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August 17 – Morning Headlines

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Morning Headlines

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$41M in overpayments?
  • Details of man’s slaying emerge
    Three people — one who spent 27 years in prison for murder — could face the death penalty in a case that accuses them of slaying a 22-year-old Eugene man on Aug. 3, the same day they allegedly used the victim’s car to flee the scene of an armed b…
  • Fire flares east of Waldo Lake
    A new forest fire has broken out about eight miles north of Highway 58 in the Willamette Pass area, U.S. Forest Service officials said Thursday. The blaze, dubbed the Bobby Fire, was spotted by a fire-­detection flight Wednesday after­no…
  • Springfield man freed from Sudan detention
    Sudanese officials have freed a Springfield man who was recently rearrested there despite being acquitted of terrorism in connection with a July 3 pro-­democracy demonstration. Rudwan Dawod was with relatives in Sudan’s capital city of Khartoum by 2…
  • EWEB water main breaks leaves dozens without water
    Nearly 60 residents were without water Thursday after a major water main break flooded streets near 18th and Pearl.
  • Oregon overpaid $41M in 2011 jobless benefits
    An audit found the state of Oregon overpaid the unemployed $41 million in 2011 in jobless benefits
  • Rain washes away Ripken semifinals
    The Cal Ripken 10U World Series semifinal game between the Willamette Valley All-Stars vs. Bentonville, Ark., was rained out on Thursday and will be played at 10 a.m. today. Willamette Valley already has a 14-4 victory over Benton…
  • Mistakes blow up on Emeralds in loss
    Even after a win on Wednesday, Eugene manager Pat Murphy talked mostly about his team’s missed opportunities. Those were even more glaring in defeat. The Ems went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position to leave eight runners on base and had two oth…
  • Buy in or it’s bye-bye Oregon football sellouts at Autzen Stadium
    Oregon’s streak of 82 straight sellouts in Autzen Stadium for home football games, fourth-longest in the nation, is in peril. With two weeks left before the Ducks open the season, the UO athletic department has about 5,000 tickets available for fifth… – maybe stop raising ticket prices? –ed.
  • Riley in no rush to name OSU’s No. 1 running back
    Malcolm Agnew had a 20-yard touchdown reception, most of the work done by him after the catch. He also finished Oregon State’s scrimmage on Thursday as the leading rusher. “I think I did pretty well,” Agnew said. “I felt like I di..

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Tim Chuey Weather:

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The heat wave is just about over. The weekend will be cooler.

High: 93
Low: 52
Forecast: Hot.

Advisories: AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING AND A RED FLAG WARNING ARE IN EFFECT THROUGH 9 PM TODAY FOR MOST OF WESTERN OREGON FROM JUST INLAND OF THE  NORTH COAST (NOT INCLUDING THE NORTH, CENTRAL OR SOUTH COAST) TO THE CASCADE FOOTHILLS AND SOUTH TO EAST OF FLORENCE THROUGH COTTAGE GROVE. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ABUNDANT LIGHTNING AND DRY FUELS FROM THIS AFTERNOON UNTIL SATURDAY EVENING FOR THE ENTIRE COAST OF OREGON EAST OF THE BEACHES UP TO THE FOOTHILLS OF THE OREGON COAST RANGE.

high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on brown line) has been building over us and has allowed   for hot weather. The high pressure ridge has strengthened to keep us hot through today, then cooling, but more humid for the weekend as the ridge weakens. Thunderstorms are possible for Friday night and Saturday due to cooler air moving down from aloft.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly sunny this AM, partly cloudy and still very warm this afternoon, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms tonight, a mix of clouds and sun and cooler with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening, partly cloudy Saturday night, mostly cloudy Sunday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, then partly cloudy Sunday night highs 93-80 lows 58-52. A mix of clouds and sun Monday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, partly cloudy Monday evening, mostly cloudy at night, then partly cloudy Tuesday through Thursday highs near 80 lows near 52. (seasonal averages high 83 low 51)

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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August 6 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

The Eugene City Council eyes EWEB Riverfront as potential new home.
  • Father ordered to pay damages
    A judge has ordered a Eugene man to pay his adult son $400,000 in damages for jabbing him in the eye with a pistol during a fight at a Douglas County campground. Doctors were unable to save Levi Cheney’s left eye after the July 2009 incident. Lane Co…
  • Eugene city councilor proposes EWEB’s riverfront headquarters as new City Hall
    Eugene’s leaders soon will depart City Hall and temporarily move in with county relatives. While the mayor, City Council and city manager could rent space in the Lane County Public Service Building for up to five years, the city’s top officials wan…
  • Springfield Police seek witnesses in parking lot shooting
    Springfield Police are searching for two men after another man was shot in the leg early Saturday morning.
  • Dog Rescued From Hot Car
    A tiny Chihuahua was saved from a hot car all thanks to a good samaritan. Animal services responded to a call of a trapped dog at the Valley River Center parking lot Saturday afternoon. Workers at the Greenhill Humane Soci…
  • Baby Left In Car On Hot Day
    An 11-month old baby is doing fine after being rescued by Eugene Police from a hot car. A bystander made the call to police officers around 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon that a child had been left unattended in a car for n..
  • New Rogue River Map Released
    Rogue River enthusiasts have a new tool to help navigate them down the Southern Oregon waterway. The Rogue River Water Trail Map is now available to river goers. It’s the first of its kind for the Rogue River and covers the section bet…

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Tim Chuey Weather:

Today we start the workweek with sunshine and more comfortable high temperatures. It will cool down even more through midweek.

High: 87
Low: 50
Forecast: Warm

Advisories: A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM TODAY FOR ABUNDANT LIGHTNING WITH DRY FUELS FOR THE NORTH CASCADES OF OREGON, THE SOUTH CASCADES OF OREGON, SWINGING WEST THROUGH CRATER LAKE TO CAVE JUNCTION AND ALONG THE OREGON-CALIFORNIA BORDER. BE AWARE OF AREAS THAT ARE OPEN FIRE RESTRICTED AND BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL  WITH SMOKING MATERIALS.

An upper air trough of low pressure (“U” shape made of black lines with blue shading) will be bringing us enough marine air to cool our high temperatures down to more comfortable levels.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy this AM, mostly sunny this afternoon, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy late tonight, a mix of clouds and sun Tuesday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, mostly cloudy Tuesday night, a mix of clouds and sun Wednesday, partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy Wednesday night highs 87-80 lows 53-50. Mostly cloudy Thursday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, partly cloudy Thursday night and Friday AM, mostly sunny Friday afternoon, mostly clear at night, then mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday with partly cloudy skies Saturday night highs 80-85 lows near 52. (seasonal averages high 84 low 52)

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.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

July 10 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

As pertussis cases continue to climb in Oregon, Lane County health officials have decided it’s time to sound the alarm with a town hall meeting.
  • Officials call pertussis alert
    As pertussis cases continue to climb in Oregon, Lane County health officials have decided it’s time to sound the alarm with a town hall meeting. Pertussis, more commonly known as “whooping cough,” is defined by the Oregon Health Authority as a hi…
  • Eugene postpones decision on coal trains
    Some members of the Eugene City Council on Monday night appeared ready to oppose the transport of coal on trains running through town, while others weren’t quite prepared to take that step. So the council decided it will consider the issue again in a…
  • Utility leader’s lawsuit appears headed to jury
    A jury most likely will hear Eugene Water & Electric Board Commissioner JoAnn Ernst’s claim that Eugene police used excessive force and violated her family’s civil rights during a 2009 drug raid on her home, a federal judge said Monday. U.S. Di
  • City Hall options unveiled
    With Eugene’s City Hall scheduled to be emptied in about six weeks, the City Council on Monday talked about how to replace the mostly unloved 48-year-old building in the heart of downtown. Councilors heard from a report by city staff and from a pair …
  • Charter school official aids pranksters
    In the realm of senior pranks, the one that hit HomeSource Family Charter School in Eugene last month was relatively benign. No cans of paint were involved, no live animals tethered to the school grounds or pools of baby oil on the floors to send stude…
  • Livestrong Texas 4,000 Bike Ride Passes Through Eugene
    More than 4,000 miles–that’s how far a group of young bikers will trek this summer. This group isn’t on this massive bike ride purely for fun, though. Forty-two people in their early 20s set out from Austin, Texa…
  • Man Walks Thousands of Miles to Raise Diabetes Awareness
    Erik Bendl, his dog Nice and his globe are walking from Washington to California to raise awareness about diabetes and what each of us can do to prevent it, maybe even reverse it. “I started this walk from Seattle, sa…

