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Caesar the No Drama Llama Joins BLM Marches, Here’s What Happened

On June 2, Caesar the No Drama Llama went viral again after he and his owner Larry McCool joined the Portland march and “die-in” in memory of George Floyd, and in honor of Black Lives Matter. Caesar and McCool marched two and a half miles with participants, joined in a moment of silence and die-in on the Burnside Bridge, and attended the Pioneer Courthouse Square protest. The featured photograph shows Ceasar with protestors during the “die in” on the Burnside Bridge.

Corvallis' Growth Pressures Neighborhood

In the last month, a camp of 23 unhoused individuals emerged at a church on West Hills Road. Five of these individuals are now housed, as the church and social service agencies partnered together. Conversely, this area along West Hills Road, east of 53rd Street, is a mix of rural residential properties with islands of small suburban neighborhoods — and residents are concernd, not only about the camp, but also about the growth of the city, as a tree farm site is being proposed for a 2,000 unit ho

Nectar Creek Meadery's Last Day, Saturday

Nectar Creek Meadery has announced they will be closing for good, and they are inviting the public for one last visit. On Saturday, October 5 they will hold a final celebration at their Philomath taphouse from opening at 11 am through closing time around 10 pm. Throughout the weekend they will also hold a mead sale in the taproom. The award-winning meadery announced the closure on October 1. Brothers Phillip and Nick Lorenz founded the business in 2012. In 2015, they swept the session mead ca

Board Game Start-up Mountaineers

Imagine climbing a mountain with your friends and family without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. This is the experience that Corvallis game developer Corey Wright aimed to create with his newly released board game Mountaineers. A mountain climbing themed, three-dimensional board game, Mountaineers was released by Corvallis board game start-up Massif Games, and funded through a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $145,000 with the support of 1,686 backers. According to Kickstart

Downtown Library Home to New Maker Space

The Corvallis Benton County Public Library has launched a maker space in their downtown Corvallis branch. The newly constructed space will be the home for programs where participants of all ages engage in hands-on activities exploring science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Using low-tech crafting techniques blended with technology, the makers create items ranging from fun to functional. “The only limit is the imagination. This space offers the public an opportunity to create a

Coronavirus Emerges in Oregon: Updates, Tips and Resources

The Oregon Health Authority confirmed the state’s first presumptive case of Novel Coronavirus on Friday afternoon February 28. Earlier that morning Governor Kate Brown announced the formation a Coronavirus Response Team to coordinate responses to COVID-19. “Our first concern is for this individual, to make sure they’re being cared for and is able to recover,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “Our next priority is finding out who this individual had contact with and make sure they know about the

Rebates on Zero Emission Vehicles Restored for Low and Moderate Income Oregonians

On February 4, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announced they resumed processing cash rebates for low-to-moderate-income Oregonians who purchased or leased zero-emission vehicles. The rebates may be valued up to $2,500 for qualified new or used electric or hybrid cars purchased through an authorized dealer after September 29, 2019. The program was previously suspended in 2018, so there is a backlog of unprocessed applications. According to oregon.gov, The DEQ hired a third-party

South Corvallis Speed Limit Changes Start Tuesday

The Oregon Department of Transportation announced a change in speed limits on OR 99W and Third Street in South Corvallis effective Tuesday, February 18. According to an ODOT announcement, the change is intended to “improve safety for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists who use the road together.” ODOT also announced plans to post signs reflecting the new speed limit throughout the day on Tuesday. Here are the Changes as Announced by ODOT: On the two-way section of OR 99W/Third Street, the ne

Drivers to Stop Losing License for Unpaid Tickets if Oregon Bill Passes

The Oregon Senate is considering a bill that would remove the state’s authority to suspend driving privileges over failure to pay traffic tickets and court fines. On February 20, the Senate held a public hearing to get input on the bill’s potential impact. Called House Bill 4065, it already passed in the Oregon House of Representatives, 18 to 42 on February 18. Two representatives did not vote. Corvallis’ state legislators Rep. Dan Rayfield and Sen. Sara Gelser both appear to support the bill.

Oregon House Votes to Make Healthcare a Right

The Oregon House of Representatives voted to propose an amendment to the Oregon Constitution that establishes a state obligation to ensure every resident has access to health care. Corvallis Rep Dan Rayfield was among the 36 representatives who voted yes on House Joint Resolution 202. 21 voted no while the remaining three didn’t vote on this bill. The bill was sent to the senate desk where they will consider and vote on the House’s endorsement. If HJR 202 passes the Senate, then voters will ha

Free Tax Prep Help For Lower-Income Corvallisites

OSU College of Business student-volunteers are offering free tax e-filing assistance to OSU students and non-student individuals or families with a household income of $56,000 or less. The program runs Saturdays between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. in Austin Hall 126 on campus, the last day is Saturday, March 7. No appointment is necessary, but interested parties should bring their tax-related documents, photo ID, and Social Security card for themselves and their spouse if filing jointly. “We are offerin