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Dept. of Education releases state test scores

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016
The Oregon Department of Education recently released its assessments for 2016, and the South Lane School Board heard the local results of those assessments at its Sept. 12 meeting.
Over the past five years, there has been a steady pattern of significant decline in the percentage of students that meet or exceed expectations statewide. This is due to a

Gone is the 'interim' ó Shepherd officially named Chief of Cottage Grove Police

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016
With a one-sentence announcement, it became official.
An email from Commander Conrad Gagner with the Cottage Grove Police Department announced on Wednesday, Sept. 14 that "effective today, Interim Police Chief Scott Shepherd has been named Chief of Police."
Shepherd has guided CGPD since former Chief Mike Grover retired last August, at which time it was announced that Shepherd would

The lowdown on each of the fall electionís ballot measures

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016
Summary (from the Notice of Measure Election filed by the City on June 3): If adopted by the voters, this measure would impose a three percent tax on sales of marijuana items (including marijuana, marijuana products and marijuana extracts) by recreational marijuana retailers licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and located within the City of Cottage Grove. The tax

Engineers find faulty towers

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
On their way home from school on Friday, Cottage Grove High School students could be heard grumbling as they passed a sign posted across a popular local landmark.
Their comments concerned the closure of the swinging bridge that spans the Coast Fork of the Willamette River between Madison Avenue and River Road, a closure recommended by an engineer tasked

Council mulls shopping cart ordinance

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
The Cottage Grove City Council voiced support Monday night for a citywide ordinance that would authorize penalties for local businesses that fail to retrieve shopping carts that have been removed from their premises in a timely manner.
Ordinance No. 2010-03, modeled on ordinances currently in effect in Roseburg and Forest Grove, would require businesses that supply shopping carts for

Pioneering realtor marks 50 years in business, reflects on changes

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
Signed in 1963, the charter document of Cottage Grove's Board of Realtors is noticeable for the list of prominent realtors and other community members it contains. These days, however, the list also stands out for another reason -- the gender of most of the Board's charter members.
"I used to count the number of women, and at the time,

Fire Chief changes format of restrictions

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
South Lane County Fire and Rescue Chief John Wooten announced an easing of the fire restrictions in place throughout the District last week, in addition to a change in the format of any future restrictions.
Wooten wrote that the set of regulations released last week are designed from now on to be in effect from the beginning of fire

Tech partnership paying off, City says

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
Cottage Grove Community Services Director Pete Barrell, who oversees operations at the C.G. Library, estimates that about half of the Library's users visit to access a computer. These days, those visitors are able to access newer and more reliable machines, in part through a partnership between the City and the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG).

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