McKenzie River Reflections

Smithfield plaqueBy Finn J.D. John
Oregon in general, and rural southern Oregon in particular, has been referred to more than once as the “Dixie of the West Coast.”
So perhaps it’s not surprising that the only Confederate flag known to have waved in the northwestern quarter of the continental United States during the Civil War flew proudly over the Beaver State, for a few weeks in 1862.
Now, that “only flag” claim has to be qualified a bit. The entire northwest quarter is rather a large patch, and plenty of emigrant farmers, gold miners and ex-Army ruffians were sympathetic to the South’s cause; surely somebody, somewhere, hoisted the stars and bars over a shoddy Jackson County prospector’s cabin or loathsome San Francisco waterfront flophouse.

Last week our boys and girls both took down Alsea before the girls  knocked off Triangle Lake while the boys faltered.
At the end of the regular season our girls finished in 1st place with a  record of 7-1. The boys finished tied for 4th at 6-8.

Atop Hwy. 242The year 2014 was the hottest on Earth in 134 years of record-keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, continuing a pattern of global warming that is attributed primarily to rising levels of greenhouse gases.
Oregon was not exempt from the warming and logged the second hottest year since records were kept beginning in 1895, according to researchers with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University.

 

Because of the four-day weekend that lies ahead, I wanted to get some info out about the next couple of weeks for our high school basketball.
Some of this is tentative, but it'll give you an idea of what to expect.
Boys:
Monday 2/16: Vs. Alsea 7pm
Wednesday 2/18 @ Mapleton 7pm(if we defeat Alsea)
Saturday 2/21 @ Northwest Christian University (if we defeat Mapleton)
2/23-2/28 Rounds 1 and 2 of OSAA State Championships (if victorious at NCU)
3/3-3/7 State Championships in Baker City (if we get through rounds 1 and 2)

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Hey everyone,
Last week our boys defeated Mohawk before falling to league leading Siletz Valley.
Our girls beat Siletz Valley on Friday night to claim the Mountain West League Regular Season championship with two games remaining.
This week we host Alsea for senior night. Please note that the boys will be playing the early time slot at 5:30pm. This will be our seniors last regular season home game. Please come out and show your support for all of their hard work over the years.
Have a great week!
GO EAGLES!

Falling SchoolBy Finn J.D. John
For the criminally minded Oregonian of yore, dynamite had much to recommend it. It was relatively easy to buy the stuff, surprisingly easy to steal it from a construction depot, and almost shockingly simple to brew up at home using a few simple, innocuous ingredients from the local drugstore.
Furthermore, when used in a criminal enterprise, dynamite was like a first-class ticket to the front page of the local papers. A lot of crooks really enjoyed the ensuing notoriety.

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