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CONGRATULATIONS TO GARRISON KING -
MAY 2014 COAST FORK WATERSHED EVENTS
Bikes to Blooms Wildflower Tour
Enjoy riding the Row River Trail? Need an opportunity to bike this family-friendly path just 30 minutes SE of Eugene? We are thrilled to be hosting this partnership event that will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the rare plants, natural history, and habitats of the Dorena Lake area of the Row River watershed. Featuring botanists Cheshire Mayrsohn and Wes Messinger who are leading restoration on federal lands in the area. THERE ARE A FEW SPOTS LEFT, REGISTER TODAY!
This bike-based wildflower tour will run from 9am-2pm at three sites on the Row River Trail along scenic Dorena Lake. Regional plant experts will lead participants through natural areas with native prairie plants in bloom. Participants should bring a helmet, water, a picnic lunch, and their bike in order to ride the approximate 5 miles between the three sites. All sites will be accessible by car, but riding is encouraged. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. See the events page for more information.
We are thrilled to be hosting Pacific lamprey researchers Gabe Sheoships and Luke Shultz from Oregon State University! They will speak to both the Native American and research perspectives of the Pacific Lamprey, an iconic eel-like fish that is native to the Willamette River. A showing of Freshwaters Illustrated's new film 'The Lost Fish' will follow--join us for FABULOUS evening of watershed science!
The Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council invites you to join us for an informal and fun regular monthly gathering. Our Science Pubs just keep getting better! Come early for games and prizes! 10% of food and beverage sales all evening will be donated to the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council (when you notify your server). Thank you to our business sponsor!
Coast Fork Birders in Cottage Grove in May
Chats, anyone? The wooded hillside behind Cottage Grove High School is known as Yellow-Breasted Chat habitat. We will meet at the R Street parking lot behind the high school at 8:00am for a short walk, then proceed to Row River Nature Park by 9:00am for continued birding. This will be the premier month to find mating and nesting species during a hopefully sunny spring outing. You can start the morning at either location. Parking at Row River Nature Park is near the BMX track, across from the Masonic Center at 3300 Row River Road.
Location : Cottage Grove High School, R Street Parking Lot (see directions above)
Contact : Barbara Butzer (541) 942-2401
On-River Volunteer Opportunities in May!
Would you like to join other boaters in improving our local rivers? Our annual clean up float is being planned and we are recruiting volunteers to assist with temperature monitoring and invasive species mapping. The Water Ouzel Float is planned for May 24th 9am--RSVP today for this and other days you are available to hit the river with us! Contact Reilly Newman, Education/Outreach Coordinator to get the details and to sign up at (541)767-9717!
Verizon Wireless Mobile Cell Phone And Modem Data and Internet Connections Are Very Slow in Cottage Grove, Oregon
This was a letter we received from a local resident:
Verizon is selling the 4G modems at the local store owned by The Cellular Connection and there is not even 4G coverage in the area yet! Our Verizon tower is rumored to have a microwave connection to the tower in Creswell (versus having its own fiber optic connection - or similar direct connection) to the tower. Yes, that means that all the residents of Cottage Grove are relying on one Verizon cell tower that is also shared with the residents of Creswell! We are receiving numerous complaints that Verizon needs to upgrade its tower or add another tower to our area.
If you have experienced problems with your new Verizon 3G or 4G device, including a new cell phone, wireless internet connection modem or other Verizon device - PLEASE CALL THEIR TECHNICAL
Verizon support department is one of the best and they will treat you politely, but you need to make the call to file a Trouble Ticket and let them know how frustrating it is to pay a premium price for cell phone service that is not working as they advertise it should.
COAST FORK COUNCIL 2012 REQUESTS AND NEWS
Saturday April 29th 9AM-1PM
Earth Day Event at Lynx Hollow State Park
on Davisson Road (accessible from Hwy 99)
Come out for a morning of hands-on and educational Earth Day activities in the historic floodplain of the Coast Fork Willamette River with State Park Ranger Scott Youngblood, Coast Fork Watershed staff, and volunteers!
For questions about the event, please call 541-517-8580 or 541-767-9717
COTTAGE GROVE CELEBRATES
Cottage Grove High School 2008 Hall-of-Famer and Olympian track star (4-min miler!) Dyrol Burreslson & CG's "Scoggins" enjoy the race.
