McKenzie River Reflections

Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Scenic Byway) to Reopen October 14

Firefighters and road crews have been working diligently to mitigate hazards such as fire weakened trees and unstable slopes along Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Scenic Byway) to make the road safe again for travelers. The road is scheduled to reopen in its entirety on Saturday, October 14th, just in time for peak fall foliage viewing along the byway.

McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

The McKenzie Varsity Volleyball team travels to Triangle Lake on Tuesday, October 3, for Mt. West League match starting at 7:00 pm. The Eagles host a MWL three-way match on Thursday, October 5. McKenzie plays Alsea at 4:00 pm and then plays Mohawk at 7:00 pm. Alsea and Mohawk will play the second match of the three-way, starting at 5:30 pm. The Eagle football team will have a bye this week, as Alsea has forfeited the remaining of its 2017 Football season.

Sept. 18: 9:49 am: Abandoned Vehicle – 41000 block, Holden Creek Ln. Involved is an older blue Toyota pickup, tags are expired. It has been parked there since Thursday of last week. Note on driver’s side seat – went for services, please don’t tow. Appears a transient is living in it & are down on their luck. Caller requests wait a few days. She will call back if vehicle is still there.

Saving seeds

 

 

 

 

 

By Kym Pokorny
As the gardening season winds down and you pick the season’s last vegetables let some plants go to seed and harvest them for planting next year.
“Saving seed can be really fun and is a great way to learn about plants,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “If you choose the right types of vegetables, you can keep them going year after year without buying them again.”
The key to saving seed is selecting open-pollinated or heirloom plants, which produce offspring with the same traits. Hybrids are bred from two different varieties for characteristics like disease resistance or higher yield and won’t come “true to type” in the next generation. Check seed packets or catalog information so that you know which you are buying.
The easiest crops for saving seed are annual plants that self-pollinate like lettuce, beans, peas, peppers, eggplants and tomatoes.

High-water mark of Oregon’s postwar-timber-era culture

Pixie kitchen

 

 

 

 

By Finn J.D. John
It goes without saying that Oregon has changed in the 50 years that have gone by since the Tom McCall era.
People who remember Oregon in 1967 look back on a sort of Edenic place, comfortably conservative in some ways and progressive in others; a place with plentiful good-paying jobs and high levels of public services and low taxes and excellent roads, all paid for by a booming timber industry.
It went away, of course, when the mills started mechanizing and the available logging projects dwindled, starting in the mid-1970s. But while it lasted, it was a real and distinctive regional culture.
To get a sense of that culture (or, for those of us who have been here long enough, to remember it), there’s really no better refresher than Pixieland.

Outdoor burning date pushed back to October 7th due to fire danger

The fall outdoor burning season is expected to open on Saturday, Oct. 7 for many Lane County residents. The season, originally set to start Oct. 1, has been delayed a week.

Aug. 30: 10:33: Burglary 1, Theft 1 – 35000 block, Camp Creek Rd. 3 hidden guns stolen – Ruger .38 Special, Remington wood stock semi automatic Model 74, .30-06, Remington laminate stock lever action Model 81.

10:45: Burglary – 37000 block, Camp Creek Rd. Taken: hand tools, sander, circular saw, drill, Sawzall – all cordless & chargers, also power washer.

Private fish farm’s bid was $575,000 more than ODFW’s

Desert Hatchery

 

 

 

 

A private central Oregon trout farm received a $1.3 million annual contract to grow trout that eventually will be planted in the Willamette River basin. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the contract September 15 to Desert Springs Trout Farm in Summer Lake.
Previously, the trout had been produced at the Leaburg Hatchery on the McKenzie River. Owned by the Corps, but operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the hatchery produced rainbow and cutthroat trout, as well as summer steelhead, as mitigation for losses due to Willamette River basin dams. Trout production at the Leaburg Hatchery is being phased out by the end of next year.
Corps officials said it had determined that trout mitigation could be done through a supply contract, such as those recently signed with ODFW, and that it does not need to operate a hatchery to acquire fish.

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