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Community Feb. 19
OHA addresses racial, rural challenges
Oregon Health Authority released its biennial Oregon Healthcare Workforce Needs Assessment report recently, which shows that the racial/ethnic diversity of the healthcare workforce does not match the diversity of the Oregon population. OHA also released its Healthcare Provider Incentive Program (HCPIP), which showed how Oregon’s incentive programs are performing in addressing workforce challenges.
Community Feb. 19
Coping tips for men, families struggling with pandemic
While no two men are raised in the same way, there are many similarities in men’s beliefs about how they should act as men. Some of the ways we were taught to be men are not helpful in coping with a pandemic. Men are often taught that they should be in control of all situations. However, most men are feeling a lack of control with what is happening to us. People are losing their jobs. schools, restaurants, bars, gyms and most of the things we do for fun are closed or diminished.
Sports Feb. 19
Bulldogs hitting the practice fields, ‘ecstatic’
UPDATE: Creswell's Atheltic Director Brandon Standridge reacts to the latest OSAA sports guidance. The Oregon Health Authority made a timely audible -- one that may have saved the high school football season. The Governor’s Office announced on Wednesday, Feb. 10 that the OHA is revising its guidance for outdoor contact sports (football, soccer, cross country) and will ease restrictions for schools that have returned to at least limited in-person learning.
Opinion Feb. 19
Post-pandemic life: Seeing family, travel and dining out top list
This week, Jim became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. He is 81, and we are eagerly awaiting the phone call or email that will give him a time to go in for his first shot. It’s been a long time coming, and we are so thankful that our son, a granddaughter and Jim’s brother John have already been vaccinated. Our daughter Michele, who is a teacher, will be getting hers this week, too. We know that, even after we have received the vaccine, we will need to continue being masked – which is no big deal, really – and socially distanced until enough vaccines have been administered to make it safe to discontinue the practices that have become almost “normal.”
FreeCommunity Feb. 18
Business ‘without corners’ carves out line of success
(FULL VERSION) COTTAGE GROVE – Alan Bair never intended to start a company or a movement. Then one day, he read an article on yurts in National Geographic detailing how nomadic sheepherders created one of the most efficient surface-to-volume ratio structures by using very lightweight natural materials. His curiosity was piqued. He didn’t intend to start a movement, but 43 years later Bair has made Cottage Grove Ground Zero in the western production of these ancient dwellings.
Community Feb. 18
Plenty of options to order Girl Scouts cookies
Chew on this: Girl Scouts cookies have arrived in Lane County. Lane County Girl Scouts will also be participating with GrubHub to deliver cookies Feb. 19-March 14, weekdays 3-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The GrubHub arrangement is due to the pandemic.
Community Feb. 18
‘Rooster Awards’ return, honor blues artists
Back in the day, a man they called Rooster was proud to be BMOC (Blues Man on Campus) in the Eugene-Springfield area. Gavin “Rooster” Fox, who founded the KLCC Blues Power radio show in the late 1970s, earned a name for himself by hosting jams at Taylor’s Bar & Grill, an immensely popular hangout for Duck fans for generations until it shut down last year.
FreeOpinion Feb. 17
Column: Tying the NOT
Pandemic unravels plans for summer wedding
Community Feb. 13
Soda Fountain lunch counters pour out great memories
My first memory of a soda fountain light lunch counter is from 1939. We lived a few blocks from downtown Marysville, Wash., and my folks and I would walk down to Hilton’s Drugs and Soda Fountain. At one time in the States, there were over 26,000 soda fountains and light lunch counters, and early soda fountains were placed in drug stores. Among the most popular were phosphate sodas – raw egg and soda water mixed with either orange, lemon or chocolate flavors. The soda fountain traces back over 300 years, and became especially prominent around the 1850s, remaining popular for over 100 years.
