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Called to serve

Posted on 31 October 2012 by admin

Risking her life more than once, Joyce Beck was called to teach people about God in Ghana

By Gini Bramlett
For the Tribune

JUNCTION CITY – Everyone has a story. Any journalist will tell you that. You just have to ask the right questions and most people will tell you things that might surprise you. And, Joyce Beck, a volunteer at Viking Sal Senior Center in Junction City who will be 80 is March, has one that might astound.
Joyce spent several years in Ghana, Africa as a missionary. That in itself isn’t so amazing, since most of us know dedicated people who have spent years as missionaries around the world with various organizations and churches. Joyce’s story is a little different.
She was called by the voice of God, but she refused to listen.
Joyce says she hesitates to tell people this since she thinks people will believe she is crazy, but Joyce says she did hear His voice back in the early 80s telling her to go to Africa. And, she argued with Him for a long time.
“I had reservations,” she said. She had just completed Bible School. It took her a year to decide.
Shortly after arriving in Africa, she was robbed. She was left with $60.
“I stayed two years and never had need of anything,” said Joyce. “God supplied everything.” She had just one dime left to call her daughter to pick her up at the airport when she got home.
She also had everything she when she got home.
She also had everything she owned stolen at one point, so she wore native garments during her stay. When she returned home, she went to schools displaying some of the clothing and gifts she’d received.
While in Ghana, she went from village to village teaching people about the Lord, staying in homes of the people and ultimately immersing herself in their culture and learning their languages. She also taught young children in nursery schools. At the church, she answered letters for people and prayed for them.
“I learned the languages by singing their songs. I’d win them over and they’d really listen to me.”
“They’d bring me big plates of food,” Joyce said. “They’d bring sick babies and I’d pray over them and they’d get well. The people there practiced voodoo and were used to giving something in return, so she’d ask for a glass of water.
“I’d stick my finger in it and touch their babies. I was really praying, but they were used to voodoo doctors who would ask them for something.”
While being there was an amazing experience for her, there were times when her very life was at stake. At one point she contracted cholera and was deathly ill. Another time gangs had a turf war where she rented a house from the church.
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t home or they would have killed me,” said Joyce. “I could have been killed I don’t know how many times. I’ve lost count, but my heavenly Father took care of me.”
She said that in spite of having no experience preaching in front of people, she was put in the position to do just that often.
“I wouldn’t know what to say,” said Joyce. “But the Lord would tell me what to say.” She was asked to preach to a group at a gathering of churches at a beach where more than 10,000 people were baptized.
In all, Joyce had two trips to Africa staying a total of about three years. She still has African friends who contact her. Some have even come to visit her.
Joyce will be 80 years old in March. She can no longer help in kitchen at Viking Sal preparing lunches like she used to. She’s served on the Viking Sal Advisory Board and has served as a senior companion in Eugene.
Now, she thinks it may be about time to leave Junction City and live near her youngest son in Idaho. But for now, three times a week Joyce still has lunch at Viking Sal with friends.
She says she doesn’t regret a minute of her experiences in Africa telling people about the Lord, even though at times, she’d risked her life.
“I wouldn’t trade that now for anything.”

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Skate Park – skater

Officially Open

Posted on 31 October 2012 by admin

By Kyle Krenik
The Tribune News

JUNCTION CITY – The Junction City Skate Park represents a 13+ year community-wide dream for youth to recreate in a positive and safe environment. The 1,500 square foot park offers street style and ramp based skateboard opportunities for all skill levels.
On Saturday Junction City Mayor David Brunscheon Helped cut the ribon marking the offical opening of The Junction City Skate Park.
In a few weeks a park bench will be installed  near the skate park and will be dedicated to Julius Schmidt, an avid skateboarder who was hit and killed by a train last month.

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Goodbye Junction City – Hello Ecuador!

Posted on 31 October 2012 by admin

photo by Michelle Long

In a meeting with The Tribune News, Mr. Taylor, the operator, for Love In The Air Llc. announced his intentions to liquidate and close the company.  Mr. Taylor stated they have had a great couple of years in Junction City, but it was time to move to the next phase of their business plan.
The company next phase is to move to Ecuador and convert to a U.S. nonprofit organization, dedicated to funding small local U.S. charities and fraternal organizations who have specific programs serving our core groups, i.e. children, women, senior citizen and U.S. Military personnel and their families.
As an example, Mr. Taylor named several local organizations in Junction City, which would qualify in the future. His list included, J.C. Lions vision eye care program, Education Together Foundation and Local Aid. Mr. Taylor stated they were starting their liquidation sale Oct. 31. When asked why liquidate before two major holidays, Mr. Taylor said they still wanted to give back to the community and this was the best way.  He also said that all the jewelry would be 50 percent off and the Alpaca and Llama apparel would be discounted 30 percent.
Anybody who has shopped at Love In The Air, know they already have the lowest prices in the valley. Mr. Taylor stated everything would be sold; tables, displays and miscellaneous office items.
Mr. Taylor also wanted to thank The Tribune News and Steve Rowland for all the support in making Love In The Air Llc. possible. All the people at the Tribune News have been wonderful, and the business could not have had any better group of people to share our space.
Mr. Taylor would like to thank all the people who have supported his efforts by purchasing jewelry and Alpaca apparel – they have been fantastic!

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Wetland

Wetland issue moves up the ladder

Posted on 31 October 2012 by admin

Local landowners continue to the county level to be heard

photo by Kyle Krenik
About 120 property owners with canals running through their land in Junction City don’t agree with additional regulations added to already state-protected waterways. The Central Canal off Oak St. is one of the three canals. Local residents plan to take the matter before the Lane County Board of Commissioners at a Dec. 4 meeting.

