McKenzie River Reflections

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Rosboro bridgeThe McKenzie River Trust (MRT) has purchased 154 acres of riverfront land along the McKenzie River near the town of Blue River in a closed-bid auction. The property includes approximately two miles of riverfront, numerous side channels, ponds, wetlands, and an old floodplain forest in the scenic McKenzie River corridor.
“We are grateful to the folks at Rosboro for working with us on this legacy project,” said Joe Moll, Executive Director of the McKenzie River Trust. “When you think of the McKenzie River, you imagine clean blue water, incredible salmon spawning habitat, and healthy floodplain forests. This property has all of that.”

McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

The McKenzie Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams both travel Monday, December 28, to Dufur to participate in the 1A Hoops Classic. The Girls team will play Hosanna Christian at 2:00 pm. The Boys team follows, also against Hosanna Christian, with the game slated for a 3:30 pm. start. Both teams will play on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 29 and 30, with opponent and time to be determined yet.

Santiam wreckOn December 25, at about 10 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving two vehicles on Highway 20 near milepost 77 (just east of the Santiam Junction).
Preliminary information indicates a 2003 Chevy Tahoe was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it lost control on the icy roadway. The Chevy crossed the centerline and struck a westbound 2005 Dodge Pickup nearly head-on.
One of the passing motorists, a doctor, stopped and provided medical attention to the injured passengers before medical personnel arrived. In all, six people were transported by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Hospital in Bend for various ranges of injuries.

SkiingSANTIAM PASS: The Hoodoo Ski Area is making preparations to open for the season on December 18th, just in time to kickoff winter break. On Monday Hoodoo had from 35 to 40 inches at the base and was expecting more snow fall this week.
According to the resort’s vice president of marketing, Leif Williams, “Snow cats are working to compact the snow to create the best conditions possible.”
Since opening in 1938, Hoodoo has evolved into a full-service ski area with more than 800 skiable acres, 30 alpine trails, 15.8 km of Nordic trails, three quad lifts, one triple chair and one double chair. The resort also offers also offers air board, snowbike and snow scooter rentals.

WreathBy Kym Pokorny

Wreaths hung on the door with care call out a festive “Happy Holidays.”

Share that message in a special way by making your own circle of cheer with plants clipped from the garden or gathered from friends and neighbors.

“A good part of the fun of making your own wreath is going around the neighborhood, collecting plants and talking to people,” said Susan Hoffman, who has been a master gardener with Oregon State University’s Extension Service since 2012.

Be sure, she added, to ask before you clip.


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