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Tim Chuey Weather:

We’ll still have plenty of sunshine this week, but it will be warm instead of hot.

High: 85
Low: 52
Forecast: warm with clouds

An upper level trough of low pressure will slide closer to us bringing some clouds and cooler temperatures. The high pressure ridge that gave us the sunny and hot weather has a little to the east allowing the trough to move in behind it. This week will be much more comfortable with high temperatures near or just a bit above average (from 80-85).

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Grass- High (103)
Trees- Moderate (38)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates
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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 this afternoon, mostly clear tonight, partly cloudy Wednesday AM, sunny Wednesday afternoon,  mostly clear Wednesday night, a mix of clouds and sun Thursday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, then partly cloudy Thursday night highs 82-85 lows 52-55. Partly cloudy Friday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday AM, mostly sunny Saturday afternoon, partly cloudy Saturday night and Sunday AM, mostly sunny Sunday afternoon and Monday with mostly clear skies Sunday night highs 82-86 cooling to 84 Sunday lows near 54. (seasonal averages high 81 low 51)

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.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

July 9 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

It’s Country Fair Time…
  • Fire slows traffic on I-5
    Southbound traffic on Interstate 5 near Harrisburg was narrowed to a single lane for more than two hours Sunday afternoon after a U-Haul rental truck caught fire. Ten Harrisburg Fire Department firefighters, along with an engine, a brush…
  • Two Accidents Happen Near Coburg Road
    Two people were taken to the hospital following two separate accidents in Eugene Sunday morning. Both crashes occurred near Coburg Road. A bicyclist was hit by a vehicle turning onto Adkins Street. And a motorcyclist coll…
  • Housing density stirs up controversy
    When Ed McMahon last month heard what the Eugene City Council had done, he became alarmed. Then the executive director of the Home Builders Association of Lane County rallied his troops by e-mail. “I told them that democracy is not a spectator sport,…
  • Clearwater construction to affect park users
    Parking near the boat landing in Clearwater Park will be disrupted throughout the summer and into the fall as construction crews complete a series of improvements to the area. Starting today, the small parking lot will be closed on-and-…
  • Glenwood eyed for housing project
    Two local business owners and Lane County’s public housing authority are eyeing Glenwood for a major new low-income housing project: a six-story, 150-apartment facility with ground-floor commercial space. The project would tower above…
  • Wanted: Drivers for LTD buses
    Lane Transit District is looking for a few good drivers. Actually, what the district really wants is some people who know how to treat others well. It’s just that those people also will need to know how to drive a bus. LTD is in the initial stages of…
  • EWEB to replace line that runs under river
    The Eugene Water & Electric Board is looking to spend up to $1.5 million to move a major underwater water line this summer, three years after the agency discovered riverbed scouring had exposed the line and left it vulnerable to breaking. In June 2
  • 29th Annual Art In The Vineyard Breaks Records
    The 29th Annual Art in the Vineyard Festival has wrapped up, but not without some good news. The festival on average sees about 15 to 20 thousand attendees for the three day event. The warm weather in Eugene has helped att…
  • City kicks off birthday with a party
    Call it a pre-function, Eugene style. The city is taking advantage of the late-arriving summer sun to get people warmed up for its big 150th birthday celebration later this year — and what better way than an outdoor concert downtown? Toss in some com..

