Hayward FlagsEUGENE, Ore. — The World Junior Track and Field Championships is happening at one of the most sustainably oriented locations on the planet–Hayward Field.

The IAAF has activated its landmark social responsibility program “Athletics for a Better World.”

You’ll find free water bottle filling stations and healthy meal options.

Oregon 2014 is also the first carbon neutral IAAF championship event.

EWEB is powering operations with 100 percent carbon free greenpower.

Vendors are also told to reduce waste, and a volunteer team helps recover more than 75 percent of materials headed for the landfill.

Trenton NowakCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Depending on who you are, time has its own meaning. It can measure from past to present or present to future.

In Cottage Grove, time is on Ronnie Nowak’s mind every day.

“They said three to six months,” said Ronnie Nowak.

When she thinks of her 6-year-old grandson, Trenton Nowak, who has a spot-on shot and loves things most boys love, three to six months has never seemed so short.

“It’s called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas, which is a brain tumor in the brain stem. There’s really no treatment or no cure for it,” Nowak said.

Ronnie says Trenton’s diagnosis a month ago came shortly after another tragedy just a few months before.

“We just lost a son three months ago, almost four months ago, to colon cancer. We hadn’t even really gotten over that,” Ronnie said.

She knows when the time comes, it’s going to be hard.

“We cry a lot,” Nowak said.

But at least the road there can be a little easier.

“We want to take him camping and whatever he can do. We use to like to go hiking but that might be a little more difficult but camping, spending time at the lake, and swimming,” Nowak said.

Thanks to the help of family, friends, and strangers, they’ve left Trenton asking Ronnie the tough questions.

“He just asked me one time why people are so nice and I said because people are nice,” Ronnie said.

A short answer for a long list of generous people helping a 6-year-old hit a bullseye just in time.

“It’s all about him and his brother and the time that they have and the time that we have. We’re just making it happy and the best time that they can have,” Ronnie said.

Trenton is turning 7 on Tuesday, and he’s headed to Disneyland this weekend with Ronnie.

If you’d like to help Trenton, click here to go to his donation page. The funds will go toward anything Trenton wants to do in the next three to six months.

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world flagsEUGENE, Ore. — With more than 177 countries represented at the World Junior Championships this week, some athletes are representing war-torn countries, and sometimes different sides of the same war compete against each other.

“Separate the political issues from the sport,” said Bader Naser, the Bahrainian coach.

Naser, a coach from the middle-eastern island of Bahrain, says athletic events should welcome all nations, regardless of politics.

“Sports is a different issue. Sports gets the people together,” Naser said.

Stand outside the university’s athlete village, and you’ll hear the same sentiment expressed over and over by the athletes and coaches who pass by.

“Once the games are over, people are going to continue going back to that battle. But for these seven days of competition, I think everybody wants to go out and produce the best team they can,” said Haisha Bisiolu, a Nigerian long jumper.

Even the 100-meter relay team for the Netherlands, which lost over a hundred citizens in the downing of Malaysia Flight 17, said they hold no ill feelings toward any other team.

“It’s only sports. Nothing else. We don’t feel any competition…They did nothing wrong to us,” said Tasa Jiya, a relay runner for the Netherlands.

“I don’t like war,” said Ilya Terentyev.

Terentyev, a hammer thrower from the Russian Federation–a country accused by some of participating in the take down of MH-17–says politics does not interest him, only sports.

“After this conflict, we will be friend.//You’ll be friends again?//Yes,” Terentyev said.

Volunteer ambassadors from the university have been working with teams to help them bridge any cultural gaps or misunderstandings.

“We have about 1,700 athletes, and they’re coming here and enjoying themselves and competing with virtually no issues so far,” said global ambassador, Joshua Gurnick.

“Sports and goodwill bring everyone together,” said Gersh Gregory.

Gregory, the javelin coach for Israel, whose army is fighting a war with Hamas, says politicians can learn a lot from athletes.

“It’s a good idea,” Gregory said.

So far, only one international incident has been reported. An Asian coach said she was “dishonored” by being publicly chastised by a cafeteria worker for taking too much fruit.

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KiddLINN COUNTY, Ore. — A Linn County man convicted of sex trafficking minors across western Oregon has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Police say 21-year-old Steven Michael Kidd trafficked a minor female for nearly a year, starting in late 2011.

They say he took the young woman to Eugene, Medford, Albany, Corvallis, Harrisburg, Portland, and cities in Washington reserving hotel rooms, posting ads soliciting sex and collecting money.

Police say a second minor female was also trafficked.

Click here for more information on this case.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Duck fans are scoring some deals just in time for football season.

The Duck Store hosted its first ever warehouse sale Tuesday.

Customers got an additional 50 percent off already discounted merchandise.

Along with Oregon gear, fans bought jerseys, sweatshirts, T-shirts and children’s clothes.

“I thought it was great. A chance to pick up gear at a fantastic price over retail, can’t complain,” said Eugene resident Chris Yates.

“I definitely expected it to cost a lot more than it did. I got a lot of good stuff,” said Duck fan Charlesa Stoglin.

The sale will run every day during the IAAF World Junior Championships. It will go be open noon to 7 p.m. through Sunday.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Oliver, our KEZI 9 News Pet of the Week, is looking for a new place to call home.

He is a 5-year-old Basset hound/Mix. He walks well on a leash and loves running after toys. He would like to live in a cat-free home with adults only.

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

peaches(CNN) — One company is voluntarily recalling many of it’s fruits due to possible listeria contamination. It is a nationwide recall and affects many top grocers and many favorite summer fruits, so here’s what you need to know.

The recall comes from Wawona Packing Company. It’s pulling its peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots from one of their warehouses in California after a listeria scare.

This affects fruit at Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Walmart Corp., which also operates Sam’s Club.

The company calls it a precautionary step to recall these fruits and they are not aware of any illnesses related to eating their product but these stores are urging customers not to eat the fruit out of an abundance of caution.

This company also supplies fruit that is in some pies in these grocery store chains. The full list of recalled items is on fda.gov.

GM PIC(CNN) — GM is recalling over 700,000 cars and trucks.

The company made the announcement Wednesday.

GM says the problems range from a broken screw that could cause front seats to move up and down freely to problems with some welds to problems with the power steering.

GM said it is aware of two crashes and three injuries, but no deaths associated with the problems.

GM has now recalled nearly 30 million vehicles since the start of the year, by far a record for any automaker and more than half the vehicles recalled by the industry as a whole.

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