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Stram’s five-point plan for Creswell comes into focus
Processes and plans: Mayor Dave stram has wasted no time putting these protocols into action since his appointment in November.
Cottage Grove mayor Gowing turning his sights statewide
Gowing, who has been mayor since 2017, said he hopes that, if elected to this new position, he can better serve rural Lane County by making residents’ voices heard in Salem.
Pleasant Hill student next ‘Kid Governor’
Pleasant Hill student Emerie Martin has been selected to be Oregon’s next governor – kid governor, that is. She was visited last week at her school by Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan.
Hutchinson resigns, Creswell council deadline extended to Dec. 7
Two seats are now open on the council, and council has extended the deadline for applications to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7. Interviews and appointments will be made on Dec. 13. The terms expire on Dec. 31, 2024.
Stram sworn in; two seek council vacancy
“This is like deja vu all over again,” said Judge R. Scott Palmer during Monday’s swearing in ceremony.
Back at it: Dave Stram appointed Creswell mayor
Creswell hoping to avoid repeat: City to schedule Town Hall, discuss Fourth of July
As Creswell moves farther away from the tarnishing events of this year’s Fourth of July, it also inches toward next year’s celebration, and Creswell City Council has made it clear that the last thing it wants is a repeat of 2021.
New mayor next week in Creswell; Schuck applies for council seat
Springfield Oct. 6
Springfield businessman runs for Lane County Commissioner
"Springfield seems to always be undervalued and forgotten," said David Loveall, downtown developer. "I'm here to tell you that Springfield has a voice."
Creswell Council discusses verification vs. censorship
Prociw investigated ‘suspect’ email, proposed process for better vetting
Creswell mayor: Council sets rules, deadlines
While the “who” is still in question, the “when” has been determined ...
Chronicle1909 Exclusive Sep. 20
Creswell councilor Medina resigns
“My family has decided that we can no longer live in a state that attacks our children in schools and is taking our freedoms away day by day,” Medina wrote in his resignation letter.
Prociw, Stram: Creswell mayoral candidate Q&A
Creswell City Council will appoint a mayor in October. So far, council president Kevin Prociw – who is acting interim mayor – former three-term mayor Dave Stram and new councilor JoeRell Medina have applied for the position. The Chronicle posed questions to all three candidates; Medina did not respond. Here is Part I of their answers.
FreeCRESWELL Sep. 16
Leading, without excuses
Creswell's Stram seeks former mayor seat
A public invite: Want to be Creswell's mayor?
CRESWELL – A critical role during a particularly tumultuous time in Creswell, the application process for mayor will soon be open to the public. Two city councilors – Kevin Prociw and JoeRell Medina – also declared interest during the last seconds of Monday’s city council meeting.
Creswell Woman causes stir at court appearance
2nd Creswell mayor to quit in past year
2020-21 timeline of key events, including links for further reading.
Creswell mayor resigns
Knudsen 2nd mayor in 1 year to resign
Creswell City Council: Gas tax can wait
Creswell’s leaders suggest Town Hall with residents to discuss community issues
Aug. 6
Mayor: Time to move on, ‘do the work’
Mayor Amy Knudsen said she is focused on the City’s strategic plan, and hopes to put July’s controversial events in the past.
Jul. 21
Lane Transit general manager resigns
News Jul. 14
Parade aftermath still sparks debate: City leaders try to explain roles, dispel misinformation
CRESWELL – It was standing-room only at this week’s first in-person city council meeting since the pandemic, as community members voiced concerns regarding the unauthorized Fourth of July activities in downtown Creswell.
Community Jun. 30
Not a ‘best practice:’ City attorney warns against political resolution; Councilors raise more questions
CRESWELL – It’s not dead yet, but it’s getting there.
FreeOregon Politics Media Jun. 24
Commentary: Not too late to fix Oregon bill that could restrict local news
SB 538 should be defeated before the Legislative session ends in a few days; if it passes, Gov. Brown should strike out unconstitutional and unfair portions regarding newspapers.
News Jun. 16
City approves fee increases across utilities
CRESWELL – Residents can expect rate increases for public safety, water, sewer, and trash beginning July 1. All increases were approved by the city council at Monday’s meeting. There was no public comment.
News Jun. 16
Drink up: Council OKs booze on 4th
CRESWELL – A celebratory “shot and a beer” could have a different meaning this July 4 holiday.
Community May. 26
Economic leaders in Springfield explore priorities for development
GLENWOOD – Springfield’s economic development leaders met this week to generate a clear vision and priorities for partnerships on the nine-acre Glenwood riverside property.
Chronicle1909 Exclusive - South Lane County May. 20
Round up of local election results
School, fire, water and recreation district election results in South Lane County:
FreeCommunity May. 13
20 years and counting...
CRESWELL – City recorder Roberta Tharp is celebrating 20 years with the City of Creswell this week.
Community May. 12
Council to consider challenging governor
CRESWELL – Gov. Kate Brown this week announced requirements for eventually reopening the state, and the Creswell City Council plans to discuss what a declaration opposing the state’s COVID-19 protocols might look like.
Community Apr. 23
Glenwood development: Residents consider 'lifestyle' vs. economic engine
What’ll it be? A soccer arena and an ice rink, or a 20-story hotel on Glenwood’s riverside? The Springfield Economic Development Agency (SEDA) heard unsolicited pitches from two developers: Glenwood Development project pitched a 20-story hotel, and LOCALIS Partners proposed a soccer stadium and a skating rink. Both proposals include plans for various grades of housing, conference/hotel structures, parking, eateries and retail shops.
Community Apr. 9
Local developer looks to build shops
CRESWELL – Local developer and landowner James Brick is seeking approval from the City Planning Commission to develop land next to a buidling he already owns along Highway 99. The City has scheduled a public hearing on April 22 to hear the request to extend utilities from the adjoining property to what would be new buildings.
Thurston investigation finds 'no specific wrongdoing, malice'
Use of force expert Rick Braziel has presented his findings to the City of Springfield after completing his investigation of the Thurston protest on July 29, 2020.
News Mar. 24
SL fire district board awards Wooten four-year extension
Fire chief John Wooten was awarded a four-year contract extension at the South Lane County Fire District board of directors meeting Thursday, March 18. The contract, Wooten said, would last until he was eligible for retirement. “I will reach retirement eligibility age within the period of that contract, but I don’t plan on running away,” Wooten said during the online video meeting. Details of Wooten’s contract are unclear for several reasons. “I will reach retirement eligibility age within the period of that contract, but I don’t plan on running away,” Wooten said during the online video meeting.
News Mar. 24
Should Creswell go Fourth? Part 2: City discusses challenges
CRESWELL – With no one yet to organize the July Fourth Celebration, the City of Creswell is exploring its options while encouraging residents to help keep the tradition alive. Council members at Monday’s work session considered what their role should be during events – especially since the Creswell Chamber of Commerce, which traditionally oversees the holiday events, does not have enough board members to function this year as has left the Fourth of July ball alone at mid-court.
Community Mar. 12
Local Government Roundup
Local government updates from Springfield, Cottage Grove and Creswell.
News Mar. 10
Lane County cases trend in right direction
Lane County’s case numbers have been low enough to move from “High” to “Moderate” risk on Friday, March 12 – a big win for the dining and sports scenes. Restaurants are able to serve more people inside and outside – now up to 50% of its capacity indoors, and for outdoor dining, up to eight people per table and an overall capacity of 150 people.
News Mar. 10
Savage’s 2nd Council shot: Ward 1 seat
COTTAGE GROVE – Chalice Savage wasn’t deterred after she lost the council race last election; instead, she persisted. This week, that persistence paid off. Savage’s ramped-up community involvement was evident to Cottage Grove City councilors, who on Monday appointed Savage to the Ward 1 position.
News Mar. 3
Pitts unanimous choice on Springfield Council
SPRINGFIELD – With an emphatic “yes” across the board, Springfield City Council on Monday appointed Damien Pitts to the Ward 1 council position. Pitts is among the few Persons of Color (POC) who have been appointed or elected to the seat, Council acknowledged, with the former being Jesse Maine in the 1980s. This is also the first time since August 2020 that all mayor and council positions are filled in Springfield.
Community Feb. 25
Springfield mayor emphasizes successes in ‘State of City’ video
The last year was significant not only for the local response to the pandemic and wildfires, but also for the many accomplishments that were still achieved in a year unlike any other.
News Feb. 24
Creswell Chamber on verge of folding
CRESWELL – The Creswell Chamber of Commerce has nearly shriveled into nonexistence and will disband if several board vacancies cannot be filled by the end of March, said chamber president Raina Napper, who is calling for volunteers to keep it alive.
News Feb. 24
Fireworks, parade spark concerns over crowds, costs
CRESWELL – The City of Creswell is considering what it would take to stage a safe and affordable Fourth of July Celebration. The Creswell Chamber of Commerce traditionally organized the celebration – that is, until the pandemic shut down tourism and the revenue associated with it. The Chamber has been nearly dormant for the past year, and with only two of the seven required board members, the Chamber is incapable of organizing the 2021 event.
Community Feb. 11
Council eyes input for vacant seat
SPRINGFIELD – Springfield City Council this week is refining ways to garner more community engagement around filling the vacant Ward 1 position, after councilor Sean VanGordon was appointed interim mayor at the Jan. 19 meeting. The council will appoint an interim city councilor at its March 1 meeting, and have eight applicants who have filed for the position: Troy Allen, Grace Bergen, Timothy Canter, Thomas Lawrence, Kelly Mason, Damien Pitts, Ray Suit and Michelle Webber.
Community Feb. 10
On Gov. Orders, Sports Resume
BREAKING - Today, Gov. Kate Brown announced the Oregon Health Authority’s decision to revise its guidance regarding outdoor sports and an exemption for college athletes. Gov. Brown said school sports are important for students’ mental, emotional, and physical health.