McKenzie Bridge

Goose ProjectA document outlining plans for the Goose Project has been released by the Willamette National Forest. The draft record of decision and final environmental impact statement affects 17,932 acres along Highways 126 and 242, near the community of McKenzie Bridge.
District Ranger Terry Baker noted the Goose project was designed to provide a sustainable supply of timber products, reduce hazardous fuels, and “Actively manage stands to improve stand conditions, diversity, density, and structure.”

 

 

 

 

Fire near Scott Lake now contained at 1 acre

A fire raised its smoky head this afternoon on the steep slopes above Highway 242 near Scott Lake. The fire was called in nearly simultaneously by two Lookouts and a recreation visitor on South Sister. The response to the fire was swift and complete, within a few hours of attack the fire is now (at 5 p.m.) just smoldering and there is a line completely around the impacted area.

A wildfire early this afternoon was restricting travel on OR 242 (Old McKenzie Pass Hwy.) at MP 64, approximately 9 miles east of the junction with OR 126 (McKenzie Hwy.). Travelers were advised to avoid the route and be alert for fire fighting equipment and personnel in the area.

At 2 p.m. the Old McKenzie Pass Hwy. was closed at the junction of Hwy. 126. Travelers from the east side (Sisters) were allowed to travel only as far as the Dee Wright Observatory (MP 75.5).

The route reopened at 3:43 p.m.

 

McKenzie River Reflections

Last week's edition of McKenzie River Reflections (4/17/14) had a headline that should have read "Airlifted driver cited for DUII." The driver, Wanda Keller of McKenzie Bridge, was cited by OSP for DUII and Reckless Driving. She has not been convicted.

Driver Cited in Alcohol-Involved Injury Crash

Highway 126 near Belknap Springs

Sister JohnSister John Backenstos is well-known by people up and down the McKenzie River for her undying efforts to help those in need.  Whether by providing food or other necessary items she lived out her call as a religious sister to help those who had no one else to help them.

Inside bridgeReprinted from the August 28, 2013, Douglas County News
By Ted Romus

MYRTLE CREEK: The 3rd Annual Dinner on the Horse Creek Covered Bridge was held last Saturday evening in Myrtle Creek to another sold out crowd of 90 people, the maximum capacity for the historic bridge originally built in 1930 to span Horse Creek in the vicinity of McKenzie Bridge in Lane County.

 

 

Bede HouseStanding in front of the new St. Benedict Lodge Cabin, “Bede House,” are builders Garth, Jordan and Lonnie Hamlow.

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McKenzie River Reflections is the weekly newspaper serving Oregon's McKenzie River Valley. Available by mail for $23/yr in Lane County, $29/yr outside Lane. Digital subscriptions are $23/yr. Subscribe at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/subscriptions-0. Purchase copies online at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/back-issues-0. Read about area communities including Cedar Flat, Walterville, Camp Creek, Leaburg, Vida, Nimrod, Finn Rock, Blue River, Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge.