Highlights of Jan-June 2011

{gallery}12_27_11/councilors{/gallery}    JANUARY 2011-
Jan. 8- Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, of Arizona, was shot in the head. A young teenage girl and one of Gifford’s assistants were killed. This was at a shopping center where Gifford was about to hold a meet and greet. She continues to recover.

Jan. 18- URI featured installation of a  newly elected  mayor and city council members. This included Mayor Bob Russell, councilors Jonathan Bilden, Ruth Jenks and Kathy Sell.

Also in January, residents rallied against the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline that threatened to come through Upper Rogue area and under the Rogue River.

AG Tax Service opened in Ray’s Shopping Center.

EPHS January Students of the Month were Heather Huntley, Ivan Aranda, Ya Zhen Ta and Jonathan Aries.

The URI published 88 pages and reported on the death of 24 area residents.

{gallery}12_27_11/ribbon{/gallery}  FEBRUARY 2011
Locally, the biggest news was the beginning of Eagle Point’s Centennial. The city began Feb. 11, 1911. The URI published a special centennial 40 page paper, in addition to its regular weekly newspaper.

Centennial Plaza was dedicated on Feb. 12. It is located at the corner of Main and Royal. The contractor was E-Z Landscaping. The architect who worked with the  Economic Development Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission was John Galbraith & Associates.

February EPHS Students of the Month were Rebekah Anthos, Travis Fowler, Tessa Freeland and Gage Bauman.

Dr. Lacy Alexander Holowetz, 1996 graduate of Prospect High School, has a PhD. in Environmental & Exercise Physiology (EEP) and received EEP’s New Investigative Award for 2011. She is at Penn State University.

Mike Malepsy was awarded the “Shining Light” award for his 34 years in business and helping local Shady Cove businesses. The award was by the SC/UR Chamber of Commerce.

The Health Center at EPHS opened on Feb. 15.

The URI published 92 pages plus the 40-page Centennial special publication (total of 132 pages) and reported on the death of some 29 area residents., among them was Jean Pech who passed away on Feb. 28.

MARCH 2011

Eagle wrestling took third at State.

Mar. 11- Japan struck by a devastating earthquake that measured 8.9 followed by a  huge  tsunami that also  hit Oregon and parts of California.

Upper Rogue property owners win ownership battle with state over navigability of Upper Rogue.

State employee benefits include $1.56 billion just for medical 2011-2013. Oregon pays 100% medical benefits for employees while average of seven neighboring states is 15%.

Eagle Point Centennial flag art winners: Little Butte School- Carson Smith; Eagle Rock Elementary- Morgan Cooper. One flag will fly downtown and one flag will fly at city hall once flags are made based on student design. 

District 9 lays out plan to make cuts and RIF. Funding per student dropped from $6,028 to $5, 789; PERS costs will increase $800,000, $370,000 in raises through Step increases and $412,000 stimulus money is gone.

Mar. 22 issue reported wind damage from storm, especially hit Shady Cove and Prospect area.

Mar. 29 issue- District 9 awarded bid for new Hillside Elementary to Kirby Naglehout, of Bend, OR. in the amount of $7,729,000. That firm has put together six schools with similar plan. D9 put together capital projects bid that included the school and  $1,347,367 to go toward new roof at high school, a 5% contingency, and funds for equipment and furnishings. All of this from the $12 million insurance settlement from the junior high fire 8 years ago.

Students of the Month: Dina Salamanca, Brandon Bailey, Jessica Meyer and Cody Brownlee.

Andrew Roberts, Eagle Point teen, died in auto crash.

Beth Bilden, EPHS graduate, named EPHS volleyball coach.

Tea Party of Jackson County held an organizational meeting in Shady Cove.

URI published 108 pages of news including death of 24 area residents. 

APRIL 2011
Upper Rogue residents tell redistricting committee they want to keep Upper Rogue together (that did not happen).

Eagle Point resident Chris Chamberlain named #1 sales professional in Oregon for Coldwell Banker Commercial.

Matthew Falcy, 1993 graduate of EPHS, has four degrees including a PhD. in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Apr. 12 issue reported groundbreaking for an RHT Showcase Home at 203 White Oak on the hill above Shady Cove.

