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The Canyon Weekly February 29, 2012

Volume 3, Issue 9

News and Life - For Our Side of the Mountain!

Serving the communities of Lyons, Mehama, Elkhorn, Mill City, Gates, Niagra, Detroit, Breitenbush, Idanha and Marion Forks

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Stroke victim demonstrates need for medical services in Detroit On recent visit, former resident suffers apparent stroke, waits 45 min for transport to hospital

A cappella choir fundraiser takes down the house

Local sponsors like Giovanni’s Pizza and Rosie’s Coffee House help bring talented vocalists to Mill City, while raising funds to send the OSU choir to semi-finals It started as a quiet afternoon at Santiam High School - and ended with a standing ovation for two groups of talented A cappella students who came to Mill City to perform Sunday. “It was amazing,” said Michele Evans. Evans and eight of her friends, including SHS music teacher Ross Miller, came from Elkhorn to see the show. These “Ruthies” (from Ruth St.) were wowed by the OSU women’s A cappella group Divine, who

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were performing to raise funds to compete in the International Collegiate Competition of A Cappella in Los Angeles. The group used beat boxers as a sound track for several songs, including in a soulful rendition of Who Knew by Pink. The Woodburn HS group SoulD Out also performed, with a powerful yet understated performance of E.T. by Katy Perry. Special thanks to all who helped make the night fantastic!

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From what they could see, Helen and Jess Stanton head up to Detroit about once a Helen Stanton went into seimonth to eat at the Korner zures and had a stroke. Rick Post Restaurant. They used to Ladbury, the restaurant owner, live in Detroit, but now they called 911. The local volunteer come to visit. Most times, the responders showed up in minexperience is a reminder of utes and stabilized Helen with how things used to be. But this oxygen, but it took another time, it may have served as a 45 minutes for the EMT team reminder of just how Idanha/Detroit Fire Dept much medical services Volunteer Recruit Meeting are needed - so far from March 8, 6:30pm any facilities or a fully staffed, certified EMT Detroit Meeting Hall transport crew, lacking Info: Chief Jim Trett 503-854-3494 in Detroit and Idanha. or Kevin Hills 503-507-5858 “They drove up and Interested in volunteering? No training (Helen) just started shak- required, no residency requirements. Housing provided for non-residents ing,” said witness Jeanette Hartwell. Hartwell in a brand new fire hall with separate mens/womens quarters. and several friends were Volunteers start with general first sitting at the Korner Post responder training. For safety, this deon the afternoon of Feb- partment does not enter burning buildruary 24. They watched ings. Criminal and background check required. Small per call pay. as Jess Stanton pulled into the parking lot and walked around the vehicle to from Lyons to make the drive help his wife Helen get out up the Canyon and begin her of the car. And they all knew trip to the hospital. The experi- (cont’d on page 16) something was wrong.

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Annexing Issues

City of Lyons discussed potential at recent State of the City address; Citizens voice concerns re: Mehama and Fox Valley Cemetery

In the February 15 issue of The Canyon Weekly, we reported on the City of Lyons State of the City address that occurred on February 8. It has been brought to our The Canyon Weekly (PP-1) is published weekly each Wednesday by Karen Widmer/ The Canyon Weekly 120 attention that during that time one issue N. 1st St, Mill City, Or, 97360 P.O. Box 721 Lyons, OR arose had not been previously reported 97358. Subscription price: $38 annually. Application to mail at Periodicals Postage Rates is Pending at Mill on. Prior to that, on February 2nd a goal setCity, Oregon 97360 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Canyon Weekly, PO Box 721, Lyons, OR 97358. ting workshop was held to provide the Phone: 503-990-3037. Lyons City Council and Planning ComPeriodical Postage Permit Pending at Mill City, OR mission members the opportunity to brain storm a variety of options and opportuniLetters to the Editor may be edited for space or content ties that exist for the City of Lyons. The and are printed as the opinion of the author. topic of annexation came up as the City Staff of Lyons owns, finances, and maintains Fox Valley Cemetery. Karen Widmer Owner, Editor, Publisher According to the minutes of the address Billing, Advertising Sales, Photography Mike Lucas, cemetery commissioner reMill City & Gates Beat Reporter ported, in part, that one goal “is to make the cemetery, which is within the Urban 503-990-3037 Growth Boundary but outside of the City Michelle Gates limits, a part of the City. Hopefully in the Assistant Editor, Layout and Design coming year the City will be able to reach Circulation, Advertising Design some of these goals and continue to make Paper Subscriptions, Photography the Cemetery more attractive.” Lyons & Detroit Beat Reporter This led to further discussion about nexing property later on in the meeting. 503-510-4396 According to the minutes: Tim Widmer Mr. George L.Geddes asked what the Printing & Circulation, Online Subscriptions process was for annexing property into Web Content/Online Web Guru the City. Lyons mayor Doug Morgan Advertising Design, Photography, Billing responded that staff is presently looking into that process which has changed over Annie the Dog the years. There was discussion regardThe Canyon Weekly Mascot, Official Greeter ing whether or not a vote would be required and what areas were being conContributing Writers sidered by the City for annexation”. Bill Sanderson Charla Raven “There was a question asked regarding