Wal-Mart LOOKING TO EXPAND A
Wal-Mart's Public Hearing at the Cottage Grove City Hall in front of hundreds of onlookers was rowdy and controversial to say the least. The meeting which was supposed to last from 7:30-10:30PM was nearly filibustered by an overwhelming testimony of Wal-Mart attorneys who turned the "public hearing" into an overwhelming display of slide shows, projected land use changes and traffic -studies that gave the public little-to-no-right to speak in opposition. Wa[lMart's pitch for the Superstore is mainly to sell groceries (while expanding its operation to over 150,000 square feet - not to mention the outdoor "uncovered" grounds which are not included in the square foot expansion estimates). They said, "it will bring competition to Cottage Grove." A Wal-Mart Superstore does not just sell groceries, but many, many other items that compete with a majority of local businesses trying to stay alive in our unique community.
Some interesting links to read:
In Circleville, Ohio, population 13,000, the local RCA television-manufacturing plant was once a source of good jobs with good pay and benefits. But in late 2003, RCA's owner, Thomson Consumer Electronics, lost a sizeable portion of its production orders and six months later shut the plant down, throwing 1,000 people out of work.
A town like Cottage Grove is filled with locally-owned businesses that cannot compete with the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, who imports the majority of its items from China and other overseas companies with great buying power that any local business cannot compete with. We urge you to support your local Cottage Grove businesses by attending the next Public Hearing to be held in approximately two weeks.
The Cottage Grove Planning Commission will accept more
Community feedback is very important at this meeting
In the meantime, you can post your opinions to our Bulletin Board at: http://www.cottagegrove.net/cgi-bin/cgubb/ultimatebb.cgi
You can also contact the following City Council members:
David McClean (Vice-Chair)
Community Development Director
Don't forget to write, e-mail or post a comment to the Bulletin Board
One of Cottage Grove's residents has recently made a short documentary on the problems local LTD riders are facing with limited scheduling and bus capacity. It is an interesting story with some great viewpoints of what the current LTD scheduling issues are and what sorts of different inconveniences it is causing the users. You can watch the movie by clicking here.
We have also added a new Bulletin Board category called the "LTD RIDERS' FORUM" specifically for the LTD riders and community to post their comments and concerns on. Any participation is certainly appreciated!
NEW OREGON STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM
The new (OSRM) Oregon State Railroad Museum scheduled to open in 2005 (the new owners of the Perrydale Depot), is currently considering at 2 former Lane County area logging railroad right of ways, on one they hope to open the excursion part of the new museum. Both right of ways are owned by Weyerhaeuser, with one going from Springfield to Marcola; and the other Going West, out of Cottage Grove. Weyerhaeuser has not disclosed the location of that right of way; but at a meeting this week (July 12-19), Weyerhaeuser reps will fill in the details for us. We believe though, that the line they are suggesting, is the old Chambers Mill Logging Rail Line; and if it is, the old covered railroad bridge, will once again handle trains across/through it.
Once open, the Museum and it's tourist excursions (steam trains, diesel and electric trolleys) will attract literally 10's of thousands of tourists per year; and whichever city's line the museum selects, that city will witness an economic boom. This means that a lot of jobs will become available in CG; at both the museum / railroad; and in throughout the city.
OSRM has a web site at http://osrm.org While it is not complete yet, it will give you a lot of information and a good of what we have planned for the museum. If you like what you read about us, there are email icons, you can click on, to volunteer, ask questions, and a Paypal contribute icon with which you can use to contribute (donate).
If we find that it is the line with the bridge, that will become a major decision factor; when working out the final details with Weyerhaeuser. We will also need volunteers to help us move the depot to the museum's new site.
NOTE: If the old OP&E Depot next to Walmart is available, we'd like to move it and add it to our museum as well. If anyone knows about it, please contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
The big deal is that we are growing! Not taller, but in numbers. Cottage Grove's new census report says we went from 8,912 to 9,010 residents...that's a whopping 98 residents! Well, a little more traffic will never hurt anyone!
ALL AMERICAN CITY!
Cottage Grove was again named "All American City" Saturday by the National Civic League in Atlanta, GA. This is second time that Cottage Grove has been recognized, and is now one of only two Oregon cities to be awarded this recognition twice (Salem received the award in 1960 and 1982).This will undoubtedly make Cottage Grove an even more desirable place to live and help to develop additional recognition, economic development and tourism.
NEW HIGH SCHOOL IS OPEN!
Cottage Grove's beautiful new High School is open for business. Sunday September 7th was the official grand opening date. The new school is a proud addition to the community!
NEW HOSPITAL IS OPEN
Peace Health / Cottage Grove's new hospital is open and in business! Cottage Grove's new hospital will handle all physician and Level 1 trauma patients for the surrounding areas.
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