McKenzie River

A privilege and a blessing

Mary Sherman

BLUE RIVER: Mary Sherman, well-respected family nurse practitioner at the McKenzie River Clinic, will be retiring at the end of August. Mary has practiced medicine at the Clinic almost since its beginning. The Clinic opened its doors in March, 1977, and Mary came to work three years later, in 1980.
Mary was among the first nurse practitioners licensed in Oregon, after earning her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Washington. At the time, many people didn’t understand the exact role of family nurse practitioners in the medical system. Now, it’s well known that family nurse practitioners provide full primary care and are a valuable asset to the health care system.

Blackmore and Godwin vying for top times in America

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FINN ROCK: USA Track and Field Oregon has announced it will be holding Oregon championship races on the track at the 3,000m and 25,000m distances. The event is set to start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 10th, at McKenzie Community Track and Field in Finn Rock. The Oregon Track Club Masters is a major sponsor of the event.
Both races will serve as the USATF Oregon Championships for men and women for open athletes (up through age 29), as well as sub-masters (age 30-39) and masters athletes (ages 40 and up). All USATF members are welcome to enter, and runners without a membership may easily sign up during the entry process.
The 3,000m race will feature an American record attempt by Mike Blackmore in the 55-59 age group.

 

Have You Seen Donald Penrod?

Donald Penrod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating Donald Penrod, a missing 79-year-old man who walked away from Delta Campground yesterday, August 20th, around 4 pm and has not been seen since.
Donald and his wife have been camping for several weeks and he has left their campsite alone before but always returned a short time later.  When he didn’t return late last night, his wife contacted officials.  Lane County Search and Rescue searched the area yesterday and found no signs of Donald’s whereabouts.  Linn County Search and Rescue also assisted with their search K9s.
Donald is described as a 79-year-old white male, 6 feet tall and weighing about 195 pounds.  He has gray hair, blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, black denim shorts, and navy blue Sketcher shoes.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like anyone who has seen Donald since yesterday at 4:00 pm or knows his whereabouts to call 541-682-4141.

July 20: 10:31 am: Reckless Driving – Marcola Rd. & Sunderman Rd. Involved gray Dodge Neon, unable to maintain lane – possibly drunk or texting.

4:03 pm: Theft – 91000 block, Horse Creek Rd. Involved is a scooter stolen off caller’s property.

7:28 pm: Criminal Trespass – 89000 block, Greenwood Dr. Complainant has a camper on property plugged into power & using the poll. 1 male said he would leave but hasn’t. Unknown if there are more.

Closures include a large section of the Aufderheide Scenic Byway (FS Road 19)

Wildfires and extreme fire danger have prompted new fire restrictions and closures on the Willamette National Forest.

3,200 cfs flows creating stronger McKenzie River currents

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BLUE RIVER: Increased water releases from Cougar and Blue River dams will limit access to some nearby recreation opportunities. The McKenzie River will also have higher than normal flows as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduces reservoir levels behind the dams to allow for maintenance and rehabilitation of the two dams’ spillway gates.
The road over Cougar Dam will remained closed through November 30th while spillway gate repairs are underway. Visitors accustomed to driving across the dam to get to the Echo day use area, boat launch and the East Fork lower trailhead will have a long (approximately two to three hour) drive to get to those sites. Access is via the Horse Creek (Forest Service Road 2638), spur road 356 and then onto 1993. FSR 19-500 past Slide Creek campground to access the Echo day use and boat launch sites is not suitable for passenger cars.

June 29: 3:40 am: Alarm – 40000 Booth Kelly Rd.

4:30 pm: Traffic Hazard – Milepost 4, Marcola Rd. Involved is a maroon SUV pulled off the east side of the road causing a traffic hazard because it’s partly in the road. Caller drove by & saw a hand out the window with a white piece of paper, looked like an elderly female’s hand, believes need help. Caller couldn’t stop. 18:41: Springfield PD patrolled area, unable to locate.

EWEB project to begin July 15

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LEABURG: Area residents will gain a look at sustainable forestry next week. The Eugene Water & Electric Board has contracted with Trout Mountain Forestry to create a Stewardship Plan for the Leaburg Forest. As part of its Healthy Forests Clean Water Program, EWEB plans to actively manage 60 acres of the 900-acre property. The project was designed to demonstrate best forest management practices to protect water quality and improve forest health. Work will include protection of sensitive habitat areas, tree thinning and replanting for diversity, and the removal of invasive plants.

RAINBOW: West King Road will be closed from July 24th to July 30th during the Belknap Covered Bridge rehabilitation construction project, which will include a new roof. There will also be bridge work before and after the week of July 24th, with traffic controlled by flaggers.   
The West King Road closure are extends from milepost 0.000 to milepost 0.078. The road and bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. on Monday, July 24th, until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 30th.

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