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(cont‘d from front pg) (DLARBA) meeting this past Nov 16. The meeting was attended by concerned local residents, who wondered if the development would provide a real benefit to the community—such as in the form of new jobs and increased tourism revenue. Resident Kim Fowler wondered about how the project would impact emergency and maintenance services. ―How Grady McMahan, United States much does the community benefit,‖ said Forest Service District Ranger, speaks to Fowler. ―Has anyone done a feasibility resident Kim Fowler at the DLARBA study? Where do the long term funds meeting this past Nov 16. Several stucome from?‖ Some questions remained dent ‘dream phase’ proposals are shown unanswered; others were compared to in the background. previous recreation area developments. ―What we have found in (previous developments) is that it changed the behavior of the people who use the area,‖ said Dani Pavoni, the USFS Recreation Specialist. ―This type of development is designed to draw people through town and attract day users...the kind of people who are not as prepared as regular campers and who are more likely purchase supplies locally.‖ Residents were provided with sticky notes to attach to the projects with comments and suggestions for the students. The proposals have been returned to the students for refinement, and the Waterfront Enhancement Project will be reworked through the second phase—ending near the end of November—and will continue to be revised through summer, 2011. The project is focused on the Santiam Flats campground, Piety Island and its access trail, and the Detroit Flats shoreline to Kaines Marina. Construction will not begin for two to three years, said Grady McMahan.

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Canyon Weekly

November 24, 2010

Volume 1, Issue 5

News and life - for our side of the mountain!

U of O Students Complete “Dream Phase” on Detroit Lake Waterfront Enhancement Project By Michelle Gates

Eleven University of Oregon architectural students completed the ‗dream phase‘ of the proposed new recreation developments at Detroit Lake this past week, according to Grady McMahan, the USFS District Ranger. The Detroit Lake Comprehensive Restoration and Enhancement Design Project results are termed the ‗dream stage‘ because this part of the project allowed students to come up with ideas not conPart of the project area includes the strained by budget or time. winter access to Piety Island. Some homeProposals such as building ―Treasure owners are concerned that further developIsland‖ style camping and lookout tow- ment of the lakefront will lead to increased ers, adding landscaping and trails, and property taxes and misuse by the higher number of visitors. developing wetland and wildlife habitats to attract the nearly 100 species of birds that migrate to the area were presented at The Detroit Lake Area Recreation and Business Association (cont‘d on back pg.)

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What are you most thankful for this year? ―I am, at the moment, thankful for family, community, my health, snow in November that doesn't stay, being a part of my (step) kids' lives, and having a great group of friends who share a love of the Santiam Canyon with me!‖ Sheila Hoover, Mill City ―I am thankful for sooooooo many things....I am thankful for my job that provides for my family all the things that we need.... And I am thankful for my family who are the most important things in my life. I am truly blessed!!‖ Michelle Meader Lindemann, Mill City

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Results indicate that 7 of 8 working residents in the canyon work outside of the North Santiam Canyon and that 1/3 of canyon workers commute to Salem and Stayton. Only 240 of the 1,900 working residents both live and work in the canyon. The results also indicate that knowledge of basic computer software is the biggest need for the future. One idea from community members suggests a partnership with the local school district to provide areas for community computer classes & training. Other ideas include ways to beautify Hwy 22 and promote tourism. ―I think the people in the room were way more optimistic than the statistics might have suggested,‖ said Allison McKenzie, of GROW North Santiam.

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November 21, 2010 The North Santiam is clear enough to have a chance of finding fish, but there are many places for them to hide. When the river is high the current is too strong for fish to lay in normal channels. They move to shallow water around the gravel islands in the lower river, and many hungry birds follow. River volume for the next ten days will likely continue at about 7,300 at Niagara. At these flows, the lower drifts below Fishermen‟s Bend are passable, but the channels between Shelburn and Green‟s Bridge are difficult. Recent rains made the ground soft, and winds blew trees over. Packsaddle to Fishermen‟s Bend has major difficulties with the high water, big rapids, and whirlpools. Fishermen‟s Bend to Mehama has big water but is an excellent trip for experienced boatmen. Mehama to Stayton has several large, passable rapids. Snow and ice this week will cause thousands of ducks and geese to congregate in the slower moving waters. Photographers, sightseers, and anglers have ample opportunities with proper gear.


