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Detroit, Idanha first in county to adopt fire prevention program

By Mary Owen The Firewise signs are up! Detroit and Idanha have joined the ranks of Firewise communities in Oregon, and signs revealing their status were unveiled on Dec. 8 along Highway 22. Both North Santiam Canyon cities earned the Firewise title with the support of the Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District, Oregon Department of Forestry, and the U.S. Forest Service. Both cities are at the highest risk of wildfires in northwest Oregon and are the first communities in Marion County to receive the title of Firewise community. “The Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire District is very proud of becoming the first Firewise communities in all of Marion County,” said Andrea Martinez, firefighter/paramedic with the Idanha-Detroit RFPD. “Firewise is intended to be a multi-agency effort that extends past the fire service by involving community leaders, homeowners, planners and others to help protect people, property and natural resources from the risk of wildland fires before a fire starts,” she said. “It’s a process where communities develop an action plan and encourage each other to become active participants in building a safer community to live in.”

Firefighter Lew Owens said the Firewise designation fosters camaraderie and exemplifies a goal that was set and has been achieved.

Hopkins said representatives from the North Cascade District of the ODF, Idanha-Detroit RFPD, and the U.S. Forest service introduced the programs to both cities at a city council meeting early last year.

“This is a significant step forward in preparing both communities for additional severe wildland fires such as the recent Whitewater fire,” Owens said. “We will Andrea Martinez continue to hold community events to keep this program in place.” Owens credited Levi Hopkins, grant coordinator for the Oregon Department of Forestry, and Martinez with doing most of the hard work in making this status a reality. “The North Cascade District is extremely happy to give these communities the Firewise designation,” Hopkins said. “These communities are the first in Marion County and are joining already 100-plus Firewise communities in Oregon. The Santiam Canyon area is considered an extreme wildfire hazard area, and this program will help educate community members on how they can better protect their homes and property from a wildfire.”

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“Both councils unanimously voted to move forward and become a Firewise community,” Hopkins said. “After a couple of city council meetings and a Firewise day in May, we made it happen.” On May 6, Idanha hosted a fire prevention potluck. Agency representatives attended to answer questions about fire prevention and fuels reduction, and what to do to protect their homes from wildfires, Hopkins said. “In Detroit, we held a debris disposal site that community members were able to bring any brush that they cleared for fuels reduction. Brush ... cleared around their homes create better defensible space,” he added. “ODF and the fire department then burned the debris pile.” Home assessments were also offered. A representative from the agencies visited local residences to share how to better protect the homes from wildfires. “These can actually be done for free at any time. If someone is interested (they can) contact their local ODF office,” Hopkins said. “A local community wildfire preparedness plan was also created for each community.

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“If people are interested and would like to get on a waiting list, they can call their local ODF office,” he said.

Friends of Old Town Stayton will be hanging hearts along Third Avenue in February. The Walk of Hearts is an opportunity to shout your love from the light posts. Messages proclaiming love for a spouse, significant other, family member, friend, or business will stay up throughout February. Donations from last year’s event allowed FOTS to increase efforts to beautify historic Stayton.

“Detroit and Idanha are both planning on having their Firewise renewal day in spring or early summer. By becoming Firewise, they have also opened up the potential of future fuels reduction grant opportunities.”

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After wildfires impacted local businesses last fall, a tanker crash that closed Hwy. 22 may have additional repercussions.

“This accident was not only sad for the family who lost a loved one, but was an environmental concern for the immediate area and downstream communities, including Salem,” McKenzie said.

“The fatal crash near Idanha spilled gasoline and subsequently (closing) Hwy. 22 is already impacting our local businesses,” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC, of the Dec. 15 rollover accident. “Many of our businesses along Hwy. 22 get a boost from holiday traffic and are already feeling the pinch of this highway closure.” The stretch of highway between Santiam Junction and Idanha was closed for repairs, environmental reparation, water viability checks and other response measures. The highway re-opened to through traffic the night of Dec. 21, nearly a week after the accident. “Many of our local businesses rely on that winter bump in sales when holiday travelers hop in their cars to drive to or from Central Oregon or to play in the snow,” McKenzie said. “Visitors have their own traditions about favorite places to stop along the way. Getting the highway open again is so important for our region, and we appreciate all ODOT, DEQ and their partners have done to make this happen.”

OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Idanha Fire Department, Gates Fire Department, Salem Regional HazMat and Oregon Department of Transportation. The wreckage of the tanker on Hwy. 22.


The tragic accident occurred about 11 p.m. near milepost 64 involving a 2001 Kenworth Central Petro fuel truck. A preliminary investigation by Oregon State Police revealed the vehicle lost traction on the icy road and rolled over coming to a stop, blocking the highway. The fuel tank ruptured and caught fire, spreading to nearby brush. More than 11,000 gallons of fuel was spilled and 300 feet of roadway was damaged. A Gates Fire Department fire engine responding to the scene also lost control on the icy road and rolled onto its side. Additional collisions in the area resulted in no injuries, according to officers at the site. The driver of the fuel truck, identified as 58-year-old

Katherine Benenati, Western Region Public Affairs Specialist for the DEQ, reported that samples taken at drinking water intakes downstream from the tanker crash site along the North Santiam River near Detroit showed no presence of gasoline three days after the crash. The Department of Environmental Quality coordinated response efforts with EPA, ODOT, Salem, the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon State Police, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Linn and Marion counties, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, The Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, The Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde and The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs tribes, and others, Benenati said.

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Detroit area businesses impacted by recent wildfires may get a hand-up from Marion County Emergency Management.

“We gave back over $100,000 in refunds,” said Peter Moore, the retreat center’s business manager. “This fire costs us a half a million in income because it happened in high season. We usually take in $4 million a year, so it was a huge economic hit.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Milli and Nash fires that occurred in August and September. Assistance is available in 11 counties, including Marion and Linn. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of the county’s Office of Emergency Management to make sure our local businesses have the opportunity to access low-interest loans if they need them to help recover from losses related to fires late this summer and early fall,” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROWEDC. “While some businesses actually benefitted from the firefighters being in town, several businesses experienced a downturn during August in particular, usually the peak month of the summer, with Breitenbush the hardest hit of all

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Help save a child Mass talked about the plight of a 4-yearold girl that she took in as a foster child, a story that touched Halladay’s heart. “This girl had been ‘rented’ out by her parents since she was 6 months old,” he said. “As a father of three daughters, my heart broke when I heard this. I knew that I had found our cause, and that I would do whatever I could to help.” Halladay said about 50 people attended The Abolitionists, a child trafficking documentary, at Santiam Hospital. “By the end of the film, there were many tears,” he said. “This was a good start in raising local awareness.” According to O.U.R., about two million children are trafficked worldwide with 250,000 living in the United States. An estimated 10,000 are smuggled into the country every year, and others are lured online or become victims because of sparse parental supervision, the organization reports. Halladay hopes 100 people will sign up to participate in the Pound-a-Thon. “We also have plans to host a 5K run during the summer,” he said. “Nothing is concrete yet.” Anytime Fitness also plans to continue showing The Abolitionists occasionally, he added. “The rights to the film were recently taken over by a new company because the original company was dissolved,” Halladay said. “They are still ironing out some legalities, so we are patiently waiting for permission to show the film again.” Sign up for the Pound-a-Thon at www.

Parks Board. In 2009, Greg and Ruth helped create the Santiam Senior Center, where he served as president of the board for several years. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Sublimity; his children Jennifer (Scott) Meyer of Camas, Wash. and Ryan (Leslie) McWayne of Lebanon; and five grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held Jan. 3, 2018, 2 – 5 p.m. at Metzger Park, Patricia Whiting Hall, 8400 SW Hemlock, Portland. Contributions may be made to: Santiam Senior Center, 41818 KingstonJordan Rd., Stayton, OR 97385.

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Church, 236 Broadway, Mill City. Lunch for those 60 and older. Suggested donation of $3.50. Volunteers are needed. Repeats Thursdays. 503-897-2204 Story Time, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Repeats at 3:30 p.m. 503-769-3313 Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.


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event for local business, non-profit professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. Location varies each week. For location, call 503-769-3464. Tai Chi, 10 - 11 a.m., Historic Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave, Stayton. Tai Chi lead by certified teacher Wendy Stone. $20/year. All ages; however, children must be accompanied by participating adult. Repeats Fridays. 503-769-8860 Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon. Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503-769-7307 AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Women only, Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville.


