Battle escalates: Marion County moves to intervene in Detroit Lake plan

September 2018 Posted in Community, Nature, News, Other, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Battle escalates: Marion County moves to intervene in Detroit Lake plan

[caption id="attachment_3468" align="alignleft" width="300"] Experts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discuss the controversial Detroit Lake fish project with residents at an Aug. 6 | meeting in Stayton. James Day[/caption] By James Day The ongoing process aimed at improving fish passage ...

Take two: Second River Fusion 22 unites communities

September 2018 Posted in Nature, News, Other | Comments Off on Take two: Second River Fusion 22 unites communities

By Mary Owen [caption id="attachment_3474" align="alignleft" width="300"] River Fusion 22 will include kayaking excursions. Sheldon Traver[/caption] River Fusion 22 will again celebrate the best of the regions outdoor recreation fun and small town charm. Launched last year during the Great American Eclipse, River ...

Water impacts: Algae blooms, economic repercussions expand discussions

July 2018 Posted in Community, Nature, Your Health | Comments Off on Water impacts: Algae blooms, economic repercussions expand discussions

By Mary Owen Recent water advisories may have lifted for Salem, but some repercussions have been felt, especially at Detroit Lake. “This constant on-and-off recreation advisory has businesses scrambling to keep up,” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC. “Many visitors ...

Pitching in: Deputy organizes North Fork clean up

July 2018 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Pitching in: Deputy organizes North Fork clean up

Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Marion County Public Works recently “teamed up to clean up” a portion of the north fork of the Santiam River. “This was Dep. Mark Ferron’s idea,” said Lt. Chris Baldrige, public information ...

Fabulous 4th: Pancakes, parades, fun runs and fireworks planned

July 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink, Nature, News, Other | Comments Off on Fabulous 4th: Pancakes, parades, fun runs and fireworks planned

By Mary Owen Wave those sparklers and get ready to celebrate! Fourth of July events will be held up and down the Santiam Canyon, including Stayton, whose theme this year is “Still the Greatest Generation.” Kicking off the celebrations is the Stayton Eagles ...

Saved!: Historic Railroad Bridge receives major Department of Transportation grant

April 2018 Posted in Community, Nature, News | Comments Off on Saved!: Historic Railroad Bridge receives major Department of Transportation grant

[caption id="attachment_3342" align="alignright" width="300"] Mill City’s Historic Railroad Bridge. Courtesy Lynda Harrington[/caption]   By Mary Owen Mill City’s Save Our Bridge Committee just received an astonishing $8.1 million windfall that left most members with their eyes and mouths wide open. “We are in a ...

Detroit dilemma: Preserving fish could mean a dry lake for a year or more

February 2018 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Detroit dilemma: Preserving fish could mean a dry lake for a year or more

By James Day The Santiam Canyon and the Detroit Lake area are used to economic downturns. Timber industry job losses. Droughts. Wildfires. The cycles can be dizzying. Now, the region is facing another economic challenge, this one required by the federal government. A ...

Firewise: Detroit, Idanha first in county to adopt fire prevention program

January 2018 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Firewise: Detroit, Idanha first in county to adopt fire prevention program

By Mary Owen The Firewise signs are up! Detroit and Idanha have joined the ranks of Firewise communities in Oregon, and signs revealing their status were unveiled on Dec. 8 along Highway 22. Both North Santiam Canyon cities earned the Firewise ...

Recovery help: Fire-impacted businesses can apply for low-interest loans

January 2018 Posted in Community, Nature, News | Comments Off on Recovery help: Fire-impacted businesses can apply for low-interest loans

By Mary Owen [caption id="attachment_3263" align="alignright" width="300"] Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center.[/caption] Detroit area businesses impacted by recent wildfires may get a hand-up from Marion County Emergency Management. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans for working capital ...

Wildfire retrospective: Santiam Canyon challenged by forest fires

October 2017 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Wildfire retrospective: Santiam Canyon challenged by forest fires

[caption id="attachment_3092" align="alignleft" width="300"] copyright @123rf[/caption] By Mary Owen Recent wildfires have wreaked havoc on local businesses and area events in the upper Santiam Canyon. “Many of our local communities, especially Detroit and Idanha, rely on summer and shoulder season tourism to support ...