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On the edge By Mary Owen The May 18 election could usher in a “do or die” situation for the Stayton recreation options and library facilities, if the two tax levies on the ballot pass or fail. “Both of these levies are necessary to maintain services at the Stayton Public Library, to open and maintain services at Stayton Family Memorial Pool, and provide maintenance and upgrades at Stayton’s many parks and trails,” said Susan Brandt, a proponent of the levy. “After the failure of the levy in November, Stayton Library had to lay off three people and cut hours to two more. The library no longer has a budget for books or other library materials and has cut 15 service hours.” Brandt said the library provides materials and programs for children, teens and adults, and an outreach program that visits local schools. “The library also presents a wonderful summer reading program that supports families reading together and encourages

Future of Stayton pool, parks, library in hands of May voters children to continue to learn and develop skills over the summer,” she said. “In addition, the library provides computer and Wi-Fi access to those in need of technology support. During the pandemic, despite the building being closed, the library has adapted in a variety of ways to continue to provide much needed services to support the community. “The Stayton Family Memorial Pool has been closed since November due to COVID restrictions and the HVAC system not working,” she added. “While closed, the city has been performing maintenance in preparation for reopening and has been pursuing grants to repair the HVAC system.” Stayton Mayor Hank Porter said city council split a proposed five-year option levy to encourage people get behind the library, pool and parks. “The city has only one more opportunity to pass a replacement levy option before the current levy expires,” Brandt said. “By splitting the levy, the asking amount was

able to be set closer to operational needs for these services. A new approach to the levies opens the opportunity for the city to respond more adeptly to the changing times and better meet the needs of the services in question.” At its Feb. 22 meeting, city officials split a proposed single levy into a library levy of $0.40 per $1,000 of assessed value and a recreation levy of $0.50 of $1,000 of assessed value. Council members rejected a single levy for library, parks and pool for $0.65 per $1,000 of assessed value. The current four-year levy voted in on 2016 will expire on June 30. According to city officials, lack of funding from a local option levy will have a “devastating impact on the operations of the city’s quality of life amenities” if the two levies fail. “The pool will remain closed indefinitely, but we hope to open it when we safely can,” Porter said. “Although the library remains operational, it is not yet open for browsing.” Porter said the operations, services and


programs of the library will remain significantly reduced, and without further funding, additional library services may have to be eliminated. Since there will be no reserve funds for park amenities or upgrades, the ongoing care and upkeep in the parks will be limited to general fund dollars available. “It’s all about reopening the pool and library safely,” Porter said. “We need funding to do that.” Passage of the levies will ensure that library services can return to pre-pandemic levels, the pool can reopen when repairs have been made, and the city parks can be properly maintained, Brandt said. “We are hopeful that the community will vote yes on both levies so that the city can continue to support the services that the library, pool, and parks provide that make Stayton livable,” she said. As COVID-19 restrictions ease, and with new funding available, Porter noted area residents can be “out and about and enjoy these public places again.”

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Cascade puts $56.3 million bond measure on May ballot Dr. Amy Sutkus, her husband, and their two children, ages 9 and 11, wrote the council stressing the importance of the pool, parks and library. “We are just one family of many in this community whose lives have been enriched by our pool, library and parks,” Sutkus said. “People are living here, growing up here, and becoming good and resilient people because of a community that cares about each other. The pool, parks and library are an important part of this. They keep us strong, and they keep us healthy.” Should the levies fail, Sutkus hopes the community will “stretch to find resources to support both short- and long-term planning for these community necessities.” Brandt added, “We hope the public will understand the importance of supporting both of these levies in order to continue to provide access to the services the community has come to rely on, services that contribute so much to making Stayton a desirable place to live.”


The Cascade School District Board of Directors has placed a $56.3 million bond measure on the May ballot. “This bond measure would resolve a lot of issues and concerns in our district,” said Superintendent Darin Drill. “We have aging buildings in critical need of repair, there are safety and security concerns, and all of our schools are at or nearing capacity. This bond will prepare us for the next 15 to 20 years.” The proposed bond is a result of a nearly two-year study of school facilities. Cascade School District last passed a bond 16 years ago. If passed, the district estimates that the bond measure will increase the current tax rate by $0.92 per $1,000 of taxable assessed value over the life of the bond. “Cascade School District has done an incredible job of maintaining our current facilities and making our schools a safe place for our students to learn and succeed,” said Brett Stegall, board chair. “But with the continued


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The district has also qualified for a $4 million matching grant from the State of Oregon’s OSCIM program, which it will only receive if the measure passes. A bond oversight committee will be formed by the district to make decisions regarding funds and oversee the bond process, according to school officials. Stegall called Cascade “one of the best districts in the state. This bond gives us a chance to build on that quality education and bring our school buildings into the 21st century with technology upgrades and vocational learning enhancements.

The measure is designed to improve the safety of all district schools, address growth, extend the life of school buildings, and modernize academic spaces. “This comprehensive bond package will allow the district to make urgent repairs, eliminate safety hazards, and save taxpayer dollars by making schools more efficient,” according to website information. “The bond will also allow the school district to continue its tradition of strong and quality schools while preparing for the projected increase in students.”

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Closed for repairs By Mary Owen Due to damage from recent wildfires and inclement weather, popular Santiam Canyon recreational parks, campgrounds and river areas may have restricted access or be closed to visitors this season. “We understand there will be frustration from the public,” said Marion County Commissioner Danielle Bethell. “However, we have to do what is right and safe for everyone.” On March 10, the Board of Commissioners approved two orders that will restrict public access to North Fork, Gates Hill and Pioneer roads to property owners and their guests, contractors and agents. The county is additionally closing North Fork Park, Salmon Falls Park, and Bear Creek Park and Campground, and the corridor will be closed to bicyclists and non-resident pedestrians. Signs will be posted this month to notify the public of the restricted access.

