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Articles from the February 2, 2023 edition

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  • Commission to consider street changes

    Feb 2, 2023

    EUGENE: Next Tuesday, the Lane County Planning Commission will get to hear the public’s ideas on how they would like Blue River to look as it rebuilds. A proposed amendment to the county’s land use code could trim back what opponents have called the current language’s excessive right-of-way setbacks. The Public Works Division developed the proposal after talking to local property owners. A problem was initially identified when plans to reconstruct the O’Brien Library after the Holiday Farm Fire. It was learned the new structure could not meet s...

  • $490 million added to wildfire fight

    Feb 2, 2023

    WASHINGTON, D.C:"It is no longer a matter of if a wildfire will threaten many western communities in these landscapes, it is a matter of when," according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "The need to invest more and to move quickly is apparent," he added in announcing the addition of more than $490 million to 11 key landscapes across the western United States last week. The money has been earmarked for national forest lands, including the restoration "of resilient old-growth forest...

  • How's your broadband?

    Feb 2, 2023

    The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is encouraging Oregonians to report their home internet speed data or lack of internet service as part of Faster Internet Oregon’s internet speed test and broadband mapping survey. Officials say the data will help secure infrastructure funding and ensure it is allocated so every Oregon resident has access to fast, affordable internet service. The bipartisan broadband infrastructure funding bills developed by Congress are distributing billions to the s...

  • "Big changes" delay wildfire risk map

    Feb 2, 2023

    The Oregon Legislature will be considering a number of recommendations for changes related to the statewide wildfire risk map during the 2023 session, some of which would substantively change the map itself. Following conversations last week with the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildfire Programs Advisory Council, the state has decided to postpone the release of an updated draft of the map, which was planned for March 2023. “As we’ve been working with Oregon State University on tec...

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    Barry McWilliams|Feb 2, 2023

  • Hunters, fishers need to demand better federal management of public land

    Adam Bronstein, Oregon Capital Chronicle|Feb 2, 2023

    I have been hunting and fishing on public land in the West for over 20 years, and I can tell you through experience that where there are cows, the quality of fishing and hunting has been severely impacted. Where there is no domestic livestock, there are many more trout, elk, deer, and moose. Cows and sheep are invasive species and ecological misfits in the arid West. Bovines were first domesticated in southeast Asia and were exported to the European continent where the climate was wet and the...

  • Sheriff's Reports - February 2

    Feb 2, 2023

    Jan. 19: 5:05 p.m: Disorderly Subject - 90400 blk, Mountain View Ln. Verbal dispute between neighbors. 6:04 p.m: Disturbance, Dispute - 39900 blk, Log Creek Rd. Physical dispute between a landlord and tenant. Minor injuries reported, determined to be mutual combat. Jan. 20: 5:14 p.m: Disturbance, Dispute - Marcola Rd. Dispute between two family members reported. No crime was articulated. Jan. 21: 12:58 p.m: Theft - 95200 blk, Marcola Rd. Jewelry and coins were stolen from a residence. Jan. 22: 3:56 a.m: Harassment - 45100 blk, McK. Hwy. A...

  • McKenzie Fire Report - February 2

    Feb 2, 2023

    Jan. 24: 10:12: 42000 block, McK. Hwy. Public Assist. Lift Assist. 11:54: 1000 blk, Billings Rd. Medical, General. Assisted. Jan. 25: 14:26: 51000 blk, McK. Hwy. Mutual Aid. Canceled By Upper McK. Fire. 15:42: 42000 blk, McK. Hwy. Public Assist. Lift Assist. Jan. 26: 23:13: 42000 blk, Leaburg Dr. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. Jan. 27: 12:27: 87000 blk, Cedar Flat Rd. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 14:08: 88000 blk, Ermi Bee Rd. Medical, General. Disregarded En Route. Jan. 28: 18:00: McK. Hwy./Cedar Flat...

  • Upper McK Fire Report - February 2

    Feb 2, 2023

    Jan. 19: 11:40: Motor Vehicle Accident – McK. Hwy./Carmen Smith Hydroelectric Power Station. Non-Injury, Not Blocking. 2 vehicles involved. Jan. 24: 14:06: Down Line – McK. Hwy./Milepost 44. Tree on power line sagging line to the road - no sparking or arching. 14:44: Medical – 55000 block, McK. River Dr. Male, Conscious, Breathing. 18:07: Medical – 56000 blk, Delta Dr. Female, Conscious, Breathing. Jan. 25: 08:22: Medical – 55000 blk, McK. River Dr. Male, Conscious, Breathing. 14:24: Medical – 51000 blk, McK. Hwy. Female, Conscious, Breathing....

  • McKenzie Sports Report - February 2

    Cliff Richardson|Feb 2, 2023

    McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week The McKenzie Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams travel to Triangle Lake on Tuesday, January 31. The Eagle Boys game will start at 5:30 pm and the Girl's game will follow at 7:00 pm. The McKenzie teams will travel to C. S. Lewis Academy, in Newberg, on Friday, February 3. The Girl's non-league game will start at 5:30 pm and the Boy's game will follow at 7:00 pm. Eagle Girls Drop Two Mapleton 45, McKenzie 19 Mohawk 45, McKenzie 9 McKenzie Girls Basketball Head Coach Jack Devereaux's team dropped a...

  • NewsArk - February 2, 2023

    John Russell Gustafson|Feb 2, 2023

    Memories about life in the McKenzie River Valley run deep in the Russell family. When I was a small boy, I spent many Sundays playing cribbage and listening to the stories about the old days on the McKenzie from my granddad, Fred Russell, and the rest of the family. There were stories about Blue River, Finn Rock, Martin's Rapids, the swinging bridge to Thomson's Lodge, and the family home on Deerhorn Road across the river from Walterville near Taylor's Landing. In the early 1900s, my mother and...

  • Disease-resistant roses make gardening life easier

    Kym Pokorny, OSU Extension|Feb 2, 2023

    Struggling with rose diseases often converts affection to frustration for the millions of gardeners who grow the beloved shrubs. Instead of cursing the big three – black spot, powdery mildew, and rust – take the advice of Jay Pscheidt, a plant pathologist with Oregon State University Extension Service, who steers people to roses that enjoy immunity to the threats of these diseases. “Save yourself a lot of hassle and plant disease-resistant roses this spring for trouble-free bouquets in the s...

  • Direct Anawers

    Feb 2, 2023

    My 12-year-old son recently asked me why his father needs to pay child support. He continued by saying his dad was struggling with paying his own bills and supporting his new family. His dad tells him the fact that he never sees his son is reason enough not to pay. I am disgusted this topic is being discussed with my son in the first place. I don’t know how to respond to this question. Any ideas? Ivory Ivory, just as a person testifying in court promises to tell the truth, your former husband m...


    Christopher Elliott|Feb 2, 2023

    When ​​Neale Gonsalves' train trip from Stockport, England, to London is canceled, he rebooks on another train. But Trainline, his ticket agency, charges him a $43 ticket change fee. Is that allowed? I booked a ticket on Trainline several weeks ago for a journey from Stockport, England, to London. When I checked the ticket on the day of departure on the Trainline app, it showed that the train scheduled for 2:24 p.m. had been canceled. There was another train leaving at 2:19 p.m., so I reb...


    Christopher Elliott|Feb 2, 2023

    BG&E agrees to waive Larry Bauman's monthly service fee but then charges him anyway. Is there a way to get his money back? I have a problem with Baltimore Gas & Electric (BG&E). I bought an air conditioner service plan through BGE Home, an independent service arm of BG&E. BGE Home has an agreement with BG&E to charge me the $42.90 monthly service fee for two air conditioning units and two furnaces through my monthly utility bill. In June 2022, I bought a new air conditioning unit from BGE Home....


    Feb 2, 2023

    ACROSS 1. "Without further ____," pl. 5. Sweet 16 gift 8. Steps to the river, in India 12. *Michael BublÈ's "____ the Last Dance for Me" 13. Bigger than big 14. Nonkosher 15. Big-ticket one 16. October birthstone 17. *#5 Down's target 18. *Reason to celebrate Lupercalia, Valentine's Day predecessor 20. Make over 21. Omit 22. Hexagonal fastener 23. December birthstone, pl. 26. Most gem¸tlich 30. Ed.'s request 31. Two dots above a letter 34. Brussels org. 35. Church recesses 37. ____ or c...

  • VALENTINE'S DAY, Solution

    Feb 2, 2023

  • Sudoku- February 2

    Feb 2, 2023

  • Sudoku- February 2, Solution

    Feb 2, 2023