By Vera Westbrook
For the Tribune
JUNCTION CITY – ‘You can’t please anybody sometimes,’ is a befitting slogan for Junction City after the city council recently approved new regulations governing three ditches running through town: the Eastern, Western and Central canals.
These canals were designated low priority wetlands in a local wetland inventory that was required by the state as part of JC’s 20- year Comprehensive Plan, a document that must be co-adopted by the county and approved by the state for future development to occur around town.
Although the state doesn’t require that low priority wetlands be locally regulated, the city‘s planning staff recommended wetland regulations to the planning commission and the city council.  Property owner ‘GMH’ Hanavan said she hasn’t been able to get a satisfactory answer as to why the city needed the new regulations.
Most of the private property owners who own the land through which the canals run don’t like the city’s
decision to add what they feel are unnecessary local wetland regulations in addition to already sufficient state regulation of the canals.  They also disagree with the designation of the canals as wetlands.
Hanavan interpreted the new regulations as allowing pre-existing improvements to remain in and/or near the wetland designated areas, while requiring property owners to comply with the new wetland regulations for future improvements.
“Before, we always had the right to make an application to the state to put a culvert in the ditch for the water to run through; we could have filled over a culvert so we could walk across it, have a lawn or plant a garden over it,” Hanavan said. “Under these new regulations, people could never have a culvert, as the canals would always have to remain as
open waterways.”
Petitions with more than 200 signatures were submitted to the planning commission objecting to the new wetland regulations prior to the final city council vote that rejected making any changes. Landowners are now taking the matter a step further.
“We don’t want these regulations on our private land,” Hanavan said.  “The city wouldn’t listen to us, so we are now asking the county commissioners to listen to us.”
Hanavan and other property owners are sending letters to the Lane County Planning Commission and the Board of Lane County Commissioners. They are also preparing testimony to bring before the county commissioners at a public hearing scheduled for Dec. 4. If the county won’t listen, the landowners are ready to mount their campaign at the state level.
To hear what city staff and city officials have to say about the subject, be sure to follow the continuation of this story in next week’s issue of the Tribune News.

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JC Skatepark opens after more than decade of planning

Posted on 24 October 2012 by admin

By Vera Westbrook
For the Tribune

JUNCTION CITY – After years of hard work, members of the JC Skatepark Development Committee will finally see the fruit of their labor payoff, as the JC skatepark holds its opening celebration on Saturday, Oct. 27, from noon to 2pm at the park located on Laurel St. and W. 14thAve.

As far as park construction is concerned, “We are pretty well done with the major construction aspects,” said JC Public Works Director Jason Knope at an Oct. 10 meeting.

Knope added that the city decided to seed the park with grass after receiving an offer for the job that cost about half the price of placing rock in the park. Irrigation was also installed. Knope said the sidewalk along the park would be done as well.

Community Services Department Director Melissa Bowers reported that sponsors for the event have been contacted and she was expecting a favorable turn out.

“We’ll have the ribbon and the big scissors with snipping occurring at noon,” Bowers said.

Tactics Board Shop from Eugene will set up a tent and hold a brief skate-team demonstration on top of coordinating a contest. Western Beverage Company agreed to bring a van to work from during the event. Both companies will bring loads of items to give away including Monster drink logo items, beverages and skate logo items. The Tony Hawk Foundation offered resources for giveaways as well.

“We have prizes, we have exhibitions, we have free product giveaways,” Councilor Randy Nelson said, who suggested the festivities should be held around the south area between the gazebo and Laurel Ave.

The committee expects a big turnout at the event with patrons coming from Eugene and Portland to partake in grand opening festivities, having heard about the park online. The grand opening will take place rain or shine.

Bowers also created a flyer to send out to all the local schools and skateparks as far as Veneta and Willamalane Park in Springfield.

After hashing out last minute opening details, the committee was content with the opening date and excited about a successful event. Completion of the skatepark is a major milestone for the city and big accomplishment for Councilor Randy Nelson, who’s been working on the project for the last 13 years.

“It’s so close you can taste it,” Nelson said.

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Called to serve

Posted on 24 October 2012 by admin

Risking her life more than once, Joyce Beck was called to teach people about God in Ghana

By Gini Bramlett
For the Tribune

 Junction City – Everyone has a story. Any journalist will tell you that. You just have to ask the right questions and most people will tell you things that might surprise you. And, Joyce Beck, a volunteer at Viking Sal Senior Center in Junction City who will be 80 is March, has one that might astound.

Joyce spent several years in Ghana, Africa as a missionary. That in itself isn’t so amazing, since most of us know dedicated people who have spent years as missionaries around the world with various organizations and churches. Joyce’s story is a little different.

She was called by the voice of God, but she refused to listen.

Joyce says she hesitates to tell people this since she thinks people will believe she is crazy, but Joyce says she did hear His voice back in the early 80s telling her to go to Africa. And, she argued with Him for a long time.

“I had reservations,” she said. She had just completed Bible School. It took her a year to decide.

Shortly after arriving in Africa, she was robbed. She was left with $60.

“I stayed two years and never had need of anything,” said Joyce. “God supplied everything.” She had just one dime left to call her daughter to pick her up at the airport when she got home.

She also had everything she owned stolen at one point, so she wore native garments during her stay. When she returned home, she went to schools displaying some of the clothing and gifts she’d received.

While in Ghana, she went from village to village teaching people about the Lord, staying in homes of the people and ultimately immersing herself in their culture and learning their languages. She also taught young children in nursery schools. At the church, she answered letters for people and prayed for them.

“I learned the languages by singing their songs. I’d win them over and they’d really listen to me.”

“They’d bring me big plates of food,” Joyce said. “They’d bring sick babies and I’d pray over them and they’d get well. The people there practiced voodoo and were used to giving something in return, so she’d ask for a glass of water.

