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USFS Road 15Closure on Forest Service Road 15 begins Monday.

Road 15, also known as Blue River Reservoir Road, will be closed to thru traffic at milepost 8 beginning on Monday, August 12th, due to road work. The closure could last up to 30 days, however, thru travel may be available on evenings and weekends to help meet the needs of recreationists. The closure will be just east of the intersection of Forest Service Road 15 with Forest Service Road 1513 (Quentin Creek Road). Visitors will still have access to sites on either side of the closure, but no thru traffic will be allowed during construction activities.

 

 

South SisterA new report by scientists at Oregon State University projects that by the middle of this century there will be an average 56 percent drop in the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed - and that similar impacts may be found on low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world. The findings are based on a projected 3.6 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase. It details special risks facing many low-elevation, mountainous regions where snow often falls near the freezing point. In such areas, changing from snow to rain only requires a very modest rise in temperature.

Lane Electric service mapThe Eugene Water & Electric Board and Lane Electric Cooperative are exploring a possible service territory transfer of EWEB’s McKenzie River Valley territory to Lane Electric.
Representatives of the Eugene-based public utilities have been in preliminary discussions about a potential service territory transfer for several months.

 

Image shows Lane Electric's current service area.

 

Paraglider crashA Springfield-area man was seriously injured Sunday morning when the paraglider he was operating lost power after taking off and crashed to the ground in the Santiam Pass area.

Road closure mapOver the next few weeks, access to some recreation sites along Auferderheide Drive will be impacted by construction work.

BLUE RIVER: The scenic byway known as Aufderheide Drive (USFS Road 19), that connects Blue River and Westfir, will be closed to through traffic for several days due to road work. The intermittent closures are scheduled to allow people to access popular sites on the weekends.

 

Gruning display caseBLUE RIVER: Know how many artifacts are on display at the U.S. Cavalry and American Indian Museum? You’re probably guessing because even the owners are boggled at the thought of trying to inventory them all. “Thousands” will have to suffice.
Displays inside the 5,000 square foot building cover the themes that have made lifetime collectors out of Ron and Coho Miner. Her interpretations of Indian life are on the left and Ron’s military focus is showcased to the right.

Plan to rebuild a Gateway Arch

Gateway ArchSPRINGFIELD:  Backers of a group that wants to bring back the “Gateway Arch” launched a Kickstarter appeal Thursday night to get the project off the ground. The newly formed “Friends of the Springfield Arch” is asking for $2,500 to complete a 5-foot wide scale model by August 15th that would be displayed at various summer festivals and civic sites to familiarize the public with their plans.

 

 

Long jumpBLUE RIVER: Two “All Comers Meets” are coming to the McKenzie Community Track & Field on consecutive Mondays - July 1st, and 8th, both at 6 p.m. The public is invited to test their skill for a long or high jump or how far they can throw.

Wayne ChevalierForty-four percent of the land on the McKenzie River Ranger District is designated Wilderness. Within those areas power tools are prohibited. How to keep 260 miles of trails clear of fallen trees? Reach for a cross-cut saw.

Fire prevention posterMcKenzie High’s Jonathan Mahody and Sydney King are being featured on posters promoting fire safety and prevention.

As you travel around the McKenzie Bridge community, keep an eye out for the new green and blue posters with Smokey and two local high school students. These posters are part of the McKenzie River Ranger District’s “Smokey and the Eagles” program that rewards outstanding student athletes while highlighting the importance of fire prevention practices. Each year, two students who demonstrate a high level of community and athletic involvement, as well as hold a high grade point average, are selected to appear in the posters.

 

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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.