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Articles from the April 18, 2024 edition

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  • A celebration of the McKenzie's namesake

    Apr 18, 2024

    NIMROD: People who appreciate fine craftsmanship as well as folks who make their living on waterways will all converge at the Eagle Rock Lodge on April 27th. They’ll be there along with hundreds of other fans of a boat that has become known around the world. This year’s Wooden Boat Festival will offer an opportunity to relax, and learn about the river and the history of the influential double-ended McKenzie River drift boat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free at the Lodge located at 491...

  • Northwest states, feds collaborate on prescribed burns to fight wildfires

    Apr 18, 2024

    Prescribed fire is the controlled use of burns to minimize the larger risks of wildfires and smoke. It is seen as an increasingly important strategy as wildfire seasons pose greater threats to the Northwest. Casey Sixkiller, Northwest regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said authorities want to work together to maintain forest habitats. “Prescribed burn is one of the best tools we have for making our forests more resilient against catastrophic wildfires and t...

  • EWEB to hold Open House

    Apr 18, 2024

    People are invited to join the EWEB Board of Commissioners for their annual event with the McKenzie Valley community on Thursday, May 23. Doors at the Walterville Community Center, 39259 Camp Creek Road, will open at 5:30 p.m. for an open house followed by a customer appreciation dinner at 6 p.m. Officials say this year’s theme is improving communications with the community. Plans call for people to share dinner to discuss interests and community members’ concerns for the future well-being of the McKenzie community, plus how EWEB can support th...

  • Accommodating prefab housing

    Apr 18, 2024

    Supported by the 2022 US Economic Development Administration Build Back Better grant, the Department of Land Conservation and Development has released a new resource for local governments seeking to modernize local code to support the use of prefabricated, modular, and manufactured housing types including but not limited to mass timber construction. The Prefabricated and Modular Housing Model Code includes resources to assist local governments in updating their development codes to achieve...

  • Wolves

    Apr 18, 2024

    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) reports the state’s wolf population is stagnating. It did not grow in 2023. 36 died in 2023, with 33 human-caused. 16 were authorized by ODFW, four more were hit by cars, and one was lawfully shot by a hunter. 10 wolves were moved to Colorado. The actual population is higher than the minimum count, the report notes — the count is the number of wolves that were verified through tracks, photos, or radio collars. Officials say a dozen were poa...

  • JP Doodles

    Barry McWilliams|Apr 18, 2024

  • Support Fire Levy

    Conrad Brown, President Deerhorn Ranch Acres Community Organization|Apr 18, 2024

    McKenzie Fire & Rescue is asking us to maintain current emergency responses by approving a levy of $1.05 per $1,000 assessed property value for five years starting in 2025. This would replace - not add on to the current levy of 60 cents per $1,000 which our community approved in 2018. There were 804 emergent calls to the stations during 2023! Fires, vehicle accidents, and medical assistance were responded to by skilled personnel- in all kinds of weather, day and night. These calls for help have more than doubled during the past ten years! Our...

  • Which way of living do we want?

    Francesca Anton|Apr 18, 2024

    As the Harbick green signs appear again for the third year along the McKenzie River, it felt like a good time to do some research online to give me some tools in my attempt to be a responsible voter. The first thing I did was to pull up Mr. Harbick’s submission to the Oregon Voters Overseas/Military Pamphlet ( The second thing and I humbly admit my complete lack of knowledge he even existed, I saw Charlie Conrad’s name also listed for State House District #12, so I pulled that one...

  • Why legendary lawman Virgil Earp is buried in Portland

    Finn J.D. John|Apr 18, 2024

    Virgil settled down in Colton with Allie and tried to put down roots. He worked security for Wells Fargo & Co. — using a top-break revolver that he could reload one-handed — and opened a detective agency. Later he served as town constable and became famous for his even temper and his ability to de-escalate potentially deadly situations. His favorite less-than-lethal law enforcement technique, when force had to be used, was “buffaloing” — that is, pistol-whipping — unruly suspects. After the “ven...

  • Herbs are easy to grow and have many uses

    Nicole Sanchez|Apr 18, 2024

    Herbs include some of the easiest plants to grow. In addition to culinary uses, herbs offer fragrance, oils that deter pests and flowers that support pollinators. While a few herbs are hardy enough to be perennial in cooler climates such as in the Klamath Basin, others will be annuals in those areas, to be enjoyed primarily in the warm months. Some tender herbs can be overwintered indoors, but the results are often disappointing, especially when attempted without supplemental lighting. Most...

  • Sheriff's Report - April 18

    Apr 18, 2024

    April 5: 12:02 p.m: Burglary - 51700 blk, Blue River Dr. 5:32 p.m: Harassment - 42000 blk, Deerhorn Rd. The caller wanted to document a verbal dispute that happened earlier in the month. 9:52 p.m: Burglary - 36600 blk, Camp Creek Rd. A resident reported a possible burglary that was determined to be a civil issue. April 6: 12:02 p.m: Harassment - 55600 blk, McK. River Dr. Ongoing neighborhood issue. 12:02 p.m: Burglary - 51700 blk, Blue River Dr. Report of a burglary of a shed on the complainant’s property. 12:20 p.m: Weapon Offense - Lat: 4...

