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YCC crewRanger districts looking for workers
Young men or women born between August 8th, 1996, and June 16th, 1999 are eligible for summer employment with the Forest Service. The McKenzie River and Middle Fork ranger districts have openings for summer  employment  under  the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).
Applications will be accepted from January 10th through February 14th, 2014.

Saber-tooth salmonOregon fossil being recreated in library lab
How do you recreate a create not seen in millions of years? University of Oregon paleontologist Edward Davis and librarian Dean Walton are creating a three-dimensional printout of a rare saber-toothed salmon fossil using a special printer housed at the Science Library.
Using a CT scan of the fossil as a digital model, the printer is generating a 3-D replica by melting layers of plastic and stacking them atop one another until the object is formed. After 70 hours of printing, the first piece of the printout — part of the lower jaw — was completed on December 20th. Three additional pieces will print in the coming weeks.

 

Journalism classBack to the future
Looking to the future as well as the past is a good way of explaining this year’s strategy at McKenzie River Reflections. Helping flesh out those viewpoints are two classes at the University of Oregon.
The Journalism Department’s strategic communication class, made up of upperclass and graduate students, will use standard research tools to both examine the way this newspaper  uses different platforms to reach our audience, as well as creating solutions that will help us improve.

 

Lookout Creek areaA project aimed at eradicating or containing noxious weeds on the Willamette National Forest is up for consideration. Officials say they need to use herbicides because manual control hasn’t been effective in stopping them from spreading further along five stream corridors. If any seeds are missed, they float downstream during winter flood events, resulting in the colonization of formerly pristine habitats.
In 2006 the Middle Fork Ranger District planned to treat knotweed with limited herbicides along the North and Middle Fork of the Willamette Rivers using stem injection and backpack sprayers. Although the plan for treatment of plants adjacent to perennial water had a life of five years, it expired in 2011.

Santa LettersWhat did students at Walterville & McKenzie Elementary Schools say?

Read Santa’s mail and find out!


These letters to Santa are from this year’s first graders at Walterville Elementary School

 

 

Invasive weedsAquatic invasive species prevention permits for paddlers expire December 31st and the Oregon Marine Board has several purchasing options that are perfect to take advantage of when the weather is less-than desirable. They can be purchased through the Marine Board’s online storefront. An annual or two-year Tyvek tag costs a flat, $5 or $10, and there is no online processing fee. Out-of-state permits for trailered motorboats are also available for online for $20.

 

 

Cedric HaydenA dentist and a former mayor have filed for the Oregon State House of Representatives seat that Bruce Hanna will be vacating next year. Cedric Hayden, of Fall Creek, is a licensed dentist, business owner, and heavy equipment contractor. Gary Williams served as mayor of Cottage Grove and has been a local small business owner and operator for over 35 years.

UPDATE ON STATE HIGHWAYS IN LANE, LINN, BENTON, LINCOLN AND POLK COUNTIES

Snow plowsThe Monday morning commute in Lane, Linn and Benton counties promises to be less adventurous than Friday morning's but it will still demand reduced speed and cautious driving despite the 24 hour plowing and sanding schedule of the Oregon Department of Transportation.
While Interstate 5 has been restored to bare pavement, patches of ice and snow pack will be encountered by motorists traveling all secondary highway Monday morning, including OR 34, US 20, OR 126, OR 99W and OR 58.

 

Special Weather Statement for Cascades In Lane County

Nat'l Weather Service

 

Issued by The National Weather Service, Portland OR: ... INCREASING THREAT OF SNOW THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY...

Family with treeLEABURG: The Spring Creek Holly Farm will continue it’s Give Back to Schools program for the 2013 holiday season. The idea originated in 2010 when the farm partnered with area residents to raise money for local schools. Through the program, 50 percent of the retail price of each tree sold is donated to a school a purchaser designates.
In its first year the Give Back To Schools program raised $2,500 for 38 schools. Last year that number increased to over $6,300, while 48 local schools benefiting. The top five school recipients were: Walterville School - $806, Ridgeview Elementary - $772, Thurston Elementary - $714, McKenzie High School - $654, and Charlemagne At Fox Hollow Elementary School - $386.

 

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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.