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UPDATES: Salem City Council to interview candidates for Ward 8 vacancy Monday

March 17, 2022 at 5:40pm

Salem-based Clearwater Irrigation Supply sells to Orchard & Vineyard Supply

Orchard & Vineyard Supply on March 2 bought Salem-based Clearwater Irrigation Supply, an agricultural irrigation company that has served the Willamette Valley since 2015.

The Salem operation will remain open and retain all current employees, said Kevin Kern, ecommerce developer and marketing manager for OVS.

OVS supplies growers with trellising, training, harvest, pruning, agronomy, irrigation and water pumping products and services. The company is headquartered in McMinnville and serves Oregon, Washington, California and new York, a press release said.

Andrey Kaya, who founded Clearwater in Salem, will continue leading the business under OVS, according to the statement.

"I hope with this acquisition that we can do even better for our customers now moving forward," Kaya told Salem Reporter.

On selling to a national company, he said, "The opportunity presented itself, and they have a footprint and a presence already here. And so that that kind of made me the decision easier in a sense."

Kaya said they provide commercial and agricultural irrigation design, service and supplies.

“Clearwater has an excellent reputation in the Willamette Valley, and we are extremely excited to add Andrey and his team to the OVS family. We look forward to continuing to provide Clearwater’s clients with the same high quality level of service they expect, as well as giving them access to the wide variety of products and services OVS has to offer,” said Corey Coad, OVS President of Agriculture Supplies, in the press release.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

March 17, 2022 at 4:44pm

Stock up on plants at Deepwood's weekend plant sale

Plants will be on sale at the Deepwood Museum and Gardens March 18 and 19 (Courtesy/Yvonne Putze)

If the spring weather has you in a gardening mood, you can stock up at one of Salem's largest plant sales starting Friday.

The annual Friends of Deepwood plant sale will take place Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Deepwood Museum & Gardens parking lot at the corner of 12th Street Southeast and Southeast Lee Street.

The sale will feature "a variety of hard-to-find Oregon native and companion plants to add to your garden," according to a press release.

The annual sale's proceeds largely benefit the historic museum and go toward its preservation. The sale will also feature free guided tours of Deepwood's nature trails at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., and of the formal gardens at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days.

-Rachel Alexander

March 17, 2022 at 12:57pm

Salem City Council to interview candidates for Ward 8 vacancy Monday

Salem city council chambers on Wednesday, September 30. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Salem City Council on Monday is interviewing applicants for the Ward 8 vacancy following Jim Lewis’ resignation.  

Councilors will interview four applicants for the west Salem position starting at 6 p.m. March 21.

On March 16, the Council Board and Commission Appointments Committee voted to advance Jesse Barton, a Salem lawyer; Chris Cummings, CEO of Petra Technologies; Martin Hepp, deputy chief information officer at the Oregon Employment Department and Micki Varney, a salmon biologist. 

The replacement will serve the remainder of Lewis' term, which ends Dec. 31.

View the meeting on YouTube.

-Saphara Harrell