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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is lowering Cougar Reservoir in order to do what it says is urgently needed repair work.

Central Oregon Fire Info

It's been a wet winter, but fire season is just around the corner. The Oregon Department of Forestry is already planning for summer 2016.   

Beyond Toxics

A local watchdog group is gathering signatures for a possible ballot measure that would ban aerial pesticide spraying in Oregon’s forests.  Eugene-based Beyond Toxics is also celebrating its 15th anniversary this week.

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The Siuslaw National Forest is proposing a plan to improve habitat and stream surroundings. Proposed actions include commercially thinning about 53 hundred acres; create snags to promote nesting cavities for wildlife, and placing wood in streams to improve Coho salmon spawning. Casey Hawes is with the Siuslaw National Forest. He says the area is located about 14 miles northeast of Florence.

The News Guard

Archie Knowles Campground, located 18 miles east of Florence, has been closed for 5 years. Starting with a groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow, work will begin immediately to rehabilitate the site.

Predator Defense

Coyote Hunting contest is happening this weekend in Harney County . Predator advocates are condemning the event, especially given the ongoing occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge by armed militants .

Rachael McDonald

After an entire year travelling around the world, Noah Strycker is home from his “big year” of birding. The 29-year-old from Creswell was able to identify 6 thousand 42 species of birds, breaking the world record.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is now treating two olive ridley sea turtles. Discovered on different beaches, they're both doing well.

Parks and Open Space Department

The Eugene Parks and Open Space Department rang in the New Year by acquiring 100 acres of natural land. The property west of I-5 provides an opportunity for walking trails from Eugene to places like Mount Pisgah.

Winter Weather Forecast Thru Monday

Jan 3, 2016

A Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for all Southwest Oregon counties from tonight through late tomorrow morning.

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