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Streambank poolsWALTERVILLE: A campground at Hendricks Wayside?  The rumor caused several people to contact the Lane County Parks Dept. to check it’s accuracy.
It is a future possibility, according to Parks Division Manager Mike Russell. Constructing from 20 to 30 tent and RV sites has been part of a county-wide capital improvement plan for the last four years, Russell notes. Every year the $1.1 million Hendricks campsite proposal goes to the end of the list, due to a lack of funds.

 

 

Bird carvingMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Once again, the staff of the McKenzie River Ranger District will be raising funds for a scholarship fund honoring fallen firefighters. Doug Dunbar and 13 other crew members were killed in a tragic fire in Colorado 21 years ago. Doug was a McKenzie High School graduate and the son of Sandy Dunbar and former McKenzie District Ranger, Randy Dunbar.
The scholarship is awarded each year to a college bound senior at the McKenzie High. Doug was fighting fires to help pay his way through college.

 

 

 

 

Mona SaechaoWALTERVILLE: A sudden illness that hospitalized the wife of a 5th grade teacher at Walterville Elementary has generated a strong community response. Mona Saechao, who has been a charge nurse on surgical/oncology at Riverbend Hospital, had been well as little as a month ago when she ran in her first half-marathon. That quickly changed when she began to experience nausea and memory loss.
Tests soon revealed a rare, dangerous case of acute brain inflammation (limbic encephalitis) which was causing her memory problems. Unfortunately, the situation quickly went from bad to worse when tests showed the underlying cause of the dangerous swelling was Stage 2 cancer.

 

 

 

 

Track girlsBy Cliff Richardson
FINN ROCK: Everyone going in understood the strength of the Triangle Lake Boys and Girls Track and Field teams. The Lakers held true to form, winning both the Boys and Girls Team First Place Trophies, last Saturday, May 16th.
The 1A Special District 5 Championship Track Meet was held at the exceptional Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track venue. The McKenzie Community Track Committee and its dedicated volunteers pulled off another outstanding event.

 

Tamolitch FallsMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Linn County deputies are investigating the death of a Bend area man near Tamolitch Falls, off of Highway 126 near the Trail Bridge Reservoir.

Planning meetingFINN ROCK: “Our job as a community and as a school is to make sure every student has an opportunity to be the best they can be,” were the words superintendent Jim Thomas used to open a public meeting at the McKenzie Elementary School’s pagoda building last Wednesday night. “We cannot short change them in terms of academics, social skills or the work ethic they need to have to be successful in whatever field they choose to go into,” he added.

During the 2-1/2 hour session parents, teachers and administrators broke up into small groups that worked on topics ranging from expanding vocational training to ways of  improving communications with the community.

 

Atop Hwy. 242The year 2014 was the hottest on Earth in 134 years of record-keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, continuing a pattern of global warming that is attributed primarily to rising levels of greenhouse gases.
Oregon was not exempt from the warming and logged the second hottest year since records were kept beginning in 1895, according to researchers with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University.

 

Trail crewThe Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) will again offer summer employment positions at the McKenzie River and Middle Fork ranger districts. Applicants should have been born between August 21st, 1997 and June 15th, 2000.
YCC employees will work on public lands and have the opportunity to learn about and develop an appreciation of the natural environment while earning a wage. The emphasis is on hands-on learning; tasks may include building bridges, pulling invasive weeds, conducting wildlife surveys, collecting trash, trail maintenance, wildlife habitat enhancement and repairing fences.

 

Leaburg DamLEABURG: Problem's continued today at the Eugene Water & Electric Board's Leaburg Dam.
Due to the breakdown of a crane on the structure, the road across the Leaburg Dam is closed. EWEB personnel were driving pilot vehicles to escort passenger cars and trucks through the private logging roads accessed by Goodpasture Road starting at approximately 4:30 p.m. today.
According to McKenzie Fire & Rescue, flaggers on the Highway 126 side of the dam will direct vehicles to a location on Goodpasture Road. The pilot vehicles will then escort passenger vehicles on the private roads to the Leaburg Dam.

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LEABURG: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  allowed EWEB to refill Leaburg Lake with no ramping restrictions. It was at 742 feet of elevation above sea level by about 8 p.m. 0n Wednesday night. Roll gates 2 and 3 are now back in operation. Calibrations and training were on the agenda this week at Leaburg Dam as the Eugene Water & Electric Board moved forward to bring the hydroelectric generating facility back on line. Utility spokesman Joe Harwood said the schedule called for dam operators to familiarize themselves with the new motor and gearbox that began “wet testing” last week in anticipation of refilling the reservoir soon.

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McKenzie River Reflections is the weekly newspaper serving Oregon's McKenzie River Valley. Available by mail for $23/yr in Lane County, $29/yr outside Lane. Digital subscriptions are $23/yr. Subscribe at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/subscriptions-0. Purchase copies online at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/back-issues-0. Read about area communities including Cedar Flat, Walterville, Camp Creek, Leaburg, Vida, Nimrod, Finn Rock, Blue River, Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge.