Cost of Winter Storm Climbs

EUGENE, Ore. — The past weekend’s storm comes on the heels of December’s storm, but this one could be more costly. In fact, cuts could be made to pay for it. The latest storm was shorter than December’s storm but it was more intense. The amount of snow the area got over the past weekend … Continue reading »

Egan Warming Centers Not Opening

EUGENE, Ore. — The Cottage Grove warming center is opening tonight and tomorrow night but the director of the Egan Warming Center says those will not be opening this week. When it comes to the decision to open or not open, director, Doug Bales, says it comes down to the many weather sources they use. … Continue reading »

Christmas Tree Proceeds Help School

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Buy a Christmas tree and help victim’s of last weekends winter storm . Staff and students from the Willamette Leadership Academy are selling trees at the Springfield Moose Lodge. All proceeds will go towards fixing up a classroom that was damaged by a pipe that burst. Staff say the trees were all … Continue reading »

Heating Bills on the Rise

EUGENE, Ore. — Lower temperatures in the Willamette Valley mean higher heating bills. Wednesday marks the tenth day it’s been freezing overnight. Emerald People’s Utility District says the average monthly consumption during winter, for an all-electric house, is about 18,000 kilowatt hours. That comes out to about $225 per month. On Monday, Eugene saw overnight … Continue reading »

Egan Warming Centers Staying Busy

EUGENE, Ore. — The extreme over night temperatures have kept the Egan Warming Centers busy. “It’s been a little hectic at the warming centers. Our numbers are up. We’re operating at full capacity right now. We’re opening emergency overflow sites every night and they’re all filled. We’re over 400 people staying at a warming center … Continue reading »

Charity Collecting Winter Clothes

EUGENE, Ore. — Not everyone has the warm clothes needed to get through these cold winter days and nights. So if you’d like to help someone in need, Catholic Community Services is hosting its annual winter clothing drive. You can donate coats, socks, mittens, hats, blankets or shoes at any one of 20 different collection … Continue reading »

Clinics See Flu Vaccine Rush

EUGENE, Ore. — With flu shots scarce at pharmacies in Lane County, we learned, some urgent cares seem to be the only places with a good supply. The four urgent cares in our area are seeing an influx in people lining up for the flu shot. We began reporting Thursday night that the urgent cares … Continue reading »

19 People Hospitalized Due to Flu

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Lane County Public Health says a flu outbreak at an assisted living facility sickened 55 people. Nineteen of those were taken to the hospital. The health department says the people were infected with Influenza Type A, which causes severe fever, cough, runny nose, nasal congestion and muscle and joint aches. It can … Continue reading »

Possible to Get Flu Even with Vaccine

(CNN) — The Centers for Disease Control is warning the flu season appears to be bad this year, spreading faster and earlier than usual. The CDC says the South and Southeast section of the country is getting hit hard. Even people who received the flu shot can still get sick. “Number one, it does take … Continue reading »

Keep Skin Healthy During Winter

(CNN) — Winter can be a tough season, especially when it comes to your skin. Combine the cold temperatures outside with the warm temperatures inside and skin can begin to crack. And that’s not good. “You could be giving all sorts of nasty bacteria a way to get into your skin. That can lead to … Continue reading »