Fatal wreckage out of 126
Another crash on Route 126 claims the life of an 18-year-old Monroe man. On Sunday, Colton Kenneth Rice of Monroe died when the dark blue Honda Civic he was driving collided head-on with a silver Toyota Tundra driven by Clint Robison, 33, of Yacolt, Wash., near mile marker 35. Witnesses say Rice traveled in the 126 eastbound lane to pass vehicles in a no-passing zone on a blind corner at high speed. The Tundra struck the Civic broadside resulting in the death of Rice. The four occupants of the Tundra were taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries and were later released. Highway 126 was closed for more than four hours while Oregon State Police conducted an investigation.
Mapleton Water Repair
A portion of Mapleton residents had to briefly go without water on Friday as the Mapleton Water District repaired a few leaks in a water main on Mapleton Road East. The workers were able to begin and complete the repairs on Friday. The leaks had just passed an area that had recently been replaced. Customers along the area were briefly without water as workers quickly replaced a faulty section of piping.
Humane Society in the Spirit of Easter
The Oregon Coast Humane Society got into the Easter spirit on Sunday with an Easter-themed photo shoot. Several members of the Siuslaw Middle School Builders Club have volunteered over the past two months. Students from the school helped find good homes for the animals and helped them recover after operations. Five members of the Builders Club took part in the photo shoot yesterday with bunny ears, costumes and extra hugs according to OCHS chief executive Elizabeth Thompson. Thompson says the impact the Builder’s Club has on the animals is incredible and would like to encourage other young volunteers.
If you are not registered to vote or need to make changes to your registration, the deadline is approaching. The deadline to register to vote or change your voter registration information for May 17and The primary election approaches on Tuesday, April 26and. Voter registration is available on a secure website operated by the Office of the Secretary of State. Potential voters can complete a new voter registration form or review and edit information currently on file. Voters in Lane County have several nonpartisan candidates to choose from. Voters affiliated with major political parties will choose their preferred candidates, State Labor Commissioner, Oregon Governor, U.S. Senate and 4and Headquarters of the District Congress. Ballots will be mailed from April 28and and must return on polling day. Recent changes to Oregon’s election law allow ballots postmarked on Election Day to be counted as long as they are received by the elections office within seven days.
Oregon tax kicker
If you’ve postponed filing your 2021 Oregon taxes, you might want to get started. The state of Oregon collected more taxes in 2020 than expected, triggering a clause in the state constitution requiring the excess to be returned to Oregonians who paid it. Even if you are not required to file this year, you may still be entitled to a refund from the previous year. The deadline for filing this year is April 18and.