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Bohemian Tavern holds open house and ribbon cutting for new owners

The Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony, Thursday, Sept. 28, with Jeppesen and Esser, bartenders and owners, who were both thankful for their recent acquisition in historic downtown, but also, in gratitude to their friends and family.

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Meyers retires his city manager hat after 26 years 

Cottage Grove City Manager Richard Meyers was a young boy when a series of sparks ignited what has become his lifelong passion for local government and community service. September 30 is his final day in a job he has held for a quarter of a century. As the city’s longest serving city manager, his resume and list of accomplishments are both lengthy and impressive.

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CG Bible Church welcomes new pastor with a familiar face

After 33 years, Singer passes the torch to Harris, who has held various leadership positions in the church. Kooshian served as pastor from 1970-1984.ed as pastor from 1970-1984.

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New Mayor, City Council take oath of office

Solesbee, Fleck, Savage and Merryday take oath of office at City Council

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Five Lane County Officials sworn in, State of County given

Five county officials take office; State of the County outlines accomplishments, offers peek at year to come

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Logging show returning to Western Oregon Exposition

Crowd-pleasing event awakens from two-year slumber at WOE Fair this August

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2022 Year in Review

Selected stories from 2022 that made headlines in Cottage Grove.

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The Secret of Opal Whiteley’s Uncle Henry

Henry David Pearson has become almost forgotten in the Opal Whiteley story, but he may be the most important person in her early life. He may even be Opal’s secret “Angel Father.”

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Crowds pack holiday food box giveaway  

Community Sharing Program hosted its annual Holiday Food Box giveaway on December 20th at the pantry.

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Body cameras and unhoused management raises debate at Council

Infrastructure, election proclamation, body worn cameras, and an unhoused population management plan was discussed at the last city council meeting of the year.

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Opal Whiteley’s star twinkles in early newspaper appearance

Whiteley’s earliest notices in Cottage Grove newspapers draw insight into her mysterious past.

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Cottage Grove Cares: Carry It Forward

Carry It Forward Executive Director Kris McAlister stands next to a row of pallet shelters bordering a grass lawn. The open space in the back next to the fence will soon become a sanctuary garden and small pond.

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Cottage Grove’s community Christmas tree tradition turns 100

In Cottage Grove, an announcement was finally made on Dec 15, 1922, that the setup of the community tree would be accomplished by the following day, with the tree carrying many electric-colored lights placed by the Mountain States Power Company, now known as Pacific Power. It stood in the middle of the intersection of Main and Sixth streets, “arranged so that it will not interfere with traffic and will be aglow every night.”

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Illuminating the past

Hidden within the soldered sections of colored glass in the windows of the Cottage Grove Museum, are historical mysteries that can only be revealed today, thanks to the internet and most importantly, the painstaking commitment of devoted preservationists of its stained glass windows over its 125-year history. And for the first time in two years, a tour will be held at the museum’s Stained Glass & Candlelight event Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Governor grants pardon for Oregon Marijuana Offenses

Gov. Kate Brown announced a pardon for prior Oregon offenses of simple possession of marijuana, an act that will impact an estimated 45,000 individuals across the state and forgive more than $14,000,000 in associated fines and fees. The pardon will remove 47,144 convictions for possession of a small amount of marijuana from individual records, eliminating barriers for thousands of people seeking employment, housing, and educational opportunities who have otherwise been ineligible.

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Community Sharing announces holiday box & gift giveaway

“This year, [the holiday food box distribution] will be on Dec. 20 at Community Sharing. This will be the second year we're going to do the distribution out of our agency. And Tree of Joy, our other [holiday gift giving] program, will be operating out of Trinity Lutheran Church on Dec. 21,” Fleck said.

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Council weighs in on Municipal Court Report, unhoused, infrastructure

Infrastructure, annual court report, unhoused management plan, and the City Manager evaluation are all items on the latest City Council agenda.

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Stained glass and candlelight holiday celebration returns to the Cottage Grove Museum

The Cottage Grove Museum’s annual holiday event, Stained Glass and Candlelight, will return after a two-year hiatus on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cottage Grove Museum, 147 North H St., in Cottage Grove’s historic Northwest Neighborhood.

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Preliminary Results for Nov. 8 General Election

Solesbee projected winner for Cottage Grove mayor, measures pass, psilocybin therapy voted down

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Oregon launches new Veteran Dental Program

Oregon House Bill 4095, which creates the state’s first Veteran Dental Program for Oregon veterans who do not qualify for Oregon Health Plan (OHP), passed in the 2022 Legislative Session.

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A new season begins at Cottage Grove Bible Church

Five years ago, Bob Singer told the church elders he planned to retire in 2022. Last year, a prayerful and thorough search was launched to select his successor. Last month, by a unanimous vote, Pastor Ron Harris was called and will begin as pastor on Jan. 8.

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Strikers return to work

Employees for Weyerhaeuser, a lumber company in Washington and Oregon, went back to work last week after a 46-day strike ended the day after the company reported its third quarter results.

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Loaf love

Over the past two decades, Bread Club offered “a venue for farmer’s produce prior to the South Valley Farmer’s Market taking shape, a platform for political candidates, a jump off point for Poetry Night, opportunities for clothing exchange, and mostly, a chance to meet old friends and newcomers,” Betsy Hartzell said.