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“These restrictions are meant to protect people from hazards in the North Fork corridor,” Bethell said. “We hope people will have understanding and grace through the rebuilding process. For the time being, we’re encouraging people to explore Oregon’s other amazing parks and recreational opportunities.” Public and private lands around the Little North Fork Santiam River basin were heavily damaged during the September 2020 Beachie Creek and Lionshead wildfires. The closures are meant to support rebuilding and reconstruction of wildfire damaged properties, according to Marion County. Marion County Public Works anticipates it will take approximately 18 months to restore wildfire-damaged roads and two to three years to fully rebuild county parks. Marion County parks along the North Fork corridor sustained considerable damage with the near total destruction of vegetation and park amenities and it





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One year on By Mary Owen Feb. 28 marked the anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 in Oregon, stirring up more than just a virus. “The ‘new normal’ for our organization is meeting virtually twice a month,” said Debbie Voepel, acting president of Stayton Area Rotary. “As a club, we’re using Zoom for meetings and events. So, although the number of meetings per month has been cut in half, we are still able to see one another and conduct business.” Voepel said using Zoom was challenging at the start, especially for less tech-savvy Rotarians. “We first had to establish an account with Zoom that lasted more than 45 minutes,” she said. “The benefit has allowed us to gather virtually regardless of where someone might be, continue the club, and allow Stayton Area Rotary to still give back to the community.” Membership has not been affected, she said. “After the wildfires, our club was able

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Community organizations reflect on changes due to pandemic to supply community members with mattresses, cook stoves and wheelbarrows as a way to give back,” she said. Steve Poisson, with Revitalize Downtown Stayton, reported his group was more fortunate than some in that their mission could be adapted. “We plan to return to the ‘old normal’ once the pandemic is controlled,” Poisson said. “Since we have very little overhead, we were not required to reinvent ourselves to survive.”


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“It is definitely a challenge to team-build online, since we aren’t able to have the social time that helps to build relationships,” he said. “We continue to have a core group of volunteers and have even had some new people join our organization. We are lucky that people have had some time and motivation to work toward our mission.

“We had to cancel the 2020 youth benefit golf tournament due to the restrictions in place for COVID,” Long said. “Our plans for the 2021 event have been scaled back with a cap on the number of players at 104 – down from 124 in 2019.”

“But we were able to proceed with our Walk of Hearts event since no contact was required,” he said. “Other events have just been put on hold.”

“We are all suffering from pandemic fatigue, and look forward to social contact,” he added. “We are working on a film version of our annual Ghost Tour in case the in-person version still can’t happen this October. We are excited that we are able to create this additional new tool and look forward to using it in many ways in the future. Something that would not have been thought of had it not been for the pandemic.”

RDS also conducts virtual meetings via Zoom, with an occasional small in-person meeting. Poisson said the new gatherings work to conduct business, but lack the brief, chance contacts that can often be

Mike Long, president of the Santiam Canyon Youth Benefit Golf Tournament and the Canyon Senior Center, said “new normal” is to eliminate all group meetings, communicating instead by email and free

Poisson said RDS has been able to continue with organizational and promotional projects, and only events have been affected.


Additional changes were the elimination of special treats, a catered sit-down lunch, no more raffle baskets, and switching to an online auction. “We are still in talks with Mallard Creek Golf Course regarding what other portions of our event will need to be cut out,” he said. “We have lost several major sponsors dues to the COVID as well as several that were destroyed by the Labor Day fire. Since we are unable to schedule personal visits to potential sponsors, recruiting new sponsors is more difficult.” Long credited the success of the 2019 event and the strong support of several their sponsors for being able to grant scholarships and funding assistance grants for youth programs this year.

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The Canyon Senior Center canceled many fundraising activities, closed the senior center building, and held board meetings less frequently via conference calls. “All events – soup lunches, bingo, bake sales, game nights – have been canceled,” Long said. “With most fundraising events canceled, we are having difficulty meeting our fixed costs. Membership is declining, and we are not able to support other nonprofit events.” Several clubs, including Red Hats and the local garden club, have had no meetings since the pandemic started. “The facilities we used are not able to have groups that will allow that many people,” said Margie Forrest a member of both groups. “Also, many of the members are elderly and its not a good idea for them to be exposed to anything.” Although no plans have been made for the restart, Forrest said several members have said they really miss the groups and activities but are not ready to make plans until Governor Kate Brown OK’s resuming normal routines. Forrest is also a member of the Santiam Hospital Auxiliary, and no fundraising is taking place yet. The annual scholarship program will be handled with mail-in applications and conference calls for interviews. “Without the funds that we usually raise with our fundraisers, we will limit how many scholarships will be awarded,” Forrest

said. “This virus has really been a financial loss for the Auxiliary so our ability to give more assistance to the hospital and staff and the scholarship program is very limited. As of now, no plans are being made to begin regular meetings until further notice.” In response to the pandemic, the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors extended all chamber memberships to June 30. In its recent newsletter, the board said “We understand how the COVID-19 restrictions and wildfires are affecting our local businesses. Our members have shown outstanding community support, and we want to thank all of you for your tenacity and creativeness while weathering this unprecedented economic and personal storm.” Carmélle Bielenberg, president and CEO of the Stayton Sublimity Chamber & Regional Visitor Center, said the organization has had “to pivot, developing new systems to expand marketing” for local businesses and “to provide additional resources to help those businesses be successful.” To help local businesses hard hit by challenges this year and last, the Chamber took a number of steps, including developing an EAT LOCAL listing on its website, staytonsublimitychamber.org; moving its weekly networking meeting to an online virtual platform; providing grants in partnership with Stayton Area Rotary to help businesses purchase equipment needed to meet changing COVID guidelines; expanding use of social media platforms for

