Free Health Clinic Opens In Veneta

VENETA, Ore. — In a world of changing healthcare, more people have access to health insurance. But having access to medical care can be challenging for rural communities like Veneta because the closest options are at least 30 minutes away. But that’s not the case anymore. The Lane Fire Authority in Veneta has opened its … Continue reading »

ODF Holds Public Hearing on Rulemaking

VENETA, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold a public hearing on proposed rulemaking for the Oregon Smoke Management Plan. The Smoke Management Plan outlines the management prescribed forest burning on private, federal and other public lands to protect air quality and maintain forest productivity and health. ODF invites the public for comment … Continue reading »

Changes To Emergency Care In Veneta

Veneta, Ore.– The days of “you call, we haul” are nearing an end for EMS at Lane County Fire Authority in Veneta. As the world of health care changes, new models of care are emerging. One of them is called community paramedicine, also known as mobile integrated healthcare. It expands the roles of paramedics and … Continue reading »

Residents Boycott Veneta Grocery Store

VENETA, Ore. — A group of residents in the Fern Ridge area are boycotting one of their local grocery stores. Outside the entryway at the Ray’s Food Place in Veneta around a dozen people held sings urging other shoppers to boycott the grocer. This comes after protesters said a long time manager, named Wilbur, was … Continue reading »

Oregon Country Fair Cleans Up

VENETA, Ore. — The Oregon Country Fairgrounds were a different sight Monday as staff members and vendors worked to clear out. Staff members said while the OCF takes six to eight weeks to set up, it takes less than half that to break down. More than 45,000 people visited the fairgrounds this past weekend. While … Continue reading »

Oregon Country Fair’s Economic Impact

VENETA, Ore. — Every year, huge crowds descend upon this small town to enjoy the Oregon Country Fair. How does this influx of visitors affect the local economy? “There’s not a lot of impact to the city directly,” says Shauna Hartz, finance director for the City of Veneta. Hartz says that most of the $20,000 … Continue reading »

Safely Navigating Oregon Country Fair

VENETA, Ore. — The Oregon Country Fair opens its gates on Friday, and the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has taken steps to make sure people are safe. The speed limit has been lowered to 45 on Highway 126 on both sides of the main entrance. No parking and no u-turn signs also line the road. … Continue reading »

Neighbors Try to Stop Local Logging

VENETA, Ore — Many neighbors in the Trinity Terrace subdivision in Veneta say they moved to the neighborhood for the trees, but this week, they found out the greenways behind their houses they thought were protected, are not actually as safe as they thought. The Cummings live right at the end of Trinity Street, on … Continue reading »

Veneta Couple Dies in Murder-Suicide

VENETA, Ore. — Investigators are learning more about last Wednesday’s standoff in Veneta. According to the Lane County Medical Examiner, Bradley Chauran killed his wife, Kelly, before taking his own life. Investigators say evidence within the home suggests he had been planning the attack beforehand.  

Two Dead After Standoff at Veneta Home

VENETA, Ore. — A quiet Veneta neighborhood experienced a violent awakening Wednesday morning after a suicide call ended in two dead instead of one. Police first responded just before 6 a.m. to a call from a man on Jake Street reporting his own suicidal behavior, but what unfolded in the next four hours was much more … Continue reading »

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