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Longfellow recognized by Travel Oregon for fighting graffiti

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
A battle against graffiti in Cottage Grove's public spaces has led to statewide recognition for one local volunteer.
Marie Longfellow was honored by Travel Oregon with the Outstanding Oregon Tourism Volunteer Award at the 2016 Governor's Conference on Tourism, held April 24-26 in Pendleton. The awards aim to "recognize people and organizations across the state that go the
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Suspect arrested after long standoff at area motel

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
A four-hour standoff in a room at the Best Western motel in Cottage Grove led to the arrest of a 42-year old Springfield man Friday afternoon.
John Lucas, who had barricaded himself inside the room after motel personnel attempted to ensure that his room had been vacated, was arrested later after flash-bang devices and tear gas were used to
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Pageant raises over $13,000 for CMN

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Cottage Grove High School's Lion King pageant, an evening of skits, dances and laughs, raised over $13,000 for Riverbend Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Senior Brad Geisler (third from right, in crown) earned the title of Lion King this year, while Jayden Tucker was named Mr. Congeniality.
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Bond basics

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Ballots for Oregon's May 17 primary election were mailed to voters by Lane County Elections on Thursday, April 28, meaning that voters in the southern part of the County will have about two and a half weeks to weigh the merits of Bond Measure 20-240, which seeks to replace the Harrison Elementary building, tackle deferred maintenance projects and make security
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Marijuana tax to appear on ballot

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
Cottage Grove should get a chance to vote on a three-percent tax on recreational marijuana retail sales this November, after the City Council approved a plan to place the tax before voters Monday night.
Oregon House Bill 3400, Section 34a states that "the governing body of a city or county may adopt an ordinance to be referred to the
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Zone change approved with second vote

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
The Cottage Grove City Council again voted 6-1 to approve a change in zoning for two properties on Lane Street near downtown Monday night, with the second affirmative vote putting the zone change into effect.
The Council had first examined a request from applicants Eric Scully and Glen Taylor to rezone the two properties adjacent to the railroad tracks
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OSU extension, 4-H program makes appeal for votes

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
On Tuesday, April 19, at the Healing Matrix in Cottage Grove "Support Lane County 4-H and Extension" supporters asked for the support of the public for the May Ballot Measure #20-239, which aims to provide local funding for 4-H and OSU Extension Service programs.
4-H and among other extension programs in Lane County have suffered greatly since the
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Cleanup, celebration mark Earth Day

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
Cottage Grove's Earth Day celebration held out against the looming threat of rain on Saturday. Had the weather been less forgiving, the celebration would have been moved to the Cottage Grove Armory.
But no such relocation was necessary, and Coiner Park hosted about 50 different booths that represented various environmental conservationist programs and ideals, along with local vendors and
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