Community Feb. 13
‘Ticket to Work’ program helps people find their path
As Americans celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it’s worth acknowledging the increased support options available to people with disabilities who want to work. Since 1999, Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program has helped thousands of Social Security disability beneficiaries find their way to financial independence. The Ticket Program can connect you with free, individualized employment services to help you decide if working is right for you, prepare for the workforce, search for a job and stay employed.
Community Feb. 12
Sheriff’s revamped cadet program features ‘hard-charging’ students
Carolina Allen said getting tased and pepper-sprayed in the face actually isn’t all that bad – when you do it as a group. “We were all right there together. It was a great bonding experience,” said Allen, a 2018 Creswell High grad who’s going through the hiring process to become a Lane County Deputy Sheriff.
Community Feb. 11
Business ‘without corners’ carves out line of success
COTTAGE GROVE – Alan Bair never intended to start a company or a movement. Then one day, he read an article on yurts in National Geographic detailing how nomadic sheepherders created one of the most efficient surface-to-volume ratio structures by using very lightweight natural materials. His curiosity was piqued. He didn’t intend to start a movement, but 43 years later Bair has made Cottage Grove Ground Zero in the western production of these ancient dwellings.
Community Feb. 11
NAACP sees three keys to equitable community
As Lane County celebrates Black History Month, it’s important to consider how equity is practiced, said Ibrahim Coulibaly, the president for the local chapter of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The majority can support minorities in three points: by creating a welcoming environment, by listening to and sharing experiences, and by learning about and addressing issues of racism in your community. In doing so, Lane County can strive toward equitability, he said.
FreeOpinion Feb. 10
Dear friends leave legacies of light, joy
Where to start? A deep breath. Or two. A lifelong friend and colleague died on Super Bowl Sunday, unexpectedly, at age 58. Really, he was more of a brother. There is nothing new to say on the topic of death; there won’t be anything profound and there won’t be any particular insight coming from this space. More than anything I’m saddened for his wife and family. I’m sad for all the people who knew Pedro Gomez and considered him a trusted friend.
Community Feb. 6
WorkSource Lane provides support
Lane County Workforce Services is looking for job seekers whose jobs were lost due to the Holiday Farm Fire. The organization can help them either become employed to assist with restoration and recovery of the land upriver or, if their skill set is different, help with finding other employment.
Community Feb. 5
Changing an emotional response
Ever wonder how dogs learn about the world around them? They learn by association, by emotional response. Humans learn by emotional response, too. If you put your hand on a hot stove, you would be sure to keep your hands away from hot stoves in the future because your previous stove experience produced pain. Dogs experience the world in a similar way.
Chinese Astrology Feb. 5
Lunar new year arrives Feb. 12, wear red for good luck
Folklore suggests we should wear red for good luck two weeks before and two weeks following the lunar new year. As science-minded individuals, we might consider folklore to be a superstition and illogical. Superstition is based on unfounded belief, but it seems unlikely that traditions lasting thousands of years are based on unfounded beliefs. Perhaps we should question whether or not the lucky red folklore is based on superstition or if it’s based on a pattern of observed human behavior.
Opinion Feb. 5
Special district election: You make a difference
As 2020 ends and 2021 begins, many among us are thinking about how we can make positive changes in our own lives and in our larger community. Despite the turmoil of recent events, many of your neighbors have been getting involved in community affairs by contacting elected officials, volunteering for campaigns and causes, and speaking out on issues of concern.
Opinion Feb. 5
Writing provides creative outlet, opportunity to connect with others
Good writers understand “Brevity is the soul of wit,” which means, keep it short. Add another truth, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and it’s a wonder we all don’t write comic books. I suppose the 160,000-word novel I wrote could have been 160 pictures, but trust me, the way I draw, art museums are glad it wasn’t.
Opinion Feb. 4
Looking toward Springfield’s brighter future
Springfield is changing – and for the better. A renaissance in Springfield began several years ago with the revitalization of our downtown, thanks to the courage and creativity of a group of entrepreneurs. Many of those entrepreneurs and small businesses are still here and a few more have moved to Springfield, even during the Covid-induced recession. They are ready to spring into action as Covid is defeated.
