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Officials test lake for toxic algae bloom

OAKRIDGE - A closure of the Packard Creek arm of Hills Creek Lake will continue at least until Friday, when the Willamette National Forest expects to receive an analysis of a potentially toxic algae bloom first spotted in the water last week.

Forest officials ordered the closure last Thursday, limiting it to water-contact recreation. It includes the Packard Creek Campground swimming and boat launch areas, out of concern for the health of people and pets.

The Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water quality specialists sampled water in the reservoir Monday. Samples were taken to Aquatic Analysts in Portland for identification and determination of the density of algae species. Results are expected within a week.

Earlier water samples were sent to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, to test for the presence of toxins. Those results are due Friday. Until then, the lake will be monitored daily for algae blooms, especially at popular sites.

Corps of engineers specialists say such blooms occur regularly in reservoirs in the Willamette River drainage.


Cheney fund-raiser will benefit Smith

PORTLAND - Vice President Dick Cheney will make a quick stop in Portland to raise money for U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore.

The June 24 event includes a brief round-table discussion and photo session with Cheney for $10,000 donors, a photo reception for $5,000 donors and a $250-per plate breakfast.

It is invitation only.

Smith already has raised roughly $4 million to win re-election. His opponent, Democrat Bill Bradbury, has raised about $800,000, according to campaign reports.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 13, 2002
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