ANAHEIM, Calif. — A Cottage Grove boy is celebrating his 7th birthday at the happiest place on earth.

Doctors diagnosed Trenton Nowak with an aggressive brain tumor and gave him three to six months to live.

His family found the perfect way to give him a great birthday, by sending him to Disneyland.

They say he’s having a great time and they’re so thankful for all the support from the community.

If you’d like to help, click here to see Trenton’s donations page.

7-29 springfield library picSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Good news for book lovers in Springfield–the city’s library is leaving its doors open longer.

City leaders announced Tuesday they’ll add four hours to the library’s schedule each week. Instead of opening at noon on Fridays and Saturdays, it’ll open at 10 a.m.

Leaders say hundreds of people responded to a survey and it became clear how important the library is to the city.

“All members of the community benefit from access to a public library whether they’re looking for work, or looking for recreation or helping their children succeed in school and increased hours help all those things happen in this community,” said Rob Everett, Springfield Library director. “Currently we don’t open until noon on Friday and Saturday, and every morning on Friday and Saturday the doors start rattling at 10, so people want increased access to their library.”

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg said the library is a huge asset to the community, and it’s wonderful they’re able to add the hours. The new hours start August 15.

Benton County Fair quiltCORVALLIS, Ore. — The Benton County Fair kicks off Wednesday, and organizers have been busy making sure they’re good to go.

It’s the 101st annual fair, and this year they’re celebrating with a community quilt.

Last year members of the community started making quilt blocks to commemorate the first century of the fair.

The entire quilt will be unveiled for the first time Wednesday.

“At the 2113 fair, when they unveil it, it will be back up in another 100 years and they’ll be displaying that quilt. And I hope to see you there!” said Lonny Wunder, fairgrounds manager.

The fair happens Wednesday through Saturday. And for the first time, all kids under the age of 18 are free every day.

Sick SneezeEUGENE, Ore. — Some businesses in Eugene say they’re ready to make adjustments, now that the city has passed a controversial sick leave ordinance.

Monday night’s vote comes after months of talks and comments from a divided community.

The ordinance requires employers to provide workers with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

Employees say it’s necessary so they don’t have to choose between paying the bills or going to work sick.

But, some businesses say the ordinance goes over their heads, and business will suffer.

Mayor Kitty Piercy says both sides have had a voice on the matter.

“We had a task force that had people who were for it and people who were against it and a lot of businesses. And they all got to bring up all their issues because that was the whole purpose of the task force, tell us all the things you’re concerned about,” said Mayor Kitty Piercy.

Lane County recently passed its own ordinance exempting county employees from the ordinance.

Monday night the council amended its version, exempting governmental agencies including Lane County, potentially avoiding a legal battle.

Local businesses will have about a year to make adjustments before the ordinance takes effect. The law won’t go into effect until July 2015.

Several local business owners told KEZI 9 News that this could hurt them and they would have preferred the ordinance didn’t pass.

Tech company Concentric Sky says the new law could pose a challenge.

The company is known for innovation, creativity, and its presence for technology solutions.

“We have about 45 employees currently,” said Lisa Bruckner, Concentric Sky Chief Operating Officer.

Bruckner says, as an employer, their goal is to create an interesting, secure and flexible work environment.

“Most of them are hourly so they can work the hours they want, and we try to work around their personal lives because we think having a good personal life is part of being a happy employee,” Bruckner said.

They offer health insurance packages along with paid time off. And with the new sick leave ordinance passed in Eugene, Concentric Sky employees–and at businesses in town–will get one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. The total amount of sick time caps out at 40 hours.

“It’s kind of a two-sided coin. On the one side, we’re happy that employees have the opportunity to be eligible for more benefits, and we like to give employees as many benefits as possible,” Bruckner said.

But like several local business owners, there are questions and concerns.

“On the other side of the coin, where does the money come from to pay for the benefits? Payroll and fringe benefits are usually one of the largest expenses businesses have to cover,” Bruckner said.

