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Government - Springfield May. 18
Parking to be slashed on Mill; transportation projects ranked
Sidewalks, pedestrian crossings among transportation priorities
Government - Springfield May. 12
Springfield council strategizes affordable housing
Springfield City Council continues to chisel away at the issues relating to housing diversity and affordability. This week, the council re-examined resolutions to lower barriers for developers and extend the use of RVs as a temporary shelter.
COMMUNITY - Cottage Grove May. 12
Cottage Grove council nixes homeless shelter
In a heated meeting Monday, the Cottage Grove City Council reversed its decision to begin construction of a homeless shelter on Highway 99. At press time Tuesday, city manager Richard Meyers said that all construction on the Highway 99 site had already ceased.
ELECTION 2022 May. 5
Loveall: Lane County native ‘brings people together’
David Loveall is running for the Lane County Commissioners seat that represents Springfield. Get to know David here:
ELECTION 2022 May. 5
Berney: Drive local investment in less divisive culture
Joe Berney, incumbent, is running again for the Lane County Commissioner seat that represents Springfield. Get to know Joe here:
ELECTION 2022 May. 5
Elections: Lane County Commissioner: Q&A with Berney, Loveall
The Lane County Commissioner seat representing Springfield is held by incumbent Joe Berney and is contested by David Loveall. Read their responses to a Q&A here:
ELECTION 2022 May. 5
Springfield City Council candidate Q&A: Webber on Ward 1
ELECTIONS 2022 May. 2
Doyle, Molina: Q&A with Springfield City Council candidates
Ward 5 Springfield City Council candidates Victoria Doyle and Mark Molina answer questions about housing, transparency, infrastructure and more
COMMUNITY - Cottage Grove Apr. 28
Council OKs shelter site
Also: Solesbee plans mayoral bid
ELECTION 2022 Apr. 28
Springfield City Council Candidate: Steve Moe
Q&A and column by Springfield City Council incumbent for Ward 2
Elections 2022 Apr. 28
Victoria Doyle: 'Focused on making a local impact'
Candidate column for Ward 5 City Council candidate Victoria Doyle ... see also: Q&A with the candidates
Elections 2022 Apr. 28
Mark Molina: 'Bringing empathy and compassion'
Candidate column for Ward 5 City Council candidate Mark Molina ... see also: Q&A with the candidates
Government calendar
PUBLIC SAFETY - Week of April 28
City of Springfield raises trafficking awareness
2022 ELECTION Apr. 21
Blain, Buch: Q&A with East Lane County Commissioner candidates
East Lane, District 5 encompasses the cities and communities of Creswell, Cottage Grove, Dexter, Dorena, Pleasant Hill, McKenzie Bridge, Blue River, Camp Creek, Churchill, Coburg, Goshen, Leaburg, Lowell, Marcola, Oakridge, Vida, Walterville and Westfir.
Springfield council extends road work
SPRINGFIELD – The City of Springfield is extending the timeline for the planning phase of the Main Street Safety Project. Springfield Mayor Sean VanGordon provided this direction after considering the amount of public comment and the sheer size of the Draft Main Street Facility Plan. At Monday night’s (April 18) Council meeting, the Mayor cited a need to allow community members and Councilors additional time to review, comment, and examine the draft plan.
2022 ELECTION Apr. 21
Meet Kyle Blain: Candidate for East Lane County Commissioner
Emergency shelter code tweaked for religious, social groups in Springfield
Springfield public safety survey results indicate residents willing to cooperate
“There’s definitely an interest to continue and expand our efforts around social disorder.” – Chief Andrew Shearer
Springfield Council OKs funds for potential settlement
Springfield Apr. 15
Springfield bond measure projects moving at fast pace
Cottage Grove residents glean insights on homeless situation
Cottage Grove Council in stalemate after homeless discussion, town hall
Springfield Council hears pushback on police chief hiring process; city manager responds
Residents use ‘public comment’ period during meeting to question SPD Chief’s hiring process.
Cottage Grove town hall draws crowd, insight on homeless plight
“Any of us could be homeless at any time. This discussion is really about economic barriers and housing barriers. We need to learn from and care for these people,” said Linda Diaz, a community member.
‘Safety ... with dignity': Springfield police chief vows to protect and serve with care
Creswell Town Hall: Questions answered, tensions still high
Angry speakers from other communities dominate mic
Police round up: Shearer named Springfield police chief; Creswell investigations updates; and more
Bogged down? Creswell hires wetlands consultant, hopes to ease path to development
Grove students look forward to youth council activities
SEDA to negotiate purchase of two-acre Glenwood site
2022 primary races coming into focus
Between redrawn lines from redistricting in December, the retirement of a decades-long congressman, and public officials reaching for new seats, voters have plenty to consider as they prepare to cast their votes on May 16. The election deadline for candidates closed on Tuesday and candidates are actively on the campaign trail. Below is a brief introduction to each candidate in the communities The Chronicle serves. In the upcoming weeks, The Chronicle will offer each candidate the opportunity to write a guest column in addition to answering a Q&A.
City of Creswell, woman settle in July 4 parade permit case
Seven months later, it’s settled.
Creswell Town Hall eyed in early March
The ad hoc committee in Creswell is making headway on a town hall to address the past, present and future of the Fourth of July events.
State of the City Address - City of Creswell
Chronicle1909 Exclusive Feb. 9
Creswell Town Hall plans taking shape
The committee wants to use the town hall to discuss rumors that spread during last year's events; provide fact sheets; share a timeline of last year’s event in contrast to that of the traditional events; and share information on how a parade is traditionally organized and planned by the Chamber.
Government Jan. 26
State of the County: Commissioner Berney provides a look ahead
It is my honor to discuss what Lane County government has been up to during these incredibly challenging times, where we are, and where we are going.
Government Jan. 19
VanGordon: Housing, economy among top priorities
When one enters Springfield Mayor Sean VanGordon’s office at city hall, the first thing you notice is that it’s pleasantly utilitarian. There are no plaques or commendations or photos with other politicians. In fact, it looks more like a spare office than that of a top elected official’s workspace. And yet, the spartan accommodations seem to fit VanGordon’s work ethic well.
Springfield State of the City Address: Mayor Sean VanGordon
As Springfield’s Mayor, I remain immensely grateful for the faith that my community has placed in me. For my family, Elaine, Katie, and Livy…. Thank you for your love and support as I continue this adventure.
Cottage Grove State of the City Address: Mayor Jeff Gowing
This is my sixth and final State of the City. If you have not heard, I will not be running for Mayor in the November 2022 election but have announced my intention to run for a state office.
Schuck, Osborn take oaths; Creswell committees set
Everyone has a role to serve at the City, and at Monday’s council meeting, the first one in the new year, mayor Dave Stram appointed councilors, a council president, and announced committee roles and charges, setting up the council for a productive year.
Schuck, Osborn complete Creswell council makeover
Creswell City Council expands city limits
CRESWELL - Nearly four acres on Butte Road will be brought into the City limits, after council this week unanimously approved the annexation of the property owned by businessman Bill Spencer.
Pitts brings unique, broad voice to Springfield council
Glenwood riverfront project has its developer
City staff will enter into an exclusive negotiation agreement with developers Edlen and Co. and deChase Miksis, giving the team a green light to engage with neighboring property owners and the community in a formal capacity.
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.
FreeNews 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.
FreeNews 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.