Our Town South: Jan. 1, 2024

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Vol. 21 No. 1


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To your health?

Big plans New vision for Santiam Industrial Center By Stephen Floyd The new owners of the former NORPAC factory in Stayton are optimistic they will be able to renovate the building and secure additional tenants within the next year or so. During a presentation to the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce Nov. 28, developers shared their visions for what they have dubbed the Santiam Industrial Center. Coby Holley, vice president of asset management for IRG, the company that purchased the property in January 2023, said the ultimate objective is to reinvigorate the local job market. Coby Holley, vice president of asset management for IRG, explained the company’s plans for the former Stayton NORPAC site at a November gathering at Snow Peak Brewing. STEPHEN FLOYD “Our goal here is to invest

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to lease until IRG is able to complete renovations of the former factory facilities. He said it is unlikely they will sign a food-processing tenant, as this industry has seen steep declines, while other industries related to warehousing and distribution are more viable.

in the real estate, lease the real estate and create jobs for the community,” said Holley. The building at 930 W Washington St. was occupied by North Pacific Canners & Packers (NORPAC) until the company declared bankruptcy in 2019. At that time it laid off 485 workers. The firm that purchased NORPAC, PNW Vegco, occupied a small portion of the building and leased additional space to the Oregon Department of Forestry, while the rest of the building sat vacant.

Phase I of renovations has begun and will focus on light demolition. Phase II will be dependent on the build-to-suit needs of prospective tenants as well as city approval. He said within six months there may be opportunities for tenants with less-intense facility needs to start moving in, while it may be a year before the majority of spaces are ready to be leased out.

IRG (Industrial Realty Group) purchased the property Jan. 20, 2023, for $5 million, which included the 600,000-square-foot building and 50 acres of land. Holley said they plan to keep roughly 30 acres, including space to develop as trailer parking, while lots to the north and south will be sold to a developer who plans to subdivide them for housing.

Though renovations are just beginning, Holley said potential tenants are already showing interest, with some even willing to occupy a unit in stages as improvements are completed.

The building itself is being divided into 10 rental units ranging in size from 11,000 square feet to 113,000 square feet. PNW Vegco and ODF will continue as tenants, while Highline Warren LLC, an auto supply distributor, has already agreed to lease a third space.

He said IRG was able to acquire the property relatively inexpensively, allowing it to offer rental prices far more competitive than in Salem and Portland. He also said the former NORPAC employees still in the area are a draw because a new tenant has an existing labor force to pull from.

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said Holley of potential tenants. One such prospective renter includes Snow Peak Brewing Co., the Stayton brewpub where the meeting was held. It could potentially quadruple its beermaking capacity as an IRG tenant. Pub owner Matt Spenner recalled the more prosperous days when supply trucks regularly drove through Stayton, and said his ideal is to see a Snow Peak truck pulling onto the highway. “That’s always been our thing,” said Spenner of his desire to see the town flourish. “The goal here is to give more people that opportunity.” Holley said IRG has purchased and repurposed similar buildings across the country. He said IRG bought the NORPAC property with cash so it does not need to keep up with loan payments. Any additional tenants, he added, would just push the project further into the black. Holley said he hopes to hold future meetings with the community as the project continues, potentially at the building itself once Phase I is complete. “We’re bringing some exciting changes to the property,” he said.

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What’s cookin’ in Aumsville Neufeldt’s becomes All Good Things By Mary Owen

Drinks with alcohol now available include margaritas, lemon drops, mimosas and Irish coffee, along with beer and wine.

All Good Things Café & Bakery is doing well after moving into what was formerly Neufeldt’s, a longtime popular restaurant on Main Street in Aumsville.

Smith said customers seem very happy with the changes and have been “so wonderful and supportive and patient.”

Owner Sarah Smith, who grew up in Lyons and attended Stayton High School, previously owned Sugar and Spice Bakery in Lyons. “After closing the bakery, I planned on eventually owning another place, but knew there was lots I needed to learn,” said Smith, a mother of three. “So, I started looking for jobs that would help me learn the skills I would eventually need. I cooked and managed at Gilgamesh in Salem and then managed at McMenamin’s Thompson Brewery in South Salem.” Armed with new skills, Smith then consistently kept an eye on restaurants/properties for sale in the area, she said. “When Neufeldt’s was brought to my attention, it was a perfect fit,” she added. “I love the Aumsville community and am really excited to be a part of it. The Neufeldts were a huge support and made the process seamless.”

“We continue to sell out of pie as soon as it comes out of the oven,” she said. Smith wants to expand the happy hour/dinner business and is working toward a full bar.

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specialties and favorite foods, the café is doing well. “We have replaced the flooring, painted and done some other redecorating,” Smith said. “We have pared the menu way down and are making as many items from scratch as possible, including, biscuits, sausage gravy, pies, scones and more. Also, we have added espresso and a cozy area to visit and have a warm – or cold – beverage.”

Smith carries on the tradition of comfort foods, quickbite options, small plates, and drinks established by the former restaurant. She said with the addition of a few

“We want to have daily specials, for example, loaded mac and cheese on Wednesdays, tacos on Thursdays, and clam chowder on Fridays,” she said. “We have a large space in the back which is often reserved for groups and parties. We also plan to update the furniture and lighting in that room to create a more quiet and intimate dinner experience.” She is even considering adding activities in the evenings, including music, trivia contests and Bingo. All Good Things Café & Bakery is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (breakfast until 11:30 a.m.) Tuesday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (breakfast all day) on Sunday. For information, call 503-749-4095.



