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It's a newspaper for your ears! New episodes every Monday and Thursday. A podcast of The Canby Current and (Formerly the Canby Now Podcast.)

It's a newspaper for your ears! New episodes every Monday and Thursday. A podcast of The Canby Current and (Formerly the Canby Now Podcast.)


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It's a newspaper for your ears! New episodes every Monday and Thursday. A podcast of The Canby Current and (Formerly the Canby Now Podcast.)




Episode 261: Scratch That

News and More: Clackamas County leaders push back on new coronavirus restrictions on businesses. Canby schools consider new in-person learning opportunities. Juneteenth moves closer to becoming an official state holiday. Canby Conversation: Pierce Lamb tells the story behind his website,, which uses math and publicly available data from the Oregon Lottery to offer improved odds for play scratch tickets. After the Break: Bjorn Laitinen, amateur MMA fighter from...


Episode 260: That's What Cheese Said

News and More: The Canby High School band is set to be featured on the new TBS show Chad. More severe Covid-19 restrictions are returning to Clackamas County bars, restaurants, gyms and other businesses. Boss Exteriors raises the roof. Canby Conversation: Canby entrepreneur Tate "Mr. Cheese" Koenig tells us about his revolutionary invention The Cheese Chopper, which will be featured on Shark Tank Friday, April 9. It's the best thing since sliced bread: sliced cheese! After the Break: The...


Episode 259: Farewell to the Chief

News and More: Paramedics visit homeless encampments to deliver Covid vaccines. Rice Time gets a facelift. Aurora installs a new bike repair hub. Canby's last league game ends in disappointment across the river. Canby Conversation: On April 1, the Canby Police Department observed a passing of the torch that, sadly, was no April Fool's prank, as Chief Bret Smith retired. On today's episode, he looks back over a four-decade career in law enforcement. After the Break: Founder Heather Wright...


Episode 258: Take It to the Prank

Welcome to the new and improved Now Hear This: Canby podcast, featuring stories so good, we couldn't share them with you until this specific date. As if that weren't enough, we present an exclusive interview with a guest you simply must hear to believe. Join us for this very special episode — which is definitely not a joke.


Episode 257: Face the Music

News and More: Three men are in custody following an attempted armed robbery of the Canby Rite Aid. Clackamas County is in danger of moving backward in the state's reopening framework. "Space junk" rain down over Canby. Canby Conversation: Brian Haines and Aly Whelchel of Canby Music talk about the highs and lows of being an artist during the pandemic — as well as Aly's upcoming live show on May 8 at Wayward Sandwiches. After the Break: Singer-songwriter Aly Whelchel gives us a sneak peak...


Episode 256: Gone Today, Hare Tomorrow

News and More: Library supporters push back on the city's decision to cancel a book review magazine over a controversial ad. The Oregon Renaissance Faire returns. The sheriff's office remembers its first female deputy. Canby Conversation: Harefest co-founder and organizer Jason Fellman returns to the show to discuss the heartbreaking decision to postpone the 10th edition of the annual tribute band concert another year. Ticket Information: After the Break: Our beloved history...


Episode 255: On the Road Again

News and More: Dinosaurs invade the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. The return of Harefest is postponed another year. Canby High School Theatre promises a rocking return to the stage. Canby Conversation: Canby Bike & Ped Advisory Committee members Mindy Montecucco and Mike Hemelstrand join as we revisit the subject of a planned 3.3-mile extension to the existing Logging Road Trail, which faces a number of logistical challenges — and opposition from neighboring property owners. Online Open...


Episode 254: Shoot from Tulips

News and More: The governor pushes for health care for all. A controlled burn is planned near the Canby industrial park. Hotspots get way too hot. Cougar fans stay faithful — from a distance. Francke doesn't do an Irish accent. Canby Conversation: In 2020, the world-famous Tulip Fest at Wooden Shoe Farm was one of the first major events to be canceled during the onset of the pandemic. In 2021, it will be one of the first ones to come back. After the Break: Speaking of things returning, we...


Episode 253: Take a Chance

News and More: Despite the president's optimism for vaccine supply, Oregon's timeline for a return to normalcy remains far behind the nation's. Dr. Seuss comes to downtown Canby. The Cougars dominate in their 5A debut. Canby Conversation: A big part of the Canby Cougars' commanding performance at Hare Field in Hillsboro Friday night was do-everything wideout and kick return specialist Chance Miller. He joins us today to talk all things football. This Week's Sponsors: Odd Moe's Pizza, Reif...


Episode 252: On the Road

News and More: Oregon City voters have chosen a new mayor — four months after successfully recalling their last one. Foothills Community Church pays it forward to local fire districts — in a big way. Canby Conversation: A planned 3.3-mile extension to the city's popular Molalla Logging Road Trail has drawn concern from some longtime residents — particularly those who remember its colorful past from earlier decades. Online Open House for Proposed Trail Extension:...


Episode 251: Full Seed Ahead

News and More: Some community members and leaders demand answers after a controversial ad appeared in a publication handed out by the local library. In other news, the Cougars are back, baby. Canby Conversation: Pure Seed, a global seed production and distribution company based outside of Canby, shares their experiences trying to run a business and take care of employees while being without electricity for more than 10 days. This Week's Sponsors: Odd Moe's Pizza, Reif & Hunsaker P.C.,...


Episode 250: The Business End

News and More: Superintendent Trip Goodall will leave Canby this summer after seven years leading the district. A third Covid vaccine is coming, and much like Eminem, you'll get only one shot. Canby Conversation: Canby Area Chamber Director Kyle Lang joins to talk frankly about the challenges facing local businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic — and why he's still an unfailing optimist. Information about the annual chamber auction: Text CANBY to 71760. This Week's Sponsors:...


Episode 249: Whiskey Hill Storm

News and More: The Beer Library is a "go" in downtown Canby. State leaders say the Covid vaccine will be available to all who want it by summer. Three fire districts have a new inspector. The Cougars are back — but we'll have to watch from home. Canby Conversation: Amy and Daryl Lenhardt, owners of the Whiskey Hill Store, walk us through how their small, tightly knit community was impacted by the historic ice storms of two weeks ago, which left them — literally — disconnected from the...


Episode 248: Return of the Cougars

News and More: Fewer than 1,000 Clackamas Countians remain without power. Residents show their appreciation to hard-working line crews. The county has been downgraded to moderate risk for the spread of Covid-19. Canby Conversation: Are you ready for some football? After more than 460 days off the field, Canby High School head football coach and his players certainly are. He gives a preview of the historic season that kicks off March 5. After the Break: Checking in with Canby's locally...


Episode 247: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

News and More: The Canby area continues to dig its way out of the wreckage of the historic ice storm. A well-known local Good Samaritan is injured in a gas tank explosion. Canby FFA goes work site to work site to "feed the linemen." Canby Conversation: While power in the city of Canby returned Sunday night, it took days more before the lights came back on in neighboring Aurora. Mayor Brian Asher and City Councilor Mercedes Rhoden-Feely reflect on an unforgettable week. After the Break: A...


Episode 246: Home Sleet Home

Now Hear This: Canby returns from a brief hiatus to share stories of kindness, resilience and determination, as our community digs out from under the worst winter storm to hit our area in 40 years. Featuring Mayor Brian Hodson and Canby City Administrator Scott Archer. This Week's Sponsors: Odd Moe's Pizza, Health Markets, Reif & Hunsaker P.C., DirectLink, Ellison Team Homes, Wild Hare Saloon, The Book Nook Please support our show! To listen without ads, and ensure we can continue to bring...


Episode 245: Hail to the Chiefs

News and More: Meterologists predict snow for this weekend; we say, "Bring it on." Bars, restaurants and other businesses can reopen for indoor service as early as Friday. S.R.Smith makes a splash in the pool industry. Canby Conversation: Canby Fire Chief Jim Davis and Division Chief Matt English update us on all things Canby Fire — from the latest developments from the recent capital bond to a basement fire at the Dahlia this week. After the Break: Are you ready for some football?! Coach...


Episode 244: A Difficult Road

News and More: The Canby City Council seeks to move past a divisive issue. The old library moves closer to a new chapter. Fines are doubling on one of the area's deadliest stretches of highway. A man's legal arguments fail to prevent his arrest. Canby Conversation: Last week, the news broke across Oregon of a Canby-area bar losing its liquor license for disregarding coronavirus rules. Today, Route 99 Roadhouse owners Rocky George and Tyson Bafford tell their side of the story. This Week's...


Episode 243: G'Day, Mate!

News and More: Vaccine eligibility for the oldest and most vulnerable Oregonians starts next week. Bill Kennemer returns to the Legislature. Two iconic downtown properties get a facelift. The FOB makes space for cheer. Canby Conversation: We head down under to reconnect with a Canby native, Jami Emerson, who is living her dream of living abroad. Currently enrolled at Australian Catholic University, Jami was named International Student of the Year for her work supporting those with chronic...


Episode 242: Stone Cold FOB

News and More: Canby students will be returning to the classroom a few weeks later than officials had previously hoped. The Canby quiet zone and downtown arch projects move forward. A local actress recalls sharing the screen with legendary actress Cicely Tyson. Canby Conversation: Everything looks a little different during Covid, including — or, especially — grabbing a drink with friends. FOB Taproom's Steve Puga shares some of the challenges facing the local hospitality industry — and why...