The year 2008 in review

JANUARY
2008 started out in a rage, a stormy rage. Harnish Park, which was preparing to be Eagle Point’s finest, was “kissed” by Little Butte Creek. The Rogue River at Gold Rey Dam on Friday was at 3360 cfs (cubic feet per second) and on Saturday morning it was moving at 15,495cfs.

Mid January found Bob Russell encouraging the Economic Committee to find a way to be the first community in southern Oregon to hang petunia baskets throughout the core area. (And that came true in May, with the backing of the city.)

Shady Cove was facing a Feb. 29 FEMA insurance deadline while White City started looking at incorporation boundaries. Before January ended, FEMA moved the compliance deadline to May. Shady Cove and Trail citizens asked the governor’s help in cancelling the proposed pipeline.

Eagle Point FFA judging team placed 5th at the Denver National Western Stock Show and Grange Coop advised they would open at the former Norton Lumber site in White City in March.

FEBRUARY
Construction of the Shady Cove Library is finally underway.

Friends and family gathered at the Eagle Point Grange to honor Helen Wolgamott on her 80th birthday.

A photograph of a sizeable herd of elk and pictures of the murals to be hung at Harnish Wayside were featured in the Upper Rogue Independent.

The Eagle Point Economic Committee agreed on the need for new street signs for the Town Center and the Eagle Point Museum marked its 30th year with an open house.

Rogue navigability could change land titles. Meetings and artiles appeared throughout the year and are resurfacing as 2009 begins.

Dr. James Adamek and his wife opened Eagle Point Eye Care in Eagle Landing.
MARCH
The subject of open burning is raised in Shady cove and is not settle until election time in November.

Shady Cove Water District considers seeking grants from the Umatilla Tribe.

The Eagle Point community Association’s Exotic Dessert brought in $5,000.

It was final, Elk Creek Dam would be noticed, ending the hope that it would be a dam sometime in the near future. It was authorized in 1962, started in 1971 and halted with an environmental lawsuit in 1988.

District 9’s dropout rate is cut in half.

Mar. 20, Barack Obama stops for a rally at Expo. Huge crowd greets him.

Navigation meeting attracts between 350 and 400 people with 46 testifying and all but one two are against it.

D9 board discussed new construction tax SB 1036.

Rainey’s Market celebrates 30 years.

Eagle Point Pediatrics (Dr. Greg Gonzalez)  move from sharing space at Eagle Point  Medical Clinic to their own building near Cascade Real Estate. And Eagle Point Medical Clinic opens an urgent care department.
APRIL
Governor Kulongoski visits White City community Health to hear first hand about health issues and how a clinic such as the White City one is of immediate service to low income and to those with little or no insurance.

Crowd pickets in Shady Cove demanding answers to the pipeline issue.

EPHS Skills team sending four to national competition.

FFA Floriculture wins state competition and will go the nationals later in the year. And, Jacob Schauffler (EPHS grad class of 1997) is named head football coach.

Eagle Point High School records low dropout rate of 2.3 percent.

Former Long Mountain students meet to be photographed in front of their former school, the Eagle Point Museum.
MAY
County announces this is final year for urban renewal tax.

Hillary Clinton makes two stops in Rogue Valley; one at a private affair in Ashland and one at Expo.

SORCC (VA Dom) has a ribbon cutting for the first new building in 67 years.

Shady Cove increases sewer rates by $2.50 a month.The petunia baskets go up, much to the delight of the community and visitors.

District 9 budget has seven fewer employees.

EPHS equestrian drill team is the best in Oregon. Graduation list, scholarships and honors are noted. District 9 hires interim business services person, Dr. Daniel Zaklan.

And, Harnish Park is formally dedicated.
JUNE
Shady Cove Water says they will prevent new wells from being drilled.

Ayn Marie Hailicka is the Butte Falls Valedictorian.

Gail Rasmussen, former D9 employee and now vice president of the Oregon Education Association, is a super delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She announces she will commit her vote to Barack Obama.

Eagle Point National Cemetery is the first in Oregon to hold a service for the Americans Missing Veterans.

Shady Cove residents are angry as the Shady Cove Water District bills for water when there is no water service.

Save Our Legacy seeks to change the land board decision on Rogue navigability.

Essentials is another new business in Eagle Point, owned by Joan Bucklin and Lori Magel, it is in Eagle Landing.
JULY
District 9 and Great American Insurance reach agreement on the 2002 junior high fire.

LaQuinta, in White City, has official ribbon cutting by the Eagle Point Chamber of Commerce.

Jim Brookins (83) and Steve Thrapp (74) are among those who left us in 2008.

Mattie Brown gets new playground equipment and Rogue Federal opens with Pat Jacobson as manager.

Eagle Point Women’s Club won 1st in the non-commercial division with their float depicting the mill and covered bridge, while the annual 4th of July race entries number 367 (up 53 from 207).

Eagle Point City Hall is nearing completion of its new uniform and the new Shady Cove Library opens. District 9 begins to look at opinions for a new school.

