Dexter

Lightning Sparked Fire Burns Near Dexter

Dexter FireDEXTER, Ore. — Lightning strikes have sparked new wildfires in the Willamette Valley, including a fire burning near the town of Dexter.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said Monday about a dozen new fires were started overnight by the lightning.

Crews say the Dexter fire has burned about 20 acres so far, and they feel confident they’ll have a perimeter set up soon to contain the flames.

ODF says due to the weather, and the dry conditions, it’s an all hands on deck scenario, pulling in people on their days off and asking for resources from other agencies nearby, including aircraft to drop water on the flames.

“We work real closely with industrial land owners and adjoining agencies and the forest service, for example, bureau of land management and even rural fire districts, to help get people out there and for basically eyes on the ground to give us some immediate size up if a fire does start,” said Link Smith, an ODF Western Lane District Forester.

While the fire is burning in an area visible to some Dexter homeowners, they say they’re happy to see the fire crews battling the flames.

“I’m really glad to see it,” said Reggie DeSoto. “It means that we’re being taken care of and keeping our community and environment safe. I’m really proud of these guys.”

As of Monday afternoon, no structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported.

LCGG: Hidden Valley Golf Course

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There is not one ounce of pretention at Hidden Valley. The course welcomes all in true “come-as-you-are” fashion. I arrived early for my interview and was welcomed into owner’s Dan and Molly Nord’s home located just off the first tee. They offered me coffee and invited me to sit at their dining table.

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The course is a lean operation. They have one employee who sets the sprinklers in the evening. The rest of the work is done by owner Dan, Molly and the rest of their family. Operating and maintaining a course is a huge task. Before purchasing Hidden Valley, Dan worked in landscaping and irrigation. Like many of us, he began to play a lot of golf with clients and became addicted to the sport. With a background in landscaping and irrigation he thought that he could take care of the grounds at a course. When Hidden Valley came on the market he jumped on the chance to practice his profession, live nearer to family and play all the golf time would allow.

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If you’re a little more laid back about your golf experience Hidden Valley may be the course for you. Don’t worry about what you’re wearing; t-shirt and jeans are more than acceptable. When you arrive you will be greeted by people so friendly, you’ll feel like you must have been friends for at least 20 years (if you’re younger than 20 than they’re probably friends with your parents).

Originally built in 1929, Hidden Valley is one of the oldest courses in the area. The age of the course led Dan to remark “I feel more like the caretaker than an owner, the course was here before me and it will be here long after I’m gone.” Because the course is so old there are a lot of regular golfers who have been regulars for a long time. “A lot of our golfers are in their 80’s and 90’s, the course has been here forever and so have the customers.”

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For a course that is relatively close to the freeway, and has been around as long as it has, Hidden Valley really is…hidden. With the exception of a few newer construction homes along the fourth fairway, your round is played in a very secluded setting. All of this leads to your round being relaxed in every sense of the word. The pace doesn’t need to be too quick, it’s quiet and secluded on the course, and you don’t need to play in a collared shirt and khakis. Part of that is location, and the other part is the mature trees.

Hidden Valley embraces sustainable course maintenance in several ways. When the course was built over 80 years ago it was seeded with local grasses, specifically poa annua (bluegrass). Because Hidden Valley is seeded with local grass, there is no need to use chemicals to eliminate unwanted grass varieties, which dramatically reduces the amount of chemicals needed to maintain the course. Because the grass has been at the course for so long it is naturally resistant to many of the local bugs and diseases which can harm grass; again, reducing the need for chemical treatments. Because of its age, the grass has also become incredibly drought tolerant, which makes the course a very efficient user of water. Dan has also installed Audubon Society certified birdhouses around the course. Rather than using chemicals, Dan uses birds keep plant-destroying insects in check.

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The measures taken at Hidden Valley to let nature take care of itself means the course has almost no impact on the environment.

When you arrive at Hidden Valley and are confronted by smiling faces and a relaxed atmosphere it’s easy to assume that the course will be equally accommodating: it isn’t. Hidden Valley is an incredibly challenging course. It’s long, the greens are small and many are guarded by bunkers, the trees are tall, the rough is thick and the course changes elevation more often than a roller coaster. When you visit Hidden Valley be prepared to play your best or post some high scores.

The level of difficulty ramps up early with the par 5 first. Most players will not be able to reach in two, but laying up is also incredibly dangerous because of the pond situated about 50 yards in front of the green which swallows the left side of the fairway. This means you’ll be left with a substantial third shot into a sloping back-to-front green that is protected by thick rough on the left. Though the hole itself is relatively straight forward, it is laced with landmines which can blow up in your face at any moment.

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Though holes two and three are on the shorter side, they both feature huge elevation changes which make gauging the distance much more difficult.

The fourth hole is the second par 5. The hole, like many others, features rolling hills through the entire fairway. There is a pond on the left side of the fairway about 175 yards from the tee, which makes landing your tee shot much more treacherous. Though the right side of the fairway is much more open, the fairway narrows quickly with mature trees on both sides. Even if you do manage to stay dry off the tee you may not have a clear second shot unless you manage to drive into a narrow corridor just to the right of the pond. The second shot is blind. If you do reach in two you’ll still have to navigate a very tricky multi-tiered green.

After the fourth hole the course becomes somewhat easier, although it may be best if you leave the driver in the bag for the rest of the round. The holes are straightforward, but you can quickly find trouble with even the slightest miscue off the tee. Any shot hit into the trees is devastating. Although many of the greens are within reach it’s best to avoid temptation unless you feel completely in command of your driver.

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Hidden Valley cultivates an incredibly friendly and laid-back atmosphere in their clubhouse, and it’s a good thing they do. You’ll need to feel good about yourself going into an incredibly difficult first hole on what is a very challenging course. Regardless of how you play, you’ll see the same smiling faces as you leave, which should cheer you up in preparation for your next round.

To My Surprise Groucho Marx Had It Wrong.

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Groucho Marx - "You Bet Your Life" | npr.org
Groucho Marx – “You Bet Your Life” | npr.org

As I was growing up in Rochester, NY I really enjoyed seeing the Marx Brothers’ movies on TV  ( I wasn’t born when the movies were first in theaters) and then the Groucho Marx TV show “You Bet Your Life.” If you have read any biographies of the Marx Brothers and especially Groucho’s autobiography you know they did have some escapades that would make a sailor blush. For me Groucho was and still is my favorite. I particularly liked to use one of his quotes when asked to join a service club. The quote is “I wouldn’t want to join an organization that would have me as a member.” It usually gets a laugh. What I found out was most of the members were just like me in many ways. The real reason I I used that excuse was that for 37 years on TV my schedule didn’t allow for time to attend meetings. I have belonged to church choirs, and still do, but when I was working I could not attend the evening rehearsals. They would record my part on tape and then I would play the tape at home and while driving my car. Today that is called distracted driving, but I felt that if I got killed in a car accident at least I might have a better chance at Heaven because I was singing a hymn when I died. Actually I’m just kidding about that, sort of.

Eugene Downtown Lions Club Banner | Tim Chuey
Eugene Downtown Lions Club Banner | Tim Chuey

We moved to Eugene in 1992 and rented a house for a year. In 1993 we bought a larger house because we needed to move my mother here as she was living alone in Upstate New York after my Father’s death. We needed help to find a house and my boss recommended his real estate agents, a couple, Dave and Nancy Haverstock, also known as “Mr. & Mrs. Real Estate” and who now work with John L. Scott Real Estate. They showed us some houses and we found the one that became our home. As it happened, Dave was a member of the Eugene Downtown Lions Club and he invited me to be his guest at one of their weekly Noon meetings. I had been a guest speaker countless times over the years all over the country, but this was the first time I didn’t have to eat quickly and prepare for my presentation. This time I had the opportunity to watch the members have a very lively meeting often interrupting their president with laughter and comments. Recently I was surprised when our club president passed out pins for years of service and my name was called for a 20-year-pin. I can’t believe I have been a member that long. As a service club the Eugene Downtown Lions perform so many good works it’s hard to write them all down.

Children's Miracle Network -Lions Guest House | Tim Chuey
Children’s Miracle Network -Lions Guest House | Tim Chuey

The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Here are some examples: the Community Services Committee collects applications from groups or individuals in need and they decide on a case-by-case basis the ones that we can help within our budget. We have a group of members who deliver “Meals On Wheels,” we helped found and fund the Children’s Miracle Network – Lions Guest house for Sacred Heart Hospital’s patients families (a place to stay so they can be near their patient family member), we donate to the Gales Creek Camp for Children with diabetes, and we have a Sight and Hearing Committee that has a budget to help needy people get hearing aids, glasses, examinations, and even cataract surgery. Our Environmental Services Committee has work parties who clear blackberries, clean up debris, and plant trees at the Delta Ponds. These are just some of the reasons the Eugene Downtown Lions Club needs the support of the community.

