McKenzie River

McKenzie River: All hatchery rainbow trout released into the McKenzie River are marked with an adipose fin clip and anglers must release all non fin-clipped (wild) trout in the mainstem river. The lower 11 miles of the McKenzie River below the Hayden Bridge - and the McKenzie River upstream from Forest Glen Boat Ramp at Blue River - are restricted to angling with lures and flies only, and all trout must be released.

May 25: 9:00 am: Burglary – 9000 block, Thurston Rd. Taken – Guns, unknown how many at this time.
2:44 pm: Unlawful Use of Vehicle – 59000 block, N. Belknap Springs Rd. Complainant advised he parked his John Deere Gator when he went to lunch, came back & it was gone. Boss advised he saw a jacked up 90’s white Ford truck with a Gator in back, thought at the time it looked very similar. Truck was headed westbound on Hwy. 126. Gator is green with a glass-enclosed cab.

Motorists may gain access to Scenic Route in mid-June

OR 242 MP 72

OLD MCKENZIE PASS: With over 30 feet of snow still to get through at the top of the Old McKenzie Pass (Hwy 242), Oregon Dept. of Transportation crews have a lot of work ahead of them.  
The most recent report from Oregon Department of Transportation says plow operators have been clearing a travel lane but caution motorists to be patient and remember that workers are up there daily to make the highway travel safe. They made more progress this week, but one driver said this is the hardest snow he’s seen in years, as there’s lots of ice mixed in. Though rising temperatures will likely help, it’s entirely possible the scenic route won’t be open for motor vehicles until June 19th, or later, this year. The earliest opening date for motorized travel is set for the third Monday of June, which has been the average opening date over the last 25 years.

Photo Courtesy ODOT. An rotary plow was near milepost 72 last Thursday, where about seven feet of snow lay ahead. It had taken three days to clear about two miles.

Missing couple

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance locating Donald and Barbara Williams of Springfield.  The couple reportedly ran out of gas in the Vida area on 5/25/17 around 9:30 am and a family member came to assist them.  The family member stepped away for a moment and when they returned, Donald and Barbara and their truck were gone.  Family became concerned when they didn’t hear from the couple that evening and reported them missing.  Deputies searched the area and spoke with local businesses that may have seen the couple but were unable to locate them.

Donald and Barbara were last seen driving a 2001 white Ford F-150 with license plate 073 CGH.  It is unknown which direction they went when they left the Vida area.  They did not communicate that they had plans to leave for the weekend and generally do not travel far from their Springfield home. The couple does not have a cell phone and may not have a way to contact family away from home.

Brownlee  and Hayes on 2017 poster

Smokey & Eagles

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Smokey and the Eagles have teamed up again this year to spread a fire prevention message. New posters feature Smokey Bear and two local high school students to promote a joint effort between the McKenzie River Ranger District employees and staff at McKenzie High School. The 2017 posters are part of the McKenzie River Ranger District’s “Smokey and the Eagles” program that rewards outstanding student athletes and highlights the importance of fire prevention practices. Each year, two students who demonstrate a high level of community and athletic involvement, as well as hold a high grade point average, are selected to appear in the posters.
The selection process started with a contest among fourth grade students to come up with the key phrase for the poster. The winner of the contest receives their own copy of the “Smokey and the Eagles” poster. This year the fourth grader Noah Thorndyke came up with the slogan “Take care of the forest by leaving it green and clean.”
This year the two McKenzie high students selected were Matt Brownlee and Miyanna Hayes.
Matt kept stats for the football team, played four years of basketball, and two years of baseball. He was also a captain for basketball. In the classroom, Matt holds a GPA of 4.02. He has been attending classes at Lane Community College for the past couple years.

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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.