McKenzie River Reflections

Crooked gamblersBy Finn J.D. John

In November 1892 in downtown Portland, a “fast” young man named J.P. Cochran stepped off a passenger train from St. Louis, Missouri.
J.P. was the dashing 22-year-old son of a railroad executive. In St. Louis, he’d been running amok in the saloons and “faro banks,” getting into lots of high-spirited trouble with fast women and irresponsible friends. His father, wanting to get him away from the company he was keeping, had come up with a scheme to send him off to what he no doubt considered the most sober, hardworking, Little-House-on-the-Prairie-like place on Earth: Oregon.

Invasive weedsAquatic invasive species prevention permits for paddlers expire December 31st and the Oregon Marine Board has several purchasing options that are perfect to take advantage of when the weather is less-than desirable. They can be purchased through the Marine Board’s online storefront. An annual or two-year Tyvek tag costs a flat, $5 or $10, and there is no online processing fee. Out-of-state permits for trailered motorboats are also available for online for $20.

 

 

Erskine Wolf bookReminiscent of the magical collaborations between Thornton Burgess and Harrison Cady, author Martha Baxter Haake and illustrator Aline Fourier have brought to life the story of a small family of wolves who are unlike any others.

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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.