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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

Clear tonight as highs reached into the low 80s after a cool couple of days. Tonight, lows settle down into the mid 50s overnight under clear skies. Even though we might see a bit of morning clouds, most of the region will be full sunshine all day and the return of 90s will start to move in for the weekend.

High pressure is moving back into the Northwest from the Rockies and that means the return of 90s for our weekend forecast. Sunny skies from start to finish and winds picking up at the coast for most of the day. Sunday, runners and walkers in the 2014 Eugene Marathon should start under clear skies and mid 50s for the 6am start. Warming up to the mid 70s by noon, but the real heat should hold off until most runners and walkers are finished. 7-25 wxpix

In the Cascades, Sunday might see a slight chance for some isolated afternoon thunderstorms. Most of them will be “dry” meaning, not a lot of actual rain making it to the ground, but still carry some chance for lightning strikes.

Most of next week will stay toasty with highs near 90 to low 90s in the Umpqua, 60s at the coast and plenty of sunshine. The mountains because of a southwesterly flow aloft, will carry a small chance for thunderstorms each afternoon. Not much change is expected in the forecast over the next 7 days, so be ready to get back to more typical July/early August weather.

Have a great Friday!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Two Oregon State University students had a vision of creating more eco-friendly outdoor products, and now, they are already selling biodegradable sunglasses to customers in more than 30 countries.

Matthew Miner and Alex Cruft founded Bosky Optics about two years ago, and are now selling a line of wooden sunglasses.

“Bosky is actually an Old English archaic word,” Miner said. “And it means shade from trees.”

Miner says the duo’s business concept is to create outdoor products that are useful but are also from renewable and recyclable materials.

“We don’t need any more of that plastic stuff ending up in the landfills,” he said.

Miner says wooden sunglasses are actually more durable than plastic, and they are biodegradable.

“They have a triple-layer laminate frame,” he said. “Kind of the same way skateboards are made. So it makes them really durable and they actually end up being more durable than plastic frames. And you can have something that’s totally natural and it still works just as well.”

Miner and Cruft are collaborating with 13 artists around the world, whom they found online. The artists design the carvings on the sunglasses, then the company contracts somebody out to use a laser engraver to carve those designs into the glasses.

“We want to be able to feature more artists and use their work,” Miner said. “And it’s nice because they can actually earn royalties while they’re putting their artwork out there.”

Bosky is using Kickstarter, an online campaign organization, in the hopes of buying its own tools rather than contracting out workers to make the sunglasses for them.

“One of the big reasons we’re trying to raise money on Kickstarter is to buy a laser engraver,” Miner said. “I mean they’re like $4,000 -5,000. They’re really expensive machines. But once we get one, I mean the sky’s the limit.”

The company also wants to buy a carving tool to cut the sunglasses out, but they cost about $250,000. Bosky is also contracting with someone to cut the parts of the sunglasses out of wood.

Kickstarter allows customers to pledge a certain amount of money, and if the company reaches its goal, customers will get products at a discounted price.

But just because the company is raising money does not mean it has not already seen success.

“Honestly we sell more to other countries than we do in the United States,” Miner said. “We’ve sold to over 30 countries.”

The wooden sunglasses company is putting Oregon on the map, and is now getting a little extra help from a Corvallis organization: the OSU Advantage Accelerator.

“I think what the Advantage Accelerator can help us with is really just marketing and hopefully getting really good customer validation stuff,” Miner said. “That’s what we would need the most – is figuring out how to do good marketing; good sales.”

The accelerator program is part of a regional network that helps entrepreneurs in the community, and helps form businesses from research ideas out of OSU.

“My goal is to have something I really believe in that’s obviously not out there so I had to go make it myself,” Miner said.

Bosky also released a line of ski goggles made out of biodegradable materials, and is working on another line to release this winter. For more information about the company’s Kickstarter campaign, click here.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Sunday is a big day for Track Town U.S.A.

Thousands of runners will hit the pavement at 6 a.m. for the Eugene Marathon.

The Eugene Police Department says roads along the route will be closed, so avoid the area if you can.

Click on the video to look at the course runners will be following.

Safety Town GraduationEUGENE, Ore. — Lots of smiles, but, no caps and gowns for this graduation ceremony.

More than a hundred pre-kindergarteners are the newest graduates of Safety Town.

During Friday’s ceremony, a record 128 kids demonstrated their new skills and knowledge.

Over the last two weeks, they learned all about bicycle, pedestrian, poison, fire, earthquake and water safety.

