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McKenzie SchoolsFINN ROCK: Discussions on the “Oregon Rising” survey supported by state educators generated some local talk last week. At the June 15th McKenzie School Board meeting superintendent Jim Thomas suggested people approach the questionnaire as if it was a clean slate.
“Think about what our schools should look like,” Thomas suggested. “What should they look like if we had all the resources available to us to provide the best education for all our kids?”
One item on his own wish list would be to find a way to create a high quality technical career education program. “We offer two periods of shop for our kids,” Thomas said. “That’s it (excluding the business courses we offer). That’s almost criminal.”

Hwy 242 debrisMCKENZIE BRIDGE: At 8 a.m. on June 20th, highway crews opened the snowgate for motorized traffic to cross the Old McKenzie Pass.  

EWEB drinking waterEUGENE: EWEB commissioners took another look at ways to implement and maintain a comprehensive drinking water source protection program last week. At the June 7th meeting of the Eugene Water & Electric Board, staffers Karl Morgenstern & Steve Newcomb gave a presentation covering the McKenzie watershed plans and budget, including an expansion to the Coast & South Forks of the Willamette to cover  Alternative Water Supply drainage areas.
Currently, the utility draws its drinking water from a single source - the McKenzie River. Under study are plans to, “Measure the balance between watershed health and human use over time and to implement actions that maintain a healthy balance for production of exceptional water quality,” according to the report. EWEB is also exploring options that would include a water intake from the North Fork of the Willamette River.
A primary goal of the program will focus on measuring “The balance between watershed health and human use over time and to implement actions that maintain a healthy balance for production of exceptional water quality.”

Top of the PassEarly  in  the  winter,  most  of  Oregon’s  mountains  were  on  track  to  have  a  near  normal  snow   season, according to the June Water Supply Outlook Report released by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. However, an unusually warm springtime temperatures abbreviated the winter and started an early and rapid snowmelt.
While about half of monitoring sites in the state recorded near normal peak amounts of snow, most of those peaks occurred between one to four weeks earlier than normal. “The early snowmelt has resulted in streamflows peaking sooner and beginning to recede to mid-summer levels up to four weeks early,” said NRCS Snow Survey Supervisor Scott Oviatt.

MNC wreeckOn June 1, 2016 at 3:55 PM the Oregon State Police- Springfield Troopers were dispatched to motorcycle versus pickup crash. While en route to the crash, troopers learned the operator of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed 2015 Yamaha was being driven by Mr. Brady A. Williams (age 18 from Eugene). Mr. Williams was traveling eastbound on McKenzie Highway (HWY 242) near milepost 56).

River cleanupThe McKenzie River Guides Association, McKenzie Watershed Council, and the McKenzie Flyfishers are looking for volunteers to join them for a fun-filled annual family event - the McKenzie River Cleanup. People who stay after the cleanup can enjoy food, prizes, and more.

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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.