Eric (Boren) Bartolina, granddaughter of Mae Boren and niece of Matt Boren, is participating in the Olympics as a pole vaulter.

LUBA and Jackson County reject the pipeline.

Neil and Lavina Stockebrand were named Grand Marshals for the Prospect Parade and Jamboree.
AUGUST
Eagle Point Hotel project, by the golf course, is turned over to Bank of the Cascades. It was too good to be true with the downtown in the economy.

Eagle Point Mayor Leon Sherman receives Mayor’s Leadership Award of Merit for small town mayors at the annual Oregon mayor’s conference.

Helicopter crash I northern California takes takes lives of seven Grayback Helicopter employees. The firm is headquartered in White City. A memorial was held Aug. 5 at Expo.

Peter Herzog, Trail resident, releases his first CD.

EPHS graduate Marcia Leonard Aaron is named executive director of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) LA Schools.

Embarq’s 250 Medford employees donate hundreds and hundreds of school supplies to WCE and MVE, in White City.

Some of the new D9 staff includes Tim Rupp, EPHS vice principal, Lisa Yamashita, MVE principal and Jean (JR) Rothenberg, school nurse.
SEPTEMBER
Elmer Joseph Fernandes, Eagle Pint, was sentenced to six years in prison for sex abuse I. He owned Elmer’s Barbershop in Eagle Point (now under new ownership and called Richard’s )

Eagle Point Historical membership voted to change and convey the wood house assets to the Wood House Preservation Group and the Museum to the City of Eagle Point.

Higher Education Center (HEC) ribbon cutting was Sept. 3. This is the new SOU/RCC facility in Medford.

District 9 has many AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) scores up, but still below state level. MVE is the first year of “needing improvement.”

Providence Medical Center opens a facility in Central Point.

White City has a ribbon cutting for their water feature in Burns Park and bob Rowe , Eagle Point, is honored for 14 years as a Scout Master.

Bob Russell, Butte Creek Mill, was honored by the Chamber of Medford Jackson County at their annual banquet, with the Small Category business Excellence Award.

D9 Foundation set a new record with $58,386 from the weekend events. D9-EPEA held their 2nd mediation session. No progress, but it lasted 5 ½ hours. And there was a staff rally.

Fires near butte Falls raised real concern. Algae reported in Lost Creek, and it was still evident the last week of December.

Sept. 17- 3rd mediation session. Agreed on 3 items. Union wants 2 percent raise+COLA +steps; District talked 2%, step and no COLA and said if that was put into effect, it would be a 16.41% increase in 3 years.
Butte Falls Bottling plan looks like an old idea with a new future.

FDIC took over WaMu and immediately sold it to JP Morgan for only $1.9 billion.

Vince Marlia was surprised as Eagle Point Wal-Mart named him teacher of the Year.
OCTOBER
FEMA releasing Shady Cove from probat
ion, finally, as of Nov. 1.

Fire District 3 ribbon cutting for their new 8000 sq. ft. administration building., adjacent to the old 3,000 sq. ft. structure.

D9-EPEA hold a 10 ½ hr session and agree on two items. EPHS Principal talks to board about billboard advertising on fencing aroun d athletic fields. Idea would be for 4×8 ft. signs. No decision was made.
NOVEMBER
Ninety perent of county properties see decrease in value, but an increase in taxes.

EPHS and EPMS are teo of 10 schools in Oregon on a “watch” list because they exceeded the minimum rate of expulsions due to violence. EPHS principal Allan Barber said 11 brought weapons (usually a knife) to school, forgot they had it. He said they are making changes in their policy.

Number of free Halloween parties around Eagle Point helped to keep children off the streets.

Election time finally arrived. Besides all the national and county news, Shady cove got some new life. The mayor will be Ron Holthusen, new councilors are Leith Hayes and Margaret Bradburn.

The SORCC (V A Dom) has a new rehabilitation center underway.

Jim Collier adjusts his hat and changes from being a member of the Shady Cove Water Board to being its manager. Shady Cove Planning hears major annexation issue before large crowd. Decision postponed until Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Kyrstina Kahut, 20, dies. She was born with major heart problems and had a number of surgeries. She was in line for a heart-lung transplant at Stanford.

Lawsuit is filed against Shady cove Water Works.

Dogs for the Deaf expands to work with dogs for autistic.

And Rebecca Hill, EP, wins the grand prize in the Gingerbread Jubilee contest for the best gingerbread house, a benefit for the Ginger Rogers-Craterian Theater.
DECEMBER
Oregon had a White Christmas, setting records in the Portland area and changing many holiday plans.
Eagle Point FFA held their first auction/dinner/raffle and earned $17,000 for their efforts.

Dona Gelsinger’s Santa is gracing holiday Kleenex boxes this year. Rogue Federal was robbed Dec. 10 in early afternoon. Suspect not yet arrested.

Maverick 4-H donates $1,500 to needy and senior population. Scholarship Desert gains $6200 from their annual event.

Governor reveals his proposed 2009-2011 budget, that has many worried.

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