“I’d stick my finger in it and touch their babies. I was really praying, but they were used to voodoo doctors who would ask them for something.”

While being there was an amazing experience for her, there were times when her very life was at stake. At one point she contracted cholera and was deathly ill. Another time gangs had a turf war where she rented a house from the church.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t home or they would have killed me,” said Joyce. “I could have been killed I don’t know how many times. I’ve lost count, but my heavenly Father took care of me.”

She said that in spite of having no experience preaching in front of people, she was put in the position to do just that often.

“I wouldn’t know what to say,” said Joyce. “But the Lord would tell me what to say.” She was asked to preach to a group at a gathering of churches at a beach where more than 10,000 people were baptized.

In all, Joyce had two trips to Africa staying a total of about three years. She still has African friends who contact her. Some have even come to visit her.

Joyce will be 80 years old in March. She can no longer help in kitchen at Viking Sal preparing lunches like she used to. She’s served on the Viking Sal Advisory Board and has served as a senior companion in Eugene.

Now, she thinks it may be about time to leave Junction City and live near her youngest son in Idaho. But for now, three times a week Joyce still has lunch at Viking Sal with friends.

She says she doesn’t regret a minute of her experiences in Africa telling people about the Lord, even though at times, she’d risked her life.

“I wouldn’t trade that now for anything.”

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Birds and bees still buzzing in JC

Posted on 24 October 2012 by admin

JC commissioners draft proposed ordinance for fowl and bees

 by Vera Westbrook
for the Tribune

JUNCTION CITY – After being sent back to committee by the city council, the topic of allowing fowl and bees within the city limits had members of the JC Planning Commission brainstorming to come up with provisional regulations at an Oct. 16 meeting.

Interim City Planner Stacy Clauson gathered background information from other Oregon cities and distributed the material to commissioners to assist in drafting the ordinance. She also provided the recommendations prepared by City Administrator Kevin Watson that were previously presented to the city council.

“I want to look at what those regulations were, to look at what was proposed as it went forward to the city council, and then to see what your recommendation would be for an ordinance if we were to draft something for your review for the next meeting,” Clauson said.

Issues discussed included roosters, hen density, permits, lot size and bee colony density. Preliminary recommendations considered at the meeting are presented below.

Commissioners discussed allowing chickens for single-family dwellings in R1 and R2 zones. They also decided on a density of five hens per residence with no roosters.

Regarding permits, Clauson said, “It was the city manager’s recommendation not to have a permitting process, as it would take a lot of staff resources that we probably wouldn’t recoup in fees.” Commissioners decided not to recommend issuing permits.

Setbacks for chicken coops and runs from property lines and from adjoining residents were also discussed. Commissioners decided to stay in compliance with the standard setbacks already in place, with a 6-foot side-yard setback and a 15-foot setback for backyards. Alley lots would have no setbacks on the road side for the run and the coop.

Chickens also would be kept for personal use only and not for commercial use and they could not be slaughtered commercially. The same rules for chickens would also apply to ducks and other fowl.

Visiting the more complicated issue of bees, commissioners decided on limiting two colonies per city lot. The consensus for bees was to require education for beekeeping with educational certificates to be presented to the city. Beekeepers would also be required to supply a notice to neighbors living within 150 feet from their property lines.

A 6-foot fence or hedge for a bee flyaway area would be required as would a 10-foot setback from the rear or side property lines. Zoning would be the same as for chickens.

After collecting preliminary information, Clauson said she would return with draft provisions for an ordinance by the next meeting for further review by commissioners. Upon drafting a proposal, the planning commission will be seeking public feedback before sending the proposed ordinance to the city council.

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JCPD Drug Buster

Posted on 17 October 2012 by admin

JC police officer gets re-certified as drug recognition expert

photo by Vera Westbrook
As a drug recognition expert, Junction City Police Officer Brian Paterson wears a stethoscope around his neck that he uses when determining the cause of a driver’s impairment. He says that marijuana tops the list of drugs that people get pulled over for while driving under the influence.

By Vera Westbrook
For the Tribune

JUNCTION CITY – Alcohol isn’t the only substance that causes people to drive recklessly. Prescriptions, illicit drugs and even illnesses can impair a driver as well, making it tough for police officers to determine the cause of impairment. To determine the cause, an expert is often consulted for advice.
Officer Brian Paterson is the JC Police Department expert who assists with impairment identification. Paterson was trained as a drug recognition expert (DRE) in 2010 and was recently recertified. When a driver fails a roadside test but doesn’t register on an alcohol intoxilyzor machine, Paterson comes in to examine the individual.
“My job as a DRE is to decide if the person is impaired, and if so, is the impairment because of drugs or is it medical?” he said.
Paterson spends about an hour using a specific protocol to test for seven categories of drugs. If the cause is medical like diabetes, a paramedic may need to be called; if the cause is drugs, the drug needs to be identified.
“It’s a 12-step standardized examination process that we go through, where we talk with the person, talk with the arresting officer and run the person through standard roadside tests again,” Paterson said. He also performs clinical tests such as reading blood pressure and determining eye pupil size under different lighting conditions.
“Based on all of this we have a matrix that we use where we put all the signs and symptoms together to see what a driver is under the influence of,” Paterson said. A sample of the driver’s urine is then sent to the Oregon State Police crime lab to verify the determination.
Out of almost 50 states, Europe and Canada who use the program, “Oregon’s DRE program always rates in the top three worldwide as far as quality of accuracy of calls,” Paterson said, along with Washington and Arizona. “The Oregon State Police run a really good program,” with other states often calling on Oregon instructors for training.
But becoming a DRE is not easy. Once accepted into the program, an officer attends a training school for two weeks. “The training is delivered by police officers, doctors and different professionals to teach you about how different drugs affect the system.” Extensive memorization of physiology and pharmacology is involved.
After passing the school, the officers must then pass a practical field test where they examine actual drug users to test for accurate drug determinations. A daylong written exam is than taken, and once passed, an officer is certified as a DRE. Only one percent of police officers are DREs, so Paterson helps other departments in the area as well.
Since certification as a DRE in 2010, Paterson has made 93 evaluations with an accuracy rate in the upper 90 percentile. Although he may be highly accurate, all his evaluations are still verified with an area coordinator for quality control.
Paterson, who’s had extensive law enforcement training in SWAT, Taser, patrol rifle and less lethal training, considers DRE training “by far the most demanding training I’ve ever done in law enforcement. It was hard!”

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A generation of accountability

Posted on 17 October 2012 by admin

Laurel’s recent school designation opens doors to improvement

By Vera Westbrook
For the Tribune

Laurel Elementary School students will see some changes soon with its new designation as a Focus School, as the state will provide funds and training to assist educators in making improvements

JUNCTION CITY – Laurel Elementary School is on the way to reaping the benefits of an amended education act that aims to consolidate state initiatives with federal requirements. Laurel’s recent Focus School designation has opened the door to federal funding that targets increasing growth in learning.
In July, the federal government granted Oregon approval for its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) application, a waiver from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act that plans to assist Oregon schools in increasing accountability and meeting the needs of students.
This flexibility waiver will help Oregon reach its 40-40-20 goal to increase the level of education of all state citizens. States will receive more tools to support schools through a new rating system that replaces the federal Adequate Yearly Progress sanctions of NCLB.
The waiver created an accountability system to rate Elementary schools by academic achievement, academic growth and subgroup growth. Laurel is one of 95 Oregon Title 1 schools identified in July that will receive support and intervention from the state to help increase student achievement and close persistent achievement gaps.
As a Title 1 school with a population of nearly 60 percent economically disadvantaged students, Laurel will receive additional state support to increase yearly learning growth for subgroups. These subgroups include English language learners and the economically disadvantaged. One way of measuring this growth is through significant changes in test scores between grades, especially third and fourth grades.
At a Sept. 24 Junction City School District board meeting, Laurel Principal Bill Bechen presented the board with updates on his school’s progress as a Focus School, which he’ll present at every board meeting.
Since the last board meeting, a leadership team with representatives from each grade level has been busy completing a comprehensive self-evaluation using an online tool available from the state. The tool offers more than 200 indicators found in high performing schools and asks that Laurel assess the level each of those indicators exist at Laurel. The state will then take the online input and help Laurel create a future plan.
The leadership team also will be traveling to conferences in Portland and Salem, with the state allocating $5,000 to support this initial self-assessment phase and learn about creating a comprehensive achievement plan.
“So far, the process has generated a lot of candid conversations and reflection about how we can improve student outcomes across the school,” Bechen said. “The leadership team has met many times since August and I want to acknowledge the time, energy and commitment these teachers are putting into the process on top of their classroom responsibilities. The entire group is engaged and positive about moving Laurel forward and improving student outcomes.”
For more information, visit the school website at www.junctioncity.k12.or.us/Laurel/ or make an appointment with Bechen at 541.998.2386.

 

In 2012, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will implement the following features in Oregon schools:
Aligning achievement compacts that allow each district to describe how it will improve key student outcomes
Creating an accountability system so underserved students demonstrate academic growth and achieve higher graduation rates
Emphasizing individual student growth and demonstrating proficiency in reading and math
Customizing support plans to help struggling schools
Supporting professional growth through a collaborative teacher and administrator evaluation system

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New cars and chicken

Posted on 09 October 2012 by admin

Gibson Ford lot welcomes Guaranty and Lion’s BBQ

By Vera Westbrook
For the Tribune

JUNCTION CITY – Not much gets by folks driving down the main drag in Junction City. Noticing a formerly vacant lot full of new cars on Ivy Street, inquiring minds want to know what’s going on.
As part of its remodeling project, Guaranty Chevrolet is temporarily storing its new vehicle inventory for three weeks at the Gibson Ford lot on Ivy Street between 4th and 5th avenues. This remodel involves resurfacing the parking lot in front of the recently remodeled new-car showroom at the current Guaranty dealership location on the corner of Hwy. 99 and 1st Avenue.
“Guaranty made an arrangement with Citizen’s Bank to use that lot during our paving project and while a highway water pipe is being installed this month as part of the upgrade for the sewer and water system for the public and the projects going into the state mental health hospital and the prison project down the road,” said Shannon Nill, general manager of Guaranty RV dealership.
“All the new inventory is where the remodel is taking place, so it had to be moved off the pavement area so it could be resurfaced,” Executive Assistant Claire Gumbs said. “If people want to see our new inventory, we are just a couple blocks down the street temporarily.” Sales associates will accompany the cars and trucks moved to the Gibson Ford location.
“We have staff down there who love to talk to people about their next new vehicle,” Gumbs said.
Nill urges the public to visit the lot on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14 for the Lion’s Club Chicken Barbecue that will be held on the north half of the Gibson Ford lot. Guaranty will have most of its vehicles on the south half for folks to peruse during the barbecue.
“Take a test drive in a new or used vehicle next weekend and get a free Lion’s Club chicken barbecue lunch,” Nill said. “This gives a good opportunity to promote the Lion’s Club barbecue and show off a few vehicles.”
Nill also wants visitors to get acquainted with the Gibson lot and its building to spur other interest in the property.
“We are so pleased that Citizen’s Bank was able to help us,” Nill said, as the extra space made the paving project on the west half of the lot last Thursday a success. He was also pleased about “all the folks in Junction City that had stopped by to check on the project and see the pride in the project, as this is a real community plus for Junction City.”
For more information, contact Guaranty Chevrolet at 541.998.2333 on 20 Hwy. 99 South or visit the Gibson Ford lot.

