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South SisterA new report by scientists at Oregon State University projects that by the middle of this century there will be an average 56 percent drop in the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed - and that similar impacts may be found on low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world. The findings are based on a projected 3.6 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase. It details special risks facing many low-elevation, mountainous regions where snow often falls near the freezing point. In such areas, changing from snow to rain only requires a very modest rise in temperature.

Hwy. 126/105 Construction Work from Milepost 3.8 - 9.9 in Springfield

Hwy. 126 constructionLanes Affected: (Westbound) 1 Lane - (Eastbound) 1 Lane.

8/3/13 Update on Fires in Willamette National Forest

New state program to provide up to $30,000 in assistance for struggling homeowners

Vida man arrested after starting a fire in his residence & fighting with police

 

VIDA: Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers on Sunday morning arrested a Vida man for numerous crimes after he intentionally started a fire in his residence. Troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation.

Lane Electric service mapThe Eugene Water & Electric Board and Lane Electric Cooperative are exploring a possible service territory transfer of EWEB’s McKenzie River Valley territory to Lane Electric.
Representatives of the Eugene-based public utilities have been in preliminary discussions about a potential service territory transfer for several months.

 

Image shows Lane Electric's current service area.

 

Paraglider crashA Springfield-area man was seriously injured Sunday morning when the paraglider he was operating lost power after taking off and crashed to the ground in the Santiam Pass area.

Excerpts  From the July 18, 2013 Sheriff’s Reports

July 4: 12:39 PM: Traffic Hazard – Mp. 27, McK. Hwy. A male subject came into complainant’s yard & headed towards the river. They pointed him back to the road & now he is now in & out of the highway, staggering. He appears to be either intoxicated or on something. Involved is westbound, 25 – 30, 5’ 10”, 165 lbs., brown hair, wearing a turquoise T-shirt. OSP advised.

Road closure mapOver the next few weeks, access to some recreation sites along Auferderheide Drive will be impacted by construction work.

BLUE RIVER: The scenic byway known as Aufderheide Drive (USFS Road 19), that connects Blue River and Westfir, will be closed to through traffic for several days due to road work. The intermittent closures are scheduled to allow people to access popular sites on the weekends.

 

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