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More riparian restoration

FINN ROCK: A 60-acre construction zone will take shape within weeks just downstream from the old Rockabye Cabins site in Finn Rock. During the project to restore riparian habitat, water will be...

 

Utility pledges to put more lines underground

During a Monday night online meeting, Lane Electric Cooperative General Manager Debi Wilson said the utility is planning to put more of its lines underground to offset the impacts of natural disasters. “We’re committed to rebuilding the McKenzie...

 

$102.5 million lawsuit filed targeting utilities

Last Friday, May 14th, lawyers representing 70 property owners filed a lawsuit against the Lane Electric Cooperative and Eugene Water & Electric Board seeking damages from the 2020 Holiday Farm...

 

Rural Business Development Grants in Oregon

The US. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making priority funding available for National Scenic Areas and other rural communities that have been devastated by wildfires. In all, $2 million will be...

 

Northwest water woes continue for 2021

Monthly estimates of available water supply in the Columbia River basin are continuing to drop after a month of record low rainfall in April. Eugene, Portland, and Lewiston, ID, all recorded their...

 

Address signs available

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: People have probably noticed the large, green reflective address signs on many properties along the McKenzie Highway. While they are very helpful for visitors unfamiliar with the...

 

Canal slows down for fish passage

WALTERVILLE: The Eugene Water & Electric Board started diverting less water into the Walterville Power Canal last Thursday afternoon. The change was aimed at increasing McKenzie River flows in the bypassed reach of the river to improve fish...

 

Fire-related theft suspects won't be going to trial

It was greeted as good news locally when the Lane County deputies assigned to the McKenzie Valley arrested two suspects connected to thefts on fire-impacted properties in January. “The McKenzie District deputies serve the community members in the...

 

Local for Gov?

RAINBOW: "Being born and raised here I've seen a lot of things in the last year and a half that I can't just sit back and watch without stepping up and trying to carve a new path." Those words, Darin...

 
 By Eric Tegethoff    News    May 13, 2021

Wildfire Awareness Month: OR prepares for Fire Season

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and the western United States is preparing for an active year. Coming off a severe wildfire season where nine Oregonians were killed and 40,000 were displaced,...

 

Road maintenance

Lane County's Bridge Crew was busy last week replacing about 80 damaged deck boards throughout the Goodpasture Covered Bridge. Increased traffic there had caused accelerated wear and tear. The work...

 

Reflections launches new website

Since 1978 McKenzie River Reflections has been focused on serving the McKenzie River Valley’s nine unincorporated communities - for local news and information on area activities, recreation...

 

Aufderheide Drive remains closed

U.S. Forest Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) remains closed to through traffic entering the area off Hwy. 126 due to a rockslide. McKenzie River Ranger District officials say the cliff adjacent to Road 19...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Boat builders craft a birthday prize

LEABURG LAKE: After five days of helping build a McKenzie River drift boat, Tom Clawson says he still has a steep learning curve ahead. He tells people he expects it will be, “Like learning to...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Overcrowding issues at Blue Pool

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The public is being asked to comment on plans aimed at dealing with overcrowding at the Tamolitch Falls/Blue Pool area of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. Under considera...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Rebuilt and reopened

The Blue River Post Office, destroyed in the Holiday Farm Fire, resumed normal operations on Monday with Postmaster Henry Brown manning the front desk. A planned Grand Opening and ribbon cutting...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Several small projects planned

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The McKenzie River Ranger District has a number of projects up for consideration for the future, ranging from work along Deer Creek to improvements at the Clear Lake Resort. At Deer Creek the project calls for re-routing the...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households...

 

Over $450,000 granted to county

"This is going to be directly infused into the community on the fire department's behalf," said Upper McKenzie Fire Chief Rainbow Plews. She was commenting after accepting a $150,000 check to help...

 

Butter Braids and Bingo Run to help fund "Come Back" campaign

The Vida McKenzie Community Center is putting its fundraising efforts in high gear by inviting locals and “not so locals” to support the VMCC’s efforts to rebuild after the Holiday Farm Fire. From now until May 1st, people can order Butter...

 

Late Spring runoff causing concerns for fish migrations

With juvenile chinook and sockeye salmon, as well as juvenile steelhead, beginning their migration from the Northwest tributaries and hatcheries, but with very low water in the river due to a late spring runoff, salmon managers have asked for augment...

 

Rescue on South Sister

SANTIAM PASS: Snow, ice and poor rock were blamed for trapping a man attempting to scale the South Sister last Monday. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the 49-year-old Beaverton man...

 

Man arrested after school lockdown

FINN ROCK: A 33-year-old Portland man was arrested last Friday after Oregon State Police and Lane County deputies were dispatched to McKenzie High School when a stolen vehicle was reported nearby....

 

Shelter with a shed

FINN ROCK: Students from McKenzie School District have partnered with Sheds of Hope, Lane Education Service District, and Northwest Youth Corps to build replacement sheds for people who lost a...

 
 By Eric Tegethoff    News    April 22, 2021

Pieces in place to address salmon decline

Groups are urging Northwest leaders to act on U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's infrastructure and Snake River dam proposal. The plan would breach the four lower Snake River dams to help salmon, whose numbers...

 

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