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Volume XXIII, Number 22

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


By Michael Howell

County wide Zoning efforts in the wake of the voter passed Interim Zoning Initiative that limits development to one dwelling per two acres, combined with some very interesting election results, have to stand out as news making events of the past year. It is also noteworthy that both those top news issues, along with several other newsworthy events of the past year, share a common thread: litigation. Several court cases, many of them still ongoing, give us a raw outline of the year's most important issues. We saw lawsuits filed over zoning, over election processes, over the establishment of a county board, over the subdivision review process, even a lawsuit over the settlement of a lawsuit over the subdivision process. 2007, it seems, in retrospect, might be aptly named the Year of Litigation. More...

Royce Vallejo and Darcy Cody, owners of Roosters Saddlery in HamiltonGretchen Langton photo.

Rooster's Leather Roost

By Gretchen L. Langton

Too bad this can't be a scratch and sniff story. If it was, you could smell the sweetness of leather that emanates from Rooster's Saddlery when I open the door. This cozy shop is located off Old Corvallis Road, at 49 Angel Lane in Hamilton. The walls are lined with breast collars and head stalls, whips, and woven cinches. Behind the glass display cases filled with intricately tooled spur straps, key chains, leather wrist cuffs, knife scabbards, and shiny conchos, stand Royce Vallejo and his sister Darcy Cody. "I do the paperwork," Darcy states. "She's co-owner," corrects Royce fondly. More...


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