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Fire mapWillamette National Forest - more lightning is expected today. 20 mostly single tree fires by noon 6/27. Moisture and instability moved into much of Oregon overnight and both are headed toward Washington today. This means increasing thunderstorms with new starts likely in both states.

LEABURG: In April of 2015, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received several anonymous tips regarding the location of some stolen property as well as people possibly associated with numerous thefts and burglaries. After several weeks of investigation, a large barn was located near the Leaburg Fish Hatchery containing a large amount of property.
After two separate property viewings, a significant amount of items were returned to their owners that had reported thefts and burglaries from the McKenzie River area.

SOUTH CASCADE, WESTERN LANE DISTRICTS TO DECLARE FIRE SEASON JUNE 16

It's already dry, and the heat is on its way. Those two factors prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Western Lane and South Cascade districts to declare wildfire season starting Tuesday, June 16.

Streambank poolsWALTERVILLE: A campground at Hendricks Wayside?  The rumor caused several people to contact the Lane County Parks Dept. to check it’s accuracy.
It is a future possibility, according to Parks Division Manager Mike Russell. Constructing from 20 to 30 tent and RV sites has been part of a county-wide capital improvement plan for the last four years, Russell notes. Every year the $1.1 million Hendricks campsite proposal goes to the end of the list, due to a lack of funds.

 

 

EWEB to drain Walterville Canal for maintenance                                          

Mona SaechaoWALTERVILLE: A sudden illness that hospitalized the wife of a 5th grade teacher at Walterville Elementary has generated a strong community response. Mona Saechao, who has been a charge nurse on surgical/oncology at Riverbend Hospital, had been well as little as a month ago when she ran in her first half-marathon. That quickly changed when she began to experience nausea and memory loss.
Tests soon revealed a rare, dangerous case of acute brain inflammation (limbic encephalitis) which was causing her memory problems. Unfortunately, the situation quickly went from bad to worse when tests showed the underlying cause of the dangerous swelling was Stage 2 cancer.

 

 

 

 

Track girlsBy Cliff Richardson
FINN ROCK: Everyone going in understood the strength of the Triangle Lake Boys and Girls Track and Field teams. The Lakers held true to form, winning both the Boys and Girls Team First Place Trophies, last Saturday, May 16th.
The 1A Special District 5 Championship Track Meet was held at the exceptional Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track venue. The McKenzie Community Track Committee and its dedicated volunteers pulled off another outstanding event.

 

Tamolitch FallsMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Linn County deputies are investigating the death of a Bend area man near Tamolitch Falls, off of Highway 126 near the Trail Bridge Reservoir.

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