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Sahalie slack lineMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Ex-treme-sport enthusiasts from Canada were walking an inch-wide band of nylon across the 90-foot high Sahalie Falls last Monday afternoon.
Michael Neururer and the other members of the group, SlackLifeBc, crossed the high span during a tour of Oregon highline locations, including Smith Rock State Park in Central Oregon.
“It was a group of ten people from all over,” Neururer said. “The slacklifeBC crew, Ari in the air from Oregon, one from Hawaii, a few from Colorado and even Europeans.”
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia,  the  SlackLife  organization follows a team of mountain athletes as “they push the limits exploring mountains and the sport of slacklining,” according to the group’s website, which features images and videos of their exploits.
Neururer said the group arrived at the waterfall around lunch time. “With all the hands the line was set up within 45 minutes and ready to be walked. Seven out of the ten all walked the line and did various acrobatic tricks on them such as splits, planks, exposure turns etc.,” he said.

Open burning season delayed until November 1st, no fall burning for some in Lane County
As a precaution, the backyard burning ban has been extended until November 1st, 2015. The backyard burning season, also known as open burning or outdoor burning, is determined by the Lane County Fire Defense Board. Extended dry and hot conditions continue to keep fire danger levels high.

3 Finger JackSheriff Bruce Riley reports that on September 20, at 2:10 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from a mountain climber reporting that a climber had fallen while climbing Three Finger Jack.

Kid runningBy Ada Weeks
Ready? Set! Waddle! And they were off, running, walking, and waddling for the third annual Walterville Waddle 5K (3.1 miles), an action packed part of the 65th Walterville Fair.
These early morning exercisers began the scenic race through town at 8 a.m., last Saturday, led by Walterville’s Citizen of the Year, Greg Clift, who rode a bicycle to lead the way.
Greg paced the pack of 143 racers, decked out in red race T-shirts featuring the Walterville Waddle duck logo (designed by a local artist). The route began at the Walterville Community Center, wound down Camp Creek Road to Millican Road, by way of Herrick’s and McKenzie River Nursery’s fields, along the Walterville Canal, and ended back at the Community Center, where the fair festivities were underway.

 

 

Barrel trainThe 2015 Walterville Community Fair’s theme is “Shake Waddle and Roll To The 65th Walterville Fair.” It will start with the 5K Waddle at 8AM and continue with vendors, displays of garden produce, canning, baking, sewing, arts and antiques.  The parade will be at 11AM, chicken Bar-B-Q full d

Salmon at CougarBLUE RIVER: Hatchery raised male spring Chinook are far less fit than their natural counterparts. That’s the conclusion of a report on the trap and haul operation at the 518-foot tall Cougar Dam on the South Fork of the McKenzie River. In addition, researchers found that overall, natural origin females return as larger adults, giving them a spawning advantage in the wild.
The trap and haul operation, which began in 2010, traps both hatchery and wild spring Chinook salmon. They are then trucked above the dam and released into the river. The work aims to reintroduce salmon to habitat lost during the dam’s construction 50 years ago.
Spring Chinook salmon in the upper Willamette River are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Overall, they’ve lost 32 percent of their historical habitat in the Willamette River system due to dams. About 25 miles of their range in the McKenzie River was lost, according to the report published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Excerpts from the September 3, 2015 Sheriff’s Reports

 

Aug. 19: 3:01 pm: Accident – 42000 block, Holden Creek Lane. Report of a red Town & Country mini van “teetering on an embankment, being held up by a tree.” Unknown how high the embankment is. A female is trapped. Medics are en route. 15:12: OSP & Fire are on the scene.

Silver Creek LandingThe Lane County Parks draft master plan has been released for public comment. Over the next several months, the county’s staff will be gathering written comments and conducting public open houses in preparation for formal hearings with the Parks Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, and ultimately the Board of County Commissioners. Included in the review are a half dozen parks – from Armitage to the Jennie B. Harris Wayside, as well as a dozen boat landings.
One of the largest is the 32-acre Hendricks Bridge Park between Cedar Flat and Walterville. Planned changes include the replacement and realignment of the existing boat ramp and expanding the parking lot.

 

 

Excerpts from the August 27, 2015 Sheriff’s Reports

Aug. 13: 1:33 am: Suspicious Vehicle – 87000 block, Dowdy Lane. Involved is a late 90’s dark colored hatchback with no plate lights. Complainant passed the vehicle that followed him to his house & sat outside for 5 minutes, then left.

Goose ProjectA document outlining plans for the Goose Project has been released by the Willamette National Forest. The draft record of decision and final environmental impact statement affects 17,932 acres along Highways 126 and 242, near the community of McKenzie Bridge.
District Ranger Terry Baker noted the Goose project was designed to provide a sustainable supply of timber products, reduce hazardous fuels, and “Actively manage stands to improve stand conditions, diversity, density, and structure.”

 

 

 

 

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