News Roundup

Remodeled Willamalane sports center opens Sept. 14

After four months of renovations, Willamalane Park and Recreation District is ready to unveil Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation, one of the largest indoor community sports and recreation facilities in the Northwest. The 97,000-square-foot facility is at 250 S. 32nd St. On Sept. 14, everyone is invited to celebrate …

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Gas prices rise over three-day week-end

Motorists faced higher gas prices over Labor Day week-end. The average price for a gallon of regular is up five cents over last week, to $3.66, AAA said Tuesday. The average price in Oregon rose 8 cents, to $3.83; the Eugene-Springfield average was up 7 cents, to $3.86 …

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NCU Opens New Veteran Counseling Center

EUGENE, Ore. — Northwest Christian University (NCU) started accepting applications for new clients Tuesday for its new counseling program for veterans.


The NCU Veterans Outreach Program will provide counseling and support to veterans and their families suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.


The program was designed and started by two graduate students, Dave Scriven and Leah Chapman, working on their master’s degree in community counseling.


Chapman will be counseling women with female-specific techniques.


Counseling sessions are 50 minutes long and cost $5.


They are held at the NCU Counseling Center at 755 East 11th Avenue.


For more information, call (541) 349-7471.

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Network Charter School Opens New Campus

EUGENE, Ore. — A local charter school’s new campus will open its doors on Wednesday.


Network Charter School’s new location was transformed in two weeks from a daycare center that closed on August 19 to a charter school for students in 7th-12th grade.


Students, teachers, and volunteers worked long hours to transform the school, and thanks to donations it all came together.


Next Step Recycling donated a computer lab and a mini-lab that will be installed by members of the Pioneer Pacific College Phi Beta Lambda group.


Through grants, the Oregon Community Foundation covered the costs of moving and developing new programs.


Altrusa donated school supplies, and the Friendly Area Neighbors Board helped the school fit in with the neighborhood.


Network Charter School is looking for new students and is hosting an open house Tuesday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.


The school is located at 2550 Portland St.


For more information call 541-344-1229 or click here.

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Shadow Lake Fire Public Meeting Tuesday

SISTERS, Ore. — The Shadow Lake Fire has been burning for nine days now, but it is zero percent contained.


More than 480 firefighters are working to create firelines to prevent the fire from spreading further than the 4,610 acres it is burning.


It is currently burning along 960 road and the Historic Santiam Wagon Road near the Big Lake area.


Officials predict smoke will continue to sit in the Sisters area, and could spread to the Willamette Valley again.


The fire is expected to become more active Wednesday, but officials say the winds will prevent it from growing.


Fire managers are hosting a public meeting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Sisters Elementary School to explain their strategies and give updates.

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Ducks fall to No. 13, LSU moves to No. 2

Winning the biggest game of college football’s opening weekend boosted LSU to No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25.

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Reedsport man arrested after sex abuse investigation

A man who was being held in the Multnomah County Jail on other charges has been transferred to Douglas County, after Reedsport Police completed an investigation into alleged child sex abuse.

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Fire Restrictions Tightened in Douglas County

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Increasing fire danger across the state is prompting the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) to suspend all burning and tighten fire restrictions.


The restrictions go into effect Wednesday morning at 1:00 a.m. and apply to all private, county, state and BLM lands within the DFPA’s 1.6 million acre district.


Industrial activities such as cable yarding and power saw use will be prohibited under the restrictions, though there are exceptions.


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The hot summer weather is still hanging on.


Here is my new weekly weather quiz question. You have a basement, and your friend says to go to the southwest corner if a tornado is approaching. Is that a good thing to do and why or why not? 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.


We will be staying under a strengthening high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape covering the Pacific Northwest) for the week assuring that we will stay from very warm to hot.


Here are your detailed forecasts.**


Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Sunny and still very warm today, hot Wednesday, and very warm Thursday with clear nights highs 92-95 cooling to 92 Thursday lows 49-55. Sunny Friday and Saturday with clear nights, mostly sunny Sunday, mostly clear at night, partly cloudy Monday AM, then mostly sunny and cooler Monday afternoon highs moving between 95-85 lows near 52. (seasonal averages high 80 low 49)


Forecast for the Umpqua Basin including Roseburg: Sunny today and Wednesday with clear nights, mostly sunny Thursday, then mostly clear Thursday night highs 93-96 cooling to 92 Thursday lows 53-56. Mostly sunny Friday, mostly clear at night, sunny Saturday, mostly clear Saturday night, then mostly sunny Sunday and Monday with mostly clear nights highs 94-97 then down to near 88 Monday lows near 55. (seasonal averages high 81 low 53)


Forecast for the South Oregon Coast including Coos Bay and North Bend: Mostly cloudy with patchy coastal fog early this AM, sunny this afternoon, mostly clear tonight with patchy coastal fog late at night and early Wednesday AM, sunny Wednesday afternoon, mostly clear with patchy coastal fog late Wednesday night and Thursday AM, sunny Thursday afternoon, then mostly clear Thursday night highs 66-73 cooling to 68 Thursday lows 49-53. Mostly sunny Friday, mostly clear Friday night, sunny Saturday, mostly clear in the evening, partly cloudy with patchy fog late Saturday night and Sunday AM, partly cloudy Sunday afternoon, patchy fog late Sunday night, mostly cloudy with patchy coastal fog early Monday AM, then partly cloudy Monday afternoon highs 68-75 cooling to 65 by Monday lows 50-53. (seasonal averages high 66 low 51).



Forecast for the Cascades of Lane County: Patchy smoke this AM, mostly sunny today and Wednesday, mostly clear at night, mostly sunny Thursday AM, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and Thursday night free air freezing level 14,000 ft. today through Wednesday, then 15,000 ft. Wednesday night through Thursday night highs 82-85 lows 50-55 cooling to 52 Thursday night.  Mostly sunny Friday through Monday with mostly clear nights free air freezing level 14,000 ft. Friday through Monday highs 80-75 lows 55-48.



**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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Oregon AG warns against "secret shopper" scam

The Attorney General is warning Oregonians to beware of a secret-shopper scam fooling people out of thousands of dollars.

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Kitzhaber due in Lane County Tuesday.

SPRINGFIELD — It’s who you know. When School District Superintendent Nancy Golden welcomes teachers and other district employees back to work today, she’ll have a special guest on hand — Gov. John Kitzhaber.

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Ems open NWL playoffs with 8-3 win

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Eugene Emeralds return home tonight with two chances to secure a spot in the Northwest League championship series. Jace Peterson led off with a homer and later added a double and a triple to lead the Emeralds to an 8-3 win over Vancouver in the first …

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