Aurora City Council Cancels Colony Days

News Release from City of Aurora just in:

At its Tuesday, May 12 meeting, the Aurora City Council agreed by consensus to cancel its annual Colony Days event.

Colony Days was originally scheduled to take place August 7 and 8. The event is typically preceded by a Concerts in the Park series that starts in July. That has also been cancelled.

“Cancelling Colony Days was not a decision that the council took lightly,” Mayor Brian Asher said. “However, large gatherings are prohibited statewide until at least September, so we’re doing what we can to keep our citizens and visitors to our community healthy and safe.”

The City’s Parks Committee began having a discussion at its April 21 meeting about the possibility of having other events. One may take place in the fall, as circumstances allow, and another would be at an indoor venue during the winter. The Parks Committee is scheduled to continue that discussion at its May 19 meeting.

“Even though we won’t be having Colony Days, we would still love to have a community event of some sort,” Asher said. “We have volunteer councilors and committee members working on coming up with ideas, in case we’re able to have one in the future.”


Marion County Sheriff Releases Details Of Fatal Aurora Crash.

Press release this evening from MCSO:

April 16th, 2020, at approximately 7:00 am, a 911 call was received reporting a serious motor vehicle crash in the 13000 block of Ehlen Road NE, in northern Marion County. It was reported a motorcyclist had collided with a trailer being towed by a semi-tractor and the rider had sustained significant injuries. The motorcyclist did not survive the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the involved semi-tractor was not injured.

Investigators from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Team responded to the scene. Crash scene investigators learned the semi-tractor was traveling eastbound on Ehlen Road NE while pulling two empty flat-bed trailers. The motorcyclist was also traveling eastbound and struck the back of the rear trailer at highway speeds. At the time the crash occurred, the rider was traveling directly toward the sun, which may have limited the visibility of the rider. The driver of the semi-tractor remained on scene and cooperated with investigators. No citations have been issued as a result of the collision.

The identity of the deceased motorcyclist is not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin.

We would like to thank the Aurora Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office, Marion County Public Works, Oregon Department of Transportation, and American Medical Response for their assistance.

Separate Crashes In French Prairie Today Kill 1 And Injure Another.


First responders had to deal with two serious crashes today about 3 hours apart.  The first, on Ehlen Road east of Dolores Way in Aurora, involved a motorcyclist and a semi-truck, and resulted in a fatality.  Ehlen Road was closed while police investigated.


The second, on Marthaler Lane near Gervais, was a single car rollover accident that resulted in minor injuries.

Please remember that only essential travel is allowed in Oregon due to the health emergency. If you must travel, drive safely.

(Photos courtesy of MCSO.)