April 14-16, tornadoes killed 39.

Apr. 19 URI- included drawing of Hillside Elementary with groundbreaking on Apr. 20.

EP/UR Chamber of Commerce planned District 9 board candidate forum on Apr. 25.

Shelli Lass, EPHS graduate,  named Prospect volleyball coach.

Seven resignations submitted to Prospect School Board, six resignations for positions   held by two people (Wayne and Marci Gallagher). Wayne will be supt. at Camas Valley.

Eagle Point awarded reservoir landscaping contract to Covey Pardee.

Late April there were 343 tornadoes recorded with Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri devastated. In Alabama, Apr. 25-28, tornadoes killed 317. Joplin, 160 died and the deadliest wind to ever hit the United States was recorded at 200 mph. Officials said La Nina is one of the causes of so many tornadoes and the number of deaths is because many live in trailers and have no basements.

Apr. 26- EPHS Skills USA had eight students place 1st at state and qualify for nationals in Kansas City. In addition, five students took 2nd place. A total of 25 students attended state Skills.

Apr. 29- England’s Prince William and commoner Kate Middleton were wed. 

URI published 92 pages of news and there were 15 obituaries reported.

MAY 2011
May 2- United States kills Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Butte Falls had five students qualify to attend Future Business Leaders Association nationals in Orlando, Fla.

Eagle Point Police Officer Mike Anselmi was named school resource officer. It is a three year assignment.

Fundraiser for Southern Oregon Historical Society featured a celebration in honor of Ginger Rogers’ 100th birthday. She had a ranch near Eagle Point and spent a lot of time in the Upper Rogue area.

May 17 issue noted Vintage Faire as well as the grand opening of The Book Mark in Eagle Point with some 7,000 used books.

School board election: for Southern Oregon Education Service District, Doug McKinley defeated incumbent Lynn Corwin, District 9 favored the incumbents Ted Dole and Mary Ann Olsen.

May Students of the Month: Jordan Goetsch, Andrew Blanchard, Chelsea Burke and Logan Winter.

Five EPHS students will graduate from EPHS as well as from Rogue Community College.

Memorial Day events included Mill Creek Festival, White City Parade and the traditional event at Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Complete Care Chiropractic and Massage (Dr. Thaddeus Gala, EPHS graduate, owner) opens in Eagle Point.

EPHS receives “excellent” rating from NW Accreditation Commission.

District 9 plans for sports to be intramural coming together. This is one of the budgeting items.

Shady Cove honors George Bostic, who retired after a number of years as the director of Shady Cove Public works.
Among those who passed away during May were Terry Edmondson and Bob Assali. In addition, the Independent had information on another 22 obituaries and the newspaper published 92 pages during May.

JUNE 2011
Eagle Point High School Health Center was certified. Shady Cove Middle School
Speech program ended after 25 years. The program was primarily run by a dedicated group of volunteers.

EPHS Salutatorians were Chloe Hanson and Tianna Bushman.

Paul Bell hired as EPHS girls baseball coach.

Butte Falls gets a “new” fire truck. It is a 1996 freightliner pumper with 22,000 mi. on it. It was purchased through a grant and with $5,000 raised in the community.

District 9 approved budget amid public comment regarding importance of sports, counselors and class size.

Tie Days celebrates Father’s Day in Shady Cove.

Redistricting will find Eagle Point,  White City and the Domiciliary represented by Senator Jason Akinson and Rep. Dennis Richardson. Sen. Doug Whitsett and Rep. Mike McLane will have Shady Cove area, area surrounding Eagle Point and area to the east. This means District 9 will have two senators and two representatives because of the make up of the Upper Rogue area.

Following Bostic’s retirement from Shady Cove, the city revisited their budget an
d looked at the county for road maintenance and Rogue Valley Sewer System for service.

Lois Wilson retires from the Fire District No. 3 Board of Directors after 21 years.

City of Eagle Point honored visitors from sister city, Showa, Japan.

Boaters warned the Upper Rogue River had changed and a lot of debris could cause issues following removal of Gold Ray Dam at Gold Hill.

The Independent published 108 pages and 25 obituaries of area residents during June. 

The remainder of news highlights from 2011 will be featured in the Jan. 3 issue.


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