Disasters & Accidents

Weather
4:51 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Bay Area Weather Causes Canceled Flights In Eugene

Credit KVAL.com

United Airline flights Monday and Tuesday from Eugene to San Francisco were canceled due to weather conditions in the bay area. KLCC's Claude Offenbacher spoke about it with the Airport's Assistant Director Cathryn Stephens.

Stephens said the configuration of the San Francisco airport means rain as well as fog can wreak havoc. They cause incoming delays. These backups then lead to cancellations.

Stephens:  "So they start having weather down there, and they start having to slow down their arrivals and their departures, their capacity goes way down."

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Power Outage
7:21 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Several Thousand EWEB Customers Lose Power Saturday

Several areas in Eugene were without power for about two hours Saturday afternoon. The outages started just before three p.m., affecting several thousand Eugene Water and Electric Board customers and a University of Oregon basketball game.

Four substations malfunctioned, taking out power to the U of O campus, and Whiteaker and Coburg Road neighborhoods. Traffic signals went dark during the outage and the second half of the women’s basketball game was delayed by over an hour while waiting for the power to come back on.

Disasters & Accidents
11:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Newport Coast Guard Base Will Remain Open

Credit www.newslincolncounty.com

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter base in Newport will stay open. It had been slated to close this month to save the Coast Guard 6-million-dollars. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer  reports.

Democratic members of the Oregon delegation negotiated the language in the coast guard reauthorization bill. It will prohibit the closure of any air facilities in the U.S. for the next year.

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Disasters & Accidents
7:59 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Two Mapleton High School Students Killed In Crash, Three Others Injured

Oregon State Police are investigating a crash that killed 2 Mapleton High School students and injured 3 others Thursday morning on Hwy. 126W near Mapleton.
Credit Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into this morning's crash that killed two Mapleton High School students and injured three others on Highway 126W, east of Florence.

At approximately 7:00 a.m. Thursday, local emergency responders and OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Highway 126W at milepost 15 near Mapleton in Lane County.

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Disasters & Accidents
8:26 am
Sat November 1, 2014

West 7th Ave Now Open at Charnelton Following Crash

A van crashed into a tree early Saturday morning in downtown Eugene, closing W. 7th at Charnelton St.
Credit Angela Kellner

UPDATE: 10:28 a.m.

Eugene Police say all lanes of W. 7th Ave. are now open.

UPDATE: 8:45 a.m.

Eugene Police say two lanes of West 7th Avenue are now open to traffic.

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Eugene Police are investigating a Saturday morning crash of a white van into a tree on West 7th Avenue between Charnelton and Olive St.

West 7th is closed until further notice at Charnelton. The condition of the driver has not been released.

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Oregon State University
3:02 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Ebola Containment Should Focus On Funeral Practices And Patient Isolation, OSU Study Says

Credit CBS Local website.

Hygienic funeral and patient isolation practices are key factors to ending Ebola in West Africa. That's according to a study published by an Oregon State University researcher.

The study says current containment practices will likely cause the disease to continue to expand by more than 200 cases in Liberia by December. Jan Medlock teaches Biomedical Sciences at OSU. He says the disease is most contagious around the time of death, which means hygienic funeral practices are essential to preventing further infections.

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Coast Guard
8:13 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Newport Rescue Helicopter Closure Delayed

Nick Edwards, a Newport-based commercial fisherman, spoke at a press conference in downtown Portland about the removal of the helicopter from the Newport Coast Guard station.
Credit Nick Edwards / OPB

The Newport Coast Guard helicopter facility is getting a small reprieve. Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Congressman Kurt Shrader Tuesday spoke with the commandant of the Coast Guard and got assurance from him that the November 30th date previously set for the closure of the Newport facility would be extended to December 15th.

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Disasters & Accidents
12:16 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Oregon Participates In The Great ShakeOut

Credit eraelmundo

On October 16 at 10:16 a.m., Oregonians will have a chance to practice “drop, cover, and hold” as a part of the international Great ShakeOut exercise.

When a major earthquake hits Oregon, residents need to be prepared. The state lies in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, putting the area at risk of an earthquake.

To get people prepared, the state will be holding “The Great Oregon ShakeOut." This drill gives communities, schools, and other organizations a chance to practice their immediate responses to a tremor.

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wildfire
5:58 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Long-Running Battle Over Fires Between Ranchers And Feds Reaches Truce

A water tender for fighting wildfires is parked next to rancher Charlie Lyon’s barn near Mountain Home, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

For years there's been a battle raging between Idaho ranchers and the federal government over whether ranchers should be able to fight wildfires. Get out there, with their trucks and tanks of water and try to put the fires out themselves. Ranchers say they've always done it. The Feds have said, leave it to the pros and don't make yourself a liability. At times it's almost come close to blows. But now a truce has been struck. And it could change the way fires are fought every summer.

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Disasters & Accidents
10:50 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Eugene Holds Second Disaster Relief Trials

Cyclists make their final preparations before the trial begins.
Credit Amanda Butt

Saturday, dozens of bicyclists gathered in Alton Baker Park for the second annual Disaster Relief Trials.

If a natural disaster strikes in Eugene, cargo bikers are prepared to help the community. Around 60 cyclists gathered in Alton Baker Park - eager to begin the obstacle course modeled after an earthquake disaster. Emma Stocker is with the University of Oregon Emergency Management Team, she explains the course’s design:

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