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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                                          

Bird carvingMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Once again, the staff of the McKenzie River Ranger District will be raising funds for a scholarship fund honoring fallen firefighters. Doug Dunbar and 13 other crew members were killed in a tragic fire in Colorado 21 years ago. Doug was a McKenzie High School graduate and the son of Sandy Dunbar and former McKenzie District Ranger, Randy Dunbar.
The scholarship is awarded each year to a college bound senior at the McKenzie High. Doug was fighting fires to help pay his way through college.

 

 

 

 

By Cliff Richardson, Photos by Katelyn Caulley

 

McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

Greenhorn jailBy Finn J.D. John

One clear June morning in 1963, early risers in the historic Blue Mountains town of Canyon City were startled to see that there had been an unscheduled addition to the Grant County Courthouse the previous night.
Sitting there in front of the courthouse was a jail. It was a ramshackle blockhouse jail, small and square, its roof half collapsed but its thick walls of interlocking planks still as stout as they’d been when it was first built.
It was quickly recognized. The jail was a familiar one to many Canyon City residents, deer hunters in particular. It was the old municipal jail from the nearby ghost town of Greenhorn City.

Stressed firBy Mary Stewart
Many Oregonians have noticed widespread damage in landscape and forest trees this spring – and weather may be the culprit.
“Browning or dieback is often caused by weather-related stress, sometimes in combination with pests and diseases,” said Glenn Ahrens, a forester with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. Douglas-fir trees are the most common victims, he said, but stress due to weather is affecting many tree species and a variety of problems are showing up.
On some Douglas-firs, branches and tops are turning red or brown. Sometimes the entire tree dies. Older trees typically have milder symptoms.
“This sudden mortality or ‘flaring out’ of branches and tops is a classic symptom of drought in conifers,” Ahrens explained.

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