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Wrestling: The Next Generation

Eight wrestlers from the Vale Middle School recently competed in the Oregon Middle School state-qualifying tournament. Two qualified for the state tournament to be held in Woodburn. Colt Cummings took third place and Jackson Schaffeld placed second in the qualifying tournament. Above: Colt Cummings, Jon Cooper, Ronnie Norton, Jackson Schaffeld,[Read More…]


Let the sun shine in — for public

By Edwin Bender With its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly articulated the value of disclosure and transparency to the health of our democracy. After all, transparency is the best disinfectant, to paraphrase Justice Louis Brandeis’ famous quote. Sadly, the type of transparency and disclosure envisioned[Read More…]

Somebody stole my weather

Another View By Bill Hall Scott Kelly, the American astronaut, just completed a year in the International Space Station and was happy to see his family again, of course, but that’s not all. You might be surprised at what non-family aspect of his life he missed the most while living[Read More…]

Death notices

James M. Phillips, 80, of Vale died March 7, 2016 at his home. Arrangements by Lienkaemper Chapel, Vale. Gloria Ann Ogilvie, 81, of Ontario, died March 13, 2016 at a local hospital. Arrangements by Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. Condolences to the family at www. Lenny Cheyney Sr., 54, of Vale,[Read More…]


Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas Suzanne (Sue) C. Thomas, 81 of Vale, Oregon passed away Friday, March 11, 2016. She was born on January 21, 1935 in Oxnard, California to Thomas Russell and Evalyn Shott Carroll. She graduated from Santa Clara High School and went on to St. Mary’s College of Nursing in[Read More…]


Senior leadership to carry Vikings softball

With 13 players out for softball this season, the Vale coaching staff is pumped about experience – and not worried about total turnout. The Vikings have 10 returnees from last year’s squad, including eight seniors. “We have experience at basically all the positions on the field,” said Vale head coach[Read More…]


Vale grad plans trip to aid children in Romania

Hannah Bates, a 2015 graduate of Vale High School now studying at Southern Utah University, will travel to Romania this summer to help children. Bates, who is studying to become a pediatric occupational therapist, is heading to a special needs orphanage or hospital to both benefit her education and provide[Read More…]


Jacobs makes decision

After a second visit to the campus of Western Oregon University, Vale’s Zac Jacobs signed his letter of intent on Thursday, March 3 flanked by members of the Vale coaching staff and his parents. With plans to pursue a degree in business management, Jacobs said the football program at Western[Read More…]


Adrian strikes up the BAND

Unusual among small schools, Adrian has a thriving band program for sixth graders through high school. According to the Public School Review, the Adrian School District had 234 students last year – 72 in high school and 162 students in the grade school. Many participate in band. For the high school[Read More…]