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Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds

EUGENE, Ore.– The Emeralds did not wait long to get on the board on a $3 Thursday at PK Park. Auston Bousfield ledoff the bottom of the 1st with his first professional home run. The Ems center fielder belted one over the fence in left field off 18 year-old lefty Luiz Gohara. Franchy Cordero made it back-to-back jacks by hitting his 8th big fly of the year to tie the league lead. The Ems weren’t done in the first as Marcus Davis doubled and Jose Urena walked setting up Jalen Goree who came in hitting .476 against left-handed pitching. Goree took Gohara out to straight away center field making it a 5-run first inning for Eugene.

The Aquasox had an answer in the top of the 2nd off Ems starter Michael Kelly. The inning began with a hit by pitch and a walk before Kelly induced a fly out and a ground out. With two down, CF Wilton Martinez hit a fly ball down the line in right that went for a two-run triple after Ems RF Nick Torres missed a diving attempt. The next hitter, Luke Guarnaccia, singled to left cutting the Ems lead to 5-3. The hit from Guarnaccia would be Everett’s last hit until the 7th inning.

Michael Kelly finished 5 innings with 6 strike outs and allowed those three runs on only two hits. In the bottom of the 6th, Eugene added two more runs after Bousfield and Cordero again ignited the offense. This time it was a walk from Bousfield and a single for Cordero to set up an RBI groundout by Torres and an RBI single for Marcus Davis. The Ems offense kept it up into the 8th inning when they used a single and three doubles to plate three more runs. Heading into the 9th the Ems held a comfortable 10-3 lead.

Cory Bostjancic came out of the pen for the 9th and allowed four of the first five hitters to reach base safely. After striking out Corey Simpson, Everett was down to their final out. Bostjancic then walked LF Sheehan Planas-Arteaga and gave up a base-clearing double to 1B Kristian Brito making it 10-8. James Alfonso then singled to right and the lead was cut to one, Robbie Wine turned to closer Bryan Verbitsky. Verbitsky retired the only batter he faced to pick up his 7th save of the year and move the Ems 2nd half record to an even 5-5.

The series is tied at one game a piece and will continue Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.

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GOSHEN, Ore. — A growing feud in the Goshen Rural Fire District is putting volunteer firefighters and the chief at odds.
The Goshen Volunteer Firefighters Association wrote a letter to its board declaring a hostile work environment.
Volunteer firefighters say they’ve been frustrated for years with the chief’s leadership.
So they say they’re finally taking action.
In the letter they wrote to the board the Goshen Volunteer Firefighters Association requested a third party to mediate and investigate the situation.
The Special District’s Association of Oregon stepped in to speak with the firefighters this week.
But Goshen Fire Chief David Wolting says he has no knowledge of any concerns with his leadership.
He says he believes in fairness and tries to show the volunteer firefighters they’re appreciated.
“Would you say that you’re too tough on your staff. Both volunteers and paid? I wouldn’t say that but that’s my opinion and there could be contrary opinions to that,” said Chief Wolting.
“Many people felt intimidated or coerced on a variety of levels and that along with that was a vote of no confidence to the chief,” said Aaron Gibbens, Goshen Volunteer Firefighters Association Secretary.
Gibbens says they won’t go into specifics on any incidents.
He says they’ve had a number of resignations in connection with this situation.
But Chief Wolting says he’s never received any notices.
Both parties hope to receive the report of the investigation next week.
After they receive that information they hope to meet with the board to discuss the next steps.
A member of the Pleasant Hill Fire District reached out to us.
Chief Wolting also oversees that district.
The volunteer says they’re pleased with Wolting’s leadership.

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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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