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Oregon Electric Rail Service 100th anniversary

Oregon Electric Rail Service 100th anniversary

Posted on 09 October 2012 by admin

JUNCTION CITY – On Monday, Oct. 15, the Rodeo Steakhouse at 5th and Holly streets will host an open house from 4-7pm. The event is in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of Oregon Electric Railway passenger service between Portland and Eugene.
Members of the Pacific Northwest Chamber of the National Railway Historical Society are bringing display items to the event. Richard Thompson, author of the book ‘Willamette Valley Railways’ has been invited.
The Junction City Historical Society will have photographs and additional information about the history of the Oregon Electric Railway. Attendees can stay and enjoy the ‘Birthday Cake’.
The route began with five round trips daily which stopped in Junction City in front of the original depot which has been renovated and houses the restaurant.

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JC 09.26.12 local paramedic Mike Harness honored (2)

Junction City paramedic honored by Red Cross

Posted on 03 October 2012 by mlong

photo by Red Cross
Mike Harness of J.C was honored by the Red Cross in Salem last month for going above and beyond the call of duty.

SALEM – Mike Harness of Junction City was honored at the Real Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 20 in Salem by the Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross along with other local citizens. Harness, who is a paramedic supervisor with Rural Metro Ambulance in Salem, is one of seven men who received the award.
The award is presented to emergency professionals whose actions go above and beyond the call of duty. Harness’s actions on the scene of a car crash last September in Keizer, earned him the honor with two Keizer police officers.
The scene was dangerous; a downed power line, a vehicle in flames with a driver trapped in an overturned vehicle next to the flames. Approaching the vehicles on foot, a power line came down unexpectedly and hit Harness on the head but luckily he was not injured.
While Harness often pulls victims from wrecked vehicles, this was his first time approaching a burning vehicle. That dangerous task is normally done by firefighters, but they had not arrived yet and time was running out.
Heat and flames pushed all three men away but they kept returning despite the danger. Finally the officers managed to crawl inside the upturned, partially crushed vehicle through a door and with Harness’s help, extricated the victim with just seconds to spare, moving him to safety and making sure he was transported to the hospital.

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Junction City Local Aid needs your help

Posted on 26 September 2012 by admin

JUNCTION CITY – Junction City Local Aid is holding its first ‘Help Your Neighbors Business Challenge!” Each participating business will actively raise money for Junction City Local Aid throughout the month of October.
Jimmybear Graphics has made first- and second-place trophies for the winners to display. The first place winner will have a picture and article in the Tribune.
Businesses participating in the challenge can send weekly updates to the email address on the registration form bragging about funds collected or taunting other participating businesses. They will appear in the Tribune.
The residents of Junction City Retirement have donated time and effort into decorating collection containers for each participating business.
If you are interested in participating, pick up a collection container from JC Local Aid, the Chamber Office or AA Automotive.

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The fabric of success

Posted on 18 September 2012 by admin

photo by Gini Bramlett
Various color-coordinated display areas offer creative ideas for any decorating project. Add to that shelves and shelves that run from ceiling to floor offer thousands of colorful remnants to choose from.

By Sayde Moser
For The Tribune

JUNCTION CITY – It has been called one of the best-kept secrets in Lane County, but according to Remains of the Day owners Jeff and Julie Greenwald, more and more people are realizing what their shop has to offer. In fact, they get shoppers from as far away as Roseburg and Florence.
Upon entering the quaint shop, located on 6th Street in historic downtown Junction City, the senses are instantly filled with colorful, vintage collectables, creatively displayed so as not to overwhelm the shopper.
Originally, the storefront was required by the city, but the Greenwald’s main business, Interior Creations, took up the rest of the 7,500-square-feet, where they manufactured anything from throw pillows to couches for interior designers and the booming motor coach industry.
When the motor coach industry started to falter, the Greenwald‘s knew they had to rethink their business structure in order to survive.
“Monaco actually left a year before the economy went bad, so we knew we had to venture into something else,” said Jeff.
Fortunately for Jeff and Julie, they had the foresight during the many years of manufacturing to save all the ‘scrap’ fabric they didn’t use.
“Our main focus has always been to recycle as much as we can,” Jeff said. “So we saved all the cut-offs back then because we had the intent of someday opening a store, it just came a lot sooner than we had expected.”
And so came the name ‘Remains of the Day,’ as the various colors and sizes of fabrics, neatly folded, color coordinated and stacked along each wall, are the remains of years of hard work. Each unique piece of fabric is one-of-a-kind.
“Remains of the Day means remnants,” Jeff said. “So once it’s gone it’s gone.”
Along with what they saved themselves, Jeff and Julie bought the remaining fabric from the passing of the motor coach industry at reduced cost, which means they can offer it to the public at low cost.
With thousands of yards of remnants, rolls of fabric and trims available in every shade and color, there is something to suite every decorative fancy.
“It’s amazing how many people we get coming through our doors who just are amazed at the amount of fabric we have. I am really happy with the way it’s been going,” said Jeff.
If on the off-chance you can’t find what you are looking for in the store, they offer a design center with books you can order from, as well as great ideas and pictures to help get the creative juices flowing. There are also supplies for sale and Jeff and Julie often consult with costumers to help them with their project.
“Even if they don’t buy anything from me, I want to take the time to help them however I can,” Jeff stated. “If I don’t have what they need, I will tell them where to go to get it, because satisfied customers will come back.”
They even offer a quilting machine people can rent. Eventually the Greenwald‘s will rent tables and other equipment, so people will have a place they can go to complete a project.
“We like to try different things; we are always changing. Five years ago we were doing something completely different, and who knows what we will be doing in another five years. We like to keep it new and interesting for people, as well as helpful.”
Remains of the Day is located at 177 W. 6th Ave. in Junction City. Their hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-4:30pm, and Saturday from 10am-4pm, or call 541.998.6623 for more information.

