The start of the backyard burning season in Benton County has been pushed back to Oct. 15. (Photo by releon8211/Getty Images via Canva)

Backyard burning season’s start pushed back to Oct. 15

Warm, dry weather pattern and fire danger levels factor into the Benton County Fire Defense Board’s decisio

The Benton County Fire Defense Board pushed back the regular start of backyard burning season from Oct. 1 until Oct. 15, Philomath Fire & Rescue reported. Capt. Rich Saalsaa indicated that the delay to backyard burning, also referred to as open burning, was prompted by current weather patterns that have…

Firefighters extinguish tractor fire at Greenberry Road property

Philomath firefighters extinguished a tractor that caught on fire Thursday night at a rural property on Greenberry Road. Capt. Rich Saalsaa, fire information officer who served as incident commander on the operation, said local firefighters received the call for help…

A conversation with Philomath Fire & Rescue’s interim fire chief

Philomath Fire & Rescue’s internal challenges this year led to a parting of the ways over the past week between the district’s board of directors and Tom Miller, the fire chief who had been leading the local department for more…

Pedestrian struck and killed in Corvallis alleyway

A 42-year-old Albany man was killed early Saturday morning after he was struck by a vehicle in a Corvallis alleyway, the Corvallis Police Department reported. Corvallis police arrived on the scene at 3:40 a.m. Sept. 17 in an alleyway in…

Brad’s Blog: Thrilled to be tasting chili again

By the end of the afternoon, I’d finally had my fill of chili. But it was a fun journey. The varieties of flavors — some good, and to be honest, some not so good — were available for tasting over…

Miller officially out as Philomath’s fire chief

Philomath Fire & Rescue’s board of directors officially parted ways with Tom Miller as the fire chief on Monday afternoon with its approval of a “separation agreement” and the appointment of Chancy Ferguson to fill those responsibilities on an interim…

Law Enforcement Report: Sept. 2-8, 2022

Editor’s note: The Law Enforcement report is based on information submitted by the Philomath Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office. All calls for service may not be included. The status of incidents might change after further investigation. Locations are…

Fire & Rescue Calls: Sept. 2-8, 202

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 all calls for the period of Sept. 2-8: FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 • Small fire, 11:43…

National Weather Service issues red flag warning

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for east slopes of the Oregon Coast Range region, which includes Philomath. The warning begins at 11 a.m. Friday and is currently scheduled to end at 11 p.m. Saturday. The NWS…

Fire district board, fire chief ‘to work through employment issues’

UPDATE: Daphne Phillips, Philomath Fire & Rescue Board of Directors chair, confirmed Friday afternoon that Fire Chief Tom Miller has been placed on “paid nondisciplinary administrative leave,” which became effective on Friday. Phillips said that in the chief’s absence, the…

New updated COVID-19 booster to be available locally

The Oregon Health Authority last week authorized the updated COVID-19 boosters produced by Pfizer and Moderna for use in Oregon and a local vaccination clinic has been scheduled for Sept. 23 in Philomath. The vaccination event will run from 4-7…

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