Coats For Kids Logo 2011Do you have gently-used coats hanging in the closet that are never worn? Kids in Lane County need those coats to keep them warm during the coming cold and wet weather.

 

KEZI 9 News has teamed up with Eugene’s Active 20-30 Club for the 2014 Coats for Kids Campaign.  All sizes are needed in warm Winter coats, from infant to adult.  The collected coats are dry cleaned, and then sorted and distributed to local organizations that help support the needs of underprivileged children. Last year, over 2,500 coats were distributed in Lane County to kids in need!

 

Join KEZI 9 News Anchors and Reporters on September 30 at Bi-Mart on River Road and on October 21 at Bi-Mart on Willakenzie Road for our on-air call for used or new coats.

 

Can’t make it to the on-air coat drive locations?  You can donate all month-long in one of the designated bins at the following drop-off locations.

KEZI 9 News:
-2975 Chad Drive, Eugene

Bi-Mart:
-1680 W. 18th, Eugene
-2030 River Road, Eugene
-4780 Royal Avenue, Eugene
-2510 Willakenzie Road, Eugene
-1521 Mohawk Boulevard, Springfield
-5744 Main Street, Springfield

Selco Community Credit Unions:
-299 East 11th Avenue, Eugene
-3630 West 11th Avenue, Eugene
-221 Division Avenue, Eugene
-925 Harlow Road, Springfield
-5531 Main Street, Springfield

Umpqua Banks:
-497 Oakway Road, Eugene
-675 Oak Street, Eugene
-1175 Valley River Drive, Eugene
-3738 W 11th Avenue, Eugene
-4011 Donald Street, Eugene
-2790 Gateway Street, Springfield
-1377 Mohawk Blvd., Springfield
-5251 Main Street, Springfield
-625 East Gibbs, Cottage Grove

Kendall Auto Groups:
-344 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene
-373 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene
-846 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene
-20 Coburg Road, Eugene

Oregon Community Credit Unions:
-2525 Coburg Road, Eugene
-488 East 11th Avenue, Eugene
-3065 W 11th Avenue, Eugene
-45 Division Avenue, Eugene
-2980 Willamette Street, Eugene
-1981 Mohawk Boulevard, Springfield

Lane Apex:
-2399 Hwy 99 North, Eugene

Western Title & Escrow:
-497 Oakway Road, Suite 340, Eugene

Skopil’s Dry Cleaners:
-2605 Willamette Street, South Eugene
-418 Coburg Road, Eugene

Hi-tech Dry Cleaners:
-100 E 18th Avenue, Eugene

Springfield Dry Cleaners:
-206 Main Street, Springfield

The Cleanery Dry Cleaners:
-3333 W 11th Avenue, Eugene
-4770 Village Plaza Loop, Eugene

9-2 SPRINGFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICTSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Summer vacation is ending for kids around town this week as the new school year begins. Tuesday the superintendent of the Springfield School District discussed her plans for the upcoming school year.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to increase student success in the Springfield School District,” said Dr. Hertica Martin, Springfield School District Superintendent.

That’s why Dr. Martin is coming up with a plan to increase achievement, accountability, and access.

Dr. Martin says the district tends to have lower dropout rates and higher graduation rates than other districts in the state, but graduation rates did go down in 2013, which the district is hoping to improve.

She says something that got in the way of student success in the past, furlough days, but those’ll no longer exist because of an increase in state funding.

Martin says she hopes this upward trend continue so the district can meet the state’s goal of having 80 percent of graduates continuing their education after high school by 2025.

“You know we’re moving in the right direction, so we’re looking forward to this school year to make a difference for kids,” Dr. Martin said.

She also talked about the district’s bond measure on the November ballot. The district is hoping voters will approve the $71.5 million measure to improve technology and expand classrooms so there’s room for full day kindergarten next year. It also hopes to replace Hamlin Middle School.

The district says at the beginning of the school year it’ll work on its bond measure and then will shift its focus to creating a new strategic plan.

FluEUGENE, Ore. — With school starting this week, it’s a great time to brush up on some tips to make sure your kids stay healthy.

Flu is the biggest concern at schools this time of year. The Lane County Public Health Department urges parents and children to get the flu shot early. Other illnesses to watch out for include whooping cough and norovirus.

That’s why it’s important to talk to your kids about practicing good hygiene.

“A healthy student is a good student. If kids are in class everyday ready to learn because of their diet, because they’re avoiding diseases and illnesses, then they’re more likely to get better grades and perform better,” said Jason Davis, Lane County Public Health Spokesman.

Other tips, know what your child is eating at school, make sure they get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night, and set a schedule for better time management.

OREGON STATE POLICEEUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System indicated six people died in five separate traffic crashes in Oregon during Labor Day Weekend.

