McKenzie River Reflections

Oyster dredgingBy Finn J.D. John
Like most tourist-friendly destinations on the Oregon Coast, the town of Newport is well stocked with kitschy pirate gear.
Unlike most other spots, though, Newport has a real history involving pirates — specifically, oyster pirates. Most people who have heard of oyster piracy think of the stories of Jack London’s youth, when he borrowed money to buy a small sloop and went into the “business” down in San Francisco Bay. Or they may think of the long and occasionally bloody struggles between oystermen and oyster pirates in Chesapeake Bay, on the East Coast, which were still straggling on as late as the 1950s.

Fish trapCOUGAR RESERVOIR: People coming around the turn at the top of Cougar Dam will be seeing a one-of-a-kind sight for the next two years. Floating at the corner of the reservoir is a $5 million metal fish trap.

By Cliff Richardson


McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

McKenzie High School will host its annual Spring Academic/Athletic Awards Program on Tuesday, June 3, 6:00 pm., in the Old Gymnasium.

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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.