McKenzie River Reflections

MosquitoDear EarthTalk: Is there a link between the recent spread of mosquito-borne diseases around the world and environmental pollution?

Purple tomatoBy Judy Scott
Photo by Tiffany Woods. Indigo Rose, a truly purple tomato, from OSU's program to breed for high levels of antioxidants.
The "Indigo Rose" tomato is the first "really" purple variety to come from a program at Oregon State University that is seeking to breed tomatoes with high levels of antioxidants.

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.

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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.