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whether the City plans to annex Mehama. Mayor Morgan responded by referring on a map to the areas which are within in the City’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). He mentioned the fact that the Fox Valley Cemetery which is owned and maintained by the city is outside of the city limits. He said that the City is looking at whether there are logical areas that should be incorporated within the City boundaries that are already within the UGB. He said that it is his opinion that for long term grown the City needs some sort of attachment to Highway 22.” Fox Valley Cemetery, John Neal Park and the part of Mehama that runs adjacent to Hwy 226 all currently lie within the Urban Growth Boundary. According to Mary Mitchell, Lyons City Manager, “Annexation is a cumbersome process that will not be entered into lightly or without the City Council, the Planning Commission and the citizens having had a substantial opportunity to weigh in and express their opinions.” The city further encourages anyone who has questions or who would like clarification on either of these topics to contact City Hall for copies of the documentation detailing the Address and the discussion on goals rather than rely on hearsay. In the spirit of free speech and the Democratic process The Canyon Weekly invites letters to the Editor that address local issues. Letters may be edited for space and profanity, and must be accompanied by full name, address and phone number to verify the sender.

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SH2A organizes Black History celebration

While many are aware of Oregon history, in Oregon laws until 2003. But speaker Claudia Thompson expeone part often gets forgotten - Oregon’s black history, which played an integral rienced a change when, decades ago, she was encouraged by a white employment ofpart in how we live today. That message was brought to life last Sat- ficer to attend school. She did, and became a nurse at Salem Hospital. urday by Santiam Hearts Her story, and others, to Arts and through the “Black history is a is available in the book voices of guest speakers reminder... Perserverence, a multi-story Terry Samuel and Claudia we have travelled collaborative effort by the Thompson. far but still have Oregon Black Pioneers. ($25, “Black history is a refurther to go.” available at Pure Elegance minder - as a nation - we Salon, 705 12th St, Salem have travelled far but have further to go,” said Samuel. “Black his- 503-363-1281 or As part of the afternoon program, SHS’s tory isn’t set aside exclusively for black Pop Culture guitar class joined the high people, it’s for white people, too.” In a well done presentation, Santiam school chorus to perform several songs. Hearts to Arts organizers brought together The Community Chorus also performed the history, music and religion of African beautifully, with songs like So I Can Write Americans in Oregon: Portland was once My Name, a traditional African American called the most racist city west of the Mis- spiritual song. Both were directed enthusisissippi and exclusion wording remained astically by Joann Hebing.

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Guest speaker Claudia Thompson signs local resident Carol Swanson’s copy of the book Perserverence; the Community Chorus performed several songs while Mike Medley

provided technical coordination; the SHS guitar class and chorus performs “It’s a Long Road to Freedom”.


Canyon Weekly seeks contributing writers

Are you a local writer who is yearning to share your story? Do you have an interest in the riches our canyon communities have to offer, or a hobby or pursuit that might inspire the next generation, or even this generation? We’d like to hear from you. The Canyon Weekly is currently seeking submissions of all types, from budding wordsmiths to published authors, journalists, biographers and poets. Email your

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of $10 for the season. Please call Susan Chamberlin at 503-949-5965 for more information.

City of Lyons budget committee vacancy

The City of Lyons announces current vacancies on the Lyons Budget Committee. If interested, please contact Lyons City Hall 449 5th Street, Lyons, Oregon or call 859-2167 for additional information. Applicants must be residents of the City of Lyons.

Mill City budget committee vacancy

BLM, the Bureau of Land Management, is a federal agency that manages several local campsites. They are looking for for camp hosts for the 2012 summer season. The positions include a campsite with fire pit, electrical, water and sewer hookups in beautiful Western Cascade locations. They are looking for friendly people with their own RV. Contact Khrystyl,503-897-2171.

The City of Mill City has four vacancies on the city’s budget committee. The Budget Committee will meet three or four times during the months of March and April, 2012 to prepare the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. Citizens interested in serving on the City of Mill City Budget Committee are encouraged to contact City Recorder Stacie Cook at City Hall (503)897-2302.

Medical Equipment available for loan

MCGRA sports team begins registration

The Canyon Senior Center at 844 S. 1st St in Mill City has a revolving loaning library of medical equipment available to borrow for any locals in need. An array of wheel chairs, crutches, commode, shower chairs etc. are on hand. Donations of equipment are always welcome too. Info: 503-897-4176. The Senior Center is open Mon-Thursdays 10-2, Fridays 10-4.

Mill City Communty Garden plots open

It’s gardening time again and registration is open for plots down at the Community Gardens in Mill City, near Kimmel Park. A 15x15 foot plot may be had for a fee

The Mill City-Gates Recreation Association in is accepting registrations for spring T-ball, Softball and Baseball. Fees for coed T-Ball (ages 4-kindergarten) and co-ed Coach Pitch (grades 1-2) are $35. Grades 3-4 softball and baseball -$45, grades 5-6 softball and baseball -$55, and grades 7-8 baseball-$75. Scholarships available. Applications can be picked up, and dropped off at Mill City City Hall or Gates Elementary School or can be mailed in to MCGRA PO Box 714, Mill City, 97360. Call and leave a message if any questions at 503-854-7009. A board member will return your call as soon as possible. Or email at or find

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Thank you, Stro’s Photography for the Gunderson photo

Correction: In last week’s issue of The Canyon Weekly, we printed a recent photo of the lovely Paula Gunderson and her groom of 50 years, Jim. We accidentally omitted that the photo was courtesy of Stro’s Photography of Stayton. We thank Russ Strohmeyer for his contribution.

