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McKenzie level to rise as EWEB fixes canal

The McKenzie River will flow a little higher downstream of the Leaburg dam starting Monday. That’s when the Eugene Water & Electric Board will drain the power canal for maintenance. Normally the utility diverts about 2,100 cubic feet per second of water from the river below the dam to generate …


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Group Claims LTD Ridership Numbers are Misleading

EUGENE, Ore. — The group “Our Money, Our Transit” says Lane Transit District’s numbers, which claim ridership is increasing, are misleading.

 

LTD officials said Thursday that April was the third-highest boarding month in company history and that June boardings increased two percent from June 2010.

 

But Our Money, Our Transit spokesman Bob Macherione says the public shouldn’t confuse the word “boardings” with “people.”

 

He says LTD measures ridership with an electronic beam, so the machine counts every boarding, not every person.

 

He says LTD’s system is “unaudited and has a large margin of error.”

 

Macherione also disputes LTD’s claim that though it has had to reduce service, it is still attracting a higher ridership.

 

“Realistically all you have to do is look through the windows of the bus and see how empty they are 90 percent of the time. Those numbers aren’t really a measure of efficiency or productivity,” Macherioni said.

 

LTD’s spokeswoman admits its system does record boardings and not people, but she insists 20,000 more boardings in June means more people are riding.

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VA call center takes on Eugene

Vets in Eugene have a new resource for their medical questions. The VA in Roseburg has expanded their call center to include Eugene.

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Feels like we’ve been through this before. Lots of sunshine then some more clouds will gather. It will stay dry and not get too hot.

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Advisories: NONE AT THIS TIME.

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high pressure ridge has brought back the sunshine and is warming us up again. Another low pressure trough and a weak cold front will move down by Monday for another round of clouds and cooling. Another cold front will come through by mid week. It seems like this seesaw temperature pattern will last a little while longer.

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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 tonight, partly Saturday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, then partly cloudy Saturday night through Monday AM, then mostly clear Monday night lows near 50 highs 86-82 warming to 85 Monday. Mostly sunny Tuesday AM, then partly cloudy Tuesday through Friday highs 83-78 lows 50-54. (seasonal averages high 83 low 52)

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The Pollen forecast for the Eugene/Springfield Area is for weeds and trees to be Absent, and Grass to be Moderate. Mold will be Moderate. The grass pollen season is pretty much over. (Provided by Allergy and Asthma Research Group)

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Forecast for the Umpqua Basin including Roseburg: Mostly clear tonight, partly cloudy Saturday AM, sunny in the afternoon, mostly clear Saturday evening, partly cloudy Saturday night and Sunday AM, sunny in the afternoon, mostly clear Sunday evening,  partly cloudy Sunday night and Monday AM, sunny Monday afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, then partly cloudy Monday night lows 58-55 highs 90-86. Partly cloudy Tuesday through Friday highs near 85 lows near 56. (seasonal averages high 87 low 56)

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Forecast for the South Oregon Coast including Coos Bay and North Bend: Mostly clear this evening, partly cloudy with patchy fog late tonight, mostly cloudy with patchy fog Saturday AM, mostly sunny Saturday afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, mostly cloudy Saturday night with patchy coastal fog late at night and Sunday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy at night with patchy coastal fog late Sunday night, partly cloudy with AM and late night fog Monday and Monday night lows 55-52 highs near 65. Partly cloudy with patchy early AM and late night fog Tuesday and Tuesday night, mostly cloudy Wednesday AM with patchy fog, partly cloudy in the afternoon, partly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday, then mostly cloudy Thursday night and Friday highs 65-68 cooling to 65 by Friday lows near 53. (seasonal averages high 67 low 53).

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Forecast for the Cascades of Lane County: Mostly clear tonight, mostly sunny Saturday, mostly clear Saturday night, mostly sunny Sunday and Monday with mostly clear nights free air freezing level 14,000 ft. tonight 15,000 ft. Saturday, 14,000 ft. Saturday night, 15,000 ft. Sunday, 14,000 ft. Sunday night and Monday, then 13,000 ft. Monday night lows 44-47 highs 78-73 warming to near 77 Monday. Mostly sunny days Tuesday through Friday with mostly clear skies at night free air freezing level 14,000 ft. Tuesday, 15,000 ft. Tuesday night, then 13,000 ft. Wednesday through Friday highs 76-68 lows near 46.

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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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Man involved in Dutch Bros. barista shootout is arrested

A Eugene man found not guilty in March of participating in an alleged armed robbery that left his friend shot dead by a Dutch Bros. barista is back in the Lane County Jail following his arrest early Friday morning. Brandon Lee Plunk, 28, was taken into custody about 5 a.m., …


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Driftwood Shores Resort Installs Charging Station

FLORENCE, Ore. — Electric car charging stations are popping up on the Oregon coast.

 

The Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center is the first to install a charging port in the Florence area.

 

The only other coastal community to have electric vehicle stations stations is Lincoln City.

 

Driftwood Shores accomplished this independent of ODOT participation to lead the charge in providing alternative energy options to travelers on the Oregon coast.

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Dog dies from exposure to South Umpqua River

According to a release from the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the South Umpqua River near Myrtle Creek has been added to the warning list for blue-green algae.

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Metal thieves hit Walton, Dorena substations

Metal thieves broke into two power substations and did thousands of dollars in damage, the Bonneville Power Administration said.

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Man leads Roseburg police on foot chase

A Roseburg man is in jail after police say he tried to sell a $2,000 ring to a pawn shop, then led cops on a foot chase.

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Should Coach Chip Kelly be fired?

A national sports columnist is calling on the University of Oregon to fire head football coach Chip Kelly.

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Great weather brings out bike thieves

The weather has been nearly perfect for cycling lately, which makes it prime time for bike thefts. They are more prevalent during these good-weather days.

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Key vote for Oregon public employee pension board

The board the oversees Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System is scheduled to make a vote Friday that could affect pension benefits and rates paid by cities and school districts.

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