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Council votes to place gas tax hike on ballot

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
The City Council moved a step closer Monday night to placing an increase in the City's fuels tax on the ballot this November.
The Council voted 6-1 to direct city staff to draft a ballot measure for the Nov. 8 election that will ask voters to approve a three-cent hike in the tax the City receives at the pump.

School District pleased with Harrison bond sales

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
South Lane School District officials traveled to Portland last week to sell a group of bonds that will furnish the District with the almost $36 million approved by voters to rebuild Harrison Elementary School and make security and technology upgrades.
The District sold the bonds on Tuesday, July 19, and according to Superintendent Krista Parent, the District couldn't have fared

Eugene's PakTech purchases former Kwikee building

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
A Eugene business will be expanding its operations into Cottage Grove, and the City is expected to soon fill one of its largest industrial building vacancies, City Manager Richard Meyers announced via press release on Monday.
The City has helped market the former Kwikee building, an 80,000 square foot behemoth at 230 Davidson Avenue, since the manufacturer of steps

Local man perishes in logging accident

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
Friends and family are mourning the loss of a 55-year old Cottage Grove man who perished in a logging accident last week.
PJ Patterson has been described as a man who loved his God, his family and hunting -- in that order -- above all else.
"He was the happiest man I knew, the greatest man I knew,"

No moorage at Baker Bay after Dorena Reservoir drawdown

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
Boat owners accustomed to mooring their crafts at Baker Bay on Dorena Reservoir have had to explore other options after the Army Corps of Engineers lowered the water level at the lake in response to dry conditions.
The Lane County Parks Department, which manages Baker Bay, recently informed those who hold moorage rights there that the County would no longer

Symphony's second showing successful

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
Midway through the performance, a low rumble could be heard in the distance, a sound too mechanical, too metallic to be part of the show on stage.
"Ah, that's what it was -- a train," exclaimed Conductor Danail Rachev. "I was wondering."
Rachev chit-chatted with the audience for another minute, as is his wont, but eventually he'd call the

Slabtown prevails in close BMD feud contest

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
Sunny skies, comfortable temperatures and sizable crowds set the stage for what organizers are calling a successful Bohemia Mining Days festival, the 57th annual celebration of the Cottage Grove area's mining heritage.
First-year coordinator Cindy Weeldreyer said that many of the vendors who ply their wares at BMD each year complimented what they saw as the best festival in

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