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LISA LINFESTY - Colton's Elena Linfesty placed sixth at last month's national SkillsUSA commercial baking and cake decorating competition in Louisville, Kentucky. The recent Colton High School graduate plans to continue her culinary studies at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, next fall.
July 22, 2016

Local cakemaker scores at national culinary event

by Cindy Fama
Elena Linfesty, a recent graduate of Colton High School, earned the high score in skills points proficiency and placed sixth overall during the June 20-26 national SkillsUSA commercial baking…
ANGELICA TRUE - The Molalla Adult Community Center raised $1000 for the center's Pave the Way project.
July 21, 2016

A rummage sale to beat all rummage sales

by Pat Torsen
The Molalla Area Seniors planned their fundraiser rummage sale this year and hoped to raise funds to help pave the parking lot of the community center. Last year we contributed to the painting…
July 13, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Mayor expresses thanks to Molalla police…

by Debbie Rogge
To the editor: Dear Chief Lucich, I am writing this to follow up on the events seen in the media over the past week concerning the shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas. I thought of you…


July 13, 2016

The Fourth of July Parade: starting time

by Pat Torsen
To see the parade, many people set up chairs and ropes the night before so that they can save their special seating areas. But by 7:15 a.m., the day of the Fourth, people are still setting up…
July 13, 2016

Letter to the Editor: What's with the hiked up costs on water…

by Deb Stewart
To the editor: Molalla folks need to closely review their monthly billings for water and sewer services by MINOL. Legally, I have the right to voice my opinion here and would not be defaming. My…
July 13, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Speeders, Slow down!

by Shirley Linck
To the editor: Speeders on Toliver Road and Highway 213 to N. Molalla Ave.: if you want to speed, go drive the freeway. We have three speeds on this street and they are 25, 20, and 30 mph. In…
July 13, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Loved the parade, but where's the royalty?

by Maura White
To the editor: I just spent another great weekend in Molalla for the 4th of July – thanks for the amazing hospitality everyone. I truly believe there is no better place to feel the spirit of…
July 13, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Show respect for police

by Mike Early
To the editor: When what feels like a majority of the population are glued to their televisions and social media sites all day every day and the “talking heads” on TV are continuously spouting…
July 13, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Thank you Fountain Valley Dental

by John Plummer III
To the editor: This letter is to express my sincere gratitude and thanks to Ben Whitted DDS and his fantastic staff and volunteers at Fountain Valley Dental for the free day of dental services…
July 02, 2016

A call for Oregon open records law reform

by John Sepulvado
In elementary school, Franklin Weekley was diagnosed as “mentally retarded.” He was slow to learn, but quick to act out on impulse. Teachers at his rural school were unequipped to get a handle…

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MOLALLA PIONEER - Pamplin Media Group President Mark Garber
Jun 23, 2016

IP 28 represents the worst kind of sales tax

by Mark Garber
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest attempt to…
Jun 21, 2016

Our opinion: Governor needs to oppose gross receipts tax

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest attempt to…
Jun 17, 2016

Our opinion: Kate Brown snubs voters and tradition with debate…

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding election-year tradition of inviting the two major candidates for…
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May 26, 2016

Education in Molalla: a Utopian Dream?

by John Flavin
Utopia. Noun. An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. I’m an English teacher at Molalla High School. I asked my 11th grade students to write two to three pages…
May 26, 2016

Our Opinion: Gross receipts tax would only hurt those it aims to…

by Editorial Board
A new analysis by state economists should make public employees think twice about the harm they’d do to low-income Oregonians if the unions and their backers succeed in pushing through a gross…