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Office at Spring Creek Holly Farm

Marilyn Janz has been a familiar face for people shopping at the Spring Creek Holly Farm’s office in Leaburg.

LEABURG: The third season of the Give Back To Schools program will begin the day after Thanksgiving at the Spring Creek Holly Farm.

 

Snow on Augusta Creek

Cooler temperatures last weekend brought a white coating to the foothills of the Cascades, like this scene on Augusta Creek above Cougar Reservoir.

One of the annual indications that winter is beginning was reached last Thursday when the Oregon Dept. of Transportation closed the Old McKenzie Pass for the winter. Another, the opening of the Hoodoo Recreation Area for their 75th anniversary of operations may not make it for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Tuesday morning the snow base level was around 7.5 inches, which isn’t enough to open the slopes.

 

Leaburg invitation dinner

LEABURG: A new “restaurant” opened Sunday, featuring the culinary talents of Chef Carl Olson (formerly of the Holiday Farm Resort). A roomful of people enjoyed a salmon dinner, flavored throughout, from salad to dessert, with products from Walterville’s McKenzie River Lavender Farm.This eatery appeared in the 1910 historic house just west of the Ken Scott River Run Gallery in Leaburg. Scott is the owner of several buildings fronting a portion of the McKenzie Highway, as well as the back gardens, and has suggested the complex be recreated as the “McKenzie Cultural Center.”

 

 

“Every 15 minutes” earns

Community Service Awards

Every 15 Minutes awards

Members of the Sheriff’s Office, along with people who put together and participated in the anti-drunk driving program called Every 15 Minutes, were honored last Wednesday at the First Annual Community Service Awards Breakfast put on by Serenity Lane Health Services.

Goodpasture covered bridge

closure notice

Covered bridge to close at night

The first night closure is scheduled from 8 p.m. on Friday, November 2, to 5 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012.
A second next night closure will occur from 8 p.m. on Friday, November 9, to 5 a.m. Saturday, November 10.

Scaffolding has been installed - as well as nets to catch debris during construction.

 

 

Elk hunters may see tribal

deer hunters in the fields

Elk in fieldOregon State Police and the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife are reminding elk hunters that they may see tribal deer hunters in the field during the Cascade elk season, which began on Saturday, October 13th.

Clubhouse becomes "Walter Wilson Hall"

Walter Wilson HallVIDA: Just a dozen years ago, the future of the McKenzie River Club and the building it met in seemed bleak. The club’s membership and attendance were in decline and so was the structure on a hill above Thomson Lane.

Row crops at Berggren Demo FarmCAMP CREEK: A agricultural commodity, with the potential to rival the current value of Oregon’s lucrative wine industry could soon take root locally. This year, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has awarded $1.49 million in federal funds to 22 diverse projects, including establishing a demonstration three-acre truffle orchard at the Berggren Demonstration Farm.
Photo courtesy Cascade Pacific
Current crops crops at the Berggren Farm range from salad green to beans as well as herbs and root crops.

Whitewater Boat ParadeThe McKenzie River Trust will host the Living River Film Festival this month. It will fill three days, three venues, 11 films, speakers, local brew, tree climbing and more - all in celebration of Oregon landscapes and a benefit for the nonprofit.
Brandi Ferguson, Development Manager for the Trust says, “As a nonprofit regional land conservation group, our mission is to help preserve the unique landscapes that surround us and so for our annual event this year we are offering a film festival that will connect the audience to our stunning Oregon landscapes through film.”

Photo of dam debris removalPhoto Courtesy EWEB
In January of 2011, EWEB crews removed a large clump of logs, root wads and other debris following a high water event caused by heavy rains, unseasonably warm temperatures and rapid mountain snowmelt. Despite problems with one roll gate, a flood of similar size could pass through the dam.

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