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p.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-580-0498 Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503-769-3313


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7 - 8:30 p.m. Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 503-990-0861

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7 p.m., New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 First St., Stayton.

The Walk of Hearts

Friends of Old Town Stayton will hang hearts along Third Avenue in February. Hearts, $25 for one side, can be customized with any message. Hearts can be ordered online at or by calling Isaac Kort-Meade at 503-7692919. Orders are due by Jan. 26..

Monday, Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Tuesday, Jan. 2 Small Steps, Big Results

8 - 10 a.m., Moxieberry Cafe, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. Event for entrepreneurs, nonprofits to celebrate successes, clarify priorities, map out action plan. All welcome. Free. Presented by Grow EDC. Allison, 503-871-5188,

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Repeats Jan. 16. Glenn, 503-769-9010,

Coffee With Marcey

2 - 4 p.m., Marcey’s Place Adult Foster Care Home, 1150 NE Magnolia Ave., Sublimity. Coffee, tea, cookies, tour of facility. Open to public; no reservations necessary. Dianne, 503-769-1313

Odd Fellows Bingo

Red Hat Strutters

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 410 N Third Ave., Stayton. Order lunch off menu. New members, guests welcome. Reservations needed by calling hostesses, Margie Forrest, 503-8593119; Jeannie Brundidge, 503-999-2262

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m., Open Arms Adult Day Care, 112 E Burnett St., Stayton. 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. Julie, 503-304-3432

Thursday, Jan. 4 Alzheimer’s Support Group

10 a.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Open to all. 503-769-3499

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Friday, Jan. 5 Santiam Valley Grange

7:30 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. 6:30 p.m. potluck

Sunday, Jan. 7 Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

Stayton Lions Club

Wednesday, Jan. 3

Stayton Public Library is announcing a call for art for a February Art Show. Any artists who live or work in Stayton or its surrounding communities can submit a maximum of two works of 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional art. Art may be of any subject, but must be family friendly. There is no submission fee. To be included in the show, the artist needs to submit a registration form and release available at the Stayton Public Library or online at For information, call 503-769-3313 or email staytonpl@ccrls. org.

6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

3 - 5 p.m., Stayton High. Free, four-week softball clinic sponsored by Stayton High softball program. Today: Catching. Jan. 14: Pitching. Jan. 21: Infield. Jan. 28: Outfield. Grades 5 - 8. Jeff, 503-559-4285.

9 a.m. – noon, St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. Appointments for other times available by calling Charlene, 503-508-0312

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6:30 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Free monthly cooking class provides skills needed to improve diet by making wise food choices. Free. Register by calling Tonya Johnson, 503-373-3763.

7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Cost: $7 adults, $2 children 12 and under. 503-362-6159

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats Jan. 16

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Monday, Jan. 8 Daughters of American Revolution

10 a.m., Stayton Fire District, 1988 Ida St., Stayton. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter meeting. Guest is Stayton Police Chief Rich Sebens, who shares tips on emergency, disaster preparedness. Open to all. 503769-5951

Art Club

3:45 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Art club for age 5 and older. Call library, 503-769-3313, for spot availability. Free.

Sublimity City Council

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. Open to public. 503-769-5475

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Lyons Fire District Board

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

Stayton Fire District

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

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

Tuesday, Jan. 9 Commissioner’s Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet, eat with Marion County commissioners. Open to public. 503-588-5212

Book Bobs

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for youth beginning to read chapter books. Sign-ups recommended. Free. 503-769-3313

Santiam Historical Society

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Presentation of history of the Santiam Canyon. Open to public. Refreshments.

Mill City Council

6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. 503-897-2302

Cascade School Board

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

VFW Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638. All eligible veterans can join. Repeats Jan. 23. Hank Porter, 503-769-5792

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-3425

Wednesday, Jan. 10 Lyons Garden Club

1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1115 Main St. Succulents, air plants. Diane Hyde shows how to start geraniums. Open to public. New members welcome. John, 503-508-5913

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

2 – 4 p.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. $5 per packet. Open to public. 503-769-3499

Family Movie

Thursday, Jan. 11 Santiam Service Integration Team

9 a.m., Santiam Center, 11656 SE Sublimity Road #200, Sublimity. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches to provide resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-769-9319

Paint Night

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Paint a winter barn scene. Supplies provided. Free. Age 12 - adult. Register at library or by calling 503-769-3313.

