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Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn’s Forecast Discussion:

High pressure will be in control this week. Skies will be mostly sunny inland with high temperatures in the low 90s inland and mid to upper 60s along the coast. We’ll have a chance for thunderstorms in the Cascades through Monday, with storms also possible in the Umpqua Basin Thursday through Saturday.

Have a great Thursday!
~ Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn

7-30 Roseburg vaROSEBURG, Ore. — A new audit casts an even larger shadow of doubt over the VA system, specifically the facilities in Roseburg and White City.

The VA sanctioned the audit. It suggested that employees manipulated patient wait times and kept wait lists secret.

30-percent of the surveyed employees at the Roseburg VA indicated they had been asked to manipulate appointment dates.

According to Congressman Peter DeFazio, the next step is an in-depth investigation by the inspector general to determine details, including those responsible.

“It wasn’t initiated by my staff, it was initiated at a much higher level in the Roseburg VA,” said Rep. DeFazio. “The secretary of the VA will have the authority to preemptively fire those employees.”

The audit results were worse for White City. It found 50-percent of the surveyed employees say they were asked to manipulate appointment dates.

American YoungCORVALLIS, Ore. — The Benton County fair wrapped up day one on Wednesday – with some local names taking the stage.

American Young headlined Wednesday’s show. Jon Stone, one of the two lead singers, is from the Eugene area. The band has performed on some pretty big stages – including an appearance on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” this season during one of Andi’s dates with Josh. But according to Stone, performing in the Willamette Valley is unlike any other area.

“You know, they say half your life you try to get out of your hometown, and the other half trying to get back,” he said. “And I think this is – you know – to be back here in this capacity is wonderful.”

Jackson Michelson opened for American Young on Wednesday – an upcoming country star from Corvallis.

One message from both performers? To dream big.

“Big things can come out of Corvallis,” Michelson said. “It’s been awesome. And so many people have encouraged me along the way and told me: ‘Hey you can do this.’ We have a great football team here – but that’s not all. The things that can come out of this area and out of this school system is amazing.”

In Monday’s finale of The Bachelorette, Josh proposed to Andi. American Young told KEZI 9 News on Wednesday that the producers of the show want the band to perform at the couple’s wedding – but no date has yet been set.

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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 Thursday 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 Thursday!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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SPRINGFIELD, Oregon – We’re used to seeing Beavers and Ducks fight each other in the Civil War. But on Wednesday, no one was laying a hit on each other. Instead, both sides teamed up to fight a bigger war; the war on Cancer.

At Deer Horn Park, east of Springfield, athletes from both schools jumped into boats along the McKenzie River and celebrated life with a group of kids who beat the disease.

Majiec Bownik was one of many kids celebrating their victory over cancer. He was diagnosed when he was just a few months old. The cancer in his back caused a physical disability in his leg which forces him to now wear a brace.

The battles each of the kids faced in their short lives moved the very athletes these young people look up to.

“They’re stronger than I could ever be. Just the stuff that they’ve been through. How they’ve reacted to it, how upbeat they are and how excited they are about everything. You would never know all the stuff that they’ve been through by the way that they act,” said Oregon Track & Field athlete TJ Brassil.

Candlelighters, a non-profit organization organization that helps families and children fight cancer, celebrated many childrens’ victories with a fishing trip down the McKenzie River with some of our local celebreties, Oregon & Oregon St. Athletes.

One OSU football player was personally moved to join the party Wednesday. Lineman Fred Lauina lost a cousin to cancer.

“He only had three months to live, and uh, he passed away two months instead of three and it really touched me. So when I heard about this I came over and do the best I can to make him smile. Put a… Whatever makes him happy for the day,” Lauina said.

But that trip down the river was enough to make most everyone there take stock of their own lives.

“I thank God for waking up and the opportunities I have. I never take that for granted because in a split second, it could be gone,” said Oregon lineman Elijah George.

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EUGENE, Ore. — A sense of hope was in the air Wednesday afternoon, as employers met with Swanson mill employees looking for jobs.

“We do have today (Wednesday) over 20 employers here with over 140 job listings to try and get everybody back to work,” said Saundra Crawley, WorkSource Lane supervisor.

Crawley says they immediately reached out to help, after a fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill on July 17 left nearly 250 people unemployed.

