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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.

 

By Pete Petty

Track groundbreakingPhoto by West Coast Action Photos
Taking part in the ground breaking ceremony were Becky Jones, Marie Jones, Jody Jones, Jeff Sherman, and Faye Stewart.

BLUE RIVER: A wonderful day of celebration last Friday at the McKenzie Community Track and Field featured a ground breaking for the multi-purpose building that will be constructed at the track.

 

 

Book cover for Ellie's LogA newly published children’s book offers insights into the processes being studied at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.

The Oregon State University Press, which was founded more than 50 years ago, is publishing its first book aimed at children.
“Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell” continues the press’ tradition of publications about Pacific Northwest forests and natural history. But this seven-chapter book is aimed at eight- to 12-year-olds.

LEED awardJon Price, Contracting Officer Representative, and Terry Baker, McKenzie River District Ranger, in the general meeting room of the Ranger District

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The McKenzie River Ranger Station has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is a program that provides a third party verification of green buildings and rates them on a scale from Certified, Silver, Gold to Platinum. The Ranger Station scored 59 points, one point below Gold.

“We are very proud to have a certified green building,” said Terry Baker, McKenzie River District Ranger. “Not only is it energy efficient, but it is composed of Northwest products, built by Northwest labor.”

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