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Articles from the April 27, 2023 edition

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  • A week of "boats galore"

    Apr 27, 2023

    Boat builders were busy all week long at the McKenzie River Discovery Center. Turn to Page 2...

  • County approves code for Blue River

    Apr 27, 2023

    The Lane County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Blue River Code Amendments regarding right-of-way setbacks today (4-25-23). The ordinance was approved with an emergency clause for an immediate effective date....

  • Wreck lands in wetlands

    Apr 27, 2023

    FINN ROCK: The report of a single-vehicle crash on May 20th turned out to be a lucky break for Brandon Hanson, 25. He was westbound near Milepost 38 of the McKenzie Hwy. at 1:45 a.m. when he told police he collided with a large boulder that disabled the Peterbilt truck he was operating. The impact caused the semi’s cab and trailer to veer off the roadway, taking out 11 posts and 6 guardrail panels before dropping 6 to 8 feet into a wetland. The lucky part is that Hanson was uninjured. The O...

  • School board race is heating up

    Apr 27, 2023

    FINN ROCK: A public forum for candidates seeking seats on the McKenzie School Board hasn’t panned out as planned. On Tuesday morning the event’s sponsor, the McKenzie Educational Association, reported only four of the eight candidates had agreed to show up to answer six questions that had been sent in advance of the forum. The questions ranged from prior involvement with the school to challenges facing the district as well as any current courses or programs that should be added to or del...

  • Boat building 101 

    Keri Best|Apr 27, 2023

    Over the past twenty-five years, Jason Hayes has produced a specialized craft - the McKenzie River Drift Boat. How many? “Too many to count.,” Hayes says. “I lost track a long time ago. Somewhere between 70 to 80 boats.” Besides his own work, he’s spent time educating others, including local youth at McKenzie High School and other wood shops to expose and educate the younger generations about the design now known around the world. “I want to help bring up the next generation and the history her...

  • Ridin' the Rapids

    Ken Engelman|Apr 27, 2023

    A Letter to the Editor was going to be printed in this space. In it the writer had included these words: “On my routine drive over the Santiam Pass this weekend I was horrified at the political signage insulting my eyes and our beautiful roadway. Overdone to say the least, and totally inappropriate on our beloved scenic highway.” During the Wooden Boat Show on Saturday, a couple of other people came up to me to express similar opinions, like “Don’t they know it’s Earth Day.” Those reactions caused me to check in with ODOT to see what sort of re...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Apr 27, 2023

    On April 22nd we celebrated Earth Day, but unfortunately, our earth is in serious trouble. The Greenland ice sheet is melting at an accelerating rate due to the increase in global temperatures caused by Carbon emissions blanketing the atmosphere, and due to deforestation. The average temperature in the world is increasing by 3.2 degrees centigrade compared to the goal of 1.5 degrees centigrade to sustain a livable planet. From 2011 to 2020 3.5 trillion tons of the Greenland ice sheet has melted, and at that pace, sea levels could rise by one...

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    Barry McWlliams|Apr 27, 2023

  • NewsArk

    Paula Emery|Apr 27, 2023

    From the January 28, 1983 issue of River Reflections Tempers sizzled Tuesday, January 25th, at the Lane County Planning Commissioners' public hearing for the new countywide rezoning plan, though most of them had to be put on the back burner once again. More than 100 Lane County residents, most of them senior citizens from rural areas, showed up at Harris Hall to voice comments and concerns about the new rezoning package. Gene Kanes, chairman of the planning commission, announced that the Comprehensive Plan Revision, which the county has been...

  • OSU breeding program produced first purple tomatoes with healthy antioxidants

    Kym Pokorny, OSU Extension|Apr 27, 2023

    In 2011 Jim Myers did something no one had done before. The Oregon State University vegetable breeder released the first purple tomato containing the same healthy compound found in blueberries. The Indigo Rose tomato, which took Myers, a professor in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, and his team 10 years to develop, took the market – and other breeders – by storm. People liked the tomato’s novelty but the benefits from the anthocyanins in the skin were the draw. Interest in antho...

