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Or Not To Be


05/22/2020 to


The University Theatre at the University of Oregon will perform "Or Not To Be," ...



News Roundup

Full Road Closures in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The biggest construction project in Springfield this summer is closer towards completion. However, it also means full road closures.


A new wastewater pipeline was installed along Jasper Road. Crews will now be paving between south 42nd and south 47th. Motorists should use Mt. Vernon road to access south 43rd and south 44th, and use Cole Way to access Dixie Drive.


The $2.7 million project is coming in under budget and should be complete by October 24th.

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Enrollment down almost 400 students in Eugene 4J schools

The Eugene 4J School District has been losing students for about 20 years now, but it’s never seen anything like this.

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Firefighters Respond to Roof Fire

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Fire Department responded to a house fire in a wooded area on City View Thursday night. The call came in just after eleven o’clock. Responders arrived to find smoke rising from the roof. Residents were promptly evacuated and firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly.


Although the cause is not yet determined, homeowners should always keep their roofs clear of tree branches and foliage.


“You can drive around the city of Eugene and see lots of homes that have lots of trees around them and that’s desirable to some people, but it’s also a hazard,” said Craig Shelby, Shift District Chief, Eugene Fire and EMS.


The fire appears to have started in the attic, over the kitchen. No one was injured.

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Protest downtown ahead of anticipated Occupy event

About 200 protesters took to the streets in downtown Eugene on Thursday afternoon. Their message: put an end to economic inequality.

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Oregon considers health coverage for early retirees

Some state and union officials are talking about a proposal for "bridge" health coverage that would allow some Oregon state employees to retire early.

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Around the Pac-12: Week Six

Utah (2-3, 0-3 Pac-12) at Pittsburgh (3-3, 1-1 Big East) 9:00 a.m., ESPNU

Utah’s transition to the Pac-12 has gone as poorly as anyone might have imagined. The Utes, winless in conference play, haven’t scored more than 14 points in any of their three league games. Maybe a trip to the East Coast will be just the remedy Utah needs — the Panthers are coming off a 34-10 blowout loss at the hands of a mediocre Rutgers squad. Then again, Pittsburgh’s overall resume isn’t too shabby. Led by the electric Ray Graham, the Panthers have the nation’s 44th-ranked rushing attack. They also have a noteworthy win over then-No. 16 South Florida, and a narrow 15-12 loss to Notre Dame. Utah, which will be led by backup quarterback Jon Hays for the rest of the year (starter Jordan Wynn injured his shoulder in a loss to Washington two weeks ago), will need to eliminate turnovers (they committed five in last week’s loss against Arizona State), contend with an early East Coast start time and find a way to contain Graham to have a shot at pulling the upset.

Colorado (1-5, 0-2 Pac-12) at Washington (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) 12:30 p.m.

After getting thumped 48-7 by Andrew Luck and Stanford last week, Colorado will face another tough test — and top-notch quarterback — in the form of Keith Price and the Huskies. Aside from a 51-38 road loss to Nebraska, Washington has been perfect this season, with wins over Eastern Washington, Hawaii, California, and Utah. With 17 touchdowns against four interceptions and a 173.7 passer rating, Price has been better than his highly touted predecessor Jake Locker, while running back Chris Polk has been his usual productive self. Conversely, the injury-ravaged Buffaloes are near the bottom. Despite the considerable talent of running back Rodney Stewart and experienced senior quarterback Tyler Hansen, Colorado is only 93rd in the nation in points scored, and worse, 100th in points allowed.

BYU (4-2) at Oregon State (1-4, 1-2 Pac-12) 1:00 p.m.

Traditionally, at around the season’s midway point, Oregon State finds its bearings and goes on a tear to end the season. Right on cue, the previously winless Beavers pulled a surprising upset of Arizona. Oregon State could easily make it two wins in a row against a BYU team that has played far worse than its 4-2 record would indicate. Three of the Cougars’ four wins were by seven points or fewer. Highly touted sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps has been ineffective for much of the year, so much so that unheralded backup Riley Nelson has been elevated to No. 1 on the Cougar depth chart and is expected to get the nod against the Beavers. Then again, a struggling Oregon State defense might just be the best solution for Heaps’ early season struggles — the Beavers are 90th in the nation in points allowed, a ranking nearly matched by their equally ineffective offense that ranks 97th in points scored. Redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Mannion has been impressive since wrestling away control of the starting job from Ryan Katz, however, the Beavers are ranked 30th in the nation in passing yards per game.

No. 7 Stanford (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12) at Washington State (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) 4:30 p.m., Versus

Owners of the nation’s longest winning streak, the Cardinal will visit Pullman as a huge road favorite, and rightfully so. Buoyed by some guy named Luck, Stanford ranks in the top seven nationally in both points scored and points allowed. The Cardinal are coming off a 48-7 shellacking of Colorado, one of its more dominant wins in a dominant season. Washington State, conversely, blew a long-awaited chance to host ESPN’s Gameday show by surrendering a late lead at UCLA last weekend. If it’s any consolation, star quarterback Jeff Tuel was cleared to play following a lengthy absence due to a broke collarbone, and could split time with Marshall Lobbestael running the Washington State offense. However, moving the ball hasn’t been an issue for the Cougars (Washington State ranks 13th nationally in points scored) — preventing touchdowns has. And, despite his considerable talents, Tuel won’t help a Cougar defense ranked 57th nationally in points allowed contend with the well-oiled Cardinal offense.

Eugene man gets 13 years for 7 armed bank robberies

The U.S attorney’s office says a 61-year-old man who used some of the money from seven Oregon bank robberies to pay prostitutes and exotic dancers has been sentenced to more…

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WIth luck today will be a mostly dry day, but probably not much sunshine. A big improvement will be coming for your Saturday.


Today is your last chance to answer my weekly weather quiz question. Here it is. This time we’ll have a weather and the movies question. In the famous 1952 Gene Kelly movie “Singin’ in the Rain” the rain that fell wasn’t just water because the water didn’t show up well enough on film. What was added to the falling water to make it look more like rain? Please remember to post your answer as a comment by clicking on “no comments /comments” in the upper right hand portion of this page under the caption, then add your comment. The first person to post the correct answer will win a week of free personalized weather forecasts tailored to your needs. The answer has to be a comment to win. An email answer will not count. Good luck.


Advisories:  NONE AT THIS TIME.


Your Saturday College football forecasts:

The Beavers vs BYU at Reser Stadium – Kickoff: 1:00 PM A mix of clouds and sun (often more sun than clouds), near 60 warming to near 63 by the end of the game.

The Ducks vs. Arizona State at Autzen Stadium – Kickoff: 7:15 PM partly cloudy with increasing clouds, near 57 falling through the low 50s as the game ends. It will get a bit chilly so wear the proper clothing if you’re going to the game.



A weak high pressure ridge (“arch” forming on the orange jet stream line) will build up just long enough to give us a series of dry days. Too bad it didn’t do that Thursday like I expected. The high pressure at the surface will combine with the upper air ridge to start to clear us out for some sunshine, really. It looks like that will finally happen on Saturday just in time for the college football games. The question is when will it fade? Another upper level low (“U” shape on jet stream line) will set up off the coast to bring possibly bring back the rain by early next week.


Here are your detailed forecasts.**


Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with patchy AM fog and a slight (20%) chance of showers this afternoon, mostly cloudy tonight, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday, mostly cloudy at night, partly cloudy Sunday and Sunday night highs 65-60 lows near 43. Partly cloudy Monday through Tuesday, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Tuesday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Wednesday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a (30%) chance of showers Thursday highs 65-60 lows 42-45. (seasonal averages high 65 low 41)


Forecast for the Umpqua Basin including Roseburg: Mostly cloudy with patchy fog early this AM, mostly cloudy this afternoon through Saturday, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy Saturday night, then partly cloudy Sunday and Sunday night highs 65-65 lows 50-42. Partly cloudy  Monday, partly cloudy Sunday night and Monday, mostly clear Monday night, partly cloudy Tuesday, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Tuesday night, then mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday through Thursday highs 66-60 lows 44-49. (seasonal averages high 67 low 45)


Forecast for the South Oregon Coast including Coos Bay and North Bend: Mostly cloudy with patchy fog this AM, just mostly cloudy this afternoon through Saturday, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy Saturday night, then partly cloudy Sunday and Sunday night highs 65-62 lows 50-44. Partly cloudy Monday, mostly clear Monday night, partly cloudy Tuesday, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Tuesday night through Thursday highs 66-60 lows near 50. (seasonal averages high 61 low 46).


