A subcommittee of the Oregon Board of Forestry has identified two proposals for new state logging rules to keep streams in Western Oregon cool enough for salmon.

One proposal increases no-cut buffer zones to 90 feet. The other offers approaches such as thinning or staggering harvests. Currently, trees must not be cut within 20 feet from streams.

Conservation and fishing groups say neither proposal is sufficient. They say no-cut buffers should be 100-feet deep.

A total lunar eclipse will share the stage with a so-called supermoon tonight. That combination hasn't been seen since 1982 and won't happen again until 2033. It's also only the 6th time since 1900 that an eclipse has coincided with a supermoon.

The total eclipse will last more than an hour, starting at 7:11 pm and ending at 8:23 pm. During those 72 minutes, the moon will turn a coppery red.

It will be the closest full moon of the year, and will look 14% bigger and 33% brighter than usual.

Utes Trounce Ducks, 62-20

Sep 27, 2015

It was Oregon's worst loss at home since falling 54-0 to Washington in 1977. No. 18 University of Utah walloped No. 13 Oregon last night, 62-20. The Utes' 62 points were the most scored against a PAC-12 opponent since joining the league in 2011, and also the most the Ducks have ever allowed in Eugene.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich says the loss is all on him, but he's looking ahead.

AARP Oregon

Finding a job in today's market if you are over 55 isn't easy. Changing demographics and a surge of college-educated millennials competing for jobs mean older workers need to be on their game to be considered.

According to a report released by the AARP, workers age 50 and older value stability at work more, and are 40% less likely than younger workers to change jobs even if an opportunity comes up. Joyce DeMonnin is a Spokeswoman with AARP Oregon. She says employers' discriminating against hiring older workers is a real problem.

Albany Bans Recreational Pot Sales

Sep 25, 2015
John Rosman / OPB

Oregon voters approved recreational marijuana last fall, but not every city is ready for pot sales to begin on October 1st. The City of Albany decided to temporarily halt recreational sales at medical dispensaries.

Jon Rosman / OPB

The state is creating a task force to research the medical and health properties of cannabis.

The legislature last session asked the Oregon Health Authority to create the task force. Doctor Katrina Hedburg with the OHA's Public Health Division says it will look at gaps in knowledge and research about the plant.  Since marijuana is illegal under federal law, there's not a lot of research available.

Hedburg says there is one FDA approved medication under the brand Marinol. It's made from THC, a chemical in marijuana.

Cartoonist Dan Piraro has been drawing the award-winning Bizarro for 31 years. He will give an illustrated talk to begin Banned Books Week at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Sunday, September 27th at 2 p.m. He speaks with Eric Alan about hidden upside down birds, the inspiration of Alfred Hitchcock, and the future of comics in the digital age.

Jamie Newton / Lucid Energy

A renewable energy company in Portland has cities across the globe taking a closer look at their water pipes. Lucid Energy has designed a mini-hydropower system that generates electricity from drinking water on its way to the tap.

The Portland-based nonprofit Albertina Kerr will stop providing services to people with developmental disabilities in Lane County. So what's next for the clients and staff?

32 clients, including 23 from around the clock group homes, will need new accommodations. Issues with state funding is one of the reasons Albertina Kerr said it is leaving Lane County after 18 years. Even so, the person in charge of overseeing the transition of clients is confident there are enough local agencies to take them on.

Lane Blood Center

The fatal bus and vehicle crash in Seattle today has the potential to impact the northwest blood supply. Four people were killed, eight were critically injured. At least twenty others received minor injuries. The injured patients are being treated in trauma centers.  

The Lane Blood Center says it is part of Bloodworks Northwest, a regional network. The center in Eugene says it is responding to additional orders for blood components from a number of the hospitals receiving injured patients.