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  • Zeni to head Upper McKenzie Fire District

    May 23, 2024

    MCKENZIE BRIDGE: At their May 20th board meeting the Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District approved hiring a new Fire Chief. The current Chief, Christiana Rainbow Plews, retired this month and Joel Zeni stepped into her shoes. Joel has roots in the River community - growing up on Little Deerhorn Road and graduating from Thurston High in 2009. When he was 15 he started volunteering with Lane County Search and Rescue and then joined McKenzie Fire and Rescue as a volunteer at 17. He...

  • Preparation was the message

    May 23, 2024

    RAINBOW: With our area no longer considered to be in the middle of an “asbestos” or largely wildfire unlikely area, turnout at last Saturday’s Disaster Fair stayed strong throughout the five-hour event. Held at the Upper McKenzie Community Center, the facility was packed with information boots both inside and out. Whether someone stopped by a community groups or public agency booth the message was the same: disaster preparedness at its core works best when proactive measures are taken to minim...

  • Camping

    May 23, 2024

    Free camping, day-use, and activities to celebrate State Parks Day June 1 Celebrate State Parks Day with free parking and free RV and tent site camping at all Oregon State Parks June 1 as well as special events at selected parks. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will waive day-use parking fees at the 25 locations that charge them and camping fees for all tent, RV, and horse campsites on June 1. OPRD will also waive day-use parking fees on June 2, to support Free Fishing Days...

  • No more "Mount Brushmore"

    May 23, 2024

    WALTERVILLE: Heavy equipment has been busy at the Hendricks Bridge Wayside east of Springfield is closed this week, removing tons of debris from last January’s ice storm. The park was used as a drop site for debris collected by residents as well as debris removed from roadways by Lane County Public Works. The large piles, primarily tree limbs, earned the unofficial nickname of “Mt. Brushmore” due to their height. “We are appreciative that our friends in the Parks division were able to make th...

  • AED added to area's safety net

    May 23, 2024

    RAINBOW: An automated external defibrillator (AED) is now installed at the Upper McKenzie Community Center. Donated by Eugene Springfield HEARTsafe, the device can treat a person whose heart has suddenly stopped working. Over 500 AEDs are now available in many public places around Lane County, including government buildings, schools, airports and other community spaces. Small, lightweight AEDs are available for a quick response when someone suffers an out-of-hospital cardiac...

  • Why no one knows how much old-growth forest we have

    Nathan Gilles, Oregon Capital Chronicle|May 23, 2024

    This story was first published by Columbia Insight. It’s said that “the map is not the territory.” This statement, say critics, is especially true of the maps created by the U.S. Forest Service to inventory the nation’s largest carbon sinks: its mature and old-growth forests. In April 2023, under pressure from the Biden administration, the Forest Service completed its first-ever nationwide inventory of mature and old-growth forests found on federal lands. This inventory of older trees is part...

  • Boycott breeders?

    May 23, 2024

    Why did PETA supporters steal the show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with a sign urging everyone to “Boycott Breeders”? Because “Best in Show” is the worst for dogs. As a licensed veterinary technician, I have seen firsthand the harms of selective breeding, which causes most, if not all, purebreds to suffer from debilitating health issues—and even shortened lifespans. Breathing-impaired breeds including shih tzus and bulldogs have intentionally flattened faces and distorted airways that leave them struggling for every breath; d...

  • Memorial Weekend - Savor your time

    May 23, 2024

    Summer officially begins this weekend and most of us love summer. Millions of Americans will enjoy having a weekend free from work next weekend. However, not everyone will be vacationing. Keep in mind that many Americans will keep convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and many retail stores open for your shopping pleasure. Many of these hard-working people will have a day off but it may not be Monday or even during the weekend. They are a hard-working group in our country who will make it possible for you to be out and about having...

  • JP Doodles

    Barry McWilliams|May 23, 2024

  • The Case of the Klondike Kate Katfight

    Finn J.D. John|May 23, 2024

    Part Three “KLONDIKE KATE” ROCKWELL had visited Central Oregon before, and been deeply impressed by the beauty of the high desert. Now it seemed like just the place to get away from all things Vaudeville, to forget Pantages, to re-center herself. And she had friends there — although actually, she had friends almost everywhere, among the former sourdoughs of the Klondike gold rush. And, the Oregon High Desert country at that time (circa 1910) was one of the last parts of the continental U.S....

