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District to reach out to community
10/23/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- FINN ROCK: “I’ve been trying to emphasize the idea of public relations and relationship building,” was the way Jim Thomas explained his work as the new McKenzie Schools superintendent. Speaking at last week’s meeting of the school board, he encouraged the district to again work on developing a stra... View

 
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
10/22/2014

Sentinel Tribune / STPNS
Westbrook, Minnesota (STPNS)-     I love fall of the year, the air is clear, the moon is full and the skies are blue, unfortunately it is also a harbinger of the four letter words, the ones I can print, snow and cold. But I digress, back to those not so lazy days of summer,  but the serenity of fal... 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

 
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

 
Between the Lines
10/15/2014

Sentinel Tribune / STPNS
Westbrook, Minnesota (STPNS)-     If you use a smart phone do not  download a flashlight app!... View

McKenzie Sports Update  
McKenzie Sports Update
10/23/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week... 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

County denies golf course subdivision  
County denies golf course subdivision
10/16/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- WALTERVILLE: A plan that could have led to the redevelopment the McKenzie River Golf Course as a 27-home subdivision was rejected by Lane County last week. The decision by county planning director Matt Laird took into account current zoning, which would have allowed the 59-acre parcel to be divided... View

Tipster helps protect Belknap Bridge  
Tipster helps protect Belknap Bridge
10/16/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- RAINBOW: A phone call from a concerned resident helped Lane County officials catch an overweight empty rock quarry truck crossing the Belknap Covered Bridge on Wednesday, resulting in a $605 fine for the driver.... View

Forest roads face $3.2 million shortfall  
Forest roads face $3.2 million shortfall
10/23/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- RAINBOW: People had a chance to place some priorities on places that matter to them last Wednesday night. They did it by marking up maps to show which U.S. Forest Service roads they use and what sort of special places they feel are along those routes.... 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
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

 
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

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

Volunteer honored for forest clean up  
Volunteer honored for forest clean up
10/23/2014

McKenzie River Reflections / STPNS
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon (STPNS)- BLUE RIVER: Monty Wilson, a Recreation Volunteer for the McKenzie River Ranger District from Blue River, was honored earlier this month by for his work cleaning up the forest. The District held a lunch and slideshow on October 2nd and presented Wilson with outdoor gear as a thank you for all his ef... 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