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Home For The Holidays 2010 Gift Guide…. Part 2 We had such a great response from our last local gift guide, we decided to do it again!

Send them to eat at your favorite restaurant. Got a favorite place that you just know your gift recipient will love, but they can’t ever seem to get there? Help spread the word about that perfectly prepared plate of local flavor by giving them a gift certificate to a place you’re passionate about. Not sure where to send them? Try the Idanha Grill for a casual gourmet dinner ($8-15 per person), Trexler Farm for fresh and flavorful lunch ($6-10 per person), or Rosie’s Mountain Coffee House ($4-10 per person) for sweet treats and organic coffee that’s sure to perk up their day!

Bring the main dish for dinner. You know they’ve gone to bat for you by planning that fabulous party, so give them back a little time for relaxing by bringing the main dish. Try some local grass fed lamb from Misty Mountain Farms ($6-$10 lb, 503-859-3575, N Fork Rd) or Broken Bow’s all natural, free range and hormone-free grass fed beef (1/4 to whole cow $1.85 lb plus processing, butchered to order, 503-897-3455, Gates School Rd). Not quite sure you can count on your cooking skills? Try a smoked turkey or some German sausage for a different twist from Gene’s Meat Market in Mehama (503510-9950, Hwy 22).

Get them something to impress their neighbors. Chainsaw carvings have hit their mark on the coolness scale and Caleb’s Carving Creations can help you find that one of a kind piece of fun. See his work on Hwy 22 in Gates or call 541-619-8352. Make your gift the one that everyone will want see.

Help spread the word about how awesome they are. Advertising is a great way to help that person on your list who has a hobby or business. Experts say that you should advertise in seven ways and The Canyon Weekly can get them started with four weeks of advertising for $60. That includes the initial design and layout too. Call Karen at 503-990-3037. Give back all year long. Got a reader on your list? Mill City Middle School magazine sales has gone online this year, and proceeds go toward the school’s Outdoor School. Visit, click on shop, and enter school number 425090290. Call 503-897-2368 for more info.

Clockwise from top: Jonah Downey on his way to winning his first match; Robin Archer performs honorably; Brandon Saarie gets ready to compete; the four teams in attendance get instruction from coach Joe Davidson before the competition begins.

Mill City Youth Wrestling Mill City Middle School held an unprecedented number of youth wrestling teams this past Nov 17. The home team, the Mill City Tigers, included wrestlers from fourth to eighth grades who attend either Mari-Linn Elementary or Mill City Middle School. They competed against Lebanon, Woodburn, and Stayton teams, with a total of 70 wrestlers in all. Members of the Tigers who finished undefeated were: Jonah Downer, Austin Whitmire and John Carle. Those who performed exceptionally well (in no particular order) were: Michael Dayton (2 of 3 wins), Brandon Saarie, Robin Archer, Dakota Livolsi, Dillion Baquet, Logan Hemphill, Caleb Cunderman, Harley Peach, Michael Golden, Devin Whitmire, Jose Salinas, Joseph Myers and Jesse Guzman. Tigers youth wrestling ends just prior to basketball season. “Often times, wrestling finds kids who have athleticism, mental discipline and strength but who can’t find a niche in other sports,” said Joe Davidson, the head coach. Contact the Mill City Middle School 503-897-2368 for more information, including about wrestling in the Mat Club, designed for younger kids ages four to fourth grade.

Canyon Weekly  

Volume 1-5 Thanksgiving Special

Canyon Weekly  

Volume 1-5 Thanksgiving Special