The city of Philomath earlier this year hired a code compliance officer. (Photo by norshamil/Getty Images via Canva)

Whether it’s a noisy animal in the neighborhood, an unsightly yard with out-of-control weeds or an abandoned car on the street, the city of Philomath now has a person assigned to specifically handle municipal code violations.

Colter Forrest, who joined the city in early February as a part-time code compliance officer, has the job of investigating and resolving ordinance violations that are centered around municipal code.

Forrest has a strong connection to Philomath and graduated with the local high school’s Class of 2014.

In conjunction with the new hire, the city also created a code enforcement online system so residents can report possible violations. 

The KVCS spring auction and dinner is set for April 29 but organizers are asking those buying tickets to do so by April 12 for planning purposes. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

2. KVCS spring auction

Barbecue, a silent and live auction and even complimentary child care will all be part of Kings Valley Charter School’s “To Alice in Wonderland” fundraiser on Saturday, April 29.

For those with an interest in attending, organizers are asking that tickets be purchased by April 12 to give them an idea of how much food needs to be prepared for the evening.

The KVCS spring auction and dinner begins at 4 p.m. on that Saturday. Ticket costs are $15 for the Mad Hatter meal (two meat entries, three sides and a roll), $13 for the Dormouse meal (one meat entry, two sides and a roll) and $11 for the White Rabbit meal (up to five sides and a roll).

Free pizza will be available for K-12 students, including those in child care.

Organizers are saying they have some incredible items to bid on.

KVCS is located at 38840 Kings Valley Highway, which is near the highway’s intersection with Maxfield Creek Road.

3. Patrick Lumber event

A magazine that focuses on the lumber and building materials industry recently published a piece about an open house that took place at Patrick Lumber Manufacturing. The article, written by David Koenig for The Merchant Magazine, said over 130 people attended the St. Patrick’s Day event on March 17 at Philomath Timber Hall.

“As the jewel in Patrick’s crown, the timber hall sits on the top of the hill overlooking its 36-acre remanufacturing facility that PLC has owned since 2016,” the magazine reported. “In years past, the event was hosted at Patrick’s downtown Portland office.”

Dave Halsey, the chief executive officer for Patrick Lumber, told the magazine, “Friday the 17th of March was a sunny day in Philomath, we were able to walk the 40-acre site giving tours to customers and suppliers, many who were seeing the site for the first time. We are grateful for the support we have received from the local community as we build for the future. Business is good.”

Patrick Lumber’s facility, located on Noon Road, has production capabilities that include resawing and kiln drying lumber.

(Brad Fuqua is publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He can be reached at

Brad Fuqua

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.