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Tim Chuey Weather:

The “heat wave” is over, for now at least, as we cool back to the mid 80s for high temperatures.

High: 84
Low: 52
Forecast: increasing clouds

An upper level trough of low pressure will slide closer to us. As the high pressure ridge that gave us the sunny and hot weather weakens a bit and moves eastward. This week will be much more comfortable.

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Grass- High (91)
Trees- Low (12)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates
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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy this AM, partly cloudy in the afternoon and tonight, mostly cloudy Tuesday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, mostly clear Tuesday night, partly cloudy Wednesday AM, mostly sunny Wednesday afternoon, then partly cloudy Wednesday night  highs near 84 lows 52-55. Partly cloudy Thursday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, partly cloudy Thursday night, a mix of clouds and sun Friday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday AM, then mostly sunny Saturday afternoon, partly cloudy Saturday night and Sunday AM, then mostly sunny Sunday highs 82-80 warming to near 83 Saturday and Sunday lows near 53. (seasonal averages high 81 low 51)

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.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

Groups call for buffer zones in pesticide use

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Aerial spraying of pesticides, or “crop dusting,” is a practice dating back to 1906.

Several public advocacy groups held a rally today against pesticides at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza during the Saturday Market. Pitchfork Rebellion, an anti-pesticide group from the Triangle Lake area organized “Occupy This! Rally for Pesticide Justice and Jobs!” The event called for banning aerial spraying of pesticides near homes and schools, creating a buffer zone to protect people’s health.

The rally began with a performance by local reggae/jam band Sol Seed, followed by a spoken word protest performance calling for a “pure organic Oregon.”

Then “Day,” a resident of the Triangle Lake area, took to the stage. Day is one of several residents of Triangle Lake who has been documented to have the pesticides 2,4-D and atrazine in his urine. 2,4-D, or 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, is a major ingredient in Agent Orange, one of the chemicals used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War. A professional analysis of four public streams near Day’s and other residents’ homes found these pesticides in all of the streams.

Several environmental groups held a rally today against pesticides at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza during the Saturday Market.

Day said,

“We’re just a bunch of hillbillies from Triangle Lake tired of getting hit by pesticides everyday.”

Studies by numerous organizations, from the EPA to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to public universities, have documented the effects of human consumption of pesticides. Pesticides can cause damage to the human nervous system, reproductive system and other organs, developmental and behavioral abnormalities, disruption of hormone function as well as immune dysfunction.

Day introduced Roy Key, a professional forester of over 40 years. Key said he was there to talk about the dangers of pesticide poisoning in Lane County.

“I’ve been in the forest business for 40 years. I’ve managed forests without herbicides or pesticides. You don’t need those substances to manage the forest.”

Key compared pesticide use to his experience in the Vietnam War.

“It’s just like Agent Orange all over again. But here in Lane County.”

Key called on attendees to tell Oregon governor John Kitzhaber to stop the use of pesticides in the state near homes and schools.

Day, a resident of Triangle Lake, has been documented to have the pesticides 2,4-D and atrazine in his urine. A professional analysis of four public streams near Day’s and other residents’ homes found these and other pesticides in all of the streams.

Oregon already has a buffer zone to protect waterways and salmon species. Streamside protection rules for non-federal forest land in Oregon were adopted in 1994. All private, state and local government forest landowners or operators conducting pesticide operations near streams, lakes or wetlands must comply with these rules. In November 2011, a federal judge upheld buffer zones for pesticide use near streams and rivers. Dow Chemical Company, a leader in specialty chemicals based in Michigan, filed a lawsuit seeking to undo the Oregon rules, saying that they were too restrictive. The restrictions ban the ground spraying of three agricultural insecticides within 500 feet of waterways with salmon. They also ban aerial spraying within 1000 feet of said waterways.

