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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

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.

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