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Pushing forward on complaint An open letter to Rep. Lori ChavezDeremer: I have called your office and written several letters. I’m still waiting for a response regarding my March 15 recording at your Open House. What ORS allows you to claim your taxpayer funded office is “private property”? Rep. Rick Lewis’ office says this isn’t a thing. Did you lie when you wouldn’t answer on camera? Do you know a lawyer who knows what you’re talking about? Did you violate my first amendment rights? You saw me recording as I shook your hand. My father was an Eisenhower Republican. The first Oregon politician I met was Sen. Wayne Morse (D) in 1967. They would both be appalled by your conduct. Yours in democracy, Sharon Ward

Legal Matters

Liability limits PacifiCorp requests lawsuit caps By Stephen Floyd An April deadline has been set for state regulators to determine whether or not PacifiCorp can change its contract with ratepayers to significantly limit lawsuits, including those for wildfires. The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) has until April 9 to issue a final order on PacifiCorp’s request to add a limited liability clause to its user application for electric service. This deadline was set Dec. 20, 2023, by Administrative Law Judge Katherine Mapes following a virtual conference the previous day to discuss timelines and expectations for the matter.

customers from filing lawsuits except for what PacifiCorp called “actual damages” from physical losses directly resulting from the use of its services. This would exclude losses from the 2020 Labor Day fires, which are the subject of multiple pending lawsuits, and similar disasters caused instead by storm damage to PacifiCorp equipment. The company said these changes were needed because their credit rating was downgraded after wildfire survivors were awarded $90 million in June in James et al vs. PacifiCorp. A Portland jury had found the company liable for the Santiam, South Obenchain, Echo Mountain Complex and 242 fires in 2020.

PacifiCorp originally filed a request with PUC Oct. 24, 2023, to modify its application for electric service.

The Oct. 24 request said the contract amendment would help improve the company’s borrowing ability and prevent further downgrades from other pending lawsuits. It requested the changes go into effect Nov. 29 and that all customers enter into this new agreement by virtue of using its services.

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The order also gave PacifiCorp until Jan. 23 to file an opening brief, while PUC staff and intervenors were given until Feb. 20 for their briefs.

staff said they required time to research whether or not the request was legal or had precedent. The proposed change also caught the attention of other utilities and consumer rights advocates. Since the initial filing, petitions to intervene were filed by Oregon Citizens Utility Board (CUB), Oregon Consumer Justice, Alliance of Western Energy Consumers and Idaho Power. CUB was entitled to intervene by law, while the remaining petitions were approved in Mapes’ order. One pending petition to intervene was filed Dec. 18 by Samuel Drevo on behalf of the James class, of which Drevo is a member. PacifiCorp said it was unsure whether or not a class of litigants could receive intervenor status. Mapes gave the company until Dec. 29 to file a brief opposing the petition.

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Motions to exclude

PacifiCorp opposes ‘emotional’ damages in Phase II By Stephen Floyd PacifiCorp is attempting to block evidence of noneconomic damages based on emotional suffering ahead of a Phase II trial set to begin this month in James et al vs. PacifiCorp. In a pre-trial motion filed Dec. 13 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the company made 34 separate requests for limitations on evidence and arguments plaintiffs may present to the jury. Plaintiffs filed a similar motion the same day with 19 requests for limits on PacifiCorp, including barring the company from presenting arguments that it may not have caused the fires at issue. A hearing on the motions was scheduled for Dec. 29 (after Our Town press time) before Judge Steffan Alexander. The trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 8 with two more trials set for February and April. PacifiCorp was found liable June 12, 2023, for negligently causing the Santiam, South Obenchain, Echo Mountain Complex and 242 fires Sept. 7, 2020. Seventeen plaintiffs were awarded $94.4 million, and an additional 22 plaintiffs will have claims heard in Phase II to help determine the strength of roughly 5,000 remaining class claims. At issue for non-economic damages is a 1986 state law referred to as the Physical Impact Rule, which says a claim for non-economic relief must be supported by physical losses. The Oregon Supreme Court revised the rule in 2017 to allow exceptions for emotional distress. PacifiCorp claims plaintiffs have not offered proof of these exceptions and asked that evidence of non-economic damages be excluded if there is no underlying physical loss. They also asked for an exclusion of evidence related to the emotional toll of financial losses, frustrations from seeking fire recovery funds and impacts of the fires on friends and family. The Dec. 13 motion further asked to exclude evidence of non-economic damages based on losses of real estate,

