Cottage Grove

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The city of Cottage Grove hopes a new business can sweeten its local economy.  A budding chocolatier opened a storefront this fall, with an emphasis on direct trade buying and educating customers on where their food comes from.  KLCC’s Brian Bull paid a visit to Sanity Chocolate, and has this report.

Sanity Chocolate Facebook page.

We previously reported on the Cottage Grove Business Challenge.  Organizers were looking to bestow a grand prize of $6,000 to an up-and-coming business that would help boost the local economy.

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A new competition is offering $10,000 for start-up businesses in Cottage Grove. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains. 

Eugene Owned PakTech Expands to Cottage Grove

Jul 27, 2016
Richard Meyers

Eugene owned PakTech will be expanding its business operations to Cottage Grove starting in December. The plastic handle creator bought the former Kwikee building for $2.5 million.

Cottage Grove To Vote On Local Pot Tax in November

May 25, 2016
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Voters in Cottage Grove could decide to tax marijuana sold in the city. Monday city councilors voted to place a 3-percent pot tax on the November ballot.

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The approach to the Main Street Bridge in Cottage Grove is in danger of collapse. City leaders plan to re-direct road repair funds for an emergency fix.

Photo by Ashley Garmon

  Meera Subramanian is an independent journalist, Fulbright-Nehru scholar, and author of the book A River Runs Again, which tells the stories of ordinary people and micro-enterprises seeking to rescue India's natural world from crisis. It connects to the eight years Meera spent at Aprovecho Research Center in Cottage Grove, exploring a sustainable life. She returns to speak at the University of Oregon on Thursday, October 29th, and at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Sunday evening, November 1st. She speaks with Eric Alan. 

Rachael McDonald

Lane County has completed safety improvements along Row River Road in Cottage Grove where a bike/ pedestrian trail intersects it.
Officials held a ribbon cutting Wednesday. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Lydia McKinney, Transportation Planning Manager for Lane County.

Lydia McKinney / Lane County

Work will start soon on safety improvements to the Row River Trail in Cottage Grove. The project started in 2011 after South Lane County School Board Member Michelle Portman was fatally hit by a truck while biking the path.

Portman was the 2nd bicyclist killed where the trail crosses Row River Road.  Lydia McKinney is Lane County Transportation Manager. She says finding grant funding was essential since the county's road fund is lacking.

McKinney: "We were very fortunate to receive a grant from the Federal Lands Access Program."

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New camping rules for parts of the Umpqua National Forest near Cottage Grove go into effect today (Monday). Officials say long-term, homeless campers have created unsanitary conditions.

Camping along portions of Brice Creek and Sharps Creek will be limited to 14 days in a 45-day period. Melissa Swain is with the Cottage Grove Ranger District. She says the rule is changing because some campers have not kept clean sites:

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