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Skiers at Hoodoo BowlSANTIAM PASS: If the early plans of investors had panned out skiers could be making runs down Three Fingered Jack. When funding for a new road didn’t materialize, Bend businessman Ed Thurston constructed the Hoodoo Ski Bowl near the summit of the Santiam Pass in 1938. Before that he’d pioneered winter outings by operating a rope tow at White Branch in McKenzie Bridge.

McKenzie River electrofishing counts in 2010

Volunteers were busy along a five-mile stretch of the McKenzie River in 2010, using an electrofishing boat to count fish from Hendricks Bridge to Bellinger Landing.

SPRINGFIELD: The Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife stocks more hatchery rainbow trout into the McKenzie River than into any other stream in Oregon (amounting to more than 131,000 trout in 2010).

Office at Spring Creek Holly Farm

Marilyn Janz has been a familiar face for people shopping at the Spring Creek Holly Farm’s office in Leaburg.

LEABURG: The third season of the Give Back To Schools program will begin the day after Thanksgiving at the Spring Creek Holly Farm.

 

Snow on Augusta Creek

Cooler temperatures last weekend brought a white coating to the foothills of the Cascades, like this scene on Augusta Creek above Cougar Reservoir.

One of the annual indications that winter is beginning was reached last Thursday when the Oregon Dept. of Transportation closed the Old McKenzie Pass for the winter. Another, the opening of the Hoodoo Recreation Area for their 75th anniversary of operations may not make it for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Tuesday morning the snow base level was around 7.5 inches, which isn’t enough to open the slopes.

 

Leaburg invitation dinner

LEABURG: A new “restaurant” opened Sunday, featuring the culinary talents of Chef Carl Olson (formerly of the Holiday Farm Resort). A roomful of people enjoyed a salmon dinner, flavored throughout, from salad to dessert, with products from Walterville’s McKenzie River Lavender Farm.This eatery appeared in the 1910 historic house just west of the Ken Scott River Run Gallery in Leaburg. Scott is the owner of several buildings fronting a portion of the McKenzie Highway, as well as the back gardens, and has suggested the complex be recreated as the “McKenzie Cultural Center.”

 

 

“Every 15 minutes” earns

Community Service Awards

Every 15 Minutes awards

Members of the Sheriff’s Office, along with people who put together and participated in the anti-drunk driving program called Every 15 Minutes, were honored last Wednesday at the First Annual Community Service Awards Breakfast put on by Serenity Lane Health Services.

Goodpasture covered bridge

closure notice

Covered bridge to close at night

The first night closure is scheduled from 8 p.m. on Friday, November 2, to 5 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012.
A second next night closure will occur from 8 p.m. on Friday, November 9, to 5 a.m. Saturday, November 10.

Scaffolding has been installed - as well as nets to catch debris during construction.

 

 

Elk hunters may see tribal

deer hunters in the fields

Elk in fieldOregon State Police and the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife are reminding elk hunters that they may see tribal deer hunters in the field during the Cascade elk season, which began on Saturday, October 13th.

Clubhouse becomes "Walter Wilson Hall"

Walter Wilson HallVIDA: Just a dozen years ago, the future of the McKenzie River Club and the building it met in seemed bleak. The club’s membership and attendance were in decline and so was the structure on a hill above Thomson Lane.

Row crops at Berggren Demo FarmCAMP CREEK: A agricultural commodity, with the potential to rival the current value of Oregon’s lucrative wine industry could soon take root locally. This year, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has awarded $1.49 million in federal funds to 22 diverse projects, including establishing a demonstration three-acre truffle orchard at the Berggren Demonstration Farm.
Photo courtesy Cascade Pacific
Current crops crops at the Berggren Farm range from salad green to beans as well as herbs and root crops.

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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.