marketing and business advocacy; offering appointments for those interested in resource materials from the Visitor Center; and offering the option of in-person or Zoom appointments for current and prospective member discussions. “We are tentatively planning events for late spring – end of year, making back-up plans to accommodate current guidelines, with the hope that as the vaccine becomes more prevalent, our state will begin to loosen the guidelines for community gatherings,” Bielenberg said. COVID-19 has forced businesses, that might have previously put off the idea of developing a website or utilizing social media or online ordering platforms as a business driver, to reconsider these options and expand their customer base by doing so, Bielenberg said. “It has really required businesses to be more creative and adaptable,” she said. Bielenberg said the Chamber has stepped up to take care of its member businesses and the business community as a whole,

through expanded communications, advocacy, financial resources and partner collaboration. “As a result, we have seen a 95 percent member retention rate, despite the financial challenges that businesses have faced this last year and have added an additional 20+ business members over the last year,” she said. “We are dedicated to continuing to support and advocate for our local business community. Our organization has become more relevant than ever, in light of all our region has endured over the last year including COVID-19 challenges, wildfires and inclement weather.” Bielenberg invites all area businesses and organizations to consider partnering with the Stayton Sublimity Chamber, which serves businesses in Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Turner, Scio and the Santiam Canyon. “Collectively we are a stronger voice for local business,” she said.

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A no-swab alternative By Mary Owen Santiam Hospital has introduced SalivaDirect, a less expensive, less invasive and safer way to test for COVID-19. “It’s kind of remarkable that our little lab in Stayton, Ore., is using this test,” said Dr. Janine VanSant, infectious disease specialist. “We are one of the few labs in the Pacific Northwest using it.” Dr. Sarah Comstock, a molecular biologist from Corban University in Salem, got the ball rolling last April. In the spring of 2020, Comstock found herself with excess time due to few on-campus students, so she began to use her research equipment to develop an FDA EUA (emergency use authorization) test for coronavirus.

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testing, Mooers was brought in midSeptember to help keep the process moving forward. Mooers said Comstock found that Yale University had developed SalivaDirect, a test that had several advantages including the ability to run on Santiam Hospital laboratory equipment. “To validate procedures and processes, we performed several hundred tests on our staff and close contacts prior to the Thanksgiving holiday,” he said. “After submission of all technical data, including our staff testing, we were granted approval to use SalivaDirect in late December.”

“She needed to perform in a CLIA High Complexity laboratory, which we have at Santiam,” said Darrell Mooers, program manager. “Sarah was successful in attaining FDA EUA in June 2020.”

SalivaDirect offers a range of benefits over existing testing methods and continues to draw widespread attention from around the United States and other countries. The new process developed at the Yale School of Public Health offers several advantages over traditional testing methods.

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and reliable testing,” VanSant said. Once available for everyone to use, she added, “It will be easier, so the person doesn’t have to go through the nasopharyngeal swab.” Contrary to other testing methods, SalivaDirect is accurate and non-invasive, requiring only a small sample of saliva as opposed to the standard nasopharyngeal swab. The new process is quicker, basically requiring people to spit into a small container, and reduces risk of exposure to health care workers giving the test. Currently, Santiam Hospital continues to test staff on a weekly basis as well as at students and athletes from Cascade Collegiate Conference universities in Oregon, Idaho and Washington, Mooers said. “We’re running about 1,000 tests per week for student athletes who need a negative test before competing against other schools,” Mooers said. “We have offered this testing to all of our

K-12 school systems,” he added. “They have chosen not to do that at present time, but we are still open to them. Recently the Indian Health Services at the federal level reached out to us to provide testing for regional tribal health centers.” The hospital’s travel medicine clinic is exploring using the test for out-of-country travelers who are required to test negative within three days prior to travel, VanSant said. The Oregon Health Authority recently approached Santiam Hospital to become the regional coordinator for SalivaDirect testing, Mooers added. “The goal is to offer testing to the broader community,” Mooers said. “We want to make information reportable in such a way that people don’t have to be in our system.” For more information, contact Santiam Hospital at 503-769-9213.

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A M A N Y-T I E R E D P R O C E S S Editor’s note: Last September, when we were harvesting, or beginning to think about Fall and what it would take to winterize the garden, the Beachie Creek and Lionshead Labor Day fires sent our thoughts fleeing in new directions. Would our trees, our gardens – and our homes – make it through the week, much less the season? As we begin again with Spring planning what to plant – and where – and how to plan our landscape, could benefit from the lessons of the fall.

Scientists, like Hessburg, learned of this variance in forestation through old photographs which depicted both open and closed canopied forests made up of trees that varied in both species and age separated by grassy meadows. Most importantly, the photographs evidenced regular intervals of fire. Not uncontrollable megafires like the ones seen today but moderate burns that scorched across the meadows and into the stands of younger, more vulnerable trees.

Oregon’s Labor Day fires, known as megafire – one measuring over 100,000 acres – are a part of a scary new trend on the rise in nearly every state in the West where decades of drought and fire exclusion have turned the forests into a veritable tinderbox just waiting for the match.

“[T]here was so much power in this patchwork,” Hessburg said. “It provided a natural mechanism to resist the spread of future fires across the landscape. Once a patch of forest burned, it helped to prevent the flow of fire across the landscape. A way to think about it is, the burned patches helped the rest of the forest – to be forest.”

By Melissa Wagoner “Megafires are the result of the way we’ve managed this western landscape over the last 150 years in a steadily warming climate,” Dr. Paul Hessburg, Research Landscape Ecologist at the United States Department of Agriculture’s and the Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station said in a speech he gave at a TED conference in Bend in May 2017. “[T]he forests that we see today look nothing like the

The Beachie Creek Fire in September 2020.


forests of 100 or 150 years ago,” Hessburg continued. “The best word to describe these forests of old is ‘patchy.’”

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The Native American tribes understood this, working with fire during the spring and fall, but also in summer, carrying out what could now be termed, “intentional burns,” that charred the meadow grasses and thinned certain forests, enabling the growing of food and encouraging the grazing of native animals, among many other things.

