McKenzie River Reflections

by Sarah Craig
Thursday, June 15th, marks the last day of the outdoor burning season for most Lane County residents. Lane County Fire Defense Board closes the spring outdoor burning season every summer as fire season approaches. High temperatures and elevated fire risk keep the season closed until the fall outdoor burning season begins in early October.

McKenzie River: All hatchery rainbow trout released into the McKenzie River are marked with an adipose fin clip and anglers must release all non fin-clipped (wild) trout in the mainstem river. The lower 11 miles of the McKenzie River below the Hayden Bridge - and the McKenzie River upstream from Forest Glen Boat Ramp at Blue River - are restricted to angling with lures and flies only, and all trout must be released.

May 25: 9:00 am: Burglary – 9000 block, Thurston Rd. Taken – Guns, unknown how many at this time.
2:44 pm: Unlawful Use of Vehicle – 59000 block, N. Belknap Springs Rd. Complainant advised he parked his John Deere Gator when he went to lunch, came back & it was gone. Boss advised he saw a jacked up 90’s white Ford truck with a Gator in back, thought at the time it looked very similar. Truck was headed westbound on Hwy. 126. Gator is green with a glass-enclosed cab.

McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

McKenzie’s Spring sports  season has concluded and there are no activities scheduled. McKenzie High School will hold the 2017 Mother’s Tea on Friday, June 10, in the Old Gymnasium and beginning at 6:30 pm. The McKenzie High School Gradu-ation is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, at 11:00 am.

Motorists may gain access to Scenic Route in mid-June

OR 242 MP 72

OLD MCKENZIE PASS: With over 30 feet of snow still to get through at the top of the Old McKenzie Pass (Hwy 242), Oregon Dept. of Transportation crews have a lot of work ahead of them.  
The most recent report from Oregon Department of Transportation says plow operators have been clearing a travel lane but caution motorists to be patient and remember that workers are up there daily to make the highway travel safe. They made more progress this week, but one driver said this is the hardest snow he’s seen in years, as there’s lots of ice mixed in. Though rising temperatures will likely help, it’s entirely possible the scenic route won’t be open for motor vehicles until June 19th, or later, this year. The earliest opening date for motorized travel is set for the third Monday of June, which has been the average opening date over the last 25 years.

Photo Courtesy ODOT. An rotary plow was near milepost 72 last Thursday, where about seven feet of snow lay ahead. It had taken three days to clear about two miles.

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McKenzie River Reflections is the weekly newspaper serving Oregon's McKenzie River Valley. Available by mail for $23/yr in Lane County, $29/yr outside Lane. Digital subscriptions are $23/yr. Subscribe at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/subscriptions-0. Purchase copies online at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/back-issues-0. Read about area communities including Cedar Flat, Walterville, Camp Creek, Leaburg, Vida, Nimrod, Finn Rock, Blue River, Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge.