McKenzie River Reflections

8/3/13 Update on Fires in Willamette National Forest

Pile of wood chipsBy Denise Ruttan
Many people enjoy traditional grass lawns. But others are thinking of getting rid of grass and choosing low-maintenance landscaping for their yards.
One option involves spreading mulch over ground you don't intend to plant.

playing pinballBy Finn J.D. John

If you were a fan of the classic ABC television sitcom “Happy Days,” you know The Fonz had a special relationship with two particular machines: His trusty ’49 Triumph motorcycle, and the pinball machine in Al’s diner.
But it may surprise you to know that when Fonzie was playing that pinball machine, in 1950s Milwaukee, Wisc., he was breaking the law — and so was Al.

Willamette Forest NewsThe predicted lightning storm passed over the southern and central portions of the Willamette National Forest yesterday evening, igniting numerous small fires. One blaze in the headwaters of the Middle Fork Willamette River near Timpanogas Lake quickly grew to 15 acres.

Model ArchA scale model of the Springfield/McKenzie Arch will hit the road soon thanks to a successful month-long online fundraising drive to generate $2,500. The Friends of the Springfield Arch Committee's Kickstarter campaign went over the top this week with Karen Craiglow's pledge of $100.

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