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FINN ROCK: “I’ve been trying to emphasize the idea of public relations and relationship building,” was the way Jim Thomas explained his work as the new McKenzie Schools superintendent. Speaking at last week’s meeting of the school board, he encouraged the district to again work on developing a strategic plan. Referring to past experiences with similar exercises, Thomas said, “By the time you’re done with it the local community is involved and it becomes like a living document. I’d like to throw it out just to get your input.”
Board member Alyssa Brownlee said she’d had some experience with the strategic planning process when she worked at Clark College. “Initially there was a lot of anticipation and resistance,” she recalled. “I myself was thinking about another thing to do, more papers to fill out. After we went through the process I actually found it was kind of fun. Having clear goals that we all worked on was really helpful,” she added.
Referring to the school’s previous strategic plan, board member Kathy Keable said that it has lain dormant in part because it had occurred at a “rather tumultuous time for the district.” Keable felt the study, conducted with the Planning, Public Policy and Management  program at the University of Oregon, “Was a start but we didn’t keep it going and really look at it to make changes. It should be something that’s ours and not theirs.” (Click title to continue)

MeetingRAINBOW: People had a chance to place some priorities on places that matter to them last Wednesday night. They did it by marking up maps to show which U.S. Forest Service roads they use and what sort of special places they feel are along those routes.
“You should mark the areas that you appreciate - maybe because you work up there,” explained Matt Peterson, assistant  recreation  officer for the Willamette Forest. Using comment sheets linked to the marked up maps, people were also encouraged to list some of their thoughts on why those areas are important, what they do there and what sort of road management would be appropriate.

 

Hazards for travelers come with high winds

The forecast could bring dangerous driving to the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley

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.

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

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.

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.

Tokatee FireRAINBOW: Firefighters from two districts were on the scene of a blaze Saturday night at the Tokatee Golf Club. The Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District responded with seven firefighters, three engines and a tender. Mutual aid assistance  from McKenzie Fire & Rescue, brought another engine, a tender and eight firefighters to the scene after the fire was reported around 9:14 p.m.

 

 

 

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