“As soon as we heard about the news regarding the mill, we reached out to the employer to find out how we could help with services and how we could help with all these dislocated workers and get them back to work,” Crawley said.

Crawley says the hiring companies ranged from production and manufacturing to different mills and lumber work. Employers see this as an opportunity to potentially hire quality workers.

“Just get a good applicant pool. Quality employees, they’re hard to find and good employees are what we need,” said Troy Stroud, Murphy Plywood.

Stroud says although the other companies are considered competitors, the goal here is to get jobseekers employed and restore the hope in the air back into the lives for those without work.

“We’re also in the same industry and in the same group and have the same battles. So, it’s a good thing to come together and just put it out there that we’re Oregon and we’re employing and come to work,” Stroud said.

Stroud says he received more than 75 applications at Murphy Plywood’s booth alone. Crawley says more than 150 people were there looking for positions.

“To achieve is to get everybody employed–that is our goal,” Crawley said.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. –  The Benton County Fair is now in full swing, and anyone under the age of 18 gets in for free this year.

The carnival rides, the music, the 4H animals, the barbecued food, and the bungee jumping: the atmosphere at the fairgrounds is back to life.

“I just got to go like 20 feet up in the air,” said 8-year-old bungee jumper Dylan Lowther. “It was awesome. I love coming to the fair with my family. We have a lot of fun.”

Besides the rides, fair-goers can also take a walk on a different kind of wild side. They can meet exotic animals, including Nikita, a 5-week-old Barbary lion.

A Walk on the Wild Side, a nonprofit from Canby, bought her in the hopes of continuing to conserve the extinct wild lions. This year at the fair, the organization hopes to show the public what it is all about: education, conservation, and rescue.

“Usually when an animal is born into captivity, they need to stay in captivity,” said animal handler Julie Moore. “They wouldn’t know how to take care of themselves in the wild.”

Moore says without animal conservation groups, Nikita would not survive if released into the wild.

“There are not going to be these beautiful animals to see,” she said. “That makes me sad. It’s sad to have them in captivity, but if that’s the way we can keep them safe and keep them going on forever, then I’m all for it.”

The fair is a way for the group to not only educate, but to fundraise.

Nikita will be at the fair through Thursday, but the exhibit will be set up through Saturday.

More information about the organization is available by clicking here or by visiting its Facebook page.

To learn more about the fair, click here.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Three development teams are making their best pitch for Eugene Water and Electric Board’s downtown riverfront property Wednesday night.

They each submitted plans earlier this year, and now they’ll unveil more details.

The University of Oregon Foundation is one of three coveting the 17 acres of surplus property.

EWEB expects to make a final decision by late summer or early fall.

Watch KEZI 9 News tonight at 11 p.m. for more details in our full report.

dentist officeEUGENE, Ore — Magnuson Dental and the Lane County Dental Society are teaming up to offer free dental services.  Those selected first receive a screening, which includes X-rays, a cleaning along with a consultation.  If additional dental work is required, an appointment will be scheduled at one of four upcoming dental clinics.

The care is provided for low-income, uninsured Lane County residents who are not on the Oregon Health Plan.  “So we are just trying to get them jump-started. They need urgent dental care, cleanings. We are just trying to get them so they can get a job, retain a job or just feel better about themselves,” says Debbie Magnuson who helps organize the free dental care clinic.

The clinic is starting its eighth year.  To date,  a team of about 9 doctors has provided $750,000 dollars worth of dental care.

To be considered for a screening you must first fill out an application.  Click here for the application.  For more information call the Lane County Dental Society at (541) 686-1175.

skin cancerEUGENE, Ore. — Oregonians might want to listen carefully to the U.S. surgeon general’s new warning about the dangers of skin cancer.

Nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer each year–that’s more than cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined.

In Oregon, about 26 people out of every 100,000 gets skin cancer, six more than the national average. In Lane County, there are about 67 cases a year, making it the sixth highest in the state.

Local physicians say people need to know UV rays are bad for you too.

“Stay out of the sun and stay out of UV rays. And they used to just say UVA, but really UVA and UVB, and especially the type, you know, both are in tanning beds are definitely dangerous and can cause skin cancer,” said Dr. Kathryn Maxwell, PeaceHealth Internal Medicine.

The new recommendations call for everyone to minimize sun exposure, apply sunscreen of at least SPF 15 very liberally and often, wear hats and get in the shade.

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