McKenzie River Reflections

By Finn J.D. John

Lifeboat from S.S. CongressPortland Sunday Oregonian
Passengers in lifeboat from  the burning steamer S.S. Congress

If you’d walked into the town of Marshfield — now called Coos Bay — on the afternoon of September 13, 1916, you probably would have found the streets eerily empty.
Storekeepers, restaurateurs, bank tellers — everybody in town was clustered around the beach south of the harbor opening, watching a 7,985-ton passenger liner belching smoke and flames, and praying the 428 passengers and crew members would be able to get off the ship before the whole thing became engulfed.

By Judy Scott
SeedsSeeds. Photo by Lynn Ketchum.
If you saved seeds from the last growing season and wonder if they will germinate when planted this spring, you can discover the average rate of germination before the planting season begins.
"It's easy to check vegetable and flower seed viability, and it can save you time later when the gardening season begins," said Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. "Some seeds remain viable for a year and others for three or more years."

Vida Post Office meetingPhoto By Walter Wilson
At a meeting last Wednesday, area residents learned that hours of operation will be reduced to six per day - but the Vida Post Office will remain open.

VIDA: “Walk in revenue” from people in local communities again showed support for their area’s post offices, according to Corvallis Postmaster Izaac Rudd. Just like an earlier review of operations in Blue River, a similar study showed Vida’s Post Office was still a viable operation.
In both instances, hours of operation are being reduced - from eight to six per day. And, as is being done nationally, there will be no Saturday home delivey, except for packages.

Court Requires Assessment of Significant Environmental Harm

March 2012 Goose meetingThe house was packed when the Forest Service held a public meeting on the Goose Project at the Upper McKenzie Community Center in March of 2012.

Goose project tree sitterJudge Aiken concluded today (3/26/13) that although the Environmental Analysis was adequate an Environmental Impact Statement will be necessary. The Forest Service is enjoined from going forward with the Goose Project until an EIS has been prepared.

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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.