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USDA launches grants for rural economics

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is launching a new program and accepting applications for grants to improve rural economic development by helping rural communities create...

 

USDA seeking applications to build/repair rural household water and septic systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for grants from qualified nonprofits and tribes to create loan funds to help rural homeowners finance household...

 
 News    June 24, 2021 

Time to pull the plug on Cougar Dam?

A pair of unlikely partners agree on at least one thing: two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydroelectric projects in the Willamette River basin should no longer generate power. The Native Fish Society...

 
 News    June 24, 2021 

Rate increase may be coming

LEABURG: Utility rates and the fate of a dewatered canal proved to be on the minds of people who showed up for last Wednesday's Eugene Water & Electric Board meeting. Answers to the questions they...

 
 News    June 24, 2021 

Cyclists savored last auto-free weekend

MCKENZIE PASS: The McKenzie Highway (OR 242) is now open for the season. It opened at 8 a.m. on June 21st. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) advises people to contact either the Willamette or...

 

New bills offer support for rebuilding

FINN ROCK: Lane County officials came with good news but had to field a number of complaints when they spoke at a public meeting last Wednesday. On the good news front was the passage of Oregon...

 
 By Matt Sayre    News    June 17, 2021

Olympic hopefuls return to McKenzie Track

An international field of runners will be returning to McKenzie Community Track on June 22nd at 7:30 pm PDT for an event dubbed, "the McKenzie International." Through a partnership between Portland...

 

Hwy 242 open to motor vehicles

The McKenzie Highway (OR 242) is now open for the season. It opened at 8 a.m. on June 21. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation advises people to contact either the Willamette or Deschutes National...

 

Covered bridge back in service

VIDA: The Goodpasture Covered Bridge, one of the most iconic in Lane County has been fixed. During an inspection earlier this year workers discovered spots of rot in the stringers that support that...

 

Northwest prepares for fire season

As recovery work continues from last year’s record fire season, federal land managers and fire, fuels and aviation officials in the Pacific Northwest say they are concerned, but well-prepared, for the 2021 season. The 2021 fire season is busy, alre...

 

New communications network planned

With the recent designation as a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and a grant from the Chamber of Commerce, the McKenzie Community Communications (MCC) group says it’s ready to move forward. In April the MCC took over a free access public...

 

Politicians praised Blue River's comeback

BLUE RIVER: "Today is truly a special delivery day for Blue River. And in true Oregon fashion, it doesn't happen by osmosis." With those introductory words Ron Wyden went on to congratulate both...

 

Chamber awards business seed grants

“I’m very thankful to the McKenzie Chamber of Commerce for approving my request for a grant to help the Indigo Cafe rise from the ashes.” Cafe owner Linda Chmiel said the $3,000 will allow her, “To begin the process of getting the Cafe up...

 

Outdoor burning ends

Tuesday, June 15, is the final day for outdoor burning for most Lane County residents until October. The spring burning season, which runs from March 1 to June 15, will conclude as scheduled. Yard debris may not be burned during the closed season....

 

Aufderheide Drive closure continues

COUGAR LAKE: Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) remains closed to thru traffic near milepost 52 due to continued safety hazards. The cliff adjacent to the road has not yet been stabilized and...

 

Caution urged on area lakes and rivers

With more people recreating on and near area waterways, public safety agencies are cautioning people to take extra precautions when floating the river this year as debris from the Holiday Farm Fire...

 

ODFW bracing for another drought year

March and April of 2021 were among the driest spring months since the 1890s. Many streams are already at 25 percent of the flow that is typical for this time of year, with flows usually seen in early...

 

NTSB releases report on fatal 2019 crash

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: In a report released this week, the National Traffic Safety Board cited a lack of pilot experience and weather conditions for contributing to an August 27, 2019, fatal airplane accident in McKenzie Bridge. Killed in the wreck was...

 

Thurston Hills clearcut blocked again

For the second time in three years, a plan to clearcut over 100 acres of forest from the Thurston Hills on the edge of Springfield has been deemed illegal by a federal judge. Opponents claimed the...

 

Temporary FEMA trailers coming to Rainbow

RAINBOW: Some area families should soon be able to return to living on the river again, after losing their homes in the Holiday Farm Fire last year. In an agreement between the Federal Emergency...

 
 By Cliff Richardson    News    June 3, 2021

Tree Planting Days This Week

Valor Family Farm and Cascade Relief Team are hosting a tree planting event this weekend, June 4 to June 6. Valor Family Farm owners Wes Ross and Jenny Stewart have over 10,000 conifer seedlings (and...

 

High-tech may pose risk to fisheries

New developments in recreational fishing technology – from the use of aerial drones and social media scouting reports to advances in hook design – are creating challenges for fisheries management...

 

EWEB to upgrade wildfire safety plans

EUGENE: “Although programs and practices are already in place to help prevent wildfires, the Eugene Water & Electric Board is developing a distinct Wildfire Mitigation Plan,” according to a report from the utility’s Assistant General Manager,...

 

Lane Electric receives $3.7 million for storm repairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley on Monday announced that Lane Electric Cooperative will receive a $3.72 million federal grant for repairs from the February 2019 snowstorm...

 

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