Lane County November Unemployment 6.9%

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County’s unemployment rate increased last month. The rate went up to 6.9 percent in November compared to 6.8 percent in October. It’s still below the statewide rate of 7 percent. Benton County’s was 5.5 percent, Coos County’s was 8.9 percent, Douglas County’s was 9.7 percent, and Linn County’s was 8.5 percent. … Continue reading »

Highway 42 South Closed

COQUILLE, Ore. — Oregon 42S is closed to all traffic due to high water, ODOT said Monday. The highway links Coquille to Bandon. It will remain closed during high tide conditions. ODOT says travelers can use Oregon 42 as a detour until conditions improve.

UPDATE: One Lane of Highway 101 Open

FLORENCE, Ore. — One lane of Highway 101 is now open about 12 miles north of Florence. A landslide and failing retaining wall damaged the roadway. Flaggers and a pilot car will control traffic. ODOT says travelers should plan on delays of no more than 20 minutes and be alert to construction vehicles and equipment entering … Continue reading »

Suspects Pose as Bell Ringers

CORVALLIS, Ore. — If you’re giving money to Salvation Army bell ringers, Corvallis Police are warning you to be careful. That comes after the Safeway store on NE Circle Boulevard in Corvallis recently reported someone posing to be a bell ringer and collecting money. Corvallis police say they believe the crimes are also happening in … Continue reading »

Junction City Jail Inmate Escapes

EUGENE, Ore. — Police say on Sunday around 3:30 p.m. an inmate in the custody of Junction City Municipal Jail escaped from custody while being treated for a medical condition at the Eugene Urgent Care clinic at 1800 Coburg Road in Eugene. The inmate’s name is Katherine May Berg, born October 8, 1981.  She is … Continue reading »

Highway 126 Closure Impacts Drivers

CUSHMAN, Ore. — Travelers heading to Florence Sunday afternoon had to wait a few hours to get through a flooded portion of Highway 126. Florence resident Neil Karp says the closure on Highway 126 Sunday afternoon wasn’t the first road closure he had to deal with this weekend. Saturday the Highway 101 closure delayed his … Continue reading »

Siuslaw River Floods Homes In Mapleton

MAPLETON, Ore.– Dozens of homes in Mapleton are under water Sunday night after the Siuslaw River crested Sunday morning after the Siuslaw River crested Sunday morning. People living here in Mapleton along the Siuslaw River say while flooding is not uncommon in this area, they had to prepare pretty quickly for this flood. Roads are … Continue reading »

Philomath Roads Flooded

PHILOMATH, Ore. — Flooding in Philomath is forcing drivers to re-route as they try to get around. Residents say they’re cautious but not concerned. “This is the first place it floods from the Mary’s River,” said Beverly Lonsway, a Philomath resident. It didn’t take long for Chapel Drive to flood right in front of Lonsway’s … Continue reading »

Officer-Involved Crash Closes Lanes

EUGENE, Ore. — West 11th Avenue was down to one lane in each direction Saturday after a three-vehicle crash at the Bertelsen intersection. One of the vehicles involved was a Eugene Police car. Police say around 4 p.m. the officer was going east on 11th and was responding to an emergency call with lights and … Continue reading »

Hwy 101 Closed Near Heceta Head

FLORENCE, Ore. — Highway 101 is closed in both directions about 12 miles north of Florence.  A retaining wall at an active slide lo cation has been compromised by heavy rain. The highway will be closed all weekend. Northbound traffic will be turned around at Sea Lion Caves. Southbound traffic will be turned around at the Carl … Continue reading »

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