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“Western North American tribes burned the landscape for ten millennia,” Hessburg explained. “The Native Americans think of fire in the Western landscape as medicine. As an essential component.” The European settlers had a more negative reaction to fire, one that only worsened after the enormous 1910 wind-fueled fire, termed the “Big Burn” incinerated more than three million acres of eastern Washington, north Idaho, and western Montana. “[T]he Forest Service, just five years young at the time, was tasked with the responsibility of putting out all wildfires on 193 million acres of public lands, and they took this responsibility very seriously,” Hessburg said of the years following that monumental blaze. That culture of fire suppression has continued, with the Forest Service and its partner agencies, many of which maintain a reputation for extinguishing 95 to 98 percent of forest fires. While those numbers might, at first sight, seem positive, especially on the heels of a most recent devastating fire season, it is precisely that kind of efficiency that has brought the forests to their current, flammable state – that and climactic warming. “Periods of hot dry climate drive the area that is burned,” Hessburg explained. Adding that, what was once a dry period of two to three months each summer is, in most places, stretching weeks to months longer. “When these conditions persist or worsen, the area burned continues to increase. Rising greenhouse gas emissions are driving this warming. Reducing these emissions is key to curbing warming.” But, while staunching the flow of greenhouse gas emissions is crucial, it is by no means the only method needed to decrease the risk of megafires. Instead, techniques can be tailored to the landscape according to climatic and forest conditions, proximity to urban and rural areas, and the land allocation. “We wouldn’t do on the east side what we would do on

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the west side,” Hessburg began, describing a combination of methods – depending on location – made up of thinning and/or prescribed burning. “In the interior, where these tools are most appropriate to the conditions and the land management allocation, thinning reduces the density and fuel ladders that have accumulated over time, while burning eliminates most of the finer fuels on the forest floor and those put there by thinning,” Hessburg explained. “In many areas mechanical treatments aren’t appropriate, but we can prescribe burn.” This two-step process – culling understory trees in areas where they are a poor match with fire or are growing too densely, followed by the burning of the understory

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fuels – leaves the larger, healthier, more fire-resistant trees standing and creates a forest less susceptible to outof-control fires and drought. In effect, these techniques could restore some of the patchiness seen in some of the healthier forests of old. “It would be literally trying to manage the forest conditions so that you get the kind of fire you want,” Hessburg said. And it would not be clear-cut logging, a commonly held misconception. “Clear-cut logging involves clear felling of all the trees,” Hessburg defined. “In seasonally dry forests that is not the need.”


Reducing Wildfire Risks at Home • Whenever possible, construction materials should be made of fire-resistant materials. Including – siding, roofing, window frames, decks, fences, etc. • All vents and chimneys should be covered with wire mesh screens. • Eliminate any gaps in walls. • Create a defensible space around your home. “Keep it lean, clean and green.” • Inspect your roof and gutters regularly and keep clear of debris. • Trim overhanging vegetation. • Install gutter guards. • Mark your driveway with legible address numbers.

• Provide emergency vehicle access to driveways with at least 12 feet of width and 15 feet overhead and a shallow grade. • Keep shovels, hoses, axes, saws and emergency water available during fire season. • Regularly water plants, trees and mulch in a 30-foot perimeter around the house. • Plant moist, supple and low resin plants. • Remove all dead plants, branches, needles and leaves. • Use driveways, gravel paths, paved walks and lawns as fuel breaks. • Keep decks clean.

There is also fear around the idea of prescribed burning. But to this Hessburg recommends integrating traditional Native American seasonal burning alongside western scientific methods. “We have an opportunity to merge traditional knowledge with western science,” Hessburg said. To that end, Hessburg, along with his colleagues is currently working alongside the Karuk Tribe in the Middle Klamath River country – an area hard hit by this year’s fires. “It’s a big deal,” he stated. “We’re no longer in the state where we can be effective simply by putting fires out. We’re literally getting the worst effects of fires. We can do better.” We must do better and fast, according to Hessburg. He said as a father and grandfather, he is working hard in his research and presentations to ensure the forests that he loves are still around for his progeny to enjoy.

• Keep burnable materials (patio furniture and play structures) away from the house. • Locate woodpiles and other fuel sources at least 30 feet from the house. • Thin and prune trees to no more than six to 10 feet from the ground. • Encourage a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees. • Work with neighbors to implement these strategies city-wide. • Visit the Oregon Garden to see a Firewise House. • Visit www.firewise.org for more information.

“It’s why I’m doing what I’m doing,” he admitted. “I run on hope and optimism and I believe if we do the work, we can leave it better.” That work starts with a personal commitment to lowering greenhouse emissions, to creating fire-safe communities by visiting the Firewise website (www.firewise.org) and to spreading the message to lawmakers that changes can be made when it comes to forest management. “Prescribed burning and managed wildfires are not wellsupported,” Hessburg said. “We actually all simply want fires to magically go away and take that pesky smoke with them, don’t we? But there is no future without lots of fire and lots of smoke. That option is actually not on the table. Until we, the owners of public lands, make it our high priority to do something about the current situation, we’re going to experience continued losses to megafires.”

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OSU Gardener’s April Chores PLANNING Write in your garden journal throughout the growing season. You can consult it later in order to better plan for the next year. PREPARING Prepare garden soil and raised beds by incorporating generous amounts of organic materials and other amendments, using the results of a soil analysis as a guide. Use a soil thermometer to help you know when to plant vegetables. When the soil is consistently above 60 degrees F, some warm season vegetables (beans; sweet corn) can be planted. FEEDING Apply commercial fertilizers, manure, or compost to cane, bush and trailing berries. Place compost or well-decomposed manure around perennial vegetables such as asparagus and rhubarb. This is the optimum time to fertilize lawns. Apply one pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Reduce the risk of run-off into local waterways by not fertilizing just prior to rain and not overirrigating. MAINTENANCE & CLEAN-UP Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to brown and die down before removing. Cover transplants to protect against late spring frosts. Manage weeds while they are small and actively growing with light cultivation or herbicides. Once the weed has gone to bud, herbicides are less effective.

