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City Club of Eugene
9:24 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Eugene Marathon Means Traffic Delays

Credit http://eugenemarathon.com/marathon/

Approximately 5,500 people are participating in the Eugene marathon Sunday. The route includes parts of Centennial Boulevard, Kellogg and Aspen Roads and concludes at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Motorists should exercise caution while driving in the area. 

http://eugenemarathon.com/marathon/

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Oregon Coast
1:43 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Oregon Beaches May Soon Be Smoke Free

cigarette butts on a beach
Credit marinedebrisblog.wordpress.com

Oregon Beaches may soon be smoke free. The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input on proposed rules that would restrict smoking on shorelines.

Smoking is already restricted in all Oregon State Parks. You can smoke in your campsite or vehicle, but that's about it. Parks and Recreation Spokesman Chris Havel says people were inquiring about restricting cigarette use on beaches during the last public comment period about smoking on State Parks. He says if you restrict smoking in a park, people on the coast can just walk down to the beach.

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Health
6:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New Law Requires Vision Screening For Children

Lions Club Mobile Screening Truck

A new Oregon law requires all students under the age of seven to complete a vision screening before entering into a new school.

Springfield school district is looking at enrolling between 800 and 1000 new kindergarteners in a little more than a month. According to spokesperson Devon Ashbridge, they will all have to go through a vision screening.

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Newberry Event, LaPine
6:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Music, Nature and Healing with Guitarist Craig Chaquico

Craig Chaquico
Credit Photo by Julia Moore

Guitarist Craig Chaquico has led an exceptionally diverse career, from his early days as the lead guitarist for the multi-platinum selling Jefferson Starship, to a Grammy-nominated, million-selling solo career including success in the realms of smooth jazz, New Age, and lately blues. He’s now working with one of Oregon’s fine young vocalists, Shaeny Celine Johnson, and will be the headlining performer this Saturday at the three-day Newberry Event Music & Arts Festival, a multiple sclerosis benefit in La Pine. He speaks with Eric Alan.

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Disasters & Accidents
7:57 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Missing Waldport Man Found Alive By Deputy

The car of 80-year-old Jon Culton of Waldport went off the road on Highway 34 Wednesday.
Credit Oregon State Police

A Benton County Sheriff's Office deputy found a vehicle Thursday morning down an embankment off Highway 34 belonging to an elderly Waldport man reported missing the day before to Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. The man was rescued from his vehicle northeast of Alsea and taken to a Corvallis hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Oregon State Police is investigating the crash and the man's family was notified that he was found safe.

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Fish & Rivers
2:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Lower Water Level Means Hazardous Waterways

Buell-Miller Boat Ramp
Credit oregon.gov

Less snow pack and below average rainfall is exposing previously unseen hazards on Oregon's waterways. The Marine Board says a fatality on the North Santiam River last weekend was directly related to the lower water level.

Shallow conditions mean more stumps, rocks, logs, and other obstacles exposed or just beneath the surface. Oregon Marine Board Spokeswoman Ashley Massey says a concerning area is a section of the North Santiam just after the Buell Miller Boat Ramp.

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Fish Kill
11:07 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Fish Kill Likely Caused By Mill Fire

The fire at the Springfield mill likely caused the fish kill in the nearby millrace.
Credit Angela Kellner

The fire that destroyed a Springfield mill a week ago likely also caused a fish die-off in the nearby millrace.

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Douglas County
6:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregon County Turns Public Health Function Over To State

Credit State of Oregon

Counties across the Northwest are heavily dependent on timber revenue from federal lands have been struggling to provide public health services. Now, one county in Oregon has told the state it will no longer provide those services. That's left state officials scrambling to figure out how to cover the gap.

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Storycatchers
6:37 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Storycatchers: Queen Marie Slugtoinette

Slug Queen Marie Slug-toinette.
Credit Connie Van Flandern

The slug queen pageant has been a Eugene tradition since 1983, but the office of slug queen hasn't always been so involved in the community.

Connie Van Flandern or Queen Marie Slug-toinette sat down with her friend Mitra  Chester to talk about Connie's role in shaping the meaning of being slug queen.
 

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Elliott State Forest
6:31 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregon’s Elliott State Forest Could Be Sold To Timber Companies

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The 93,000 acres of a state forest on the south Oregon coast could be sold to private timber companies.

That’s one option being considered by Oregon’s Department of State Lands, which says the forest drains millions of dollars from a trust fund that supports public education.

The Elliott State Forest has been a losing proposition for the state of Oregon. Annual management costs are about $3 million dollars more than what it brings in by selling trees to timber companies.

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