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Dave HelfrichEUGENE: Life was a little different over 100 years ago when settlers moved in to start a life on the McKenzie River. Making a move from Prineville, the Helfrich family put down roots and played a key role in developing tourism as a big part of the local economy.
Things were different back then. There was no running water, no electricity and no insulation in their house when the Helfrich family bought 160 acres on a mile and a half of river frontage in 1902. The land - stretching from the old Stockade up to Cook’s Ranch (near Mom’s Pies) - lead to the family’s role in the development of the Northwest’s tourism industry and the river guiding fraternity.

McKenzie Eagle logoFINN ROCK: Close to fifty people were shoulder to shoulder when the McKenzie School Board held another special meeting last Thursday. Once again discussions concerning the superintendent were the attraction.
The session was called so the board could hear a presentation from a consultant offering to conduct a search for a new top administrator. During the public comment section that began the April 3rd meeting, speakers had other things on their mind.

Helfrich brothersPosted: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 2

All tickets for this year's McKenzie Memories have been sold - none will be available at the door.

Below is a story about the event.

EUGENE: A paddle down a stream full of memories is planned for the night of April 4th. The third annual McKenzie Memories history event will feature storytelling, music, rare historic films and photographs of the McKenzie River.

Shame signFINN ROCK: A scuffle in the dark at a basketball game a week ago rebounded into an evening of hot talk for the McKenzie School Board Wednesday night. At issue was a decision from an executive session the night before clearing Superintendent Dr. Sally Storm of charges that she had shoved a student after the altercation.
At the standing room only session, a number of angry parents piled on other charges, ranging from violating state limits on the amount of time elementary students are kept in their seats to charges of child endangerment.

Ranger district lobbyMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Visitors seeking information on hiking trails and other recreational opportunities won’t find it at their usual connection point this summer.

McKenzie River Golf CourseDEERHORN: Over three dozen comments on a proposal to convert the 9-hole McKenzie River Golf Course into a subdivision were filed with the Lane County by the February 24th deadline. That caused agent Larry Reed, who represents subdivision applicants Rod and Sara Omlid,  to request the file be frozen for 53 days in order for him to respond.

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Floating fish collectorBLUE RIVER: A $5 million floating fish collector is on its shakedown cruise behind Cougar Dam. But don’t expect the experimental craft to travel too far. The hull is being moored vertically to the reservoir bottom in four places, and anchored horizontally by cables extending to the dam face and adjacent hills.

Clear Lake LodgeCLEAR LAKE: Linn County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an experienced scuba diver found in the waters of Clear Lake on Sunday. Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a drowning that occurred on March 2nd. At 12:23 p.m. the sheriff’s office received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a group of three men had been scuba diving and one did not surface.

Olallie TrailLEABURG: A newly recognized challenge to experienced riders has been added to attractions that can be promoted to mountain bikers. That was the message Randy Dreiling had when the McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce met last week at Ike’s Pizza. Dreiling, the groups executive director, said he hopes the Olallie Loop Trail will, “Not only  relieve pressure on the McKenzie River Trail but also get people to stay here longer.” In addition to Ollalie, Dreiling said there are four other back country routes that riders need to learn are also available.

 

 

Subdivision mapDEERHORN: The end of a fifty-year tradition of teeing off within sight of their residences might be in play for homeowners along Madrone Street. When brothers Kenneth, Lloyd and Earl Omlid developed the McKenzie River Golf Course in 1961, they also created a number of 1/3 to 3/4 acre home lots that sold well.

 

 

 

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