Week of April 25, 2024

Hot Springs sword swinger arrested

RAINBOW: Police caught up with a fugitive on Monday, arresting 33-year-old Andrew Dimmick of Crawfordsville on charges of Reckless Endangering, Eluding Police, and warrants for Kidnapping and a Felon Possession of a Firearm. According to police, Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Oregon State Police troopers were called to Terwilliger Hot Springs around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, after receiving a caller reporting a subject was huffing from a nitrous oxide tank, swinging a double-handed...

How radios can help out

LEABURG: About 40 people showed up on a sunny Saturday to learn how to better cope with area disasters like ice storms. According to McKenzie Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Dana Burwell, the last ice event generated about 40 calls to the district in 24 hours. “We can’t organize with staff during an emergency because they’re going to be out or helping on emergencies,” Buwell said. Deputy Chief Bart Thompson agreed, noting that at times the call volume can get so high that the district...

Open to all

Bicyclists were among some of the people who stopped by the Walterville Grange’s Open House on Sunday. While there they were able to learn more about a variety of community groups and organizations ranging from McKenzie Fire & Rescue to Mobile...

911 Centers

Emergency response coordination professionals were honored last week for keeping the nation’s communities safe and secure. Oregon Governor Tina Kotek proclaimed April 14 - 20 as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in the state and encouraged all Oregonians to join in the observance. Oregon has 43 standalone 911 centers known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) that serve as the first and single point of contact for people seeking immediate relief during an emergency. Nearly 800...

McKenzie Springers on the rebound

Researchers who created “family trees” for nearly 10,000 fish found that first-generation, wild-born descendants of hatchery-origin Chinook salmon in an Oregon river show improved fitness. The finding, based on data collected over 13 years, is encouraging for Chinook salmon recovery efforts, said Kathleen O’Malley, an associate professor at Oregon State University and the study’s senior author. In this study, fitness is measured by the number of adult offspring a fish produces, with...

  • McKenzie Sports Report - April 25

    Cliff Richardson

    McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week The McKenzie Varsity Track and Field teams travel to Creswell on Wednesday, April 24, to participate in the MVC meet. Field events will begin at 3:00 pm and track events will start at 4:00 pm. The Eagle teams travel to Legends Field, at Harrisburg High School, on Friday, April 26, to participate in the Harrisburg Twilight Meet. Field events start at 3:00 pm and track events begin at 4:00 pm. Eagles Run With Big Dogs In Redmond The McKenzie Track teams slipped over the Pass to Redmond last Wednesday,...

  • Support McKenzie Fire & Rescue levy

    Carol’s and my families have lived on the McKenzie River since 1954. We believe McKenzie Fire & Rescue is a major benefit to our community. Next week each home will receive a 20-356 Operation Levy Fact Sheet in the mail. We encourage you to read these one-and-a-half pages. It briefly discusses all the benefits of supporting the upcoming Levy in the May 21, 2024 Election. Voter support enables McKenzie Fire & Rescue to maintain current staffing levels, response-ready apparatus, and equipment, continue Student Fire Fighter Programs, and...

  • Candidates: What would you do on finance limits?

    Randy Stapilus

    They said it couldn’t be done, They said it couldn’t be done, but Oregon will finally more closely resemble most other states in how it regulates campaign finance. Thanks to a bill passed during the just-wrapped legislative session, contributions to state candidates will no longer be able to stretch to infinity. House Bill 4024, which Gov. Tina Kotek signed, takes effect in 2027. That is cause for celebration. But Oregonians should keep their expectations in line and take personal...

  • Governor's kindness led frontier city marshal to die in gunfight

    Finn J.D. John

    As every sensible person knows, there is pretty much no such thing as being “cruel to be kind.” Sometimes it does work the other way around, though. Now and then you run across a story in which someone did something that was intended as a kindness, but turned out to be anything but. Such a case happened in the office of Oregon Governor Oswald West, sometime in 1912. It had to do with a little shooting scrape that Z.H. Stroud, an acquaintance of West’s, had gotten into in the little...

  • Practical Lawn Establishment and Renovation

    Tom Cook

    Planting a new lawn or renovating an old one can be very frustrating experience if you’ve never done it before. The key to avoiding frustration is to understand the process well enough to be able to make the right decision. This publication will take you through the steps needed to successfully plant a new lawn or renovate an old one. If you follow these steps, you will get it right the first time! Seasonal timing In general, the best time to plant a lawn from seed is when temperatures are...

  • Sheriff's Report - April 25

    April 8: 11:56 a.m: Reckless Endangering - Marcola Rd. & Wendling Rd. A vehicle was observed driving erratically. a deputy conducted a traffic stop and subsequent sobriety check. 12:02 p.m: Suspicious Conditions - 90300 blk, Thomson Ln. Reopened from prior cads at this location. 4:49 p.m: Suspicious Conditions - 50900 blk, McK. Hwy. Deputies conducted a welfare check on an individual who was in mental crisis. April 12: 6:59 p.m: Suspicious Subject - 92000 blk, Marcola Rd. A male was seen sleeping on the side of the road. Deputies conducted a...

  • McK Fire Report - April 25

    April 15: 13:08: 8944 Thurston Rd. Medical, General. Disregarded On Scene. April 16: 12:39: 88771 McK. Acres Dr. Medical, Trauma. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. April 17: 13:40: 42840 McK. Hwy. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, Refusal Obtained. April 18: 0:43: McK. Hwy./Thompson Ln. Motor Vehicle Accident. Nothing Found On Arrival. 18:36: 36603 Camp Creek Rd. Fire Alarm. False Alarm. April 19: 19:32: McK. Hwy./Milepost 14. Smoke Scare. Controlled Burn. April 20: 10:50: 90639 Lure Ln. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported....

  • Upper McK Fire Report - April 25

    April 16: 18:03: Medical - 54000 block, McK. River Dr. Female, Conscious, Breathing. The Upper McK. Fire District’s board of directors will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 20th, at the McK. Fire Station, 56578 McK. Hwy. in McKenzie...

  • OSP Report - April 25

    April 20: 10:31: Agency Assist – USFS Road 19. OSP was requested to assist Lane County Sheriff’s Office with a disorderly subject at Terwilliger Hot Springs. Dispatch advised the subject was huffing from a nitrous oxide tank, swinging a Katana around, and making threats. Upon arrival the subject had left approximately 30 minutes and the reporting person provided a description of the subject as well as the vehicle he left in. As officers were leaving the area, the vehicle was spotted returning to the location. The LCSO deputy got behind it...

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