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Slow slosh of warm water across Pacific hints El Niño is brewing

FINN ROCK: “This is a great opportunity for all of us to set aside our negativity, egos and our agendas to come together,” was the way McKenzie School Board member Debbie Peterson helped set the stage for last Wednesday’s monthly meeting. Board chairman Kent Roberts shared those sentiments by saying, “Change is good, can be good and should be good. I’d like to restore the ‘happy,’” he added, noting that, ”We haven’t been happy. It’s been a rough three or four years.”

Maintenance work also planned for Walterville

Leaburg boatThe Eugene Water & Electric Board began dewatering the Leaburg Power Canal on Saturday morning, April 26, to perform maintenance on the power plant, canal and fish screen.

Happy anglerThe 2014 outdoor recreation season will get a boost this weekend starting with the annual Fisherman’s Breakfast, set for Saturday, April 26th. The event, sponsored by McKenzie Fire & Rescue at the Leaburg Training Center, will be held between 6 and 11 a.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids.

Kiosk at Hendricks BridgeLane County Parks is looking for feedback on proposed enhancements to the Hendricks Bridge Boat Ramp. This is the second phase of the enhancements to the site. Boaters and community members are invited to provide feedback to help the Parks division design the new boat ramp and parking lot.

Digital readerboardMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Travelers passing by the McKenzie River Ranger District office will soon be getting fire related updates via a new electronic reader board. The structure, now under construction, replaces a static display board next to an image of Smokey the Bear familiar around the region.

Last week's edition of McKenzie River Reflections (4/17/14) had a headline that should have read "Airlifted driver cited for DUII." The driver, Wanda Keller of McKenzie Bridge, was cited by OSP for DUII and Reckless Driving. She has not been convicted.

Setting firesControlled fires will happen from now through June
MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The arrival of spring means fire personnel are busy preparing for controlled burns on the McKenzie River Ranger District. This season, several controlled burns that total 182 acres will be ignited near Blue River Reservoir, east of Smith Reservoir, and near Frissell Crossing campground on Forest Service Road 19.

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McKenzie River Reflections is the weekly newspaper serving Oregon's McKenzie River Valley. Available by mail for $23/yr in Lane County, $29/yr outside Lane. Digital subscriptions are $23/yr. Subscribe at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/subscriptions-0. Purchase copies online at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/back-issues-0. Read about area communities including Cedar Flat, Walterville, Camp Creek, Leaburg, Vida, Nimrod, Finn Rock, Blue River, Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge.