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Lane County Sheriff's Office
07/25/2020

Lane County Sheriff's Office

Update 7/25 at 9:45 am: Gordon Sage has been located and is home safely with family. Thank you for all of the tips and assistance in finding him!

Original post 7/24:
Have you seen missing man Gordon Sage? Help us bring him home safely!

The Lane County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance locating missing man Gordon Sage who is 84 years old. Gordon was last seen this morning in the River Rd. area in Eugene at approximately 4:00 a.m. When family went to check on him at 8:00 a.m. he was missing, along with the family's 2011 white Chevrolet Impala (Oregon plate 645 FFM). Gordon hasn't driven in over a year and may be suffering from some dementia. Gordon is also overdue for his daily medication.

Gordon is 84 years old and described as standing 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds with white hair and hazel eyes. Gordon has ties in the Portland and Bend area, but it is unknown at this time which direction he may have gone.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who has seen Gordon or his white Chevrolet Impala to call 541-682-4150 then press 1 and reference case # 20-4912.

Editor’s note: The Chronicle reached out to area leaders and residents for their ideas on how our communities might heal...
07/23/2020
Chief under fire, part 2: Finding a way forward | The Chronicle

Editor’s note: The Chronicle reached out to area leaders and residents for their ideas on how our communities might heal and move forward in a positive manner following social media posts by SLCF&R Fire Chief John Wooten and his statements after those posts came to light. In some cases, people we spoke to asked for anonymity and offered comments only on background; others were comfortable speaking on the record. This is presented as an opportunity for community reflection.

Editor’s note: The Chronicle reached out to area leaders and residents for their ideas on how our communities might heal and move forward in a positive manner following social media posts by SLCF&R Fire Chief John Wooten and his statements after those posts came to light. In some cases, people we ...

I have a couple of community events that I’d like to tell you about this week. Despite everything, the communities of Lo...
07/23/2020
Yard sale, BBQ chicken dinner sounds like a winner-winner | The Chronicle

I have a couple of community events that I’d like to tell you about this week. Despite everything, the communities of Lorane and Crow are going to try to have events that incorporate social distancing.

I have a couple of community events that I’d like to tell you about this week. Despite everything, the communities of Lorane and Crow are going to try to have events that incorporate social distancing.

The OSAA has announced its latest guidelines and policies around fall school activities. Like football, cheerleading and...
07/23/2020
Still a chance for football; other sports' openers pushed to Sept. 23 | The Chronicle

The OSAA has announced its latest guidelines and policies around fall school activities. Like football, cheerleading and dance/drill are still not eligible for activity.

The OSAA has announced its latest guidelines and policies around fall school activities. Like football, cheerleading and dance/drill are still not eligible for activity.

When Alisa Kounovsky first started the bottle drive in June, her goal was to fill her truck. On day one, not only did th...
07/22/2020
Retired Creswell teacher starts can fundraiser | The Chronicle

When Alisa Kounovsky first started the bottle drive in June, her goal was to fill her truck. On day one, not only did they overload five trucks, but they had one day where they received 15 truckloads of cans. In the first two, three hour canned/Bottle collections, they earned $4,617.45.

When Alisa Kounovsky first started the bottle drive in June, her goal was to fill her truck. On day one, not only did they overload five trucks, but they had one day where they received 15 truckloads of cans. In the first two, three hour canned/Bottle collections, they earned $4,617.45.

CRESWELL — City planner Maddie Phillips said that to imagine what the A Street construction will look like in its comple...
07/22/2020
A Street: ‘Think Oregon Avenue, but smaller-scale’ | The Chronicle

CRESWELL — City planner Maddie Phillips said that to imagine what the A Street construction will look like in its completion come October, she wants you to “think Oregon Avenue, but smaller-scale.”

CRESWELL — City planner Maddie Phillips said that to imagine what the A Street construction will look like in its completion come October, she wants you to “think: Oregon Avenue, but smaller-scale.”

COTTAGE GROVE — In talking with Gail Hoelzle at the Bookmine, the subject of natural childbirth came up and why am I not...
07/22/2020
‘Babying’ birth moms | The Chronicle

COTTAGE GROVE — In talking with Gail Hoelzle at the Bookmine, the subject of natural childbirth came up and why am I not surprised to learn that little ol’ Cottage Grove has claims to being on the cutting edge, with innovations in childbirth that happened here first or very early in that movement.

In talking with Gail Hoelzle at the Bookmine, the subject of natural childbirth came up and why am I not surprised to learn that little ol’ Cottage Grove has claims to being on the cutting edge, with innovations in childbirth that happened here first or very early in that movement.

CRESWELL — City planner Maddie Phillips said that to imagine what the A Street construction will look like in its comple...
07/22/2020
A Street: ‘Think Oregon Avenue, but smaller-scale’ | The Chronicle

CRESWELL — City planner Maddie Phillips said that to imagine what the A Street construction will look like in its completion come October, she wants you to “think Oregon Avenue, but smaller-scale.”

CRESWELL — City planner Maddie Phillips said that to imagine what the A Street construction will look like in its completion come October, she wants you to “think: Oregon Avenue, but smaller-scale.”

07/22/2020

COTTAGE GROVE — “The Race Toward Equity” is a marathon, not a sprint.
The latest workshop examining racial issues, which runs through July 29, has its roots in an incident that took place around three years ago, when residents united to oppose a new business with ties to white supremacists. Cottage Grove Community United formed to counter that ideology, and founding member Daniel Denton soon realized that more training was needed for well-intentioned colleagues.

Read the full story at chronicle1909.com

"It was a beautiful June day for 7-year-old Lily Standafer to enjoy at volunteer park in Springfield. She brought along ...
07/16/2020
Park Specialist Saves Dog’s Life | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

"It was a beautiful June day for 7-year-old Lily Standafer to enjoy at volunteer park in Springfield. She brought along her best friends, Harley the Boxer and Cosmo the Boston Terrier. One moment the group was romping around in the grassy field while Standafer’s grandmother, Morgan Blake, looked on. The next moment, Harley was on the ground, and he wasn’t breathing."

Thanks to John Phelps, a park specialist for Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Harley the dog will live to play another day.

If you ask several Oregon anglers what’s their favorite fish to chase in Oregon’s lakes and rivers, most will refer to a...
07/16/2020
Sunfish species take the spotlight | The Chronicle

If you ask several Oregon anglers what’s their favorite fish to chase in Oregon’s lakes and rivers, most will refer to a salmonid species.

If you ask several Oregon anglers what’s their favorite fish to chase in Oregon’s lakes and rivers, most will refer to a salmonid species.

While they are less nutritious than their African ancestors called cardoons, artichokes are loaded with benefits for our...
07/16/2020
Nutritionally speaking: Artichokes offer benefits | The Chronicle

While they are less nutritious than their African ancestors called cardoons, artichokes are loaded with benefits for our optimal health. Artichokes are high in cell-protective antioxidants.

While they are less nutritious than their African ancestors called cardoons, artichokes are loaded with benefits for our optimal health. Artichokes are high in cell-protective antioxidants.

South Lane County Fire Chief John Wooten has been under white-hot scrutiny since June 2. Things are about to get even ho...
07/15/2020
Chief under fire: Investigation reveals ‘hacking’ letter, more controversial posts | The Chronicle

South Lane County Fire Chief John Wooten has been under white-hot scrutiny since June 2. Things are about to get even hotter. Based upon its own reporting and documents acquired via Freedom of Information Act requests, The Chronicle has learned:
• A letter the chief submitted to the board saying it proves he was hacked does not give any indication that his page was compromised.
• Additional social media posts the chief made in 2019 – including an image of an African-American TV actor and text about “the cost of a noose.”
• Overwhelming public sentiment received by the board of directors since June 2 calling for the chief’s removal.

South Lane County Fire Chief John Wooten has been under white-hot scrutiny since June 2. Things are about to get even hotter. Based upon its own reporting and documents acquired via Freedom of Information Act requests, The Chronicle has learned: • A letter the chief submitted to the board saying i...

Investigation reveals ‘hacking’ letter, more controversial posts
07/15/2020
Chief under fire | The Chronicle

Investigation reveals ‘hacking’ letter, more controversial posts

Investigation reveals ‘hacking’ letter, more controversial posts

This week, Chronicle reporter Aliya Hall celebrated a birthday! We love Aliya for all the good she contributes to the wo...
07/11/2020

This week, Chronicle reporter Aliya Hall celebrated a birthday! We love Aliya for all the good she contributes to the world. We hear daily reader feedback of the impacts and impressiveness of her work, no doubt an echo of our own thoughts. We love her determination, her loyalty, her altruism, her agility and her neverending quest for growth. Leave some love for Aliya and wish her all the best!

As fear of the future grew in our community, toilet paper and hand sanitizer were not the only things unable to stay in ...
07/09/2020
Gun shop owner stresses instruction after run on guns | The Chronicle

As fear of the future grew in our community, toilet paper and hand sanitizer were not the only things unable to stay in stock. Handguns were flying off the shelves.

As fear of the future grew in our community, toilet paper and hand sanitizer were not the only things unable to stay in stock. Handguns were flying off the shelves.

Update: John Wooten, the embattled fire chief of the South Lane County Fire & Rescue Department is yet to return to work...
07/08/2020
Update: Wooten still on leave; Chronicle receives documents | The Chronicle

Update: John Wooten, the embattled fire chief of the South Lane County Fire & Rescue Department is yet to return to work after being reinstated by the board June 18.

Update: John Wooten, the embattled fire chief of the South Lane County Fire & Rescue Department is yet to return to work after being reinstated by the board June 18.

UPDATE: John Wooten, the embattled fire chief of the South Lane County Fire & Rescue Department who was scheduled to ret...
07/08/2020
Chief returns; The Chronicle receives docs | The Chronicle

UPDATE: John Wooten, the embattled fire chief of the South Lane County Fire & Rescue Department who was scheduled to return to work on July 6 after being reinstated by the board June 18, is not back in the office. Board Chairman Joel Higdon told The Chronicle on Wednesday afternoon that he misspoke, and the chief remains out of office.

John Wooten, the embattled fire chief of the South Lane County Fire & Rescue Department is back on duty as of July 6 after being reinstated by the board June 18.

This year's Fourth of July in Creswell is like no other — celebrating patriotism in a pandemic. In lieu of celebrating w...
07/04/2020
Creswell residents make July Fourth a homemade celebration | The Chronicle

This year's Fourth of July in Creswell is like no other — celebrating patriotism in a pandemic.

In lieu of celebrating with the annual Chamber-sponsored parade, locals organized their own homemade parade this year, causing little issue for deputies, Lane County Sheriff Scott Denham said. There were about 30 parade vehicles, plus horses.

Read the full story here, and check out some more photos from today's activities:

This year's Fourth of July in Creswell is like no other — celebrating patriotism in a pandemic. Coronavirus restrictions have limited gathering sizes and halted traditional events, but have not hindered the city's spirit.

City of Creswell
07/04/2020

City of Creswell

Some of Creswell’s patriotic pups! Aren’t they just the cutest?

CRESWELL — This year's Fourth of July in Creswell is like no other — celebrating patriotism in a pandemic. Coronavirus r...
07/04/2020

CRESWELL — This year's Fourth of July in Creswell is like no other — celebrating patriotism in a pandemic. Coronavirus restrictions have limited gathering sizes and halted traditional events, but has not hindered the city's spirit.

The rumbles could be felt from above, but due to overcast skies, you may have had to use your imagination to see the jet flyover. The ceremony at Hobby Field Airport this morning was led by city leaders and local scouts, who ushered in the day in proper patriotic form as people perused the planes and chatted with pilots.

In lieu of celebrating with the annual Chamber-sponsored parade, locals organized their own homemade parade this year. With no roads blocked off, the makeshift parade came through town in bursts, trailed through neighborhoods, down Oregon Avenue and up to Creswell Health & Rehabilitation Center, where residents could watch the action unfold just outside their windows.

Check back with The Chronicle for more coverage on the Fourth.

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Good morning and Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy a great day and holiday weekend! — Your friends at The Chronicle.
07/04/2020

Good morning and Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy a great day and holiday weekend!

— Your friends at The Chronicle.

Thank you for putting this together during challenging times.
07/04/2020

Thank you for putting this together during challenging times.

The City of Creswell thanks everyone who is participating in our various hometown contests this year. Thank you for making July 4th safe and fun for everyone!

How do you compete with this? Chelsea Pisani and the Creswell Wellness Center add to their July 4 display with lights. #...
07/03/2020

How do you compete with this? Chelsea Pisani and the Creswell Wellness Center add to their July 4 display with lights. #ShopDowntownCreswell #ShopLocal

Deputies are seeking information as to the whereabouts of a missing 15-year-old from Drain.
07/03/2020
Teen missing from Drain | The Chronicle

Deputies are seeking information as to the whereabouts of a missing 15-year-old from Drain.

Deputies are seeking information as to the whereabouts of a missing 15-year-old from Drain.

We are all living through an unprecedented crisis. We are all scared, frustrated, uncertain, tired, and there is no end ...
07/03/2020
Letter: Masks required; Farmlands employees ask for patience, kindness | The Chronicle

We are all living through an unprecedented crisis. We are all scared, frustrated, uncertain, tired, and there is no end in sight. Despite all those things you have continued to show compassion, kindness, and patience to our team members and for that we are deeply grateful.

We are all living through an unprecedented crisis. We are all scared, frustrated, uncertain, tired, and there is no end in sight. Despite all those things you have continued to show compassion, kindness, and patience to our team members and for that we are deeply grateful.

There will be no Lane Transit District (LTD) bus or RideSource paratransit service in observance of Independence Day on ...
07/02/2020
No LTD bus service July Fourth | The Chronicle

There will be no Lane Transit District (LTD) bus or RideSource paratransit service in observance of Independence Day on Saturday.

There will be no Lane Transit District (LTD) bus or RideSource paratransit service in observance of Independence Day on Saturday, July 4.

It’s the Fourth of July! It’s the time of year we celebrate our country and show our patriotism … but it’s the time of y...
07/02/2020
Sound sensitivity makes the Fourth hard on pups, others | The Chronicle

It’s the Fourth of July! It’s the time of year we celebrate our country and show our patriotism … but it’s the time of year our dogs think the world is ending.

It’s the Fourth of July! It’s the time of year we celebrate our country and show our patriotism … but it’s the time of year our dogs think the world is ending.

07/02/2020
City of Creswell

City of Creswell

ANNOUNCEMENT:
As a part of the Air Force’s requirements for Flyovers on the 4th of July, there will be a posting of Colors and performance of the National Anthem at 10:45 a.m. at Hobby Field Airport., 83501 Melton Road. There will also be several vintage planes on hand lining the airfield in commemoration. This is open to the public with a maximum attendance of 250 people to accommodate distancing requirements. We ask that anyone attending please follow signs and instructions for parking and viewing. Kona Ice will also be on hand to serve!
Thank you!

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