While Oregon has a buffer zone for pesticide use near water, it has not adopted a buffer zone near human activity. The Oregon Department of Forestry says,

“Currently, there are no regulations in Oregon requiring a buffer zone for aerial application of herbicides near specific structures or facilities, including schools.”

There are, nonetheless, safety requirements in how pesticides are used, both in residential and forested situations:

“While pesticide use in a residential setting must abide by pesticide label safety requirements, forestry applications must follow those requirements plus additional regulations spelled out in the Oregon Forest Practices Act.”

Pesticide companies, such as Dow Chemical, argue that their products abide by these safety requirements. Concerning 2,4-D, the substance found in Triangle Lake residents, Dow Chemical has said the following:

“2,4-D is available for use in U.S. crop production today because EPA has determined, after evaluating all human health and safety considerations – including the concerns expressed by activists – that current uses (including currently authorized uses on corn) pose ‘a reasonable certainty of no harm.’ This EPA conclusion was reached only after the Agency had considered all relevant data…This regulatory conclusion is supported by mainstream health and safety experts who have thoroughly evaluated the product.”

The application of pesticides has had a long and controversial history. Dr. Patricia Muir, Professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, says that, following World War 2,

Ingrid Edstrom, nurse practitioner at Eugene’s Infrared Breast Thermography LLC, spoke of the link between pesticides and breast cancer. “Oregon has the second highest breast cancer rate per capita in the nation,” she added.

“Chemical pesticides have become the most important consciously-applied form of pest management.”

The Oregon Department of Forestry explains this popularity according to pesticides’ cost-effectiveness:

“Many landowners see herbicides as the most cost-effective means of achieving their reforestation goals following logging or fire, or for converting neglected brush land to forests.”

The first important pesticide was DDT (otherwise known as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). Muir says,

“DDT was discovered in 1939 by a Swiss chemist Paul Muller. In its early days, it was hailed as a miracle…It was inexpensive and easy to apply. It was so effective at killing pests and thus boosting crop yields and was so inexpensive to make that its use quickly spread over the globe. In 1948, Muller was awarded the Nobel Prize for its discovery.”

As years went by, however, DDT was labeled both directly and indirectly toxic to many organisms. Most disturbingly, as Muir explains, DDT

“showed up in human breast milk at remarkably high concentrations — so high that the milk couldn’t legally be sold through interstate commerce if it were cow’s milk! [DDT] is the most widespread contaminant in human milk around the world.”

While DDT was banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1972, other pesticides are commonly used in Oregon. The last year in which Oregon has data compiled for pesticide use is 2008. That year it was reported that 280,001 pounds of pesticides (chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion) were used in the state.

A rally attendee protests 2,4-D, one of the pesticides found in streams near Triangle Lake.

The groups that rallied today are hoping to change how those hundreds of thousands of pounds of pesticides are administered. They asked all attendees to fill out postcards to Governor Kitzhaber to ask for expanding pesticide buffer zones to include not just fish, but people.

Christina Hubbard, the Project Director of Forest Web, also spoke at the rally. Forest Web is a grassroots conservation organization based in Cottage Grove. Hubbard said,

“Forest Web stands in solidarity with these groups. I’ve personally been working with Day since 2007. A lot of these pople have had major clinical studies done on their urine and it is documented that they have pesticide poisoning.”

Hubbard says this rally’s message is not particularly radical.

“Really what this is about is creating a reasonable buffer zone for aerial spraying. This is common sense, to protect homes and schools.”

For more information about Oregon’s use of pesticides in agriculture, go to the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s website at http://oregon.gov/ODA/PEST/. For more information about Oregon’s use of them in forestry, go to the Oregon Department of Forestry’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/pesticides.shtml. Websites for the groups involved in the rally are: Pitchfork Rebellion, http://pitchforkrebellion.com/; STOP, http://stop-oregon.org/; Forest Web, http://www.forestweb-cg.org/.

