Disasters & Accidents

Lane County’s deadliest stretch of road will be getting some safety improvements soon, and officials hope for additional long-term changes. Work begins soon on the construction on Highway 126 West near Walton.

There were ten deaths in 12 months last year on Highway 126 between Eugene and the coast. In response, Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich organized a task force to study how to prevent more accidents.

Bozievich: “Most of the crashes were lane departures. And it was either due to excessive speed or driver distraction.”

Oregon State Parks

Numbered signs along the Oregon coast help visitors identify their location in an emergency.  The large, bright, yellow signs are visible from the beach, air and offshore.

Tourists on the coast sometimes find it hard to describe exactly where they are, especially while walking on the beach. Captain Jim Kusz with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue says the project has been underway for some time. He says the signs were first installed along the central coast.

A federal judge in Eugene has dismissed as moot a lawsuit the Newport Fishermen's Wives brought against the U.S. Coast Guard. The suit was filed after the federal agency threatened to close its rescue helicopter station in Newport last year.

kathmandurelief.org

The Eugene Kathmandu Sister City Association has been raising money for victims of the Nepal earthquake. The group created a fundraising page but had to remove their tax-deductible gift statement after being contacted by the state department of justice. KLCC's Corinne Boyer reports that's now been fixed.

OSU Students Will Travel To Nepal To Assist Non-Profit

Apr 28, 2015
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Two Oregon State University students are set to leave for Nepal on Friday. Since the devastating earthquake struck over the weekend, they’ve been gathering and packing as many medical supplies as possible. 

Christian Nishioka and Cole Miller have been planning a trip to Nepal since January. They intend to make a film about CardioStart, a heart surgery non-profit. OSU professor Alina Padilla-Miller says the young men are part of her Transnational Transmedia class, which allows students to document organizations providing humanitarian aid to developing countries.

Brazil family

Two Eugene area women who had been hiking in Nepal when the earthquake hit Saturday contacted their families early Tuesday morning. The 21-year old Thurston High grads are alive and safe.

Amber Brazil and Alicia Scroggins were hiking in Nepal's Langtang National Park when the earthquake hit. Their families were worried.

Jennifer Brazil says Amber's father got a phone call from their daughter.
 
Brazil: "He didn’t have a lot of information. I think she wanted to get that phone call out of the way. But they were unharmed, safe, and obviously ready to get home."

Sam Rufener, former Woodgrain worker

Last November, the roof caved in at Woodgrain Millwork in Prineville after heavy snow. In the second of two reports, we look at working conditions at the mill. Former Woodgrain workers describe an environment where building maintenance was lax and the roof leaked for years.

Brazil family

Two young women from the Eugene  area are among the missing after Saturday's earthquake in Nepal. Amber Brazil and Alicia Scroggins are graduates of Springfield's Thurston High School.

 

John Rosman / OPB

Last November, the roof caved in at Woodgrain Millwork in Prineville, Oregon after heavy snow. In part one of this two-part investigation, we look at the circumstances around the roof collapse. Former Woodgrain workers describe an environment where building maintenance was lax and the roof leaked for years.

A hearing is scheduled Monday in Federal Court in Eugene on a lawsuit filed by Newport Fisherman's Wives against the Coast Guard. The suit was filed after the agency said they would close the Newport rescue helicopter facility at the end of last year. That closure was put off until January 2016.

The plaintiffs are asking Judge Michael McShane to suspend their lawsuit since the Coast Guard may still close the helicopter station. The coast guard has asked for the case to be dismissed.

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