Articles from the December 16, 2021 edition

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Microplastics - an Oregon problem

Almost three Oregon dozen waterways tested this year have microplastic contamination. They include rivers that flow through the state's biggest urban centers to treasured resources like Clear Lake....

 

Home for Good to rebuild RV Park

BLUE RIVER: Homes for Good (HFG), Lane County's housing agency, has purchased 7.35 acres of the former Lazy Days Mobile Home Park. Located on the north side of the McKenzie Hwy at 52511 McKenzie...

 

Case of missing man remains open

BLUE RIVER: The fate of a 47-year-old Blue River man missing since November 2nd remains a mystery. An initial 911 call reported Shane Sprenger was believed to have been in the Blue River Reservoir area, possibly picking mushrooms. The next day, a...

 

Family lost in snowstorm found

OREGON CASCADES: The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received information Monday morning that five overdue subjects, including a 6-year-old, were missing. The group included 37-year-old Jobee and 33-year-old Renell Baumgardner, their 14-year-old son...

 

Free trees for 4th graders

U.S. Forest Service Christmas tree permits are available from local vendors, via phone from a ranger district, or via Recreation.gov. Permits are primarily being sold online at Recreation.gov,...

 

Holiday lights

The winner of Sunday's McKenzie Holiday Light Business Parade was Ike's Pizza in Leaburg designed by Tina, an employee. Runners-up were the Leaburg Fire Station, Craig's Lucky Logger Restaurant, and...

 

Rebuilding support

Our 2021 McKenzie rafting season has drawn to a close, and we’re all cleaned up and packed away. As promised, a portion of all rafting receipts was donated to two non-profits (McKenzie Community Development Cor-poration and McKenzie Locals Helping...

 

Ridin' the Rapids - Dec. 16

You’ve probably seen some pretty far-fetched online deals. Some say, “New Honda generators for $99,” or mobile phones, video game consoles, laptops, and jewelry “that was over-ordered and has to be sold because of a lack of storage space....

 

Sheriff's Reports - Dec. 16

Dec. 5: 2:44 a.m: Suspicious Vehicle - 37300 block, Camp Creek Rd. A dark-colored Mazda Protégé was seen driving along Camp Creek Rd. The occupant(s) were opening mailboxes. Dec. 6: 8:22 a.m: Suspicious Conditions - Tiki Ln. & Deerhorn Rd. 12:01...

 

OSP Reports - Dec. 16

Dec. 9: 07:13: Crash, Injury - Hwy. 126E, Milepost 10. Troopers dispatched to a report of a two motor vehicle crash. Investigation revealed a black Ford F250 truck was stopped eastbound, due to a school bus displaying a stop sign, when a silver 1999...

 

McKenzie Fire Report - Dec. 16

Dec, 5: 18:03: 40000 block, McK. Hwy. Medical, General. Patient Assessed, 1 Transported. Dec. 6: 11:16: 44 00 blk, McK. Hwy. Lift Assist. Lifting Assistance Provided. Dec. 7: 11:15: McK. Hwy. Milepost 17. Smoke Scare. Legal Burn Pile. 12:41: 90000...

 

Upper McKenzie Fire Report - Dec. 16

Dec. 9: 12:31: Motor Vehicle Accident - McK. Hwy./Aufderheide Dr. Single vehicle rollover, hit a power pole. Lines are not down. Dec. 12: 06:32: Medical – 54000 block, McK. Hwy...

 

Lost Soldier's Mine: A ledge of rocks worth $8 a pound?

Early in the summer of 1853, deep in the Coquille Mountains of what's now Douglas County, six U.S. soldiers were trudging dispiritedly through a trackless wilderness. The wilderness wasn't totally...

 

Get your garlic on: Planting, growing and harvesting

Fall is a time to enjoy the harvest of summer, but don't hang up your trowel and pull off your gloves just yet – September through November is the best time to plant garlic. Garlic roots develop in...

 

Direct Answers - Dec. 16

I am a 31-year-old woman who has been married eight years. I have one daughter who is the most important thing in the world to me. The second most important person to me should be my husband, but...

 

TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER

Beth Tananbaum cancels her Hawaii vacation at the height of the pandemic. But Hotels.com will only offer her a voucher for her accommodations -- and it's about to expire. Can she get a refund? I...

 

PROBLEM SOLVED

When Joshua Rome cancels his dishwasher order from Sears, he hopes for a full refund. But the company wants to issue a partial credit. Can it do that? I need your help. I ordered a dishwasher from...

 

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