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A photo illustration of a person voting taken on Feb. 19. With preliminary results from the Secretary of State’s website showing that 57.26% people voted against the measure, there is a small chance that the measure will pass.

May Elections preliminary results: Benton County bond measure 2-140 faces slim chance of passing

Skand S. , News Contributor
May 18, 2023

Ballot measure 2-140 – “community safety, mental health and homelessness services facilities,” appears to have a slim chance of passing after the preliminary results from the Secretary of State's...

Crescent Valley High School drama club returns after years-long hiatus with “Beowulf (and the Bard)”

Crescent Valley High School drama club returns after years-long hiatus with “Beowulf (and the Bard)”

Skand S., News Contributor
May 4, 2023

A Viking warrior: allergic to violence and doesn’t like working out. This is the premise of “Beowulf (and the Bard),” an all-student high school play that starts on Friday at Crescent Valley High...

Image of the Benton County Crisis Center Project timeline courtesy of the Benton County Website

Benton County Crisis Center temporarily relocates ahead of replacement

New building set to open in Summer 2024
Wahb El Atlassi, News Contributor
May 3, 2023

The Benton County Crisis Center is now located in the Benton County Humphrey Hoyer Building at 557 NW Monroe Ave. in Corvallis. The center provides walk-in crisis counseling services provided by Benton...

R-Rated horror circus coming to Corvallis at end of April

R-Rated horror circus coming to Corvallis at end of April

Paranormal Cirque spreads events into Oregon for the 2023 season
Sam Misa, News Contributor
April 24, 2023

While the average circus is a family friendly affair, the one coming to Corvallis at the end of this month is R-rated. Called the Paranormal Cirque, this circus has been running since May of 2021, and...

An elderly couple to the side of a map of Oregon, with Klamath County highlighted in blue to represent its Blue Zone status. The unofficial term of a blue zone means that the area has a high quality of life resulting in residents in the area living longer lives.

Benton County currently has no plans to become a Blue Zone

Jordyn Gregory, News Contributor
April 5, 2023

While there may be rumors that Benton County is considering becoming a Blue Zone, at this time they are not, however they still have potential to earn that title.  A Blue Zone is an unofficial term...

Katie Barber poses as she removes her mask on Tuesday, March 14 in Corvallis. The last remaining mask mandate in Oregon, which requires them to be worn in health care settings, will be lifted on April 3.

Masks welcome, not required

Oregon set to lift mask mandate in healthcare settings
Wes Flow, News Reporter
March 15, 2023

Next time you’re in a doctor’s office, you may see many of the things one would expect to be there: needles, stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs, among others. The one thing that may be missing is...

A donation box in downtown Corvallis in August of 2022. Since Gov. Tina Kotek’s declaration of homelessness as a state of emergency this last January, multiple legislative bills have been proposed to address the issue that has been an increasing issue in Oregon.

Oregon’s attempt to tackle homelessness: State legislature introduces several housing bills, one endorsed by Benton County

Skand S. , News Contributor
March 6, 2023

With Gov. Tina Kotek having declared homelessness as a state of emergency in several counties across Oregon, numerous housing related legislative bills have been proposed to tackle this priority.  One...

Senator Jeff Merkley, and Congresswoman Van Hoyle host a town hall meeting at Crescent Valley High School on Saturday. Community members asked questions about universal healthcare, free education, and upcoming support for small businesses.

Senator Merkley and Congresswoman Hoyle respond to the issues of Benton County residents in joint townhall

Skand S., News Contributor
February 15, 2023

“Get up, vote, get engaged, talk to your elected officials –  know that your voice matters, because there's a group of people that are doing everything they can to let you think that your voice doesn't...

Andrew May (he/him) who moved to Corvallis in the summer of 2013 with his former wife, children and in-laws at the time, sits on a cement wall while speaking about homelessness on Jan. 25. As of Jan. 11, Tina Kotek has signed off on a state of emergency in regards to various counties in Oregon. However, this state of emergency does not currently apply to Benton County.

Governor declares a state of emergency for homelessness

Nino Paoli, News Contributor
February 7, 2023

Governor Tina Kotek declared a homelessness state of emergency in multiple Oregon counties on Jan. 10, following her signing of three executive orders to address the issue. Though Benton County was...

Photo courtesy of DLR Group.

Expect to vote on in May: Justice System Improvement Program will cost Benton County residents $110 million

Skand S., News Contributor
February 7, 2023

Clarification:  A previous version of this article stated the mental health crisis center would be dependent on the bond measure passing as well as the distribution of the 110 million included in the...

Benton County Sheriff responds to passing on Measure 114

Haley Stark, Reporter
November 18, 2022

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan recently came out against Measure 114, a law banning gun magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.  On her Facebook page, Duncan stated “I...

Benton County officials prepare for voting changes in Corvallis

Benton County officials prepare for voting changes in Corvallis

Wes Flow , News Contributor
November 3, 2022

After significant preparation by Benton County election officials, Corvallis voters will be using ranked choice voting in municipal elections for the first time on Nov. 8. According to the City of Corvallis...

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