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Garbage haulers lag on recycling rules
Marion County customers claim they were told rules did not change
Tracy Loew Salem Statesman Journal
USA TODAY NETWORK
Nearly six weeks after Marion County announced
strict new curbside recycling rules, local garbage com-
panies still haven’t notiﬁed their customers.
Some customers told the Statesman Journal their
haulers have told them the rules have not changed and
instructed them to continue under the old rules. And
all but two of the companies’ websites contain outdat-
ed recycling information.
“We are certainly all on board,” said Kevin Hines,
general manager of the Mid-Valley Garbage and Recy-
cling Association, which represents the garbage com-
“We’re developing some brochures to send out to
our customers,” he said.
Hines said there is not an exact time for that to hap-
pen, but it will be soon. The companies also will soon
post a uniform list of recyclables on their websites, he
Marion County scaled back its curbside recycling
program, eﬀective March 5, in response to China’s re-
fusal to take most recyclable materials from western
countries. China was the world’s largest importer of
recycled paper and plastic and took most of Oregon’s
Among the items no longer allowed: shredded pa-
per, egg cartons, milk boxes and most plastic contain-
Since then, Salem’s Garten Services, which takes
about half of the county’s recycling, has noticed no
change in the materials it is receiving, spokeswoman
Gaelen McAllister said.
In addition to continuing to get now-banned items,
the company still is getting things that never have
been included on the list of approved recycling —
things like dirty diapers, garden hoses and metal
See GARBAGE, Page 3A
Sorters pull non-recyclables at Garten Services in
Salem in January. Marion County scaled back its
curbside recycling program, effective March 5, in
response to China’s refusal to take most recyclable
materials from western countries.
ANNA REED/STATESMAN JOURNAL
Trevor Hughes Salem Statesman Journal
USA TODAY NETWORK
for Detroit Lake
Lake anticipated to reach ‘full pool’ this summer
America’s fast-growing marijuana industry could
be poised for supercharged expansion after Presi-
dent Trump promised to respect state-legalized pot
in a deal with a Colorado senator who had been
blocking presidential nominees.
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner on Friday an-
nounced he’d received assurances from the presi-
dent that federal agents would leave alone states like
Colorado that have legalized recreational cannabis.
Gardner had been blocking nominees to the Depart-
ment of Justice since January over the issue, and on
“President Trump has assured me that he will sup-
port a federalism-based legislative solution to ﬁx this
states’ rights issue once and for all,” Gardner said in a
Gardner didn't elaborate on what speciﬁc legisla-
tion Trump said he would support, although Con-
gress is currently considering several bills that would
legalize cannabis at the national level.
Following the announcement, Oregon Gov. Kate
Brown, a Democrat, told the Statesman Journal in a
statement, "We have not had similar negotiations but
would appreciate President Trump extending his as-
surances to all states that he respects their rights to
Detroit Lake is on schedule to reach its regular summer water level this year. FILE PHOTO
See POT, Page 3A
Zach Urness Salem Statesman Journal
USA TODAY NETWORK
Events at Detroit Lake:
Detroit Lake could use some good news.
After three summers impacted by drought and
wildﬁre — not to mention a disruptive project looming
on the horizon — the tourist town east of Salem could
use a normal, motorboat-ﬁlled season.
And this week, Mother Nature delivered.
The recent deluge of rain brought the lake up to
1,550 feet above sea level, right where it should be this
time of year.
Even with snowpack below normal, the heavy dose
of spring rain should allow “a pretty good recreation
year,” said Erik Petersen, operations project manager
for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Willamette Ba-
“We’re expecting the reservoir to ﬁll, and we’re ex-
pecting all the facilities to remain useable through the
summer months,” Petersen said. “We still need con-
tinued showers, but at this point, I’d say we’re opti-
That outlook is a welcome development for an area
that’s seemed snake-bit the past few years.
Detroit Lake was plagued by drought in 2015, when
the reservoir hit its lowest summertime level in histo-
ry, and in 2016, when it never completely ﬁlled.
Last year, the lake was full and in excellent shape,
only to have multiple wildﬁres foul the air and torpedo
an expected tourism boon from the total solar eclipse.
In a normal summer, the 11-mile long reservoir lures
over 300,000 people to its campgrounds, marinas,
and restaurants to ﬁsh, hike and camp.
“Last year tourism took a big dip in our prime sea-
son,” said Elaine DeGeorge, owner of the Lodge at De-
troit Lake. “All of the local business owners felt it.”
DeGeorge said hopes are high for a big rebound
season, beginning with the Detroit Lake Fishing Der-
by May 18 to 20.
“We look forward to seeing the visitors return and
to make some memories at our beloved lake," she said.
A good season at the lake should also provide a dis-
traction from the elephant in the room — a massive
܂ Kokonee Derby: April 28
܂ Detroit Lake Fishing Derby: May 18 - 20
܂ Fireworks Over the Lake: July 7
܂ Detroit Lake Water Ski Show: July 27
project that could drain the lake for one or two years
The Corps released plans in December to build a
300-foot tower and ﬂoating screen at Detroit Dam to
improve water temperature and ﬁsh passage for
salmon and steelhead in the North Santiam River.
But the $100- to $250-million project sparked
alarm over its potential impact to water supply in Sa-
lem and Stayton, for farmland irrigation, and to the
economies of Detroit and the Santiam Canyon from
the loss of recreation at the popular reservoir.
The Corps is currently in the earliest phase of this
project, and multiple years of planning remain before
a ﬁnal decision and plans around 2020.
In the meantime, business owners are focusing on
a good summer of 2018.
"With each passing day, we get more and more ex-
cited as we watch the water levels rise,” said Dean
O’Donnell, president of Detroit Lake Recreational
Area Business Association. “We have many fun
events planned throughout the spring and summer to
entice people to get up and enjoy the lake and sur-
Man, 64, falls
50 feet into
Jonathan Bach Salem Statesman Journal
USA TODAY NETWORK
Emergency responders rescued a 64-year-old
man Friday after he fell about 50 feet into Henline
Creek, authorities said.
The Florida man, whom the Marion County Sher-
iﬀ 's Oﬃce did not identify by name, had been on
Henline Falls Trail in the Willamette National Forest.
He had been hiking with his son but took a fall down
an embankment into the creek, authorities said.
Crews hiked for about a mile before rescuing the
man from the water, authorities said. He was taken to
Santiam Hospital afterward for treatment.
"Sounds like he'll be ﬁne," said Lt. Chris Baldridge
with the sheriﬀ 's oﬃce. "They got to him pretty
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 503-
399-6714 or follow on Twitter @jonathanmbach.
Zach Urness has been an outdoors writer, photog-
rapher and videographer in Oregon for 10 years. He
loves camping, hiking, ﬁshing and boating at Detroit
Lake with his family. He can be reached at zur-
ness@StatesmanJournal.com or (503) 399-6801. Find
him on Twitter at @ZachsORoutdoors.
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