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Gold dredgeSB 838, which would limit gold dredging along many Oregon waterways, is headed to Governor Kitzhaber’s desk following approval by both the House and Senate.

Kenneth LeeEUGENE: A Blue River man will spend over a dozen years in prison following sentencing in Lane County Circuit Court last Thursday. Kenneth Robert Lee, 47, will serve 17 1/2 years behind bars as an accomplice in the January death of 38-year-old Terry Fruichantie of Cottage Grove. Robert Paul Smith, 35, drew a life sentence with no parole option for the murder of Fruichantie.

Forest fireThe abrupt onset of summer weather has prompted two more Oregon Department of Forestry districts to declare fire season. The South Cascade District entered fire season this morning, and the Western Lane District will follow suit on July 2.

June 13: 4:14 PM: Hit & Run – 38000 block, McK. Hwy. Involved is an eastbound Toyota towing a Raptor that hit the coffee shop. Confirmed no injuries. Fascia board & gutter ripped off, planter ripped out & corner post was shoved into the building. 17:12: Owner advises part of the trailer, which struck her building, has been left behind. Est. damage is $7,000 – 10,000.  Cited in lieu of custody.

Plan to rebuild a Gateway Arch

Gateway ArchSPRINGFIELD:  Backers of a group that wants to bring back the “Gateway Arch” launched a Kickstarter appeal Thursday night to get the project off the ground. The newly formed “Friends of the Springfield Arch” is asking for $2,500 to complete a 5-foot wide scale model by August 15th that would be displayed at various summer festivals and civic sites to familiarize the public with their plans.

 

 

Air qualityHot Weather Could Trigger an Increase in Air Pollution

Need to clean up?

Trash cleanupThe Annual Blue River Trash Amnesty Day is set for will be held on Saturday June 29th. People must have a Trash Amnesty memorandum letter now available at Blue River, Rainbow & McKenzie Bridge stores.

Lifejacket exchange program is set for June 29th & 30th

Wayne ChevalierForty-four percent of the land on the McKenzie River Ranger District is designated Wilderness. Within those areas power tools are prohibited. How to keep 260 miles of trails clear of fallen trees? Reach for a cross-cut saw.

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.

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