Community Feb. 4
Hungry for adventure? Springfield couple wins $20,000 dinner
SPRINGFIELD – John Bailey had no idea what kind of birthday celebration he was about to experience last July. Actually, the real festivities are yet to come. Because Bailey is holding onto a raffle prize that few others can hold a candle to: Dinner Anywhere in the World.
Offbeat Oregon History: Coos Bay shipwreck was scene of massive, drunken looting party
ON THE MORNING OF NOV. 5, 1915, at the back of the entrance to Coos Bay, a big steamship could be seen towering improbably over the beach, stuck fast in the sand close to shore. This was the Santa Clara, a 233-foot steamer on the Portland-San Francisco run. The Santa Clara didn’t much look like the scene of a humanitarian disaster, jutting out of the sand nearly plumb and level and nearly high and dry; but appearances were deceiving. Sixteen people died trying to get ashore when she first struck, three days before.
Chinese Astrology Jan. 29
How compatible are horses, rabbits together?
A reader asked me this week if the man she just started dating would be compatible with her in a long-term relationship. She is born under the sun sign Gemini during the lunar Year of the Rabbit, and her new beau was born under the sun sign Scorpio during the lunar Year of the Horse.
Opinion Jan. 29
Listening to each other is a great start on unifying
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, in his inaugural address, the new president repeatedly intoned the theme of “unity.” He outlined the challenges facing us as a nation: the ravages of the coronavirus, including the loss of over 400,000 lives, millions of unemployed, businesses closed or in danger of doing so, a smoldering legacy of racial injustice over 400 years in the making, our planet’s cry for help as 7 billion-plus humans strive to survive, and the rise of political extremism. To address these issues, he said, “It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity. Unity.”
Happy to Help Jan. 29
FFA Foundation receives $500k endowment
The Oregon FFA Foundation received its largest single gift with a donation of $500,000 from Northwest Farm Credit Services to establish an “Oregon FFA Today and Tomorrow” endowment. Foundation president Kirk Maag singled out Northwest Farm Credit Services and “the leadership of Brent Fetsch and his team for their continuing and generous investment in the lives of FFA members.
Community Jan. 28
Scorched, but not soured, florist has budding business
BLUE RIVER – One can almost smell the roses pushing up through the charred remains of the McKenzie forest, thanks to Megan Chappell. The 34-year-old lifelong Springfield resident and entrepreneur is readjusting and rebounding from the devastating wildfires that consumed over 170,000 acres last fall, including the location where she planned to open a floral shop. Last year, Chappell’s plans for opening her first storefront location on the McKenzie River were seriously derailed, and not by anything pandemic-related.
Community Jan. 28
BPA pikeminnow reward program exceeded goals
PORTLAND – The Bonneville Power Administration and its partners report that in 2020, for the 23rd consecutive season, the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program met its annual goal to remove 10% to 20% of pikeminnow, 9 inches or longer, in the Columbia and Snake rivers that prey on juvenile salmon and steelhead.
Community Jan. 28
County recycling program underway
Lane County Waste Management began a six-month pilot project that seeks to improve the quantity and quality of recycling at apartments, condominiums and multi-tenant properties.
Community Jan. 28
Tied up in a local legend: Drift boats always perfect on river
A local innovation, the McKenzie River drift boat has been around for almost 100 years and is as popular as ever. The boat offers a stable angling platform that can float in only inches of water and can maneuver among river rocks and shallows in comfort and ease. They allow you to fish miles of river in a single day and are just plain fun to float in and row. Piloting a drift boat is a simple exercise in hand-eye coordination that with a little training and practice most people master within a few floats. It’s a part of Oregon history that still motivates thousands to socialize with family and friends on the banks of their local river.