The Eugene Downtown Lions Club’s annual raffle is almost over. This is week 7 of 7 weeks of selling tickets. Please help the Lions help others. Buy a ticket for just $5.00 and you could win one of these 7 great prizes:

1) a $3,000 Travel Voucher 2) a Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair (value $1,400) 3) Apple iPad (value $729) 4) Specialized Sirrus – Man’s Bicycle (value $650) 5) Specialized Vita – Women’s Bicycle (value $650) 6) & 7) Bi-Mart Gift Certificates (value $500 each). The drawing will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday June 29,2013 at Bi-Mart at 18th and Chambers. You do not have to be present to win. Winners will be notified by phone if they are not present at the drawing. A maximum of 4,000 tickets will be sold. All of the proceeds (100%) go to fund the club’s many local projects. 

Eugene Downtown Lions Selling Raffle Tickets  | Tim Chuey
Eugene Downtown Lions Selling Raffle Tickets | Tim Chuey

Tickets will be on sale at Bi-Mart at 18th Avenue and Chambers Street from 10AM until 6 PM Tuesday June 25th through Friday June 28th and then on Saturday June 29th from 10 AM until 4 PM when the drawing will take place. I am the lucky guy who gets to call the winners immediately by cell phone if they are not present at the drawing. You can’t imagine how much fun it is to tell people they have won. The truth be known, when you buy a ticket, you are already a winner in our eyes and the eyes of those receiving our services. For more information on Lionism and the Eugene Downtown Lions Club check out the Club’s website. If you are interested in attending a meeting just shoot me an email and w’ll set it up for you.

Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can email me at: [email protected].

June 11 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

Dexter Lake water quality worries
  • Water quality worries in Dexter
    DEXTER — The torrent of rains that came pouring down the Cascade foothills in January swamped the Dexter Sanitary District, pushing sewage that hadn’t been fully treated out of the system’s drain fields and into the reservoir. The water eventuall…
  • City floats street compromise
    After their objections to the planned rebuilding of West 24th Avenue were recently dismissed, leaders of the Friendly Area Neighbors today will discuss whether to appeal the decision or seek a compromise with city officials. “We’ll see what the boa…
  • Tunnel closures begin today
    Call them the new summer rules for anyone traveling on Highway 58 between the Eugene-Springfield area and Central Oregon. Beginning today, and continuing all summer, the Salt Creek Tunnel between Oakridge and Willamette Pass will be closed from 8 p.m.
  • I-5 work to bring night lane closures
    Beginning this week, motorists using Interstate 5 can expect lane and shoulder closures, during nighttime hours only, on two 13-mile stretches of the freeway north and south of Eugene. The closures will allow Wildish Standard Paving of Eugene, acting a…
  • Poll says voters favor street repairs
    The only poll that really counts is five months away, but Eugene voters appear to favor another street repair bond measure, according to a recent survey. A telephone poll showed 59 percent of Eugene voters supported a $43 million street repair bond mea..
  • Oregon comes from behind to beat Kent State 3-2
    Freshman right-hander Jake Reed allowed two runs and five hits to steady Oregon in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory Sunday night that snapped Kent State’s 21-game winning streak and pushed the…

Keep Current: – EDN Headline News, Sports and Weather is updated as it happens!

Tim Chuey Weather:

Enjoy the sunshine today because the clouds are coming with at least a slight chance of showers for the rest of the week.

High: 76
Low: 45
Forecast: Mostly Sunny

An upper air trough of low pressure (shaded “U”shape) has moved over Oregon and is slowly moving eastward. High pressure took over and that, of course, brought us sunshine. Another upper level low over the Gulf of Alaska will rotate weak disturbances our way starting today returning the slight chance of showers through the rest of the workweek.

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Trees-Moderate (30)
Grass-Moderate (8)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates www.oregonallergyassociates.com.
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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis:  Mostly sunny and warmer today, partly cloudy this evening, mostly cloudy tonight, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Tuesday AM, a slight (20%) chance of showers in the afternoon through Wednesday AM, partly cloudy Wednesday afternoon and evening, then mostly cloudy late Wednesday night highs 76-66 lows 53-45.  Mostly cloudy Thursday, partly cloudy Thursday night through Friday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Saturday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Saturday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday highs 67-75 cooling to near 70 Sunday lows 48-52. (seasonal averages high 72 low 47).

