McKenzie River Reflections

Be on the lookout for azalea-damaging pest this spring

By Denise Ruttan
Adult Azalea lace bugAn adult Azalea lace bug. Photo by Robin Rosetta
Gardeners and nurseries should be on the lookout this spring for a relatively new pest in Oregon that damages azaleas and rhododendrons, according to experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
The azalea lace bug was first confirmed in Oregon in 2009 by OSU researchers after it was found in Washington in 2008.

Computer/Phone Scam

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert community members of a phone scam that was recently reported.  Scammers are calling and identifying themselves as Windows Technical support.  The scammers will then convince users that there is an issue with their computer and have the user open their computer and give the scammer remote access.

March 21: 9:37 PM: Animal Abuse – 38000 block, Upper Camp Creek Rd. Complainant advises a mare in a field is badly nourished – nothing but skin & bones, not being fed & does not have adequate water. Caller & family are long term horse owners & are very aware of the difference between aging/natural issues & neglect or abuse.  Info relayed.

Book cover for Ellie's LogA newly published children’s book offers insights into the processes being studied at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.

The Oregon State University Press, which was founded more than 50 years ago, is publishing its first book aimed at children.
“Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell” continues the press’ tradition of publications about Pacific Northwest forests and natural history. But this seven-chapter book is aimed at eight- to 12-year-olds.

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