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Between the Lines
07/09/2014

Sentinel Tribune / STPNS
Westbrook, Minnesota (STPNS)-     Recent Supreme Court decisions have really got my ire up. Let me preface this with the disclaimer that I do not have any qualifications that would give me any particular insight into constitutional law. ... View

 
Between the Lines
09/10/2014

Sentinel Tribune / STPNS
Westbrook, Minnesota (STPNS)- Since about 1979 I have been going up north to Camp Cuyuna Boy Scout Camp located between Cross Lake and Fifty Lakes, a part of the White Fish Chain. I have gone there each summer for the better part of forty years. Both as a Boy Scout leader, and with my family. ... View

 
Between the Lines
09/17/2014

Sentinel Tribune / STPNS
Westbrook, Minnesota (STPNS)- The other  night I listened to the president’s speech on Isis. I thought overall it was a good well delivered speech, and I think the majority of Congress, as well as the American  people, can get behind it. The problem with Isis is not a Democrat, Republican, Independent or Uni... View

Fawns are better left alone  
Fawns are better left alone
07/03/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- A well-meaning person finds a young deer fawn alone in the wild, assumes it is lost, orphaned or hurt, and takes it home with them to nurse it back to health. Not only is this a bad idea, it’s against the law.... View

Cane’s retirement recalls dept.’s growth  
Cane’s retirement recalls dept.’s growth
07/03/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- LEABURG: Words like “Fun, challenging and sometimes a lot of work,” come to mind when Pat Cane recalls her time with  McKenzie River Fire & Rescue. Since joining the organization’s staff as a “part-time” secretary back in 1986 she’s become a familiar voice over the phone, or the face at t... View

McKenzie River remembers  
McKenzie River remembers
07/03/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- Do you remember a bright-eyed young man who played basketball and the saxophone for McKenzie High School, loved to ski, and cherished friends and family? The employees at McKenzie River Ranger District do. And every year they raise funds for the scholarship named in his honor – the Doug Dunbar Scho... View

 
Serious injury in Saturday wreck
07/03/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- VIDA: On Saturday, June 28th, at approximately 3:00 p.m. a 1999 Honda Accord 2 door driven by Janice Marie Smith of Warm Springs Oregon, was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 126 near milepost 28.  For unknown reasons the driver veered onto the soft gravel shoulder, over corrected and crossed t... View

 
Sunken Kia still underwater
06/26/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- VIDA: A vehicle involved in a fatal accident last month remains on the bottom of the McKenzie River. On May 13th, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a submerged vehicle in the water near milepost 31 at approximately 6:57 p.m.... View

Woman injured in Cutoff car wreck  
Woman injured in Cutoff car wreck
06/26/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon’s single vehicle injury traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126 south of Santiam Pass in Linn County.... View

 
Community newspapers are you!
10/08/2014

Sentinel Tribune / STPNS
Westbrook, Minnesota (STPNS)-     Take a look at a United States Atlas, what do you see cities large and small across the country. An accurate count of exactly how many there are is open for speculation but according to the atlas, we looked at, there are approximately 19,500 communities listed in the atlas.<... View

Teaming up for fire prevention  
Teaming up for fire prevention
06/26/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Two McKenzie High School students, Bailey Adams and Shayla Harlan, are featured on this year’s “Smokey and the Eagles” poster. Joined by Smokey the Bear, the trio is promoting a fire prevention program sponsored by the McKenzie River Ranger District.... View

 
Board airs plan, plot and petroleum
06/26/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- FINN ROCK: A 2011 strategic plan developed for the McKenzie School District may be lying on a shelf but it continues to pop up during public comment sessions during board meetings. Nimrod resident Connie Huff questioned its status last Wednesday saying she was, “Curious to see if, when this was pre... View

 
Between the Lines
07/02/2014

Sentinel Tribune / STPNS
Westbrook, Minnesota (STPNS)-     I don’t know who did all the work lining up the K8 Gives Back Concert, but they deserve a huge hand. They did a fantastic job of pulling off a major event for the 2014 Westbrook Fun Days. Of course I would be remiss for not mentioning all the hard work put in by the local co... View

 
Between the Lines
08/06/2014

Sentinel Tribune / STPNS
Westbrook, Minnesota (STPNS)-     Well, the final curtain of the Wilder Pageant for 2014 fell after the performance a week ago Saturday night, the stars are gone, the fans have left, and the vendors are gone.... View

Fish Lake on Historic Registry  
Fish Lake on Historic Registry
07/24/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- The rustic-style buildings at the Fish Lake Guard Station have been recognized as representative examples of federal administrative architecture made with local, natural materials that blend with the surrounding landscape. Built by the U.S. Forest Service and Civilian Conservation Corps for the San... View

 
Between the Lines
10/01/2014

Sentinel Tribune / STPNS
Westbrook, Minnesota (STPNS)- Distracted driving, I think all of us do it to some extent, talking to someone in the car, adjusting the radio, talking on the cell phone, reading a map, eating, drinking, texting, the list goes on. The fact is, at some time, we all are an accident looking for a place to happen. But after looking a... View

 
Between the Lines
07/23/2014

Sentinel Tribune / STPNS
Westbrook, Minnesota (STPNS)-     It seems lately all you hear  about on the network news is about war and disasters. We have become somewhat complacent about conflicts in the middle east and eastern Europe as well. ... View

When hatchery and wild steelhead mix  
When hatchery and wild steelhead mix
07/24/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- Hatchery steelhead spawners are unlikely to contribute measurably to the natural productivity of a mixed population of hatchery and wild fish unless natural spawner abundance is generally below carrying capacity, according to a new study.... View

Blue River woman killed in wreck  
Blue River woman killed in wreck
07/24/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- VIDA: Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 40-year-old woman along Highway 126 about four miles east of Vida. ... View

Timber harvest on the rise  
Timber harvest on the rise
07/24/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- In 2013, Oregon’s timber harvest rose to 4.2 billion board feet, marking four consecutive years of increase from the recession low of 2.72 billion board feet in 2009. “This was the first harvest above four billion board feet in seven years,” said ODF principal economist Brandon Kaetzel, “and repres... View