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

April 16 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

As a local songwriter once put it: "I'm searching, for sunny weather". Well you won't find it here...not this week.
  • Springfield residents find KKK flyers in driveways
    Neighbors on Centennial Boulevard discovered leaflets from a Ku Klux Klan group in their driveways Monday morning. Many were upset by the flyers, and hope the city can take action…
  • Television Sets Fire in Whiteaker
    It was a close call for residents in a Eugene apartment complex when a television went up into flames Saturday morning. It happened at the Birchwood Apartments in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Resident Chelsy Abbott said …
  • Men’s golf takes sixth in Western Intercollegiate tournament 

    The No. 11 Oregon men’s golf team shot a final round 361 (11-over par) on Sunday to finish sixth overall in the Western Intercollegiate tournament in Santa Cruz, Calif. The Ducks entered Sunday’s final round of play in sixth place and hadn&…
  • No. 16 Oregon baseball takes series win at No. 6 Stanford 

    The No. 16 Ducks (24-10, 10-5 Pac-12) took two of three games from No. 6 Stanford (22-9, 5-7 Pac-12) in Palo Alto this weekend. It was the fourth-straight Pac-12 series win for Oregon and their second in as many weeks against a top-ten team. Oregon now…
  • Oregon softball sweeps Utah in Salt Lake City 

    The No. 15 Oregon softball team swept its first Pac-12 series of the year against Utah in Salt Lake City this weekend. Coming off a tough series split with Washington earlier this week, the Ducks (29-9, 8-5 Pac-12) responded with three dominant victori…
  • Rowers compete at Dexter Reservoir 

    More than 1,300 rowers of all ages came out to Dexter Resevoir to compete in the 18th annual Covered Bridge Regatta

Keep Current: – EDN Headline News, Sports and Weather is continuously updated.

Tim Chuey Weather:

Here we go again. It’s Monday so the clouds and rain have to return.

High: 62
Low: 37
Rain: 60%

high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on yellow line) will be moving away from the Pacific Northwest with a low pressure trough (“U” shape on the yellow line) pushing in behind it. that means we will be going back to a wet weather pattern. A frontal system (shown still offshore) will approach the coast and then push in returning the clouds and chance for rain.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: AM rain this AM, showers likely (60%) in the afternoon (0.25 in. of rain possible), partly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of  showers this evening, patchy fog late tonight and Tuesday AM, partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Tuesday afternoon, cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of evening rain, cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Tuesday night (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), rain Wednesday, then mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Wednesday night highs 57-62 cooling to 58 Wednesday lows 37-40. Mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Thursday, mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) Thursday night and Friday, then mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of of rain Friday night through Sunday highs 56-60 lows 47-42. (seasonal averages high 61 low 39)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

December 27 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

  • Despite fines, developers mine Parvin Butte near Dexter
    Developers are busy mining Parvin Butte — a rock mountain that towers about 600 feet over the community of Dexter — even though Lane County has fined them $330 a day for working without land use approvals and neighbors are furious about the eyesore…
  • 11 Vehicles Broken Into at Springfield Business.
    Springfield police received a call from a local business owner Monday to help him find out who broke into his vehicles.   It happened at an annex lot belonging to Marshall’s Heating and Air Conditioning.   When owner Marshall Dann…
  • Occupy Protesters Leave Socks of Coal at Eugene Banks
    Some Occupy protesters delivered gifts they saw fitting to five Eugene banks.   The stockings hung on the doors of Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and Umpqua Bank full of coal.   Next to each sock hung a chronicle o…

Tim Chuey Weather:

Rain for your Tuesday and it should stay wet through New Year’s Day.

