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 News    May 19, 2022 

EWEB to consider town halls

EUGENE: During their May 3rd session the Eugene Water & Electric Board's commissioners gave good reviews for last month's meeting in Leaburg when options for the Leaburg Canal were discussed....

 
 News    May 19, 2022 

McKenzie & Marcola win awards

The Community Credit Union's 13th annual celebration of outstanding education is granting $2,000 Community Builder Awards to the McKenzie Community School and the Marcola Elementary School. The...

 
 News    May 19, 2022 

Parks Dept. seeks $6 million

LEABURG: A Lane County Parks task force's recommendations to address the maintenance needs, restore critical habitat, and enhance services calls for a $6 million Five-Year Local Option Levy. The detai...

 
 News    May 19, 2022 

School bus driver shortage continues

FINN ROCK: The Mc-Kenzie School District dealt with a shortage of school bus drivers this week by combining the downriver routes, to and from school. This Thursday was scheduled as a half day....

 
 News    May 19, 2022 

Electric shutoffs approved

SALEM: The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) has approved permanent rules for electric utilities. Temporary rules were implemented for the 2021 wildfire season while the PUC, utilities, public safety partners, and communities worked to finalize...

 

$442 million more for fire relief

The Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) published a draft Action Plan for a $422 million disaster recovery grant this week, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Officials say the effort, known as...

 

Unauthorized membership form circulating

Val Rapp, president of McKenzie Valley Wellness, reports somebody has created a fraudulent membership form that purports to be from McKenzie Valley Wellness and has given it to people. “We are currently creating our official form, which we will...

 

Deer Creek is on the mend

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Deer Creek could be seen as an example of building back better by moving toward the past. The large McKenzie River tributary is one of three upriver areas where the effects of human...

 

Canopy fires = high mortality

In early September 2020, severe winds, high heat, and prolonged drought conditions led to the explosive growth of wildfires along the western slopes of the Cascades Mountains in the Pacific...

 

Serving for decades

WILSONVILLE: At the Oregon Fire Chief's Association Awards luncheon last week five McKenzie Fire & Rescue volunteers received recognition for their long-term commitment to the community. They...

 
 News    May 5, 2022

Landslide damage is extensive

A serious landslide between milepost 54 and 56 on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) is likely to continue to limit access to Terwilliger Hot Springs from the McKenzie Valley. Other day-use...

 

"Three Sisters Meadow"

Last Wednesday, April 26, a celebration gathering was held on the parcel of land known as the Jones or Seneca property. The 16-acre parcel was generously donated to the Blue River Community by Becky,...

 
 News    May 5, 2022

Work will wind up at Walterville

WALTERVILLE: The number of tradesmen's vehicles in the parking lot of the Walterville Elementary School should be tapering off soon. Brett Yancey, Springfield School District's Chief Operating...

 
 News    May 5, 2022

Blue River Park on the rebound

This image from the 3-D "walk through" of plans to rebuild the Blue River Park shows one of three proposed covered picnic areas. During last Saturday's design open house meeting, UO design student...

 
 News    May 5, 2022

McKenzie Valley Wellness election postponed

McKenzie Valley Wellness (MVW) has canceled its annual membership meeting planned for Tuesday, May 3rd. In a statement, the MVW board said it had learned of some important concerns about past donations that never reached them, and people who wanted...

 

To rebuild or remove?

LEABURG: Economic, environmental, and societal impacts were all on the minds of people who filled McKenzie Fire & Rescue’s Leaburg Training Center last Tuesday. During an hour and a half of audience...

 

McKenzie Valley Wellness annual meeting postponed

McKenzie Valley Wellness (MVW) has canceled the upcoming annual membership meeting that was planned for Tuesday, May 3rd. MVW president Vall Rapp said, "the board has learned of some important concerns about past donations that never reached us, and...

 

Health vote coming

RAINBOW: Interest in a new clinic should help boost participation in this year’s election of board members for McKenzie Valley Wellness (MVW). Part of that interest relates to plans for a $1.8...

 

Corps bracing for another challenging water year

PORTLAND: Despite substantial help from recent rain and snow events, Army water managers are bracing for another challenging year as they work to refill 13 Willamette Valley reservoirs for the upcoming conservation season. U.S. Army Corps of...

 

Making memories

FINN ROCK: "It was a super cool experience," was the way McKenzie High junior Anna Reidmann reacted after seeing the Manzanita sculpture and the student artists who delivered it. "That branch...

 

From wet to white

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Over two inches of rain was recorded at the weather station at Cougar Dam last week, and residents of the far eastern sections of the McKenzie Valley report they encountered...

 

Climate change and extreme rain events

In the early morning hours of January 9, 2018, intense rainfall loosened debris and mud in the Santa Ynez mountains, in Santa Barbara County, that had been torched by the Thomas Fire just months...

 

Will the Canal survive?

LEABURG: The Eugene Water & Electric Board is reviewing four options dealing with the Leaburg Canal - ranging from full decommissioning to complete restoration. Officials say changes are needed on...

 

Office seekers visit the River

BLUE RIVER: Candidates for Oregon's governorship and State Senate District 6 were in Blue River recently for a meet and greet with local residents. Both say they would like to avoid partisan issues...

 

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