Don't panic, this will be a test

Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 11:00 a.m. Oregonians will hear on their radios and see on their televisions a test of the emergency alert system (EAS). The test will last approximately three (3) minutes.  Normal programming will return following the test.  This is a nationwide test organized by the FCC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency…

Engineer’s report may deplete water research fund in Shady Cove

The Sept. 15 Shady Cove City Council meeting was in part an English lesson and in part a lesson on following expert advice. The first issue of semantics arose during the FEMA report. The question; how will FEMA define “progress”? For now FEMA seems satisfied with the city’s efforts to encourage voluntary compliance. However, the…

TMDL, SOREDI, FEMA-acronym night in Shady Cove

“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” Johann Wolfgang von Gothe. As evidenced by the July 21 Shady Cove council meeting; the council will no doubt heartily agree with this quote.    The study session featured several acronyms: presentations from Greg Stabach…

Shady Cove revised budget includes working with county & RVSS on sewer

Aesop’s Fable The Tortoise and the Hare was meant to teach us that slow and steady wins the race. However, Shady Cove city council is finding that slow and steady is really just lost meandering in the backfield while speedy crosses the finish line and gets things done. Several issues were tackled during their June…

Butte Falls gets “new” fire truck

{gallery}/06_07_11/bftruck{/gallery}The  Butte Falls Volunteer Fire Department received $95,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) through their Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to purchase a structural fire engine. Local community member Janice Schultz and Fire Chief Jeff Gorman wrote the grant. The fire department’s responsibility for this purchase is $5,000; using money collected through donations…

Shady Cove says okay to FEMA, seeks water plan details

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood…” Robert Frost – as we know, Frost took the road less travelled, making all the difference.  But what if there are more than two roads? What if each looks equally appealing – or unappealing…

SC reviews water maser plan, changes FEMA contractor

“Stones are hollowed out by the constant dropping of water.” Ovid – so Shady Cove hopes to grind away at their aquatic issues – one drop at a time. Once again the theme of the Jan. 6th city council study session and meeting was good old H20; starting off the new year with old issues….

SC administrator resigns after exec session, council brings Shaddox back

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. Truly there was a bit of a “down…

FEMA violations concern Shady Cove

February is one of TV’s “sweeps” months; keeping with that theme Shady Cove City Council’s Feb. 4 study session and meeting was one exciting episode of “Law & Order: SCU” (Shady Cove Unit). The voice over at the start of the episode would be something like: “In Shady Cove FEMA offenses are considered especially heinous….

Shady Cove mulls price of FEMA inspections

Irony can be defined as something which is: both coincidental and contradictory in humorous or poignant and extremely improbable way. It is safe to say that it is horribly ironic that one of the major concerns for Shady Cove – a city in a near perpetual state of hand wringing over lack of water –…

Review of new County FEMA Maps

In an effort to update local government officials and the public on a recently completed Flood Insurance Study in Jackson County, FEMA representatives held two open houses on August 20 in Medford. Local cities and the county were well represented at the afternoon session. And about 100 citizens that live in the floodplain were on…