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Track girlsBy Cliff Richardson
FINN ROCK: Everyone going in understood the strength of the Triangle Lake Boys and Girls Track and Field teams. The Lakers held true to form, winning both the Boys and Girls Team First Place Trophies, last Saturday, May 16th.
The 1A Special District 5 Championship Track Meet was held at the exceptional Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track venue. The McKenzie Community Track Committee and its dedicated volunteers pulled off another outstanding event.

 

Tamolitch FallsMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Linn County deputies are investigating the death of a Bend area man near Tamolitch Falls, off of Highway 126 near the Trail Bridge Reservoir.

Planning meetingFINN ROCK: “Our job as a community and as a school is to make sure every student has an opportunity to be the best they can be,” were the words superintendent Jim Thomas used to open a public meeting at the McKenzie Elementary School’s pagoda building last Wednesday night. “We cannot short change them in terms of academics, social skills or the work ethic they need to have to be successful in whatever field they choose to go into,” he added.

During the 2-1/2 hour session parents, teachers and administrators broke up into small groups that worked on topics ranging from expanding vocational training to ways of  improving communications with the community.

 

Atop Hwy. 242The year 2014 was the hottest on Earth in 134 years of record-keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, continuing a pattern of global warming that is attributed primarily to rising levels of greenhouse gases.
Oregon was not exempt from the warming and logged the second hottest year since records were kept beginning in 1895, according to researchers with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University.

 

Trail crewThe Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) will again offer summer employment positions at the McKenzie River and Middle Fork ranger districts. Applicants should have been born between August 21st, 1997 and June 15th, 2000.
YCC employees will work on public lands and have the opportunity to learn about and develop an appreciation of the natural environment while earning a wage. The emphasis is on hands-on learning; tasks may include building bridges, pulling invasive weeds, conducting wildlife surveys, collecting trash, trail maintenance, wildlife habitat enhancement and repairing fences.

 

Leaburg DamLEABURG: Problem's continued today at the Eugene Water & Electric Board's Leaburg Dam.
Due to the breakdown of a crane on the structure, the road across the Leaburg Dam is closed. EWEB personnel were driving pilot vehicles to escort passenger cars and trucks through the private logging roads accessed by Goodpasture Road starting at approximately 4:30 p.m. today.
According to McKenzie Fire & Rescue, flaggers on the Highway 126 side of the dam will direct vehicles to a location on Goodpasture Road. The pilot vehicles will then escort passenger vehicles on the private roads to the Leaburg Dam.

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LEABURG: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  allowed EWEB to refill Leaburg Lake with no ramping restrictions. It was at 742 feet of elevation above sea level by about 8 p.m. 0n Wednesday night. Roll gates 2 and 3 are now back in operation. Calibrations and training were on the agenda this week at Leaburg Dam as the Eugene Water & Electric Board moved forward to bring the hydroelectric generating facility back on line. Utility spokesman Joe Harwood said the schedule called for dam operators to familiarize themselves with the new motor and gearbox that began “wet testing” last week in anticipation of refilling the reservoir soon.

Leaburg DamLEABURG: $3 million in successful repair work at Leaburg Dam was completed this week. Following more testing, the Eugene Water & Electric Board plans to refill the lake behind the dam soon. One of the structure’s three circular roll gates broke in 2012. A second failed last month.

 

 

Mark HatfieldThe Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon’s Mark Hatfield
A feature-length documentary film highlighting the life and legacy of the late Governor and United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield will be aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) on Monday, January 19th, from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The film, The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon’s Mark Hatfield, uses extensive interviews with former staff and Senate colleagues of Hatfield to tell the story of his public service career.

 

 

Fish truck wreckOn January 7, Oregon State Police troopers cited Ray C. Lewis, 45, of Umpqua Oregon, for the crimes of DUII-alcohol, and Reckless Driving into Lane County Circuit Court. At approximately 2:50 p.m. on December 30th, a westbound Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) fish delivery tanker driving on highway 126E was loaded with 11,000 Chinook salmon smolts and water and headed to the Row River near Cottage Grove where they were to be released. The fish were being transferred as a result of low water concerns at McKenzie Hatchery caused by floodgate malfunctions at Leaburg Dam, which provides water to the hatchery.

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