Idanha/Detroit Fire to hold budget meeting

A meeting of the Budget Committee of the Idanha/Detroit RFPD will be held on March 19, 5:30pm at the Detroit City Meeting Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 and to receive the budget message and receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting; any person may appear. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after March 19, 2012 at 120 Detroit Ave, 9am-4pm. (1XHY-3.00/7,14)

Guitar lessons now available locally

Tom Cole has been playing and teaching guitar professionally off and on since the 1970’s, and is now offering private guitar lessons at his home in Mill City. Tom is well known for his part in the high energy music/comedy/audience participation act Stoddard and Cole with his stage partner Joe Stoddard. Over the years, the Stoddard and Cole team has performed with The Beach Boys, The Oakridge Boys, and Keith Urban, just to name a few. Last summer, they performed three shows a day for eleven days straight at the

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Detroit resident Gerry Hills and USFS, Detroit Ranger District representative Dave Halemeier, caught here February 24 working on the Detroit Lake shoreline project. For two days, Gerry Hills has been moving rocks and dirt so that they can plant willow trees on what will soon be an island near the shoreline next to the Piety Island channel.

The willows, which are transplanted during their dormant season, were sourced from the nearby Detroit Lake shore (by the log corral). They are being planted as part of the overall project design and will help break wind & wave action, and help control erosion. The willow tree planting will continue over the next few weeks with help from a local youth groups who will split and make cuttings from the existing shoreline trees and plant them strategically for more erosion control.

The National Guard recently spent 10 weeks on the area - building the island topography and deepening the boat channel next to Piety Island. The boat channel is now 50-100 feet wide and 16 feet deeper. The Piety Channel segment of the shoreline project will continue for the next couple of years, said Dave Halemeier. Overall, the USFS has sought the help of locals like Harold Hills skidder to move logs and Mike Jordan to work on the project.

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meeting on March 8, 7pm at Stayton Community Center. Many residents throughout the North Santiam Watershed have expressed interest in learning more about this project and its potential effects on the watershed. While the North Santiam Watershed Council takes no position on this project, it wanted to offer this forum to citizens to learn about the project and to ask questions. Please contact Liz Redon, Council Coordinator, for more information at 503-930-8202 or www.

Watershed Council to discuss Cascade Crossing project

The North Santiam Watershed Council has invited Portland General Electric to speak about the Cascade Crossing Transmission Project at its upcoming

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The State of the County with Marion Co. Commissioners brought out locals on February 22 concerned about how the county is working toward accomplishing its goals - and thanks to Commissioners Patti Milne and Janet Carlson, they were updated on the many projects. One of those projects, the Marion Co. Reentry Initiative has shown itself to be very successful at reintroducing inmates back into the community. They’ve reduced recidivism rates from the average 30+% with typical re-entry programs to

just 5% in the high risk category, under the SOAR program, by focusing on prison reach-ins, housing, employment assistance, cognitive programming and substance abuse treatment, mentoring, and parenting classes. The commissioners also discussed Courthouse Square, budget issues and the Marion Co. Fair, among others. The event was hosted by the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce. For more info about the State of the County, contact

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Gates Elementary School is Fiddle Crazy again! Master fiddler Kelly Thibodeaux returns for second year of lessons

Kelly Thibodeaux, with his trunk full of violins, is back at Gates Elementary School for three weeks of fiddle lessons and fun. Mr. Thibodeaux teaches easy to master techniques with a emphasis on traditional American/Cajun/Southern style fiddling. After receiving six 45 minute group classes, every student at Gates Elementary, grades K-4th, will take home a basic knowledge of fiddle playing, and a whole lot of music appreciation in the next week, thanks to their own hard work. This program, now in it’s second year, is funded entirely by the sales of cookie dough and Entertainment books that the children participate in each year. In the music space class after class comes kids rushing in, eager to grab a fiddle and rosin up their bow. What could easily fall into cacophony of chaos is quickly diverted by Thibodeaux with a smile, and a lilting southern drawl that seems to lull the primary schoolers into attention. The children listen, then they follow as Thibodeaux leads them through the sounds of a rain fall, a frogs song and a passing train. In the end each child gets to perform a mini solo accompanied by their teacher

on a guitar while parents beam with pride. “It’s all about the music and making the world a better place,” said Thibodeaux, who swears he never tires of our little ones straining and scraping of the strings. “I have a cabinet at home that is full of letters and photos from parents and teachers, I read these, and it means the world to me.” Whereas schools all over have cut out their music programs and left Lucy Burks proudly displays her borrowed custom painted a void, the community fiddle; Ava Harris, in foreground, performs under the members and faculty at friendly watch of Kelly Thibodeaux. the school have come tocoming in with a program on percussion to gether in creative ways to ensure our children have the opportunities share this spring. At Santiam High the love of music continto be introduced to the Music Arts. In the Mill City Middle School a guitar ues, with a popular guitar class and chorus. class has sprouted up, mixed with a cultural It too is part of an American culture class lent. Next month, thanks to support by the that introduces our students to a depth of the local arts group Santiam Hearts to Arts, the history and an appreciation of the riches of Ethos Music Center of Portland will also be making music an integral part of life.