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Julius Richard Schmidt

Posted on 18 September 2012 by admin


Submitted by the family of Julius Schmidt.

Aug. 5, 1998 – Sept. 14, 2012
A memorial service will be held at Laurel Park in Junction City from 11am-3pm, Saturday, Sept. 22. The service is open to the public.
Julius Richard Schmidt was born Aug. 5, 1998 to Michael and Rosanna in Eugene. He joined an older brother, Roman to complete the family. Julius died Sept. 14 in a train accident in Junction City.
He lived in Cheshire with his mother, brother, Uncle Matthew Logan and grandparents Ben and Jeannie Logan. He was an 8th grader at Oaklea Middle. At age 3, Julius saw the Spiderman move and loved it so much he wore a Spiderman costume for five years.
He loved art, drawing, animals and was an avid 4-wheeler bobsledder. At age 11 his uncle Stephen Klemmer gave him his first skate board. That same year he entered his first skate competition.
Skate boarding was his passion. His favorite pro-boarder was Torey Pudwill and his favorite local boarder was Justin James of Tactics Skateboard shop.
This summer he was lucky enough to go to skateboard camp with Justin and other from the River House. He skated throughout Oregon and Washington. He said that it was the best summer of his life. Skating, hanging out with his friends, laughing with his family and listening to Bob Marley were his favorite things to do.
He is survived by his mother and brother Roman of Cheshire, his father; Michael Schmidt of Salem, stepfather; Richard Greene of Hilo, HI, grandparents; Ben and Jeannie Logan of Cheshire, uncle; Matt Logan of Cheshire, aunt and uncle and cousin; Rachel, Stephen and Elijah Klemmer of Eugene; great grandmother; Toni Hendrickson of Houston, TX, grandparents; Claude and Nora Smith of Eugene, uncle, aunt and cousins; Zeke, Sara, Micha, Jarin and Hannah Schmidt of Eugene, aunt, uncle and cousins; Chay, Tracy, Dustyn and Deuce Schmidt of Oakdale, CA.

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Artifacts discovered on JC police department property

Posted on 11 September 2012 by admin

A sink hole in the parking lot containing various antique items may offer some history

By Sayde Moser
For The Tribune
JUNCTION CITY – Bob Biswell with the Junction City Historical Society got a call recently from Police Chief Mark Chase. The parking lot behind the police department had developed somewhat of a sinkhole and as public works was digging it up, they found some antique liquor bottles and other interesting finds.
One of the bottles, a flask-style liquor bottle, was designed during the civil war as a flatter, more narrow bottle for soldiers to carry on their person. These bottles were popular into the 1900s, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Bob and other history buffs can quit pinning down how they came to be under the police department parking lot.
“There are really two options we could be looking at,” Bob said. “And we may never know exactly how they got there because we are still learning about this stuff.”
One possibility for how the artifacts ended up buried underground involves the old opera house that burned down in 1915. The massive opera house would have had a storage area that sat roughly where the police department now sits on Greenwood Street. When the building burned down, it is possible that during the cleanup phase a bunch of items just got buried and covered up with dirt. According to Bob, public works also found some charred wood in the sinkhole but according to Bob it would be difficult to prove that came from the opera house.
The other possibility was a few decades later in 1949, when former mayor Tom Nelson encouraged Junction City residents to hook up to the brand new sanitary sewer system and abandon their septic tanks. According to an old newspaper article, he asked residents to fill their septic tanks with dry trash and rubbish and then fill it with dirt. The liquor bottles, while older than 1949, could have been some of that rubbish sitting around someone’s house that they used to fill their septic tank.
“We can’t know more than we know,” said Bob. “And we only know enough to know that there is a lot that we don’t know.”
Other things pulled from the hole include an automobile rim similar to those used in the 1920s, a sign and possibly a piece to a bell tower. Bob hasn’t been able to go through all the artifacts yet, but he plans to.
“We don’t know if we will find something that can pinpoint exactly where these things came from, but we plan to learn everything we can; I don’t know if we will know anything conclusive even after studying it, but we will have some clues,” he said. “We are having fun trying to learn and understand this stuff and seeing what went on in our town before our present time. We will never have the whole story but we feel anything we can do to enhance people’s knowledge of Junction City is a benefit.”

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Wetlands continue to delay Urban Growth Boundary

Posted on 11 September 2012 by admin

While some think the approved Local Wetland Inventory should be redacted and the process restarted, others wish to move forward and not delay another year

