Why another school bond measure?

Why another school bond measure?

Part I in a series: Looking at why proponents have placed a new school bond measure on the...

Rescuing Dibble House

Rescuing Dibble House

Grant money helped bring in an expert in historic restoration of Molalla pioneer home It has...

Car of MHS student athlete stolen from City Hall parking lot

Car of MHS student athlete stolen from City Hall parking lot

UPDATE AT 5:15 P.M.: The vehicle has been recovered and an arrest has been made. The vehicle has...

Planning Commission hearing cancelled when only one commissioner showed up

Planning Commission hearing cancelled when only one commissioner showed up

Public hearing rescheduled for Oct. 5 A local developer has submitted plans to build seven new...

15 years later, we remember

15 years later, we remember

Fifteen years. For many, they remember exactly what they were doing when the World Trade Center...

Molalla Apple Festival early this year

Molalla Apple Festival early this year

Molalla's annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Dibble...

Squatters being evicted from Molalla house

Squatters being evicted from Molalla house

Cash for Keys deal: Squatters would be paid to clean up the premises and move out by Sept. 2. ...

New policy at Molalla High: No smart phone use on campus during school day

New policy at Molalla High: No smart phone use on campus during school day

What if I told you that evil scientists from every industrialized nation were conducting a...

Open-carry activists gather to patrol Molalla streets

Open-carry activists gather to patrol Molalla streets

Citizens express concern over what some call 'vigilantism' More than a dozen Molalla residents,...

Watch for Colton FFA at County Fair

Watch for Colton FFA at County Fair

Colton FFA will have 10 exhibitors participating in this year's Clackamas County Fair, which...

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CONNER WILLIAMS - Glenn Byhre works behind the counter of the Country Values store. He said he will likely have to sell his home and file bankruptcy in order to pay off his debts.
September 20, 2016

Country Values expected to close by end of the month

by Conner Williams
Co-owner Glen Byhre to file bankruptcy, sell home After 12 years of business in Molalla, the Country Values store will be closing its doors for good by the end of the month. Glenn Byhre,…
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION  - Molalla High School graduation rates
September 20, 2016

Achievement 'climbing' in Molalla schools

by Kristine Thomas
Just as a coach reviews film after a game to see what went well and what didn’t, Molalla River School District Superintendent Tony Mann is analyzing the results of the statewide test taken by…
PHOTO COURTESY OF YOUTH OUTDOORS UNLIMITED  - Sean Derrick smiles from his seat on the boat as it travels along the Cowlitz River in Washington state for his YOU fishing trip.
September 20, 2016

Middle school student gets the trip of a lifetime

by Conner Williams
A Molalla River Middle School student had the opportunity last week to go on an all-expense paid fishing trip thanks to a Washington state-based nonprofit organization. Sean Derrick is a seventh…


CONNER WILLIAMS - Second grader Gracie Fisher smiles for the camera with Rural Dell reading specialist Jessia Baumgartner. Fisher is among the top students for time read; she even fell asleep on one of her books from staying up late to read extra.
September 20, 2016

Rural Dell reading program a huge success

by Conner Williams
Kids collectively read for 115 hours in first three days What’s the best way to get kids more excited about reading? Apparently it’s the prospect of taping your principal up to the wall if you…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: PETER WONG - Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, center, and Republican challenger Colm Willis at a business-sponsored forum Monday, Sept. 19, at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. At left is the moderator, Mark Meek, who read written questions from the audience.
September 20, 2016

5th District foes trade political jabs

by Peter Wong
Partisanship, Pacific trade pact split Democrat Schrader and Republican challenger at forum. Democratic incumbent Kurt Schrader and Republican challenger Colm Willis disagreed about partisanship…
September 19, 2016

Clackamas board stalemates on Measure 97 resolution

by Peter Wong
Issue likely to return after 2-1 vote with two absent members. Three Clackamas County commissioners stalemated last week on Measure 97, the proposed corporate tax increase on the Nov. 8…
MOLALLA RIVERWATCH - The popular event will be held Sept. 18, starting at the Hardy Creek Trailhead in the Molalla River Corridor
September 15, 2016

Horses, Hikers and Mountain Bikers Poker Ride & Hike

by Peggy Savage
Molalla Riverwatch will present the annual Horses, Hikers and Mountain Bikers Poker Ride/Hike on Sunday, Sept. 18, starting at the Hardy Creek Trailhead. Registration will be from 9 am until 11…
MOLALLA VFW - The 2015 Molalla POW-MIA Day ceremony at Fox Park.
September 14, 2016

