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Student launches bid for board seat

FINN ROCK: A member of McKenzie High School’s junior class says he’d like to have a larger role in the education he’s receiving. Devon Lawson, a student leader within the district, has decided t...

 

Owners show up for business boot strapping

VIDA: As she opened a business improvement class last week, Melissa Prestinario advised people to open up to ways they could effectively compete with “businesses that are bigger and better” by...

 

News Briefs

The 44th Annual Lane County Home & Garden Show will host more than 300 exhibits from March 8th to 10th at the Lane County Fairgrounds, 796 W. 13th Ave, in Eugene. Headlining the show will be the North...

 
 By Alex Baumhardt    News    February 29, 2024 

Homeowners face soaring premiums

Nancy Matela co-owns a vacation home in a wildfire zone northwest of Bend that has a new, annual property insurance premium of $9,000. It’s more than nine times what the company Safeco charged her...

 

Sometimes, it just takes a dog

VIDA: The loss expressed by Brenda Severns Dinges struck a chord in the community when she posted on social media last week that their puppy was missing. “We had neighbors all the way up to Rainbow...

 

Hoodoo ready for a rousing weekend

SANTIAM PASS: This Saturday will draw more people to the ski slopes at Hoodoo for the resort’s annual Winter Carnival. The all-day event on February 24th will have several options for ax throwing, frisbee golf, musical chairs, a three-legged...

 

Are you ready for winter recreation?

As the winter recreation season continues and parts of the Pacific Northwest Region remain blanketed with snow and ice, the Forest Service is urging all visitors to prioritize their safety and...

 

Stamp art

Artists are invited to compete in one - or all three - of the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife’s 2025 stamp art competitions. The winning artist in each contest will receive a $2,000 award and the...

 

Water woes in Blue River

BLUE RIVER: The Holiday Farm Fire of 2020 removed all traces of fences and other unofficial landmarks commonly used to mark property boundaries. That caused Lane County to launch a retracement survey...

 

Roads blocked for "armed/menacing subject"

MARCOLA: People traveling in the Marcola and Camp Creek areas on Monday afternoon were surprised to encounter police roadblocks. At about 4:30 p.m., Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of menacing that occurred in the 37000...

 

Taking a look at The Meadow

FINN ROCK: A sunny day offered a good draw for people who showed up last Saturday for an outdoor “Listening Session.” The Jones family donated the property for community uses that are still to be...

 

Briefs...

This weekend, February 17 & 18 is Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon.No fishing/shellfish licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag, Columbia River Basin Endorsement, Two-Rod Validation, or...

 

Debriefing after a disaster

RAINBOW: “We thought it would be a great idea to get together as a community and try to figure out what went wrong and what we could do better,” was the way Upper McKenzie Community Center...

 

Carmen Bridge closure

The Willamette National Forest has issued a temporary closure order for a portion of Forest Road (FR) 2600-730. This closure order will be in effect from February 12 to 15, or until rescinded. Officials report the temporary closure order was issued...

 

Four districts responded to house fire

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Briefs

Business building Own a startup or small business? All are invited to participate free of charge in the free Destination Creation Course, on February 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Vida...

 

Septic need a fix?

EUGENE: After allocating close to $850,000 to help McKenzie Valley homeowners repair or replace septic systems damaged in the Holiday Farm Fire, the Eugene Water & Electric Board is facing a September 1 deadline to distribute over $1 million that...

 

Will internet discount program end this spring?

A COVID-era program allowed 22.5 million low-income households across the country to get discounts on internet services. But, the funds allocated for it are running out and if Congress doesn’t take...

 

Boaters warned of river blockage

BLUE RIVER: Trees that have drifted into the main channel of the McKenzie River have generated warnings for boaters to stay away from an area located about one mile below the Brukart Landing. The...

 

Two hatcheries to be dewatered

LEABURG: Changes for the 2024 angling season were keynotes in Jeremy Romer’s presentation at the McKenzie River Guides meeting last Saturday. The largest will be the shutdown of the Leaburg Trout Hatchery and the McKenzie Salmon Hatchery in June,...

 

Briefs... - Feb. 1

Debris In the aftermath of last week’s severe weather, Lane County is opening Hendricks Bridge Park - East of milepost 10 on Hwy 126 - for storm debris drop-offs. Private property owners can bring...

 

"The Big One," on the Horizon

In the Pacific Northwest, there are two types of natural disasters you probably think about fairly often because of either secondhand or lived experience: earthquakes and volcanoes. Unlike other...

 

Local family loses home to flames

LEABURG: The ice storm that cut power and heat from thousands of households last week had a more tragic outcome for a Leaburg family. The fire at 43045 McKenzie Highway destroyed the home of Rich Camp...

 

Lawsuit takes aim at BPA, EWEB, and Lane Electric

EUGENE: KLCC Radio reported this week that a federal lawsuit has been filed against a federal agency and two power utilities citing failures that could have helped prevent the September 7th, 2020...

 

Briefs

Spfd schools Most Springfield schools were to open on Tuesday for students. Only three will remain closed: Thurston High and Briggs and Agnes Stewart Middle Schools. Briggs, All three were expected...

 

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