“Oh, it’s been a lot of fun, we’ve had a great time the last couple weeks here at Safety Town and the kids have learned really a lot,” said Debbie Janecek, Eugene Police Department Crime Prevention Unit Supervisor.

“You do the crime signal like this,” said 5-year-old Hailey Magnus.

Safety Town is supported through community donations and 25 teen volunteers that donated 80 hours of their own time.

Springfield Mill FireSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Debris from last week’s mill fire in Springfield is still being found within a five-mile radius of the site.

Several residents have found burnt material ranging from the size of a quarter to the size of their palm.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency says people need to be very careful before handling the debris. Some of it has tested positive for asbestos. You need to use a spray mister to wet the material down before handling it.

“When asbestos fibers are wet, they can’t be airborne, and therefore won’t be harmful. But still we want to encourage people to wear gloves and masks and use sealable plastic bags if they are going to dispose of it,” said Jo Niehaus, LRAPA spokesperson.

Call Lane County Public Works to dispose of the debris.

Experts hope the recent rain and wind has carried the asbestos out of the area.

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CRESWELL, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is warning people in Creswell to lock their vehicles.

There have been a number of reported break-ins over the week.

Residents in a north Creswell neighborhood say they’re both concerned and frustrated with the recent rash of car break-ins, but they’re hoping this will encourage the entire community to band together and find the parties responsible.

The sheriff’s office is hopes a video will help identify the suspect who was seen trying to enter vehicles over the last week.

Most of the break-ins happened late at night or in the early morning hours, and many of the cars targeted had their windows down or were simply unlocked.

Residents say it’s a good reminder to be vigilant about keeping your belongings secure, but the process and sometimes inability to replace what’s stolen entirely upsetting.

“People have to pay for those things. And right now we’re in rough times, and it’s just unacceptable,” said Clifford Hatcher, a car break-in victim.

The sheriff’s office wants to remind drivers to take everything out of their vehicles and lock their doors because something unimportant to you might be very enticing to a criminal.

The sheriff’s office is asking everyone to take a look at the video, and if you recognize the suspect in the video, you’re asked to contact them.

Olympic medalist hurdlers Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson:

Olympic gold medalist triple jumper Christian Taylor:

TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna:

RabbitTANGENT, Ore. — A humane society in Tangent is asking for help, after Albany Police rescued more than 200 rabbits and guinea pigs from an Albany residence this week.

Police are citing 58-year-old Pamela O’Brien for animal neglect among other charges, after they found the animals stacked in cages in her garage. Investigators say the conditions were deplorable: the animals were underfed, their drinking water was dirty, and the bottom of each cage was lined with six-ten inches of feces.

Police say O’Brien has been cooperative and signed the animals over to SafeHaven Humane Society in Tangent.

Police say without SafeHaven’s help, they do not know where they would have been able to bring the animals.

Now, the humane society is doing everything it can to care for the animals it was not expecting, but SafeHaven is asking for outside help. It is requesting any bedding, rabbit or guinea pig food, or even volunteer help. As of Friday afternoon, 50 of the animals had been adopted. SafeHaven is still looking for new homes for the rest of the animals, or even temporary foster homes.

Anyone who is interested in donating or adopting a rabbit or guinea pig can get more information about SafeHaven by clicking here. Rabbits and guinea pigs are $10 each.

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EUGENE, Ore. — More than two weeks after a Sweet Home woman was found dead in the Umpqua National Forest, a man has been charged with her death.

The suspect was arraigned in the Lane County Jail on Friday.

Thirty-three-year-old Austin Louis Rolfe was booked on July 9, the same day Heaven King was found dead east of Cottage Grove.

Hikers found the 36-year-old mother of two about 38 miles east of I-5 out of Cottage Grove in the Umpqua National Forest on the side of USFS Road 2212. Lane County investigators say her body was not concealed.

Rolfe was indicted by a grand jury earlier this week. On Friday, he was arraigned on charges of murder and abuse of a corpse where he pleaded not guilty.

The district attorney’s office did not release any more details in the case.

According to Rolfe’s Facebook page, he’s also from Sweet Home. He’s listed as a former student at Lane Community College and a current caretaker. His last Facebook post was on July 2 where he wrote “I love you Hun. Mrs. Heaven.King.Rolfe.”

Rolfe has a criminal history. According to the jail website, he has been arrested in the past for burglary, theft and assault among other charges.

As for this current case, Rolfe will be assigned to a judge and then his next court date will be set.

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