News for those who live, work and play in North Santiam Canyon

One challenger in school district race

Amy McKenzie Watts is challenging incumbent board vice-chair Erin Cramer for the Position 2, Zone 2 slot in the North Santiam School District. Three other incumbents are running unopposed in the May 16 election: Mike […]

County OKs new west side artery

The Marion County Board of Commissioners has passed an ordinance expanding Sublimity’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to allow for a new main road on the city’s west side. During their March 1 meeting, commissioners ratified […]

Murder case dismissed

A murder case against a Stayton man accused of shooting his aunt to death in 2021 has been dismissed after prosecutors decided they could not gain a conviction. Brian “Charles” Schaefer, 41, was scheduled to […]

Arson case dismissed

Allegations of arson have been dropped against a Lyons man accused of burning down his neighbor’s home after the 2020 wildfires, though a related civil suit remains pending. On Feb. 28, the Marion County District […]