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Cottage Grove youth council headed to legislature

Modified: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
Cottage Grove City Council has six councilors, one mayor and a little bit of help every other Monday during its regularly scheduled meetings in the form of a youth representative from the city's Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The efforts of the city's government-minded youth have reached the Oregon State Legislature and captured the interest of out-of-state universities this month.

Avoid the potentially deadly or criminal Siri prank

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
The Sheriff's Office's Division of 9-1-1 Emergency Communications has become aware of a prank which has been spreading throughout the country in recent days.

iPhone users are well aware of Siri, the virtual assistant that can dial numbers for you, look up restaurants in the area, send text messages and perform other similar tasks. It can be a

City names county commissioner to staff

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart will join the Cottage Grove city staff as the public works and development director. The hiring ends months of searching after previous community development manager Howard Schesser announced his retirement and public works director Jan Wellman joined him. The city announced early last month that, as a result of the retirements, the two departments would

Roads at a dead end in CG

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
There are just over 45 miles of paved road in the city of Cottage Grove and locals usually sum them up in one word: Terrible. Potholes and cracked streets line much of the city and while officials are well aware of the problem, they are also aware of the barriers to repairing them.
"Where do we get the money?" asked

New School price tag: $22,860,497

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
The South Lane School District Board approved the gross maximum price for the new Harrison Elementary School on Monday, March 20.
Hyland Construction submitted a price of nearly $23 million to construct the school and a seven additional alternates that totaled just over $800,000.
"We were aiming for $23 million," said South Lane School District Superintendent Krista Parent.

New changes for FireMed set for July 1

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
Cottage Grove residents who are current FireMed members will see a change in their services come this summer.
"We haven't raised the price here since 1982," South Lane Fire and Rescue Chief Joe Raade said. However, that's about to change.
Currently, FireMed customers pay $65 per year for unlimited, medically necessary ambulance rides. After the change, residents will continue to

Group raises funds for Swinging Bridge repairs

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
Dana Merryday fell in love with Lane County after attending his first Country Fair in Veneta in 1992. After marrying his wife, Amy, the Berkeley, Calif. couple began their hunt for a house in Oregon. In 2011, a Country Fair friend suggested they visit the new Axe and Fiddle Pub. The couple immediately fell in love with Cottage Grove's natural

Cottage Grove Half Marathon sees Eugene winner

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
Eugene resident Orin Schumacher was the first person to cross the finish line during the Cottage Grove Half Marathon held Saturday, March 11. Clocking in at just over an hour, Schumacher plans to run the Eugene Marathon and has qualified for the Boston Marathon later this year. Schumacher was followed by second-place winner Justin James-Long, also of Eugene.

Have a pothole? Call it in

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
New residents, old residents and city officials all have one conversation in common throughout their day: potholes. While the subject may not rise every day, it certainly is a sore spot for residents and local government alike.
This year, the city has announced that it has already placed eight tons of material into local potholes and the season is

Chamber reports to the city

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
Executive Director of the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce Travis Palmer and president Candy Solsbee presented their annual report to the city council on March 13.
In the report, Palmer noted that the chamber has been hard at work all year promoting the city of Cottage Grove. Listed among the group's accomplishments: 10,000 brochures about the city's covered bridges

CVC secures E. Madison for tiny homes

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
A local neighborhood may be getting a tiny bit bigger after Cottage Village Coalition (CVC) purchased property on E. Madison Ave. on March 8.
The group has been at the center of a controversial development plan that would call for 13 tiny homes to be built at 1430 E. Madison to house what has been described by CVC as

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