What's New

Big Hoodoo mapSANTIAM PASS: A McKenzie River Ranger District project to improve forest conditions and reduce hazardous fuels in the Hoodoo-Big Lake area calls for salvaging dead lodgepole pine and commercial thinning on approximately 2,100 acres in the Santiam Pass area. The Big Hoodoo Project is located in an area south of Hwy 20, in and around the Hoodoo Ski Area and Big Lake.

Fall burns planned near Box Canyon

Chucksney Meadows burnThis fall, the McKenzie River and Middle Fork Ranger Districts will conduct prescribed burns designed to restore and maintain meadows near Box Canyon, located at milepost 31 on U.S. Forest Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive.) Because the timing of the burns is weather dependent, the burns will take place sometime between late September and late October.

From this week's "Echoes from the Past"

special edition

By John Russell Gustafson

Photo of BF RussellMemories about life in the McKenzie River Valley run deep in the Russell family. When I was a small boy, I spent many Sundays playing cribbage and listening to the stories about the old days on the McKenzie from my granddad, Fred Russell, and the rest of the family. There were stories about Blue River, Finn Rock, Martin’s Rapids, the swinging bridge to Thomson’s Lodge and the family home on Deerhorn Road across the river from Walterville near Taylor’s Landing. In the early 1900s, my mother and several aunts and uncles were born there.

Map of Blue River Saddle Dam

BLUE RIVER: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to install a gate across the Saddle Dam Boat Launch at Blue River Reservoir. Installation work will close the launch ramp from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, from September 4th to 6th. In addition, the gate will be closed annually from October 15th to March 1st, when low water levels make the ramp unusable by most boats.

McKenzie River Fish Recovery Improvement ProgramProject to improve McKenzie River fish recovery

BLUE RIVER: Salmon are now checking in at a truck stop after making their way from the Pacific Ocean to the South Fork of the McKenzie River. In the past they only got as far as the base of Cougar Dam, a 400 foot tall barrier between them and the high quality spawning habitat above it.

High heat map for OregonBy Brian Edwards, Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather.com reports a brief bout of record-smashing heat is set to ascend on the Pacific Northwest Thursday and Friday before a slight cooldown this weekend.

Seattle did not reach the 90-degree mark once during the summer of 2011, and they've already had two 90-degree-plus days this August.

McKenzie Fire's proposed Leaburg Station

LEABURG: Since forming over 50 years ago as the Thurston-Walterville Rural Fire Protection District, McKenzie Fire & Rescue has increased its area of coverage. The original fire station was constructed at the junction of Millican Road and the McKenzie Highway with volunteer labor and donated materials in 1959. Two years later the district purchased its first fire truck.

Girl in beaver coat

By Margaret Beilharz

Last Tuesday, July 24th, Ben Mackenzie, the 4th generation descendant of Donald Mackenzie, arrived with his wife and their son John’s family to be a key part of the McKenzie Summer Festival in Leaburg on Saturday. On Saturday, the McKenzie River Bicentennial’s Mobile Museum provided a place for the Mackenzie family to share stories of their famous forefather with the public at the Festival.

Walterville Pond, McKenzie River, OregonA health advisory was issued on Friday, July 27th due to high levels of blue-green algae in the Walterville Pond, located five miles east of Springfield off Hwy. 126, approximately a half mile east of the town of Walterville. Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely to be associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Electric charging station

RAINBOW: Owners of electric vehicles scheduling excursions away from home can now include Harbick’s Country Store in the plans, thanks to a newly installed electric charging station.

The apparatus was part of a $2 million agreement between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation that calls for the installation of 20 new electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging stations as an extension of the three state network that comprises the West Coast Electric Highway system.

In an announcement a year ago, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Northwest Oregon said, “These new electric vehicle charging stations will help us meet President Obama’s goal of reducing our reliance on fossil fuels,” adding that, “They will also help us protect Oregon’s environment by reducing emissions.”

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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.