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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

Willamette Basin mapThe Bureau of Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region will partner with the Oregon Water Resources Department to develop a “Plan of Study” for the Willamette River Basin Study aimed at finding collaborative solutions to future water needs in Oregon.
The basin study is jointly funded by the state and supported under Reclamation’s WaterSMART Basin Study program. For the plan of study, OWRD and Reclamation will equally share $50,000 toward the $100,000 study effort.
The Willamette River Basin supports approximately 75 percent of Oregon’s population and is the fastest growing area in the state. The WRB is about 180 miles long and 100 miles wide and encompasses 11,478 square miles - including 2,950,997 acres in Lane County.

May 26: 11:24 AM: Injury Accident – Marcola Rd. & Sunderman Rd. Vehicle vs. golf cart. 2 patients involved, 1 with a head injury & blood coming out of ear. Female is going in & out of consciousness. 11:35: Disregarding LifeFlight. Both involved are being transported. Report taken.

By George A. Letchworth

Filming on Hwy. 242Laura Crawford and Russ Roca of The Path Less Pedaled filming Kristin and Jake as they descend the two switchbacks on Dead Horse Grade.

MCKENZIE PASS: On Friday, May 17th, a video crew of Laura and Russ along with cycling “stars” Kristin and Jake filmed a “romantic” bicycle ride on the McKenzie Pass from Sisters to Belknap Hot Springs Lodge.
The video is the second one in a series sponsored by the Oregon Tourism Commission.

Rain Decreases Fire Danger; Backyard Burning Allowed Until June 15

Illegal burn pile$4,200 Assessed Fine - Burning garbage, tires, furniture, treated wood, etc. on a non-burn day

Hide the Tasty Snacks – It’s Bear Awareness Week

Bear & trash canBy Chris Thomas, Oregon News Service
This is Bear Awareness Week - but in Oregon, maybe nobody told the bears.

BE PREPARED FOR WINTER CONDITIONS OVER WILLAMETTE PASS AND SANTIAM PASS THIS  MORNING

May 22nd, 2013

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