Cottage Grove

Lydia McKinney / Lane County

Work will start soon on safety improvements to the Row River Trail in Cottage Grove. The project started in 2011 after South Lane County School Board Member Michelle Portman was fatally hit by a truck while biking the path.

Portman was the 2nd bicyclist killed where the trail crosses Row River Road.  Lydia McKinney is Lane County Transportation Manager. She says finding grant funding was essential since the county's road fund is lacking.

McKinney: "We were very fortunate to receive a grant from the Federal Lands Access Program."

forestcamping.com

New camping rules for parts of the Umpqua National Forest near Cottage Grove go into effect today (Monday). Officials say long-term, homeless campers have created unsanitary conditions.

Camping along portions of Brice Creek and Sharps Creek will be limited to 14 days in a 45-day period. Melissa Swain is with the Cottage Grove Ranger District. She says the rule is changing because some campers have not kept clean sites:

UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 11:20 A.M.:

The Egan Warming Centers confirmed they are activated for tonight, Saturday. But they will NOT be open on Sunday and Monday nights because the overnight temperatures will not be cold enough.

Those needing to get to a Warming Center tonight can ride LTD for free - just tell the driver you need to get to a warming center.  St Vincent de Paul will provide shuttle service from the First Christian parking lot behind the church to other sites from about 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm.

Oregon Department of Forestry

The Yellow Point Fire, burning about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove is now 45% contained.  The Oregon Department of Forestry says crews have run more than 25 miles of hose.  Water is being distributed to the line.  Spokeswoman Shirl Fredenburg says crews are working hard to wet the area around the fire ahead of a forecast red flag weather warning.

 “Low humidity and dry, hot weather… that could be a factor.  But they have high expectations that they’ll keep it under control.”

Corvallis Gazette-Times

The Yellow Point Fire, which broke out Friday afternoon, is roughly 220 acres. It's located about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove. No homes or structures are threatened and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The blaze is burning in timber and logging slash in a remote area near the historic 1966 Oxbow Fire. Due to excessive traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. A late-night wildfire that tore through brush near Corvallis was extinguished Saturday morning after it forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes.

Desmond O'Boyle

InStove, which produces and develops cleaner cooking technologies, is drawing international figures to Cottage Grove. This Week, Zambian Ambassador, His Excellency Palan Mulonda met with researchers, and government officials, including Cottage Grove Mayor Thomas Munroe.

Kattail Live at KLCC

Jan 8, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Singer/songwriter Kattail spent several years living in the Willamette Valley, and is now living in Venice Beach, California. Touring behind her self-titled debut CD, which includes a song about Cottage Grove, she stopped in the KLCC studios for a performance in advance of local gigs at Tiny Tavern, Ninkasi Brewing and Hot Mama's Chicken Wings.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to find a missing man.

On December 28th, 52-year-old Dale Teige told a friend he was going camping east of Cottage Grove. When he didn’t return as expected, the friend reported him missing. Since then, search and rescue crews have been scouring the area.

Teige was last seen driving a red 1992 Ford Ranger with a white canopy and license plates reading DAUZ.

Anyone with information should contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center: 541-682-4141.

The Opal Center for Arts and Education in Cottage Grove has been undergoing expansive growth, after obtaining nonprofit status and hiring a new executive director, Nick Chase. He chats with KLCC's Eric Alan about the center's role in Cottage Grove's downtown revitalization, and about the Arcade Players' Halloween mashup, which integrates the movies Rocky I-IV and The Rocky Horror Picture Show into one odd play.