High: 52
Low: 43
Rain: 100%

Upper level low pressure (“U” shape on the yellow line) has taken over from the high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on the yellow line) that is moving away from us and a series of surface storms starting with this frontal system (moving into Oregon) will march through. Another frontal system later in the week, just one of many, will keep us in a wet weather pattern. Mt Ashland has reopened for the season. Hoodoo says they will be open now through Saturday December 31st. Still not enough snow yet for Willamette Pass to open for skiing. Please check their web sites for details and updates.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Cloudy with rain today (0.25 in. of rain possible), rain (0.25 in. of rain possible) and breezy (wind: S 15-25 mph gusts to 40 mph) tonight, rain Wednesday through Thursday, then rain likely (60%) Thursday night highs 47-52 lows 40-43 cooling to 39 Thursday night. Mostly cloudy with rain Friday, showers likely (60%) Friday night, cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Saturday and Saturday night (New Year’s Eve), a good (50%) chance of rain Sunday (New Year’s Day), then cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Sunday night and Monday highs 50-46 lows near 40. (seasonal averages high 45 low 33)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

November 3 – Morning Headlines

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Sheldon Irish Wide Receiver Drew Haugen up for a Rudy Award

Headlines

Tim Chuey Weather:

Look for showers and maybe even a thunderstorm for your Thursday.

High: 50
Low: 29
Rain: 100%

For the rest of the week into the weekend another upper air trough of low pressure (“U” shape on yellow line) will be offshore and one frontal system moved through Wednesday night, then a series of frontal systems like this one will keep the chance of precipitation around. Mountain snow levels will fall well below pass levels making for slippery roadways by Friday. A REMINDER: We will go back to Standard time NEXT WEEKEND (Fall back one hour officially at 2 AM Sunday November 6th).

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with showers and a slight (20%) chance of isolated thunderstorms (small hail possible) this afternoon (0.25 in. of rain possible), a good (50%) of showers tonight, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Friday afternoon, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Friday night, rain likely (60%) Saturday, then rain Saturday night highs 50-46 lows 29-40. Mostly cloudy with showers likely (60%) Sunday, a good (50%) chance of showers Sunday night, a (40%) chance of showers Monday, a good (50%) chance of showers Monday night, rain likely (60%) Tuesday, a good (50%) chance of rain Tuesday night, then mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) Wednesday highs near 50 lows near 40. (seasonal averages high 56 low 39)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

Dexter Reservoir’s tourism economy flows steadily in spite of lake closures

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Most boats on Dexter Reservoir remain docked on a Saturday afternoon.

Under its fourth summer of blue-green algae restrictions, one would expect the businesses surrounding the popular lake to be suffering a loss of tourism dollars. If boaters, skiers, swimmers, divers and fisherman can’t use the reservoir for recreation, you would expect nearby eateries and retailers to suffer a reduction in the ripple of revenue.

But the very threat that keeps the flip-flop wearers at bay, is drawing workers in hiking boots and construction hats who are replacing lost tourism dollars with federal and state infrastructure and stimulus pay.

The city of Lowell was recently awarded the $120,000 grant to study the Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae in this reservoir, which is the source of its drinking water. The grant is being given by the Oregon Health Authority Drinking Water Source Prevention Program and will pay for two years of study. City officials in Lowell will work alongside Oregon State University lab students to determine through weekly DNA samples if the algae is actually a toxic variety and how to treat and eradicate future blooms.

Dexter Reservoir is one of several Oregon bodies of water that have undergone algae restrictions in the past four years. This summer, Dorena, Detroit, Diamond, Lost Creek, Cullaby and Cougar lakes lost their livelihoods due to the potentially toxic bloom.

The bacteria referred to as blue-green algae floats on top of the water and has a soft, fuzzy appearance.

Cyanobacteria, is a bacteria like its name states and not actually an algae at all. But this bacteria was initially thought to be algae by scientists because it mimicks algae by its use of photosynthesis. Found in virtually all fresh water lakes and streams, these bacteria are not harmful in small, natural quantities; it’s when they start to take over that they can become dangerous.

An abundance of Cyanobacteria casts a pea-soup color in the water columns they inhabit, and turn into a yellow-green scum on the top outer edges of calmer waters. This scum blocks the light to real algae and aquatic plants living below the water’s surface, killing off these vital oxygen-producing plants, thus suffocating the marina life.

“By shading out their competitors, blue-greens can completely dominate a body of water,”  according to Dr. Carole A. Lembi, plant pathologist at Purdue University.

The runoff of fertilizers, pesticides and other nitrogen- and phosporous-producing organic substances from surrounding land stimulates the exponential growth of the bacteria, creating a “bloom,” or heavy infestation.

Keith and Jaquie Rosencrantz, managers of Dexter Shores RV Park, say that even though they take a flood of cancellation calls when the lake closes, long term visitors like construction workers – and soon, biologists – will pick up the slack.