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Meet the candidates for Cottage Grove Pt. II — Candidates answer questions

In this second part are three questions and the candidates’ answers. For full coverage of the forum, including highlights from questions from the audience, visit the chamber’s Facebook page at: https://fb.watch/gtgJKrmFpI/.

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Cottage Grove SPOT shelter opening this week

City staff have been putting the final touches on the overflow location at the old warming shelter site. The site will open Monday, Oct.31st.

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Senior meals program needs volunteers throughout Lane County

More volunteers are needed to help serve and deliver meals to older adults and adults with disabilities in our communities.

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Garden harvest work party a bountiful achievement

The Community Sharing Educational Garden Harvest Party was a huge success with nearly 200 pounds of beautiful vegetables harvested by and for the community with hundreds of seedlings planted for winter crops.

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Cottage Grove area cemeteries guide

A guided tour of Cottage Grove cemeteries

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Meet the candidates for Cottage Grove

The chamber, along with the Blackberry Pie Society and Cottage Grove 912 Project, held the forum, where nine candidates were given multiple questions and equal time opportunities to express their vision, stances and platforms for their candidacies in the upcoming Nov. 8 General Election. The office of mayor of Cottage Grove, Ward 1 councilor, Ward 3 councilor, and councilor at large will all be on the ballot.

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Haunted Oregon

“Can’t we have some kind of a good time on Halloween — do something to remember this one particular night, for ye shall never all be together again” was the first sentence of a story titled, “Our Halloween.”, the first to reference Halloween customs in Oregon on Dec. 10, 1875.

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October 2022 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

In a proclamation by Cottage Grove Mayor Jeff Gowing, he urged “all people to actively participate in the scheduled activities and programs to work toward eradicating domestic violence, improving victim safety and holding perpetrators of domestic abuse accountable for their actions against individual victims and our society.” October 2022 has been dedicated in Cottage Grove and throughout the nation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year, millions of homes across the U.S. are affected by domestic violence as families struggle to find relief. Services to help prevent abuse and stop its causes can be lifesaving.

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Cottage Grove approves parcel rezoning and storm drain expansion project  

The Oct. 10 meeting of the Cottage Grove City Council included information on parcel rezoning, awarding the contract for storm drain expansion, looking at recent accomplishments and addressing the resignations at Cottage Grove Police Department. During the meeting, City Manager Richard Meyers addressed the city council and gave a timeline of events that brought the eventual resignation of former Cottage Grove Chief of Police Scott Shepard and Captain Conrad Gagner. Both were on leave after leadership complaints were lodged on July 29. Both were placed on non-disciplinary leave this summer. “Chief Scott Shepherd and Captain Conrad Gagner have resigned from the City of Cottage Grove effective Oct. 5,” Meyers reported. “As a result of their resignations, they are no longer the focus of any city-initiated investigation. The Cottage Grove Police Department remains under the leadership of Interim Police Chief Jeff Groth and the focus remains on providing a high level of public safety for the community.”

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Kiosk installed for the J. Polk Currin Swinging Bridge

A small crew made of members of the Rotary Club of Cottage Grove and other dedicated volunteers — including Dana Merryday, Larry Bottemiller, Michael Cunningham, Amy Merryday, Mayor Jeff Gowing and local helpers Chris and Jeremiah —stopped by to lend a hand for the installation of an information kiosk at the J. Polk Currin Swinging Bridge, South River Road and Madison Ave.

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Davenport mural to be unveiled during Friday's Art Walk

The Cottage Grove Historical Society and a mural committee, chaired by City Councilor Kenneth Michael Roberts and including Suzanne Huebner-Sannes, Debra Monsive and Gerald Santana, will jointly reveal the city’s newest mural at The Bookmine, 702 E. Main Street, during Art Walk tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 30.

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Volunteer effort powers weekly Free Community Market BBQ

Community Sharing hosts a free community market each Sunday to bring tasty food to Cottage Grove residents.

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Opinion: Feeling the Heat Upriver

A little over 3 years ago, I moved up the Row River from the town of Cottage Grove. With my attention on other matters regarding a shift to country living, I neglected to pay attention to the detail of fire response in the area.

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‘Game Show’ at the Covered Bridge Brewery has no whammies

Regulars at the popular trivia events in Cottage Grove may have noticed Elliot Martinez behind the mic. He is the evening trivia jockey at the Covered Bridge Brewery on Thursday nights. But, on Saturday, Sept. 17, he and his co-hosts, Chad Kushuba and Emily West, amused a “studio” audience in the beer garden with “Game Show,”

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Cottage Grove Sentinel turns 113

How the ‘live wire’ newspaper began and the history of its fiery creator.

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Grandparents Day 2022

A living history's road to becoming a national holiday

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A smoke intrusion will worsen air quality overnight Sept. 8

Sept. 8, 2022 — LRAPA issues an air quality advisory through Saturday

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Back to School Brigade

Sept. 8, 2022 —

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Local and state election deadline expires for officials and measures

Sept. 7, 2022 — Still time to register to vote in November 2022 General Election

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Governor declares emergency over wildfire threat

Aug. 30, 2022 —

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W.O.E. ‘wows’ with 90th celebration

Aug. 25, 2022 —

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CG Emergency Preparedness Fair

August 6 was the CG Emergency Preparedness Fair

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Oregonians urged to take caution to prevent spread of hMPXV

Aug. 10, 2022 —

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Lane County Public Health recommends indoor masking for all community members as of July 13

LCPH is recommending all community members in Lane County mask up in indoor spaces.

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