  • Sheriff's Reports - April 27

    Apr 27, 2023

    April 18: 3:14 p.m: Assist, Follow Up - Vida area. April 19: 7:01 a.m: Welfare Check - 91100 blk, Yeager Rd. 9:52 a.m: Medical Info Call - McK. Hwy. & Quartz Creek Rd. 11:35 p.m: Disturbance, Dispute - 37300 blk, Parsons Creek Rd. 4:28 p.m: Assist Outside Agency - Saddle Dam. April 20: 7:16 a.m: Down Line - 39300 blk, Deerhorn Rd. 9:22 a.m: Suspicious Conditions - 38000 blk, MJ Chase Rd. April 21: 4:55 a.m: Welfare Check - 54600 blk, McK. River Dr. 12:10 p.m: Blocked Driveway - 92000 blk, Spicer Ln. 3:54 p.m: Theft - 89600 blk, Hill Rd. 5:06 p....

  • OSP Report - April 27

    Apr 27, 2023

    April 20: 01:53: Crash, Non-Injury – Hwy. 126E, Milepost 38. A commercial vehicle was traveling westbound when it collided with a large rock in the roadway. The vehicle became disabled and drove off the roadway through a metal guardrail. The driver was not injured. Involved: 25-year-old male, white Peterbilt truck and trailer....

  • McKenzie Fire Report - April 27

    Apr 27, 2023

    April 19: 9:41: McK. Hwy./Quartz Creek Rd. Medical, Heart. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 19:06: 45000 block, McK. Hwy. Medical, Heart. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. April 20: 1:49: McK. Hwy. Milepost 38. Motor Vehicle Accident. Non-Injury/Non-Blocking. 7:16: Deerhorn Rd. Mp. 1. Power Line Down. Investigate. 7:53: 40000 blk, McK. Hwy. Lift Assist. 12:12: 45000 blk, N. Gate Creek Rd. Fall Injury. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 12:31: 44000 blk, McK. Hwy. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 20:28: 44000 blk, McK. Hwy....

  • Upper McK Fire Report - April 27

    Apr 27, 2023

    April 19: 09:37: Medical - McK. Hwy./Quartz Creek Rd. Female, Conscious, Breathing. April 20: 01:48: Motor Vehicle Accident - McK. Hwy./Milepost 38. Single vehicle vs. boulder. Involved is not injured, just shaken up. The vehicle is in the ditch. 19:59: Medical – 54000 block, McK. River Dr. Female, Conscious, Breathing. April 22: 06:16: Medical – 54000 blk, McK. River Dr. Female, Conscious, Breathing. 17:20: Medical – 51000 blk, McK. Hwy. Female, Conscious, Breathing. April 23: 09:34: Medical – 54000 blk, McK. River Dr. Female, Conscio...

  • Direct Answers

    Wayne and Tamara|Apr 27, 2023

    Two years ago, I made the greatest mistake of my life. I started dating a coworker. She is this beautiful young girl that totally captivated my world when I met her. As time went by, I realized we have almost nothing in common, including music, food, sports, movies, and outdoor activities, to name just a few. Worst of all, there is no passion between us. Furthermore, I do not feel welcomed at her house, and I don't fit within her circle of friends for two reasons. I'm seven years older and come...


    Christopher Elliott|Apr 27, 2023

    Daryl DeCrow cancels his Tauck cruise after it imposes a COVID vaccine requirement. Does he deserve a refund? In early 2021, my girlfriend and I booked a fall foliage riverboat cruise with Tauck. At the time, there was no requirement for us to be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. A year later, just before our cruise, I received a "COVID-19 Policy Update For Your Upcoming Journey" email. It required all guests to be "up to date" with their vaccinations. We would have never booked this tour if...


    Apr 27, 2023

    Jackie Owens' home has a gas leak, according to Eversource Gas, her energy company. But that's wrong, and the error cost her $222. Can she get her money back? I have a problem with Eversource Gas, our energy company in western Massachusetts. An Eversource gas company technician came to our door recently, claiming someone passing by our home called them to say they smelled gas and he needed to check our furnaces. After his check, he said we had gas leaks from both of our furnaces and that he had to shut them down. I called a licensed heating...


    Apr 27, 2023

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