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Principal changes

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014

For the 2014-15 school year, the South Lane School District (SLSD) introduced 11 new administrators, which include Bill Bechen, Anne Fisk and Kim Scrima, who are now the principals of London School, Latham Elementary and Dorena School, respectively. They bring 78 years of combined experience in education and administration to their new leadership positions.
Fisk, who just began

CG grad talks ISIS a lot

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014

More often than not these days, Doug Ollivant finds himself talking about one of the world's most infamous terror threats.
"It's all ISIS, all the time," Ollivant, a 1985 graduate of Cottage Grove High School, told the Sentinel Monday.
The newspaper had most recently caught up with Ollivant during his time as the senior counterinsurgency advisor

Combat trauma group aims to help vets heal spiritually together

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014

Over the years, it's gone by many names -- combat fatigue, shell shock, combat trauma, to name a few. But recently the perspective on treating the condition commonly known as post traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans has started to shift, according to a military chaplain who has lately begun gathering vets together to share their experiences at Cottage

School Board hears drug-testing policy update

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014

A different kind of test is in store for student-athletes at Cottage Grove High School starting this fall.
A policy adopted by the South Lane School District board last month calls for mandatory drug testing for all students in grades 9-12 who participate in extracurricular activities. The District plans to implement the policy in stages, however -- for fall

Hazy days brought on by blaze

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
By Jon Stinnett
The Cottage Grove Sentinel

Cottage Grove found itself surrounded by fire last weekend, with a thick, smoky haze hanging over the town as a reminder of the blazes nearby.
The area has recently been affected by smoke wafting from the Deception Creek Fire outside Creswell, which prompted a partial closure of the Cottage Grove Ranger

Humvees among local police arsenal

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014

Recent events in Ferguson, Mo. involving the shooting of an unarmed black man by local police, coupled with images of police using equipment of a military appearance there to deal with the protest the incident caused, have prompted a long look at the so-called "militarization" of police forces nationwide. It's a trend that has not escaped Cottage Grove,

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