McKenzie River Reflections

Paperback mapleBy Kym Pokorny
When trees get dressed with the colors of fall, it’s time to go shopping.
“If you’re specifically interested in fall color, it will soon be the time to start looking,” said Neil Bell, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “There are already some trees starting to display color.”
First, though, Bell recommends doing some research. Walk around neighborhoods, parks and public gardens to get ideas.  If you can’t identify the trees you like, snap good photos, pick up several leaves or ask the owner for a cutting. Take them to the nursery or to your local OSU Extension office for identification. You can also cut out pictures from magazines and flip through garden books to find possibilities.

GolfBoardRAINBOW: GolfBoard, a surf-inspired, motorized golf vehicle built specifically for the sport – is now available at the Tokatee Golf Club.
“Tokatee is a perfect fit for GolfBoarding with its undulating landscape, gorgeous scenery and charming, rustic heritage,” says Jeff Dowell, President of GolfBoard. “As an Oregon-based brand, we also enjoy partnering with our state’s best, most iconic courses.”
Conceived by Bally Total Fitness Founder Don Wildman and legendary big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, GolfBoarding is an entirely new way to traverse the golf course and is changing the way golfers experience the game. The four-wheel drive board allows users to turn by simply transferring their body weight in a carving motion akin to snowboarding or surfing.

Mtn bike rescueLinn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received a call at 11:23 a.m. on Sunday reporting an injured mountain bicyclist on the McKenzie River Trail near Sahalie Falls. Sahalie Falls is located on Highway 126 near the Clear Lake Resort,  a popular destination for hiking and mountain bicycling.
The trail is narrow and consists of lava rock, large boulders, steep drop-offs and hazardous terrain. Deputies and 19 Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) members responded to assist the injured bicyclist. They found Michael Roszak, 72, of Bend, had crashed his bicycle approximately eight-tenths of a mile south of the entrance to Cold Water Cove Campground. Roszak had been riding alone south toward Carmen Smith Reservoir when he collided with a large boulder on the side of the trail, possibly fracturing or dislocating his left hip. Roszak was unable to walk or move and remained on the trail for a short time until two off-duty Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) out of Grants Pass located Roszak.
The EMT's were identified as Brandon Rigaud and Jared Nichols; they too had been on the same trail mountain biking. Rigaud and Nichols were equipped with medical supplies and administered first aid.
An additional mountain bicyclist in the area rode from the crash scene to the Clear Lake Resort to make a satellite telephone call to 9-1-1. SAR members carried Roszak approximately one mile south to the trailhead at Carmen Smith Reservoir where he was transported by Sisters-Camp Sherman ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Bend.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Linn County Parks staff at Clear Lake Resort and the U.S. Forest Service.

Photo Courtesy Linn County Sheriff's Office

Excerpts from October 1, 2015 Sheriff's Reports

Sept. 17: 9:14 pm: Violation Restraining Order – 90000 block, Marcola Rd. Caller says her neighbor is peeking into windows. Subject was last seen wearing a plaid flannel top & blue jeans.

September 28, 2015


I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Our girls volleyball team picked up two league victories last week  before hosting the RPI tournament over the weekend. Our beautiful campus  was on display for seven visiting schools. It was a great day thanks to  the help of so many volunteers.

Our football team put up our most points of the season during our  homecoming game but came up short against the Sailors. Thanks for all  the support.

Sahalie slack lineMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Ex-treme-sport enthusiasts from Canada were walking an inch-wide band of nylon across the 90-foot high Sahalie Falls last Monday afternoon.
Michael Neururer and the other members of the group, SlackLifeBc, crossed the high span during a tour of Oregon highline locations, including Smith Rock State Park in Central Oregon.
“It was a group of ten people from all over,” Neururer said. “The slacklifeBC crew, Ari in the air from Oregon, one from Hawaii, a few from Colorado and even Europeans.”
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia,  the  SlackLife  organization follows a team of mountain athletes as “they push the limits exploring mountains and the sport of slacklining,” according to the group’s website, which features images and videos of their exploits.
Neururer said the group arrived at the waterfall around lunch time. “With all the hands the line was set up within 45 minutes and ready to be walked. Seven out of the ten all walked the line and did various acrobatic tricks on them such as splits, planks, exposure turns etc.,” he said.

Excerpts from the September 24, 2015 Sheriff’s Reports


Sept. 9: 6:30 pm: Sex, Indecent Exposure – Terwilliger Hot Springs. Incident happened 4 weeks ago. Complainant & friend observed a male subject masturbating across the river from them. When they went to leave they found a note on a Forest Service business card. Caller doesn’t know if subject works for the FS or just found a card & wrote on it.

Open burning season delayed until November 1st, no fall burning for some in Lane County
As a precaution, the backyard burning ban has been extended until November 1st, 2015. The backyard burning season, also known as open burning or outdoor burning, is determined by the Lane County Fire Defense Board. Extended dry and hot conditions continue to keep fire danger levels high.


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