personal property and pets. PacifiCorp claimed case law supports the exclusions and argued, if emotionally intense experiences do not support non-economic claims, neither do losses from what it called everyday property. The company additionally asked the court to exclude evidence of its conduct before and after the fires and during Phase I proceedings, claiming such evidence is irrelevant to Phase II. Specifically PacifiCorp asked to exclude evidence of its vegetation management program, its refusal to de-energize during the fires, and its destruction of evidence and coercion of witnesses. It also said all evidence from PacifiCorp employees should be excluded, including emails, video depositions and live testimony. The plaintiffs’ requests included proposed exclusion of any arguments or evidence related to the cause of the fires, saying causation was settled in Phase I. Plaintiffs specifically cited PacifiCorp’s repeated argument that the Beachie Creek Fire, which was burning prior to Labor Day 2020, was the true cause of damages in the Santiam Canyon. Plaintiffs said the Phase I jury upheld the argument that PacifiCorp’s actions intensified the impacts of the Beachie Creek Fire and started numerous other fires throughout the region. PacifiCorp has said in multiple court filings that Phase II jurors should hear alternative theories of how the fires started, and alternative theories of who or what caused individual plaintiffs’ losses. Plaintiffs argued it would be improper for PacifiCorp to relitigate the matter and may prejudice and confuse the jury. Plaintiffs also asked that PacifiCorp be blocked from presenting evidence of its ability to pay multi-milliondollar damages and the impacts this would have on the company’s finances. In prior filings they have accused PacifiCorp of attempting to persuade jurors that they would have to declare bankruptcy or pass on damages to ratepayers, if judgments were too high.

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Webb hit-and-run trial continued to May

Domestic abuse case charges dismissed

An Aumsville man accused of killing a pedestrian after a hit-and-run DUII collision has had his January trial postponed following a substitution of defense attorneys.

A Stayton has been found not guilty of rape and domestic assault. His charges have been dismissed.

Eric Raymond Webb, 50, was scheduled to stand trial Jan. 8 in Marion County Circuit Court on numerous charges including first-degree manslaughter for the death of Julia Aubrey Wade, 26, of Salem. Webb is accused of striking Wade with his pickup Jan. 21, 2023, as she attempted to cross an intersection in Salem. She later died of her injuries that May. Defense attorney Jason Short submitted a withdrawal notice Oct. 30, 2023, saying his representation of Webb had been “brought to its conclusion.” A request to continue the trial was filed Nov. 3, 2023. Eugene attorney Mike Arnold has since been retained by Webb and a new trial is set to begin May 13. It is expected to last five days. If convicted, Webb faces at least 10 years in prison. Prosecutors are seeking a longer sentence due to Webb’s history of numerous DUII convictions and refusal to abide by court sanctions.

Bail reduction denied in assault case against Ellis A Stayton man accused of seriously injuring a woman during an assault last summer has been denied a bail reduction as he awaits trial. Jeremy Don Ellis, 42, has been held in the Marion County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail since Aug. 28, 2023, when he was arraigned on charges of second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault. He is accused of punching two women Aug. 26, 2023, in Stayton, allegedly shattering the cheekbone of one victim. If convicted, Ellis faces at least 70 months in prison. During a Nov. 8, 2023, release hearing, public defender Jacob Reynolds claimed witnesses could not corroborate the seriousness of the victim’s injuries and asked for bail to be set at $25,000. Prosecutors objected to a reduction, while the alleged victim also spoke during the hearing. After weighing testimony, Judge Channing Bennett kept bail unchanged. Ellis is due back in court Jan. 12 for a status check hearing, while a trial date is still pending.

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After a bench trial Nov. 30, 2023, in Marion County Circuit Court, Mark Dean Graham, 65, was found not guilty of first-degree rape, fourth-degree assault and strangulation. He otherwise faced at least 100 months in prison. Graham was arrested for domestic assault July 29, 2023, and the alleged victim later claimed Graham raped her in 2020. Prior to trial Graham submitted evidence that he suffered greater injuries during the July 29 altercation. He also submitted text messages in which the alleged victim accused him of cheating on her and demanded he move out. Based on this evidence, as well as testimony from the alleged victim and law enforcement, Judge Thomas Hart decided to dismiss the charges and the case was officially dropped Dec. 1, 2023.

Stayton woman charged with knife threat A Stayton teenager is facing felony charges after allegedly threatening a man with a knife during a domestic dispute in December. Eida Santiago-Ambrosio, 19, was charged Dec. 18, 2023, in Marion County Circuit Court with unlawful use of a weapon and menacing for an incident Dec. 17, 2023. She allegedly threatened a man with a knife, placing the alleged victim in fear of serious physical injury. A third charge of coercion was later added after prosecutors learned Santiago-Ambrosio allegedly refused to let the victim leave a bedroom under threat of harm.

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Stayton Community Food Bank, 9 a.m. - noon, 1210 Wilco Road. Repeats Monday - Friday. 503-769-4088 Santiam Senior Center, 10 a.m. 4 p.m., 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. Seniors 50 and older. Daily, weekly, monthly events. 503-767-2009, santiamseniorcenter.com Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. Age 60 and older. Serves Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Lyons, Marion, Mehama. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. $3 donation suggested. For delivery, call Ginger, 503-769-7995.


Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore the world of early literacy through songs, stories, rhymes. All ages welcome. Free. 503-769-3313 English/GED/Citizenship Classes, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road. Class is free; workbook is $20. Runs through June. Repeats Thursdays. 503-779-7029


Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Business Network, 8:15 a.m. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Location varies each week. For location, call 503-769-3464. St. Boniface Archives and Museum, 9 a.m. - noon, 370 Main St., Sublimity. Learn about Sublimity and possibly your family history. Free. 503-508-0312 Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore the world of early learning and literacy together with your infant or toddler. Older siblings welcome. Free. 503-769-3313 Stayton Area Rotary, noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Guests welcome. 503-508-9431, staytonarearotary.org Cascade Country Quilters, 12:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 KingstonJordan Road, Stayton. 50 and older. 503-767-2009


Sublimity Quilters, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. Make quilts for local community donations and charities. Everything is provided. New members welcome.

