Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh Dies

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber ordered flags at public institutions to be lowered to half staff Monday following the death of a former Oregon governor. Vic Atiyeh, Oregon’s Republican governor from 1979 to 1987, died at Portland’s Providence St. Vincent Medical Center just after 8 p.m. Sunday. Atiyeh was surrounded by friends and family. A … Continue reading »

Sick Leave Ordinance Up for Debate

EUGENE, Ore. — On Monday, the topic of mandatory sick leave will be up for discussion. The Eugene City Council is scheduled to listen to public comment on a sick leave ordinance Monday night, but the Lane County board is holding an emergency meeting that morning in hopes of halting the decision. The board believes … Continue reading »

Swimmers React to Fish Die-Off

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — An advisory to keep people out of the Willamette River from Island Park in Springfield to Alton Baker Park in Eugene has some swimmers and fishermen finding a different place to go. But, others said they’ll still be going in the river despite this advisory. Many people out at the Willamette River … Continue reading »

Springfield Mill Fire Fully Contained

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Thursday’s massive fire is now fully contained, but not before devastation. Crews from eight different jurisdictions worked to put out the fire, but also battled high temperatures winds and low humidity. Then there were the technical difficulties. “The sprinkler system as the building collapsed broke open, so we had open pipes flowing … Continue reading »

Fire Breaks Out at Mt. Pisgah

EUGENE, Ore. — Just a day after a massive fire at a Springfield mill, fire crews were once again put to the test Friday as a fire ignited near Mt. Pisgah. Lane County Parks is investigating the cause of the fire. It broke out Friday afternoon in the northwest portion of Buford Park. Crews worked … Continue reading »

Crews Battle Fire at Springfield Mill

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The fire started a little before 5 p.m. Thursday evening and watched closely by fire crews, allowed to continue on through the night. Firefighters have yet to get inside to see what happened, but say they believe it began in a dryer. Despite the fact that Eugene-Springfield fire crews showed up just … Continue reading »

Fire at Springfield Swanson Mill

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Fire crews from several agencies responded to a fire at Swanson Group’s Springfield Plywood & Veneer mill Thursday evening. The fire started at about 4:41 p.m at 1651 South F Street, near S 18th and Booth Kelly Road. An evacuation notice was in effect for a one-mile radius of 26th and South M Street, … Continue reading »

Double Fatal Crash on Highway 126

UPDATE (11:05 a.m. Thursday): OSP says second driver died from injuries EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon State Police confirms a second person died following Wednesday’s two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 126W between Veneta and Eugene near milepost 50. Investigators say a 2008 Toyota Prius driven by Brunhilde Maria Watkins, age 78, from Veneta, was westbound … Continue reading »

High Obesity Rates in Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — 60 percent of people in Lane County are obese or overweight. That’s according to new numbers from Lane County Public Health. Lane County Public Health says the numbers aren’t as surprising as you might think, even in a county that is known for being active and having access to fresh produce, there … Continue reading »

Crews Respond to Creswell House Fire

UPDATE — Eugene Police say two bodies were found in the home. They have not been identified. We will have more on this story as it develops. CRESWELL, Ore. — Crews are on the scene of a house fire on Butte Road. South Lane County Fire and Rescue say it started around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday … Continue reading »

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