Distinguished Scholars recognized at Santiam High School

The Scholars: (front L-R) Sirafima Frolov, Alisha Clark, Harli Davidson, Lauren Hebing, Brianne Frieden, Natazha Howard, Kristin Mouser, Mckenzie Reeser, Kelsey Arndt. Back row (L-R) Brice Mizell, Brittney Thompson, Olivia Santos, Matt Schroeder, Cody Adams, Valarie Hood, Jordan Saari, Zach Bilyeu, Thomas Sexton, Daniel Thompson, Kris Sims, Holly Hemphill, Kylie McGregor, Haley Strickland, JJ Halemeier, Alexis Strong, Christine Morreira.

The 2011-2012 Distinguished Scholars were honored Monday night at an awards ceremony at Santiam High School Commons. The theme for the evening was “May I Have That Recipe?” Students wrote down 8

their favorite recipe and then re-wrote it as a recipe for success. Several students even made their recipe and brought it in for the guests to sample. The guest speaker for the evening was Paula Hilgers, a former busi-

ness teacher at Santiam and a 2011 Santiam Canyon School District Hall of Fame recipient. Mrs. Hilgers eloquently encouraged students to continue their hard work and commended them for their many achievements. “These students have worked very hard for this honor and it is well-deserved. It is a pleasure to be able to be a part of their lives,” said David Plotts, principal at Santiam High. To receive the honors, a student must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher for 3 semesters. Students who meet the criteria for a minimum of six semesters also receive a medallion. Distinguished Scholars 2011-2012: 3 semesters: Cody Adams, Zach Bilyeu, Olivia Santos, Kelsey Arndt, Alicia Clark, Harli Davidson, Sirafima Frolov, Lauren Hebing, Kylie McGregor, Jordon Saari, Thomas Sexton, Kelly Stegemann. 4 semesters: Trever Luckey, Valley Hood, Haley Strickland. 5 semesters: Allison Allbritton, Brice Mizell, Kristin Mouser, McKenzie Reeser, Matt Schroeder, Brittney Thompson. 6 semesters: Kris Sims, Alexis Strong, Daniel Thomspon. 7 semesters: Brianne Frieden, JJ Halemeier, Holly Hemphill, Natazha Howard, Christine Morreira.

Lady Wolverines vie for state championship Coach LaFollett says team is “eager for opportunity to compete”

After a two year absence the Santiam Lady Wolverines return to Pendleton and the State Basketball Championship Tournament. In the opening round on Wednesday, February 29th at 3:15 p.m. the Wolverines face long time rival Portland Christian. Santiam finished the regular season with a 20-4 record which clinched them third place in the Tri-River Conference and a first round state playoff game at home. However in the league playoffs, the Wolverines after leading at half-time fell to Regis 37-21 and struggled to find offense losing to Kennedy 40-31. In the State playoff game against North Douglas High School on Friday, February 24th the Wolverines played tough defense to earned a 45-21 victory over North Douglas. They were led in scoring by Olivia Santos and Hannah Thompson who both scored 10 points. This victory game qualified the Wolverines to play in the State Championships at Pendleton. The Lady Wolverines hope to repeat the

success of the 2009 team which came home with the State Championship. Going into the tournament they have 21-6 record. Five of the six losses for the Wolverines were against Scio and Regis, who are the 1 and 2 ranked teams in the state. Coach Randy LaFollett said that the team is prepared and eager for the opportunity to compete at the highest level. “Defensively we feel like we are one of the very best teams in the state.If we can find our shots & rebound, we’ll be tough to beat.” An additional highlight of the Pendelton excursion: this year marks the 50th year that Pendleton has the privilege of hosting the 2A State Basketball Tournament. To honor those 50 years and all the people that have played on the court at Pendleton, at half-time of the girls Championship game on Saturday, March 3rd all past players and coaches that have played/coached at the 2A State Basketball Tournament are invited to come down to the court to be recognized.

Top Row Left to Right- #32 Harli Davidson, #30 Brittney Thompson, Assistant Coach Rob LaFollet, Head Coach Randy LaFollett, Assistant Coach Rich Moore, #44 JJ Halemeier, #50 Alexis Strong. Bottom Row Left to Right- #11 Olivia Santos, #12 Hannah Thompson, #10 McKenzie Reeser, #24 LAcie Prindel, #14 Kelsey Arndt, #23 Alisha Clark.