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Pointman Ministries, 6 p.m., Canyon Bible Fellowship, 446 Cedar St., Lyons. Veterans support organization. 503-859-2627 English/GED/Citizenship Classes, 6:30 - 8 pm, Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road. Class is free. Workbook is $20. Runs through June. Begins Sept. 12. 503-779-7029


Cars & Coffee, 8 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Bring your classic vehicles for coffee, breakfast.


Revival Youth Hangout, 5 - 6:30 p.m., New Hope Community Church, 657 N Second Ave., Stayton. Youth of area are welcome. revivalheartbeat@gmail.com.

Public Notices Stayton Library Art Show

Stayton Public Library is seeking art for its fifth annual Art Show in February. Any artists who live or work in Stayton or its surrounding communities can submit a maximum of two works of two-dimensional or three-dimensional art. There is no submission fee. All art and registrations must be delivered to the library by Feb. 1. There will be an opening reception for the public to meet the artists 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2. 503-769-3313, info@staytonlibrary.org

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4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Chat about your favorite reads from 2023. A short selection of some of the best books of the year lists. Free. 503-769-3313

7 p.m., Cascade District Office, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-8010, cascade.k12.or.us

Thursday, Jan. 4 Dungeons & Dragons 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Sign up online at staytonlibrary.org. If you’d like to bring your own character, make them a level three. For adults and teens ages 12 and older. Free. 503-769-3313

Sunday, Jan. 7 KofC Breakfast

7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, hash browns, fruit cup, coffee, juice. Cost: $9 adults, $2 children 12 and under. 503-362-6159

Monday, Jan. 8 Santiam Artists Connection

Noon - 3 p.m., Old School Community Center, 22057 Emma St., Lyons. Artists gather to paint and draw. Artist brings own supplies, projects. Free; donations to Community Art Center accepted. Denise, santiamsanders@gmail.com

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Operation Re-home the Gnomes

6 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. Open to public. 503-7695475, cityofsublimity.org

Stayton Public Library. A horde of gnomes is taking over the library. Help workers distract them by completing their challenges as they find them new homes. Visit library for info. All ages. Runs through Jan. 31. 503-769-3313

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Stayton Lions Club

7 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Agenda available. Open to the public. 503-859-2410, lyonsrfd.org

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Club and new members are welcome. Repeats Jan. 16. staytonlionsclub.org

Stayton City Council 7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-3425, staytonoregon.gov

Wednesday, Jan. 3

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2 p.m., Zoom. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one 60 years of age or older, or caring for a person living with dementia. For Zoom invite and register, call 503-304-3432.

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville. Open to the public. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Lyons Fire District Board

Stayton Fire District 7 p.m.,. Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Agenda available. Open to the public. 503-769-2601, staytonfire.org

Tuesday, Jan. 9

Dementia Care Conversations 3 - 4 p.m. Zoom. Free group for unpaid caregivers providing support to a loved one living with dementia. Offered by Family Caregiver Support Program at NorthWest Senior and Disability Services. To request a referral, contact Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 503-304-3420. Jan. 23.


Wednesday, Jan. 10

RDS Board Meeting

5 p.m., Beauchamp Building, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton monthly meeting. Open to public. 503-767-2317, downtownstayton.org

Santiam Heritage Foundation Board 6 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-768-8860

Thursday, Jan. 11 DIY Craftshop

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Create a textured piece of art using yarn on canvas board. Free. 503-769-3313

Aumsville Fire District 6:30 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-749-2894, aumsvillefire.org

Lyons Library Board 7 p.m., Lyons Public Library, 279 Eighth St. 503-859-2366

Friday, Jan. 12 Community Play Group

10 - 11:30 a.m., Doris’s Place, 574 N 11th St., Aumsville. Free Community Play Group sponsored by Family Building Blocks. Includes complimentary snacks. RSVP: 503-566-2132, familybuildingblocks.org.

Saturday, Jan. 13 Book Tasting

11 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Check out different genre menus and sample different adult titles available. Free. 503769-3313

Sunday, Jan. 14 Brown House Tour

Noon - 2 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Tour the historic Charles and Martha Brown House. $5/ person. Children under 18 are free. For a special reserved guided tour, call 503-769-8860.

Monday, Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Dr., Stayton. Appointments at redcrossblood.org.

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Civics 101 Tuesday, Jan. 16

Aumsville City Council

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Build and display creations. Through Friday. Free. All ages. 503-769-3313

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

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Sublimity Parks and Rec Board 6 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. Open to public. 503-769-5475, cityofsublimity.org

Stayton Parks and Rec Board 6 p.m., Stayton Public Works Conference Room, 311 N Third Ave. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-3425

North Santiam Watershed Council 6 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. For Zoom link information, call 503-930-8202 or email council@northsantiam.org.