PLANTING If soil conditions permit, plant gladioli bulbs and alyssum, phlox and marigold transplants. April is a great time to start a vegetable garden. Among the vegetables you can plant at this time: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chives, endives, leeks, lettuce, peas, radishes, rhubarb, rutabagas, spinach and turnips. PEST MANAGEMENT Clean up hiding places for slugs, sow bugs and millipedes. Least-toxic management options for slugs include barriers and traps. Baits are also available for slug control; iron phosphate baits are safe to use around pets. Read and follow all label directions prior to using baits or any other chemical control. Monitor strawberries for spittlebugs and aphids; if present; wash off with water or use insecticidal soap as a contact spray. Follow label directions. Use floating row covers to keep insects such as beet leaf miners, cabbage maggot adult flies, and carrot rust flies away from susceptible crops. DISEASE CONTROL If necessary, spray apples and pears when buds appear for scab. Cut and remove weeds near the garden to remove potential sources of plant disease. Help prevent damping off of seedlings by providing adequate ventilation.

PRUNING Prune, shape and thin spring-blooming shrubs and trees after blossoms fade.

If necessary, spray stone fruits such as cherries, plums, peaches, and apricots for brown rot blossom blight.

Cut back ornamental grasses to a few inches above the ground in early spring.

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Practioner opens new office in Stayton By Mary Owen Stayton’s new acupuncturist has always wanted a career that involves helping others. “I love working one-on-one with patients and to help people with their various health and wellbeing troubles,” said Patrick Allen, owner of Stayton Acupuncture and Wellness. “I really chose acupuncture by chance, and I really love my job.” Since part of the scope of his practice includes lifestyle counseling, Allen also gets to do a little therapy, he said. “I love doing a job where people leave my office feeling better!” said Allen, a licensed acupuncturist and currently a doctoral candidate working on his degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine with Pacific University of Health Sciences. He anticipates receiving his Ph. D in December of this year. Allen grew up in a small town in Michigan, and attended Central Michigan University, earning a degree in public relations. In 2009, he moved to Portland to attend Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and participate in a four-year master’s training program. Allen then completed extended study at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. “While in Nanjing, we worked in the hospital to learn advanced techniques,” Allen said. “Chinese medicine is very interesting, and there are so many different approaches to treatment. Acupuncture is just one part of a whole system.” According to Chinese medicine, Allen can treat the body not only through acupuncture but through herbal medicine, diet therapy, lifestyle counseling, tai qi/ qi gong, body work, meditation, manual therapies such as cupping, as well as specific stretching techniques. “Every patient is different, so I like to come up with a customized treatment plan based on their specific complaints,” said Allen, who opened a Portland practice in 2013.

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“Due to the pandemic, I closed my office and decided to start a new practice. A series of events led me to Stayton. I decided I wanted to work in a town that didn’t have direct access to Chinese medicine. It’s been a great experience so far. The community has been really supportive. I currently still work in Tualatin at a naturopathic medical clinic.” “Acupuncture is known for pain management, so this is probably what I treat the most,” he said. “Low back pain, neck pain, headaches/migraines.” Patients have told Allen that his acupuncture treatments are less painful than other practitioners, he said. “So even if you had acupuncture in the past, you will have a different experience at my treatment,” he added, inviting people to call for a free consultation to discuss their complaints. Stayton Acupuncture follows universal precautions when working with patients, which works well in keeping within COVID-19 guidelines set by the state. Masks are required, and Allen limits the number of people in the building at any given time; patients wait in different rooms. To make an appointment or for more information, call or text 503-404-4044, email staytonacupuncture@gmail.com, or visit www.staytonacupuncture.com.


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Weekly Events Monday

Stayton Community Food Bank, 9 a.m. - noon, 1210 Wilco Road. Repeats Monday - Friday. 503-769-4088 Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. Age 60 and older. Serves Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Gates, Lyons, Marion, Mehama, Jefferson, Turner. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. $3 donation suggested. For delivery, call Ginger, 503-769-7995.


Virtual Storytime, 10 a.m., Zoom. Stayton Public Library will send out email the morning of to those who have registered. Register: staytonoregon.gov/ page/library_storytime Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Zoom. Repeats 10 a.m. Saturdays. For link, call Barbara, 503-269-0952


Virtual Chamber Chat, 8:30 a.m. Zoom. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. https://fb.me/e/56ngrYhQ6. 503-7693464, staytonsubimitychamber.org


Aumsville Food Pantry, 1 - 6 p.m., Aumsville Pentecostal Church, 10153 Mill Creek Road, Aumsville. Food Pantry. 971-710-5665

Mediation & Shared Dialog,

7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Request invitation for virtual gathering by emailing compassionatepresence@yahoo.com. 971-218-6641


Virtual Playgroup, 11:30 a.m. Zoom. Family Building Blocks hosts a time to learn and discuss new ideas to engage your child at home with fun activities for infants and toddlers including songs, counting rhymes, story books and more. https://zoom. us/j/6817518146. Meeting ID: 681 751 8146. Password: FBB123

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Monday, April 5

Saturday, April 10

12 - 1:15 p.m. Grab-and-go breakfast, lunch. Children 1 - 18. Children do not have to be present. Locations: Aumsville Elementary, 572 N 11th St., Aumsville; Cloverdale Elementary, 9666 SE Parrish Gap Road, Turner; Turner Elementary, 7800 School Ave., Turner.

7 p.m. YouTube. Open to public. Agenda available. Live stream https:// youtu.be/TAnHd3kskuc 503-769-3425. Staytonoregon.gov

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Each bag is $5, and will contain at least six books in a category of your choice. Bags divided into genres such as fiction, mystery, romance, children, young adult. The drive-thru event benefits Stayton Friends of the Library.

Cascade Free Youth Meals

NSSD Free Youth Meals

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grab-and-go breakfast, lunch. Children 1 - 19. Children do not have to be present. Locations: Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave.; Stayton High, 757 W Locust St.; Sublimity School, 376 E Main St.; Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons.

