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STUDENTS LEAD PROTEST Banner Bank
By Caitlyn May
Approximately 30 students from Cottage Grove High School walked out of class on Friday,
Feb. 17 to protest the appointment of Betsy Devos as U.S. Secretary of Education. See page 9A
for complete story.
Carousel restoration underway
are still inves-
tigating after a
describe as a
Banner Bank in
late last week.
The call came
in just after 2
p.m. noting that
an unidentifi ed
male had got-
ten away with an undisclosed
amount of cash.
The suspect was described
as being a white male adult,
5’09” tall, 170lbs, with a beard
and black horned rim glasses.
He was reportedly wearing a
dark-colored hooded sweatshirt
and a yellow baseball cap. He
suspect is said
to be a per-
son of interest
in a separate
in Grants Pass
on Feb. 1.
The FBI is
with the in-
is asking anyone with informa-
tion as to the identity of the sus-
pect to contact detective Shawn
Branstetter or detective Tamara
Miles at 541-942-9145 at either
extension 134 or 137.
The decades-old effort to bring a carousel to the city's Main St. has a new group of vol-
Cottage Grove High School art students have undertaken the task of restoring the carou-
sel animals as part of their advanced art class set to last through the spring.
"They started about two weeks ago," said Russ McGuire, a member of Friends of Cottage Grove Carousel, the vol-
unteer group attempting to raise enough interest
and funds to bring the attraction to Main St.
Students are currently working on four ani-
mals, including three horses and are expected to
begin painting next week.
"Right now, they're just sanding and then once
they get the base coat it will be another three to
four weeks. It's a slow process," McGuire said.
By Caitlyn May
Cottage Grove City Manager Richard
The animals have been in a storage shed for
firstname.lastname@example.org Meyers recently made a decision. He
20 years after Cottage Grove resident Judy
will not be fi lling the position left va-
fulfi lled a lifelong dream by purchasing the
cant by retired community development
manager, Howard Schesser.
"A gentleman passed away and left my hus-
"I will not be fi lling that position," Meyers said. "Instead,
and I some money," she noted previously.
I'll combine those two departments."
know it was coming and so when it
The two departments include Schesser's community de-
to England and bought a tank. I
velopment and the city's public works department. Current
and bought a carousel."
head of public works, Jan Wellman informed Meyers that he
when Cash fi rst made the
will be retiring at the end of March.
The search for Schesser's replacement has been ongoing
with several candidates applying and interviewing for the
Meyers noted that the move will save the city some money
and some rearrangement will be necessary.
The efforts to bring the carousel to Main St. have hit a snag in regards to funding. According to McGuire, money isn't quite fl ooding in
"We'll have one head and then divisions, which is already
happening in public works," Meyers said, adding that the
just hasn't come in yet. Those grants are taking their time."
move would benefi t the community.
In the meantime, students will continue restoring the animals through the remainder of the school year. Once they fi nish the four animals
they have, McGuire will supply one or two more.
By Caitlyn May
CG to combine public works,
Lane County speaks to rural economic development
Cottage Grove Chamber of
Commerce members heard a pre-
sentation last Wednesday, Feb. 15,
concerning economic and com-
munity development in rural Oregon. The presentation, given by
Lane County Community and Economic Development Offi cer Kim
Thompson, centered on opportunities for the county to work more
closely with rural areas and communities.
The “Rural Prosperity Initiative,” according to Thompson is a
targeted approach by Lane County to utilize staff time and resourc-
es in rural areas.
Economic development varies from city to city and differs
greatly from metropolitan areas to rural communities. According
to Lane County, rural communities are faced with a unique set of
challenges that include communication and coordination, capaci-
ty and expertise, infrastructure, quality of life factors, vision and
lastly, a perception of invisibility. In a handout distributed at the
chamber meeting, Lane County describes rural areas as not being
well connected with the county and other rural areas, which leads
to missed opportunities. It also explains a lack of existing services
in some rural areas such as grocery stores, affordable housing and
basic human and health services. During Wednesday’s meeting,
Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Travis
Palmer asked how Cottage Grove could further the Rural Prosperity
“I think the best way is through county and city collaboration.
U.S. Senator Wyden
Girls take second
Senator Wyden visited
Eugene to host a town hall.
Lady Lions beat Junction
City. PAGE B1
By Caitlyn May
Calendar ...................................... B11
Channel Guide ............................... B5
Classifieds ...................................... B7
Obituaries ...................................... A2
Opinion ......................................... A4
Sports ............................................ B1
Keep me involved in the projects that are happening in Cottage
Grove,” Thompson said. “Invite us to the table, so we can fi nd op-
portunities for you as we are out networking. We all need to have
Cottage Grove’s two-minute elevator (marketing) speech down.
Lane County Economic Development needs to know what’s most
important to this community in order to share that message as we
are out marketing Cottage Grove.”
While the Rural Prosperity Initiative is not a new program,
Thompson has been brought on board to aid in its implementation
and notes that several factors can contribute to a community’s slow
or troubled economic development. For some communities, she
said, broadband Internet is a deal breaker while others lack access
to natural gas.
Please see RURAL, PG. 10
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