Molalla VFW to honor local WWII veterans who were prisoners of…

by Peggy Savage
The Molalla POW/MIA ceremony will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 at Fox Park. Molalla will recognize local veterans who were prisoners of war or missing in action with a ceremony Friday, which…
MHS - Molalla High School may keep the name 'Indians' but as part of the potential agreement, this school will be required to eliminate the current mascot imagery.
September 15, 2016

Confederated Tribes give the OK - MHS can stay the 'Indians'

by Peggy Savage
As part of the potential agreement, the school will be required to eliminate the current mascot imagery. It’s official. The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde will allow Molalla High School to…
COURTESY: SECRETARY OF STATE AUDIT REPORT - Audit of Smarter Balanced Assessments shows tests are nearly twice as expensive as the last standardized test that Oregon used.
September 14, 2016

Audit: Oregon needs to get more out of expensive Smarter…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Statewide school tests through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium are nearly twice as expensive as the old tests, confusing to educators and time-consuming. That’s according to a new…

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CLACKAMAS COUNTY - Molalla High School student, Jonathan Scudder, designed this award-winning poster about safe drving
Sep 15, 2016

MHS student wins award for safe-driving poster design

by Peggy Savage
A Molalla High School student has received an honorable mention award for his submittal to the Clackamas County Drive to Zero program’s Posters and Coasters contest. Jonathan Scudder created his…
Sep 09, 2016

Molalla has three candidates to fill three council seats, one…

by Daniel Pearson
Three Molalla residents stepped forward as candidates for city council in the Nov. 8 elections. According to city documents filed with the Clackamas County Elections Division, however, Jimmy…
Sep 02, 2016

Secretary of state: Clackamas County Elections allowed access to…

by Pamplin Media Group
The Clackamas County Elections Office removed a computer terminal to protect voter information after discovering its potential to allow members of the public to examine protected voter…
Aug 30, 2016

National Association for Mental Illness to hold classes

by Peggy Savage
The National Association for Mental Illness will hold classes for those who have a loved one with a mental illness. The classes in Canby will be on Sundays, from 2-4:30 p.m. Sept. 11 - Nov. 27…
DANIEL PEARSON  - Mayor Deborah Rogge welcomes Glen Boreth to the Molalla City Council last Wednesday.
Aug 30, 2016

New councilors sworn in

by Daniel Pearson
Glen Boreth and Elizabeth Klein fill two vacant seats Two citizens, one a former city councilor, and the other active in community affairs, were sworn in by Mayor Deborah Rogge Wednesday to fill…
Aug 26, 2016

It's time to register at Molalla High School

by Peggy Savage
Molalla High School registration dates New Students to the District Students who are new to the district may register at the high school registrar’s office Monday-Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3…
OSP  - A Colton man died Wednesday when his motorcycle crashed with another vehicle on Highway 211 near Molalla.
Aug 25, 2016

Colton motorcyclist dies in crash on Highway 211

by Molalla Pioneer
A Colton man died Wednesday night when the motorcycle he was driving collided with another vehicle on Highway 211 near Molalla. At 8:56 p.m. Aug. 24, Oregon State Police troopers responded to a…
PIONEER PHOTO - Conner Williams
Aug 24, 2016

Conner Williams joins Pioneer staff as reporter

by Conner Williams
It sure does feel good to be back in Molalla. I’ll be completely honest, I never thought I’d be back here after college. During my time at school, my occasional treks back to town provided me…
CONNER WILLIAMS  - Molalla's new Public Works Director, Gerald Fisher, said the hope is to start paving the east side of Molalla Ave. by the end of this week.
Aug 23, 2016

New Public Works Director has eyes on long-term improvement

by Conner Williams
Molalla Ave. set for traffic change at end of week, possibly next week Molalla’s new Public Works Director has a knack for getting things done – and getting them done right. Gerald Fisher has…
MFD - Wildfire training exercise at Molalla
Aug 24, 2016

Extreme fire danger in Clackamas County

by Molalla Pioneer
Clackamas County is moving to EXTREME fire danger tomorrow morning (Friday, Aug. 19). This will put us into a total burn ban which includes recreational fires. You can visit…