  • OSP Report - April 18

    Apr 18, 2024

    April 12: 06:56: Crash, Non-Injury – Hwy. 126E, Milepost 18. Troopers responded to a cold single motor vehicle crash with property damage. The driver was not located at the crash location. The vehicle, a silver Toyota Prius, had driven onto the westbound shoulder, overcorrected, crossing the highway, driving off the roadway into a ditch, and crashing into a fence. The crash had caused damage to a fence used to keep in livestock. A not was left by the driver advising they would return the next day to retrieve it. The note did not have a name o...

  • McK Fire Report - April 18

    Apr 18, 2024

    April 9: 10:35: 51000 block, Dexter St Mutual Aid. Disregarded By Dispatch. April 10: 14:59: 49000 blk, McK. Hwy. Wires Down. Confirmed Communications Line, Notified Dispatch. 20:54: 7500 blk, Thurston Rd. Illegal Burning. Unable to Make Access, Individuals Self Extinguished. April 11: 12:50: 37000 blk, Upper Camp Creek Rd. Medical, Trauma. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 20:28: 88000 blk, Chita Loop. Public Assist. Assessed Burn Pile, No Hazards Found. April 14: 11:19: 42000 blk, Leaburg Dr. Fire Alarm. The district maintains Facebook,...

  • Upper McK Fire Report - April 18

    Apr 18, 2024

    April 11: 17:20: Medical – 91000 block, Horse Creek Rd. Male, Conscious, Breathing. 18:56: Medical – 91000 blk, Horse Creek Rd. Male, Conscious, Breathing. April 14: 06:38: Motor Vehicle Accident – McK. Hwy./Mp. 51. Not injured, not blocking, hit two or three deer. 12:12: MVA, Unknown Injury – McK. Hwy./Mp. 45. Red vehicle in the ditch, possibly damaged....

  • No Victors

    Wayne and Tamara Mitchell|Apr 18, 2024

    Last Friday night I was caught with another woman by my girlfriend. When my longtime girlfriend came to my house, I told her I was going to bed early. She suspected something and came back to find this woman in my house. We had been cheating for about a year. The other woman didn't know either. My girlfriend had a fit. She cursed me up and down and told me she wanted to hit me. After about 30 minutes of that, she left. On the way out she keyed my car. Then the other lady had her say. Mostly she...

  • My trip to Iraq was canceled. Why can't I get my $7,590 back?

    Christopher Elliott|Apr 18, 2024

    When Diane Gottlieb's tour of Iraq is canceled, the tour operator offers her a voucher for a future trip. She wants a refund. Can she get her $7,590 back? I paid $7,590 for a Modern Mesopotamia tour to Iraq through MIR Corporation for last fall. l also purchased insurance from AIG Travel Guard at $766, which offered 100 percent coverage for trip interruption or cancellation. In October, just 14 days before the trip was supposed to start, I received a letter from MIR Corporation that they were ca...

  • Jiffy Lube ruined my car's engine. Why won't it pay for the repairs?

    Christopher Elliott|Apr 18, 2024

    The engine in Ali Cotton's Nissan Altima is damaged after he brings it to Jiffy Lube for an inspection. Does the company have to pay his $12,998 repair bill? I went to Jiffy Lube for an inspection. They somehow removed my oil plug and drained all my oil out, which ultimately ruined the engine. I had my car towed to the dealership, which confirmed that the oil plug was missing and the engine was ruined. The repairs on my 2016 Nissan Altima will cost $12,998. Can you help me get Jiffy Lube to...


    Apr 18, 2024

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  • Returning to community service

    Apr 18, 2024

    Numbers from the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire were bleak: 173,393 acres burned, 1,100 structures lost (including approximately 470 homes), and over $160 million in damages. However the responses were impressive. Despite one fatality, some 5,000 people were safely evacuated along with 576 livestock and 100 domestic animals. Much of which could not have happened without the support of volunteers who themselves had also suffered losses. Recovery has come about in many forms in the months and years since the fire. Along the McKenzie River there are sever...

  • Fishing the McKenzie River

    John Payne|Apr 18, 2024

    The McKenzie River flows nearly sixty miles from its source high in the Cascade Mountains to the Willamette River, 200 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The source of the McKenzie is numerous ice fields, but many consider Clear Lake to be its beginning. Approximately 2,000 years ago a lava flow dammed Fish Lake Creek and Clear Lake was formed. Today still- standing submerged trees, preserved in the cold waters, can be seen in the depths of Clear Lake. See Just downstream of Clear Lake are two impressive waterfalls, Sahalie and...