McKenzie River Reflections

Overall weather, smoke, and fire situation throughout Oregon.  The upper low that has provided lightning and some moisture over the state since Tuesday night will continue to provide showers and thundershowers today and through the weekend.  Moisture from these events should be the most prevalent and widespread over the state today and tomorrow.  The greatest amounts will be over the mountainous areas of the Cascades and eastern Oregon with lightest amounts in the western valleys and coast.  Nevertheless, fire activity should be suppressed over the weekend from the moist

Unresponsive woman found floating in the McKenzie River

A 911 call was received from a witness at 00:02 a.m. on Friday who observed a conscious person floating down the McKenzie River. The caller reported the person was swimming on their back, without a life jacket, and not responding to hails from witnesses on shore.

Canada thistleBy Carol Savonen
Weed seeds can survive in the soil for years before they germinate and grow, according to Jed Colquhoun, weed specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Why should home gardeners care?
"If you combine the longevity of seeds in the soil with the fact that weeds such as common lambsquarters can produce over 500,000 seeds per plant, the incentive to hand weed your garden becomes much greater," said Colquhoun.

Woman with cane flaskBy Finn J.D. John

Late in 1912, for the sixth and final time, the topic of voting rights for women was on Oregonians’ ballot. And when the votes were counted, it was a win: A fifty-two percent majority had voted for women’s suffrage.
Among those who’d voted against it, there were many motivations — some far sillier than others, but all of them pretty goofy in the light of history.
But there was a certain cadre of anti-suffrage men who, if you got them to speak frankly and off the record, would tell you, straight out, the real reason they didn’t want to give women the right to vote: Prohibition.

Fire dangerLightning-caused wildfires have burned more than 50,000 acres of forest in southern Oregon. While the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Western Lane and South Cascade districts escaped most of the thunderstorm activity, the districts are concerned about another source of fire starts: people.

National Weather Service forecasts wildfire smoke intrusions

South SisterA new report by scientists at Oregon State University projects that by the middle of this century there will be an average 56 percent drop in the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed - and that similar impacts may be found on low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world. The findings are based on a projected 3.6 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase. It details special risks facing many low-elevation, mountainous regions where snow often falls near the freezing point. In such areas, changing from snow to rain only requires a very modest rise in temperature.

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