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McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

McKenzie’s Spring sports  season has concluded and there are no activities scheduled. McKenzie High School will hold the 2017 Mother’s Tea on Friday, June 10, in the Old Gymnasium and beginning at 6:30 pm. The McKenzie High School Gradu-ation is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, at 11:00 am.

Motorists may gain access to Scenic Route in mid-June

OR 242 MP 72

OLD MCKENZIE PASS: With over 30 feet of snow still to get through at the top of the Old McKenzie Pass (Hwy 242), Oregon Dept. of Transportation crews have a lot of work ahead of them.  
The most recent report from Oregon Department of Transportation says plow operators have been clearing a travel lane but caution motorists to be patient and remember that workers are up there daily to make the highway travel safe. They made more progress this week, but one driver said this is the hardest snow he’s seen in years, as there’s lots of ice mixed in. Though rising temperatures will likely help, it’s entirely possible the scenic route won’t be open for motor vehicles until June 19th, or later, this year. The earliest opening date for motorized travel is set for the third Monday of June, which has been the average opening date over the last 25 years.

Photo Courtesy ODOT. An rotary plow was near milepost 72 last Thursday, where about seven feet of snow lay ahead. It had taken three days to clear about two miles.

Missing couple

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance locating Donald and Barbara Williams of Springfield.  The couple reportedly ran out of gas in the Vida area on 5/25/17 around 9:30 am and a family member came to assist them.  The family member stepped away for a moment and when they returned, Donald and Barbara and their truck were gone.  Family became concerned when they didn’t hear from the couple that evening and reported them missing.  Deputies searched the area and spoke with local businesses that may have seen the couple but were unable to locate them.

Donald and Barbara were last seen driving a 2001 white Ford F-150 with license plate 073 CGH.  It is unknown which direction they went when they left the Vida area.  They did not communicate that they had plans to leave for the weekend and generally do not travel far from their Springfield home. The couple does not have a cell phone and may not have a way to contact family away from home.

Brownlee  and Hayes on 2017 poster

Smokey & Eagles

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Smokey and the Eagles have teamed up again this year to spread a fire prevention message. New posters feature Smokey Bear and two local high school students to promote a joint effort between the McKenzie River Ranger District employees and staff at McKenzie High School. The 2017 posters are part of the McKenzie River Ranger District’s “Smokey and the Eagles” program that rewards outstanding student athletes and highlights the importance of fire prevention practices. Each year, two students who demonstrate a high level of community and athletic involvement, as well as hold a high grade point average, are selected to appear in the posters.
The selection process started with a contest among fourth grade students to come up with the key phrase for the poster. The winner of the contest receives their own copy of the “Smokey and the Eagles” poster. This year the fourth grader Noah Thorndyke came up with the slogan “Take care of the forest by leaving it green and clean.”
This year the two McKenzie high students selected were Matt Brownlee and Miyanna Hayes.
Matt kept stats for the football team, played four years of basketball, and two years of baseball. He was also a captain for basketball. In the classroom, Matt holds a GPA of 4.02. He has been attending classes at Lane Community College for the past couple years.

Eight will compete in Saturday pageant

Mr. Walterville

WALTERVILLE: What promises to be a great show and hopefully a new town tradition will take place this Saturday. That’s when eight men, most of them are fathers of students at Walterville School, will compete to raise funds earmarked for the PTO to spend on for classroom technology improvements.
Participants in the Mr. Walterville Pageant will be judged in a number of different categories, ranging from overall creativity  to individual expression, as well as their talent and outfit they appear in, Audience interaction and each individual’s stage presence/charisma will play into choosing the winner, along with the total dollars raised, Best representation of Walterville.
The event is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th in the gym.

McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

The 2017 OSAA State 3A/2A/1A Track and Field Championships will be held on Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19. Preliminaries will be held on Thursday and Finals will be held on Friday. Class 6A/5A/4A preliminaries will start on Friday, May 19 and Finals for those classifications will take place on Saturday, May 20. Track fans and supporters can access event times and entries at osaa.org.

Travel tips from the Willamette Valley led to 1853 tragedy

S Meek & ElliottRAINBOW: Emigrants  who’d been sent for help were themselves rescued in the Eastern McKenzie Valley over 150 years ago. What they endured and the ground they traveled over were brought to life last Friday at the Upper McKenzie Community Center.
Telling their story was Daniel Owen, great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin Owen. As part of the eight-man advance party from the Lost Wagon Train of 1853, Owens crossed the Cascades, passed through the Three Sisters Wilderness and eventually became among the first Euro-Americans to, “Get lost in your neighborhood,” Owen noted.

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