Thursday, Jan. 25

Rock the Blocks!

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. LittleBits code kits allows children to learn about programming by creating games that use LittleBits electronic building blocks. Best for children in third grade and above; younger children welcome with an adult. Made possible by LSTA/IMLS, Independence Public Library. Free. 503-769-3313

1 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Monthly Santiam Hospital Auxiliary meeting. Lunch served at 12:30 p.m. Open to public; new members welcome. Pat Spaeth, 503-769-3381 3 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Kids of all ages build with Legos, Duplos. Free. 503-769-3313

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North Santiam Watershed Council

6 p.m., Stayton Intermediate/Middle School, 1021 Shaff Road. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-6924

Friday, Jan. 12

Aumsville Planning Commission

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-930-8202

Lunch and Learn

Noon, Stayton Public Library. Learn about fraud protection with speakers from Columbia Bank, Stayton police. Sponsored by Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Bring lunch. Free for chamber members; $12 nonmembers. Reservations: 503-769-3464.

Monday, Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Free Books At Last

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday with a free book for every child who comes to the library. 503-769-3313

Friends of the Library

11 a.m, Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Tuesday, Jan. 16 Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-769-3425

Wednesday, Jan. 17 Teen Chef

4 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make a sweet or savory treat using a mug in the microwave. Grade 6 - 12. Free. Register at library or by calling 503-769-3313

Stayton Library Board

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. My Little Pony: The Movie. Free. All ages. 503-769-3313

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

Santiam Canyon School Board

7 p.m., Stayton High. New members welcome. 503-769-2171

6:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary School, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-897-2321

Santiam Hospital Auxiliary

SHS Booster Club

6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Oregon Author Visit

6 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Despicable Me 2. Free admission. Concessions available. Bring pillows, blankets. Every child entered into drawing for copy of movie. Sponsored by Stayton Elementary PTC. 503-769-2336

Friday, Jan. 26 Teen Games

3 - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Play Wii, ping pong, board games. Grade 6 - 12. Free. No registration necessary. 503-769-3313

7 - 10 a.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Pancakes, eggs, ham, biscuits and gravy, drinks. $6; under 5 free.

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Sunday, Jan. 28

KYAC Concert Series

Saturday, Jan. 27 Pancake Breakfast

Community Dinner

7 p.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Americana bluegrass quartet True North performs. $20 in advance; $25 at door if available. Limited seating. Tickets at

5 - 8 p.m, Gates Elementary, 410151 Gates School Road. Community dinner, fellowship hosted by Upward Bound Camp. 503-897-2447

Monday, Jan. 22

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Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Tuesday, Jan. 22 Mill City Council

6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-897-2302 6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-859-2167

Young Professionals Meet-Up

8:30 a.m., location TBA. Young Professionals open to business people throughout the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROW-EDC. 503-871-5188

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Family Movie Night

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Visit with Steve Ardnt, author of A Compendium of Oregon Ghost Towns and Oregon series Roads Less Traveled. Reception follows. Free. 502-769-3313

Lyons City Council

Thursday, Jan. 18

LittleBits Coding

Monday, Jan. 29 2 p.m., Sloper Cafe, 590 SE Conifer Circle, Sublimity. 503-769-8900

Random Readers Book Club

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for children reading longer chapter books. Sign-ups recommended. Free. 503-769-3313

Stayton Planning Commission

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

Wednesday, Jan. 31 Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book discussion group for adults. This month’s selection is The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

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Something to Celebrate

The winners are . . .