by Sayde Moser
for The Tribune
JUNCTION CITY – “We the people don’t want wetlands” seemed to be the slogan of last week’s city council meeting and attendees even chanted the phrase for a brief moment during a public hearing on the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).
Several gave public testimony asking, and in some cases begging, the council not to accept the planning commission’s recommendation on wetland regulations, which is tucked inside the UGB.
The recommended wetlands regulations had been slightly altered to remove the 20-foot overlay from the edges of the wetland, with exceptions in three specific properties.
“Everything that is currently being done on your property can still happen,” said City Administrator Kevin Watson. “Properties can still keep up fences, sheds and still maintain their gardens. This isn’t a city taking anything; this is just a requirement by the state for us to show how we will protect these environmental areas.”
But public testimony seemed to be in favor of holding off on passing the UGB until the wetlands issue was more thoroughly understood.
Gary Crum recommended the city ask Department of State Lands to retract their approval of the Local Wetlands Inventory and start the process over again, giving the public input requirement its due course, which he believes it did not get the first time around.
Lou Hanavan, who has an easement through his property for man-made drainage ditches put in by the city in the 1960s, hired a wetlands expert to do soil sampling on his property. The results concluded that there were in fact no wetlands in the water-way. He has also collected 200 signatures opposing the wetlands Wetlands continue to delay Urban Growth Boundary
While some think the approved Local Wetland Inventory should be redacted and the process restarted, others wish to move forward and not delay another year
by Sayde Moser
for The Tribune
JUNCTION CITY – “We the people don’t want wetlands” seemed to be the slogan of last week’s city council meeting and attendees even chanted the phrase for a brief moment during a public hearing on the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).
Several gave public testimony asking, and in some cases begging, the council not to accept the planning commission’s recommendation on wetland regulations, which is tucked inside the UGB.
The recommended wetlands regulations had been slightly altered to remove the 20-foot overlay from the edges of the wetland, with exceptions in three specific properties.
“Everything that is currently being done on your property can still happen,” said City Administrator Kevin Watson. “Properties can still keep up fences, sheds and still maintain their gardens. This isn’t a city taking anything; this is just a requirement by the state for us to show how we will protect these environmental areas.”
But public testimony seemed to be in favor of holding off on passing the UGB until the wetlands issue was more thoroughly understood.
Gary Crum recommended the city ask Department of State Lands to retract their approval of the Local Wetlands Inventory and start the process over again, giving the public input requirement its due course, which he believes it did not get the first time around.
Lou Hanavan, who has an easement through his property for man-made drainage ditches put in by the city in the 1960s, hired a wetlands expert to do soil sampling on his property. The results concluded that there were in fact no wetlands in the water-way. He has also collected 200 signatures opposing the wetlands classifications of these drainage ditches.
“We have worked awfully hard to take care of the property owners,” disputed Jeff Haag, a member of the planning commission. “The planning commission did not create these wetlands out of thin air. We were handed them and we went out of our way to remove the overlay around the ditches. Personally I would like to see this move forward.”
He added that if removing the drainage ditches from the LWI was something that could be done easily without a significant delay to the UGB, he would be all for it. “But if this ends up taking two or three more year I am not interested in that at all,” he said. “You already can’t build or do much of anything with the drainage ditch easement that runs through your property, so calling it a wetland doesn’t really change much of anything.”
Anna Buckley, the Wetlands Program Manager for DSL confirmed that even if the ditch isn’t a wetland, if it is still a natural waterway it is protected under state statute. Even though the ditches are man-made, they are allegedly a natural water-way that was enhanced for city purposes.
Bill DiMarco asked Buckley and Bill Ryan, the assistant director for DSL what the process would be of withdrawing the LWI and starting over.
“The scientific information wouldn’t change,” answered Buckley. “If you felt like you wanted more public process, that is another issue. Based on my review though, it looked like there was adequate opportunity for public comment and yours was not unusual to any other public review process. “
“Redacting the approval of the LWI would be new territory to us,” added Ryan. “We have never had someone want to remove the approval, but we certainly have amendments to the inventory so there is a process for doing that. You can reopen it, get new information and we would be happy to look at that.”
Ryan clarified that amending the LWI would take up to another year.
“We are comfortable with our approval on that LWI,” he said. “If there is a request to amend it, it needs to come with field data to support that amendment. We have never had a jurisdiction ask us to resend our approval; I don’t know that that is impossible or not, but we haven’t come across that before.”
DiMarco implied that the LWI was sent to DSL by a city staff member without permission or authorization from the city council
“I think it is obvious we screwed up,” he said. “Something went wrong and I don’t want to hold this up but I don’t agree that these designations are inevitable no matter what.”
“This process allows for refinement after it’s adopted,” Haag specified, adding that the UGB is too important to Junction City to let it get snagged on wetlands regulations for another year.
The council agreed to accept written testimony on the UGB and LWI for another week before deciding to whether to move forward with it or not.

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Teen killed by train over weekend

Teen killed by train over weekend

Posted on 11 September 2012 by admin

Julius Schmidt was tragically struck by the Amtrak on Saturday while playing with friends – Police urge everyone to use extreme caution around the train tracks

By Sayde Moser
For The Tribune
JUNCTION CITY – A steady line of mourners could be found on Front Street Sunday, leaving flowers and saying prayers for the family of Julius Schmidt who was hit and killed by the Amtrak train Saturday night.
The accident, which happened at approximately 8:30pm on Sept. 8, was between 4th and 6th Avenues – nearly the same spot where John Muller was killed two years ago on Aug. 10.
Two witnesses who were with Julius, 14, that night said they were on the tracks trying to outrun the train. According to Police Chief Mark Chase, the two witnesses said Julius had reportedly been known to run in front of the train on Holly Street, although that has not been confirmed.
All three teens were on the tracks running away from the train, reported the train conductor.  The conductor of the southbound Amtrak sounded his horn and locked the brakes at 6th Avenue but didn’t come to a complete stop until the train was past 1st. The other two were able to jump out of the way.
“They were reportedly running along the tracks and intended to jump off in the air as the train goes by and get a rush,” Chase said. He added that the witnesses said Julius had done it before, but they had not.
The scene was closed down for approximately three hours as officers re-constructed the accident, interviewed witnesses and Amtrak personnel. Junction City Police along with the Oregon State Police, Union Pacific Railroad Police and the Lane County Medical examiner’s office responded.
Officers determined there were no signs of impairment of the train engineer operating the train at the time of the accident.
“The train tracks are not something anyone should be on at any point in time,” Chase said, adding that at 76-77 miles per hour the train can be upon you very quickly. “Hopefully other kids will realize this is very serious and they should avoid this type of behavior.  This is a stark reality of what can happen.”
Grief councilors were available at Oaklea School on Monday for students who needed help coping with the tragedy and Chase has been collaborating with Principal Brian Young to bring Operation Life Saver to the schools.
Operation Life Saver is a train prevention program which talks about train safety and what the dangers are. According to the program, a person or vehicle is struck by a train every three hours in the united states. It offers safety tips and the consequences of walking on the tracks. To learn more visit www.oli.org.

