Benton County

Land Use
1:44 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Benton County Looking At Multiple Options For Purchased Railroad Corridor

Salvage crew removing tracks from Bailey Branch Corridor.
Credit Corvallis Gazette-Times

Benton County is unsure how to manage an 18 mile railroad corridor it purchased late last year. The County is seeking public comment on the best use of land that extends from Monroe to just south of Corvallis.

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Fire Season
1:21 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Burn Ban Starts Monday In Most Oregon Counties

This weekend is the last chance for backyard and open burning in many places in Oregon. Lane, Linn, Benton and Marion Counties have all declared June 15 as the last day.

Neil Miller is with the Oregon Department of Forestry. He says early this year, they considered starting the burn ban sooner than usual. But spring rains relieved their concerns about fire danger:

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Politics & Government
12:25 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Benton County Looks For Public Direction On Abandoned Rail Line

Credit Benton County

Last fall, Benton County commissioners OK-ed the purchase of about 18 miles of the defunct Bailey Branch rail line.  Now they're looking to the community for ideas on how to use the land.

The Bailey Branch runs south of Corvallis to the town of Monroe, and includes a spur that goes to the community of Dawson.  Benton County Spokesman Rick Osborn says the purchase was about maintaining the right-of-way for future rail usage.

Osborn: "It's really difficult to restore right-of-way for a section that long, but it's a lot easier if you've already got it."

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Health
7:52 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Benton County Ranks Healthiest In Oregon

New rankings say the healthiest people in Oregon live in Benton County. The annual report is from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It measures factors such as education, income, tobacco use and quality of life.

Charlie Fautin is the Deputy Director of the Benton County Health Department. He says it's great to rank first in the state, but there are plenty of people in Benton County who are not doing as well as they could.

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Winter Weather
7:21 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Flooding Prompts Benton County To Open Fairgrounds To Animals

Credit Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

Benton County has opened the barns at its Fairgrounds to animals in need of refuge from high water conditions.

Osborn: "We don’t know that it will get any worse, but we don't know that it won't."

Those words from Benton County Spokesman Rick Osborn about the potential for high water over the next few days.  Osborn says melting snow and rain have caused some pastures in the county to flood and at least one barn collapsed under the recent snow.

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Homelessness
6:55 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Organizers In Corvallis Hope To Attract More People By Dropping "Homeless" From Name Of Event

A recent Project Homeless Connect event in Newport.
Credit Project Homeless Connect

In an effort to attract more people, the Benton County Project Resource Connect has dropped the word "homeless" from the name of their event.
 

Nationwide, homeless connect events are held as a one-stop shop for people needing assistance accessing services. Benton County Project Coordinator Johanna Peerenboom says they've dropped the word "homeless" from the title of their event.

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