McKenzie River Reflections

By Denise Ruttan
TomatillosIf the thought of green chile salsa makes your mouth water, consider designing a salsa garden for next summer.
Kimberly Culbertson, who volunteers in dual roles as a Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver trained by the Oregon State University Extension Service, dishes up suggestions for a garden blueprint starring short-season tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos. The three are cousins in the same family.

Animal carcassAnimal remains stuffed in buckets, dumped in coolers, wrapped in tarps, and placed inside garbage bags have been showing up in ditches along Lane County roads. According to officials with the county’s Nuisance Abatement Program, the carcasses and dumpsites are becoming a public health and environmental hazard.

Greenwood wreckLEABURG: A Monday morning search in the dark for a missing motorist resulted in drunken driving charges for a Springfield man. According to Oregon State Police Trooper Evan Sether, a friend of the driver alerted the Lane County Sheriff’s office around 4 a.m.

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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.