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Old McKenzie Fish HatcheryLEABURG: Plans to develop a showcase for McKenzie River riverboats and their guides got a big boost last week when the Meyer Memorial Trust announced it had granted $13,000 to the Friends of Old McKenzie Fish Hatchery. The money is earmarked for a feasibility study for a proposed McKenzie River Interpretive Center next to Leaburg Lake.
Over the past several years, the Friends group has spearheaded a concerted effort by stakeholders – guides, scientists, community members, local, state and national agencies – to develop an interpretive plan, exhibit concepts, a capital improvements budget, and an architectural program for the proposed facilities, which are tentatively called the McKenzie River Interpretive Center.

 

 

DiningNIMROD: Craving some spicy hummus, shrimp dumplings or a chicken pesto baguette? Those choices are not what’s currently found on menus in local restaurants.
It’s been years since locals and visitors alike had a wide choice of where to go out for dinner. Restaurants like Albert’s Lodge, the Log Cabin Inn and Holiday Farm are now just memories.
“Every day someone has asked where they could go,” recalls Bert de Klerk, owner of the McKenzie River Inn resort in Nimrod. We could see there was a need and we decided to offer something at the highest level possible.
His answer, the Crescent Moon Cafe, is set to open to the public on July 21st.

Fire near Scott Lake now contained at 1 acre

A fire raised its smoky head this afternoon on the steep slopes above Highway 242 near Scott Lake. The fire was called in nearly simultaneously by two Lookouts and a recreation visitor on South Sister. The response to the fire was swift and complete, within a few hours of attack the fire is now (at 5 p.m.) just smoldering and there is a line completely around the impacted area.

A wildfire early this afternoon was restricting travel on OR 242 (Old McKenzie Pass Hwy.) at MP 64, approximately 9 miles east of the junction with OR 126 (McKenzie Hwy.). Travelers were advised to avoid the route and be alert for fire fighting equipment and personnel in the area.

At 2 p.m. the Old McKenzie Pass Hwy. was closed at the junction of Hwy. 126. Travelers from the east side (Sisters) were allowed to travel only as far as the Dee Wright Observatory (MP 75.5).

The route reopened at 3:43 p.m.

 

McKenzie River Reflections

Lavender worldThe McKenzie River Lavender Festival got off to a good start today for the first of a 3-day event held this weekend at 40882 McKenzie Hwy., just east of Walterville. The free festival at the McKenzie River Lavender is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fire Restrictions Expand to Wildernesses

The Willamette National Forest is expanding public use fire restrictions to its Wilderness areas, effective Friday, July 10th. This means the following activities will be prohibited:

Shallow 4.2 magnitude earthquake near Walterville this morning

Earthquake
14km (9mi) ENE of Springfield, Oregon
19km (12mi) E of Eugene, Oregon
51km (32mi) S of Lebanon, Oregon
63km (39mi) SSE of Corvallis, Oregon
97km (60mi) S of Salem, Oregon

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.21

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-07-04 08:42:18
Depth (Hypocenter) : 9.889 km

Public Use Restrictions Go Into Effect 07/02/2015; No fires outside designated fire rings

Due to increased fire danger levels, the Willamette National Forest will initiate the following public use restrictions, effective Thursday, July 2nd:

Fire signMoisture and instability that moved into the region last Friday generated thunderstorms that resulted in 789 strikes in Oregon according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland,

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