Virtual Ram Stampede

Regis Athletic Association is hosting the virtual Ram Stampede 50/75/100 Mile Challenge. Runners/walkers can participate anywhere, anytime and at their own pace. Miles must be turned in May 31. Funds benefit the physical and sports programs at Regis High School. For more details and to sign up, visit runsignup.com/race/or/stayton/ regisstampede.

Thursday, April 1

Aumsville Planning Commission 6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. For login information, call 503-749-2030. aumsville.us

Stayton City Council

Tuesday, April 6

Caregiver Connection

2 - 3:30 p.m., Zoom. For caregivers 60 or older or caregivers 55 or older caring for an adult 18 years or older living with a disability. To join, visit https://nwsds.zoom. us/j/92235615586.

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

7 p.m. YouTube. Agenda available. Open to public. Live stream on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qPMV8fDAiR0. 503-769-3425, staytonoregon.gov

9:30 a.m., Aumsville. The Easter Bunny will parade around town handing out goodie bags and candy. The Bunny will head east from City Hall in the morning, take a break, and head west from City Hall at 1 p.m. Please maintain social distancing when possible and wear masks. The Bunny minder will post live on Facebook at Aumsville Community Connections the whereabouts of the Easter Bunny. aumsville.or.us

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Sublimity Planning Commission

7 p.m., Video Conference. Open to public. Agenda available. Call for login information. 503-769-5475, cityofsublilmity.org

8:30 a.m. Zoom. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by CASA of Marion County. https:// fb.me/e/56ngrYhQ6. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org

Thursday, April 8

North Santiam Watershed Council

6 p.m., Zoom. Local vol­un­teers who act together with inter­ested landown­ers to facil­i­tate the restora­tion of habi­tat impor­tant to fish and wildlife and to sup­ port the econ­omy and qual­ity of life of our communities. Open to public. For meeting login, call 503-930-8202. 6:30 p.m. Conference Call. Agenda available. Open to public. For information for joining the meeting, call 503-7492894. aumsvillefire.org

Friday, April 9

Aumsville Community Cleanup

Sunday, April 4 Easter

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m. Zoom. Agenda available. Open to public. For login information, call 503769-2601. Staytonfire.org

6 p.m., Video Conference. Open to public. Call for login information. 503-769-5475, cityofsublimity.org

Aumsville Fire District

Noon - 4 p.m., Albany Police Department, 2600 SW Pacific Blvd. Interested in a career in law enforcement? Visit with law enforcement agencies. Open to all. Free admission. No large backpacks. 541-917-7680

Sublimity City Council

7 p.m., Teleconference. Open to public. Agenda available. For login information, call 503-769-5475. cityofsublimity.org

Sublimity Parks & Rec

Virtual Chamber Chat

Aumsville Easter Parade

Monday, April 12

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. For login information, call 503749-2030. aumsville.us

Wednesday, April 7

Saturday, April 3

Grab Bag Book Sale

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Residents can bring noncompostable yard junk to the dumpster in front of the Public Works Shop, 595 Main St. Valid driver’s license/ID with an address in the city limits needed. Coupon for free yard of compost in March and April newsletter. Repeats April 10. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us


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Lyons Fire District Board

7 p.m. Zoom. Agenda available. Open to public. Login information: 503-859-2410, lyonsrfd.org

Lyons Library Board

7 p.m., Lyons Public Library, 279 Eighth St. Limited in-person seating. Meeting also on Zoom. Meeting ID: 862 1928 5441. Passcode: KC8U86. 503-859-2366, lyons. ccrls.org

Tuesday, April 13 Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. Zoom. Round table discussion on genealogy. Bring questions. Beginners, intermediates as well as seasoned genealogists welcome. Zoom info: David Stewart, 503-873-3444. Ancestrydetectives.org

RDS Board

6 p.m. Join Revitalize Downtown Stayton in a virtual board meeting. Open to public. Email info@downtownstayton. com for login instructions prior to meeting. Downtownstayton.org, 503-767-2317

Cascade School Board

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

Wednesday, April 14 Virtual Chamber Chat

8:30 a.m. Zoom. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by Family Building Blocks. https:// fb.me/e/56ngrYhQ6. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org

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Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m. Offered through conference call by contacting Julie Mendez at 503304-3432, julie.mendez@nwsds.org for instructions on how to participate. For caregivers 60 or older or caregivers 55 or older caring for an adult 18 years or older living with a disability.

Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Saturday, April 17

The Pizza Peddler

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1145 Fifth St., Lyons. Collectibles and more. Hamburger, with or without cheese, lunch to-go only. Free parking, admission. Masks, social distancing required. 503-859-2161

7 p.m. YouTube. Open to public. Agenda available. Live stream https:// youtu.be/TAnHd3kskuc 503-769-3425. Staytonoregon.gov

Tuesday, April 20 American Legion Post 58

6 p.m., Weddle Funeral Service, 177 N Third Ave., Stayton. Members, guests welcome. Masks, social distancing required. Mike Sowles, 503-509-9948

Wednesday, April 21 Virtual Chamber Chat

8:30 a.m. Zoom. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by Liberty House. https:// fb.me/e/56ngrYhQ6. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org

Red Cross Blood Drive

2:30 - 6:30 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Thursday, April 22, Earth Day NSSD Board

Aumsville Planning Commission

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to the public. Agenda available. Call for login information. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Friday, April 23 Red Cross Blood Drive

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

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Monday, April 26

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. Call for login information. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Stayton Planning Commission

7 p.m. YouTube. Open to the public. Agenda available. Live Stream on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ipKVgDWpJMo 503-7693425, staytonoregon.gov

Sublimity Planning Commission

7 p.m., Video Conference. Open to public. Agenda available. Call for login information. 503-769-5475, cityofsublilmity.org

Tuesday, April 27 Lyons City Council

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. Login information at cityoflyons. org. 503-859-2167

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Virtual Chamber Chat

8:30 a.m. Zoom. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by Skyline Video Productions. https:// fb.me/e/56ngrYhQ6. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org

Friday, April 30 Red Cross Blood Drive

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aumsville Rural Fire District, 490 Church St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

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6 p.m., District Office, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Agenda available. May move to Zoom. 503-769-6924, nsantiam.k12.or.us

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Saturday, April 24 8 - 10 a.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1145 Fifth St., Lyons. Pancakes, eggs, ham, biscuits and gravy, beverage. Limited social distance seating available. Masks required. 503-859-2161

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Chicken fit? By Mary Owen A proposed chicken operation just outside of Scio has been met with mixed feelings from local residents.

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Simon verbally verified the permit information about the operation, called Jefferson-Scio Ranch by Foster Farms, the intended recipient of the fully raised chickens and shortened to JS Ranch by Simon.

Simon assures that manure is not composted but is kept either inside the barn or the manure shed at all times before it is exported. “We are trying to create a market with local farmers,” he said of benefits to the area. “Our nearest neighbor is over 1,200 feet from a fan that we don’t use that much, and I’ve talked to that neighbor.” Simon said Foster Farms rarely expands, and the ranch will be a “big boost for local construction, everything from gravel to lumber companies.” Simon’s plan is to follow every guideline to raise the birds safely. “My birds are treated well,” he said. “We invest heavily in systems that make the birds as comfortable as possible. “Someone will be on the ranch 24/7,” he added. “We’ll have cameras, security, and if anything goes wrong, our computers will tell us immediately.” Ira Brill, vice-president of communications for Foster Farms, said property purchased by independent poultry growers, must meet all regulatory and environmental requirements for infastructure development.

Contrary to speculation, Simon said work has not been started onsite.

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Echoing concerns by other residents, Lori Bailey-Lambie posted, “I don’t care as long as it doesn’t become oppressively stinky or an ecological time bomb.”

Kimbirauskas posted that allegedly, none of the several neighbors and landowners have yet to be notified about the operation, and final permits have not been received from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

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“They will be composting manure onsite,” Kendra Kimbirauskas, who posted the permit information on the Scio Community Happenings page on Feb. 24.

The permit showed the operation will be producing six flocks per year which is 3,480,000 birds/year yielding 4,500 tons of manure/year. The permit also noted that Simon anticipates earnings of about $1.4 million gross per year from the operation that may provide four local jobs.

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Two Foster Farms facilities proposed their doubts, and Farmers Against Foster Farms started a Facebook page recently to address these doubts and other issues regarding raising broiler chickens in the Stayton, Aumsville, Jefferson and Scio area. The group is comprised of farmers, ranchers and rural and other residents of Linn and Marion counties. A full report can be found on the organization’s website, www. farmersagainstfosterfarms.com. Also onsite is information about each of the proposed sites and graphs that support the group’s findings. According to FAFF, Hiday Poultry Farms, located in Brownsville and owned by Randy Hiday, is in escrow to purchase the historic 80.44-acre Porter Farm located at 10963 Porter Road S.E. in Aumsville, halfway between Aumsville and Stayton. FAFF reports that in November 2019, Foster Farms gained approval to process poultry for export to China, which they view as motivation to expand to this

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A sports year that almost didn’t happen now looks like it will have a postseason, including a state championship football game. Class 4A, which includes Stayton and Cascade, has been particularly aggressive on this front, with rankings-fueled systems in place for eight-team brackets in soccer and volleyball and a BCS style football system. The football piece is simple. The two teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 will play for the state title. Those in the third and fourth spots will battle for third. And Cascade, which is just 2-2 but has played some fierce competition, currently is ranked fifth. The Cougars are coming off a convincing 52-0 win against injuryriddled Stayton. But all four teams ranked ahead of them – Mazama, Marist, Gladstone and Marshfield – also won last week. So the Cougars will need to win the regular-season finale Friday, April 2 against Sweet Home and hope someone above them falters.

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Regis also is making a late-season surge. The Rams, currently ranked 12th in Class 2A, have scored a pair of impressive wins in the past two weeks, a 33-0 home win vs. Santiam and a 52-18 win at Jefferson. The Rams close the season with Culver. Boys Soccer: Stayton, which lost to Woodburn in last year’s Class 4A title game, was 8-0 with a 42-3 goal differential heading into the regularseason finale against Sweet Home. The Eagles almost assuredly will be one of the top seeds in the eight-team bracket that will determine a state champion the week of April 5.

on the team in scoring, while Shields said Omar Garcia, Damien Uribe, Owen Samuel have all impressed on defense. Carlos Gomez made the move from forward to goalie and “has been outstanding.”   Volleyball: State competition in Class 4A works the same as for soccer but at presstime Cascade and Stayton both were on the outside looking in. Cross Country: Postseason is looming for area runners. Stayton and Cascade will compete in the Oregon West Conference district meet on April 3 at the Community Chapel course near Sweet Home, tangle in a dual meet April 7 at Stayton Middle School and then close out the season at the Class 4A state meet on April 10 in Tillamook.

