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(KEZI Eugene)   Oregon town elects 18-year old mayor, mostly due to campaign promise of building a winter sports complex named 'Ice Town'   ( kezi.com) divider line
    More: Unlikely, Election, Roseburg, Oregon, Simons, Ben Simons, Douglas County, Oregon, Yoncalla city councilor, Yoncalla High School, youngest mayor  
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2018-11-08 08:30:31 PM  
Nice.  What about the summer park called Helltrack?
 
2018-11-08 08:32:32 PM  
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2018-11-08 09:05:15 PM  
He graduated as the valedictorian at Yoncalla High School back in June. Simons is currently a student at Umpqua Community College studying general studies.

It seems like this kid has weird ambitions and priorities to me.
 
2018-11-08 09:18:13 PM  
FTFA:   "...to take on this and I hope to do good for this community..."

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2018-11-08 09:22:57 PM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: He graduated as the valedictorian at Yoncalla High School back in June. Simons is currently a student at Umpqua Community College studying general studies.

It seems like this kid has weird ambitions and priorities to me.


Valedictorian at a small rural school (so, unless you're testing off the charts you are at a disadvantage in applying for college at a good school), he's decided on going to community college a relatively short drive from home, likely obtaining a transferable associates to study for 3 years at a state school or some such. Heck, he may be spending this year to determine what he wants to major in. And if he does well enough, bigger and better colleges may show more interest.

/that's just my guess
//but it's a slightly educated guess
 
2018-11-08 09:24:24 PM  
But, then again, being that he's been elected mayor of said small town, he MAY be trying to fast track his way into politics.

Which, sadly... from where he's from... probably means he's the next Grover Norquist (a career conservative shill) or something ridiculous like that.
 
2018-11-08 10:03:15 PM  
As an Oregonian I couldn't find Yoncalla on a map if you put a gun to my head.
 
2018-11-08 10:12:09 PM  

puffy999: But, then again, being that he's been elected mayor of said small town, he MAY be trying to fast track his way into politics.

Which, sadly... from where he's from... probably means he's the next Grover Norquist (a career conservative shill) or something ridiculous like that.


I'd considered both, but I'm leaning heavily towards the latter based on another article mentioning he wanted to 'eliminate regulations'
 
2018-11-08 11:06:42 PM  
Huh, between Cottage Grove and Roseburg. Thank you Google Maps!
 
2018-11-08 11:08:10 PM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: He graduated as the valedictorian at Yoncalla High School back in June. Simons is currently a student at Umpqua Community College studying general studies.

It seems like this kid has weird ambitions and priorities to me.


Came here to comment on this.  Instead I'll point out I was valedictorian.  I was home schooled.
 
2018-11-08 11:13:45 PM  

DRTFA: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: He graduated as the valedictorian at Yoncalla High School back in June. Simons is currently a student at Umpqua Community College studying general studies.

It seems like this kid has weird ambitions and priorities to me.

Came here to comment on this.  Instead I'll point out I was valedictorian.  I was home schooled.


If I could go back and do one thing differently, I would've gone directly to community college out of high school for 2 years and then transferred to SUNY. In retrospect, if you can't get into Harvard or MIT, it's the logical way to go. There is no earthly reason you need to take your general education requirements at a fancy, expensive school.
 
2018-11-08 11:14:02 PM  

DRTFA: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: He graduated as the valedictorian at Yoncalla High School back in June. Simons is currently a student at Umpqua Community College studying general studies.

It seems like this kid has weird ambitions and priorities to me.

Came here to comment on this.  Instead I'll point out I was valedictorian.  I was home schooled.


I call BS.  Let's see the teeth.
 
2018-11-08 11:18:37 PM  
WHO RUN ICE TOWN???

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2018-11-08 11:20:01 PM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: He graduated as the valedictorian at Yoncalla High School back in June. Simons is currently a student at Umpqua Community College studying general studies.

It seems like this kid has weird ambitions and priorities to me.


What's so weird about studying generals?
 
2018-11-08 11:21:26 PM  

UsikFark: WHO RUN ICE TOWN???

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2018-11-08 11:22:46 PM  
And his name is actually Ben, that's amazing.
 
2018-11-08 11:23:11 PM  
An 18-year-old who built an Ice Town...
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2018-11-08 11:24:59 PM  

fusillade762: As an Oregonian I couldn't find Yoncalla on a map if you put a gun to my head.


Its south of Drain, Oregon or north of Rice Hill.
 
