WOU Women’s Soccer Adds Assistant Coach

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By the Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University’s women’s soccer team will import an assistant coach from the University of Oregon for the new season this fall. Maryn Beutler, most recently a University of Oregon graduate assistant coach, will join the Wolves. Head coach Kacey Bingham said she’s eager to have Beutler to [more…]

Hailey Verhaalen: ‘Someday When This Is Over’

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By Bren Swogger at Vortex Oregon native Hailey Verhaalen has seen a lot change in the past year. A singer-songwriter from Oregon City and graduate of Western Oregon University, Verhaalen made her way to Nashville in 2016 to pursue her dreams in country music. Since then, she’s spent the years avidly pursuing her passions, writing three songs [more…]

Isle Royale National Park Has New Superintendent

By the Keweenaw Report Isle Royale National Park has a new superintendent. This from a press release from Bert Frost, Regional Director of the National Park Service. Denice Swanke, will take over, effective August 16th. Frost said this about Swanke. “Her honesty and integrity will help continue and develop strong relationships that will position her [more…]

Mike Krantz is Next Bend Chief of Police

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By MyCentralOregon.com The City of Bend has selected Portland Police Bureau Assistant Chief Michael Krantz as Bend’s next Police Chief. Krantz will serve the 115-year-old Bend Police Department in the position previously held by Chief Jim Porter, who retires today. He will begin his service in Bend on August 10, 2020. “Mike has a reputation for being [more…]

Local Driver-Ed Teacher Honored

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By Kristen Wohlers at the Molalla Pioneer Molalla resident and driver-education teacher Timothy Beckham was selected by his peers as a national winner of the Teacher of Excellence award. Beckham, vice president of the Oregon Driver Education Center and a driving instructor at Western Oregon University, is one of five driver-education teachers from throughout the [more…]

Rick Bartow Artwork in Online Show

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By the Newport News Times The creative work of Rick Bartow (1946-2016) — one of Oregon’s most well-known artists — is now included in the Oregon Coast Online Art Show, presented by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and the Newport Visual Arts Center.  Bartow’s limited-edition lithograph, “Segyp, Kos Ket Saw Temp,” can be [more…]

WOU athletes still pursuing Olympic dreams

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By Jennifer Biberston at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — Derek Holdsworth looks at the postponement of the Olympic track and field trials as another chance to get better. Originally the trials, which Holdsworth hopes to qualify for in the 800-meters, were set for late June of this year, but have been delayed until June [more…]

Lefties’ Alum Mechals Drafted by White Sox in Fourth Round

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By Pierre LaBossiere at the Peninsula Daily News PORTLAND, Ore. — Kade Mechals, who pitched for the Port Angeles Lefties in 2018, was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft. Mechals, a McMinnville, Ore., high school graduate, has pitched for Skagit Valley College and Western Oregon University [more…]

McIntyre learns life lessons through baseball

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By Jennifer Biberston at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — To Josh McIntyre, baseball is an indicator of life. “Baseball, it’s not always a fair game,” he said. “You could have one plan in place going into the game, but you might have to adapt to what the other team is doing or how the [more…]