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Still can’t get over how clean the streets were when the Couch Patrol went out Tuesday afternoon. Much less trash and debris. Far fewer couches.

But, as a member of the Corvallis Police Department once told me, “even with all of the livability efforts this still is a college town.”

Old habits die hard. And new recruits come in every fall.

So here is a bit of an update, circa Thursday’s afternoon, at about 3:30 p.m.:

The best find from our Tuesday trip, a three-cushion couch at the corner of 18th and Harrison, remained there, nearly 48 hours after a photo of it went online at the G-T website. That’s a busy corner near Kings Blvd., plus a Republic Services truck was seen passing the corner while the C.P. was photographing the couch. Kind of looks bad. Looks better that as of 6 p.m. Thursday it had disappeared.

In just a short northside tour Thursday the C.P. also saw a good-sized debris field on 13th, with a couch, an armchair, a table and a classic upturned trash cart.

And because we knew you would want to know … the sandals remain at the corner of 15th and Jackson. Someone has moved them, however, and they are placed in a more … orderly … fashion.

Also found one of the best abandoned couches we have ever seen on 19th Street. Didn’t get close enough to see the tree rings, so to speak, but it looked like it was in pretty good shape.

That’s three couches in about 15 minutes. Only found one in about 75 minutes on Tuesday. Did the great city-OSU-landlord-Republic armada run out of steam by Thursday?

Stay tuned.

More good news is that a debris field at a vacant lot on Northwest 21st reported to the Couch Patrol on Wednesday was gone by Thursday afternoon.

The Couch Patrol accepts tips at or 541-758-9542. 

Contact reporter James Day at or 541-758-9542. Follow at or



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