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  • Landslide damage is extensive

    May 5, 2022

    A serious landslide between milepost 54 and 56 on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) is likely to continue to limit access to Terwilliger Hot Springs from the McKenzie Valley. Other day-use sites and campgrounds will not be accessible from Highway 126. Affected recreation sites include the Echo Boat Launch; Sunnyside Campground; Slide Creek Campground; Cougar Crossing Campground and Boat Launch; French Pete Campground; Hard Rock Group Campground; Red Diamond Group Campground; Roaring...

  • "Three Sisters Meadow"

    Cliff Richardson and Brandi Ferguson|May 5, 2022

    Last Wednesday, April 26, a celebration gathering was held on the parcel of land known as the Jones or Seneca property. The 16-acre parcel was generously donated to the Blue River Community by Becky, Jody, and Kathy Jones, owners of The Seneca Family of Companies, and daughters of Aaron and Marie Jones. The Jones sisters donated the land at the end of 2021 with the proposed stipulation that with acceptance of the gift, the Community would collaborate on a plan for revitalization and development...

  • Work will wind up at Walterville

    May 5, 2022

    WALTERVILLE: The number of tradesmen's vehicles in the parking lot of the Walterville Elementary School should be tapering off soon. Brett Yancey, Springfield School District's Chief Operating Officer said the majority of the work is expected to be completed at the end of the summer. Subcontractors from McKenzie Taylor Construction are "putting the finishing touches on and we'll be ready to go well before the Fall," he said. The building suffered extensive damage as an aftermath of the second...

  • Blue River Park on the rebound

    May 5, 2022

    This image from the 3-D "walk through" of plans to rebuild the Blue River Park shows one of three proposed covered picnic areas. During last Saturday's design open house meeting, UO design student Audrey Rycewicz updated people on four changes that were developed since a February public input session. Among the changes was the addition of a 9-hole disc golf area, an extension of the riverfront Historic Trail, a larger off-leash dog park zone, and integrating a "natural play" area with...

  • McKenzie Valley Wellness election postponed

    May 5, 2022

    McKenzie Valley Wellness (MVW) has canceled its annual membership meeting planned for Tuesday, May 3rd. In a statement, the MVW board said it had learned of some important concerns about past donations that never reached them, and people who wanted to be members never getting on the membership roster. “There has been some confusion around the correct mailing address and name for our nonprofit. We need to make certain that people who want to be members are included,” they noted. “Everyone on our board recognizes the importance of having our a...

  • Ridin' the Rapids

    May 5, 2022

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  • Letter to the Editor

    May 5, 2022

    They say April showers bring May flowers. We should have a garden of blooming glory soon. I can’t wait to admire and smell them all. My grandchildren love to stop and smell every flower they see, they are surprised sometimes when one does not smell. How can something that beautiful not have a fragrance to enjoy? Our McKenzie Chamber Annual Board Meeting on April 10th at 1:00 at the Vida Windermere Office went off incredibly well, despite the four inches of snow that fell the night before. Shoveling snow in April in Vida? We had great turnout w...

  • JP Doodles

    Barry McWilliams|May 5, 2022

  • Sheriff's Report - May 5

    May 5, 2022

    April 23: 12:00 p.m: Theft - 49500 block, McK. Hwy. Follow up. 4:23 p.m: burglary - 92200 blk, Murdoch St. A caller came home to find an unknown male in his home, wearing the caller’s clothes. The male was extremely high on drugs and had drugs with him. He was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail. 9:07 p.m: Menacing - 55600 blk, McK. River Dr. A verbal dispute between neighbors at a campfire turned physical. One neighbor chased another while yelling threats. He then menaced another person with a knife. He was taken into custody...

  • McKenzie Fire Report - May 5

    May 5, 2022

    April 26: 9:11: Greenwood Dr./Rippling Way. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, Refusal. 12:24: McK. Hwy./Greenwood Dr. Motor Vehicle Accident, Non-Injury. Assessed, Refusal. April 27: 2:49: 40000 block, McK. Hwy.. Lift Assist. April 29: 15:30: 42000 blk, McK. Hwy. Medical, Trauma. Patient Assessed, No transport. 23:23: 40000 blk, Booth Kelly Rd. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, Refusal. April 30: 11:28: 88000 blk, Tiki Ln. Public Assist. Lift Assist Only. 14:38: 87000 blk, Cedar Flat Rd Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported....

