Lane County Fair Announces Music Lineup

LANE COUNTY FAIREUGENE, Ore. — We’re still months away from the Lane County Fair, but the excitement has already started.

There are some big names headed to Eugene, including Trace Adkins, Josh Turner and Pat Benatar.

The staff says having the big names in the lineup shows how much the fair has grown over the years, and they hope people are excited to see this summer’s shows.

“We have worked really, really hard with our artists over the last few years to make sure that they feel welcome, not only here at the Lane County Fair, but in Eugene as a whole and in Lane County as a whole. They do spend some time outside of here. They go to the coast. They go to the mountains. They do all kinds of stuff here. I think it speaks highly of our area,” said Rachel Bivens, Fair Director of Marketing.

Tickets go on sale on the fair website on June 1 and at the office July 1.

Oregon club hockey sweeps Portland State in penalty-ridden game

The boys were chippy Saturday night.

Oregon was looking to win the fourth and final game of the Portland State series during their second home game in a row against the Vikings. Win they did. With a 5-1 score at the end, Oregon swept PSU for the second year in a row.

The win didn’t come too easily for the Ducks, however. With tensions still high from the night before and Portland having something to prove, the play was rough and tough.

The first period was relatively tame compared to the remainder of the game. Oregon’s Nick Sciabarra scored the only goal just five minutes into the power play. The goal was followed by some big hits from Michael Luke and Stephen Casey on Vikings defensemen Charlie Kaser and Josh Powell.

It wasn’t until five minutes remained that the game’s toughness showed. A scuffle took place which sent Luke into the box on a minor for charging along with teammate Matt Ackman on a double-minor for roughing. Portland State’s Kaser was charged with roughing, as well.

The buzzer ended the period, but that wasn’t the end of play. Behind the PSU net, more shoving took place and Noah Dolinajec of Portland State was given a roughing penalty to be served at the beginning of the second period.

Oregon started the second period on a power play and took advantage of the extra man. Casey scored Oregon’s second goal of the game.

After a few saves from Portland’s goalie and a few hard hits from both teams, Sciabarra and Kaser seemed ready to drop the gloves for another skirmish near the Oregon goal while the play continued on the other end of the ice.

“This was when he was giving me some two-hand slashes to the ankles,” Sciabarra said. “He was telling me to drop ‘em, but I’m not a selfish player. I knew if I dropped my gloves, I’d be thrown out and he wouldn’t. It would’ve hurt the team and only helped him.”

Even though the gloves weren’t dropped and a fight didn’t break out, captain Tyler Halverson lay Kaser out on a hip check 50 seconds later.

“I don’t even recall,” Halverson said about the check. “It wasn’t intentional. I just see bodies out there and it’s my job to go and hit them. When I’m on the ice, the whole entire game is just kind of a blur. I don’t know the numbers that I’m hitting. It’s just my job and I’ve been doing it for years and years and years and years.”

After a few more penalties on both teams, Luke got Oregon’s third goal of the game after shooting it off the back of the goalie. With 1:24 left on the clock, Oregon had extended their lead to 3-0.

Even with little time remaining, the period didn’t end there. With two seconds left, PSU earned themselves a slashing penalty, meaning they’d start the third period on the penalty kill once again.

The third period appeared to be calmer than the previous two. It wasn’t until seven and a half minutes passed that the first series of whistles were blown for boarding against PSU, PSU’s first goal, a hooking penalty against Oregon and then a call for unsportsmanlike conduct against Portland State’s Josh Powell.

Halverson and Alex Sulitzer scored the last two goals for Oregon. The game had less than five minutes remaining and the majority of the roughness had only just begun.

“Kid had his head down,” Luke said. “He was going for a pass and I stepped in and took him out. I turned around and another kid was coming for me and I dropped my gloves and tried to go, but the refs came in too fast.”

The hit led to Luke’s ejection of the game for a game misconduct along with a five-minute major penalty for charging which was served by Jake Yale. Eric Spence of PSU earned a game misconduct for the fight that transpired after the play.

Within the next two minutes, Yale was joined in the penalty box by Terran Donnelly for tripping and Halverson for roughing while the visitor’s box was filled with a player for a double-minor boarding call and another for holding. While the boxes were being filled, Kaser got ejected for Portland with only a minute to go.

Even though the game ended with as many guys in the box as on the ice, Halverson believes that they weren’t overly physical.

“I encourage the players to be physical, but smart,” he said. “There’s a time and a place to be physical. For instance, at the end of the game when that kid came down on our goalie. We’re not going to let anything fly in front of our net because it’s our goalie. We only have one or two of them. We can’t afford to lose any of them. We’re going to protect them. Those are smart plays. Like I said, there’s a time and a place for physicality.”

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November 3 – Morning Headlines

Sheldon Irish Wide Receiver Drew Haugen up for a Rudy Award


Tim Chuey Weather:

Look for showers and maybe even a thunderstorm for your Thursday.

High: 50
Low: 29
Rain: 100%

For the rest of the week into the weekend another upper air trough of low pressure (“U” shape on yellow line) will be offshore and one frontal system moved through Wednesday night, then a series of frontal systems like this one will keep the chance of precipitation around. Mountain snow levels will fall well below pass levels making for slippery roadways by Friday. A REMINDER: We will go back to Standard time NEXT WEEKEND (Fall back one hour officially at 2 AM Sunday November 6th).

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with showers and a slight (20%) chance of isolated thunderstorms (small hail possible) this afternoon (0.25 in. of rain possible), a good (50%) of showers tonight, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Friday afternoon, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Friday night, rain likely (60%) Saturday, then rain Saturday night highs 50-46 lows 29-40. Mostly cloudy with showers likely (60%) Sunday, a good (50%) chance of showers Sunday night, a (40%) chance of showers Monday, a good (50%) chance of showers Monday night, rain likely (60%) Tuesday, a good (50%) chance of rain Tuesday night, then mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) Wednesday highs near 50 lows near 40. (seasonal averages high 56 low 39)

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

May 24 – Morning Headlines


May 24 Morning Headlines:

Tim Chuey Weather: AM clouds, a mix of clouds and sun and warmer this afternoon, becoming mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) late tonight (0.10 in. of rain possible), occasional rain Wednesday (0.50 in. of rain possible).

Eugene budget panel OKs plan for 2011-12 – The Eugene School District’s budget committee on Monday night unanimously approved outgoing Superintendent George Russell’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 school year.

Golden Temple reorganization called conspiracy – The attorney for the Sikh ministers who are suing the religious group’s business leaders described in opening statements Monday a conspiratorial plan that enabled an elite group of Golden Temple executives to gain control of the Eugene food company and become instant millionaires.

Wind industry demands solution to grid overload – The wind energy industry demanded Monday that the Bonneville Power Administration fix problems that have forced the shutdown of Northwest wind generators.

Fairgrounds to restrict public access – Sandra Townsend walks her dog at the Lane County fairgrounds daily, and she’s not the only frequent visitor to the sprawling near downtown Eugene. People regularly walk and bike through, she said, and the sprawling parking lot is popular with parents teaching their kids how to drive.

Independent review of state ballot measures clears hurdle – The Oregon House approved a bill on Monday that would permit a panel of everyday citizens to independently review all ballot measures before they go to the voters and allow the panel’s findings to be included in the state-issued Voters’ Pamphlet.

Late offer aims to save Civic – In a two-outs, bottom-of-the-ninth play, Market of Choice owner Rick Wright on Monday offered to lease Civic Stadium for three years in order to give the Eugene Family YMCA and Save Civic Stadium time to fashion a joint proposal.

New plan for logging Oregon’s forests could be a win-win for loggers and conservationists. – The B.L.M. says the new plan will preserve forest land without hindering timber production.

Wind Industry in meltdown over shutdowns.

March 16 – Morning Headlines


Here are the local Wednesday morning headlines:

Tim Chuey Weather
The rainy weather will stick around, but without the high winds.
County to raze Extension building
The Lane County commissioners voted narrowly Tuesday to raze the building that formerly housed the Lane County Extension services this summer, opting to make more room for the county fairgrounds to expand its offerings.
Judge upholds city tax ballot title
The ballot measure for Eugene’s income tax for schools can be presented to voters in May without a word being changed, Lane County Circuit Judge Lauren Holland ruled Tuesday.
Barista describes robbery that turned into shooting
A Dutch Bros. barista testified Tuesday in Brandon Lee Plunk’s robbery and attempted murder trial, publicly describing for the first time what led the coffee worker to fatally shoot Plunk’s alleged accomplice during an armed robbery last Thanksgiving Eve.
Board gets first vote on Eugene bond issue
The board will vote on whether to refer a $70 million bond measure to the May 17 ballot. Thursday is the deadline for filing to place measures on the ballot.
Pair questions police encounter
Police say multiple issues led Agent Tom Schulke to question the men’s intentions on the afternoon of March 3. “The fact that Salmon and his roommate, Josh Kennedy, are black is not one of those reasons”.
Fred Meyer to adjust vets’ pay, pension benefits
The Oregon attorney general’s office and the state’s veterans affairs agency say Fred Meyer Stores has agreed to change some of its employment practices following complaints from veterans.

