Make the McKenzie Connection!


Congratulations to McKenzie High graduates Griffin Withaim, Jane Dellinger, and Salomon Acevedo, the Joe McCall Memorial Scholarship recipients. Each student will receive 1500.00 to help fund their first year of college. These exceptional students were chosen based on their community involvement, academic achievement, and desire to further their education. All three students plan to attend Oregon State University next fall. This memorial scholarship honored Joe, who loved the McKenzie River area.

Shifting Focus

Eight artists from across the country will exhibit work showcasing a variety of digital and analog photography processes, including the collodion wet plate process, cyanotype, infrared, and pinhole photography. An Opening Reception at the Maude Kerns Art Center is set for Friday, May 10th, from 5 to 7 p.m. “Shifting Focus” features Barbora Bakalarova (Eugene, OR), Tracy Barbutes (Groveland, CA), Sarah Grew (Eugene, OR), Rob Hammer (Raleigh, NC), Eric Kunsman (Rochester, NY), Willie Osterman (Canandaigua, NY), Osceola Refetoff (Los Angeles, CA), and Nolan Streitberger (Albany, OR).

The exhibit is on view through Friday, June 7th, at 1910 E. 15th Avenue, at the corner of 15th and Villard, in Eugene. For more information, visit or telephone 541-345-1571.


Ready to lace up your hiking boots? The McKenzie River National Recreation Trail is now fully open, following the completion of a new trail bridge connecting Trail Bridge Campground with the Deer Creek watershed. Trail #3507. The route starts in an old lava flow from Mount Washington and leads downstream. It crosses the valley floor, allowing more access to many popular recreation sites.

There are more than 500 trails in the Willamette National Forest - from short day hikes to wilderness backpack trips. Be sure to “Know Before You Go” when heading out by checking weather and trail conditions and bringing proper gear, food, and water for the trip. For more info, visit To learn more about the status of your favorite recreation sites and trails in the Willamette National Forest, visit Willamette National Forest -Recreation (


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