DFPA Moves Fire Danger Level to Extreme

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased the fire danger to extreme on its protected lands. The increase in the fire danger level is due to the hot and dry weather conditions, along with the severity of the drought stricken vegetation throughout the county. “With the current conditions, wildfires can easily start … Continue reading »

Industrial Equipment Blocks 126 Off-Ramp

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Early Wednesday morning a 70-ton industrial charcoal dryer fell off a semi-truck blocking the westbound 126 off-ramp to 42nd Street. The dryer is still secured to its trailer, no one was injured in the crash. It is roughly 50 feet long, 19 feet high and weighs nearly 69 tons. The turbine was in … Continue reading »

LCSO: Man Beat, Doused in Lighter Fluid

YACHATS, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man they say assaulted his roommate and then doused him in lighter fluid. Deputies say the alleged victim, Herbert Purol, told them this happened as he and Buddy Valentine were in their home on the 95-thousand block of Highway 101 in Yachats. Purol said … Continue reading »

Search for Man & 4 Kids Underway

EUGENE, Ore. – Police need help finding a man they say violated his restraining order by not returning his four children to their mother. EPD says the man, Torata Tanaka, may be taking the children out of country, maybe Canada or his native country of Japan. The oldest child is 10 years old. The other three children are … Continue reading »

Seventh-day Adventist Facing Lawsuit

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. — The Seventh-day Adventist Church is under fire, facing a major lawsuit involving sexual abuse allegations. Two men who grew up in Veneta filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court Tuesday claiming they were sexually abused by a youth leader and the church looked the other way. The two alleged victims … Continue reading »

Willamalane Buys Thurston Hills Land

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Between the rolling hills and tall trees, Willamalane plans on building a trail system in the Thurston Hills. “The hills natural area is made up of 665 acres, three separate parcels that we were able to acquire. There’s a wide variety of landscapes from mature Douglas Fir forest to the Oak Savannah … Continue reading »

Residents Protecting the Simpsons Mural

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Simpsons mural continues to draw in fans one day after it was unveiled in Springfield. People checking out the mural Tuesday say they believe it’s a great addition to the city and will draw people from all over to town. They believe now that the piece of art has been officially … Continue reading »

A Couple’s Safety Message for Drivers

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield couple is warning others about distracted driving, after they saw the devastation it can cause in a matter of seconds. James and Judy Harris live on this quiet street in Springfield and for the last week, their house has been a popular stop. “People have been stopping and taking pictures, … Continue reading »

Stolen Museum Coins Recovered

PHILOMATH, Ore. –  About a half-century after someone stole coins from a Corvallis museum, detectives stumbled upon them by chance, and returned them to the museum to once again go up on display. In May, the Benton County Historical Society in Philomath received a surprising phone call. “The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office called us to say … Continue reading »

New Corvallis Museum Campaign

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A Corvallis couple has presented the Benton County Historical Society with a $1 million challenge: if it raises $1 million in donations by the end of Feb. 2015, the couple will match it. The society is planning to open a new museum in Corvallis by 2017 – but it still needs community support. … Continue reading »

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