Here are updates on stories that we have been tracking:
Marys River boardwalk
The story: The boardwalk at the Marys River Natural Area off of Southwest Brooklane Drive was destroyed by floods in the winter of 2011-12. City officials have been working ever since to try to restore the area’s trail system. The $450,000 project, funded mostly by a $200,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the city matched, faced procedural hurdles along the way. Both city and Benton County land are involved and there were endangered species and tribal issues to review. Ground was broken April 12 for the boardwalk replacement as well as a new at-grade concrete path.
The latest: Progress continues at both ends of the trail, the concrete at-grade path at the north end near the information kiosk and the raises boardwalk at the south end of the 0.38-mile trail system. City parks officials say the project will be finished in mid-September.
The story: Former Corvallis resident Leonard Higgins, one of five climate activists collectively known as the “valve turners,” was arrested on Oct. 11 for breaking into a fenced enclosure near Coal Banks Landing, Montana, and using an emergency shutoff valve to cut the flow of crude oil through a Spectra Energy pipeline. He was charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
The latest: Higgins’ trial has been postponed for a second time. He was initially scheduled to go on trial starting July 18 in Montana District Court in Fort Benton, but the proceedings were pushed back to Oct. 3. Now Higgins’ appointment with the judge has been delayed again, this time until Nov. 21.
Camp Adair barracks
The story: In 2010, Santiam Christian School gave the town of Adair Village two historic structures that once were part of Camp Adair, a sprawling military training base built by the Army in World War II and dismantled after the war. The city spent $100,000 to refurbish the 25-foot-by-125-foot wooden buildings and move them to a site near City Hall to become the centerpiece of a new civic center.
The latest: Adair Village officials plan to use one of the structures as a community hall and a new home for a model railroad club currently housed in another public building. The other is being renovated by Adair Living History as an interpretive center. The nonprofit group recently announced a $7,500 grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund that will finance the next phase of the project, including framing the interior walls.
Mental health campaign
The story: The Old Mill Center for Families and Children and the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis have been teaming up on providing mental health services at the club. However, grant money the two groups had been using ran out and they have been seeking to raise $35,000 to continue the program.
The latest: Toyota of Corvallis chose to donate proceeds from each car sale during a promotional period, which results in $10,000 being contributed to the two groups. A total of $7,500 goes toward the mental health programs, while $2,500 will be used for Boys & Girls Club scholarships.