On August 30, a 74-year-old bicyclist from St. Helens was killed when a distracted driver struck him from behind as he rode westbound on Highway 30 west of Rainier. The driver fled the scene, but OSP caught the driver about five miles down the road and arrested them on charges of manslaughter in the first degree, felony hit & run, and a misdemeanor warrant.

Also on August 30, a 40-year-old Winchester man died in a single vehicle rollover crash southbound on Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. Troopers say speed may have been a contributing factor.

On August 31, a 47-year-old man and 51-year-old woman, both of Winston, died when the motorcycle they were riding on crossed the centerline and collided with a pickup along Highway 138.

On September 1, a 27-year-old Lebanon woman died in a single vehicle rollover traffic crash on Highway 34 west of Lebanon. She was not using her seatbelt and was ejected.

Also on September 1, a 48-year-old man from Florence died when he stepped in front of a passenger car on Highway 101, two miles north of Florence.

This year’s six recorded deaths is the deadliest Labor Day holiday period since 2008 when 12 people died in Oregon traffic crashes.

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

Despite the cooler weather this weekend, Eugene is on track for 2014 to be the hottest summer on record! So far our average temperature this summer (including highs and lows) is 70.1°. The previous record was set back in 1967 of 69.8°

This is also the hottest July through August we’ve ever seen in Eugene. We’ve been at or above 90° 30 times this year. If we hit 90° 2 more times this will set a new record. The most days we’ve hit 90° in Eugene is 31 times back in 1958. This record will likely be broken later this week, but for at least the next 2 days we’ll stay in the 70s and 80s.

On-shore flow and a trough of low pressure overhead helped the marine layer to move from the coast to the Valley early Wednesday. These clouds will only stick with us for the first part of the day. High temperatures will stay in the upper 70s and low 80s for most inland locations, while the coast will return to the upper 60s and low 70s.

A weak front will move through Wednesday morning. This will reinforce the morning clouds and keep our highs in the upper 70s and low 80s for one more day.

High pressure moves in for the end of the week which will bring back off-shore winds and clear skies. Our high temperatures will once again return to the upper 80s and low 90s for Thursday through Sunday! If we see two more days in the 90s this summer, that will set a new record for the number of days at or above 90° in a Eugene summer.

Have a great day!

~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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EUGENE, Ore. — Our KEZI 9 News Pet of the Week, Bryce, is looking for a high-energy forever home.

He is a large, 5-year-old, Lab mix. He is loving dog that is very well behaved and know a lot of tricks. He needs to be the pet in the home with children 16 years or older.

If you’re interested in adopting Bryce or any other pet at Greenhill Humane Society, call 541-689-1503 or click here.

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife troopers cited an Astoria man on several commercial fish-related charges after seizing illegally caught fish.

OSP seized 748 pounds of illegally caught Chinook salmon and a 1,200 foot gillnet used to catch the fish.

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, the troopers checked a boat belonging to Duffy Duncan, 66, of Astoria. While checking to ensure he was gillnetting in compliance with rules and regulations, the troopers determined his net mesh size was illegal and he was in possession of 44 Chinook salmon caught in the unlawful net.

Duncan was issued citations for commercial fishing prohibited method and 44 counts of the unlawful take/possession of commercially caught salmon.

The seized salmon was delivered to a wholesale fish dealer and sold at the going rate of $2 per pound. The proceeds will go to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Steven Sotloff(CNN) — A new video appears to show the execution of Steven Sotloff, the second American killed by a member of the Islamist terror group ISIS.

In the view, Sotloff addresses the president, saying in part, “Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price…”

Sotloff was seen last month in a very similar video that appeared to show the execution of American journalist James Foley.

Photo Courtesy of Rita Dyer

Photo Courtesy of Rita Dyer

OAKRIDGE, Ore. — The air quality may be improving, but the deception complex continues to burn near Oakridge.

The fires have burned more than 2,200 acres since they started around August 12. They’re 55 percent contained.

Cooler temperatures and light rain helped improved conditions over the weekend. Eight helicopters are being used to attack the fire from the air, and more than a thousand personnel are on the ground.

Drivers are reminded to be careful because there is extra activity on Highway 58. Several trails are still closed, along with the Oakridge airport.

There will be a community meeting at the Green Water Park at 7 p.m. on Tuesday to provide information about the fire.

For information on closures click here.

strike(CNN) — Get ready for possibly long lines and delays at your favorite fast-food spots on Thursday.

Thousands of fast food workers from McDonald’s, KFC and Taco Bell are now threatening nationwide walkouts, massive protests, and even civil disobedience this week in their fight for higher wages.

It’s the latest in the two-year fight to raise fast-food workers pay to at least $15 an hour. The average pay for fast-food workers is just over $9 an hour. That’s about $18,500 a year and below poverty level.

U.S. Census data show the face of fast-food workers has changed drastically.

Seventy percent of the workforce is made up of people over the age of 20.

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