McKenzie River Reflections

Alaskan paddlewheelerBy Finn J.D. John

Paddlewheel riverboats are, of course, not designed to be used on the open sea. Their scant freeboard, so convenient for passengers clambering aboard for a trip down the river or across Puget Sound, becomes a major liability in a storm at sea; their ornate deck covers and big-windowed deckhouses, so nice for watching the scenery gliding by, take the full force of boarding seas when things get rough.

BLUE RIVER: There are some new faces and familiar people in new roles at the McKenzie River Medical Clinic in Blue River. Long-time medical office assistant Amy Otoupalik retired recently, and Debbie Lemonds, also an MOA, left because her husband transferred to a job in the Florence area.

Nov. 6: 7:58 PM: Disorderly Subject – 88000 block, Easy Lane. Complainant reports son is trying to break things around the house. Caller disconnected after screaming into the phone, “Are you coming or not?” Resolved.

Nov. 7: 9:47 AM: Criminal Trespass – 45000 block, N. Gate Creek Rd. Caller reports a 60 year old male stalker is under her house – needs police immediately. Info taken.

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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.