Disasters & Accidents

The Newport Air Station on the Oregon coast has been saved for at least the next two years.
After some back and forth between the House and the Senate, Congress has passed the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, which includes funding for the helicopter facility. It’s now headed to the president’s desk where it’s expected to be signed into law.

Lane County Sheriff's Office

A 70-year old Florence woman was killed when a landslide hit her house. Early Friday morning, the Lane County Sheriff’s office responded to the scene near Mercer Lake and Santa roads. Delores Miller was found dead amongst the debris.

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio says the Newport Air Station is safe from closure, at least for the next two years.The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, passed Thursday in the House, secures funding for the rescue helicopter.

Courtney Flatt / Earthfix

2015 was the worst wildfire season in Washington state history: three young firefighters died and hundreds of homes burned in blazes that sent more than a million acres up in smoke. For residents of central Washington, a recent gathering offered the first chance to come together and ponder the future in a region likely to see more and bigger fires in years to come.

Two people were killed in an explosion at a shooting range east of Bend Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say the explosion happened inside a World War II-era tank. Paramedics with Bend Fire & Rescue attempted lifesaving efforts, but the two people died from their injuries. Their names have not yet been released.

The incident is being investigated jointly by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division and the Oregon State Police Arson and Explosives Section.

Umpqua Community College

About one-fourth of the UCC Strong fund has been distributed to those affected by the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

The fund for victims and others affected by the shooting has reached nearly $700,000. Donations are still coming in from around the world. $145,000 has gone to those closest to the tragedy and who need it most. Brian Prawitz with the UCC Strong Committee says they will determine who is eligible to receive money.

UPDATE: All lanes have re-opened on northbound I-5 near highway 58.

Drivers should expect heavy traffic on northbound I-5 south of highway 58 near Eugene. A fatal multi-vehicle crash near milepost 188 has been cleared. However, a subsequent multi-vehicle accident two miles south of the original is causing delays. Rick Little is with the Oregon Department of Transportation:

Rachael McDonald

Lane County has completed safety improvements along Row River Road in Cottage Grove where a bike/ pedestrian trail intersects it.
Officials held a ribbon cutting Wednesday. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Lydia McKinney, Transportation Planning Manager for Lane County.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Portland and Western Railroad Company are continuing work to clean up about 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled in Junction City, Tuesday. A locomotive ran over a rail clamp which was left on the tracks by a maintenance crew, causing the accident near Holly and 12th Streets. DEQ Spokesman Dave Balyea says there doesn't seem to be any wildlife or plant life affected.

Karen Richards

At 10:15 today (Thursday), millions of people around the world stopped, dropped and held on as part of the Great Shakeout. Instructors and students at Lane Community College's downtown campus took part in the earthquake drill.

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