County, will receive 80 vouchers from the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to fund permanent affordable housing assistance to Oregonians with extreme mental health concerns and disabilities.  Lane County[Read More…]

Public safety projects receive funding

A federal spending bill signed this month will provide $3.1M to Lane County for critical public safety projects, including:  •$176,000 to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office to replace its Dispatch Center consoles. The dispatch center is an all-day, every-day operation that provides critical emergency communications services to deputies across Lane[Read More…]

What’s going on across from City Hall?

SPRINGFIELD — A cascading truss system failure occurred in the city-owned Carter Building across the street from City Hall.  The structural failure impacted approximately 8,000 square feet of the 12,500 square-foot building. Independent engineering analysis conducted on behalf of the City’s insurer concluded that there is no cost-effective manner to[Read More…]