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Events Coming Soon Chaplain for Home Visits Pastor John Olivera of Mill City visits those who cannot get out for prayer. 503-910-8164 FREE RIDE to Gates Community Church of Christ for Sunday services. Call 503-897-3210 (lv msg) and Dale Dietzel will stop by your house. He’ll call you with time. Sunday School at 9:45am. Lyons Fire Dept is accepting clean cans and bottles to raise funds for leukemia and lymphoma research. Now through March 6. Zumbathon® Charity Event March 9, 6-8pm at the Mari-Linn School gym (641 Fifth Street) to help fund the sixth grade class trip to the OMSI Santiam Science School this May. Cost is $10/adults, $5 for kids 12 & under; tickets at the door. Zumbathon info: 503-949-7621 or Outdoor School info: Rosa Carbaugh, 503-385-7641 or Doernbecher Carnival at Santiam High School March 9, 5pm-8pm Prom Dress donation collection event “All Dressed Up”, an event of gathering gently used special occasion dresses, dress shoes, accessories for the young ladies of the Canyon, will be collecting

items March 10 at the Valley Starlight Dance competition, SHS gym in Mill City. Info: Canyon Crisis Center 503897-2327, or on Facebook. Wolverette’s Dance Team Town Performance Santiam High School’s award winning team performs free for the community. Dancing to the theme Unbroken, the team invokes powerful emotions with their graceful - yet edgy - choreography. 7pm at the Santiam High School gym. Lyons Rural Fire District Board meets March 12, 7-9pm at the Lyons Fire Hall meeting room. Topics include a Board vote on bringing a bond measure to ballot. Lyons Garden Club meets Wednesday, March 14, 1pm at the Lyons Fire Department meeting room. Info: Jean Evett, 503-859-2563 or Diane Stockmar at 503-394-2197. Mill City Lions Club meets March 14 & 28 (2nd & 4th Wednesday) 6:30pm at Mt. Edge Cafe, 320 NW Santiam Blvd, Mill City. Info: Sandy Lyness 503-551-2645

Free Job Interview Workshop. March 15, 7pm. Stayton Public Library E.G. Siegmund Meeting Room, 515 N. First Avenue, Stayton. Learn how to land your next job. No registration required. Info: 503-769-3313 Detroit Lake Recreation Area Business Association meets March 17, 10am at Cedars Restaurant in Detroit Tummies, Tots and Tweens kid stuff sale March 24, 9am-4pm at Santiam Valley Grange in Lyons. Maternity, baby and children’s equipment and accessories. 1140 5th St, Lyons. 503-859-2161. ’69 Chevy C10, 400 turbo, exhaust, front disc brakes. Nice truck. $6400 or offer. 503-930-3329. Stop by Classic Auto and Tire at 27860 N. Santiam Hwy (just west of Mill City) to see this vehicle.

Drug and Alcohol Free Grad Night Party fundraiser and Polaris Quad raffle. March 31, over 18 only. Tickets: $20 each (only 300 sold) purchase at the Santiam Canyon School District Office or U.S. Bank in Mill City. Habitat for Humanity annual Spring Breakfast fundraiser March 31, 8-9:30 am at Regis High School (550 W. Regis St., Stayton) to celebrate the impact Habitat has within the SLAMMS (Stayton, Lyons, Aumsville, Mehama, Mill City, and Sublimity) service-area, and to raise funds for its current Mill City Build and future builds. Free. RSVP to Doug Doornink at 541-401-3003 by March 9. Canyon Readers at Trexler Farm in Mehama. This group has about 6-10 people of all ages in a comfortable group discussion format. Upcoming books include - Apr 12: The Hunger Game by Suzanne Collins. May 10: The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson. Dinner 6:30pm, discussion at 7pm. Meets every second Thursday of the month. Info: Herb Bastuscheck 503-859-2668. Federal Lakes Recreation Committee, Detroit Lake meets April 18, 2012.

Events This Week

Wednesday, February 29

3:30 SHS Girls State Basketball Playoffs in Pendelton. 4pm MCMS boys basketball home game vs. St. Mary

Happy Leap Year! Thursday, March 1

6:30-7:30pm Santiam Canyon School District board meets at the district office

Saturday, March 3

SHS Wolverette Dance Team Competition at Sprague High School 10am North Santiam Snowmobile Club First Aid and CPR Class. This class will take about 3 hours to complete and will be held in the City of Detroit’s Hall. This is a requirement to operate the snow cat and groomer and a great idea for all of us to attend. Beverages and munchies will be available at the class.

$5 per person. Please RSVP to Doug Eilers at 1-3pm Jim and Paula Gunderson 50th Wedding Anniversary party at Mill City Presbyterian Church. Info, well wishes: or call 503897-3348.


