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“The Other Country Fair” - September 10

WALTERVILLE: The 66th annual “Walterville Community Fair – the Other Country Fair” is just around the corner. The event will showcase prime cookies, pies, cakes, and breads from area kitchens as well as the best canning of the...

 

McKenzie Trail & Blue Pool reopening

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The portions of the McKenzie River Trail that lead to Tamolitch Falls, commonly known as Blue Pool will reopen to the public on Thursday, September 8th. However, due to continued fire-related safety concerns, portions east of Blue...

 

Parts of McKenzie River Trail to be rerouted

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Under plans approved in May, the McKenzie River Ranger District will relocate portions of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail near Smith Reservoir. Parts of the existing trail were originally constructed in areas that...

 

Parts of McKenzie Trail closed for Labor Day

Parts of the McKenzie River Trail remain closed over the Labor Day Weekend, including the popular Blue Pool, at Tamolitch Falls, due to the Blue Top Fire. U.S. Forest Service fire closure orders remain in place for 6 miles of the McKenzie River...

 

Blue Pool closed by fire

Blue Pool and portion of McKenzie River Trail temporarily closed as firefighters respond to wildfire MCKENZIE BRIDGE:  Fire crews are responding to the 2-acre Blue Top Fire near Blue Pool and Tamolitch Falls along of the popular McKenzie River...

 

Blue Pool Fire update

Blue Pool will remain closed through weekend of July 29 & 30 MCKENZIE BRIDGE: 16:00 hrs: Fire crews are continuing to work the 2.5 acre Blue Top Fire near Blue Pool and Tamolitch Falls. “Our firefighters made great progress today. The fire...

 
 Rec    July 9, 2016

Things to do this weekend

WALTERVILLE: A local event on the 2016 Oregon Lavender Festival schedule will open this Friday for a three-day run in Walterville. From July 8th to  10th, McKenzie River Lavender will be open for u-cut lavender, farm tours and the farm’s...

 
 Rec    July 8, 2016

Dangers on the lower River

MCKENZIE RIVER: Crews from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team, with the assistance of Eugene/Springfield Fire, responded to multiple water emergencies over the holiday weekend, including two on the McKenzie River, and four...

 
 Rec    July 4, 2016

Aufderheide construction this year

BLUE RIVER: Improvements will be underway this summer to the Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19) that connects the communities of Blue River and Westfir. Work will include placing new culverts, laying new asphalt and cleaning ditches....

 
 Rec    May 7, 2016

Pond conversion almost complete

WALTERVILLE: After almost two years of extensive planting to establish native trees, shrubs and wetland plant species at the Walterville Pond five miles east of Springfield, the conversion from a man-made pond to a naturalized wetland is nearly...

 

24 - 42 inches of new powder

Get ready to spring forward this weekend with fresh powder and fun times at Hoodoo. The current forecast is predicting 24-42 inches of new snow Friday night through Monday. It's the perfect time to visit Hoodoo and enjoy some late winter turns...

 

Snow festival this weekend

SANTIAM PASS: The Back-country Festival will return to the to Hoodoo Ski Area this Friday and Saturday with seminars, industry pros, brand demos and entertainment. Organizers say there will be interactive displays set up on the snow as well as...

 

Old McKenzie Pass closed

With approximately 6 inches of snow already accumulated on the west side of the McKenzie Pass Highway, and more snow expected through the week, the Oregon Dept. of Transportation has closed OR 242, west of the summit, for the season. The highway was...

 

Strong storms arrive

Travelers throughout Northwest Oregon should be prepared for the season’s first heavy rains expected in the area beginning on Friday. Weather forecasters are calling for moderate to heavy rain along with some winds, which will likely create pro...

 

Hot Spring reopen

All soaking pools are now open at Terwilliger Hot Springs after a Forest Service trail crew worked last week to stabilize the hillside behind the top pool. That section had been closed since last year, when a rock dislodged and nearly struck a...

 

Hot Spring reopen

All soaking pools are now open at Terwilliger Hot Springs after a Forest Service trail crew worked last week to stabilize the hillside behind the top pool. That section had been closed since last year, when a rock dislodged and nearly struck a...

 

Golf surfing has arrived

RAINBOW: GolfBoard, a surf-inspired, motorized golf vehicle built specifically for the sport – is now available at the Tokatee Golf Club. “Tokatee is a perfect fit for GolfBoarding with its undulating landscape, gorgeous scenery and...

 

Cyclist rescued on McKenzie Trail

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received a call at 11:23 a.m. on Sunday reporting an injured mountain bicyclist on the McKenzie River Trail near Sahalie Falls. Sahalie Falls is located on...

 

Strolling above Sahalie Falls

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Ex-treme-sport enthusiasts from Canada were walking an inch-wide band of nylon across the 90-foot high Sahalie Falls last Monday afternoon. Michael Neururer and the other members of the group, SlackLifeBc, crossed the high span...

 

Climber killed on 3-Finger Jack

Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on September 20, at 2:10 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from a mountain climber reporting that a climber had fallen while climbing Three Finger Jack. The caller said...

 

Walterville Fair - Today

The 2015 Walterville Community Fair’s theme is “Shake Waddle and Roll To The 65th Walterville Fair.” It will start with the 5K Waddle at 8AM and continue with vendors, displays of garden produce, canning, baking, sewing, arts and...

 

Local Chinook - smaller & less fit

BLUE RIVER: Hatchery raised male spring Chinook are far less fit than their natural counterparts. That’s the conclusion of a report on the trap and haul operation at the 518-foot tall Cougar Dam on the South Fork of the McKenzie River. In addit...

 

County Parks plan up for review

The Lane County Parks draft master plan has been released for public comment. Over the next several months, the county’s staff will be gathering written comments and conducting public open houses in preparation for formal hearings with the...

 

Algae threatens waterways

Blue-green algae poses threat to recreation and drinking water A report from Oregon State University concludes that blooms of blue-green algae (or toxic cyanobacteria) are a poorly monitored and underappreciated risk to recreational and drinking...

 

Vets take to the river

By Ada Weeks Perched on a large rock at the Silver Creek Landing, I sat photographing drift boats that came close enough to capture on camera, waiting for my mystery ride to the other side of the river. My assignment was to interview a group of US...

 

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