McKenzie River Reflections

Forest fireThe abrupt onset of summer weather has prompted two more Oregon Department of Forestry districts to declare fire season. The South Cascade District entered fire season this morning, and the Western Lane District will follow suit on July 2.

June 13: 4:14 PM: Hit & Run – 38000 block, McK. Hwy. Involved is an eastbound Toyota towing a Raptor that hit the coffee shop. Confirmed no injuries. Fascia board & gutter ripped off, planter ripped out & corner post was shoved into the building. 17:12: Owner advises part of the trailer, which struck her building, has been left behind. Est. damage is $7,000 – 10,000.  Cited in lieu of custody.

Fava beansBy Denise Ruttan
Photo by Chris LaBelle. Nitrogen-rich fava beans make a great cover crop to help build the health and structure of garden soils during the winter.
Think cover crops are just for farmers?
Gardeners can also make use of these inexpensive soil protectors, according to Daniel McGrath, a vegetable crops specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Plan to rebuild a Gateway Arch

Gateway ArchSPRINGFIELD:  Backers of a group that wants to bring back the “Gateway Arch” launched a Kickstarter appeal Thursday night to get the project off the ground. The newly formed “Friends of the Springfield Arch” is asking for $2,500 to complete a 5-foot wide scale model by August 15th that would be displayed at various summer festivals and civic sites to familiarize the public with their plans.

 

 

Air qualityHot Weather Could Trigger an Increase in Air Pollution

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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.