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Vida Cafe reopenBy Walter Wilson
VIDA: It’s been almost a year since the Vida Cafe went up in flames in the early morning hours on October 24th in 2015. The valley had lost another icon. But owner Sue Nelson said, “We’ll rebuild and hopefully we’ll be back in business real soon.”
And so the process began. It was an uphill battle, but after just over a year the reopening announcement spread through the community like wild fire. People were calling each other, emails, Facebook, and social media were all buzzing with the news, the Vida Cafe would reopen on Monday, November 7th at 7 a.m.

SchaefersVIDA: Efforts to create a new McKenzie River Interpretive Center moved forward last week during two workshops held at the Wayfarer Resort. The two-day planning sessions were part of a process dating back to 2007 when members of the McKenzie River Guides Association presented a proposal for a “Museum of the McKenzie River” to the Lane County Parks Advisory Committee.
Details of the concept called for the creation of a facility on the grounds of the Old McKenzie Fish Hatchery that would present the history behind  the development of the McKenzie River drift boat, as well as unique aspects of the area’s geology and fisheries.
Recent  developments have  included the completion of a feasibility  and  marketing  study  conducted  by the  University of Oregon’s Community Planning Workshop that supported the Interpretive Center plan by comparing it to six other similar sites in the Pacific Northwest.

 

EWEB logoThe Eugene Water & Electric Board must replace a rotted transmission pole on the north side of Highway 126 adjacent to Leaburg Lake. In order to replace the pole, line technicians will de-energize the overhead lines, resulting in an electric outage to customers from the north end of Leaburg Lake east to Thomson Lane.

Sept. 29: 6:15 pm: Vandalism, Illegal Dump – 36000 block, McGowan Creek Rd. Caller reports marijuana root stumps were dumped in a pile alongside the road. Suspect vehicle is a white Toyota Tundra pulling a 20 ft. long box trailer.

Oct. 1: 10:48 am: Dispute – 36000 block, Sherra Ln. Person being served papers at location is refusing to let server leave. Subject was standing in front of complainant’s vehicle. No assault, caller doesn’t want further assistance.

LRAPA logoAfter a week-long delay, the Lane County Fall Open Burning season is set to start Saturday, October 8th until Monday, October 31st for many residents in the county.

OSP logoLEABURG: On September 28, 2016 at about 3:20AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash into a power pole on Highway 126E near milepost 19 (west of Leaburg).
Preliminary investigation revealed a 1992 Toyota pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 126E when it drifted off the roadway and rolled in the westbound ditch.

McKenzie logoEditor's note: On 9/21/16 The McKenzie School board voted unanimously to approve creation of a charter school. This report covers a community meeting prior to that vote:

FINN ROCK: “We are McKenzie so we study the McKenzie as a textbook, as a source of knowledge.” That sentiment from Science teacher Nate Day was part the rationale supporters of a proposed charter school presented at a meeting last Wednesday. He went on to note that charter schools have a “place based” emphasis that is, “Not all about sitting down in a classroom. With all the natural resources we have - from waterfalls, Clear Lake, mountains and the amazing river - every single classroom can have a direct connection to the world.”
For Corey Culp, the charter school concept wasn’t appealing when he first heard about it. “As a teacher I had to think about how would I start implement it and how would I have to start changing my classroom to make it fit,” he wondered.

Blue Pool diversMCKENZIE BRIDGE: The location of a bowl where spring-fed waters form a crystal clear pond is no longer privy to just locals. In recent years increasing numbers of hikers, bikers and cliff jumpers have all been going to the Blue Pool on the McKenzie River National Scenic Trail. Their numbers, and the impacts of their visits, have become issues for the McKenzie River Ranger District, which manages the site.
District Ranger Terry Baker said about five years ago those numbers ran a range of about 20 to 30 per day. In the last two to three  years another zero could be added at times, like one recent weekend when a Forest Service video recording showed 200 cars crammed into the parking lot at the Trail Bridge Reservoir.
Baker credits a variety of online social media outlets, websites and news articles for contributing to Blue Pool’s popularity. “It just becomes more and more of an attraction,” Baker said, “so we have increased visitation.”

McK EagleBy Jim Thomas
Superintendent
FINN ROCK: The McKenzie School Board will be holding a public hearing at 6:30pm on September 14th in the high school library to receive input on the proposed conversion of the district’s K-12 program into the McKenzie River Community School.
An application for the Community School was submitted by a group made up of community members, educators and parents who are interested in increasing opportunities for our students to receive the highest quality education possible with the resources that are available. The focus of the proposed school, if approved, will be natural resources and career technical education. The core curriculum will remain pretty much the same.
The board encourages all of you who have questions or concerns, to attend the meeting and to give your input.

Blue Pool/TamolitchMCKENZIE BRIDGE: The portions of the McKenzie River Trail that lead to Tamolitch Falls, commonly known as Blue Pool will reopen to the public on Thursday, September 8th. However, due to continued fire-related safety concerns, portions east of Blue Pool and the fire area remain closed - including Forest Service Roads 740 and 743. Officials said road work was completed Sunday on Forest Service Road 655 at the trailhead near Trail Bridge Campground and Carmen Reservoir. Parking is only allowed on the right side of the trailhead parking area near the Trail Bridge Campground.
“Now that the Blue Top Fire is safely contained away from the McKenzie River Trail, we have determined it is safe to re-open that section of trail,” said Terry Baker, McKenzie River District Ranger. “I really appreciate everyone’s patience during the closure.”

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