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JC wetlands issue raises more questions

JC wetlands issue raises more questions

Posted on 06 September 2012 by admin

City council disagrees on whether appropriate steps were taken to notify public of wetland inventory and potential regulations

By Sayde Moser
For the Tribune
JUNCTION CITY – Voices were raised, fingers pointed and accusations made last week when City Administrator Kevin Watson was put on the spot to present the council with proof that the city had followed all the appropriate steps in alerting citizens of the Local Wetland Inventory (LWI) that was done in 2009, and giving them an opportunity to comment on the draft before it was approved by the state.
“The staff at the time followed the process for the LWI to the letter and it was approved by the council,” Watson stated after giving a brief synopsis of the different meetings and solicitation for public comment that revolved around the wetlands inventory, most of which happened before Watson was even hired.
“There were many meetings with the Citizen Comprehensive Planning committee (CCPC), planning commission and city council with potential for discussion of the LWI,” he added. “There are concerns the public did not receive the proper opportunities to be involved in LWI. In all the research we have done, that is not the case.”
“I think that the problem is not whether this was done legally according to the state, the problem is whether the council and the mayor think that staff snookered this in,” Councilor Bill DiMarco said. “Before staff ever sent the LWI in (to the state for approval), I don’t believe the city council or planning commission had a full understanding of what the consequences were. I’m sure this will fly at the state level, but that isn’t the problem; I think the community feels like they haven’t been served by the process and I agree with them and haven’t seen anything to change my mind.”
Councilor Randy Nelson stated he remembers discussing the wetland issue time and again and admitted he never fully understood it because it was so complex.
“I remember going through this and I know you were at the meetings so I don’t understand why you don’t remember taking all the pieces of this puzzle and trying to put it together,” he said to Councilor DiMarco. “This was all brought to the council and we had to make some sort of decision to get the ball rolling so we did.”
“What I am trying to say is this document tells me I should know everything that happened and I shouldn’t be complaining and that everyone else also had plenty of notice to understand it,” DiMarco answered. “I freely confess I am stupid as they are because I sure missed it too.”
Gary Crum, an avid First Amendment supporter, also agreed with DiMarco that certain steps weren’t taken to make the public aware of what was going on. He claimed that the city never held a public meeting for citizens to review the LWI draft before it was sent to the state.
“Watson says it was done at the CCPC meeting on March 16, but the purpose of that meeting was to review local wetlands inventory and housing needs analysis; Nowhere in that meeting is it mentioned that the draft of the LWI will be available for public review and comment,” he said. “This important step was not taken; the opportunity for the public to review the draft LWI was not given. That is a serious breach of proper procedure.”
“I am really sorry there is so much confusion about wetlands,” Mayor Dave Brunscheon added at the end of the lengthy discussion. “We have had many committee meetings and spent many hours on this; I really hope that no one thinks we are intentionally trying to snooker anyone. I would never do that to anyone in this city.”
A public hearing to discuss the planning commission’s recommendation on wetland regulations will be held at city hall on Thur., Sept. 6. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Skatepark rules approved by council

Posted on 06 September 2012 by admin

The new skatepark, tentatively scheduled to be finished at the end of this month, already has rules set in place.

By Sayde Moser
For the Tribune
JUNCTION CITY – The concrete has been poured, the fence is up and the rules are set in place. It is official: the skate park is nearing completion.
The Skatepark Development Committee reviewed samples of park rules from other communities to develop rules for its own skate park, which were then reviewed by the police department, fire chief and legal counsel and sent to council last week for approval.
The rules, as they have been established, are as follows:
•Use of this facility is a privilege. Abuse or neglect of the park rules may result in a loss of privileges or closure of the park.
•Hours of operation: daylight hours only; no earlier than 6am and no later than 10pm.
•Use skate park at your own risk. The skate park is unsupervised. The city is not responsible for any personal injuries either to the skateboarder or injuries that may be caused to other participants.
•Helmets are required for children under 17 years of age. Use of safety gear is strongly advised for all ages.
•You must be six years old or older to use this facility.
•This park has advanced and intermediate areas: know your abilities.
•Skating against traffic not permitted.
•No weapons, drugs, alcohol or tobacco products allowed. No tobacco products allowed within 20 feet of the park.
•Profanity, disruptive behavior and loud music are prohibited.
•Spectators are not allowed within the fenced area of the skate park.
•No glass allowed in the park.  No food or beverages are allowed on the ramps.
•Trash receptacles are provided. Please use them.
•No bikes with pegs in the skate park. The skate park wasn’t designed or built to handle bikes with pegs.
•No ramps or skate features may be added to the skate park or temporarily used or constructed within the skate park.
•No official contests of any sort are allowed in the skate park unless approved by the city of Junction City.
•City of Junction City is not responsible for personal property.
•No animals allowed in the park.
•Any violation of park rules city ordinance or state law may result in your privileges being revoked.
•A non-emergency number will also be posted at the park for matters that do not require 911.
The park is expected to be done mid-late September, although the committee has yet to set a date for the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony, stating that it is still too early and there are too many variables to comfortably set a specific date.

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