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Articles from the May 11, 2023 edition

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  • Clinic rebuild taking shape

    May 11, 2023

    The annual report and election of officers for McKenzie Valley Wellness (MVW) were on the agenda but blueprints took center stage at the non-profit’s meeting last Tuesday. “Our five-year vision is the McKenzie Valley region is sustainably renewed and rebuilt as a lively, robust destination community - not just as a place to visit, but as a place to live,” was the way MVW president Val Rapp described the group’s goals. “Job one for McKenzie Valley Wellness is to rebuild the medical clinic. O...

  • Tall load snags powerlines

    May 11, 2023

    Traffic came to a halt Friday when equipment on a semi-trailer snagged utility lines. According to Oregon State Police reports, Glen Yadon, 59, told investigators he was entering Hwy.126 from a driveway in the 49600 block around 11:16 a.m. when the rear of his trailer hit the low-hanging wires. Yadon came to an immediate stop and Charter/Spectrum utility crews were called to the scene to move the pole and wires to the right shoulder. The Peterbilt truck and its load were not damaged and were...

  • EWEB to outline plans at Leaburg meeting

    May 11, 2023

    LEABURG: Next week, the Eugene Water & Electric Board Commissioners plan to provide an overview of what is likely to occur as plans move forward to permanently discontinuing generating electricity at the Leaburg Hydroelectric Project. Issues sure to be aired at their May 16th upriver meeting include when work to remove Leaburg Dam could get underway and if the utility’s federal license to operate the project will also require removing the Walterville project. At the board’s May 2nd meeting, gen...

  • Willamette National Forest receives $14.7 million for fuels reduction

    May 11, 2023

    The Willamette National Forest will receive a total of $14,700,000 to implement fuel breaks on boundaries of potential operational delineations (PODs) as part of the Wildfire Crisis Strategy implementation. Officials say the Forest was chosen based on opportunities to work with industry partners to accelerate vegetation management projects that integrate fuels reduction objectives and commercial treatments. In a POD, roads or natural features can be used as control lines in a wildfire. Funds...

  • Hackers could now target smart meters

    Steve Lundeberg, OSU|May 11, 2023

    A power transmission grid can be destabilized by hackers who manipulate smart meters to create an oscillation in electricity demand, researchers at the Oregon State University College of Engineering have shown. The study is important because understanding where a grid’s vulnerabilities lie and what they look like is the first step in designing protection mechanisms, says associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, who led the project with g...

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    Barry McWiliams|May 11, 2023

  • Letter to the Editor

    May 11, 2023

    Now that we are past the pre-election discussions surrounding the election for our local school board candidates, and voting has begun, I’m wondering if our community, based on our recent experience, can come to some agreement about how we might improve the process for future elections. What have we learned from this McKenzie School District Board of Directors election? We’ve learned that it would have been more helpful to have been able to see statements from our candidates in the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet. Not all states enjoy this aspec...

  • Letter to the Editor

    May 11, 2023

    No one has filed for Position 5 for the McKenzie Fire and Rescue Board. I would like to suggest David Rose as a write-in candidate. He is a relatively new resident to the river, but not inexperienced in the fire service. He has been a firefighter for 29 years, was a Captain in his past district, earned a fire suppression degree at Chemeketa College, and is an EMT and Emergency Room RN. He has a great deal to offer the community and would be an asset. Please write him in to be your representative. Ann Penny Springfield...

  • McKenzie Sports Report - May 11

    Cliff Richardson|May 11, 2023

    McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week The McKenzie Varsity Track and Field teams will participate in the 1A-SD2 Northwest Sub-District meet, held at the Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track, this Friday, Friday, May 12. Field events will commence at 12 a.m. and track events will start at 1 p.m. Lakers Take Two Topping Three At AMJ Invitational Triangle Lake rolled into the Upper McKenzie Valley last Thursday, May 4, to participate in the McKenzie Community Track and Field Committee's annual Aaron and Marie Jones Invitational. At the end...

  • LCC to host May 18th Job Fair

    May 11, 2023

    EUGENE: Lane Community College (LCC) will host its annual Job Fair, taking place on Thursday, May 18th, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Organizers say the Job Fair aims to connect employers with job seekers from both the college and the community. Gold Sponsors for this year’s event include Eugene Area Radio Stations, Grape Solar, PacificSource, and Willamette Family, Inc. Silver Sponsors are Lane Council of Governments, SERVPRO, and SunWize. Tina Hunter, S...

  • Sheriff's Report - May 11

    May 11, 2023

    April 21: 3:54 p.m: Theft - 89600 blk, hill Rd. A caller reported that their mailbox was stolen. April 22: 12:06 a.m: Suspicious Conditions - 39200 blk, McK. Hwy. A highly intoxicated caller advised that they had been run over by a vehicle. The caller refused medical treatment. Deputies responded and were unable to establish that a crime had occurred. 3:50 a.m: Theft - Terwilliger Hot Springs. A caller reported that their purse and handgun were stolen from within their vehicle at the springs. April 23: 7:49 a.m: dispute - 92200 blk, Murdoch...