July 3 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

Effort to recall Creswell City Councilor A.J. O’Connell has failed to make it on the ballot. Should be an interesting year in Creswell.
  • LTD officials OK new union pact
    The Lane Transit District Board has approved a new three-year contract with its bus drivers’ union that will provide annual 2 percent wage increases but also cap future health insurance costs. LTD board members approved the contract Monday evening vi…
  • Effort to put recall on Creswell ballot fails
    Bob Millam needed 251 valid signatures to force a recall election and the possible ouster of outspoken City Councilor A.J. O’Connell. In the end, Millam didn’t come close. Monday at 5 p.m. was the filing deadline to turn in those signa…
  • Handy sues county, Bozievich, Leiken and Stewart
    Outgoing Lane County Commissioner Rob Handy has filed a lawsuit accusing the county and three fellow commissioners of intentionally violating a law that Handy himself was judged to have violated two years ago. Handy’s complaint in Lane County Circuit…
  • Car plows into Springfield restaurant
    Driver hurt as car heavily damages brick building at South 19th Street, and South “A” Street
  • 10 timber sales put on hold
    State foresters have frozen 10 recent and upcoming timber sales on close to 800 acres of state land as they prepare for a legal battle with conservation groups over the threatened marbled murrelet. That battle will center on whether or not the state’…
  • Bike Bridge Closing for Repairs
    If you use the Knickerbocker Bike Bridge–that’s the one just west of I-5–listen up. EWEB is closing it next Monday to do some repairs. The bridge will be shut down through July 20. You’ll need to use what used to be called the Autzen…

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Tim Chuey Weather:

We’re on our way to lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures to help us celebrate the 4th of July.

High: 80
Low: 43
Forecast: clearing

An upper level low (“U” shape on brown line) has moved away from the Pacific Northwest. A frontal system will move through by early today. A high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on brown line) take over today and that will mean sunshine and dry weather with temperatures near or slightly below normal for the 4th of July. The dry weather should last through the weekend.

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Grass- High (46)
Trees- Low (3)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates www.oregonallergyassociates.com.
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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers this AM, mostly cloudy this afternoon, partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday AM, mostly sunny and warmer Wednesday afternoon (July 4th), partly cloudy Wednesday night through Thursday night highs 69-80 lows 44-53. Partly cloudy Friday AM, mostly sunny and pleasant Friday afternoon, partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday AM, mostly sunny Saturday afternoon, partly cloudy at night and Sunday AM, mostly sunny Sunday afternoon, then just partly cloudy Sunday night and Monday highs 78-83 lows 55-50 warming to 55 again Sunday night. (seasonal averages high 79 low 50)

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.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

June 30 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

  • Suspect Shoots at Car Windows
    Police are looking for the suspect who shot several car windows in south Eugene Friday. It happened before noon in the Amazon Community Center parking lot and Tugman Park. According to the preliminary investigation, police believe the s…
  • Student loan debt will not double on July 1
    The United States House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that will extend the current interest rate of federally subsidized loans (3.4 percent) beyond when it was set to expire on July 1. According to Associated Press reporting, congressional gr…
  • Eugene father and son volunteer limo to keep drunken drivers off road
    A bolt of inspiration struck David Evans about three years ago as he sulked at home, stuck there on house arrest after a first-time drunken-driving conviction. “I was in a whole bunch of trouble, and that’s when I had the idea,” Evans, 25, recall…
  • Curry and Manske Released From Jail
    Two different families with one similar story. A loved one taken too soon. Alan Platt was a long-time Fred Meyer employee who was killed on a camping trip. “He helped me move from a different state and he has painted my ho..
  • Coast OSP shooting ruled justified
    Lying in the rough grass outside a remote residence on the coast, four Oregon State Police troopers watched in the dark as a lone man holding a deer rifle came down a driveway, sweeping a flashlight ahead of him. The beam of light passed over them once…
  • Cuts hit juvenile center
    Sixteen Lane County employees put in their last day at the Juvenile Justice Center on Friday, among the latest to lose their jobs in budget cuts that will reduce by 50 percent the number of beds available to juvenile offenders. Those employees, includi…
  • Oregon timber counties won’t rush to rehire deputies
    News that federal payments to timber counties are being revived for one more year has not put rural counties in Oregon in any mood to rehire sheriff’s deputies and others..
  • College Hill reservoir firework restrictions set
    With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the Eugene Water & Electric Board has announced that it will continue its ban on all fireworks at the College Hill reservoir in the interest of protecting it from any damage. However, legal firework
  • Mt. Bachelor Opens for Summer Skiing Weekend
    Crazy as it sounds, you can ski in the middle of summer. Mt. Bachelor is opening lifts Friday, June 29 for a weekend of skiing. The resort got more than 500 inches of snowfall and it’s still sticking around. Weather permitting, Pi..

