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Family lost in snowstorm found

OREGON CASCADES: The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received information Monday morning that five overdue subjects, including a 6-year-old, were missing. The group included 37-year-old Jobee and 33-year-old Renell Baumgardner, their 14-year-old son...

 

Free trees for 4th graders

U.S. Forest Service Christmas tree permits are available from local vendors, via phone from a ranger district, or via Recreation.gov. Permits are primarily being sold online at Recreation.gov,...

 

Holiday lights

The winner of Sunday's McKenzie Holiday Light Business Parade was Ike's Pizza in Leaburg designed by Tina, an employee. Runners-up were the Leaburg Fire Station, Craig's Lucky Logger Restaurant, and...

 

Blue River reactivating public services

Where two million gallons of water is going remains a mystery for the Blue River Water District. The suspected leak, however, wasn’t behind the water board‘s vote to charge residential customers a $25 monthly fee in addition to $3.50 per...

 

Wreck injures two

CLEAR LAKE CUTOFF: An accident last Friday near Milepost 13 sent two people tp hospitals. Oregon State Police reports say a Toyota Yaris traveling eastbound shortly after noon made a quick left turn...

 

Blue River reactivating public services

With the majority of dangerous trees now removed, plans are moving ahead to invite people back onto the grounds of the Blue River Park. At last week’s meeting of the park’s board of directors, the consensus was to keep vehicles out but let...

 

Hayden to run for Senate

FALL CREEK: State Representative Dr. Cedric Hayden (R-Fall Creek) announced this week that he will be seeking election to the newly-configured Senate District 6. The district is comprised of many of...

 

Busy times at Pack N' Ship

THURSTON: For Jen Nimmo, the month that's often been on her mind when looking at a calendar has arrived. Inside her Thurston Pack N' Ship store the reason for her interest in December is clear as a va...

 

Snow cover critical for post-fire revegetation

How much and how long a severely burned Pacific Northwest mountain landscape stays blanketed in winter snow is a key factor in the return of vegetation, research by Oregon State University and the...

 

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...

 

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