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Town hall on dam signals return to normal
super healthy for our democracy, super healthy for the
process,” Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis
said. “It’s wonderful.”
Bill Poehler
Salem Statesman Journal
The Scotts Mills dam on Thursday. County officials
held an in-person town hall meeting to discuss the
future of the crumbling dam on Butte Creek. ABIGAIL
Some want the dam removed.
Others want it to remain or, better yet, to be repaired.
In-person public forums like town halls have been a
casualty of the pandemic. But for the first time in over a
year Thursday evening, dozens of people came together
to discuss the fate of the Scotts Mills Dam in a public
forum at the dam hosted by Marion County.
For an hour, people stood in Scotts Mills Park and
discussed what should happen with it. After the forum
ended, people on differing sides of the issue talked
amongst themselves and attempted to come to a reso-
The resumption of in-person town halls is a sign of
the return to normalcy in small towns.
“It’s super healthy, super healthy for our community,
Fate in the hands Marion County
For decades, the fate of the century-old dam has
been in question.
The 5-foot tall, 40-foot wide concrete dam was built
in the mid-1800s on top of a 10-foot waterfall on Butte
Creek to channel water to drive the city’s namesake
The ownership of the dam was in question for years.
But as it is connected to Scotts Mills Park, which
Marion County has owned since the 1950s, the county –
and the landowner on the Clackamas County side of
Butte Creek – are responsible for deciding its fate.
See DAM, Page 2A
An employee with the Oregon Secretary of State’s
office takes boxes containing signatures for
Initiative Petitions 17 and 18 from the petitioners
inside the Oregon Public Service Building on
Cora Edmonds, 4, picks strawberries with her family at Boones Ferry Berry Farm on Wednesday in Hubbard.
The farm is currently offering Sweet Ann and Hood strawberries for u-pick.
Berry good
Emily Teel and Bill Poehler Salem Statesman Journal | USA
he sweet smell of strawberries lin-
gers like a fog over the Willamette
Valley. h With sunny weather re-
turning and summer fruit like blue-
berries, raspberries and cherries coming into
season – combined with eager people seeking
outdoor activities – U-pick farms are starting to
open for the year all around Salem. h U-pick
season lasts until the fall in Oregon as fruits and
vegetables like corn, apples and pumpkins
reach their peak.
ing you to bring your own containers for what you pick.
Some of the farms are only open dependent on the
amount of produce they sell being available.
Some farms are sparse and unattended with you
paying by the honor system.
Others have restaurants, gift shops and offerings
like hay rides, which can make for a full day of activity
for a family or group.
It’s a wise move to reach out to the U-Pick farm, or
at least visit their Facebook page, before you plan on
What to bring:
h Containers - While many farms will have buck-
ets to pick into and containers to buy, you’ll save mon-
ey if you remember to bring your own. Kitchen con-
tainers (like Tupperware) are great for berries be-
cause they’re lightweight, easy to carry and, once you
Prices and amenities vary by farm with some requir-
See U-PICK, Page 3A
Fulfillment in football
Players join women’s
league for myriad reasons
Abigail Dollins Salem Statesman Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
aria Rivera perused the aisles
of a sporting goods store. She
passed the women’s section,
dotted with bright pinks and
purples, and approached the football equip-
ment. She asked the store clerk where the
mouthpieces and girdles were in her size.
The Capital Pioneers line up for the national anthem
before their first home game against the Sioux Falls
Snow Leopards on May 1 in Stayton.
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New gun
Connor Radnovich
Salem Statesman Journal
Gun control activists submitted the initial round of
signatures Wednesday in support of two initiative
petitions that would require registration of assault-
style semi-automatic firearms, create a permit for
purchasing guns and stop the sale of gun magazines
that hold more than 10 rounds.
“This will be a bellwether for the nation, it’s one of
the most comprehensive packages put together,” said
Pastor Mark Knutson of the Augustana Lutheran
Church in Portland.
Petitioners said they gathered 2,000 signatures
each for IP 17 and IP 18 in about a week, and now the
Secretary of State’s office has 10 days to verify that
each has 1,000 valid signatures.
The campaigns will have to clear various legal and
bureaucratic benchmarks if the initiatives are to make
it to the ballot in November 2022, not the least of
which is the gathering of 112,020 signatures by July 8,
Lift Every Voice Oregon is leading the effort. The
faith-based coalition was also behind a trio of initia-
tive petitions in the 2020 election cycle, one of which
was approved to circulate in late April.
“We were moving forward actually really, really
well. We had the ballot titles, we’d gone through the
Supreme Court, we were ready to start collecting sig-
natures, and then COVID hit,” said Rabbi Michael Ca-
hana of Congregation Beth Israel.
The 2022 initiatives have much in common with
their 2020 predecessors, but there are some changes.
IP 17 would require anyone interested in buying a
gun to go through a permitting process beforehand.
This process would include a background check as
well as live-fire and classroom training.
The permit would be good for five years and would
be renewable.
The petition would also ban the sale and manufac-
ture of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10
rounds of ammunition, except to the military or law
IP 18 would ban the manufacture, purchase, use
and possession of assault-style firearms beyond its
effective date, and require all firearms that qualify be
registered within 180 days.
Any firearms already purchased and registered
could still be legally used: on private property, for
hunting, at shooting ranges, in competition and at
educational exhibitions. Impermissible use would
qualify as a Class A misdemeanor on first offense,
with higher penalties possible for additional offenses.
The petition lists dozens of rifles that would be
subjected to the new restrictions.
Semi-automatic shotguns and semi-automatic
pistols also qualify as “assault-style” if they have any
one of a number of augmentations or attachments.
For pistols, these include: a threaded barrel, capa-
ble of accepting a flash suppressor, forward handgrip
or silencer; a second handgrip; or a stabilizing brace or
any similar component.