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 News    July 29, 2021 

Area fire danger hits Extreme level

On Wednesday morning at 12:01 a.m. Extreme Fire Danger restrictions went into effect for the South Cascade District of the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF), which includes Eastern Lane and Linn...

 
 By Nancy Asman    News    July 29, 2021 

Three generations of Vida family helping at Camp Noah

Camp Noah is coming to the McKenzie Valley in August, with week-long camps for elementary-aged children at McKenzie School and Walterville School, and, the admission is free. Three generations of a...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Spotted owls gain more ground

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week said it is proposing a revised critical habitat rule for the northern spotted owl that identifies 204,797 acres of exclusions from the 2012 critical...

 
 By Roz Brown    News    July 29, 2021 

Will more logging stop Oregon's wildfires?

As the Bootleg fire burns in southern Oregon, the U.S. Senate is considering an infrastructure package that environmental scientists say contains misguided provisions. The infrastructure bill would include billions in funding for the U.S. Forest...

 

Mountain rescuers had a busy week

Last Tuesday, around 4:06 p.m., the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit was dispatched to an injured 19-year-old hiker on the South Sister Climbers Trail about 300 feet from the...

 

Open campfire restrictions continue

The Willamette National Forest has implemented a total campfire restriction effective on Friday, July 23, at 12:01 a.m., to reduce risks of human-caused wildfires as dry conditions persist....

 

Judge orders fish protection now

U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez outlined in a draft order last Wednesday actions that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must take to protect threatened wild spring chinook and winter steelhead at its Willamette Valley dams. The case has...

 

Vaccinated will be able to ride LTD buses for free

In August, Lane Transit District (LTD) will offer a boost with a Vaxpass free bus pass for people who are vaccinated against COVID-19. Federal regulations require all passengers and members of the public to continue wearing a face mask over the nose...

 

New Salmon plate is on sale now

Oregonians will soon have a choice about how they display their support for salmon habitat. A new salmon license plate design will be available September 1st, or Oregonians can opt for the classic...

 

Riparian work begins for floodplain restoration

FINN ROCK: "It is important that the restoration work be completed before the salmon arrive from the Pacific Ocean in early September," according to Daniel Dietz, the McKenzie River Trust's Conservati...

 

Cougar slope still shedding boulders

COUGAR RESERVOIR: Willamette National Forest officials report Drive (Forest Service Road 19) remains closed to through traffic near milepost 52 due to continued safety hazards. Inspections have shown...

 

Forest seeks concessionaires

The Willamette National Forest is looking for contractors to operate campgrounds and other government-owned recreation fac-ilities. Sites include campgrounds, day use areas and boat launches divided into two packages. The north package is for 28...

 

Readers welcome library's return

RAINBOW: Over 65 people showed up for the July 5th ribbon cutting ceremony at the Upper McKenzie Community Center. What they found was a large selection of books, audiobooks, and DVD's to borrow, as...

 

Vandals hit Walterville school's gardens

WALTERVILLE: Started over 20 years ago, the student garden at the Walterville Elementary School has been traditionally tended by the 5th-grade class. This year, when classes resumed after the...

 

Statewide Bottle Hunt is on

On July2, 1971, Governor Tom McCall signed into law the nation's first bottle and can redemption system, which has helped keep Oregon clean and pretty litter free for 50 years. Not only was it the...

 

Wildfire models predict less lightning-caused blazes

Human-caused wildfire ignitions in Oregon are expected to remain steady over the next four decades and lightning-caused ignitions are expected to decline, but the average size of a blaze from either cause is expected to rise, Oregon State University...

 

Scammers targeting EWEB customers

Over the holiday weekend, Eugene Water & Electric Board reports it has received multiple reports of scam attempts targeting customers. The scammers threaten people by telling them that that their electric and/or water services would be shut off if...

 
 By Cliff Richardson    News    July 1, 2021

Runners bring Olympic Trials to McKenzie Track

The McKenzie River Valley is world-renowned for its cold, clear water, uniquely emerging from volcanic lava beds, which provide natural filtering and a relatively constant flow and temperature. Past US Presidents and other notable dignitaries have...

 

Emergency fishing regulations

ODFW has implemented emergency fishing regulations throughout the state to help protect fish during hot, dry weather. Fishing tips for beating the heat Get up early. Fish early in the morning when water temperatures are cooler and fish are more...

 

Forest-wide open fire restrictions includes wilderness areas

Open fire restrictions are now in effect on the Willamette National Forest as of Friday, July 2, at 12:01 a.m. This spring was significantly drier than normal with long-term drought persisting across much of the western Cascades. The recent heatwave...

 

Local fireworks show canceled

THe Tokatee Golf Club issued this statement today: After much thought, we have made the decision to cancel the Firework Show tonight. We still will be celebrating! Come on out for food trucks, a beer...

 

O'Brien Library to be back in operation

RAINBOW: Readers and library supporters are invited for a ceremony when the ribbon for a temporary replacement for the O’Brien Memorial Library is cut on July 5th, at 1 p.m. People are invited for...

 

Private lands shut for fire season

A group of private timberland owners decided on Monday to close public access to their lands. Seneca, Lone Rock Resources, Giustina Resources, Campbell Global, and Giustina Land & Timber Company combined own around 600,000 acres, in Western Oregon. W...

 

US Forest closures in effect

Five federal closure areas were announced this week by the U.S. Forest Service, that include all developed recreation sites, roads, and trails within the areas, except: Forest Roads 15, 19, 1900410,...

 

Fire danger now "High"

The Willamette National Forest is moving to HIGH fire danger level today. Unattended campfires are likely to escape and fires may spread rapidly. Please use extreme caution with fire and extinguish...

 

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