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Teens arrested, charged after park, trail fires

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 31st, 2016
Three teens are reportedly in custody at the Serbu Youth Center after police say they deliberately set fires in a restroom and along a popular trail in Cottage Grove on Friday.
Cottage Grove Police Department Commander Conrad Gagner said via a news release that his department and South Lane County Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Bohemia Park along

Elementary school plans detailed

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
Last May, local voters approved a nearly $36 million bond levy to replace the aging Harrison Elementary School building in Cottage Grove and make technology, security and other upgrades throughout South Lane School District. On Thursday evening, district officials joined the architect charged with designing the new school to detail their plans and progress. The dimensions and layout of the

Fires, conditions prompt emergency restrictions

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
While taking a break from fighting a fire that broke out on the southern slope of Mt. David last Wednesday, Aug. 24, South Lane Fire and Rescue Chief John Wooten said that the behavior of the fire, coupled with dry, hot and windy conditions, might prompt him to issue an emergency order for the District placing a temporary ban on

Brewstation burgled

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
An overnight break-in at the Brewstation pub on Sixth Street in downtown Cottage Grove led to the theft of computers and much of the pub's sound equipment.
Cottage Grove Police said that signs of forcible entry were observed at the Brewstation after the break-in, which was discovered Saturday and must have occurred after the pub closed Friday evening. Officer

Fire on the mountain

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
South Lane County Fire and Rescue Chief John Wooten did not mince words when assessing the impact a helicopter had on efforts to suppress a fire that broke out on Mt. David in Cottage Grove last week.
"The helicopter saved our bacon," Wooten said of a Weyerhaeuser chopper and pilot that helped douse the flames that sprung up behind

Work progresses at Coiner Park, new Arby's site by Walmart

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
New construction can be counted upon to come to the attention of passersby, and the Sentinel regularly fields questions about new projects popping up in the area. These days, two projects in particular seem to have piqued public curiosity, and as such the Sentinel offers this construction update:

Four more join City Council race

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
Cottage Grove voters will elect a new mayor and three new City Council representatives this November, and recently, four more candidates threw their proverbial hats into the ring.
Current City Councilors Jake Boone, Jeff Gowing and Mike Fleck have all filed to run for the mayoral seat currently held by Tom Munroe, and the looming absence of Gowing at

Local woman charged with felony for allegedly striking child

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
A 25-year old Cottage Grove woman faces a felony charge after police say she left bruises on a two-year old child during an incident in late January.
Detective Doug Skaggs said that bruises on the buttocks and legs of the two-year old were discovered by a family member of 25-year old Tiffany Nicole Roberts-Larson. Skaggs wrote that medical professionals

Code officer tasked with 'zombie houses'

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
In her new position, Shauna Neigh is set to do battle with Cottage Grove's "zombies."
Neigh, who also serves as the director of the Cottage Grove Main Street Program, began a stint last week as a code enforcement officer with the City's Planning Department. During the City's 2016-17 budget process, city staff spoke of the need for a code enforcement

LRAPA: High temperatures create conditions for increased smog in Lane County

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
As the temperature reaches into the high 90s and above, smog levels are also rising in Lane County.

Smog, or ground level ozone, is created when nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) have a chemical reaction in the presence of sunlight. Some examples of major sources include emissions from cars, power plants, lawn mowers, refineries, and

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