Forecast for the Cascades of Lane County: Mostly cloudy today, a slight (20%) chance of showers tonight, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday, then partly cloudy Saturday night through Sunday night free air freezing level 10,000 ft. today, snow level 8,000 ft. tonight, free air freezing level 9,000 ft. Saturday and Saturday night, 8,000 ft. Sunday, then 9,000 ft. Sunday night highs 57-50 lows 35-30. Mostly sunny Monday, partly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Tuesday night and Wednesday, a (30%) chance of showers Wednesday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a (30%) chance of showers Thursday free air freezing level 12,000 ft. Monday, 13,000 ft. Monday night, 14,000 ft. Tuesday, then snow level above 8,000 ft. Tuesday night through Thursday highs 55-47 Wednesday lows near 34.


**Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.


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Police ejected 71 spectators at last game

As the games get bigger, officers patrolling Autzen Stadium during Oregon’s home football schedule find themselves ejecting more people. Seventy-one spectators were booted from the stadium during last week’s Oregon-­Cal game — a number that easily exceeded the combined total of 57 ejections from the Ducks’ first two home contests …

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Occupy Eugene negotiates with Eugene police to peacefully protest Saturday

Occupy Eugene will have a protest and march Saturday at an undisclosed location to bring attention to the fact that big corporations are funding a large part of the federal government.

Sam Chapman, a University senior and political activist, has always been envious of his parents’ stories of protests and political activism.

So when he heard about the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street on Sept. 17, he decided to start a Facebook group to rally supporters in Eugene.

“This is our generation’s Vietnam,” Chapman said. “This is our chance to express opinions.”

Although there is no common goal for the group, Chapman explains the movement was started because 99 percent of the population do not hold the wealth and power in this country.

“The umbrella reason is that people are fed up with corporate greed,” Chapman said, explaining that people have joined for thousands of reasons.

Despite the fact that media outlets are criticizing the movement, some politicians are stepping out and endorsing it. One of those politicians is Oregon Rep. Phil Barnhart (D-Eugene).

“The backlash started slowly, but will grow and grow. Despite the best efforts of big media to ignore it,” Barnhart said. “The ‘Occupy’ movement is a sign that ordinary folks will insist on major positive change in a political system dominated by oligarchs bent on maintaining their own power at the expense of most Americans.”

The route of Saturday’s march and the locations for the protest have not been made available, because the group wants to make sure that there is a peaceful assembly of people. According to Chapman, the group has been in close contact with the Eugene Police Department to address any concerns they might have.

“We won’t announce the location until an hour before the event. A successful movement is a peaceful movement,” Chapman said. “We just wanted to let them know we’re not against them.”

Though the official occupation march and protest will take place on Saturday, several smaller groups have taken it upon themselves to protest at the Bank of America.

Barnhart attended one of those protests on Wednesday. He said that, although he goes to quite a few protests in general, he didn’t recognize many people, which he took to mean that the concern of big corporations having too much control of the government is affecting more people.

“Having a lot of people here who I don’t recognize is a really good thing,” he said.

Melinda McLaughlin, the director of public information for the Eugene Police Department, said there have been several meetings between the two parties and they’ve even offered to help them gain the permits for the march.

“We don’t expect there will be any trouble,” McLaughlin said.

St. Vincent de Paul opens store, laundromat, rental space in Oakridge

OAKRIDGE — For the past six months, Scott Burgess has hopped in his car each morning and driven the 45 minutes it takes to get to his job as a pricer and cashier at a St. Vincent de Paul store in Eugene. There’s not much work in Oakridge these days, …

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UO Pit Crew gets its very own Nike-designed shoes

They say there are no free lunches in this world, but there are apparently free shoes. If you know the right people. And go to the right school. At the University of Oregon, known to some around the nation as Nike U. because of the millions of dollars Nike co-founder …

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