Jim De Young was chosen as mayor by former and current members of the Damascus city council which has been meeting to re-form the city after a May 1, 2019 Court of Appeals ruling that invalidated its 2016 disincorporation vote. 

Jim De Young was chosen as mayor by former and current members of the Damascus city council which has been meeting to re-form the city after a May 1, 2019 Court of Appeals ruling that invalidated its 2016 disincorporation vote. 

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  • An Oregon Court of Appeals ruling invalidated the 2016 Damascus disincorporation vote. The ruling has divided the small rural community and left a host of legal and logistical questions in its wake. The plaintiff, Jim De Young, a former city councilor, and others are meeting to try to figure out the way forward. On yesterday’s show, we heard from Chris Hawes, one of the leaders of the campaign to disincorporate. Today we’re joined by De Young, who has just been selected as the mayor of the city by a newly formed city council.
  • Last weekend the Oregon College of Art and Craft held its final graduation ceremony. The school faced significant financial problems, and after exploring several merger options, ultimately sold its northwest Portland campus to the private Catlin Gabel school. Mardy Widman, a retired Student Services Coordinator, tells us about what OCAC meant to the craft community in Oregon.
  • Earlier this year, Grant County agreed to look into the idea of “invoking coordination” with federal and state agencies. Proponents say it will bring more local control back to the county, and allow them to protect community interests during planning for projects on public lands. Baker County invoked coordination several years ago, and Baker County commissioner Bill Harvey recently gave a talk in Grant County to explain the process. Bill Harvey shares how coordination is working for Baker County.

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