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Inside bridgeReprinted from the August 28, 2013, Douglas County News
By Ted Romus

MYRTLE CREEK: The 3rd Annual Dinner on the Horse Creek Covered Bridge was held last Saturday evening in Myrtle Creek to another sold out crowd of 90 people, the maximum capacity for the historic bridge originally built in 1930 to span Horse Creek in the vicinity of McKenzie Bridge in Lane County.

 

 

'37 ChevyOrganizers of this year’s McKenzie Art Festival report it was a big success. According to the Emerald Art Center, “This festival had the best turn-out to this date and will continue to grow every year.

Chainsaw sculptor Kevin StrauslinA Northwest Rendezvous in Blue River? The three-day McKenzie River Chainsaw Festival certainly fit the bill – filling the air with the sound of racing two stroke saw engines and plenty of chips and sawdust.
For Randy Gauthier of Moberly Lake, British Columbia, it almost didn’t happen. The single parent father is new to the trade. After working for 23 years as a dangerous tree faller he began carving only six months ago, deciding he had to find a better way to spend some time with his son.

 

Juvenile salmon“Spatial diversity” in the first year of life can protect an entire salmon species from the effects of large-scale forces such as climate change and the operation of hydroelectric dams, according to a new NOAA Fisheries research article published last week.
The researchers liken species’ prospects to that of financial investment portfolios, which balance risk.

Motorhome wreckA Eugene-area woman is facing multiple charges after a stalled motorhome she was operating on Sunday evening rolled down an embankment as some of its occupants were trying to push it off Highway 126 east of Vida. The vehicle flipped on its top, injuring at least four people.
The accident occurred on August 4th at approximately 7:00 p.m., when Oregon State Police (OSP) received a report of a possible DUII driver operating an older model motorhome traveling along the highway near Nimrod.

USFS Road 15Closure on Forest Service Road 15 begins Monday.

Road 15, also known as Blue River Reservoir Road, will be closed to thru traffic at milepost 8 beginning on Monday, August 12th, due to road work. The closure could last up to 30 days, however, thru travel may be available on evenings and weekends to help meet the needs of recreationists. The closure will be just east of the intersection of Forest Service Road 15 with Forest Service Road 1513 (Quentin Creek Road). Visitors will still have access to sites on either side of the closure, but no thru traffic will be allowed during construction activities.

 

 

South SisterA new report by scientists at Oregon State University projects that by the middle of this century there will be an average 56 percent drop in the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed - and that similar impacts may be found on low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world. The findings are based on a projected 3.6 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase. It details special risks facing many low-elevation, mountainous regions where snow often falls near the freezing point. In such areas, changing from snow to rain only requires a very modest rise in temperature.

Lane Electric service mapThe Eugene Water & Electric Board and Lane Electric Cooperative are exploring a possible service territory transfer of EWEB’s McKenzie River Valley territory to Lane Electric.
Representatives of the Eugene-based public utilities have been in preliminary discussions about a potential service territory transfer for several months.

 

Image shows Lane Electric's current service area.

 

Paraglider crashA Springfield-area man was seriously injured Sunday morning when the paraglider he was operating lost power after taking off and crashed to the ground in the Santiam Pass area.

Road closure mapOver the next few weeks, access to some recreation sites along Auferderheide Drive will be impacted by construction work.

BLUE RIVER: The scenic byway known as Aufderheide Drive (USFS Road 19), that connects Blue River and Westfir, will be closed to through traffic for several days due to road work. The intermittent closures are scheduled to allow people to access popular sites on the weekends.

 

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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.