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Subdivision mapDEERHORN: The end of a fifty-year tradition of teeing off within sight of their residences might be in play for homeowners along Madrone Street. When brothers Kenneth, Lloyd and Earl Omlid developed the McKenzie River Golf Course in 1961, they also created a number of 1/3 to 3/4 acre home lots that sold well.

 

 

 

Book coverWant to win a McKenzie history book?

Go to: http://alturl.com/xryri & fill out a short form. Then take a screen shot of your completed survey & send it to: rivref@aol.com. You'll be entered into a raffle to win a copy of our upcoming book - “Weir are we? Hatchery fish of the McKenzie.”  Portions of the book will contain first-person interviews from articles published & preserved in our archives. The deadline is 2/22/14.

 

 

How does Reflections interact with people?

You can help us find out by going to our survey & filling out a short form.

 

The info will be tabulated by University of Oregon students who are working with us to understand & improve the way we serve people interested in the McKenzie River community.

 

 

 

Mobile dental clinicA nonprofit mobile dental clinic would like to come to the Blue River area in April. The “Caring Hand to Mouth” clinic will provide free dental care to low-income local residents. The main services offered will be extractions, fillings, and cleanings.
The clinic operates in a specially equipped truck, and is staffed by dental professionals.

 

Measuring depthOregon chub are small floodplain minnows that live in sloughs, swamps, beaver ponds, and low-gradient tributaries. Researchers report those off-channel habitats were dramatically reduced by the construction of Willamette River flood control dams, channelization of the river for navigation, and draining wetlands for agriculture and development.

RunnersUser fees are being questioned
FINN ROCK: “We built the track for three main reason - for the school to use, for the community, and hopefully to do some things for economic development,” says George Letchworth, president of the governing board of the McKenzie Community Track & Field. Since its start in 2003 the group has constructed an eight-lane track with a Beynon surface, a discus ring and javelin runway, long and triple jumps, plus a pole vault and two shot put sectors on just under 20 acres.

 

Cedar Creek mapChanges would open up waterways
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for public input on a draft feasibility study - along with an environmental assessment - for ecosystem restoration projects in the Cedar Creek watershed.
Officials say the increased pressures from development over the last 150 years have included draining wetlands, increased erosion, hardening of channel banks, and the introduction of non-native species as the area became urbanized.

YCC crewRanger districts looking for workers
Young men or women born between August 8th, 1996, and June 16th, 1999 are eligible for summer employment with the Forest Service. The McKenzie River and Middle Fork ranger districts have openings for summer  employment  under  the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).
Applications will be accepted from January 10th through February 14th, 2014.

Saber-tooth salmonOregon fossil being recreated in library lab
How do you recreate a create not seen in millions of years? University of Oregon paleontologist Edward Davis and librarian Dean Walton are creating a three-dimensional printout of a rare saber-toothed salmon fossil using a special printer housed at the Science Library.
Using a CT scan of the fossil as a digital model, the printer is generating a 3-D replica by melting layers of plastic and stacking them atop one another until the object is formed. After 70 hours of printing, the first piece of the printout — part of the lower jaw — was completed on December 20th. Three additional pieces will print in the coming weeks.

 

Journalism classBack to the future
Looking to the future as well as the past is a good way of explaining this year’s strategy at McKenzie River Reflections. Helping flesh out those viewpoints are two classes at the University of Oregon.
The Journalism Department’s strategic communication class, made up of upperclass and graduate students, will use standard research tools to both examine the way this newspaper  uses different platforms to reach our audience, as well as creating solutions that will help us improve.

 

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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.