Stayton City Council 7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. staytonoregon.gov

Wednesday, Jan. 17 Stayton Library Board

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Thursday, Jan. 18 NSSD School Board

6 p.m., Stayton Middle School, 1021 Shaff Road. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-6924, nsantiam.k12.or.us

Friday, Jan. 19 Community Play Group

10 - 11:30 a.m., Santiam Chapel Assembly of God, 440 Fifth St., Lyons. Free Community Play Group sponsored by Family Building Blocks. Includes complimentary snacks. RSVP: 503-5662132, familybuildingblocks.org.

Saturday, Jan. 20 Flea Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Crafts, collectibles. Lunch available. Free admission, parking. 503-859-2161

Tuesday, Jan. 23 Lyons City Council

6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Open to public. cityoflyons.org

Wednesday, Jan. 24 Book Club Discussion

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Discuss The Searcher by Tana French. Tea, treats and book talk. Free. 503-769-3313

Thursday, Jan. 25 Bingo for a Cause

6 p.m., Snow Peak Brewing, 280 E Water St., Stayton. Free Bingo for prizes. Donations accepted for Regis baseball. All ages. 503-767-2337

Saturday, Jan. 27 Mattress Fundraiser Sale

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. The seventh annual Stayton High and Middle School fundraiser. Name brand beds on display and priced up to 50 percent below retail. All sizes. Adjustable bases also on display. Profits go directly to the music programs.

A 1920s Murder Mystery 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Join the Stayton Public Library Foundation for hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a no-host bar as murderous plots and intrigue abound. Can you solve the case? Tickets available online at staytonlibrary.org or at the library. A 21 and older event. 1920’s era costumes or black tie encouraged. 503-769-3313

Monday, Jan. 29

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Bethel Clothing Closet

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-769-3425, staytonoregon.gov

10 a.m. - noon, Bethel Baptist Church, 645 Cleveland St., Aumsville. Clothing from newborn to 2x. Free. 503-749-2128

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Joseph’s Storehouse of Hope 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Food boxes. 503-881-9846

Monday, Jan. 22 Quilt Show & Work Week

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 Church St., Sublimity. The annual work week features a mini quilt show with refreshments as well as sale of quiltrelated items. Open to public. Free admission. Runs through Jan. 26.

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Setback limits

New rules for large livestock operations By James Day Linn County has enacted new rules on confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that will make it harder for largescale projects to receive approval. The county board of supervisors voted unanimously on Dec. 12 in Albany that a one-mile setback must be provided between such operations and surrounding properties. Linn County took up the issue because of the controversy over three proposed large-scale chicken ranches in the StaytonJefferson-Scio area. The regulations apply only to new, large CAFO permit applications and are not retroactive. The public hearing began with a motion for a 3/4-mile setback but that motion failed. A later motion by Commissioner Sherrie Sprenger for one mile passed unanimously. Key issues for those opposing the large-scale operations are protection of drinking water and local rivers, odors, ammonia emissions and the proximity of the proposed facilities to a school and a church. Several community members spoke in favor of the setback rules during the public hearing and, according to the county Planning and Building Department, all of the correspondence the county received on the topic backed the new setbacks. Many of the CAFO opponents are affiliated with the group Farmers Against Foster Farms, which has expressed strong opposition to proposals for new operations from their inception. “Our county commissioners listened, they heard you, and they acted unanimously to protect our farms and homes from these kinds of threats in the future,” the group wrote in a statement. “This is a very big deal for our county.” The fight isn’t over, however. Although the owners of two of the properties that had


sought permission to install a chicken ranch have been sold. One chicken-raising facility, J-S Ranch, received its permits before the Linn County action. The county move was preceded by Senate Bill 85, which restricted groundwater use by CAFOs, increased oversight on waste issues and allowed for setbacks to be enforced. The Farmers Against Foster Farms statement noted that the group is in active litigation against the state for issuing a permit to the J-S Ranch facility. The trial is scheduled for Feb. 5-9. “If we win, the permit will likely be remanded at that time. We expect that this would require the state to start over with the permitting process for J-S Ranch and as a result the operation would have to comply with all of the new rules that have since gone into effect.” Meanwhile, the new Linn County setback rules already are receiving blowback. At the supervisors’ Dec. 19 meeting Dave Dillon of the advocacy group Food Northwest appeared, as well as others expressing concerns with the one-mile setbacks. Although the focus of the setback debate was proposed for large-scale chicken CAFOs, the land use change would include all confined animal operations including beef, dairy, sheep etc. Dillon said he didn’t believe the county did enough outreach to bring more agricultural groups to the table. Commissioners responded that the process has been talked about in public meetings for about two years and that the agenda for meetings is publicized. Commissioner Sprenger said she did not receive a single email opposing the county’s plan. It was unclear at presstime if the commissioners intended to reconsider the approval of the one-mile setback.

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By Gregg Harris It’s interesting to see what else God initiated on a Sunday morning. Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday morning (Luke 24:1). The Holy Spirit fell upon the fledgling church on the day of Pentecost, which was 50 days from the Passover Sabbath (Acts 2:1-4). That places it smack dab on a Sunday morning as well. What is God telling us through all this?

he New Year has finally arrived and many of us will once again be making New Year’s resolutions. This is the tradition in which a person resolves to improve their behavior or achieve some personal goal during the next calendar year. According to Social Scientists who study such things, the most common resolutions include losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, saving money, and quitting smoking. Good goals for most of us. But according to a 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people, 88% of those who set New Year's resolutions fail. That leaves only 12% who succeed and that’s not good. Are we stuck with these poor results, or is there some way that we could do better?