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Tim Chuey Weather:

You’ll need rain gear if you are going to the Olympic Track and Field Trials today. It will dry out after some Sunday morning showers. Next week and the 4th of July look good with just about normal temperatures and no rain.

High: 77
Low: 50
Forecast: Rain

An upper level low (“U” shape on brown line) has set up along the Pacific Coast returning the chance of showers and increasing the chance for today. A frontal system will move through today increasing the chance for showers. The pollen count will stay high enough, with showers stopping and starting, to bother those athletes who are allergic when it is dry. At least we don’t have smoke from wildfires or grass field burning as we did during the previous Olympic Trials held here.

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Grass- High (27)
Trees- Moderate (40)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates www.oregonallergyassociates.com.
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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain this  AM, showers likely (60%) this afternoon (0.10 in. of rain possible), a good (50%) chance of showers tonight (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday AM, a mix of clouds and sun in the afternoon, partly cloudy  Sunday night and Monday AM, mostly sunny and Monday afternoon, then just partly cloudy Monday night highs 72-77 lows 55-50. Partly cloudy & pleasant Tuesday through Wednesday (July 4th) and continuing through Friday highs 74-78 cooling to 75 by Friday lows 50-53. (seasonal averages high 78 low 50)

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.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

June 25 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

The identities of the four people killed in Saturday’s small plane crash just west of here still were not available on Sunday, pending notification of next of kin, but the Oregon Country Fair released a statement on its website saying the fair “is profoundly saddened by the loss of four beloved family members who died in an airplane crash near the airstrip known as Cro-Mag airport.
  • EWEB’s high-tech meters on hold
    The Eugene Water & Electric Board meters that now hang on the side of your house will remain dumb old analog models — at least for 2½ additional years. The smart meter technology roll-out, originally scheduled for the coming year, has been delay
  • Oakridge HS Baseball Coach Arrested for Sex Abuse
    Oakridge Police arrested the Oakridge High School baseball coach on sex abuse and physical harassment charges. Officers say 48-year-old Larry Boyd was lodged at the Lane County Jail Saturday. They say this comes after an ongoing inves… 
  • 4 Dead in plane crash in Elmira
    Plane with four people on board crashes near Suttle Road
  • Dock likely just start of invasive species-carrying debris wave
    The arrival of a Japanese dock on Agate Beach in Newport earlier this month “can be considered a wake-up call,” according to Jessica Miller, an Oregon State University marine ecologist. The dock was confirmed to be debris from the tsunami that stru…
  • An eye for sheep
    Kate the border collie was definitely a star of the show Sunday as the annual Black Sheep Gathering wound down its three-day run at the Lane Events Center, wowing the crowd as she demonstrated her breed’s renowned ability to herd sheep — whether a ..

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Tim Chuey Weather:

Look for the showery weather to last for another day or two maybe with a thunderstorm added into the mix, then drying out a bit about midweek.

High: 77
Low: 44
Forecast: Showers

An upper level low is siting off the Oregon coast spinning showers toward us from the South producing some pretty serious rainfalls. A frontal system will approach the Pacific Northwest about midweek, weak high pressure will take over after that, then another frontal system returns more clouds and the chance for showers on Friday. The pollen count will stay high enough when the showers taper off to bother those athletes who are allergic. So far, at least, we don’t have smoke from wildfires or grass field burning as we did during the previous Olympic Trials held here.

