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COBURG — Depending on whom you ask, Bill Ledford is a man committed to his cause, a man with too much time on his hands — or maybe a little bit of both. Ledford is the driving force behind what may be a quixotic campaign to stop Coburg from spending …


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Longtime TV news anchor leaving KVAL, letter says

Longtime local television news anchor Shelley Kurtz apparently is leaving station KVAL after almost 30 years on the air. No official announcement of Kurtz’ departure has been issued, but a letter to the editor written by her husband and published Sunday indicates that her last day at the station will …


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Anti-Racism Pledge Fails Council Vote

CRESWELL, Ore. — A proposal to make the city of Creswell a “racism free zone” failed Monday night.

 

This proposal came on the heels of an alleged racially-charged assault in town on Friday.

 

City councilor A.J. O’Connell proposed creating a declaration that Creswell will not tolerate racism and will work with the NAACP after a Creswell teen claimed he was beat up because of the color his skin.

 

The 16-year-old boy, still marked by a bruised eye, testified to the council.

 

He says he was beat up by up to three bullies on Friday who hurled racial slurs at him.

 

“We have to lead on this issue, we have to set an example for the community that racism, discrimination, intimidation and bullying, you name it, will not be tolerated in this community,” O’Connell said.

 

“I don’t like how it ended up since nothing really happened, but I hope next time we get something done and we just keep getting something done. Everybody knows what happened now. Everybody has a feeling for it. Everybody came, so that’s good,” said the victim.

 

The council voted against the measure.

 

The mayor said it was too short of notice, and he’d like to include other groups in the tolerance declaration such as all sexual orientations and people with disabilities.

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There is a definite chill in the air. Our hot summer weather has left us.

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We have a winner. That was fast.

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Wow! we have a winner already for this week’s weather quiz question. Congratulations to Nicole who was the first person to post the correct answer. Here is the question again. How do hot temperatures effect a typical 727 airliner’s takeoff distance? Here is Nicole’s answer: “Warmer air is less dense than colder air (less molecules) which requires an airplane to have more runway space in which to take off from. The airplane won’t climb as fast or efficiently in warmer conditions and will have a faster approach at landing as well”. The heat makes the air thinner, which reduces the amount of lifting force an aircraft’s wings produce. It then takes a longer distance to get going fast to increase the lift enough for the plane to take off. I’ll have a new weather quiz question for you next week. 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.

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Advisories: NONE AT THIS TIME.

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We have been under a blocking high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape covering the Pacific Northwest) that kept us under Easterly hot airflow.  The airflow already switched and thats why Sunday was cooler than I expected. The ridge has weaken and will start moving Eastward away from us. That means more clouds and even cooler temperatures that will be closer to normal. A frontal system will move in and that should cool us down even more with more fronts to follow late in the week and over next weekend.

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Here are your detailed forecasts.**

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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy this AM, mostly sunny and cooler in the afternoon, mostly clear this evening, mostly cloudy tonight, a mix of clouds and sun Wednesday AM, mostly sunny and cooler in the afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, mostly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday AM, then a mix of clouds and sun in the afternoon, partly cloudy Thursday evening and mostly cloudy late Thursday night highs 80-72 lows 49-46. Mostly cloudy Friday AM, partly cloudy Friday afternoon through Sunday evening, mostly clear Sunday night, mostly sunny Monday AM, then partly cloudy Monday afternoon highs 74-79 lows 45-49. (seasonal averages high 78 low 48)

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Forecast for the Umpqua Basin including Roseburg: Mostly cloudy this AM, partly cloudy in the afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, mostly cloudy tonight and Wednesday AM, mostly sunny Wednesday afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, mostly cloudy with patchy fog late Wednesday night and Thursday AM, mostly cloudy Thursday afternoon, then patchy fog late Thursday night highs 85-75 lows near 50. Patchy AM fog Friday, mostly cloudy in the afternoon, partly cloudy Friday evening, mostly cloudy at night and Saturday AM, partly cloudy Saturday afternoon through  Monday AM, then sunny Monday afternoon highs 76-82 lows near 48. (seasonal averages high 80 low 52)

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Forecast for the South Oregon Coast including Coos Bay and North Bend: Cloudy at the beaches with patchy fog early this AM, partly cloudy this afternoon, mostly cloudy with patchy fog late tonight and Wednesday AM, partly cloudy in the afternoon and evening, cloudy with patchy fog Wednesday night, mostly cloudy with early AM and late night patchy fog Thursday and Thursday night highs 60-64 lows near 50. Patchy  AM fog then mostly cloudy Friday, just mostly cloudy Friday night through Saturday night, then partly cloudy Sunday through Monday highs 60-65 lows near 48. (seasonal averages high 65 low 51).