  • Upper McK Fire Report - May 5

    May 5, 2022

    April 30: 13:59: Medical – 91000 block, Alma Dr. Female, Conscious, Breathing. 22:13: Medical – 59000 blk, N. Belknap Springs Rd. Male, Conscious, Breathing. The Upper McK. Fire District board of directors will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 18th, at the McK. Fire station, 56578 McK. Hwy. in McKenzie Bridge, at 7 p.m....

  • Did 'Boneyard Mary' murder Thomas McMahon in 1878?

    Finn J.D. John|May 5, 2022

    This is the story of Portland's coldest cold-case file - a suspicious death in the worst neighborhood of the old Stumptown waterfront, almost lost in the mists of time, 135 years ago. Was it an accident? Or a murder? We'll never know for sure. But there are good reasons to be suspicious. The Night Before Our story begins in a smoky, lamp-lit saloon in the rough part of Portland, back in early February of 1878. W.H. Harrigan, one of the tough, hardworking longshoremen who worked the docks in earl...

  • Get free, one-to-one gardening help

    Kym Pokorny, OSU Extension|May 5, 2022

    When you've got a gardening question, try tapping out a local phone number for a customized answer instead of delving into the impersonal internet. One-to-one contact could mean the difference between success and failure. At the other end of the phone line in 28 counties sit Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardeners poised to solve your gardening problems - or help keep them from happening in the first place. More than 3,000 volunteers have graduated from 66 hours of intensive t...

  • Direct Answers

    May 5, 2022

    I am a happily married 23-year-old woman with one problem, my husband's mother. She was against our relationship as soon as she saw it becoming serious. Prior to me entering the picture, she gave him assistance for college, but she froze him out financially so he wouldn't marry me. When she cut him off, she said he would need her before she ever needed him. After we married she still introduced me to people as his girlfriend, not his wife. When my husband confronted her on this, she got upset...

  • PROBLEM SOLVED

    Christopher Elliott|May 5, 2022

    When Virginia Cepero returns two chairs to Pottery Barn, the company doesn't fully refund her. One year later, she's locked in a battle with the company and Capital One. Is there a way out? I ordered two chairs from Pottery Barn and returned them more than a year ago. But Pottery Barn now says I still owe it for the chairs. I also have interest and late fees on Capital One, my credit card. My credit is being negatively affected because they are showing the account is past due. Can you help?...

  • TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER

    Christopher Elliott|May 5, 2022

    Only my closest friends know that I'm not the most organized traveler. It's a secret I've managed to hide pretty well. But when I tried to check into a hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, recently, the truth came out. I unsnapped my passport holder and a tsunami of airline ticket stubs, grocery store receipts, and COVID-19 test results spilled onto the counter. The scraps of paper betrayed the length of my trip, from a Qatar Airlines boarding pass to an expired PCR test result from Lisbon. "Take...

  • Frank Engelman|May 5, 2022

    Helping family members who are technology-adverse, with their technical problems, has always been tough, but becomes even harder when they are remotely located or in an isolated facility. Part of the problem of remote support is "seeing" what they are seeing and "controlling" what they are doing......

  • Crossword

    May 5, 2022

    ACROSS 1. a.k.a. vampire 6. Asian cuisine pan 9. Type of tide 13. Make more attractive 14. Lawyers' grp. 15. China grass 16. *"West Side Story's" Tony and ____ 17. Mourner's acronym 18. Utilizing 19. *a.k.a. "The King" 21. *Kitschy art movement begun in '50s (2 words) 23. Mortar carrier 24. Back of the neck 25. *Kelly or Chanel 2.55, e.g. 28. Hurtful remark 30. "____ Margery Daw," nursery rhyme 35. Paper unit 37. Duds 39. Eurasian antelope 40. Guesstimate phrase (2 words) 41. Unaccompanied 43....

  • THE 1950s - Solution

    May 5, 2022

  • Sudoku - May 5

    May 5, 2022

  • Sudoku - May 5 Solution

    May 5, 2022

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