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Strikes light local fires

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The Knoll Fire, located off Highway 126 to the north/northeast of McKenzie Bridge, was ignited by lightning around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday. By Tuesday it had grown to over 59 acres....

 

EWEB "rewaters" spawning channel

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The Eugene Water & Electric Board's rebuild of the salmon spawning channel just below Trail Bridge Dam is nearly complete. On Monday utility staff began releasing water into the...

 

Danger tree decision

The Willamette National Forest has released its Danger Tree Decision Memo and will begin to implement its roadside danger tree reduction project on the McKenzie River, Detroit, and Sweet Home Ranger...

 

In touch with the past

VIDA: The Holiday Farm Fire destroyed the building but not the treasure buried inside the foundation of the Vida McKenzie Community Center (VMCC). But last Friday people weren't too sure their search...

 

Rolling into Rainbow

RAINBOW: Close to nine months after the Holiday Farm Fire, some families should soon be able to return to living on the river again. The first of up to 17 temporary trailers funded by the Federal...

 

McKenzie students complete local restoration projects

Ten McKenzie High School students recently completed a Restoration Class in which they had the opportunity to help their local community recover from the Holiday Farm Fire. The grant funded program featured completion of local service projects and...

 
 By Ruth West    News    August 5, 2021

Inside the Time Capsule

History of the McKenzie River Club, Inc. The McKenzie River Active Club was organized November 4, 1941, by members of the McKenzie River Grange, for the purpose of having a social organization that would also work for the welfare of the McKenzie...

 

McKenzie Valley Long Term Recovery Group is seeking an Executive Director

McKenzie River area, eventually burning some 170,000 acres and causing catastrophic damage to homes, businesses, infrastructure, and the environment. The communities of Blue River and Vida were both hit especially hard and were almost complete...

 

Area fire danger hits Extreme level

On Wednesday morning at 12:01 a.m. Extreme Fire Danger restrictions went into effect for the South Cascade District of the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF), which includes Eastern Lane and Linn...

 
 By Nancy Asman    News    July 29, 2021

Three generations of Vida family helping at Camp Noah

Camp Noah is coming to the McKenzie Valley in August, with week-long camps for elementary-aged children at McKenzie School and Walterville School, and, the admission is free. Three generations of a...

 

Spotted owls gain more ground

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week said it is proposing a revised critical habitat rule for the northern spotted owl that identifies 204,797 acres of exclusions from the 2012 critical...

 
 By Roz Brown    News    July 29, 2021

Will more logging stop Oregon's wildfires?

As the Bootleg fire burns in southern Oregon, the U.S. Senate is considering an infrastructure package that environmental scientists say contains misguided provisions. The infrastructure bill would include billions in funding for the U.S. Forest...

 

Mountain rescuers had a busy week

Last Tuesday, around 4:06 p.m., the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit was dispatched to an injured 19-year-old hiker on the South Sister Climbers Trail about 300 feet from the...

 

Open campfire restrictions continue

The Willamette National Forest has implemented a total campfire restriction effective on Friday, July 23, at 12:01 a.m., to reduce risks of human-caused wildfires as dry conditions persist....

 

Judge orders fish protection now

U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez outlined in a draft order last Wednesday actions that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must take to protect threatened wild spring chinook and winter steelhead at its Willamette Valley dams. The case has...

 

Vaccinated will be able to ride LTD buses for free

In August, Lane Transit District (LTD) will offer a boost with a Vaxpass free bus pass for people who are vaccinated against COVID-19. Federal regulations require all passengers and members of the public to continue wearing a face mask over the nose...

 

New Salmon plate is on sale now

Oregonians will soon have a choice about how they display their support for salmon habitat. A new salmon license plate design will be available September 1st, or Oregonians can opt for the classic...

 

Riparian work begins for floodplain restoration

FINN ROCK: "It is important that the restoration work be completed before the salmon arrive from the Pacific Ocean in early September," according to Daniel Dietz, the McKenzie River Trust's Conservati...

 

Cougar slope still shedding boulders

COUGAR RESERVOIR: Willamette National Forest officials report Drive (Forest Service Road 19) remains closed to through traffic near milepost 52 due to continued safety hazards. Inspections have shown...

 

Forest seeks concessionaires

The Willamette National Forest is looking for contractors to operate campgrounds and other government-owned recreation fac-ilities. Sites include campgrounds, day use areas and boat launches divided into two packages. The north package is for 28...

 

Readers welcome library's return

RAINBOW: Over 65 people showed up for the July 5th ribbon cutting ceremony at the Upper McKenzie Community Center. What they found was a large selection of books, audiobooks, and DVD's to borrow, as...

 

Vandals hit Walterville school's gardens

WALTERVILLE: Started over 20 years ago, the student garden at the Walterville Elementary School has been traditionally tended by the 5th-grade class. This year, when classes resumed after the...

 

Statewide Bottle Hunt is on

On July2, 1971, Governor Tom McCall signed into law the nation's first bottle and can redemption system, which has helped keep Oregon clean and pretty litter free for 50 years. Not only was it the...

 

Wildfire models predict less lightning-caused blazes

Human-caused wildfire ignitions in Oregon are expected to remain steady over the next four decades and lightning-caused ignitions are expected to decline, but the average size of a blaze from either cause is expected to rise, Oregon State University...

 

Scammers targeting EWEB customers

Over the holiday weekend, Eugene Water & Electric Board reports it has received multiple reports of scam attempts targeting customers. The scammers threaten people by telling them that that their electric and/or water services would be shut off if...

 

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