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Brad’s Blog: The Chip Ross fire of 2014

Philomath Fire & Rescue’s Saalsaa: “That actually was the first time that people woke up to say, ‘hey, you could have a real problem here.’”

The recent town hall that the city of Philomath hosted on wildfire preparedness had a lot of interesting information from the panelists on hand that evening. One of the comments that especially caught my attention was Rich Saalsaa’s comments about the Chip Ross fire that broke out in Corvallis back in September 2014 — yeah, it’s been nearly eight years since that happened. It was a particularly stressful day or two for our family because my teenage son was at…

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North 11th Street improvements were a topic of conversation for several months and went in a new direction with a City Council decision at a June 27 meeting. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

North 11th Street improvements on hold indefinitely; city will pay to put in a sidewalks

Philomath City Council votes at its June 27 meeting to abandon proposed special tax assessment to pay for the project

The Philomath City Council’s long and intense debate on how to pay for recommended improvements to North 11th Street reached resolution at a June 27 meeting with approval of a plan that does not financially burden the neighborhood’s property owners through a special assessment. The decision scales back the scope…

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Mark McGuire operates a custom-made 2-horsepower electric tractor with pedal assist. (Photo provided by Mark McGuire)

Local engineer establishes business to bring his talents to hometown neighbors

McGuire Mechanism caters to small farmers, small businesses through engineering consultancy to create custom solutions

Growing up in Philomath and staying close to home to earn mechanical engineering degrees at Oregon State University, Mark McGuire places great importance on local connections. Beyond those strong bonds with his hometown, McGuire wants to help small businesses through mechanical work that might not be available to them otherwise. …

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Micah Matthews won four of the 10 events in the decathlon at the state Junior Olympics meet on June 23-24, including the pole vault. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Micah Matthews wins decathlon at state Junior Olympics meet

Philomath High rising senior wins four of the 10 events; posts best-ever decathlon score by a Warriors athlete

Running the 110-meter high hurdles in Eugene last month at the Class 4A championships, Micah Matthews celebrated the end of his junior campaign at Philomath High School with a state title. But there would be…

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Josh Seekatz, seen here in the Portland Marathon, ran in his first Boston Marathon in April. (Photo provided by Josh Seekatz)

Philomath High grads conquer Boston Marathon each in their own way

Megan (Czerny) Hutchinson gets back to Boston for 1st time since having kids; Josh Seekatz runs with injury and just wanted to finish without walking

Once on the course after the race begins, runners settle into a pace to battle the physical and mental challenges of competing in the Boston Marathon. Left behind is the craziness over the previous couple…

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By Kevin Ahern
Car Talk
I like my cars quite fancy
But cannot get my fill
The Porsche was most expensive
My favorite automobill

Thinking Mink
Mink wraps
As it were
Are things some people
Like shopping fur
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• July 7-9: Philomath Frolic & Rodeo (Skirvin Park and other sites around Philomath)
• July 21-23: Philomath Lions Club Book Sale (Skirvin Park)
• July 23: Philomath Sip & Stroll (downtown), 3-7 p.m.
• July 30: Philomath Schools Old-Timers Picnic (Philomath City Park)
• Sept. 11: Benton County Public Safety Chili Cook-Off (Skirvin Park)