Bruckner and several business owners say they’re interested to see how this law plays out.

“It’s an easy thing to pass, but the long-term repercussions and effects that it has are not often seen until later. I’m hopeful that it doesn’t negatively affect too many small businesses, meaning they have to raise their rates in order to accommodate this law, which could harm the economy potentially,” Bruckner said.

Other business owners told KEZI 9 News they’re concerned about how they’ll get the money to cover paid sick leave and if they’d have to hire less people because of it.

The SimpsonsSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A former Duck will be taking the lead on a Simpsons mural coming to Springfield.

The mural will be painted on the side of the Emerald Art Center at the corner of Fifth and Main streets.

Coordinators chose the spot because of Springfield’s close ties to The Simpsons.

They say they reviewed proposals from all over the country before selecting Old City Artists for the job. It’s owned by Erik Nicolaisen, a Portland native and University of Oregon grad. He played at Autzen Stadium as an Oregon Duck from 1998-2000. The company is known for work with Nike, Disney and more.

The mural is expected to be completed in September.

7-79 CAMERON WILLIAMSCRESWELL, Ore. — A man barricaded himself in a room and threatened guests at a Creswell motel Monday night, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said.

William Cameron was arrested by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at Super 8 Motel in Creswell.

He had barricaded himself in a hotel room after destroying hotel property and threatening he had explosives.

The motel was evacuated for guests’ safety.

Cameron surrendered and was found to be under the influenced of methamphetamine, which officials also found in his room.

He is lodged at the Lane County Jail. He faces multiple charges including disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

WORKSOURCE OREGONEUGENE, Ore. — WorkSource Lane is holding a job fair for the 250 workers who were displaced from the massive mill fire in Springfield in July.

Swanson’s COO says they’re working to transfer about 65 employees to its plants in Glendale and Roseburg as part of an expansion.

More employees could be transferred later if the expansion meets its goals.

For Swanson employees looking for a job, the county is holding a job fair Wednesday.

WorkSource Lane plans to have about 20 employers on hand.

It’s happening Wednesday, July 30 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at WorkSource Lane at at 2510 Oakmont Way in Eugene.

KILCULLENEUGENE, Ore. — The final tally is in for this weekend’s fundraisers in honor of fallen Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen. They brought in $20,000.

Organizers took a chance by adding a classic car cruise on Saturday.

Because the scholarship is fully funded, this money will go to four nonprofits that hold special meaning to the Kilcullens.

Organizers say they’ll split the donations. One piece of the pie will go to the Children’s Miracle Network, specifically the NICU at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

“That is something that was particularly important to me and Chris because it involves kids. Four of my seven kids were all brought up for a short period of time in their lives in the NICU, and without them they wouldn’t be here today,” said Officer Brian Antone, Springfield Police Department.

Organizers say they’re in utter amazement to see that many people coming out for a great cause. They hope to have both events next year.

healthEUGENE, Ore. — The first case of rabies in Lane County has been confirmed.

Lane County Public Health says a fox found near a residence in Junction City tested positive for rabies. It’s the first animal to test positive for rabies in Oregon this year.

Rabies is endemic in the bat population but only rarely seen in foxes especially in our county.

This is the first report of a rabid fox in Lane County since the 1960s.

Rabies symptoms in wildlife, particularly foxes and raccoons, include lethargy, walking in circles, convulsions, aggressiveness, excessive drooling of saliva, and showing no fear of humans.

Health officials say all pet owners should make certain their dogs and cats are vaccinated against rabies.

doctorJUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Oregon State Hospital is looking to recruit additional employees as it gets ready to open the new state hospital in Junction City.

Those hired will begin training and working at the Salem campus before transferring to the Junction City campus once it’s completed in 2015.

The hospital is looking for fill 193 positions this year.

You can get more information at the Junction City recruitment workshop on Wednesday, July 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Junction City located on West 18th.

You can also apply online by clicking here.

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