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Homeless camps on Albany paths: An update

The homeless camp on the Dave Clark Riverfront Path featured in Friday’s story had been cleared by Friday afternoon. Impromptu camping along the Willamettte River is common, but the campsite under the Lyon Street Bridge was unusual. It was the first I had seen so close to the riverfront walking and bicycling path itself.
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​​Influencer and Dog Driving Across U.S. Die in Car Crash Before Arriving at Final Destination

A Brazilian influencer and his golden retriever died in a car crash just days before completing their drive from Brazil to Alaska. Jesse Kozechen, 29, died on Highway 199 just outside of Salem, Oregon, around 10:30 a.m. local time Monday. Kozechen, driving a Volkswagen Beetle, tried to pass a line of cars that had slowed down for a turning car ahead but instead swerved into oncoming traffic and hit another car, Oregon State Police said in a release shared with PEOPLE.

Eunju Metzler, MD, Retires After 27 Years at The Corvallis Clinic

After 27 years, Eunju Metzler, MD, is retiring from The Corvallis Clinic. She has faithfully served our community as a Pediatrician for almost three decades and has cared for multiple generations of families. During her tenure, she also served as the Pediatrics Medical Department Chair, on the Professional Standards Committee,...

'Our hearts break': Remembering those who died while homeless in Salem

On a drizzly Thursday afternoon, dozens gathered at Marion Square Park to remember those who died while experiencing homelessness in recent years. "Today is a reminder of the heartbreaking realities we have all become too familiar with," Lucy Briseno, with the ARCHES Project, said. "Our neighbors, family and friends are dying without...

DMV to Close Multiple Offices For Summer in Oregon

Due to the fact the Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is facing worker shortages, and a statewide reorganization of offices, the Corvallis Gazette Times is reporting that 10% of DMV offices will be closing this summer. With six to 60 offices being closed, the offices shutting down include Lebanon, Ashland,...

Robert “Bob” Wirth, MD, Retires After 22 Years at The Corvallis Clinic

After 22 years, Robert “Bob” Wirth, MD, is retiring from The Corvallis Clinic. Dr. With has been a valuable part of our Internal Medicine Team in North Albany. He spent four years on the Board of Directors (part of that as Board Vice President) and was critical in getting all of the clinical activities in North Albany off the ground. “I was directly involved in the construction of our new building in North Albany, and seeing it go from an idea to a beautiful and excellent clinic was awesome,” said Dr. Wirth in his retirement interview.

Philomath’s title chase still alive with major win over No. 1 Banks

Philomath High School’s baseball team has obviously peaked at the right time. Stayton, Newport, Blanchet Catholic and Henley can all attest to just how well the Warriors have been playing over the past three-plus weeks. Banks, the No. 1-seeded team in the Class 4A state playoffs, added its name...

2 Salem schools placed in lockdown on report of suspicious person

SALEM, Ore. — North Salem High School and Parrish Middle School went into lockdown Friday afternoon while police investigated a report of a suspicious person on the campuses. The two schools are close by each other. Shortly before 2 p.m., the Salem-Keizer School District tweeted the schools were in...

Albany issues Pride month proclamation

The Albany City Council unanimously voted to issue a proclamation declaring June as LGBTQ Pride Month. “I encourage all residents to accept, celebrate and recognize the efforts and ongoing contributions of the LGBTQ communities within Albany and to work together to end discrimination against these members of our community,” Mayor Alex Johnson II said.

Oregon State's All-American Willits Twins Will Not Return in 2022-23

Friday evening, the Willits twins, Grant and Hunter, announced that they both would not be returning to compete for Oregon State during the upcoming 2022-23 season. The Willits' were a part of an Oregon State squad that put four wrestlers on the NCAA podium during the second national tournament of Chris Pendelton's tenure. Those placements helped the Beavers to a 12th-place finish in Detroit.