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  • Getting ready for a comeback celebration

    May 9, 2024

    BLUE RIVER: People from all over the McKenzie Valley were busy over the weekend when a call went out for volunteers to help during a Cleanup Day. Over three dozen people were armed with rakes, pruners, bucket loaders, and motorized brush hogs last Saturday. The activity was all in anticipation of a Rebuilding Block Party scheduled for Blue River this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The May 11th event is being sponsored by the McKenzie Community Land Trust (MCLT), McKenzie Valley Long Term...

  • Suspect in ride share highjacking arrested in Vida

    May 9, 2024

    VIDA: An incident that started at a mental health clinic in Bend wound its way across the Santiam Pass before ending with a car crash in Vida last Friday. During the course of the investigation, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office determined the suspect, 21-year-old Joshua Davis Buck, was at the Deschutes County Stabilization Center when he requested a ride share service to Sisters. Once there Buck asked to be dropped off in the vicinity of the Sisters Inn and Suites. When the vehicle came to a stop, the driver, Stanley Collins, was a...

  • Hands-on workshop links to area's boatbuilding past

    May 9, 2024

    LEABURG: Transforming lumber into a craft capable of navigating Colorado River rapids was a task well underway at the McKenzie River Discovery Center last week. Twelve students who’d signed up for a ten-day class to loft, build, and launch a Colorado River dory—on the very site where Keith Steele built the first one in 1962—accepted the chore. Lofting the boat involved transforming initial drawings and photos into a full-size plan. Their result included all the curves of a boat that not only...

  • Congratulations

    May 9, 2024

    Congratulations to McKenzie High graduates Griffin Withaim, Jane Dellinger, and Salomon Acevedo, the Joe McCall Memorial Scholarship recipients. Each student will receive 1500.00 to help fund their first year of college. These exceptional students were chosen based on their community involvement, academic achievement, and desire to further their education. All three students plan to attend Oregon State University next fall. This memorial scholarship honored Joe, who loved the McKenzie River...

  • AC, power banks, mini fridges: Oregon equips Medicaid patients for climate change

    Samantha Young, KFF Health News|May 9, 2024

    Oregon supplies some of its most vulnerable residents with air conditioners, air purifiers, and power banks. It is a first-in-the-nation experiment to use Medicaid money to prevent the potentially deadly health effects of extreme heat, wildfire smoke, and other climate-related disasters. The equipment, which started going out in March, expands a Biden administration strategy to move Medicaid beyond traditional medical care and into social services. According to KFF, at least 20 states,...

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    Barry McWlliams|May 9, 2024

  • Thank You McKenzie Community!

    May 9, 2024

    On behalf of McKenzie Community Track and Field I (Cliff Richardson), I would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to all the volunteers who worked the two Track meets this past week. Your commitment to our youth and those from other communities helped put a cap on the 2024 Track Season at our beautiful Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track. Many of the visiting teams, their fans, and coaches thanked and appreciated the work you all accomplished. Our 2024 Track Season at the Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track has been declared a success,...

  • Is the TikTok Law a Violation of the First Amendment?

    Kevin Goldberg|May 9, 2024

    On April 24, 2024, President Biden signed as part of a foreign aid package passed by Congress a law that could ban the video app TikTok. But can the federal government ban an entire social media platform or other form of communication? Or does that violate the First Amendment? Because it’s almost certain that one or more lawsuits will be filed, we explore whether banning TikTok violates the First Amendment. What does the TikTok law do? The law was originally proposed as HR 7521, the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled A...

  • The Case of the Klondike Kate Katfight

    Finn J.D. John|May 9, 2024

    Part One Imagine this story playing out on a television or movie screen near you (or a Vaudeville stage!): Fade in on a tall, rugged-looking woman in a bright-red “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon” outfit. We hear a voiceover from a gravel-voiced Narrator: Narrator: “It’s June of 1901. In the Territorial capital of Whitehorse, ‘Klondike Kate Ryan’ is the first woman officer in the history of the Royal North-West Mounted Police, a precursor agency to the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a.k.a....

  • McKenzie Sports Report - May 9

    Cliff Richardson|May 9, 2024

    McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week The McKenzie Varsity Track and Field teams travel to Sutherlin High School on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, to compete in the 1A-SD2 and 3A-SD5 Championships. Field events start at 1:00 p.m., and track events begin at 11:00 a.m. McKenzie Boys/Girls Close At Home Win End Of The Season Meet At AMJ McKenzie’s Varsity Boys and Girls Track teams won their last meet at home, held at the iconic Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track and hosted by both the McKenzie Track and Field organization and M...

