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UPDATES: AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday

November 9, 2021 at 3:38pm

Veterans to be honored at Oregon Capitol

Evan Sorce, Chief of Staff for Representative Paul Evans, views uniforms on display by the VFW #661 Uniform Display Museum during the "A Tribute to Veterans" event in 2019. (Courtesy/Oregon Capital Foundation)

Oregon is resuming an in-person celebration of its veterans this year with a Wednesday afternoon event outside the Oregon Capitol.

The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs said the outdoor ceremony "will feature remarks by federal, state and local dignitaries and ceremonial elements such as a color guard, national anthem, wreath presentation and the playing of 'Taps,'" according to a news release.

The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol Park in Salem. While it will honor all Oregon veterans, Vietnam veterans will be highlighted, the agency said. After the event, Vietnam War Memorial Fund President Steve Bates will lead an optional walking tour of the future site of the state's Vietnam War Memorial.

Tthe event will also be livestreamed on ODVA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/odvavet.

The Oregon State Capitol will separately have a Veterans Day exhibit on display this week through noon Friday, featuring service member uniforms. The annual "A Tribute to Veterans" event includes uniforms from each service branch from the Veterans of Foreign Wars #661 Uniform Display Museum, and matching service flags.

The Capitol is open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be closed on Thursday in observance of Veterans Day.

-Rachel Alexander

November 9, 2021 at 12:00pm

See an alligator before Jurassic Park showing at the Elsinore Theatre Wednesday

(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

People attending the Elsinore Theatre showing of the 1993 film “Jurassic Park” on Wednesday will have a chance to see reptiles in real life.

Prior to the 7 p.m. showing on Nov. 10, Brad’s World Reptiles is bringing creatures like snakes, alligators and turtles for “hands-on educational entertainment” to 170 High St. SE.

The reptile event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., is included with the cost of a $10 movie ticket.

Kids 12 and younger get in free with paid adult, with a limit of two children per paid ticket.

Jurassic Park is about a “paleontologist touring an almost complete theme park on an island in Central America is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose."

For information or to buy tickets, call 503-375-3574 or go to www.elsinoretheatre.com

-Saphara Harrell

November 9, 2021 at 11:17am

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider a $1 million public relations contract for environmental work

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider a $1 million with a public relations firm for its Environmental Services Division, waiving business inspection fees for commercial buildings impacted by the 2020 wildfires and a contract for battery transportation and recycling.


The commissioners will consider adding $321,470 to Marion County’s $75,000 contract with a Portland-based consultant for wastewater feasibility studies in the Brooks-Hopmere area, the county’s largest unincorporated community.

The commissioners will also consider waiving fees for building and septic permits for commercial buildings affected by the September 2020 wildfires for three years. The waiver would apply only to fees collected for the county’s Building Inspection Division. 

The board will consider a $375,000 contract with Battery Solutions, LLC to transport batteries to its facility and recycle them through Dec. 31, 2026.

Commissioners will consider a $1 million contract with California-based firm JPW Communications to provide public relations for Marion County Public Works’ Environmental Services Division through Nov. 30, 2023. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality requires that the division have a public relations program to inform the public about its work, including for waste reduction, solid waste, parks and storm water, according to the agenda review form.

The board will also consider adding about $274,300 to the county’s $4 million contract with Stayton-based Farline Bridge, Inc. for the construction of the Silverton Road bridge over the Little Pudding River. About $3.8 million will be paid with federal funds and the county will pay for remaining costs.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian