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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.

 

Gruning display caseBLUE RIVER: Know how many artifacts are on display at the U.S. Cavalry and American Indian Museum? You’re probably guessing because even the owners are boggled at the thought of trying to inventory them all. “Thousands” will have to suffice.
Displays inside the 5,000 square foot building cover the themes that have made lifetime collectors out of Ron and Coho Miner. Her interpretations of Indian life are on the left and Ron’s military focus is showcased to the right.

Plan to rebuild a Gateway Arch

Gateway ArchSPRINGFIELD:  Backers of a group that wants to bring back the “Gateway Arch” launched a Kickstarter appeal Thursday night to get the project off the ground. The newly formed “Friends of the Springfield Arch” is asking for $2,500 to complete a 5-foot wide scale model by August 15th that would be displayed at various summer festivals and civic sites to familiarize the public with their plans.

 

 

Long jumpBLUE RIVER: Two “All Comers Meets” are coming to the McKenzie Community Track & Field on consecutive Mondays - July 1st, and 8th, both at 6 p.m. The public is invited to test their skill for a long or high jump or how far they can throw.

Wayne ChevalierForty-four percent of the land on the McKenzie River Ranger District is designated Wilderness. Within those areas power tools are prohibited. How to keep 260 miles of trails clear of fallen trees? Reach for a cross-cut saw.

Fire prevention posterMcKenzie High’s Jonathan Mahody and Sydney King are being featured on posters promoting fire safety and prevention.

As you travel around the McKenzie Bridge community, keep an eye out for the new green and blue posters with Smokey and two local high school students. These posters are part of the McKenzie River Ranger District’s “Smokey and the Eagles” program that rewards outstanding student athletes while highlighting the importance of fire prevention practices. Each year, two students who demonstrate a high level of community and athletic involvement, as well as hold a high grade point average, are selected to appear in the posters.

 

Tree blocking riverMCKENZIE BRIDGE: The Oregon State Marine Board warned last Thursday that a big tree was completely blocking the McKenzie River approximately 1/4 mile downstream of the Paradise Boat Ramp. Early reports that it had been felled into the river didn’t pan out when investigated by the Lane County Marine Patrol.

 

 

Hwy. 126/20 accidentPhoto Courtesy OSP
A Ford Explorer wound up in the lava as the result of a late night wreck near the junction of Hwy. 20 and 126 last Saturday.

SANTIAM PASS: A Bandon area man is facing multiple charges following an alcohol-involved serious injury single vehicle crash that occurred overnight at the Santiam Pass junction of Highway 126 and Highway 20. The man and his 5-year old son received non-life threatening injuries for which they are being treated at a Bend hospital.

 

 

Share road signHighway crews have installed signs reminding motorists that cyclists have become more a part of the traffic mix on Hwy. 242.

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The Old McKenzie Pass, which has been open to pedestrians and bicyclists - from milepost 8 to 28 - will officially open to all traffic at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 16th. That’s about a week earlier than last year, when it reopened on June 21st.

The route annually closes due to winter snows. On May 1st, the route had been opened up for non-motoring traffic.
The Oregon Dept. of Transportation closed the highway for the winter on November 14th. This year’s reopening is over one month ahead of the latest ever, which occurred back on July 29th of 1999.

Willamette Basin mapThe Bureau of Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region will partner with the Oregon Water Resources Department to develop a “Plan of Study” for the Willamette River Basin Study aimed at finding collaborative solutions to future water needs in Oregon.
The basin study is jointly funded by the state and supported under Reclamation’s WaterSMART Basin Study program. For the plan of study, OWRD and Reclamation will equally share $50,000 toward the $100,000 study effort.
The Willamette River Basin supports approximately 75 percent of Oregon’s population and is the fastest growing area in the state. The WRB is about 180 miles long and 100 miles wide and encompasses 11,478 square miles - including 2,950,997 acres in Lane County.

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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.