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Forecast for the Cascades of Lane County: Mostly sunny today and Wednesday, mostly clear tonight and Wednesday evening, mostly cloudy late Wednesday night and Thursday AM, a mix of clouds and sun Thursday afternoon, then mostly cloudy Thursday night free air freezing level 14,000 ft. today through Wednesday night, 13,000 ft. Thursday, then 11,000 ft. Thursday night highs 72-62 lows 47-42. Mostly cloudy Friday AM, partly cloudy Friday afternoon through Sunday AM, then mostly sunny Sunday afternoon and Monday with mostly clear skies Sunday night free air freezing level 11,000 ft. Friday, 12,000 ft. Friday night, snow level above 8,000 ft. Saturday through Sunday, then a free air freezing level 12,000 ft. Sunday night and Monday highs 68-64 warming to near 68 Monday lows near 43.

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**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: Man drives through golf course in attempt to elude

Oregon State Police say the passenger in a car stopped for seat belt and signal violations jumped back in the vehicle, sped off across a golf course and then fled…

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Luther Beecroft, familiar wheelchair user in downtown Eugene, dies at 77

Luther Beecroft always revered strong men, from the rugged masculinity of movie star John Wayne to the brash physical power of professional wrestlers. But, whereas his heroes acted tough and brave, those who knew Beecroft, a lifetime cerebral palsy sufferer who used a wheelchair, unanimously agree that there was nothing …


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Daily Duck: Preparing to Play Without LB Michael Clay

EUGENE, Ore. — The Ducks had a short, crisp practice Monday as they prepare for Saturday’s game against Missouri State. There was no sign of linebacker Michael Clay, who left the Nevada game with an apparent leg injury.

 

Without any official diagnosis, it’s hard to say exactly how long he will be out, but there was a lot of talk about the Ducks’ depth Monday.

 

“What happened to Mike was a big loss,” defensive end Dion Jordan said. “I’m pretty sure we have enough people to get in there that are ready get in there and play.”

 

“We play so many people,” defensive end Terrell Turner said. “Michael Clay, when he did go down…we were still making plays from the linebacker standpoint. If we don’t have linebackers, we’ll end up putting more DB’s [defensive backs] to make plays, so I don’t think it should affect us too much.”

 

Fellow linebacker Boseko Lokombo said that “this is a great game” for some younger players to step up and get some significant playing time.

 

Quarterback Darron Thomas also had his weekly media availability and said he wasn’t overly impressed with his performance (13-19, 295 yards, 6 TD), despite tying a Ducks single-game record for touchdown passes.

 

“It [his game] was okay,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t as good as everyone thought it was. I missed some balls that I could complete.”

 

When asked if he heard from former Ducks quarterbacks Joey Harrington or Danny O’Neil, whose records he tied, Thomas said he hadn’t.

 

He did say that he will beat their record.

 

 

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LTD submits West Eugene EmX grant application

Another large milestone for Lane Transit District in its efforts to move forward with a new EmX bus rapid transit line in West Eugene, as planners have submitted their application…

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Wells Fargo text & phishing scam grows even bigger in Oregon

One of the biggest scams to ever hit Oregon keeps getting bigger.

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Parents Worry About Crowded Schools

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s been nearly a week since school started for 4J students, but already some parents call class sizes a nightmare.

 

Some school sizes doubled after they took in students from others that were shut down.

 

Willagillespie School is one that nearly doubled in the number of students when it took in some of Meadowlark Elementary’s students.

 

Then it lost staff to budget cuts.

 

Now some parents say the student-to-teacher ratio is at an unhealthy level.

 

“The last two years have been a wonderful experience at Willagillespie,” said one mom who asked to remain anonymous.

 

But for one Willagillespie parent, she says her experience this year has been anything but wonderful.  

 

“You could barely move. Staff was running around in disarray,” she said.

 

And she’s not the only one.

 

“A school size of over 500 when we were at 200 last year, it has created overcrowdedness in all area,” said a second mom who didn’t want to be identified.

 

These parents are concerned this new change will greatly disrupt their children’s learning experience.

 

“I feel like they’ll fall behind when the student-teacher ratio is so high,” said the second mom.

 

Eugene school administrators say they’re working with the resources they have after having to make drastic budget cuts.

 

“While a parent might come in a see quite a large class size, there’s another part of the day where there are fewer students,” said 4J Communications Director Kerry Delf.

 

Delf explains one of their current strategies to relive the problem through props.

 

“In many cases a school will have a part-time facilitating teacher who comes in and teaches the core subjects and splits the classes into a smaller group,” Delf said.

 

But some parents say that doesn’t solve the school size problem and a better solution would be to take the cap off of alternative schools, including language immersion school, to relieve the crowds. 

 

“It’s time to uncap them. Our schools are overflowing and our kids have nowhere else to go,” said the first mom.

 

Delf says capping the alternative school size was a decision made a long time ago to keep neighborhood schools full, but she says the question has been asked if that cap could be lifted since times have changed.

