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Family offering $50,000 reward

BLUE RIVER: The search is still on for a man missing since November 3rd. According to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Shane Sprenger, 47, was believed to be picking mushrooms near Blue River...

 

Robbery suspect sentenced to prison

EUGENE: One of two suspects connected with robberies com-mitted during the Holiday Farm Fire evacuations of 2020 has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. Appearing in Lane County Circuit Court on...

 

Rentals rebounding at Vida's manufactured home community

VIDA: Over a half-dozen, new homes near the Goodpasture Covered Bridge have been generating a lot of interest, along with false assumptions. "The majority of people who stop in think we're a sales...

 

Broodstock captured for hatchey

LEABURG: Operations weren't normal for the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife teams counting salmon at Leaburg Dam this year due to a camera malfunction that lost some of the early data from March....

 

Suspects in boat ramp robbery arrested

MARCOLA: Two armed robbery suspects were taken into custody by a Lane County Sheriff's Deputy on Saturday. According to Sheriff's Office reports, the theft victim alerted police at 10:51 a.m. that...

 

Testing, testing.......

LEABURG: What some call "That god awful sound" did its job last Saturday when an emergency alert went out to mobile phones and landlines during a test conducted by McKenzie Fire & Rescue, Lane...

 

Build Back Better could support Oregon families

Supporters of the Build Back Better Act are touting the benefits it will bring to families in Oregon and across the country. A number of provisions in the legislation would directly help families,...

 

Changes on 10 million acres of private forests

After nearly ten months of negotiations, a last-minute agreement last weekend between conservationists and owners of private forest will significantly change Oregon’s 1971 Forest Practices Act and add new protections for sensitive fish and...

 

The Yonder Report

South Dakota foster kids find homes with Native families; a conservative group wants oil and gas reform; rural Pennsylvania residents object to planes flying above tree tops; and poetry debuts to...

 

Marcola man charged in shooting

MARCOLA: A Marcola woman with a gunshot wound is fighting for her life in a Portland hospital this week. Lane County Sheriff's Office deputies, Oregon State Police backup troopers, and paramedics...

 

The Yonder Report - Nov. 18 blog

The flight to rural America could cause housing headaches; better broadband is coming; children's advocates campaign for free school lunch post-pandemic; and a wily turkey escapes the Thanksgiving...

 

More help for fire recovery

FINN ROCK: "Lots of people don't like government and might be a little bit intimidated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)," Dametrice Muhammad feels. She's a disaster case manager...

 

From stitches to sutures

Ethyria, a women's garment line, and Orchid Health, a rural health care provider, both burned up over a year ago. Flames in Blue River did not destroy them despite consuming their physical assets. Ann...

 

Emergency test on Saturday

LEABURG: A test of the emergency alert system in the McKenzie Fire & Rescue service area is scheduled for noon on Saturday, November 20th. Residents in the McKenzie River Valley may receive a test alert on their mobile phones, landlines or via...

 

Cyber attacks marred school election

FINN ROCK: Coarse political confrontations devolved from sparring on the national stage to grappling with free speech at a local high school in 2021. And like the big time, the Internet was a weapon of choice in the McKenzie Valley. Devon Lawson, a n...

 

People power at the Park

BLUE RIVER: Holiday Farm Fire recovery efforts got a boost last week when dozens of volunteers spent a Saturday digging into the dirt. Over the course of the day, 70 community volunteers helped plant...

 

From coffee to concrete

Security, food, health, construction, gifts, rentals, clothing, and graphics may not seem to have a lot in common. But they all got a boost this month thanks to the Oregon Community Credit Union...

 

Search still on for missing man

BLUE RIVER: The Lane County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating Shane Eldor Sprenger. The 47-year-old Springfield man was last believed to have been in the area of the...

 

Taking it off the top

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The Eugene Water & Electric Board used a helicopter with saw attachments to trim branches and treetops along its 17-mile transmission line corridor that runs from the Carmen-Smith...

 

Citizen scientists improve snowpack modeling

Data gathered by backcountry skiers, avalanche forecasters and other snow recreationists and professionals has the potential to greatly improve snowpack modeling, research by the Oregon State...

 

Senators want scrutiny of Indian School

It's been six years since the Chemawa Indian School in Salem was last reviewed by the federal Department of the Interior, which found then that "the school did not have an adequate plan in place to...

 

21 Senators urge administration to restore protections for wolves

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Gary Peters (D-MI) led 21 of their colleagues this week in urging the U.S. Department of Interior to issue an emergency listing to restore temporary federal...

 

Pitch in at the Park

BLUE RIVER The Pure Water Partners (PWP) program is inviting community members to help replant the Blue River Park on Saturday, November 6th. During what's planned as a family-friendly event,...

 

ODOT encourages drivers to be ready for winter driving conditions

Winter is coming If you must travel in difficult weather conditions, be sure to have chains or traction tires for your vehicle and use them when it's necessary. • Chains can be link chains, cable chains or other devices that attach to the wheel,...

 
 By Julia Shumway    News    October 28, 2021

Auditors say, despite complaints, ODOT handled wildfire cleanup well

A report released last Wednesday by state auditors largely praises how the Oregon Department of Transportation handled debris removal after the largest natural disaster in state history. The...

 

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