10am-2pm Quilting Club Canyon Bible Fellowship, Lyons 910-4918 12pm Senior Meals Fellowship Hall, MC Presbyterian. Meals on Wheels: Ruth:503 897-2204 1pm Bingo Mill City Eagles Lodge 7:30pm Santiam Al-Anon for Tuesday, March 6 8:30am-10am North Santiam Chamber family and friends of alcoholics, open meeting, Mt. View Church, of Commerce Greeters business netAumsville working hosted by Mt Edge Cafe (320 NW Santiam Blvd, Mill City). Bring your Wednesdays business cards or marketing materials and 10am-3pm Judy’s Art Class at join us to make connections in your busiMill City Eagles Hall. Oil paintness community. Free, guests welcome. ing, all levels welcome. Weekly on Info: 503-897-5000. Wednesdays. Drop in, open to all. Mill City & Stayton Wednesday, March 7 503 859-2213 7pm North Santiam School Board Spe- 7pm Wii Bowling MC Eagles cial Session. Renewal of Contracts/Board Lodge. Goals. This session of the School Board 7pm AA Mtg Santiam Chapel, will be held at the district office, 1155 N Lyons. Insured Member N. Santiam Chamber of Commerce Third Avenue, Stayton. 7:30-8:30pm Idanha AA, City Hall 6:30-8pm Zumba in the Canyon 7pm Mill City 4th of July Committee Thursdays Santiam High School commons 265 SW meets at Mill City City Hall, 228 SW 12pm Senior Meals. Fellowship Hall, Evergreen St. Mill City 503-949-7621 Broadway St. MC Presbyterian Church. FREE Thursday, March 8 Fridays 3:30 After School Story Time at the 6:30pm Canyon Readers at Trexler . Lyons Library. 279 8th St. 859-2366. Farm in Mehama. The River of Doubt 10am-12pm Kid Zone Fun, crafts and 5:30-9:30pm Teen Movie Night Ages Theodore Rooseveldt’s Darkest Journey 10-18 Mill City Christian Church. All kids a FREE sack lunch. Mill City Baptist by Candice Millard.. Dinner 6:30pm, disChurch. 140 N. 1st. St (503) 536-5414 MUST be picked up by 9pm. Free. cussion at 7pm. Info: Herb Bastuscheck 1pm Canyon Senior Center Open 10am-3pm North Santiam Quilters, 503-859-2668. Pinochle 844 South First St, Mill City Gates Church, all levels! 897-2102 7-8pm Lyons-Mehama Water District 503-897-4176 4pm-8pm Youth Center for 7th-12 Board meets at Mehama Fire Hall 7:30-8:30pm Idanha AA at City Hall grades. Air Hockey, Ping Pong, Foos 7-9pm North Santiam Watershed Ball. FREE. Mill City Baptist Church. Mill City Moose Lodge Calendar: Council public meeting: PGE on the Cas4pm Weight Watchers meets at SanMondays: 5-7pm, $1 Hot Dogs cade Crossing Project at Stayton Comtiam Canyon School District office Tuesdays: 5-7pm $1 Burgers munity Center (400 W Virginia St). Info: on Evergreen,, Mill City. Weigh in at Wednesdays: Lodge Meetings start at 503-930-8202 4pm; meeting begins at 4:30. Approx. 6pm. Members welcome sit in and give in$155 per session, prorated. Info: Nichole put. Activity planning is the first Tuesday Cooper 503-897-2321 of each month. 6-8pm EPIC Youth Group at Santiam Fridays: 7-9pm Pool Practice Mondays Chapel in Lyons. Free. Sundays: 12pm Pool League 4pm-8pm Youth Center for 7th-12th

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grades. Air Hockey, Ping Pong, ect.FREE. Mill City Baptist Church. 6:30-8pm Zumba in the Canyon Santiam High School commons 265 SW Evergreen St. Mill City 503-949-7621 7-8:30pm Santiam Community Chorus rehearses at Mill City Christian Church. Please join us as we prepare music for upcoming performances. All levels welcome. Info: Jo Ann at 503-859-3426.

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Classified Ads Looking for ride share to Stayton. I work Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Gas prices are going up. call Carol Anne 503-897-3582. Please leave a message if no answer. Remember, ride share ads in The Canyon Weekly are ALWAYS FREE! Are you in need of clothing, bedding, household goods, furniture, medical equipment? These items and more available at no charge for the people of the North Santiam Canyon. Local resource center has plenty to share. 503991-4230. For Rent CLEAN 2 bedroom 1.5 Bath duplex with single car garage and fenced backyard. Washer/dryer hookups. Newer Stove and Refrig. Close to schools. SEC 8 considered. $650 Rent + security deposit. Call 503-510-2021 for info. For Rent: Studio apt. on the creek in Gates. $450.00/mo with a $450.00 deposit. Call Jim 503.871.3344. No Fri. night or Sat. calls please. For Rent: 2 Bdrm, 1 bath home in Gates. Single car garage, deck, shed, refrigerator, yard. Electric and wood heat. $650 per month plus 1 month deposit. 503859-3575. Space for rent. Suitable for an office or Salon in Gates. (503) 897-2966 or (503) 897-2161. For Rent. 3BR, 2 Bath, 1500 sq ft house on a large lot in Gates. $800 Mo. + $600 deposit. Call 503-897-3174. For Rent: 2 bedroom Apartment in Gates. $500/month, $500 deposit. Water and sewer included. No Friday night or Saturday calls please. Jim 503-871-3344. Babysitter available in Lyons area. 12 years old, available from 3 to 8 weekdays and some weekends. Call 541-6197416. Give the Gift of Life: First Aid/CPR classes will be held the first Saturday of each month at Trexler Farms in Mehama Group and corporate classes also available at your location by appointment. Call Kurt Hueller for more information: 503-859-3575 or email 12

