School, Fire Measures on May Ballot

ELMIRA, Ore. — March 20 is the last day for counties to file for measures ahead of the May primary election. One of the largest measures to hit the May ballot is a $26.7 million school bond to renovate facilities in the Fern Ridge School District 28-J. Most of the money would help replace most … Continue reading »

4J Board May Ask Voters to Renew Levy

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School Board’s may ask voters to renew a local option levy that’s scheduled to expire in June. The school board talked about the importance of the levy originally approved 14 years ago during Wednesday night’s board meeting. Taxpayers have been paying for it ever since, at a rate of $1.50 … Continue reading »

Lawmakers to Hold Short Session

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers will meet in Salem Monday for the Oregon’s second annual legislative short session. The session is set to last just 35 days. Several hot button issues face lawmakers, including marijuana legalization. Senator Floyd Prozankski will introduce a bill that would ask voters whether they want to legalize recreational use of … Continue reading »

Organization Fighting Logging Bill

EUGENE, Ore. — Local environmentalists are speaking out against the proposed O&C Land Grant Act of 2013. The Organization Environment Oregon says the bill would do more damage than good. Representative Peter DeFazio and Senator Ron Wyden champion the bill as a balance between logging and conservation, but Environment Oregon says there is a long … Continue reading »

Shot Sergeant Fighting for Justice

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The sergeant with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office who was shot three times more than a year ago is now fighting for other first responders. Sergeant David Peterson returned to his old patrol shift Monday night for the first time since August 2012. But recovering from his bullet wounds is not the … Continue reading »

Springfield Reacts to Failing Measure

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Springfield School District is trying to figure out what’s next after its school bond failed Tuesday night 48 to 52 percent. The district says Hamlin Middle School won’t be functional much longer. Morale was low Wednesday at Hamlin Middle School and across the school district. District administrators say it wasn’t the … Continue reading »

Corvallis Passes Levy

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Voters passed Measure 02-86, a levy that will not only keep the Osborn Aquatic Center and the Chintimini Senior Center open, but it will also fund four new police officers. Voters narrowly passed the measure by about 500 votes.  Tax payers will spend about $17 million for a five-year period. Property owners … Continue reading »

Corvallis Voters Pass Annexation Measure

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Corvallis voters approved expanding the city’s limits Tuesday night. They passed ballot Measure 02-87 by a wide margin 68 to 32 percent. This means a piece of property on Southwest 49th Street will now become part of the city. Developers want to build 40 to 60 homes on what’s now a pasture. … Continue reading »

Voters Reject Junction City School Bond

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Voters rejected a proposal from the Junction City School District Tuesday night. Sixty-four percent of voters said no. The Junction City School Board asked for more than $32 million in bonds for this year’s November Special Election. That would have raised taxes on a $180,000 home by more than $400 each … Continue reading »

Springfield Residents to Vote on Measure

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The first results of the November Special Election are expected to be released after 8 p.m. Tuesday. There are several measures to be decided, including a $62.5 million bond in Springfield, which would replace Hamlin Middle School. Hamlin is aging, and because of its age the district says it’s difficult to replace … Continue reading »

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