60,000 Ducks Dip Into the Willamette

EUGENE, Ore. — The 27th Annual Great Rotary Duck Race took place down at Alton Baker Park on Saturday. This year at least 60,000 rubber ducks were dropped into the Willamette River at noon, amounting to more than $300,000 to support the overall effort of preventing child abuse throughout the area. Flock member Diana Bray … Continue reading »

Pinwheels for Prevention

EUGENE, Ore. — Child abuse and neglect continues to plague our state and nation, and one local nonprofit is using pinwheels to try to raise awareness about the problem as a part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Driving by Parenting Now in Eugene, you can’t miss the bright blue pinwheels. ┬áDozens are now planted outside, … Continue reading »

Great Rotary Duck Race Ticket Drive

EUGENE, Ore. — The Great Rotary Duck Race is almost here, and on Tuesday, KEZI 9 News is hosting an all-day ticket drive at the Bi-Mart on West 18th Avenue. The goal is to sell 100,000 tickets, which would set a new record. Last year, 70,000 ducks were dumped in the Willamette River, and over … Continue reading »

Local Child Foster Rate Highest in State

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County has one of the highest rates of children in foster care in the state of Oregon. With nearly a thousand children currently in the foster care system, National Child Abuse Prevention Month hits close to home. The Eugene organization Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) says oftentimes child abuse is not … Continue reading »

Preventing Child Abuse is Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of people gathered in Eugene Friday with the goal of cutting child abuse in Lane County by 90 percent. They hope to do that in about 17 years, by 2030. Organizers say the conference at Valley River Inn is important because the number of cases went up in the past decade. … Continue reading »