Oregon Logging Conference Celebrates 73 years


Portable Chipper being fed

When plans for the first Oregon Logging Conference were being made, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President, Civic Stadium and the Bonneville Dam were newly opened, and the Worlds oldest pair of Birkenstocks (9000 yrs) were discovered in Central Oregon.  Seventy Three years later all but President Roosevelt are still with us.

Chainsaw Hitching Post
The Chainsaw Hitching Post at the Logging Conference

The show may have opened to snow and sub-freezing temperatures, but todays balmy 40+ degrees and mostly clear skies brought out the town including lots and lots of future logging industry CEO’s (kids) for the last day of the show.

Originally established for loggers and logging companies to meet and exchange the latest advances in logging technology and ethics, little has changed.   Much like farming, there are a handful of large firms enjoying various levels of success in the logging industry, but by and large the heart of the industry are still the many hard working family owned and small businesses; both of which were well represented at this years show.

United Industrial Equipment Corp., a pressure washer and waste water management company,  has attended the logging show for the last 20 years.  I asked Nate Larson, sales manager for UIEC how the show was for them.  “Attendance wise, it’s about the same as last year, but this year people aren’t just window shopping, they are either planning a purchase, or purchasing.”  Larson indicated that while there was a lot of interest in used and re-manufactured equipment, “We had more leads this year from the small fleet operators on water systems and big ticket hardware than we’ve had in the last 3.” Larson said.

One of these is the start button
Future CEO Sawyer Black, age 1 considers a purchase.

“We also have a lot of customers who purchased from us more than a decade ago who stop in to say hello, and let us know that their original purchase is still running great. Something we’re happy to hear, but would love to see their businesses grow into some new hardware.  It’s starting to feel like there’s some hope of that happening.”

That seemed to be the consensus among most of the booths I stopped by.   Compliance based companies were everywhere.  From log book and permit tracking software to on-board scales from companies like Vulcan that help Log and Chip Truck drivers more easily keep their load at legal weight, avoiding fines and unnecessary maintenance on their trucks.

Speaking of trucks, the array of “big iron” haulers was impressive. There were restored antique trucks like the 1941 Mac “Christine” and a 1955 International Harvester displayed alongside brand new 2012 models.  A truck drivers toy store.

Log handler
High technology in an imposing form

The real show however was outside.  Filling the entire 30 acre main parking lot was an awe inspiring array of giant tree handlers and loaders, automated milling and chipping machines, massive cranes and gaping mouthed loaders looking like some kind of big kids County Fair midway.  Watching an operator in a large tracked loader deftly picking up 3′ diameter logs, turning them on end and making a stack 15′ tall makes you wish you tried the Loader Simulater inside the pavilion.  No way was it as easy as they made it look.  Much of the equipment was familiar in design, but significantly updated over even a few years ago.  Terms like “Energy efficient”, “lowered emission”, “lower byproduct and higher utilization” were heard from most of the equipment vendors, not something the average Eugenian associates with the Timber Industry.

Wood Carving - Sasquatch
This guy looks familiar.

On the lighter side there were at least 3 chainsaw art booths and 1 very special display that I’m saving for its own story. Some of the carvings were incredible and whimsical, my favorite was the fisherman with the “fishing line” going back from the pole and becoming part of the rigging to the carvers tent.  Most of the kids it seems were fascinated by the 12′ tall Sasquatch carving, looking suspiciously like the guy in that suspicious photo we’re familiar with.   These however aren’t the chunky “Paul Bunyan” type of hobbyist carvings, some of them are as fine a rendering as a marble sculpture.  Some of them as dearly priced too.

The only thing missing from the midway atmosphere were the Funnel Cake and Fri-Jos vendors.  I  settled for a hotdog from the ubiquitous snack bar, albeit more like a food cart in a building than your traditional snack bar; sporting an eclectic diversity of menu items.  Truth be told I wanted a hotdog.  For little more than the price of a gallon of gas the 73rd Oregon Logging Conference was a chance to peek inside the tent, meet some of the people and see the signs of life in our Timber industry.  If you haven’t been, plan on attending next year.  Its an important part of Oregon’s living heritage, worth getting up close and personal.

Photos from the OLC: