McKenzie River Reflections

Our girls volleyball finished the regular season in second place and will enter the MWL tournament at Junction City High School as the #2
seed with the hopes of gaining the #1 seed from the MWL to the OSAA state championships. I will update the times of Saturdays tournament on
by Wednesday as they become official
The football team stayed with the Mohawk Indians through the 3rd quarter before the Indians pulled away with the win.
I hope you all can make it out to Junction City this weekend to cheer on our girls as they fight for a State Playoff berth.

Golf courseWALTERVILLE: A plan that could have led to the redevelopment the McKenzie River Golf Course as a 27-home subdivision was rejected by Lane County last week. The decision by county planning director Matt Laird took into account current zoning, which would have allowed the 59-acre parcel to be divided up as 2-acre lots, but called into question how that could occur in an area identified as a flood zone.
 Besides conforming to the allowable lot sizes, the plan also wouldn’t have conflicted with transportation patterns in the neighborhood and the placement of utilities. The development would have conformed to the county’s riparian code for structural setbacks from Class 1 streams while also proposing the construction of bio swales, “rain gardens,” and other retention devices to collect storm water and allow it to percolate underground before flowing into the river.

Gilbert GableBy Finn J.D. John
Most Oregonians know about the State of Jefferson — in general concept, at least: a small group of Southern Oregon people got together in 1941 to proclaim a new state, made up of southwest Oregon and northwest California, called Jefferson; just as they got started, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor; and the idea just never got off the ground.
All of which is true enough. But it barely touches the real story of Jefferson — and it’s not even the most interesting part. The fact is, the 1941 move for statehood was mostly a publicity stunt.
It was crafted over drinks by two guys who seem right out of central casting for a Hollywood movie — a high-rolling, back-slapping business promoter and a hard-drinking, wildly imaginative newspaper man.

Lane Electric logo11:30 p.m. Saturday night, October 18, until approximately 8:30 a.m., Sunday morning, October 19

Lane Blood CenterIt’s been five years since residents of the Upper McKenzie have been able to donate blood at an area event and that’s about to change.  Thanks to a renewed community spirit and a school administration intent on playing an important part in that renewal, McKenzie Schools will host a Blood  Drive on Wednesday, October 22nd,  from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

LCSO logoOver the last week the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has taken several reports of community members receiving calls from a male identifying himself as the “Lane County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division.”  The caller then says that the person has missed jury duty and there is a warrant out for their arrest, directing the person to purchase a “green dot money pack&rdquo

OSP logoMCKENZIE BRIDGE: The Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lane County Medical Examiner, is completing an investigation into the death of a Springfield man found deceased Wednesday in his vehicle at a McKenzie River viewpoint along Highway 126 near Belknap Springs. Initial investigation indicates the death is from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Last week our volleyball girls took down Siletz Valley and Alsea to
remain in second place in the Mountain West League. This week is the
last two games of the regular season for our volleyball girls as they
host Triangle Lake on Tuesday for senior night. Please come out and
support our girls in their last regular season home game. It is sure to
be exciting. Our football team got off the snide by taking down Alsea
for the first win of the season. Thank you to those of you who made it
out for senior night.

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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.