“The season has had its ups and down for sure but overall we have done our best to keep the team in a routine,” veteran Stayton coach Chris Shields told Our Town. “We are fortunate to have support from the district and (athletic Class 2A is taking the same Chris Shields director) Darren Shryock, which approach, with Regis and Santiam has allowed us to keep our guys participating in district competition April busy during the offseason, which has paid 1 and the state meet April 10. Both dividends.” events will be at Cheadle Lake Park in The COVID-fueled schedule at one Lebanon. point had the Eagles playing three Alumni watch: Tyrell Williams, the matches in four days “which we would former Cascade and Western Oregon have never done during a ‘regular’ year,” Shields said. standout, is now a member of the Detroit Lions. The Las Vegas Raiders Shields moved Julian Flores, a top cut ties with the veteran wide receiver defender a year ago, to center forward, in February. Williams missed the entire and the senior has responded with 12 2020 season with a shoulder injury. goals. Junior Jayden Esparza, state player The Lions signed him to a one-year of the year as a sophomore, has moved to contract on March 9. Williams has 197 the right side and “has been an issue for career catches for 3,181 yards and 23 teams to deal (with) his ability to get the touchdowns. ball into dangerous places.” Freshman Ishmael Esparza is third


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Football 5 p.m. Culver @ Regis Boys Soccer 5 p.m. Sweet Home @ Stayton 6 p.m. Philomath @ Cascade Volleyball 6 p.m. Regis @ East Linn Christian Girls Soccer 6 p.m. Stayton @ Sweet Home

Friday, April 2

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Saturday, April 3

Girls Soccer Noon Cascade vs Philomath @ Crescent Valley High Football 4 p.m. Stayton @ Philomath

Monday, April 12

Softball 4:30 p.m. Stayton @ Sisters 4:30 p.m. Regis @ Jefferson

Friday, April 16 Baseball 3 p.m. Stayton @ Newport (double-header) 3 p.m. Sweet Home @ Cascade (double-header) Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Cascade @ Corbett

Saturday, April 17

Baseball 4:30 p.m. East Linn Christian @ Regis

Monday, April 19

Baseball 4:30 p.m. Stayton @ Cascade 4:30 p.m. Central Linn @ Regis Softball 4:30 p.m. Philomath @ Stayton 4:30 p.m. Cascade @ Woodburn 4:30 p.m. Regis @ Amity

Softball 4:30 p.m. Newport @ Stayton 4:30 p.m. Cascade @ Sweet Home 4:30 p.m. Regis @ Western Christian Baseball 4:30 p.m. Western Christian @ Regis

Tuesday, April 20

Tuesday, April 13

Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Cascade @ Woodburn Baseball 4:30 p.m. Sisters @ Stayton 4:30 p.m. Jefferson @ Regis Softball 4:30 p.m. Sweet Home @ Stayton 4:30 p.m. Cascade @ Philomath

Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Stayton @ Cascade Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Cascade @ Stayton Baseball 4:30 p.m. Oakridge @ Regis Softball 4:30 p.m. Regis @ St. Paul

Wednesday, April 14

Softball 4:30 p.m. Stayton @ Cascade

Thursday, April 15

Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Stayton @ Woodburn 4 p.m. Sisters @ Cascade Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Cascade @ Sisters Baseball 4:30 p.m. Cascade @ Stayton 4:30 p.m. Regis @ Lowell

Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Woodburn @ Cascade Softball 4:30 p.m. Salem Academy @ Regis

Wednesday, April 21

Thursday, April 22

Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Cascade @ Madras Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Madras @ Cascade Baseball 4:30 p.m. Stayton @ Sisters Softball 4:30 p.m. Newport @ Cascade 4:30 p.m. Gervais @ Regis

Friday, April 23 Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Molalla @ Stayton 4 p.m. Estacada @ Cascade

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Saturday, April 24

Softball 1 p.m. Stayton @ Sheldon (double-header)

Monday, April 26

Baseball 3 p.m. Cascade @ Woodburn 4:30 p.m. Philomath @ Stayton Softball 4:30 p.m. Woodburn @ Stayton 4:30 p.m. Sisters @ Cascade 4:30 p.m. Regis @ Kennedy

Tuesday, April 27

Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Stayton @ Sisters 4 p.m. Cascade @ North Marion Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Sisters @ Stayton 4 p.m. North Marion @ Cascade

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A Grin at the End


What an awful dream... so bad I could go to outer space

The other night I had a dream – a nightmare, really. The kind that caused me to sit bolt upright in bed, sweat pouring off me.

There are other reasons I wouldn’t want to be governor. The salary/aggravation ratio is way out of whack. The governor makes $98,600 a year, which is a lot of money for a normal job. But I calculate the governor is paid less than a penny per aggravation.

It was horrible, so bad that I was afraid to go back to sleep. What was my worst nightmare? I dreamed I had been elected governor. Argh! Just typing that caused my liver to quiver. I can think of no job worse than being governor, of Oregon or any other state, for that matter. First off, in my real job I answer to about a half-dozen people who own and manage the company. That’s fine. I like and respect all of them. But as governor I would have 4.2 million bosses. That’s enough to make me head for the door right there. There is no way I could ever hope to follow all of their directions. I would compare Oregonians to a really big herd of cats.

The other thing that disqualifies me as a governor is I don’t like meetings. When I was a cub reporter, I covered borough assemblies, school boards, city councils – you name it. The only thing I got out of those meetings is this: you can take a handful of perfectly sane people and put them in a room with other people watching and all bets are off. They might come up with a brilliant solution for a problem, or they might come up with the worst idea ever. But more often than not, they just kick the can down the road and don’t address it at all. That’s why watching most government bodies is like watching the movie Groundhog Day.

For starters, there’s the COVID-19 mess impacting everyone, the unemployment mess impacting hundreds of thousands of people, the foster care system, homeless people everywhere, the crummy roads, forest management problems and a broken budget system. And don’t forget the retirement system. Add to that the legislature – a random collection of people proposing random ideas that they hope will make them look pretty to random special interest groups. You get the idea. It’s just not worth it. Someone would have to be really hard-up for a job to want to be governor. Forget about it.

are near the top of my list. So are race car driver, mechanic and rock star. But the all-time best job ever would be astronaut. Blowing through the sky at 18,000 mph – how awesome is that? Then once you get to the International Space Station, which is 250 miles straight up and circles the planet every 45 minutes, you live in total weightlessness – no more diets for this guy. I would never want to lower myself to live on earth again. And my wife would totally go along with me being an astronaut. Why, just the other day I screwed up again, and she gave me one of those looks. You know the kind I mean. If she could have put me in a rocket and shot me to moon one-way, she would have.

There are jobs I would happily take. Secret agent, fighter pilot and cake decorator

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