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Quilts, Quilts, Quilts! Crib, Twin, Double, Queen and King Sizes available. Hand made by a local crafter with years of experience. Price range from $25-$250. Many with hand embroidery. Make great gifts for all occasions. 503897-8888 Epson 800 or 1800 Printer Ink Cartridges for sale. 10 cartridges, all colors, brand new, never opened. $50 or best offer. 503-897-2236. 1982 Red C-30 Chevrolet Dually Dump Steel bed 87” wide by 142” long, with 42” racks. Runs OK, rebuilt dump cylinder. Needs brake job. $2800 OBO. David 503-854-3320 ext 383 voice mail or Breitenbush Hot Springs, Detroit Ore The Canyon Weekly is proud to announce our expanded services. Get your business seen in print and online - featuring Google Ad Words and search engine optimizations. Call for your free consultation today! 503-569-1229 Let your Home Shine with Ellie’s Affordable Housecleaning. Fast, Friendly, and Reliable - thorough cleaning for your home, cabin or business. Plenty of local refs. 503-689-4713.

Bill Sanderson’s River Report February 29, 2012 503-897-3301

River flow last week at Packsaddle was very good five days and tolerable two days. Fishermen’s Bend to Mehama flow was good all week. Flow below LyonsMehama was good except for a few days when Little North Fork flooding caused problems. That flow has reduced and is now in the range of good navigation and acceptable turbidity. River flow next week is scheduled to be good until the next big rain event. It still pays to check both volume and weather forecasts before trips, but things look good for having fun on the river when we have an absence of heavy rain. Detroit Lake is rising because of both rain and snowmelt, and is now sixty feet below full summer level. The Lake needs to rise one foot per day so that it will be full the first week of May. There is a lot of snow on both Mt. Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack, so the water supply looks good. The first “Learn the River” trip for this season is on Saturday, March 3, and we run from Green’s Bridge down to the Santiam Rest Stop under the I-5 Bridge. The boat ramp is on the North side of the river. People are invited to bring their own boats and follow our experienced leaders down the river. We shove off in the river at 10:00 a.m. but we start with breakfast at the Plantation Inn in Jefferson at 7:30 or so. Boats need to be unloaded at Green’s Bridge at 9:00 a.m. so we can do our own shuttle and return in time for our launch. We need some volunteer drivers to take people from I-5 back to Green’s Bridge at 9:30. We will either bring box lunches or eat after the trip. Participants may join the group at any of the different locations. The following “Learn the River” trip is on April 7 from Stayton to Green’s Bridge. Salem Steelheaders Board meets on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Wholesale Sports in Salem. Future activities will be planned for. Steelheaders general membership

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perature was around 43 degrees a few -------------------------------days ago, and it will warm up in due time. Until it does, we need to put baits right in front of fish so they will Bill Sanderson’s River Report, cont’d strike. After being hooked, these winter fish just go crazy and run and jump and ▪Vinyl▪ meeting is on March 20, Tuesday, at 7:00 p.m. put up an epic battle. It is a very challenging at Keizer Community Center. North Santiam Duration by River Guides Association meets on Wednesday fishery in the late winter and early spring. PeoReg. $19.95 per sq yd installed March 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Neufeldt’s Diner in ple who want the best conditions for their river NOW $15.95 Aumsville. River outings and fishing clinics trip are now making plans and booking reservaand youth activities and cleanup projects will tions for May, June, and July trips. Plans should Benchmark by Reg. $17.95 per sq yd installed be discussed at all meetings. Guests are wel- also be made for August and September, when only summer steelhead and trout are in season. come. NOW $13.95 Out of town anglers on the North Santiam ofThe buds on the softwood tree branches are 4 select colors in-stock getting larger and leaves and some blossoms ten stay overnight in Salem or in Detroit. The ▪In-stock BOURBON STREET will start to emerge soon, along with the early Lodge in Detroit has great accommodations Laminate Flooring ▪ and has excellent trout fishing nearby. It is Morel mushrooms. NOW $1.49 per sq ft Easter is on April 8 this year, and we always twenty miles down to Fishermen’s Bend from have some fresh fish coming into our river area. Detroit, and it is 28 miles from Salem up to A two-year-old is The weather is always variable for the next two Fishermen’s Bend. North Santiam River Trips can help with river or three months. kind of like having a So far, we have 3,185 steelhead and 1 chinook information or with planning. Call or write for blender, but you don’t salmon upstream from Willamette Falls. The details. have a top for it. Bill Sanderson ~ North Santiam River Trips river temperature is still very cold, and fish will 503-897-3301 become more active when the water warms up Jerry Seinfeld or when we hook them. Willamette river tem-

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Attack of the Pine Siskin By Dennis D. Hall

they flock they are often drawn to feeders. They like a mix of small seeds and are veracious eaters. In normal numbers Pine Siskin are at most a minor annoyance, their insatiable appetites requiring more frequent cleaning and refilling of feeders. But this year they attacked. They came to the feeders at first in a flock of a dozen which grew to a couple of dozen. The numbers swelled until they began to overwhelm the regular visitors the Juncos and House Finches. The numbers continued to swell until they grew so numerous and so aggres-