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Grass- Moderate (16)
Trees-Low (0)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates www.oregonallergyassociates.com.
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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers this AM, showers likely (60%) with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening (0.10 in. of rain possible, more in storms, small hail possible), mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers late tonight (0.10 in. of rain possible), a mix of clouds and sun Tuesday with a good (50%) chance of AM showers, a slight (20%) chance of showers in the afternoon, partly cloudy with patchy fog late Tuesday night and Wednesday AM, mostly sunny Wednesday afternoon, then partly cloudy Wednesday night highs 67-77 lows 48-44 warming to near 50 Wednesday night. A mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Thursday afternoon, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers in the evening, a (30%) of showers late Thursday night through Saturday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a (30%) chance of showers Sunday highs 75-72 lows 55-52. (seasonal averages high 76 low 49)

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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June 14 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

Burn season comes to an end Friday.
  • Lawmaker leaves leadership post after sex, alcohol claims
    State Rep. Matt Win­gard stepped down Wednesday as deputy Republican leader in the Oregon House after a former aide accused him of pressuring her to have a sexual relationship three years ago and supplying alcohol to minors. Wingard apolo…
  • Creswell Fourth of July Parade Route Changing
    Some Creswell residents are riled up about a change in the city’s annual Fourth of July parade. The holiday is a big deal in Creswell. It’s celebrated every year for several years with a huge parade running right through…more…
  • New Creswell councilor hopes to mend divisions
    Jacob Daniels, who this week was appointed to the City Council, said Wednesday that he applied for the post because he wants to be involved in his community and to “mend some of the divisions that currently exist.” Daniels will fill th…
  • Lane County board OKs quarry expansion
    Lane County commissioners in a split vote on Wednesday approved a major expansion of a rock quarry near Monroe, opening the way for as much as 2 million tons of additional gravel to be mined from the site for area construction projects. Commissioners v…
  • Cadet leader sent to prison
    The leader of a Civil Air Patrol cadet program in Oakridge was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for sexually abusing two female high school students. David Sierakowski, 39, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse for fondli…
  • City to appeal verdict in favor of police officer
    The city of Eugene owes about $360,000 to a former city police officer and his attorney, but will ask a federal appeals court to overturn a jury verdict that led to the hefty bills in a case that has underscored safety concerns involving police SWAT te…
  • EWEB planning to cut 63 positions
    As part of its drive to curb costs, the Eugene Water & Electric Board on Wednesday notified 48 employees that their jobs will be eliminated by the end of the month, the utility said. EWEB said it also is eliminating 15 positions that are budgeted b
  • Backyard Burning Season Ending Soon
    Friday is the last day backyard burning is allowed for Lane County residents until the fall. This is because of fire danger during the hot, dry summer months. Violators are subject to fines ranging from $50 to more than $2,500. Unt…

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Tim Chuey Weather:

Plenty of sunshine and dry weather are going to hang around today through next Wednesday.

High: 82
Low: 55
Forecast: Sunny

An upper level low pressure trough over the Gulf of Alaska will rotate west to east following the Zonal Flow in the jet stream. A frontal system (position shown is Sunday) will approach the Oregon coast Saturday for more clouds and that’s about it. Summer is almost here! It officially begins at 4:09 PM PDT next Wednesday June 20th.

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Grass-Moderate (17)
Trees-Moderate (19)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates www.oregonallergyassociates.com.
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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis:  A mix of clouds and sun today,  partly cloudy tonight with patchy fog late at night and Friday AM, partly cloudy Friday afternoon and Friday night, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday, then partly cloudy Saturday night highs 70-82 lows 42-55. A mix of clouds and sun Sunday then partly cloudy Sunday night through Wednesday highs 79-73 warming to near 78 Wednesday lows 52-50. (seasonal averages high 72 low 47)

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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