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Summer forecasts are very low

Steelhead release

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facing some of the lowest steelhead returns on record, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has already curtailed steelhead fishing seasons throughout the Columbia River basin by adopting rolling season closures, reduced bag limits, and a night angling closure for all species.
Additionally, ODFW is asking anglers to further help the region’s steelhead by taking more care when the fish are out of the water.
“Positive voluntary efforts may reduce the necessity for future mandatory regulations,” said Tucker Jones, ODFW’s manager of Ocean Salmon and Columbia River fisheries. “If a person happens to intercept a wild steelhead, or any steelhead during a retention closure period for that matter, it is imperative that they do their utmost to ensure its survival by using best handling practices.”

EWEB project to begin July 15

Leaburg Forest map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEABURG: Area residents will gain a look at sustainable forestry next week. The Eugene Water & Electric Board has contracted with Trout Mountain Forestry to create a Stewardship Plan for the Leaburg Forest. As part of its Healthy Forests Clean Water Program, EWEB plans to actively manage 60 acres of the 900-acre property. The project was designed to demonstrate best forest management practices to protect water quality and improve forest health. Work will include protection of sensitive habitat areas, tree thinning and replanting for diversity, and the removal of invasive plants.

mona bell-snake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Finn J.D. John
In the summer of 1936, when Edith Mona Bell Hill moved into her cozy hunting cabin on the shore of Dunbar Lake in north-central Minnesota, the neighbors didn’t really know what to make of her.
In fact, they didn’t really know who she was — although she’d owned and occasionally visited the cabin off and on for a decade or so. It was said that she was a distant relative of railroad baron James J. Hill. She certainly had money; although she dressed very simply, she drove a great expensive beast of a luxury car.

RAINBOW: West King Road will be closed from July 24th to July 30th during the Belknap Covered Bridge rehabilitation construction project, which will include a new roof. There will also be bridge work before and after the week of July 24th, with traffic controlled by flaggers.   
The West King Road closure are extends from milepost 0.000 to milepost 0.078. The road and bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. on Monday, July 24th, until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 30th.

This Saturday, July 8th,  is the day for the 2017 Annual McKenzie River Clean Up. There are still a few spot open and it is not too late to register. Below is the current list of assignments. Supplies can be picked up prior to the event if desired at the Council office located at 442 A Street in Springfield. Please call before coming to the office to pick up supplies to ensure there is staff present.  Call 458-201-8150 for any questions.

Boat Routes:

Joshua Montez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report on July 1st at 1:27 am that someone had been shot at the Mona Campground in Blue River.  Deputies responded to the area along with medics.

Doug Dunbar Scholarship Awarded to Matthew Brownlee

Doug pic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contract negotiations for hatchery operations in Oregon are going into overtime. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will extend its cooperative agreements with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for up to 120 days, as the agencies continue negotiating contracts for the Corps’ fish hatchery services in the Columbia, Willamette and Rogue river basins. The current agreements, entered into in 2012, expire June 30, 2017.

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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.