McKenzie River

Internet worldBroadband access on the agenda next week

LEABURG: Narrowing the digital divide that separates rural areas from high speed internet connections will be the focus of a March 17th meeting at McKenzie Fire & Rescue’s Leaburg Training Center. Organizers of the meeting include several McKenzie area residents who attended a Rural Broadband Conference convened by the Oregon Rural Development Council in Bend last month. That conference offered information on an array of federal, state and local initiatives that were designed to reach unserved, and under-served rural residents.

Feb. 24: 3:30 pm: Suspicious Conditions – 90000 block, Greenwood Dr. Someone approached complainant & advised he was fishing at the boat landing. A vehicle there hasn’t moved for 2 hours, with a wheelchair sticking out of it & an open door. It appears subject is camping at the location. They approached the vehicle & saw a male in a sleeping bag. He didn’t seem to be moving. Involved vehicle is a green Subaru. 15:32: Fire Dept. confirmed the male was sleeping.

Eagle Rock ParkEUGENE: The Lane County Parks Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing in two weeks to gather testimony regarding the draft Five-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for county parks projects from 2017 to 2021.
The Parks CIP is a five-year program used to plan expenditures for capital improvements to the Lane County Parks System according to Parks Manager Mike Russell. “Projects included in the CIP are designed to improve safety, utility and efficiency of existing facilities and further develop and add amenities that will improve visitors’ experiences,” he said. “Community members who have a park project that they would like to see included in the plan are encouraged to attend the hearing and provide testimony.”

Blue River mapBy Jim Baker, Blue River CDC & McKenzie Action team
The McKenzie Action Team, a group of community volunteers, hosted an open session on February 17 for residents to gather and discuss options for dealing with septic tank issues in Blue River.
There has been a long festering problem with aging and failing septic tanks. In addition, the small lots in Blue River do not meet modern standards for building due to septic requirements.
As a result, many of the business properties in Blue River cannot reopen or expand. Building lots stay vacant and a home owner often can’t even add a bedroom to their own home for they’re growing family.

Finn Rock CampFINN ROCK: “I always wondered why they called it a camp,” Billie Rose recalls. “Our folks lived there for almost 20 years. I guess ‘camp’ sort of gave the impression we were transients but we weren’t.”
Billie, her sister Nancy and brother Joe, were part of a gathering of old friends last Saturday who grew up in a community that many of today’s McKenzie Valley residents might never know existed. Their home, the Finn Rock Camp has long roots, stretching back to 1890, when Thomas “Whit” Whitaker Rosborough built a sawmill in Rosboro, Arkansas. After his honeymoon itinerary swung though the Pacific Northwest, Whit had a longing to return. He did that in 1939 when he moved to Springfield, Oregon, and built what a newspaper of that time called the region’s “most modern timber manufacturing plant.” Timber for the mill came from lands he’d purchased up the McKenzie Valley.

McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

The McKenzie Varsity Girls Basketball Team travel to Elkton on Tuesday, February 23, to participate in the OSAA State 1A Basketball First Round playoffs. Game time is set for 6:00 pm.
McKenzie Girls State Bound!

Through wallLEABURG: Firefighters from both of the area’s fire districts took part in last Wednesday night’s drill at McKenzie Fire & Rescue’s Leaburg station. The session, facilitated by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Training included skills to manage getting out of basements through windows, breaching walls, following hoses out of buildings, and diminishing clearance obstacles.  McKenzie Fire was able to train 35 of its members and Upper McKenzie was able to get six of its responders trained in the joint exercise sponsored by the state DPSST.  Matt Barnhart was the local state training coordinator for the area. View a short video of the training at: alturl.com/fg6m7

McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

The McKenzie Varsity Girls Basketball team will play the winner of a Mt. West League playoff game between the Mt. West League #4 seed, Triangle Lake and the #5 seed Alsea. Triangle Lake and Alsea are scheduled for a Wednesday, February 17, contest at Triangle Lake. The Eagles will meet the winner in a game scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 11:00 am. at Central Linn. The McKenzie Varsity Boys Basketball team is finished for the season.

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