Work on Dexter Dam and the I-5 bridge keep construction dollars flowing into local businesses.

Keith says, “what’s helping us is the work going on on the dams here, and (the bridge work) down on the interstate. If we were depending on the lake to bring us (tourism) business, we wouldn’t have any,” Keith says. “When they started getting the stimulus money for the dam work and things like that, that’s what kind of saved us.”

Jaquie estimates more than half of Dexter Shores’ occupied RV pads are being rented by construction workers who have temporarily relocated to the area. She says the rest of their seasonal visitors are snowbirds, wilderness seekers, sports enthusiasts and RV caravan clubs. According to Jaquie, boat racers, regatta goers, the Oregon Association of Rowers (OARS) and the University of Oregon rowing team all continue to use the lake since they don’t have physical contact with the potentially unsafe water. During the boating events, the RV park reaches capacity.

Disc golfers also use Dexter State Recreation Site for their activities, which brings morecampers and cookouts to the area.

Keith said he expects the grant Lowell recently received will continue to help keep their business afloat.

Kim Beer has owned Bridge Town Market in Lowell with his wife for the past year and a half. The only clearly visible retailer from Dexter Reservoir, the market is the biggest retailer and variety store for miles. Beer says stores like his don’t suffer much of a loss when the lake closes because of the area’s numerous and diverse activities.

Beer, whose store employs 4 full time and 12 part time clerks, says, “When the lake closes we see a change in business, but we still had a great summer. A lot of people still come because of the creeks and the rivers around here. People still come and camp. Really what hurt our summer more this year is it came late. Once the sun came out, people were just anxious to get out and go camping and (do) some of the outdoor activities they do around here. So when the sun came out, we were really busy. There’s so many more things to do around here than just the lake.”

Owners and staff of Dexter’s Buckhorn Tavern, Lowell Gas and Grocery and Mack’s Cafe in Lowell say they haven’t experienced sluggish sales either.

Noah Freeman, 5, and his dad Adam caught several trout on Oct. 1, unaware of the lake's hazard warnings.

However, Kuldip Pawar, owner of Dexter Market, says her business, which is tucked away several streets from the reservoir, experiences about a ten percent drop in revenue each time the lake closes. But Pawar, who has owned the market for the past four and a half years, says business hasn’t been bad enough to lay off any of her two part-time or two-full time employees.

Last weekend, just like the two months preceeding it, Dexter Reservoir was virtually void of those seeking water recreation. But five year-old Noah Freeman had already reeled in four fish, alongside his dad, Adam, who hadn’t heard of the advisory. When EDN informed Adam, he looked slightly perplexed, then cast his reel back into the still waters, saying he would be sure to “take off the skin and clean out any of the fatty parts” before cooking the fish for his family.

Jesus Martin Reyes, an immigrant who only speaks Spanish, said he, too, was unaware of the advisory. He’s been fishing the lake for the past 10 years and brings in about five fish every day he casts his line.

Warning signs flanking the lake will be taken down when the Army Corps of Engineers determines the bacteria has returned to normal levels.

– Beckie Jones, EDN

March 4 – Evening Update

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Happy Friday Eugene, here’s todays headline update:

Tim Chuey’s Weekend Forecast
hint…it involves rain.
Gas prices on the rise, senators respond
As gas prices reach a close to all-time high, senators are stepping in with solutions
Fleeing suspect asks undercover officer for ride
A suspected car thief with a history of auto theft managed to elude police for a short while — before he asked an undercover officer for a ride.
Oregon trooper arrested for phone harassment
A state trooper was arrested following a complaint from a woman who said he had harassed her.
Rain, rain, go away so we can see some spacecraft
If the clouds cooperate, Oregonians will have a chance the next to nights to spot both the International Space Station docked with Space Shuttle Discovery as well as NanoSail-D, an experimental “solar sail.”
Small Oregon farms may process own chickens
Some Oregon farmers would be allowed to butcher and sell their own chickens under a bill state lawmakers are considering to help small farms.
Household Hazardous Waste Roundup Scheduled in Dexter
The collection is free for hazardous waste that is from household sources, up to 35 gallons in total.
Cabela’s Announces Springfield Opening Date
The first Cabela’s location in Oregon will open its doors on Thursday, May 5 at 4 pm.