Welcome to the Noble Planner Back in 1998 I developed a paper-based time management system called The Noble Planner. It’s out of print now, so this is not a sales presentation. The digital revolution disrupted the entire industry. But the ideas in my approach worked really well. Most of my principles can be applied using a smart phone today. In any case, several of my ideas were derived from the Story of Creation found in the first chapter of Genesis. Two of those ideas combine to offer something better than making New Year’s resolutions. Here are the passages I am referring to: Gen. 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then jumping to the end of the first chapter and the first few verses of the second chapter we read this; Gen. 1:31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen. 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. The point I want you to see in these passages of Scripture is the way God started and ended the 7-day week. He began with 6 days of work, but He started with illumination

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Maybe God is showing us by His own example, as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, that Sunday is a very special day. In fact it is the springboard of every week— a day of illumination, redemption, and empowerment that lifts you up out of your situation long enough to see where you are from a higher point of view. Every area of your life and every important relationship you have can be seen from here and responded to with adequate time in the

on the first day of the week and then concluded by setting aside the 7th day as a day of rest. In designating the 7th Day as the end of the week, God “The wisdom of the 7-day week is just one created the week itself and example of the competence of Jesus Christ it has been spinning ever as King over the Kingdom of God. It would since. be a shame for you to enjoy the benefit of Where Did the Christ’s wisdom regarding how to manage your life week by week while missing out on Week Come From? the salvation that He offers you in heaven.” We have the rotation of the Earth on its axis to mark coming week. By giving everything an the 24-hour day. We have the phases of the appropriate amount of time (not equal time!), Moon to mark the general length of a lunar during the routine of your week you can focus month. We have the orbit of the earth around time on all the various kinds of work you have the Sun to mark the 365.25 days of the year. to do, and then begin your next week with a But where does the week come from? The 7new Sunday springboard of life-planning. day week exists only in the mind of God. He created it when He concluded His work on How Can This Work in Practice? the sixth day and then proclaimed the 7th day as a day of rest. That’s where the week came If this wise weekly routine is as good as it from whether we believe in God or not. seems, it would make perfect sense to plan each new week in the afterglow of Sunday Now the 7-day week happens to be the ideal worship. If you are a Christian, that will be the unit of time for living a balanced and local church where you belong. productive life. Why is that? Because a day is too short to adequately address every So, here is what I advise you to do. Every important area and relationship of one’s life. Sunday, go to church! Worship God in Spirit The month is too long to plan effectively. Too and in Truth just as Jesus said. Don’t miss many things change by the end of a month. out on the benefits of gathering with fellow But the 7-day week is perfect. It offers us the believers. We all need to be needed. So, opportunity to balance each week by focusing participate. They need your encouragement each day on one or two areas of life. It and you need their encouragement as well. provides us with the wisest of all routines. Support your church with both your time and your treasure. Give generously. Make it What’s So Special About Sunday? strong for everyone, and it will be there for you when you and your family need it. There is also something to be gained by noting that God began the Creation Week If possible, get together with other families for with illumination. He said “Let there be light” a Sunday afternoon lunch as well, whether in and there was light. But it wasn’t the one another’s homes or in an affordable illumination of the Sun. The Sun doesn’t show family-style restaurant. (e.g. The Home Place up until Wednesday! This light was some kind in Silverton comes to mind). It’s hard to get to of spiritual light. And it was created on the know one another in church. Then, on that very first Sunday morning in history. same Sunday afternoon or evening, get away


by yourself, or with your spouse, and plan your entire new week in the spiritual light of a great Sunday, full of illumination, redemption and empowerment. Make every Sunday the springboard of every new week. Dive into Monday with a clear sense of God’s purpose. These “Weekly Resolutions” work better than New Year’s resolutions that only 12% of folks ever succeed in accomplishing. Rather than wait for another New Year to come around, renew your resolutions every Sunday. If you fall off the horse one week, climb back on and ride it for another week. And then for another. You get 52 tries at making progress toward God’s purposes in every area of your life.

Jesus Christ Is Our King The wisdom of this 7-day week approach to making resolutions and planning your week is just one example of the competence of Jesus Christ as King over the Kingdom of God. It would be a shame for you to enjoy the benefit of Christ’s wisdom regarding how to manage your life in this world while missing out on the gift of salvation He offers you here in this life and in heaven when you die. Through His death, burial, and resurrection Jesus has paid for all the sins of those who trust in Him. This allows you to be forgiven and adopted into God’s eternal family. Whatever else you believe or don’t believe, don’t miss out on this. Turn your life over to the only One who can save you from the punishment our sins deserve. Repent. Turn to Jesus by faith. Trust in Him enough to obey Him. All He commands you to do is “love your neighbor as yourself” (Rom. 13:8-10). If you don’t trust Him enough to actually do that, you still don’t know Him. So, trust in Him now.

Come Join Us In Our Cause This article has been published at great expense by a growing team of Christians from various local churches. We try to show our love for God by the way we love people like you. So, why not join us? To learn how you can help, please call me at 503-926-1388 and I’ll explain how it works. Plan to call me this week. Plan in the afterglow of worship!

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By Melissa Wagoner

“And it does take time away from your personal life,” Gendhar agreed.

