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 ...

On the fire line: Siegmund’s new system makes short work of steep slopes

October 2017 Posted in Business, Community, Nature | Comments Off on On the fire line: Siegmund’s new system makes short work of steep slopes

By Mary Owen Siegmund Excavation & Construction’s new logging harvest system helped firefighters contain recent area fires. “This logging harvest system was able to cut close to one mile of fire line through standing timber on steep slopes in approximately three days,” ...

Silver Falls State Park: Offers many opportunities for volunteers

April 2017 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Silver Falls State Park: Offers many opportunities for volunteers

[caption id="attachment_3073" align="alignleft" width="280"] Earl McCollum[/caption] By Mary Owen When visiting the South Falls Nature Store at Silver Falls State Park, be sure to stop and smell the flowers. Placed on the table by the front entrance, the ever-changing, fresh bouquets of spring ...

Detroit Rocks: Search for engraved stones attracts recreation area visitors

February 2017 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Detroit Rocks: Search for engraved stones attracts recreation area visitors

By Mary Owen Detroit rocks – literally! A promotion that started last fall has people scrambling to hiking trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and local businesses to find one of more than 300 specially engraved river rocks hidden throughout the year, Dean O’Donnell ...

Float the boats: Efforts to make Detroit Lake more accessible funded

February 2017 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Float the boats: Efforts to make Detroit Lake more accessible funded

By Mary Owen Proposed updates to Detroit Lake may save marinas from having to close early when water levels are low. “In 2015, the lake never filled high enough to cover the docks,” Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron said. “A lot of ...

Trailblazers: Rotary tackles Stayton’s Trail Master Plan piece by piece

November 2018 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Trailblazers: Rotary tackles Stayton’s Trail Master Plan piece by piece

[caption id="attachment_3549" align="alignright" width="300"] Volunteers led by Stayton Area Rotary working to improve Stayton’s trails. submitted photo[/caption] By Mary Owen A section of Stayton trails is coming to life, thanks to a project undertaken by local Rotarians. “For the last three Saturday mornings, ...

A logger’s life: Larry Manning reflects on five decades of cutting timber

November 2017 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on A logger’s life: Larry Manning reflects on five decades of cutting timber

By Mary Owen Meet Logger Larry! Owner-operator of Manning Cutting Inc., Larry Manning always wanted to cut timber. “I grew up in a logging family, and knew from a very young age that logging was what I wanted to do,” said Manning, a ...

Parks open County makes changes

October 2017 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Parks open County makes changes

Marion County has opened its seasonal parks for the summer recreation season. Most parks, including Bear Creek Park and Campground, open May 1 and remain open through Oct. 30. North Fork and Salmon Falls parks will open June 1. Parks ...

Tightening up: Rec area rules

October 2017 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Tightening up: Rec area rules

By Mary Owen Visitors to Little North Fork and other popular Santiam Canyon recreation areas now face new restrictions for camping, campfire, parking and alcohol use. “These restrictions are an attempt to improve the experience of visitors to the Willamette National Forest,” ...