April 16, 2014

Retail Expansion

New shopping mall promotes downtown experience
photo by  Kyle Krenik
Remains of the Day—has consolidated inventory and is now sharing its building with another business run by Joni and Kirk Wixom who plan to operate an antique/ craft mall called Time and Again Gifts and Collectibles.

By Vera Westbrook JUNCTION CITY – The proprietors of a local antique shop have taken steps to make their entrepreneurial dream come by opening a shopping mall for vintage antiques and repurposed crafts in the same building as an already established downtown Junction City business. Joni and Kirk Wixom of Time and Again Collectibles and Gifts, formerly at the Courtyard on Sixth, are now occupying almost a third of the building at Remains of the Day and Interior Creations located on Sixth Avenue. “It’s been a dream of ours to be our own bosses, to be together and work together, …continue reading

A Vision Comes to Fruition

photo by  Andy Jenness
River Life Resort announces a temporary closure from May 5 to June 5 while it prepares the property to build a new building.

By Vera Westbrook HARRISBURG – The former Riverbend Resort on Peoria Road, now called River Life Resort, will temporarily close while the owner preps the property for new construction. Life Bible Church acquired the resort last June with plans to turn it into a dual-purpose property to serve both the community and the congregation. “Our intention is to keep the resort open while enhancing our ability to reach and serve the community,” said Life Bible Pastor Brad Neuschwander. From May 5 to June 5, the resort’s 19 hotel rooms, most of its 95 RV pads, and the 5,000-square-foot events center …continue reading

The Gray Will Stay

photo by  Jodie Jones
The Junction City state hospital replacement project is moving forward with the final color remaining an unpainted gray for economic reasons

By Vera Westbrook JUNCTION-CITY – For those folks who think the gray color of the state mental hospital looks too ‘institutional,’ you’ve got plenty of time ahead of you to acquire a taste for the subdued tone. “When are they going to paint the gray, grungy exterior of the buildings?” asked Councilor Herb Christensen at an April 8 city council meeting, where state hospital project administrator Jodie Jones presented a construction update. “That will not be painted,” Jones said. “That is the color that it will be.” Jones further explained that the architects selected a color that would blend in, …continue reading

New Marijuana Rules

photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Different strains of medical marijuana are displayed in a three ring binder at Cannabis Dispensery. Local jurisdictions, including incorporated cities and counties governing unincorporated communities, must make a decision by May 1, 2014, about whether or not to enact a temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

By Vera Westbrook TRI-COUNTY – In response to Gov. Kitzhaber’s signing of Senate Bill 1531 into law on March 19, cities and counties are scrambling to decide about whether or not to enact a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries for up to a year until May 1, 2015. Local jurisdictions have until May 1, 2014, to notify the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) of their decision. Senate Bill 1531 was recently passed following House Bill 3460, Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensary law, which was passed in August of 2013 and went into effect on March 1, 2014, to regulate dispensaries. If moratoriums …continue reading