By Mary Owen

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The 2017 Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence recipients have been selected from what the Chamber called “an unprecedented number of qualified nominees in each category.” “We want to commend the selection committee, who thoughtfully considered and made the final determinations for this year’s awards,” said Carmélle Bielenberg, Chamber CEO, “We were pleased to have so many fantastic and deserving nominees this year. It really goes to show the increasing caliber of local businesses and growing number of community champions in the Stayton Sublimity area.” Tass Morrison is this year’s Distinguished Service award recipient. Freres Lumber in Lyons earns Large Business of Year (more than 15 employees), and Small Business of the Year (15 employees or less) goes to Ronda Lehman, owner of Lucky Dog Designs in Stayton.

This year’s Rising Star award is Nicole Miller, owner of Word’s Out PR in Stayton. The First Impressions Award is bestowed on a business or organization that has completed exterior improvements, remodeling, or major landscape enhancement to its location or has worked to improve public exterior spaces. Stayton Flowers is this year’s winner. Award recipients will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the community at SSCOC’s 72nd Annual Chamber Awards Luncheon, “A Place to Bloom.” The awards celebration begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by the awards presentation, noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road. Cost is $22 a person or $150 for a table of eight, due to the chamber by Feb. 15. Columbia Bank is the title sponsor. For information call SSCOC at 503-769-3464.

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career pathways at Stayton High School.

North Santiam and Cascade school districts joined 203 middle and high schools in the state in securing a slice of $10.3 million in grant funds to expand career readiness programs.

“And for students to be exposed to related workplace environments,” said Andy Gardner, superintendent of the North Santiam School District. “Currently, the district has construction, fabricating, business, college and criminal justice pathways.

The Career & Technical Education Revitalization Grant funds serves Oregon communities with hands-on learning programs focused on advanced manufacturing, agricultural science, aviation, robotics, forestry, home construction/renovation, engineering, and biomedical/health sciences. In total, 32 CTE grants will leverage additional funds and resources from 582 local business and community partners, according to the Oregon Department of Education. North Santiam School District was awarded a $336,286 CTE grant to be rolled out over four years for its Health Pathway program. The district also received a $45,000 summer grant to be used for a summer camp that will allow middle school students to learn about

“The larger part of the grant calls for the development of a specific pathway for our students in health care occupations,” he added. “Each year in school, a specific class will be offered that will allow students to experience not just a review of the wide variety of careers, but also gain knowledge in biology, for example, as it relates to our health care system.” Health care classes now in place include anatomy/physiology and health careers, Gardner said. “But we have not articulated a complete pathway to the level we will be able to build with the grant,” he added. “A 12-week introductory course will be


taught in each of the three schools that have eighth-grade students – Mari-Linn, Sublimity and Stayton Middle School,” he said. “In the future, we intend to build a more robust education pathway. The home construction program will expand to include more focus on management of construction processes.” Cascade School District was awarded $45,000 in CTE grant funds to be used for its “Approaching Mach Speed” summer program. The coursework, geared toward transitioning middle school students into high school vocational opportunities, embraces manufacturing, agriculture, construction and health services. “The idea is we want to get kids trained in the vocational techs,” said Cascade High Principal Matt Thatcher. “Our goal is to get these kids excited about the education and their futures.” Thatcher said the camp will use teachers and community partners in giving students a hands-on experience that provides them with a connection to reading and writing.

“Lisa’s really changed the game,” Thatcher said. “She has about 10 to 12 businesses signed on. “Once students get that exposure, we hope they’ll sign up for courses when they get to high school,” he said. “We want kids to get invested, get motivated.” Thatcher said the grant money will be dispersed over two years, covering equipment, teacher time and other needs. “These grants will help more students prepare for college and career,” said Colt Gill, acting deputy superintendent of public instruction for ODE. Graduation rates for students in Oregon CTE programs are 15.5 percent higher than the statewide average, ODE reported.

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she was to serve as the vice-chairman of the Early Childhood Development and Family Support Committee, and as a member of the Health Committee, Rules Committee, and Business and Labor Committee. She was also chosen to serve in a leadership role as the House Republican WHIP.