  • Don't let lack of room discourage you

    Kym Pokorny, OSU Extension|May 9, 2024

    The COVID-19 pandemic inspired millions to grow vegetables, but many don’t have room for traditional gardening. Don’t let a lack of yard space keep you from gardening this spring and summer. Many vegetables grow well on patios, porches, balconies, or windowsill containers. According to Brooke Edmunds, an Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist, small spaces make it hard to grow some of the larger vegetables. For instance, growing corn on a balcony may not be practical. But a w...

  • Sheriff's Report - May 9

    May 9, 2024

    April 29: 4:40 p.m: Suspicious Conditions – McK. View Dr. & Hill Rd. The caller observed someone attempting to steal telephone wire. The subject observed the caller watching them and left the area. April 30: 4:01 p.m: Assist, Follow Up - 48500 blk, McK. Hwy. 5:53 p.m: Attempt To Locate Drunk Driver - 39200 blk, McK. Hwy. May 1: 4:20 a.m: Vehicle Stop - 35800 blk, Camp Creek Rd. 9:39 a.m: Suspicious Conditions - 87700 blk, Collins Ln. 10:28 a.m: Suspicious Conditions - 35800 blk, Camp Creek Rd. 11:54 a.m: Theft - 88900 blk, Easy Ln. Ongoing c...

  • OSP Report - May 9

    May 9, 2024

    May 1: 17:56: Crash, Non-Injury – Hwy. 126E, Milepost 22. Driver was eastbound, stated he was fatigued, closed his eyes, and crashed. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled. Airbags deployed, seatbelt worn, no impairment. Driver was cited for No Operator’s License, No Insurance, and Failure to Drive Within Lane. No other vehicles involved. Tow responded. Involved: blue Honda Civic, 18-year-old male from Blue River....

  • McK Fire Report - May 9

    May 9, 2024

    April 29: 8:45: 87000 block, Cedar Flat Rd. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, Refusal Obtained. 16:06: 46000 blk, Goodpasture Rd. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. April 30: 2:44: 8600 blk, Thurston Rd. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 10:30: 44000 blk, McK. Hwy. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 12:19: 90000 blk, Angels Flight Rd. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, Refusal Obtained. May 1: 17:54: McK. Hwy./Milepost 22. Motor Vehicle Accident - Patient Refusal, Traffic Control May 2:...

  • Upper McK Fire Report - May 9

    May 9, 2024

    May. 3: 03:38: Motor Vehicle Accident, Unknown Injury - McK. Hwy. Milepost 34. Male on foot is the involved from car-jacking. Male is up and trying to jump on another vehicle. 03:40: Male tried grabbing caller’s vehicle. She took off, might have run him over. 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 Bridge....

  • A Life To Live

    Wayne and Tamara Mitchell|May 9, 2024

    Our daughter is 27 and has a severe alcohol problem. The last two years have been nightmarish. At last she is in a flat so we have a peaceful home, although my husband and I still brace ourselves waiting to hear of an accident or some other tragedy involving our daughter. Thank God she has no children. The pattern has deteriorated into her drinking 11 or 12 days and then being hospitalized when her body can’t take any more and she goes into withdrawal. We take her to hospital as she has fits w...

  • Budget car rental cleaning fee problem: That's not my vehicle!

    Christopher Elliott|May 9, 2024

    After Budget finds animal hairs in Bernard Sia's rental car, it charges him a $125 cleaning fee. But Sia doesn't have a pet -- and that's not the only problem. Budget charged my credit card a fee of $125 after finding animal hair in a rental car that I returned. I do not have any pets, and the people I stayed with on my trip to Austin, Texas, do not have any pets. I asked for a damage report. It is not clear how they determined that what they found was animal hair. Additionally, they made the...

  • Help! My GE appliances are all malfunctioning at once!

    Christopher Elliott|May 9, 2024

    None of Jacquelyn Smith's appliances work properly. Repeated visits by GE technicians have failed to fix the problems. What can she do? I ordered GE appliances during the pandemic, including a new range, refrigerator, and dishwasher. GE delivered them in February 2022. The range and refrigerator have malfunctioned since day one. The refrigerator froze food no matter what setting, and the range consistently burned and boiled food one notch above "low." I had three visits by GE technicians for...


    May 9, 2024

    ACROSS 1. Country alliance 5. Fish of liver oil fame 8. *Stinging pollinator 11. Prefix in levorotary 12. *Dark home to #33 Down 13. Sudden growth 15. Like certain Steven 16. Symphony member 17. Type of feather 18. *Comfy seat (2 words) 20. Don't put these into one basket? 21. Full nelson is ____ wrestling ____ 22. Santa ____, Orange County 23. Puts down 26. Et cetera (3 words) 30. Pen point 31. With signs of wear and tear 34. Beyond natural, in U.K. 35. Messes up 37. Chitchat 38. Willow twig 39...

  • THINGS WITH WINGS - Solution

    May 9, 2024

  • Sudoku, May 9

    May 9, 2024

  • Sudoku, May 9 - Solution

    May 9, 2024