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Ranger district lobbyMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Visitors seeking information on hiking trails and other recreational opportunities won’t find it at their usual connection point this summer.

McKenzie River Golf CourseDEERHORN: Over three dozen comments on a proposal to convert the 9-hole McKenzie River Golf Course into a subdivision were filed with the Lane County by the February 24th deadline. That caused agent Larry Reed, who represents subdivision applicants Rod and Sara Omlid,  to request the file be frozen for 53 days in order for him to respond.

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Floating fish collectorBLUE RIVER: A $5 million floating fish collector is on its shakedown cruise behind Cougar Dam. But don’t expect the experimental craft to travel too far. The hull is being moored vertically to the reservoir bottom in four places, and anchored horizontally by cables extending to the dam face and adjacent hills.

Clear Lake LodgeCLEAR LAKE: Linn County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an experienced scuba diver found in the waters of Clear Lake on Sunday. Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a drowning that occurred on March 2nd. At 12:23 p.m. the sheriff’s office received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a group of three men had been scuba diving and one did not surface.

Olallie TrailLEABURG: A newly recognized challenge to experienced riders has been added to attractions that can be promoted to mountain bikers. That was the message Randy Dreiling had when the McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce met last week at Ike’s Pizza. Dreiling, the groups executive director, said he hopes the Olallie Loop Trail will, “Not only  relieve pressure on the McKenzie River Trail but also get people to stay here longer.” In addition to Ollalie, Dreiling said there are four other back country routes that riders need to learn are also available.

 

 

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.

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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.