Volume 3, Number 99

Good Morning. It’s Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Oregon Capital Chronicle piece on psilocybin includes mention of the Philomath City Council’s debate back on July 25, so give it a read. Mike McInally, who also writes occasionally for the Philomath News, covered the meeting (which I was unable to attend). The story provides a good overview of how cities and counties are reacting to the statewide program approved by voters in 2020.

Thanks for reading!
Brad Fuqua, publisher/editor

The Latest …

Many Oregonians will have to vote again on psilocybin

Cities and counties are proposing bans and moratoriums, raising questions about the implementation of the statewide program, which was approved in 2020

On a recent Monday evening, as a heatwave broiled Philomath, elected officials debated what’s been a hot topic this summer throughout Oregon cities and counties: Should they opt out of Measure 109, the initiative legalizing limited use of the hallucinogen psilocybin, before it goes into effect next year?  Measure 109, which was approved by voters […]

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Mountain biker that had gone missing found safe

Benton County Search and Rescue had successful conclusion to search on Marys Peak

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team found a 21-year-old mountain biker who had gone missing Saturday evening on Marys Peak. The sheriff’s office responded to a report of the missing person at 8:06 p.m., according to a news release on the operation. Two local mountain bikers were on Marys Peak riding the […]

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School lunch program changes coming for 2022-23

With the 2022-23 school year approaching, Superintendent of Schools Susan Halliday wants to remind parents about changes with the school lunch program. The federal aid […]

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Fire & Rescue Calls: July 29-Aug. 4, 2022

Editor’s note: This log is based on information submitted to the newspaper by Philomath Fire & Rescue. Locations are approximate. Following is a rundown of […]

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Law Enforcement Report: July 29-Aug. 4, 2022

A rundown of calls from the Philomath Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office for the period of July 29-Aug. 4.

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Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow returns to in-person in Siletz

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians invites the public to the Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will take place at the […]

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Health summit to focus on building resilience in post-pandemic environment

The Linn, Benton, Lincoln Partners for Health organization plans to address pandemic-related issues, such as the increased social isolation that people experienced and the collective […]

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Oregon schools need billions to close funding gap, education commission says

To meet state education goals, Oregon schools are going to need more money from the Legislature, a new analysis finds. Every two years, the Education […]

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Feds allocate more than $20 million to 11 Oregon airports for renovations

The Federal Aviation Administration has allocated more than $20 million for repairs at 11 rural airports in Oregon and to help attract new flights from […]

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What the ban on surprise medical bills means for you

For many patients navigating America’s health care system, costly medical bills are expected, so it’s no surprise that roughly two in three adults in the […]

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In Case You Missed It …

Two-car crash occurs at intersection of South 19th and Applegate

One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Friday at the intersection of South 19th Street and Applegate Street, Philomath Fire & Rescue reported. […]

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Philomath School Board prepares to fill vacant seat

The Philomath School Board plans to make a decision on filling its vacant seat during a special session on Tuesday night. The meeting is scheduled […]

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Community Calendar

• Tuesday, Aug. 9: Philomath School Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 10: Storytime at Philomath Community Library, 10:30 a.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 10: Squishtivities by Strengthening Rural Families, 11 a.m.
• Thursday, Aug. 11: Park Advisory Board Meeting, 5 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 12: Cardwell Hill Cellars Summer Concert Series, 6 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 13: Philomath Frolic & Rodeo Presents Casino Night, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 14: Philomath Farmers’ Market, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Monday, Aug. 15: Philomath Planning Commission Meeting, 6 p.m.