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Commissioners give Vida Community Center rebuild a nudge

VIDA: Some paperwork from the past that could have held up plans to rebuild the Vida McKenzie Community Center (VMCC) was corrected on Tuesday. At the September 21st meeting of the Lane County Board of Commissioners approved easements that were a...

 

Wolves may gain extra protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, after completing the initial review of two petitions, says listing gray wolves again in the western U.S. under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted due to...

 

Beavers could build habitat for threatened species

Beavers are often translocated to restore populations in areas, reduce their conflicts with humans and to take advantage of their ability to improve ecosystems. However, few studies have accessed the...

 
 By Eric Tegethoff    News    September 16, 2021 

Timeline was short for public input on Oregon's new redistricting maps

discuss the Oregon Legislature’s proposed voting maps closed this week. After receiving detailed census data in August, lawmakers released their recommended redistricting maps on September 3rd....

 

Rain cleared the air for Run's return

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Organizers of the annual McKenzie River Trail Run faced triple threats this year that could have lead to cancellation of the event. Hurdles to overcome included increased safety...

 

Buch files for re-election to board

Last Thursday, Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch (District 5) filed to run for a second term representing the East Lane County district. As Chair of the County Commission in 2020, Buch led Lane Co...

 
 By Eric Tegethoff    News    September 16, 2021 

Air quality faces dual threats from wildfires, gas appliances

Wildfire season has obvious effects on air quality outside, but hidden impacts on air quality also are lurking inside some homes. Environmental and health groups - as well as the Oregon Health...

 

Podcast, news from rural America - Sept. 16

Lawsuits stall debt relief for America's Black farmers; Idaho hospitals using "critical care" protocols; grant money boosts rural towns in Utah and more conservation acreage could protect the iconic...

 

Man killed in armed standoff

CAMP CREEK: Just before 10 p.m. on September 6th, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to a physical dispute in the 37000 block of Camp Creek Road. Family members had called police after 59-year-old Robert Gutierrez struck another family...

 

A night of remembrance

Monday night, September 6, the McKenzie Community came together, impressively, to commemorate the Holiday Farm Fire which burned and overturned our beautiful River Valley and lives. The procession of...

 

Lake shelter getting some TLC

CLEAR LAKE: Volunteers from the Colorado-based HistoriCorps and the Northwest Youth Corps have been busy as summer winds down, restoring a historic picnic shelter at the headwaters of the McKenzie...

 

Podcast, news from rural America - Sept. 9

When is a joke not a joke? When it's a video hoax showing farmers lawn-mowing under crops; young people in Maine are making bank through apprenticeship programs; curbing brain drain in Indiana; and...

 

Rebuilding an icon

VIDA: Crews from Oregon Woods are taking advantage of clear skies to do work aimed at upgrading the condition of the second longest covered bridge in Oregon. The 237 foot long Goodpasture Covered...

 

Salvaged metal reborn as artwork

"I felt it was a great honor to be asked, and I have always believed that public art has the power to bring people together, and this seemed like a really good opportunity for that potential,"...

 

Water towers ready for fire tanker refills

Since 2019, Chief Bucich and McKenzie Fire & Rescue have been seeking alternate water sources as some of their regular draft sites became unusable. One solution that came up repeatedly is the...

 

'Best of the Best' Oregon Rivers identified

A new report identifies some of the most ecologically important rivers in Oregon (including the South Fork McKenzie). Conservation Science Partners looked at 54,000 miles of unprotected rivers and streams in Oregon, highlighting watersheds with...

 

Four miles of McKenzie Trail closed

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The 544-acre lightning-caused Knoll Fire, located seven miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge was reported as 60% contained this week. Officials say the fire is staying within...

 

Getting ready for Fall return of Salmon

Work is nearly complete in the first phase of restoration work at the McKenzie River Trust's Finn Rock Reach. The area includes dozens of acres where gravels and large wood sections were added to...

 

Study calls for greater agricultural buffers

Greater buffer zones around bodies of water and more consistent enforcement of water protection regulations are needed to reduce agriculture-based pollution in the Western U.S., a recent review from...

 

Upriver driver hospitalized

RAINBOW: First responders from the Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District quickly responded last Thursday to the report of a single vehicle accident, with entrapment, at 54947 McKenzie Hwy....

 

Firefighters keep Knoll Fire under control

"The fire isn't completely out until it's black and it's cold," explained Randy Johnson during Monday night's online briefing on fires burning on federal lands near McKenzie Bridge and Oakridge....

 

Trillion dollar bill includes $2.8 billion for Salmon recovery

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure package recently approved by the U.S. Senate includes a $2.855 billion investment in salmon recovery and ecosystem restoration programs, as well as tens of billions...

 

Sierra Pacific to acquire Seneca

EUGENE: Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) and Seneca have announced that SPI plans to acquire Seneca and affiliates, combining two complementary, family-owned forest products businesses with strong historical roots on the West Coast. Founded in 1953,...

 

$4.7 million granted to communities impacted by fires

The 2020 Community Rebuilding Fund, a collaborative effort led by the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) in partnership with Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation and American Red Cross,...

 

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