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Willamette Basin mapThe Bureau of Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region will partner with the Oregon Water Resources Department to develop a “Plan of Study” for the Willamette River Basin Study aimed at finding collaborative solutions to future water needs in Oregon.
The basin study is jointly funded by the state and supported under Reclamation’s WaterSMART Basin Study program. For the plan of study, OWRD and Reclamation will equally share $50,000 toward the $100,000 study effort.
The Willamette River Basin supports approximately 75 percent of Oregon’s population and is the fastest growing area in the state. The WRB is about 180 miles long and 100 miles wide and encompasses 11,478 square miles - including 2,950,997 acres in Lane County.

Fly fishingPhoto by Shana Jewell. A popular flyfishing spot lies just downstream from the Goodpasture covered bridge.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is gearing up for one of the region’s most popular outdoor activities – Free Fishing Weekend, which will take place this year on June 1st and 2nd. On these two days, ODFW will waive all fees associated with recreational fishing, clamming and crabbing throughout the state.

 

Snowbank on Hwy. 242By Ayleen Crotty

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Follow the path of an 1860s wagon route and get ready to climb. The Old McKenzie Pass is a special region of Oregon that, due to extreme snowfall and narrow winding climbs, is only open a few months out of the year. At the beginning of the season, ODOT plows the road and opens it exclusively for non-motorized traffic. The smooth, clear pass is now available to bikers likely until June 16th – so get out there while you can.

By George A. Letchworth

Filming on Hwy. 242Laura Crawford and Russ Roca of The Path Less Pedaled filming Kristin and Jake as they descend the two switchbacks on Dead Horse Grade.

MCKENZIE PASS: On Friday, May 17th, a video crew of Laura and Russ along with cycling “stars” Kristin and Jake filmed a “romantic” bicycle ride on the McKenzie Pass from Sisters to Belknap Hot Springs Lodge.
The video is the second one in a series sponsored by the Oregon Tourism Commission.

What do you know about candidates for the McKenzie School board?

Voting imageFINN ROCK: People had an opportunity last Thursday to match faces with names that appear on the May 21st ballot, during a candidates forum for three contested seats on the McKenzie School Board.

There are seven candidates vying for the contested positions.

 

 

Rotary plow on Hwy. 242On April 24th, ODOT crews had cleared a single lane to the summit of the Old McKenzie Pass Highway - at the Dee Wright Observatory - from the east gate.  Two days later the East side access to Dee Wright was available to pedestrians and bicyclists only.

Grinning girlsMarissa and Erica McClintock, 5-year old twins from Coos Bay, OR, enjoy free pastries at the Cinco de Mayo party.  The McClintock family regularly vacations at Black Butte Ranch and says they “always stop at Ike’s” when traveling through the McKenzie River Valley.

The McKenzie River Lions Club had an all-day Cinco de Mayo fundraising party at Ike’s Pizza which was so successful that Ike’s was running out of food by the end of the evening.  Ike’s contributed 25% of the sales to the Lions, and the Lions again thank hosts Tom Burden and Debbie Strucker for their support.

 

 

Leaburg hatchery signLEABURG: After a decade of weathering, the signs at the entrance driveway to the Leaburg Hatchery had been taken down. The signs laminated butcher block teak panels were refinished. But now they could be bobbing down the river or hanging in someone’s hideaway.
Leaburg Trout Hatchery manager Erik Withalm says last Thursday night or Friday morning someone made off with them - a 3 foot by 4 foot sign and a smaller 1 foot by 4 foot panel.

 

 

 

 

 

Trash in forestPhoto Courtesy USFS
Trash piles in the woods are causing officials to consider clamping down on areas where dispersed camping will be allowed.

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Due to on-going damage to natural resources, the McKenzie River Ranger District is proposing expanding the camping restrictions near Cougar Reservoir and adding a new camping restriction adjacent to the lower McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. Officials say that in these locations, long-term campers have left large accumulations of garbage, food items, hazardous substances, improperly disposed of fecal waste, and damaged vegetation and soils. The new regulations would also prohibit campfires in these areas.

Truck wreckPhoto Courtesy OSP
The driver and a back seat passenger were seriously injured last Saturday when fence posts penetrated the windshield of a Chevy Suburban.

LEABURG: Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are con-tinuing the investigation into cause of a Saturday afternoon single vehicle injury accident that occurred on Highway 126 near Leaburg. Two people were transported to a Springfield hos-pital for treatment of injuries sustained after large pieces of wood from a fence penetrated the windshield and struck both men.

 

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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.