The Oregon Home Builders Association has named Jodi Hack as its new chief executive officer, filling the position left open by retiring CEO Jon Chandler. Hack stepped down as state representative of House District 19 to start her new position at OHBA on Jan. 2. She was first elected to the state legislature in 2015, and was elected her second twoyear term this year. “Serving in the Oregon legislature, I knew first-hand the respect and integrity that OHBA has,” said Hack, who formerly handled communications for the North Santiam School District. “I am also aware of the need to have someone that can champion laws and regulations that will ensure that all Oregonians have access to the affordable housing they so desperately need.” Hack gained an understanding of state housing needs while serving on various House committees, including education, healthcare and transportation as well as several subcommittees dealing with

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“All discussed the need and importance of housing across our state, so I knew the issue was one that needed great support,” Hack said. “That was great motivation! “My legislative experience will definitely be a plus, but I think my ability to build relationships and to collaborate with people will be key,” she said. Jodi Hack


educational and business issues. During her first term, she served on the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources, Early Childhood Development and Family Support Services, and Business and Labor Committee. During her 2017-2019 term,

Hack plans to “spend time in the trenches” before identifying key issues she will face as OHBA’s CEO. “I know housing is a huge issue across our state and one that needs to be tackled head-on in many different ways,” she said. “I believe the Home Builders Association has the opportunity to change leaders on many levels.”

Hack said many have reached out to her with “some really innovative and great ideas.” She plans to work alongside the OHBA Board and other executive directors across the state. The Marion County Board of Commissioners will select a replacement for the District 19 seat from among at least three Republican candidates within 30 days of her leaving office. The person selected to fill the position will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. “After the interim, it’s up to who is elected in the primary and general election,” Hack said. Oregon’s 19th state house district represents an average of 63,851 residents living in parts of South Salem, Aumsville and Turner. “I have loved serving the citizens of House District 19,” Hack said. “It was an honor and an oath I took with great humility and respect.”

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Having worked in federal and state government, Molin knows there will be a learning curve at the city level. He recently met with the city attorney, administrator and recorder to better understand his new role.

Mayor Hank Porter and the Stayton City Council have chosen Chris Molin to fill the position vacated by Jennifer Neigel. Neigel, who joined the council in February 2015, retired from the council after moving out of the city limits. “It has been a long process,” Mayor Porter said. “We’re not going to seat Mr. Molin until the 16th of January.” Of Molin, Porter added, “I think he’ll do well. The term he is filling ends in 2020, so he’ll have a couple of years to make his mark.” Molin hails from the small rural town of Belmont in Southwestern New York. The town is surrounded by dairy farms and corn fields. After a few years of college, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1991 and served two enlistments as a Communications Computer Systems Journeyman at Los Angeles Air Force Base and Misawa AB in Japan. In 1998, he took a position as a contractor with Science Applications International Corporation working for the Department of Defense. “I worked with them for 14 years, spending time in Japan, Korea, Washington, D.C., and Battle Creek, Mich.,” Molin said. “I was selected for an operations manager position with the Oregon Secretary of State in 2012 and because the chief information officer in 2014.”

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In April of this year, Molin transferred to the Oregon State Treasury as its IT director. “My wife and I looked all over the Willamette Valley and Santiam Canyon to find a home, but it was Stayton that grabbed our attention,” he said. “We fell in love with this town and bought a house here in 2013.” Molin’s wife, Letxy (the “t” is silent), is a native Oregonian from Roseburg. The couple has two boys, ages 7 and 9, and a dog, Charlie. “My daughter is a senior, majoring in music at Eastern Michigan University,” Molin said.

His decision to plant roots and raise his family in Stayton motivated Molin to contribute toward “keeping Stayton amazing.” He decided to apply for the open council seat to look for opportunities where he can best represent the city council and local residents. “I’m sure every other candidate is just as passionate as me and cares a lot about this city,” he said of fellow applicants. “I know it was a tough decision, and went right up to the wire. I hope my experience and perspective will help add to the great work the city is already doing. I’m very committed to serving Stayton to the best of my ability, and I’ll work hard for the other candidates and this city.”

“It was almost 2.5 hours long and seriously intense!” he said of the orientation. “The city attorney did a great job of scaring me thoroughly about conflicts of interest, ethics issues, and the importance of transparency. He hammered me pretty good with a ton of information. The City Administrator Keith Campbell finally stepped in and said, ‘I think he’s had enough. We’d better stop before his head explodes. I think I’m going to like Keith. In fact, everyone at City Hall has been gracious, helpful, and patient.” Molin thanks Mayor Porter and members of the city council for their “trust and selection.” “There’s a sense of community and threads of commonality that unite this town,” Molin said. “Serving on the city council would give me the opportunity to utilize my experience and contribute to the quality of life, economic development, and critical decisions with Stayton’s public safety, land-use planning, and parks and recreation.  “I know I have a lot to learn, and I’m really excited to get started,” he added.

