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Can homes be saved? 

RAINBOW: The audience at last Friday's screen of the documentary "Elemental" was the largest outside of Portland, according to its director. People saw archival footage from other parts of the U.S....

 

Man killed in semi wreck

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: A wreck on Hwy. 126 last Friday night took the life of a McKenzie Bridge man. According to the Oregon State Police (OSP) the 2-vehicle accident on Friday, September 30th, occurred at approximately 6 p.m. Troopers and emergency...

 

What could Leaburg Dam removal mean?

LEABURG: In its analysis of options for the future of the Leaburg hydroelectric project, the Eugene Water & Electric Board noted that the Leaburg Dam was built to divert water to a canal for...

 

Ruralite fetes Bottle Boys

In May, a plaque was presented at the Lane Electric Coop's annual meeting to the "Blue River Bottle Boys." They were being recognized as the coop's Member of the Year. "The dedication of the members l...

 

Community Center gets a boost

VIDA: The Board of Directors of Vida McKenzie Community Center (VMCC) announced this week that Comfort Flow Heating has increased its in-kind donation of equipment and supplies from $10,000 to over...

 

Camp Creek wreck was fatal

CAMP CREEK: The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a serious motor vehicle crash on Camp Creek Road on September 24th at approximately 1:27 p.m. The accident occurred near milepost 2, in the general area of the Easy Lane...

 

Pilot killed in mountain crash

The Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reported last Thursday that they’d received information an airplane went down near Mount Jefferson. At 4:14 p.m., on September 22nd, hikers in the area reported hearing what sounded like an airplane engine fo...

 

Opponents plan lake removal rally

LEABURG: People who don't think removing Leaburg Dam and the lake it created are planning to make a public showing. Organizers of a "Save the Lake" petition say they've gathered around 800 signatures...

 

Friday film focuses on fires

RAINBOW: For people attending the Elemental documentary event on September 30th, a cautionary warning might be needed for some. The movie includes images of homes being destroyed by flames and the...

 

Mushrooms are ready

People heading out to do some wild edible foraging are being cautioned to keep safety at the forefront of their plans while mushroom hunting. With an eye toward reducing missing person reports, the...

 

Topping off a landmark

WALTERVILLE: The "Gateway sign" at the western entrance of the McKenzie Valley was being readied for completion by workers last week. Supporters of the project, like the McKenzie River Chamber of...

 

Rural delivery

RAINBOW: Civilian, conservation, and corps were the 3 C's of the New Deal work relief program that left its mark locally by constructing trails and structures that are still in use today. Challenging...

 
 By Gerry Aster    News    September 22, 2022

Taking shape in Vida

The Vida McKenzie Community Center wants to again thank all its friends, members, and donors for making it possible for the construction of its new building to begin. The first visible activity on...

 

Conservation funds available

The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the opening of a funding for conservation and recreation projects in the 2021-2023 biennium. The Oregon Conservation...

 

The canal conundrum

LEABURG: Early in 1927, when the Eugene Water & Electric Board decided another power source was needed it didn't plan 10,000 years in advance. Nor did the utility have to consider what natural...

 

Rafter drowned near Paradise Campground

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: On Sunday, at approximately 8:18 am, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a raft had overturned in the McKenzie River near Paradise Campground. Paradise campground is located just upriver from McKenzie Bridge....

 

Can we live with wildfires?

Nearly 20 years ago the Biscuit fire burned across half a million acres in Southern Oregon. It also exposed a college sophomore to the controversy, science, and politics at play during and after the...

 

Hatchery salmon returning nutrients to waterways

Why are there dead salmon in the river? If you live close to a river or stream in the Willamette Valley, you might come across salmon carcasses or see ODFW staff and volunteers slinging carcasses...

 

A day for all to share

Labor Day this year was celebrated by gathering together. On the 2nd anniversary of the Holiday Farm Fire, hundreds of people did just that at the McKenzie Track & Field....

 

Walterville Waddle & Fair cancelled

The Walterville Waddle, Parade and Fair set for is September 10th has been cancelled due to the extreme fire hazard conditions over the weekend.There are no plans to reschedule for this year but the events will return in 2023....

 

Hwy. 20 construction closure delayed until Sunday

The planned U.S. 20 construction closure east of Sweet Home has been delayed until Sunday, September 11 for traveler safety. The road will be open Friday and Saturday. Drive carefully and be prepared if you travel this weekend. Hot, dry winds may...

 

Power Outage for Fire Safety

Due to the extreme risk of wildfire in our service territory and continued forecast of potentially strong winds, Lane Electric Cooperative will implement a public power safety shutoff starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 9 through the evening of...

 

Wellness election unsettled

RAINBOW: When the voting was over on August 30th, three members had been elected to the board of directors of the McKenzie Valley Wellness nonprofit. With 80, 73, and 72 votes respectively, Val Rapp,...

 

Box Canyon area evacuated

AUFERHEIDE DRIVE: Last Friday Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) has been closed from Milepost 20 (just east of Kiahanie Campground) to Milepost 35 (south of the Roaring River Campground) due to the growth of the Cedar Creek Fire. The closure...

 

U.S. 20 to close between Mp 54 and 57

HWY. 20: A total closure of U.S. Route 20 - from Milepost 54 to 57 - is scheduled for September 9th to 22nd. The $4.96 million Oregon Dept. of Transportation project is designed to make the area...

 

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