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Juvenile salmon“Spatial diversity” in the first year of life can protect an entire salmon species from the effects of large-scale forces such as climate change and the operation of hydroelectric dams, according to a new NOAA Fisheries research article published last week.
The researchers liken species’ prospects to that of financial investment portfolios, which balance risk.

Firefighters Responding to New Fire Near Hand Lake

Excerpts  From the July 18, 2013 Sheriff’s Reports

July 31: 3:23 PM: Abandoned Vehicle – Blue River area. Caller advises an abandoned Glastron boat on a trailer has been in the brush at the weigh station all day. 18:34: Spoke to registered owner. He secured the boat & is planning to return to it. He had a family emergency. Info taken.

McKenzie Fire & Rescue logoMcKenzie Fire/Rescue was dispatched at 2:20 a.m. on August 13th to a structure fire at 45309 McKenzie Highway.

1933 Studebaker RegalLEABURG: It’s that time again for the McKenzie Art Festival. The 12th annual festival is still held in Leaburg at the Fire and Training Center on August 17th and 18th; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission, food, music, raffle, classic cars and, of course, art.

ODF logoThe lightning-caused Cascade Division Complex is burning approximately 14 miles northwest of Sisters in steep terrain above the Metolius Basin.

Carmen Smith generatorsMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Changes in the power market will likely impact plans for major upgrades at the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s Trail Bridge Dam.

Sky mapBy eNature
The annual Perseid meteor shower should be visible in the night sky for the next few nights, with the peak expected this Saturday night/Sunday morning through Sunday night/Monday morning.

USFS press releaseFirefighters are responding to several dozen small fires across the Willamette National Forest. Thunderstorms that occurred over the past two days produced over 2,000 lightning strikes.

Motorhome wreckA Eugene-area woman is facing multiple charges after a stalled motorhome she was operating on Sunday evening rolled down an embankment as some of its occupants were trying to push it off Highway 126 east of Vida. The vehicle flipped on its top, injuring at least four people.
The accident occurred on August 4th at approximately 7:00 p.m., when Oregon State Police (OSP) received a report of a possible DUII driver operating an older model motorhome traveling along the highway near Nimrod.

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