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Winter conditions remain in the mountains

On Friday afternoon (06/21/2013) Samantha Kennedy, 33, from Waldport, was dropped off at Elk Lake for a solo hike north on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). On Saturday at 6:18PM a 911 call was received from Kennedy stating she was on the PCT but was in deep snow and unable to continue traveling north. She also stated that she was unsure if she could find her way back to Elk Lake as she only had a cell phone and no additional navigational tools.

Fire prevention posterMcKenzie High’s Jonathan Mahody and Sydney King are being featured on posters promoting fire safety and prevention.

As you travel around the McKenzie Bridge community, keep an eye out for the new green and blue posters with Smokey and two local high school students. These posters are part of the McKenzie River Ranger District’s “Smokey and the Eagles” program that rewards outstanding student athletes while highlighting 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.

 

Hiker stranded on PCT near Hwy. 242 rescued

The McKenzie River Trust frequently hosts small tours and volunteer events on Green Island, but for the Living River Celebration on Saturday, June 29th, an array of offerings will greet visitors interested in nature. "Many people have helped us plant trees, pull weeds, and learn about this place over the last ten years," says Joe Moll, McKenzie River Trust Executive Director.

Boaters/floaters should avoid north channel of McKenzie River below Walterville Boat Landing

Tree blocking riverMCKENZIE BRIDGE: The Oregon State Marine Board warned last Thursday that a big tree was completely blocking the McKenzie River approximately 1/4 mile downstream of the Paradise Boat Ramp. Early reports that it had been felled into the river didn’t pan out when investigated by the Lane County Marine Patrol.

 

 

Hwy. 126/20 accidentPhoto Courtesy OSP
A Ford Explorer wound up in the lava as the result of a late night wreck near the junction of Hwy. 20 and 126 last Saturday.

SANTIAM PASS: A Bandon area man is facing multiple charges following an alcohol-involved serious injury single vehicle crash that occurred overnight at the Santiam Pass junction of Highway 126 and Highway 20. The man and his 5-year old son received non-life threatening injuries for which they are being treated at a Bend hospital.

 

 

Backyard burningLane County’s off-again, on-again backyard burning season is set to shut down soon.

Share road signHighway crews have installed signs reminding motorists that cyclists have become more a part of the traffic mix on Hwy. 242.

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The Old McKenzie Pass, which has been open to pedestrians and bicyclists - from milepost 8 to 28 - will officially open to all traffic at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 16th. That’s about a week earlier than last year, when it reopened on June 21st.

The route annually closes due to winter snows. On May 1st, the route had been opened up for non-motoring traffic.
The Oregon Dept. of Transportation closed the highway for the winter on November 14th. This year’s reopening is over one month ahead of the latest ever, which occurred back on July 29th of 1999.

Energy Department Releases State by State “eGallon” Prices to Let

Consumers Compare Cost of Fueling With Electricity vs. Gasoline

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