Week of June 20, 2024

$2.6 Million to expand career- connected learning across Oregon

The Lane Education Service District and Southern Oregon Oregon Education Service District (ESD) were recently awarded $2.6 million+ in grant funding from the Oregon Department of Education through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) fund. With this new funding, Lane and Southern ESDs have partnered with the Mid-Willamette Educational Consortium to create and pilot Team Oregon Build, expanding upon the existing Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs already...

Outdoor recreation - Oregon's 'economic multiplier'

Eric Tegethoff, Oregon News Service

June is Great Outdoors Month, which also underscores the importance of outdoor recreation in Oregon. As temperatures warm up, people are enjoying nature. Five years ago, Congress designated June Great Outdoors Month to highlight the trove of outside opportunities across the nation. With a half dozen national park sites also state parks, Oregon has a plethora of places for people to get outside. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said outdoor recreation provides a big boost to the state’s economy....

Is Carmen-Smith too expensive to maintain?

EUGENE: Delays in protecting Chinook salmon and Bull Trout are drawing fire from the public and federal agencies who criticize the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s relicensing of the Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project. At issue are ways of allowing fish to pass around man-made structures to access approximately 8 miles of McKenzie River and tributary habitat long blocked by the project. In an October letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the assistant regional...

In push to thin forests to prevent wildfire, concerns grow over loss of old growth

Alex Baumhardt, Oregon Capital Chronicle

It was a mountain biker on a trail in Bend in 2022 who first spotted the pod of large old Ponderosa pines marked for cutting. The biker alerted local environmental groups, including the Bend office of the nonprofit Oregon Wild, where Erik Fernandez works as a wilderness program manager. Fernandez went out to photograph the trees in the Deschutes National Forest, some of which he and others figured were more than 80 years old after measuring their circumference. More than a dozen were marked...

Boat Landing back in service

FINN ROCK: The Finn Rock Landing, one of the more popular launches for the McKenzie River’s whitewater opportunities, has reopened. The site was developed years ago by the Rosboro Lumber Company and managed for the community in collaboration with the McKenzie River Guides Association. The site includes 278 acres of adjacent floodplain lands that were acquired by the McKenzie River Trust in 2015. Elizabeth Goward, community engagement manager with the Trust, notes that “Finn Rock Landing has...

News Briefs

Globe Festival The Widish Community Theater in Springfield will host the Round The Globe Film and Music Festival on Sunday, June 23rd at 2 p.m. The festival highlights the winners in short films, music videos, and original songs that address resilience, sustainability, and other areas of human interest. Submissions are received from all around the world and are represented in this exciting international event. Organizers say the artists of Round The Globe have an expressed intention to...

  • Something for lawmakers to consider: state of Oregon local journalism

    Randy Stapilus, Oregon Capital Chronicle

    Two big slices of news about Oregon newspapers fell shortly after Memorial Day, sending shock waves across the state. One was the sale of one of the largest Oregon newspaper groups, Portland-based Pamplin Media, and the other was the announcement of major cutbacks in another, EOMedia, which owns the Bend Bulletin and other newspapers. Both show the immediate urgency for finding a way to rescue community news in Oregon – sooner, not later. Among other things, the Oregon Legislature urgently...

  • Luther Cressman: Oregon's real-live Indiana Jones, only better

    Finn J.D. John

    In the summer of 1981, a little action-adventure movie titled Raiders of the Lost Ark came out, and fans have been speculating ever since on whom the character of Indiana Jones might be based. The most popular speculation — Vanity Fair magazine goes so far as to opine that he is “almost certainly” the basis for Jones — is Roy Chapman Andrews, a globe-trotting paleontologist and former director of the American Museum of Natural History. Well, the fact is that Jones probably wasn’t...

  • Roll up your sleeves: Use multiple strategies to control invasive weeds

    Kim

    They float in the wind, get shaken off pets and wildlife, travel the world stuck to luggage or clothes, and hitch rides by plane, ship, train, truck, and car. Invasive weeds enter backyards in multiple ways and can cause havoc once they are there. “With some of these weeds, you have to fight them forever,” said Ed Peachey, a weed specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Many times, it’s more a process of controlling them rather than eradicating them.” Peachey said...

  • Sheriff's Report - June 20

    June 2: 9:51 a.m: Suspicious Conditions - McK. Hwy. & Evans Ln. A female was seen checking neighbors’ mailboxes in the area, but left before a deputy arrived. June 5: 2:29 p.m: Suspicious Conditions - 46000 blk, N. Gate Creek Rd. Ongoing civil issue. 9:48 p.m: Water Rescue - 59200 blk, N. Belknap Springs Rd. The Lane County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue and Upper McKenzie fire personnel began searching the McKenzie River in the area of Belknap Hot Springs for a subject who had been observed in the water just before dark. No other information...

  • State Police Report - June 20

    June 14: 07:48: Crash, Non-Injury – Hwy. 126E, Milepost 16. Troopers responded to a single vehicle collision. A green Subaru was traveling westbound when the driver reported experiencing “double vision.” The Subaru veered off the right shoulder and impacted the side of a concrete bridge barricade head-on before rotating and coming to rest in the roadside creek bed. The vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage. The driver denied care from responding Fire/Medics. A tow was called at the owner’s request. The driver was given a ride home...

  • McK Fire Report - June 20

    June 10: 15:53: 88000 block, Tiki Ln. Medial, General. 15:53 Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 16:03: 88000 blk, Twin Firs Rd. Cardiac Arrest. Deceased. June 11: 2:03: McK. Hwy./Camp Creek Rd. Motor Vehicle Accident. Blocking, Non-Injury. 5:47: 90000 blk, Lure Ln. Medical, General. 5:47 Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 13:42: 9000 blk, Thurston Rd. Medical, Heart. Disregarded En Route. 19:21: 46000 blk, Goodpasture Rd. Medical, General. Deceased. June 12: 5:59: 37000 blk, Camp Creek Rd. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 9:31:...

  • Upper McK Fire Report - June 20

    June 13: 10:36: Medical – 59000 block, N. Belknap Springs Rd. Patient is an unknown age...

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