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Danger tree removal on hold

The Willamette National Forest has withdrawn plans to log fire damaged trees along federal roads. Last August, the Willamette 2020 Fires Roadside Danger Tree Reduction decision had authorized the felling of fire-killed or injured trees which the...

 
 By Lily Bohlke    News    January 20, 2022 

OR Forestry Climate Plan

The Oregon Department of Forestry recently approved its first Climate Change and Carbon Plan, to embrace climate-smart forest management in the state. The Board of Forestry unanimously approved the...

 

School rehab will take time

WALTERVILLE: For the second time in over 20 years, flooding has closed the Walterville Elementary School, Unlike the high water event that occurred in 1996 this year’s flood has resulted in extensive damage. On site inspections have shown that up...

 

"Let's Talk" about the Oregon Governor's Race

The 2022 Oregon governor’s race promises to be one of the most important in recent Oregon history with several high-profile candidates and a state reeling from the pandemic and political divides. A...

 

Army Corps Transferring Leaburg Hatchery To ODFW

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of transferring the fire-damaged Leaburg trout, salmon, and steelhead hatchery it had scheduled for closure to the Oregon Department of Fish &...

 

Plans for Blue Pool

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Details of the U.S. Forest Service’s Tamolitch Draft Decision Notice and Final Environmental Analysis is now up for review. Details of the propopsal include constructed a 3-acre parking lot with 100 spaces. Also in the plan are con...

 

Public questioning Clinic's future

BLUE RIVER: In March of 2021 the Oregon Business Magazine named Orchid Health 29th on its list of the “100 Best Places to Work in Oregon.” The data came from confidential surveys of employees who ranked various aspects of their organizations. As...

 

Corps airs options for dams

PORTLAND: Engineers and planners are considering major changes that may impact the continued operations and maintenance of the 13 dams in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Willamette Valley System. As...

 

Resident rescued

LEABURG: On January 6th, at 4:57 p.m., McKenzie Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a house fire just west of Leaburg. Upon their arrival, personnel observed flames coming from the southwest corner of the residence. Based on the alarm details crew...

 

Flooding closes school

WALTERVILLE: An out of the ordinary call from the Walterville School last Thursday morning drew McKenzie Fire & Rescue Chief Bucich and Deputy Chief Bart Thompson to the the Walterville School. Springfield Schools District personnel had pumps in...

 

Woman of the Year

For the second year in a row - Melanie Stanley Brite has received the most votes as the Woman of the Year for her continuing contributions. "Mel has been there for us all in the troubling times of...

 

Jones family makes another big gift

BLUE RIVER: The Jones family (owners of the Seneca Family of Companies) has donated 16-acres of land for community rebuilding and revitalization after the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire. Blue River community...

 

Man of the Year

"I'm amazed at all he does," was how the first vote we received started out. "He's a lot older than I am but I look up to the man as a source of inspiration," it continued. Like the other award...

 

Business of the Year

Fairly new to the area, the Orchid Health Clinic was wiped out when the leased building that housed their exam rooms and office burned to the ground in Blue River. Nearly 80% of Orchid Health staff...

 

Santiam Lodge readied for winter

2021 was the third year of the restoration work for the volunteer based Friends of the Santiam Pass Ski Lodge (FSPSL), despite difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year a fully...

 
 By Alex Baumhardt    News    January 6, 2022

Oregon's new watersheds director to prioritize effects of climate change

Lisa Charpilloz-Hanson learns best out in the field, which is how the new director of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board found herself, first month on the job, standing over a bridge in Tillamook...

 

Holiday Farm Fire year-end recovery update

The Holiday Farm Fire burned more than 175,000 acres in and around the McKenzie River Valley in September 2020, displacing more than 1,000 residents and destroying 464 homes, notes Lane County's Disas...

 

Court approves dam changes

EUGENE: A federal court approved this month details on the “how” of fish passage, drawdowns and spill designed to aid salmon and steelhead passage at Willamette River dams, even as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing a new...

 

Winter Cheer for Blue River

A project first proposed in June came to life last week. Fifty larger-than-life candy canes were be delivered and installed around Blue River just in time for Christmas. "Before the fire, the Blue...

 

Microplastics - an Oregon problem

Almost three Oregon dozen waterways tested this year have microplastic contamination. They include rivers that flow through the state's biggest urban centers to treasured resources like Clear Lake....

 

Home for Good to rebuild RV Park

BLUE RIVER: Homes for Good (HFG), Lane County's housing agency, has purchased 7.35 acres of the former Lazy Days Mobile Home Park. Located on the north side of the McKenzie Hwy at 52511 McKenzie...

 

Case of missing man remains open

BLUE RIVER: The fate of a 47-year-old Blue River man missing since November 2nd remains a mystery. An initial 911 call reported Shane Sprenger was believed to have been in the Blue River Reservoir area, possibly picking mushrooms. The next day, a...

 

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