 

“That’s something that could be assessed at any time, but it hasn’t been changed yet,” Delf said.

 

These Willagillespie parents want other parents with similar stories to contact them at [email protected].

 

They plan to take their request to lift enrollment caps on alternative schools to the Legislature.

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The cool down continues. Feels much better doesn’t it.

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We have a winner. That was fast.

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Wow! we have a winner already for this week’s weather quiz question. Congratulations to Nicole who was the first person to post the correct answer. Here is the question again. How do hot temperatures effect a typical 727 airliner’s takeoff distance? Here is Nicole’s answer: “Warmer air is less dense than colder air (less molecules) which requires an airplane to have more runway space in which to take off from. The airplane won’t climb as fast or efficiently in warmer conditions and will have a faster approach at landing as well”. The heat makes the air thinner, which reduces the amount of lifting force an aircraft’s wings produce. It then takes a longer distance to get going fast to increase the lift enough for the plane to take off. I’ll have a new weather quiz question for you next week. 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.

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Advisories: NONE AT THIS TIME.

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We have been under a blocking high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape covering the Pacific Northwest) that kept us under Easterly hot airflow.  The airflow already switched and thats why Sunday was cooler than I expected. The ridge has weaken and will start moving Eastward away from us. That means more clouds and cooler temperatures that will be closer to normal. A frontal system will move in and that should break the back of this heat wave with more fronts to follow late in the week and over next weekend.

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Here are your detailed forecasts.**

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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly clear this evening, mostly cloudy tonight and Tuesday AM, mostly sunny and cooler in the afternoon, mostly clear Tuesday evening, mostly cloudy Tuesday night, a mix of clouds and sun Wednesday AM, mostly sunny and cooler in the afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, mostly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday AM, then a mix of clouds and sun in the afternoon, partly cloudy Thursday evening and mostly cloudy late Thursday night lows 50-46 highs 80-72. Mostly cloudy Friday AM, partly cloudy Friday afternoon through Sunday evening, mostly clear Sunday night, mostly sunny Monday AM, then partly cloudy Monday afternoon highs 74-79 lows 45-49. (seasonal averages high 78 low 48)

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Forecast for the Umpqua Basin including Roseburg: Mostly clear with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms this evening, partly cloudy late tonight, mostly cloudy Tuesday AM, partly cloudy in the afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, mostly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday AM, mostly sunny Wednesday afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, mostly cloudy with patchy fog late Wednesday night and Thursday AM, mostly cloudy Thursday afternoon, then patchy fog late Thursday night lows 56-49 highs 85-75. Patchy AM fog Friday, mostly cloudy in the afternoon, partly cloudy Friday evening, mostly cloudy at night and Saturday AM, partly cloudy Saturday afternoon through  Monday AM, then sunny Monday afternoon highs 76-82 lows near 48. (seasonal averages high 80 low 52)

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Forecast for the South Oregon Coast including Coos Bay and North Bend: Partly cloudy this evening then mostly cloudy inland tonight, cloudy at the beaches with patchy fog late tonight and early Tuesday AM, partly cloudy Tuesday afternoon, mostly cloudy with patchy fog late Tuesday night and Wednesday AM, partly cloudy in the afternoon and evening, cloudy with patchy fog Wednesday night, mostly cloudy with early AM and late night patchy fog Thursday and Thursday night lows 54-49 highs 60-64. Patchy  AM fog then mostly cloudy Friday, just mostly cloudy Friday night through Saturday night, then partly cloudy Sunday through Monday highs 60-65 lows near 48. (seasonal averages high 65 low 51).

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Forecast for the Cascades of Lane County: Mostly clear tonight, mostly sunny Tuesday and Wednesday, mostly clear Tuesday night and Wednesday evening, mostly cloudy late Wednesday night and Thursday AM, a mix of clouds and sun Thursday afternoon, then mostly cloudy Thursday night free air freezing level 14,000 ft. tonight through Wednesday night, 13,000 ft. Thursday, then 11,000 ft. Thursday night lows 47-42 highs 72-62. Mostly cloudy Friday AM, partly cloudy Friday afternoon through Sunday AM, then mostly sunny Sunday afternoon and Monday with mostly clear skies Sunday night free air freezing level 11,000 ft. Friday, 12,000 ft. Friday night, snow level above 8,000 ft. Saturday through Sunday, then a free air freezing level 12,000 ft. Sunday night and Monday highs 68-64 warming to near 68 Monday lows near 43.

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**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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Get your local Eugene-Springfield news on-line at EugeneDailyNews.com.

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Oregon economy worsened in July, index says

Oregon’s economic recovery continued to be achingly slow in July, according to the University of Oregon’s monthly Index of Economic Indicators. But the successive drops in the index over the past four months fall short of the dramatic plunge that typically precedes a recession, said UO economist Tim Duy, author …


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