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Vida man killed in late night wreck

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VIDA: A pedestrian lost his life when he was hit by a car last Friday night. According to Oregon State Police reports, the accident occurred fatality on Thursday, March 28th, at approximately 11:45 p.m. Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene on the McKenzie Highway near milepost 31 and Bear Creek.
The preliminary investigation says that a 1995 Mitsubishi Montero, operated by Randall Norris, 58, of Vida, was westbound on Hwy. 126 when he struck Michael Juden, 28, also of Vida, who was walking in the roadway.Tags: What's NewMcKenzie RiverOregonaccidentODOTHwy. 126McKenzie Hwy.newsnewspaperMcKenzie River Reflections

Readers’ picks for the “Best of the River”

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Man, Woman & Business of the Year
 

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SENATE CANDIDATE CLAIMS FORUM WAS BIASED

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Scott Rohter cites “hostile and defamatory” comments

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VIDA: Both candidates for Oregon’s District 4 Senate seat didn’t attend Sunday’s Candidates Forum at the Vida McKenzie Community Center. Incumbent Floyd Prozanski declined, reported he had previously committed to an event in Douglas County. Challenger Scott Rohter sent a note saying he had planned to be there until he came to doubt the meeting would be conducted in an “orderly and civil manner.”
Other candidates, including East Lane Commissioner rivals Heather Buch and Gary Williams, as well as House District 7 opponents Cedric Hayden and Christy Inskip, did attend the event, sponsored by the McKenzie Community Development Corporation (MCDC).
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HIGHWAY 242 SCARRED BY 2017 WILDFIRES

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OLD  MCKENZIE  PASS:  Bicyclists entering Hwy. 242 from the east have seen it and next month motorists should view it too - a landscape littered with burned trees. The Old McKenzie Highway remains closed for the season after wildfires heavily burned the area the previous summer. The Milli Fire, which started on August 11th, burned a total of 24,000 acres on the east side of the Old McKenzie Pass adjacent to the scenic byway.
Access from the west will continue to be closed until at least the end of next week, according to  Lou Torres, public information officer with the Oregon Dept. of Transportation in  Salem.
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Lane County Commissioners Candidates Forum

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From left: Kevin Matthews, Heather Buch, James Barber and Tim Laue.Tags: What's NewMcKenzie RiverOregonLane Countyboard of commissionersElectionMay PrimaryFinn RockMcKenzie School DistrictMcKenzie River Chamber of CommercenewsnewspaperMcKenzie River Reflections

Finn Rock on the auction block

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FINN ROCK: A once bustling McKenzie River community could come back to life depending on the plans of a potential new property owner. Set to go up for auction next month is a block parcels that include the site of the historic Finn Rock Logging Camp which, in the 1940s, contained twenty homes.
The current owner is Rosboro of Springfield, a forest products company that is the largest glulam manufacturer in North America. The sale will include over three miles of McKenzie River frontage, in three parcels, with over five million board feet of timber.
 
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Deputies rescue Mt. Washington climber

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OREGON CASCADES: An injured climber spent the night on the slopes of Mount Washington after an accident over the weekend. Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports 20-year-old Sarah Ford of Bend was rescued from Mt. Washington after nightly where temperatures dropped below freezing. On Sunday night October 11th, at 11:23 p.m., the Deschutes County 9-1-1 center received a cell phone call from Ford reporting that she had been hit in the head by a falling rock while rappelling down from the 7,700 foot elevation level of Mt. Washington which is located on the Linn/ Deschutes County line.
The Deschutes County 9-1-1 center was able to capture Sarah’s cell phone location accurate to within 1/2 mile. Sarah’s cell phone was at 1% battery charge when she called 9-1-1 and attempts to re-contact her by phone were unsuccessful. The rescue information was relayed to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 center just after midnight. Deputies, 14 LCSO Search and Rescue members, six members of the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Team and three LCSO Posse members responded to the area and searched throughout the night, locating Ford at 6:49 a.m.
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Iconic crossing taken down

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VIDA: The Thomson “swinging bridge” came down with a splash on Monday. Originally built in the 1930’s the bridge connected south bank residents with the outside world. Crews from Stayton Construction used cable cutters, chainsaws and an excavator to remove the privately owned structure around 10:15 a.m.  in response to safety concerns.
From the November 29, 1985 issue of McKenzie River Reflections - “GOODPASTURE ROAD in 1940’s” Courtesy Vida-McKenzie Neighborhood Watch Newsletter.
When the Goodpasture Bridge was built in 1938 the road only extended 1/2 mile or so beyond the bridge. There were only a few families living on the south side of the river that crossed on swinging foot bridges. Supples were packed, pulled and pushed across the foot bridges too.
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Hot Spring reopen

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All soaking pools are now open at Terwilliger Hot Springs after a Forest Service trail crew worked last week to stabilize the hillside behind the top pool. That section had been closed since last year, when a rock dislodged and nearly struck a person soaking in a pool.Tags: What's NewMcKenzie RiverOregonTerwilliger Hot SpringsRecreationnewsnewspaperMcKenzie River Reflections

Walterville Fair – Today

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The 2015 Walterville Community Fair’s theme is “Shake Waddle and Roll To The 65th Walterville Fair.” It will start with the 5K Waddle at 8AM and continue with vendors, displays of garden produce, canning, baking, sewing, arts and antiques.  The parade will be at 11AM, chicken Bar-B-Q full dTags: What's NewMcKenzie RiverOregonWaltervillefairRecreationparadenewsnewspaperimages McKenzie River Reflections

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