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Celebrating CASA of Marion County


For my birthday this month, I’m asking for donations to CASA of Marion County Oregon. CASA does amazing things for our children who need a Court Appointed Special Advocate. The volunteers give of their time, talents and treasures to be there for these kiddos who need special support. Two major milestones that have happened in […]

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CASA Success Story


RESCUE DOG COMFORTS CHILDREN AT FOSTER CARE HEARINGS It started with an offhand remark. At a juvenile justice conference in 2017, Shaney Starr was chatting with her fellow attendees about ways to get children to attend their court hearings and help them feel comfortable once they’re there. Starr is the executive director of CASA (Court […]

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State of the County


Last week my fellow Commissioners and I presented the annual State of County Address to a packed room of business leaders, community members and other elected officials.  It is an honor to be your Board Chair this year and serve along side Commissioners Brentano and Willis. We reported on many important issues from transportation to […]

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Winter Weather Safety


Late last week the City of Woodburn issued a weather advisory e-blast to its community.  Although the anticipated snow in the valley floor has passed, we could still experience a nasty spell of wintery weather, with temps below freezing and a bit of snow/ice in the area.  Please take a moment to read through these […]

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New Year – New Elected Officials


As we near the end of the first month of this new year, I’d like to first say thank you and goodbye to 2018 and give a big hello to Commissioner Colm Willis who was sworn in on January 7. Looking back at 2018, I realize that there are many things I am thankful for: […]

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