  • OSP Reports - May 11

    May 11, 2023

    May 6: 09:14: Fish & Wildlife, Hunting. Contacted by LCSO after they received information of a trespasser on Weyerhaeuser property near Gate Creek. LCSO & trooper arrived and located two vehicles locked behind a private gate. When asked what they were doing there one of the hunters said they were hunting turkeys. That hunter also said he had killed two ruffed grouse. With grouse season being closed, the two grouse and the hunter’s shotgun were seized as evidence. The hunter was cited for take/possession of game bird closed season. LCSO also c...

  • McK Fire Report - May 11

    May 11, 2023

    May 1: 5:54: 87000 block, Lupe Ln. Fire, Vehicle, Fire Extinguished Prior to Arrival. 13:57: 43000 blk, McK. Hwy. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 14:04: 42000 blk, Holden Creek Ln. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, Refusal Signed. 16:22: 48000 blk, McK. Hwy. Medical, Trauma. Patient Assessed, Refusal Signed. May 3: 6:48: 38000 blk, McK. Hwy. Motor Vehicle Accident - Unable To Locate. 9:40: 42000 blk, McK. Hwy. Walk In. Patient Assessed, Refusal Signed. 20:46: 40000 blk, Tonga Ln. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1...

  • Upper McK. Fire Report - May 11

    May 11, 2023

    May 4: 13:16: Medical – 50000 block, McK. Hwy. Female, Conscious, Breathing. The Upper McK. Fire District board of directors will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17th, at the McK. Fire Station, 56578 McK. Hwy. in McKenzie Bridge....

  • Offbeat Oregon History

    May 11, 2023

    It was a typical balmy August evening at the Oregon State Penitentiary. The bell had rung for supper, so inmates were streaming out of their cells and heading toward the dining hall for the evening meal, as they always did. But on this particular evening, four prisoners hung back from the throng, and when the last prisoner had rounded the corner out of sight, they doubled back, hurrying into the cell that had been assigned to one of their number. Working feverishly with an auger stolen somehow...

  • Add new flavor to the table with 8 unusual vegetables

    Kym Pokorny, OSU Extension|May 11, 2023

    David Coon is on a mission. Not exactly a Mission Impossible save-the-world mission; more of a quest. He’s out to educate others about the potential for unusual vegetables in the garden and the kitchen. Coon, an Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener, knew he was on to something when he’d be stopped in the grocery store by shoppers fascinated by the produce he was sending through the check stand. “For instance, a few years ago when I could finally find fennel in the store...

  • Direct Answers

    Wayne and Tamara Mitchell|May 11, 2023

    I am a stay-at-home mom, 24, married to my husband, 26, for six years. He has a problem chatting with young girls online. I have "caught" him numerous times, and it's always the same thing. He's sorry and says it's only a game to him, but he continues to do it. He works with a high school program and knows these girls in real life. I've recorded his conversations, and they are very disturbing. He likes the attention, and for some reason teenage girls are attracted to him, never mind he's 10...


    Christopher Elliott|May 11, 2023

    Michelle Sprekelmeyer is chasing down a missing $1,632 refund from the early days of the pandemic. What's taking so long? We booked a room at the Oasis at Grace Bay Hotel & Lofts in Turks & Caicos through in January 2020 for accommodations in early April 2020. When we booked the reservation, we could not reserve the same room for our entire stay, so we made two separate reservations. We had to cancel because of the pandemic. I emailed the hotel numerous times to resolve...


    Christopher Elliott|May 11, 2023

    Justin Carrier's GE Profile washing machine breaks, flooding his house. One month later, GE hasn't repaired the appliance or paid for the damages. What's going on? We bought a new GE Profile washing machine about seven months ago. We were awakened one night last month to a flooded laundry room, bathroom, foyer, family room, and office. The water valve in the washer failed and filled the machine, and eventually, our home, while it was not even on. A technician diagnosed the faulty valve, but the...

  • Crossword

    May 11, 2023

    ACROSS 1. Foundation 6. Dashboard acronym 9. Bonny one 13. Pleasant smell 14. Metal-bearing mineral 15. Salk's nemesis 16. Kidney-related 17. Christopher Lloyd's ____ Brown 18. Investigative report 19. *Something to claim 21. *Declaration station 23. Argonaut's propeller 24. C in TLC 25. Scot's woolen cap 28. Sushi restaurant soup 30. *Exclusive accommodation 35. Was in the hole 37. Highest volcano in Europe 39. Angry growl 40. Dry riverbed 41. "____ go!" 43. Adored one 44. *Jong of "Fear of...

  • AT THE AIRPORT - Solution

    May 11, 2023

  • Sudoku, May 11

    May 11, 2023

  • Sudoku, May 11 - Solution

    May 11, 2023