When Robert Gendhar graduated from high school in Hubbard, he thought he knew what he wanted to do with his life.

But that doesn’t fully account for why volunteer numbers are dropping. The time required to become a volunteer hasn’t changed. What has changed is the time the average person spends away from home.

“I wanted to be an agronomist,” he laughed. But then a few of his friends who volunteered at the local fire district convinced him to come to a meeting.

“I think society has changed,” Gendhar said. “Over the last 20 years we’ve transitioned into a bedroom community and when people get home, the last thing they want to do is have a second job.”

“I enjoyed the atmosphere,” Gendhar remembered, “and the unknown of what your days are going to be like. I like the problem solving.”

It’s made recruitment a real challenge.

But most of all Gendhar – who eventually transferred to Mt. Angel Fire District before becoming a full-time employee in 2021 – likes knowing that he’s giving back to his community.

“There are many reasons for the drop…” Brian Harris, the Recruiting and Retention Coordinator for the Stayton Fire District agreed. “Some examples include family commitments and increased career commitments. The financial situation we are currently experiencing is making it harder to provide for families.”

“It’s one of the most rewarding things you can do,” he said. But it’s not easy. The training alone requires a minimum of 120 hours to fight fires, with an additional 60 hours tacked on to attend medical calls. And, when it’s all said and done the volunteers – accounting for approximately 70 to 90 percent of most rural fire district’s personnel – don’t get paid. “There’s just not a lot of glory,” Jack Carriger, Chief of the Gates Rural Fire Protection District, confirmed. “But it’s about wanting to help your neighbor.” A volunteer with the Marion County Fire District for ten years before becoming the Fire Chief in Stayton for the next 20, Carriger has seen his fair share of volunteers come and go and knows first-hand the challenges each of the rural fire districts is facing – but in particular he knows how difficult it has been for Gates where the number of recruits has continued to fall since the Santaim Canyon fire in 2020. “They’re an amazing group,” he said, referring to the district’s 10 current volunteers, “but we’re challenged, and we’ll have more of a challenge in the next couple of years because our members are getting older.” Also experiencing difficulties, the IdanhaDetroit Fire District recently faced “an almost 100

But he and Gendhar believe these challenges can be overcome.

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percent turnover of volunteers due to leadership issues from the top down,” according to Lieutenant Laura Harris. She added that thanks to the hiring of a Chief Fred Patterson and the appointment of a new board of directors, those numbers are finally going up. “We’re doing a lot of rebranding and re-structuring,” she said, “and I, for one, am very hopeful for this ‘new’ fire district and its future. We’ve seen a steady increase in volunteers over the past year and a half. In the first quarter of 2022, we had a total of six volunteers. Now we have 18 on our roster. I believe it has a lot to do with good leadership.” But good leadership doesn’t necessarily mean higher recruitment numbers, not when the number one reason potential volunteers turn down the job is a lack of time.

“Every volunteer has a job and a family,” Gendhar said simply. “So, talking to the volunteers… it can help.” In fact, taking a tour of the station and meeting with current volunteers are two of the best ways to find out what volunteering at a fire station really entails. “There are more ways to serve as a volunteer in our district than being a firefighter or EMS provider,” Stayton’s Harris said. “We have an amazing support team. It’s made up of a diverse group of individuals who help in many unique ways. Some examples are serving food and drinks at our rehabilitation staging area during large fires, helping out at special events and fundraisers, using photography and drone skills for media projects, administrative assistance and helping with emergency vehicle and building maintenance… have a specific skillset and want to volunteer? Join our team.” “There really is a spot for almost everybody,” Silverton Fire District’s Assistant Training Officer and Volunteer Coordinator Daniel Brown echoed.

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But there is one caveat – every person who volunteers must be a team player.

It’s a situation that has everyone concerned.

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“It’s absolutely required,” Brown said. “Because every single aspect is a team effort.”

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Which is perhaps why, without fail, those speaking on behalf of the fire districts referred to their coworkers as family.

www.sublimityfire.com “Volunteers proudly serving our community since 1912.”

“Everybody’s welcome,” Silverton Fire Lt. Keith Veit said. “We get people sitting at this table that are polar opposites – and there are very few places that can happen. But people come together regardless of every factor. As long as they want to support the mission, they’re welcome here.”

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It has a lot to do with trust, a factor Veit said is implicit to the job, which requires responders to assist people often on their very worst day.

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www.aumsvillefire.org “Fire suppression and EMS volunteers serving the residents and guests of Aumsville, Oregon”

Mill City Rural Fire Protection District www.ci.mill-city.or.us www.lyonsrfd.org “Protect and save lives and property by providing the highest quality of... service possible.”

“There’s not a person in this organization I wouldn’t trust,” he said unhesitatingly. “And I’d like to feel they think the same about me.” It’s that feeling of belonging, combined with a desire to serve that has filled fire stations with volunteers – willing to work incredibly hard for no pay – since before this country was founded. “We’ve always been a volunteer agency,” Laura Harris said of the Idanha-Detroit station’s history, which includes her father, a volunteer for more than 20 years. “Occasionally our district will receive a staffing grant for temporary staff, but those grants eventually always run out.” In other words, the funding for rural fire districts does not cover the cost of a fully funded staff and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon, even as the number of people in the districts and, in some cases, the area each district covers, continues to increase.

Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District www.idanhadetroitfire.com “To be a point of pride to the communities we serve.”

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“Over the years, the [Stayton Fire District] has evolved and grown from the ‘Fire Protection Engine Company No. 1’ to ‘The Stayton Rural Fire Protection District’ which includes four fire stations and stretches 107 square miles,” Brian Harris said.

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“Most people think of the chief as the most important person at the fire district, but those who are in the field getting their hands dirty are what makes or breaks an organization. Having strong leadership is vital, but so is having strong followers,” who want nothing more than to help their fellow first responders and the community, she added. “Those individuals volunteering with us, you know they want to be there,” Gendhar said. “That person coming to help you, they’re doing it because they want to be there.” And the districts want them to be there as well, which is why they take recruitment seriously, holding community events, putting up billboards, utilizing social media and even – in the case of the Silverton Fire District – supporting Silverton High School’s Career and Technical Education program. “We loan them equipment and they use our facility,” Veit said. And they offer internships to students in Chemeketa’s Fire Protection program. “They don’t have to worry about full-time employment and housing,” Veit explained. In return, the station has two more overnight volunteers gaining valuable experience on the job. With many volunteers retiring faster than they can be replaced, recruitment is imperative. “If you have the opportunity to volunteer at your local fire district, please do,” Laura Harris urged. “The fire service as a whole is hurting for volunteers, and the best way you can help is by stepping up to that plate.”


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Oregon follows national lead on foul shots It’s a new dawn for the free throw in high school sports in Oregon. Following the lead of the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) the Oregon School Activities Association has instituted new rules on fouls shots for the 2023-24 season. Instead of teams moving to 1-and-1 free throws upon the seventh team foul of each half the system is now quarter-based. Commit five team fouls in a quarter and your opponent automatically shoots two. The old system shifted from 1-and-1 to an automatic two shots with a tenth foul in the half. Which means the 1-and-1, which I have never liked much because it rewards you with a second shot for making a first shot, rather than rewarding you for a good play, is out the window. Good riddance. Let’s move on. My question, though, is how will the new rules affect play and what do area coaches think? Here is what the NFHS said in its press release on the changes: “The rules committee studied data that showed higher injury rates on rebounding situations and saw this as an opportunity to reduce opportunities for rough play during rebounds. Additionally, resetting the fouls each quarter will improve game flow and allow teams to adjust their play by not carrying foul totals to quarters two and four.” Well, one out of two ain’t bad. I couldn’t find a single coach who feels injuries add up during free throws. Think about it. Hoops injuries are far more common in occasions in which both players are moving fast and/or in the air. I’m happy to look at data on free throw injuries during rebounds, but I remain skeptical. Here are comments from coaches: Tal Wold, Stayton girls: “I have enjoyed the FT portion. The game has a better flow. It seems like we are not shooting as many FTs in games. Free throw strategy has only been a conversation during a game one time, but it is something we are talking about and discussing as coaches.” Darren Shryock, Stayton boys: “The new foul rule has done what it was designed to do, have teams shoot less free throws. I don’t think the premise of less injury is really the cause. I have seen almost zero injuries take place while shooting free throws over the years. The rule makers want to see a faster pace game, and free throws slow the game down. It rewards

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Wrestling aggressive teams because you can commit four fouls per quarter with no penalty.” Jamie McCarty, Silverton boys: “I like the five fouls per quarter and no one-onone. I think it is cleaner and it allows more strategy to come into play when thinking about the game and options you have defensively.” Karl Schmidtman, Kennedy boys: “I have noticed that we are taking less free throws, which speeds up the flow of the game and it allows teams to use their fouls as a tool when we have fouls to give late in quarters. We are still getting better about how to manage the fouls in different time and score situations, but I like the extra element of strategy that it brings to the game and I think it will be a better product for fans to watch too.” A second rule change adds a 35-second shot clock for varsity contests. It is optional for lower levels. Coaches I talked with felt that the foul shot rule would have far greater impact, although some noted how the shot clock rule will work WITH the free throw. “You add it with the shot clock and you really have to weigh the positive and negatives of fouling late or playing out the possession as opposed to surrendering two shots,” Wold said.

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Jan. 4 Wrestling

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Jan. 5

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Jan. 9

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Jan. 17

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Jan. 19

5:30 p.m. Stayton vs North Marion 7 p.m. Regis vs Gervais

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Jan. 29 6 p.m. Regis vs Kennedy, Santiam Tuesday,

Jan. 30

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Jan. 23

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5:30 p.m. Regis vs Western Christian 7 p.m. Cascade vs Newport


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Jan. 26

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Girls Basketball 7 p.m. Stayton vs Newport


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Kennedy’s Schmidtman, meanwhile, said “it has been a little bit of an adjustment for us with the shot clock. That has been one of our strengths over the years is that we are pretty patient on offense and wait for a good shot. There have only been a handful of possessions that have been affected by the fact that there is a shot clock though, through five games. I was in support of adding the shot clock, I like that teams still have to play in the fourth quarter and can’t just go into a stall game.” The federation also tweaked the uniform rules, allowing multiple styles and lengths of uniform bottoms although they must all be like-colored. Also teams and players that wear undershirts must wear a single solid color or solid black for visiting teams with dark jerseys.


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