Invasive bird overwhelms local feeders; carries salmonella

I took an early medical retirement in Today as the snow began to fall the Pine 2007 and after a year of sitting around sufSiskins came in to feed again but this we fering from boredom my wife told me to estimated their numbers at nearly 200 find a hobby or she’d kill me. So I went to birds. They packed the feeders, congreCOSTCO and bought myself an “I Don’t gated on the ground and lined the fence, Owe My Ex-Wife Any More Money” rooftops, gutters bushes and trees. There present, a high-end Nikon camera, a lapwere so many they could have carried off top and software. the cat who frequently bangs her head One of my favorite subjects to photograph against the sliding glass door trying the is the local wild birds. With the use of chase them (I never said she was a smart carefully place feeders I have a portfolio cat). of Rufous Hummingbirds, Black-capped The problem is that Pine Siskin is a Chickadees, Black-headed carrier of Salmonella and Grosbeaks, Gold Finches, deadly outbreaks can be freHouse Finches, Starlings, quent among large flocks. Robins, Thrushes, Juncos, To prevent outbreaks feeders and more. But lately we’ve should be regularly cleaned been invaded. and sterilized and restocked I always thought that the often with dry feed. Starlings, and invasive speCome spring, the attack cies from Europe, were anof the Pine Siskin will pass noying. They screech and as they return to the conifers scream and nest in places you to nest and feed. The House don’t want them. But that Finches, Juncos and Gold was before the arrival of the Finches will come back along Pine Siskin. with the migratory birds. The Pine Siskin (Carduelis To learn more about the pinus) is a small finch-like birds of Oregon you can visit (Photo: “Pine Siskin”, Copyright Dennis D. Hall 2012; Jacob bird 4 to 5 inches long, brown the National Audubon SoZeyen-Hall, Photographer) and white in color with flashciety at or es of yellow underneath and the Cornell University Ornidistinguished by a yellowish thology site at http://www.birds.cornell. wing stripe and a notched tail. They spend sive that they began to drive off the larger edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478&ac=ac. There much of the time in conifer forests glean- birds including the bold Starlings. Only is also a wonderful book I purchased at ing food from the ground and tree foli- the most aggressive of the large birds like the Mill City Pharmacy entitled Birds of age eating seeds, buds and insects. Come the Varied Thrush and Steller’s Jays drive Oregon by Roger Burrows and Jeff Gilwinter their way through to get to the small nuts ligan (2003, Lone Pine Publishing Interw h e n and seeds left for them. national) which is available locally.

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Margie Joyce Erb Cooper April 22, 1922 - January 19, 2012 Margie Joyce Erb Cooper a small cafe in Gates. She married Albin was born April 18, 1922, Cooper in 1976. ODUCTS OFFERED Margie was a devoted lover of animals, in Baudette, Minnesota to Stroke, cont’d from page 1 Barkdust • Fir Barkdust particularly her pet dogs and cats. SurGeorge and Cecile Dollarhide Erb. enceChips reminded witnesses of just how difficult She grew up and lived there from 1922 vivors include two daughters; Sharon Wood • FilltheDirt it is to get emergency medical care above the until 1968 when she McClaughry of Eugene, psoil Blend • Alder Sawdust dam. But that’s not for lack of trying - the local moved to Sisters, Orand Cheryl Roelfsema Idanha/Detroit Fire Department has been work- egon where she lived of Marseilles, Illinois; er Rock • 1/4” Peayear Gravel • 1/2”their minus Crushed for Quarry ing for the past to regain ambulance her domestic partner of several more certification. Right now, they can stabilize a paseven years, Stephan years before moving nus Crushed Quarry Rock • 1-1/2” minus Crushed tient in Marion County, but they can’t transport Kincade; four grandchilto Gates, Springfield, Red Cinder Rock • 3” minus Crushed Quarry Rock them to a hospital. dren and five great grand Bandon, Salem and We Deliver Jim Trett, the new fire chief, is a certified EMT Finally Mill City children. December 31st mention this ad and receive a $5 discount on delivery. She was preceded in Basic and has decades of experience with the where she had lived death by her first husKeizer Fire Dept. He’s been working with the for the past 23 years. band Edward O’Brien She was primarcounty agency that can approve transport. “They and second husband ily a homemaker. just want to assure quality medical care,” said Kenneth Connely, a son, Chief Trett. “They’ve given us the benchmarks She and her second Jimmie O’Brien, and a husband, Kenneth that we have to meet by June 1.” daughter Nancy ConRight now, the Idanha/Detroit Fire Dept sees Connelly, farmed in nelly. Margie Joyce Erb northern Minnesota. some health related calls, but most of them are Cooper died Thursday, January 19, 2012 The owned and operated a small hotel in motor vehicle accidents. Once certified, they esof age related causes in Eugene Oregon. Sisters upon moving there in 1968. She timate that they will be able to transport about She was 89. worked for a short time as a waitress at 50% of those, which provides income for the entire dept. Until then, Idanha/Detroit Fire is building back their base of volunteer emergency responders. They’ve received 10 application requests to volunteer, with 4 of them already returned. “People are just stepping up,” said volunteer Kevin Hills. In the meantime, area residents face a challenge. “It’s nice living up here, but when you have to start thinking about that kind of thing, it gets scary,” said witness Lyn Schultz. “If it was anything serious, nobody would make it 45 minutes. You’d be better off driving to the hospital.”



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