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US Highway 99W, seen near Avery Avenue and Crystal Lake Drive. The Oregon Department of Transportation is considering adding several roundabouts along this section of the highway in south Corvallis to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Roundabouts proposed for southern Corvallis to increase safety

Kelsy Valentine, News Reporter
August 21, 2021

The City of Corvallis and the Oregon Department of Transportation are looking at potentially building roundabouts on Highway 99 in southern Corvallis to slow traffic and decrease risk of severe accidents. Highway...

A display of various alcoholic drinks at the annual Septembeerfest event, shown prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual event, which was planned to be held on Aug. 28 at Avery Park in Corvallis, Ore., has been cancelled by the organizers for the second year in a row due to COVID-19 safety concerns. 

Septembeerfest canceled for second consecutive year due to COVID-19 concerns

Cara Nixon, News Reporter
August 20, 2021

Corvallis’ 13th annual Septembeerfest, an event put on by Heart of the Valley Homebrewers, has been canceled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. In a statement published to their Facebook page on...

The Corvallis to the Sea Trail features 60 miles of trail that connects the Heart of the Willamette Valley with the Central Oregon Coast. The Corvallis to the Sea Trail’s opening ceremony will take place on Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

Opening ceremony to commemorate Corvallis to the Sea Trail debut

Cara Nixon, News Reporter
August 20, 2021

After almost 50 years of effort, the Corvallis to the Sea Trail will be hosting an official opening ceremony at the Benton County Fairgrounds.The event, which will take place on Aug. 21 at 2 p.m., is the...

Illustration of a hand picking a lottery ticket from a bowl, for the Benton County lottery winner. All of the tickets are labeled Benton County, and the bowl has a pattern of vaccination syringes around the edge. More monetary incentives have been used across the state this summer to encourage citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Oregon continuing vaccine incentives after Benton County vaccine lottery winner announced

Cara Nixon, News Contributor
August 16, 2021

As the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads throughout the country, Oregon experts are continuing to turn to monetary incentive programs to boost vaccination rates. County winners for the “Take Your Shot,...

Scott Davis, a local Corvallis community member, browses through Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s catalog of literature on Wednesday, July 28th. The CBCPL has now reopened to the public, and requires masks inside their buildings, except for patrons 5 and under.  

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, ‘Heart of the community,’ remains prominent after reopening

Cara Nixon, News Contributor
August 15, 2021

Molly Larson Cook, a patron of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, said she always tells people she was raised by librarians. Cook’s parents aren’t really librarians, but as someone who moved...

An illustration of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. Delta variant COVID-19 cases have been reported in Benton County, and the variant has been found to cause more severe illness in unvaccinated individuals and be more transmittable in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Vaccinated individuals can spread COVID-19 Delta variant but at reduced risk

Kelsy Valentine, News Reporter
August 9, 2021

Correction: This story has been updated to say that there have been dozens of variants of COVID-19. A previous version of this story had said there were thousands.As COVID-19 cases start to rise in Benton...

Workers at Don Froylan’s Creamery in the middle of the cheese-making process. Don Froylan produces a line of several cheese products, some of which are served at OSU McNary Dining Hall’s La Calle Restaurant.

UHDS sources locally-grown ingredients for food produced in all dining halls throughout campus

Angela Tam, News Contributor
August 2, 2021

As part of the ongoing Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, Oregon State University’s University Housing and Dining Services aims to support the incoming 2021-2022 academic community by...

Corvallis City Manager, Mark Shepard, stands outside of Corvallis City Hall and discusses what the role of City Manager looks like. The City Managers Office ensures the City runs effectively and efficiently to achieve what Corvallis community members, through the City Council, want to accomplish with the resources available.

Oregon expected to have hotter than average summer temperatures

Kelsy Valentine, News Reporter
July 24, 2021

August temperatures are expected to be hotter than normal this year, but the Willamette Valley is unlikely to experience a heat wave of large magnitude during the late summer. The last weekend of June...

General Crime Graphic

Independence man confesses to Corvallis homicide

Kelsy Valentine, News Reporter
July 21, 2021

A Corvallis man was shot and killed on Sunday, July 18, following a call to the Linn County sheriff’s office received a call just after 10 p.m. that night. As of July 19, police have arrested Pedro...

A lemonade/bake sale outside the Samaritan Health Plans building in Corvallis, Ore. organized by Autumn Benton to help pay for her home birth out-of-pocket. Benton is joined by family, friends, and supporters in protest of Samaritan opting to not cover home births under their insurance plans.

Protest shows concerns on homebirth exclusion from insurance policy

Eden Todd, News Contributor
July 17, 2021

Corvallis resident Autumn Benton discovered she was pregnant with her third child last December. She has since found that having a homebirth was not covered by her health insurance.Benton, a part-time...

The housing market price bubble affects everyone, even people who don’t own homes. This illustration shows the sensitivity of the market.

Students prepare as Corvallis housing market inflates

Elijah Dodd, News Contributor
July 8, 2021

Oregon State University students looking to live off campus next year should take steps to prepare for the increasing price of rent of local housing coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.According to housing...

Teri OMalley, recreation coordinator and program planner at C-3 Corvallis Community Center, can be seen at the future site of the outdoor concert series in the Summer of 2021. With COVID-19 reaching an understood norm, OMalley continues to prioritize keeping community members safe during the outdoor concerts. 

Corvallis park hosts summer concerts in July and August, post-pandemic

Josie Carstensen, News Contributor
July 6, 2021

Through a series of free outdoor concerts, the 3C Summer Concert Series is bringing up-and-coming local artists and bands to Corvallis. On the nights of July 15 and Aug. 12, at Chintimini Park, the stage...

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