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  • Returning to community service

    Apr 18, 2024

    Numbers from the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire were bleak: 173,393 acres burned, 1,100 structures lost (including approximately 470 homes), and over $160 million in damages. However the responses were impressive. Despite one fatality, some 5,000 people were safely evacuated along with 576 livestock and 100 domestic animals. Much of which could not have happened without the support of volunteers who themselves had also suffered losses. Recovery has come about in many forms in the months and years since the fire. Along the McKenzie River there are sever...

  • Fishing the McKenzie River

    John Payne|Apr 18, 2024

    The McKenzie River flows nearly sixty miles from its source high in the Cascade Mountains to the Willamette River, 200 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The source of the McKenzie is numerous ice fields, but many consider Clear Lake to be its beginning. Approximately 2,000 years ago a lava flow dammed Fish Lake Creek and Clear Lake was formed. Today still- standing submerged trees, preserved in the cold waters, can be seen in the depths of Clear Lake. See Just downstream of Clear Lake are two impressive waterfalls, Sahalie and...