  • McKenzie Sports Report - May 23

    May 23, 2024

    McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week The McKenzie Varsity Spring Sports 2024 season has concluded. McKenzie School District will host the Middle & High School Academic/Sports Awards Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony on Thursday, June 6. The event is scheduled for 6:00 pm and will be held in the Old Gymnasium. Griffin Withalm Second and Third At State Eagle Senior Paces McKenzie To 18th Place Finish McKenzie's Griffin Withalm finished second in the 2024 OSAA Track and Field State Championships Class 1A 100-meter dash and the Eagle senior...

  • Slugs and snails, destructors of crops and gardens, could be controlled by bread dough

    Kym Pokorny|May 23, 2024

    New research from the Oregon State University Extension Service found that slugs and snails are strongly attracted to bread dough. This discovery could lead to better ways of controlling these severe pests in agriculture, nurseries, and home gardens. Since the beginning of recorded history, slugs have ravaged crops and today are responsible for billions of dollars in damage – including between $60-$100 million to Oregon’s valuable grass seed industry alone, according to Rory Mc Donnell, ass...

  • Sheriff's Report - May 23

    May 23, 2024

    May 8: 9:19 a.m: Harassment - 92400 blk, Carson St. Self-report regarding a family member making false accusations. May 9: 4:03 p.m: Prowler - 92000 blk, Farkas Ln. A resident reported someone had attempted to open their door. A neighbor kept watch until deputies responded. They determined a salesman had attempted contact at the address. 1:00 p.m: Disturbance, Dispute - 37300 blk, Parsons Creek Rd. Residents were in a dispute, but no crime was committed and they separated for the night. May 10: 6:29 p.m: Disturbance, Dispute – Blue River S...

  • OSP Reports - May 23

    May 23, 2024

    May 15: 18:58: Crash, Non-Injury – Hwy. 126E, Milepost 17. A Toyota Corolla was stopped to turn onto a driveway near a residence. The driver was waiting for a safe time to turn into the driveway from the highway. The driver observed a Ford Mustang approaching from the rear, attempted to avoid a collision, and was struck from behind by the Mustang, also attempting to avoid the crash. The Mustang driver admitted fault and advised they looked down and looked up but could not stop in time. The Toyota had a juvenile passenger in the front right s...

  • McK Fire Reports - May 23

    May 23, 2024

    May 13: 17:12: 49000 block, McK. Hwy. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 17:52: 42000 blk, Holden Creek Ln. Medical, Heart. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. May 14: 6:51: 40000 blk, Booth Kelly Rd. Lift Assist. 14:51: 41000 blk, Madrone St Medical, General. Patient Assessed, Refusal Obtained. May 15: 14:37: 38000 blk, Camp Creek Rd. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. 18:56: 41000 blk, McK. Hwy. Motor Vehicle Accident. Non-Injury, Not Blocking, Refusals Obtained. 13:16: 46000 blk, McK. Hwy. Assist Police. Assist...

  • Upper McK Fire Report - May 23

    May 23, 2024

    May 19: 21:17: Subject Down – McK. Hwy./Milepost 48. Male subject is down in the roadway. A passing motorist called out to him, and he did not respond....

  • Irreversible

    Wayne and Tamara Mitchell|May 23, 2024

    My husband had two affairs last year. I am pretty confident he is not cheating now, and we are seeing a marriage counselor. He has changed much since I found out what he was doing. He put our property in my name and bought me a $12,000 diamond ring. He is affectionate to me most of the time. I believe this is proof that he loves me. The problem is I also have proof that he does not love me because he had affairs. So I have proof he loves me and proof he does not love me. Our marriage counselor...

  • Crossword

    May 23, 2024

    ACROSS 1. Bottomless pit 6. Paper or plastic one 9. Mercantile establishment 13. *Ticket agent's cubicle 14. Kimono sash 15. Cautious gambler 16. Tidal bore 17. ____-been 18. Get together 19. *Movie preview 21. *Daytime attraction 23. Rubber substitute 24. 1960s ____ boots 25. Good times 28. No problem 30. *Box ____ 35. Deli side 37. Jerk, in Yiddish 39. Cell dweller 40. *Common theater admonition 41. Blows a horn 43. Be inclined 44. Community spirit 46. Stuff for sale, sing. 47. Not manual 48....

  • AT THE THEATER - Solution

    May 23, 2024

  • Sudoku, May 23

    May 23, 2024

  • Sudoku, May 23 - Solution

    May 23, 2024

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