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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

We’re not seeing a lot of change in the forecast for the rest of the week, as both the high pressure ridge over the Great Basin in Utah and the low positioned in the Gulf of Alaska aren’t budging. That means get ready to see more morning clouds at the coast, clear inland all day, and highs back in the low 90s.

Clear tonight with lows staying fairly mild in the mid to upper 50s. Then its back to 90s for Friday by late afternoon. Also, winds above the surface are still pushing across the state from the south and southwest, so thunderstorms are a safe bet again for the mountains. Hot, dry air and elevated thunderstorms that have produced some very strong winds today and quarter sized hail will fire up again tomorrow through the weekend.

Early next week, the ridge flattens out just a bit. Not enough to kill the heat more than a couple of degrees, but it should lessen the strength of thunderstorms in the mountains, making them more spotty Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile in the valleys, the return of some morning cloud cover will cool afternoons down just a hair to the upper 80s instead of the low 90s for Monday.

Have a great Friday!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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CORVALLIS, Ore. –   Kids in Corvallis will get free Slurpees – if a police officer sees them doing something safe or responsible.

The program, funded by 7-11, is showing kids across the nation that not all interactions with police officers are bad.

On Thursday, Corvallis Police Officer Luther MacLean took KEZI 9 News out on patrol with him – but it was not to look for crime.

“Hey can I talk to you for just a sec?” Officer MacLean yelled out the window as a kid biked by. Officer MacLean got out of his vehicle and walked towards the child who not only was wearing his helmet, but he had signaled before he turned.

“Two things I liked that you did,” Officer MacLean told the boy. “You’re wearing your helmet which is a good thing, and you paid attention to your mom. And you were very careful when I pulled up and you waited to make sure it was safe to turn.”

The police officer then gave the boy a coupon for a free Slurpee.

“And I’m Luther by the way,” Officer MacLean said as he extended his hand. “It was nice to meet you. Do you wear your helmet all the time? I bet you do. I have a feeling that’s something that you do regularly.”

Officer MacLean says the program is a way for officers to promote kids being good citizens: being safe and being responsible. But the program is also a way for police officers to interact with the community in a positive way.

“Having a good reason just to stop and talk to people – and have a conversation that doesn’t involve jail and handcuffs  - is really cool,” Officer MacLean said “It’s very cool.”

Kids can get coupons for doing things like wearing a bike helmet, signaling on their bike, or helping someone out. Officers will be handing out the coupons all summer long and through the early part of the school year.

Eugene PoliceEUGENE, Ore. — Eugene police are trying to figure what happened leading up to the death of a bicyclist Wednesday night.

The 33-year old Springfield man was found severely injured in the middle of a street in West Eugene.

It happened near South Danebo and 11th Avenue around 11:30 p.m.

A witness called police after finding the man with traumatic injuries. His blue BMX bike wasn’t far away.

Investigators say Charles Lewis Irwin died, after he was rushed to the hospital.

There were no other vehicles around and police are still looking for witnesses to try to find out what happened.

“We are working under multiple theories at this point. It could have been a multiple vehicle crash. It could have been this person crashed off his bicycle. It could have been a violent assault. We are still working on those,” said Eugene Police Officer Scott Dillon.

Last year, Irwin was arrested multiple times for failing to register as a sex offender.

If you have any information call the Eugene Police Department.

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EUGENE, Ore. — For all the wonderful things you can find in the garden, there can be a few irritants–the ones responsible for the damaged leaves.

Click on the video to learn some quick and easy ways to take care of those garden pests.

ticketsEUGENE, Ore. — With their uniforms and basketball court, the University of Oregon prides itself on being a bit edgy, creative and unpredictable.

And they’ve done it again. This time they didn’t follow their gut. They followed their nose with scratch-n-sniff patches on tickets to home football games.

So what do they smell like? Carl’s Junior is the sponsor of the tickets.

“They had a couple different options we were going to have it smell like one of their shakes and we actually ultimately decided on promoting the great fresh bread that they have on their burgers,” said Craig Pintens, senior associate athletic director.

This idea has been in the works for a couple of years.

The scratch-n-sniff tickets are available for all the games.

4-HCORVALLIS, Ore. — The animals are always a big draw, come fair time. And it’s no different at the Benton County Fair.

4-H members have been raising all kinds of animals–pigs, sheep, goats, steer–and you can check them all out this week.

Many of the participants will auction off their animals. Kids say it teaches them more about where their food comes from, among other things.

“Responsibility and learn how to treat an animal,” said 4-H member Toben Stueve.

“I don’t know if the store-bought animals have been treated properly and these have been treated properly,” said 4-H member Matthew Bevandich.

the fair runs through saturday, and kids under the age of 18 get in for free every day.

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JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — The iconic Budweiser horses are here. On Thursday they stopped in Junction City.

Hundreds of people piled into the Bi-Mart parking lot off Sixth Avenue for the big showcase.

Handlers say it takes about an hour to get the eight horses ready to pull a 1903 Studebaker.

And while the job is one that has them traveling about 320 days a year, staff say it’s well worth the effort.

“The biggest thing is the smiles it puts on everybody’s faces and it’s generational. You’ll see grandparents with grandkids and they’re all out enjoying it and smiling and just seeing how big the horses are and how gentle. it’s just very satisfying to be able to come out and see that kind of effect they have on people,” said Doug Bousselot, hitch supervisor.

If you missed them, they’ll still be in town Friday at the Albertson’s store on Coburg Road in Eugene from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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EUGENE, Ore. — The list of supplies kids need when they go back to school continues to grow, and for many families it’s money they just don’t have.

That’s why the Boys and Girls Club is looking to collect items for its families.

Of the 950 kids at the Boys and Girls Club, 84 percent are below the poverty line.

The club is collecting new or gently used clothing, supplies and backpacks, even shoes, socks and underwear. The club says the average cost for all those items about $50.

“If two people put together for $25 apiece, they’ve made back to school an amazing experience for a child who can’t have that experience,” said Kassey Mosher, executive director of Boys and Girls Club.

You can drop off donations at Gap, Ninkasi, Kendall Auto, the Downtown Athletic Club (Eugene), and the Boys and Girls Club.

The club will hand out donations during its back to school events the last week of August.

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Check out these fun events happening all over Western Oregon!

Out & About Links:

Bi-Mart Cape Blanco Country Music Festival

DuneFest 2014

Benton County Fair and Rodeo

5k on the Runway and Air Fair

Whiteaker Block Party

For more information on other great events, or to submit your own, click here.

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HARRISBURG, Ore. — Nearly five months after a major employer shut its doors in Harrisburg, there is word that a new business is stepping in to reopen the facility.

Forest River Incorporated confirmed with KEZI 9 News, that it has purchased the former Monaco plant in Harrisburg, and has plans to rehire as much of the former staff as possible.

The sale went through last week.

Monaco manufactured towable RVs at the plant until February when it closed. More than 100 people lost their jobs, dealing a blow to Harrisburg’s already struggling economy.

A spokesperson from Forest River say the company has already opened the plant and is in the process of rehiring.  No other details were given.

According to the company’s website, Forest River Inc, is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana and manufactures recreational vehicle products.  The company owns 60 plants, and employs more than 5,000 people.

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