2018-11-08 11:25:36 PM  
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2018-11-08 11:26:31 PM  

fusillade762: As an Oregonian I couldn't find Yoncalla on a map if you put a gun to my head.


From my college years driving back and forth between Ashland and Portland, I can tell you... I've seen the exit sign many times.
 
2018-11-08 11:27:28 PM  

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That's what I was thinking. The town probably has a hired professional manager, and the mayor just has to front a nominal council.
 
2018-11-08 11:30:44 PM  

wildcardjack: frustratedgenius: [img.fark.net image 425x414]

That's what I was thinking. The town probably has a hired professional manager, and the mayor just has to front a nominal council.


Which is how it is in all small towns.  The mayor is there to have petty fights with the city council, while the City Manager actually does all the work.
 
2018-11-08 11:33:48 PM  

rebelyell2006: Which is how it is in all small towns.  The mayor is there to have petty fights with the city council, while the City Manager actually does all the work.


Small cities. Yoncalla has a population of 1,000. That's not enough to need or afford a manager.
 
2018-11-08 11:34:51 PM  

jaytkay: Small cities. Yoncalla has a population of 1,000. That's not enough to need or afford a manager.


I think. I am guessing they don't have a city manager.
 
2018-11-08 11:37:33 PM  

rebelyell2006: wildcardjack: frustratedgenius: [img.fark.net image 425x414]

That's what I was thinking. The town probably has a hired professional manager, and the mayor just has to front a nominal council.

Which is how it is in all small towns.  The mayor is there to have petty fights with the city council, while the City Manager actually does all the work.


I was wrong

The city web page says City Administrator, Kathleen Finley, Works under the direction of the City Council, which establishes policies and ordinances, the administrator implements and administers.
 
2018-11-08 11:40:42 PM  
Yoncalla? No, tonight's my night off.
 
2018-11-08 11:41:44 PM  
Props, subs.
 
2018-11-08 11:42:31 PM  

fusillade762: As an Oregonian I couldn't find Yoncalla on a map if you put a gun to my head.


Pretty close to Drain.
/serious
 
2018-11-08 11:42:48 PM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: I'd considered both, but I'm leaning heavily towards the latter based on another article mentioning he wanted to 'eliminate regulations'


Oh Jesus f*cking .... Great, he's another one of those.
 
2018-11-08 11:43:24 PM  

I should be in the kitchen: fusillade762: As an Oregonian I couldn't find Yoncalla on a map if you put a gun to my head.

From my college years driving back and forth between Ashland and Portland, I can tell you... I've seen the exit sign many times.


I used to umpire high school baseball and officiate high school football when I lived in that area. Done many a game in Drain (North Douglas High School) and Yoncalla HS. The exit is right off of I-5, about 45 minutes south of Eugene. Not much there. I'm surprised they have both high schools in an area that sparsely populated. They are only about 10 minutes apart. Must be bad blood between the two towns.
 
2018-11-08 11:46:21 PM  

BagofOtters: Nice.  What about the summer park called Helltrack?


Rad was filmed in my hometown, so I got a kick out of this reply.

The comments on the article, not so much. I should have known better. Never read the comments.
 
2018-11-08 11:47:38 PM  

Pincy: Done many a game in Drain


What a depressing name for a town
 
2018-11-08 11:48:32 PM  
IT'S ABOUT THE CONES
 
2018-11-08 11:50:54 PM  
Canada is going to pay for it.
 
2018-11-08 11:51:28 PM  

jaytkay: Pincy: Done many a game in Drain

What a depressing name for a town


Agreed. Notice that the high school doesn't share the name of the town :-)
 
2018-11-08 11:51:38 PM  
Valedictorian at Yoncalla High School was the name of my high school garage thrash metal band.  Even our parents wanted nothing to do with us.
 
2018-11-08 11:51:49 PM  
"As mayor, Simons said he will work to create more opportunities for local businesses by trying to eliminate regulations. "
 
2018-11-08 11:53:01 PM  

jaytkay: Pincy: Done many a game in Drain

What a depressing name for a town


I've never been there, but I've circled it a few times.
 
2018-11-08 11:53:55 PM  

jaytkay: rebelyell2006: wildcardjack: frustratedgenius: [img.fark.net image 425x414]

That's what I was thinking. The town probably has a hired professional manager, and the mayor just has to front a nominal council.

Which is how it is in all small towns.  The mayor is there to have petty fights with the city council, while the City Manager actually does all the work.

I was wrong

The city web page says City Administrator, Kathleen Finley, Works under the direction of the City Council, which establishes policies and ordinances, the administrator implements and administers.


That's the best reporting I've seen lately. Even the smallest township has a manager, even if that person also has to run the lawnmowers in season.
 
2018-11-08 11:54:59 PM  

Pincy: I should be in the kitchen: fusillade762: As an Oregonian I couldn't find Yoncalla on a map if you put a gun to my head.

From my college years driving back and forth between Ashland and Portland, I can tell you... I've seen the exit sign many times.

I used to umpire high school baseball and officiate high school football when I lived in that area. Done many a game in Drain (North Douglas High School) and Yoncalla HS. The exit is right off of I-5, about 45 minutes south of Eugene. Not much there. I'm surprised they have both high schools in an area that sparsely populated. They are only about 10 minutes apart. Must be bad blood between the two towns.


I used to see "Yoncalla rules football,  OK?!?!" scrawled in the bars in Eugene. It was someone's idea of funny graffiti
 
2018-11-08 11:55:30 PM  
Made a friend here in socal with a really nice guy out of glide who was managing a fuels reduction contract on the forest up here, his last project before retiring. His favorite joke: Q: whaddya get when you get all the women of christmas valley into one building? A: a full set of teeth...
 
2018-11-08 11:57:43 PM  
But he's 18. He doesn't know what he wants.

18... he's gotta get away. He's gotta get out of this place. He'll go running into outer space. Oh yeah...
 
2018-11-08 11:57:49 PM  

Herr Morgenstern: jaytkay: Pincy: Done many a game in Drain

What a depressing name for a town

I've never been there, but I've circled it a few times.


I broke down there once. I knocked on the nearest door to call triple A ( this was before cell phones) and a old woman named Beulah let me use her phone and then gave me half a bottle of Jack Daniel's.
 
2018-11-08 11:58:14 PM  
He'll probably quit after four years of listening to people whining about potholes in front of their homes, sidewalk cracks and the neighbors' barking dogs.
 
2018-11-09 12:06:31 AM  

wildcardjack: jaytkay: rebelyell2006: wildcardjack: frustratedgenius: [img.fark.net image 425x414]

That's what I was thinking. The town probably has a hired professional manager, and the mayor just has to front a nominal council.

Which is how it is in all small towns.  The mayor is there to have petty fights with the city council, while the City Manager actually does all the work.

I was wrong

The city web page says City Administrator, Kathleen Finley, Works under the direction of the City Council, which establishes policies and ordinances, the administrator implements and administers.

That's the best reporting I've seen lately. Even the smallest township has a manager, even if that person also has to run the lawnmowers in season.


Yep.  The mayor is the elected CO. But they still need an unelected XO to run everything and oversee the police chief and other department directors.
 
2018-11-09 12:13:14 AM  

jaytkay: Pincy: Done many a game in Drain

What a depressing name for a town


Guess you've never heard of Concrete, WA then.
 
2018-11-09 12:16:18 AM  

Pincy: I used to umpire high school baseball and officiate high school football when I lived in that area. Done many a game in Drain (North Douglas High School) and Yoncalla HS. The exit is right off of I-5, about 45 minutes south of Eugene. Not much there. I'm surprised they have both high schools in an area that sparsely populated. They are only about 10 minutes apart. Must be bad blood between the two towns.

There is a bit to having independence regarding your local schools in Oregon, to be fair. Many rural areas (Elkton and Reedsport, for example) have gone the Charter School route, so they're still publicly funded (and don't charge tuition) but don't necessarily have to go through some of the same processes as public schools. This can be bad (less stringent educational requirements) and good (more vocational/work/training requirements).
 
2018-11-09 12:16:52 AM  

casey17: jaytkay: Pincy: Done many a game in Drain

What a depressing name for a town

Guess you've never heard of Concrete, WA then.


You're Boring, Oregon.
 
2018-11-09 12:20:02 AM  

skiinstructor: Made a friend here in socal with a really nice guy out of glide who was managing a fuels reduction contract on the forest up here, his last project before retiring. His favorite joke: Q: whaddya get when you get all the women of christmas valley into one building? A: a full set of teeth...


What a weird thing. You'd think a guy from Glide would be more into jokes about Toketee, Steamboat, or at LEAST Green.
 
2018-11-09 12:22:44 AM  
His first act, making calzones the official town meal.
 
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