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lead the Bruins to a 7-3 record, had 17 solo tackles and 27 assists. He was honorable mention all-NWC a year ago.

The 6-1, 184-pound senior goalkeeper led the Warriors to the NAIA national tournament and shared defensive player of the year honors in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Farr had nine shutouts and 77 saves for Corban, which finished 15-3-4 and was ranked as high as No. 5 in the NAIA. Farr finished his Warriors career with a school record 44 shutouts and a goals against average of 0.74. Farr has the top four marks for single-season shutouts and is ranked 1-2-3 and 5 on the list of goals against average. His yearly best in shutouts is 12, achieved twice, and his top goals against average of 0.51 came in 2015. A three-time all-CCC pick and two-time defensive player of the year, Farr also made the All-West Region squad this season. Jordan’s younger brother Nic, meanwhile, continued to be a valuable contributor in the field for the Warriors. The 6-1, 180-pound junior played in all 22 matches, started 10 times and contributed two assists. Here is a look at how other athletes from the area fared: Justin Kruse, Cascade: The 6-1, 276-pound senior defensive end for George Fox earned first-team allNorthwest Conference honors after a season in which he had 5.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. Kruse, who helped

Tyrell Williams, Cascade: The season is not yet over for the Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver. The 6-4, 205pound third year player from Western Oregon has 35 catches for 611 yards and three touchdowns for the Chargers, who at 7-7 are one game behind the Chiefs in the AFC West with two to play. Did I miss anyone? Happy to fix it in my next column. Shoot me an email at the address below. Hoops: The Regis boys are off to a 6-2 start under new coach Greg Oliver, who was an assistant under Tony Miller the past three seasons. The Rams are ranked No. 5 in a Class 2A top 10 that is riddled with Tri-River Conference teams. Western Mennonite (8-1) is third, 5-5 Kennedy is fourth and defending 2A champion Santiam (6-3) is eighth. The Stayton girls are 4-3 and ranked No. 11 in Class 4A in their second year under coach Darren Shryock, also the Eagles’ athletic director. Stayton’s boys team is just 2-6, but the Eagles deserve credit for taking on the big boys in the Capitol City Classic at Willamette. The prestigious 16-team event included six Class 6A teams as well as four squads from out of state. Stayton lost to defending 5A champion Wilsonville and Corvallis before downing Class 4A Crook County. The Eagles closed the tournament Dec. 22 with a 62-51 loss against 5A Springfield. Follow me on @jameshday. News tip? Email me at

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5:30 p.m. Santiam vs St. Paul 5:30 p.m. Regis vs East Linn Christian 7 p.m. Stayton vs Philomath

Boys Basketball

5:30 p.m. Stayton vs Philomath 7 p.m. Santiam vs St. Paul 7:30 p.m. Regis vs East Linn Christian

Girls Basketball

5:30 p.m. Santiam vs Western Mennonite 6 p.m. Regis vs Kennedy

Boys Basketball

7 p.m. Santiam vs Western Mennonite 7:30 p.m. Regis vs Kennedy

Friday, Jan. 12 Boys Basketball

5:30 p.m. Cascade vs Molalla

Girls Basketball

7 p.m. Cascade vs Molalla

Boys Basketball

7:30 p.m. Regis vs Western Mennonite

Wednesday, Jan. 24 Wrestling

4 p.m. Cascade vs Stayton

Friday, Jan. 26 Girls Basketball

5:30 p.m. Santiam vs Regis

5:30 p.m. Cascade vs Yamhill-Carlton

Monday, Jan. 29

Friday, Jan. 19 Girls Basketball

5:30 p.m. Regis vs Falls City 7 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade

Boys Basketball

5:30 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade 7 p.m. Regis vs Falls City

Tuesday, Jan. 23 Boys Basketball

5:30 p.m. Cascade vs Newport

Girls Basketball

6 p.m. Regis vs Western Mennonite 7 p.m. Cascade vs Newport

Boys Basketball

7 p.m. Santiam vs Regis

Girls Basketball

6 p.m. Regis vs St. Paul 6 p.m. Santiam vs Willamina

Boys Basketball

7 p.m. Regis vs St. Paul

Tuesday, Jan. 30 Boys Basketball

5:30 p.m. Stayton vs Newport 5:30 p.m. Cascade vs North Marion

Girls Basketball

7 p.m. Stayton vs Newport 7 p.m. Cascade vs North Marion

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Tuesday, Jan. 9


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A Grin at the End

(Not) The End of the World

Finding the fantastic

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I’ve been running loose on the planet now for more than six decades, and the end of the world has been a popular theme. Some examples: the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations, Watergate and the resignation of President Nixon, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. the 444-day Iranian hostage crisis, the eruption of Mount a planet, some really amazing things, good and bad, Fanatics St. Helens, the attempted assassinations of Presidents Lance Large, Kelly Hanh Ramirez, Maria Fife, will happen. Carl W Leder, of all stripes have been a constant Gerald Ford PA-Cthe explosion of the MDand Ronald Reagan, FNP-BC feature all through PA-C history. Pick an era and there has been one type of fanaticism or other, from the Vikings to the Space Shuttle Challenger, the 1987 stock market crash, Romans to Genghis Khan and Hitler. the President Clinton scandal, the 9/11 attacks, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the 2008 economic meltdown Wars have been a particularly devastating feature. and the recession that followed and various tornadoes, The Civil War with 620,000 deaths – 2 percent of all hurricanes and other natural disasters that have killed – was bad enough. Add the world wars, Treatment of Chronic IllnessAmericans thousands of people. with 522,000 U.S. casualties and millions of others lost in battle, death camps, mass starvation, political Yes, every few years thesuch end ofas theDiabetes/Hypertension world takes place – at and religious genocide, and you really do have an least if you listen to the news on radio or television. It’s approximation of the end of the world. Care • Sports as though they arePreventative imitating that cartoon character that Medicine

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walks around with the sign that says, “The end is near.” Pediatrics • Geriatrics • Womens’ Well, it’s not.

But the world, led by the U.S., pulled itself out of that Health tailspin. Care Therapy™ (Physician AssistedThe Weight Loss) one thing I notice about most of those reporters and It’s justFirstLine that when you have seven billion people sharing

commentators pontificating about the end of the world is their age. Being a 30- or 40-something and generally ignorant about history has poorly equipped them for helping the public understand what’s going on, and why. No matter what happens, it is the first time they’ve seen it, and they assume it’s the first time it’s happened. They don’t do their homework. I don’t want to sound like everything is sunshine and butterflies. But we’re way better off than the commentators – most of whom seem to have slept through history class – would indicate. They also seem to have missed out on the many great things Americans – and others – have accomplished over the past six decades. When I was kid commercial jetliners were just beginning to enter service. Now I can go to an airport and board a flight that will get me anywhere on the planet in a matter of hours. Men have walked on the moon, and robots have explored Mars. Cancer and Aids, once thought to be nearly always fatal, are often survivable. Fantastic! We stand at the precipice of a new year, and I am hopeful and optimistic – more than ever. Politicians come and go, and society occasionally manages to trip itself up, but the future is as bright as it’s ever been. 2018 is going to be a great year – maybe the best ever. I can’t wait!

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Begin Here We are your Medical Family

Meet Kristin Flowers, MD Santiam General Surgery Clinic’s Dr. Kristin Flowers, MD, has over 6 years of diverse experience in surgery. Some of her medical interests include: • Breast Biopsy • Treatment of Breast Cancer including Oncoplasty • Minimally Invasive Treatment of Hernias • Colorectal & General Surgery. Santiam General Surgery Clinic is conveniently located at Santiam Hospital. When it comes to your healthcare, we understand how important it is to find the right provider. Our practitioners are committed to providing expert and compassionate medical care. Left to right: Christian Spencer, MS, PA-C Kristin Flowers, MD Robert G. McGreevy, MD, FACS



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