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Possible Fraud Warning for Gas Customers

CREDIT CARDSGRANTS PASS, Ore. — An investigation is underway to figure out how an unauthorized electronic credit card reader was attached to one of the legitimate credit card readers on a gas pump at the U-Save Gas/Union 76 gas station.

Grants Pass Police said an employee contacted them Monday, after finding the card reader. They said it was hidden and could not be seen from the outside of the pump. Police said they believe the card reader was installed in the last 30 days.

Police said usually after a card reader is installed, the thief will return later to pull credit card numbers from the reader. The numbers are then sold to others or used for fraudulent transactions. Police also said a key had to be used in order to open the card machine and put the reader inside. They are including this as part of the investigation.

The U-Save corporate office has been contacted. They will be contacting any customers who may have used the machine and been affected. Police are also asking anyone who got gas at that location recently to keep an eye on their accounts for any activity.

Albertson Security Breach

9-30 ALBERTSONSEUGENE, Ore. — Albertsons is alerting shoppers of a security breach that could’ve compromised credit and debit cards across the country, including its stores in Oregon.

Albertsons says account numbers, expiration dates, and even cardholders names might’ve been breached between the August 27 and September 21.

This is the latest in a number of security breaches at major retailers throughout the country. Even with all these breaches, John Iglesias, CEO of Northwest Community Credit Union, says people shouldn’t be afraid to use their credit and debit cards. He recommends checking online statements, signing up for mobile alerts, and being careful not to give out your pin of card number.

While the thought of a breach worries many people, Iglesias says if your account is compromised due to a breach at a store, credit unions and banks are held responsible, not the cardholders.

“Retailers and these companies where the breaches occur really need to be more accountable to their customers. Don’t you think, I mean you think if you use your card at their store they’re doing everything they possibly can to protect your information,” Iglesias said.

As technology becomes a key player in banking, Iglesias says cardholders shouldn’t be worried about using online and mobile tools.

Anyone who shopped at Albertsons and used a credit or debit card during the past month should keep their eye on their account to make sure there isn’t any fraud.

January 9 – Morning Headlines

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  • Police arrest 14 at Eugene apartment
    Police arrested 14 people early Tuesday morning at an apartment just west of Washington-Jefferson Park.
  • Homeless activists cited, arrested in Eugene
    Police say they cited 18 people and arrested two more for trespassing during a Monday night demonstration by homeless activists at a downtown courthouse plaza.
  • Gunman tries to rob restaurant
    A masked man broke into a west Eugene restaurant, threatened employees with a gun and tried to steal cash from an office safe on Monday morning, Eugene police said. Police learned of the robbery at the Shari’s at 2950 W. 11th Ave. just before…
  • State adding Beltline ramp meters to cut jams
    Eugene’s congested Randy Papé Beltline is getting traffic regulation devices that in Oregon hitherto have only been deployed in Portland. As part of a $2 million project to improve traffic flow on Beltline, the Oregon Department of Transpo
  • Firm in Oregon bus crash told to halt U.S. operations
    The U.S. Department of Transportation has revoked a Canadian travel company’s authority to provide passenger service in the United States after determining that a driver was not properly rested when his bus crashed on an Oregon h
  • Woman admits fraud, to pay $300,000
    A Eugene woman will have to repay more than $300,000 to her former employer after pleading guilty Tuesday to using the business in a scheme to buy thousands of cell phones and sell them on the Internet. Tamara Diane Brown, 41, pleaded guilty to a singl
  • Governor pays visit to schools, businesses
    Perhaps the most surprising thing at a Tuesday meeting between Eugene School District employees and Gov. John Kitzhaber was the generous applause that followed his remarks, despite his assertion that the Public Employee Retirement System needs fixing &
  • Federal scientists claim Klamath Basin research censored
    Seven federal fisheries scientists filed a complaint Monday claiming their supervisor censored their research into the water needs of threatened Klamath Basin salmon because it was viewed by others as biased.
  • Man gets 6 years for downtown bank robbery
    A man who robbed a downtown bank last summer dressed in a polo shirt and khaki shorts will serve almost 6 years in federal prison – a month for every $18 he stole.
  • Evans named to Ward 6 council seat in 7-0 vote
    Lane Community College instructor Greg Evans on Monday took the relatively easy route to join the City Council, but he will have to run for election to keep the post after May. The council on Monday voted 7-0 to appoint Evans as interim councilor to re…

 

  • Axemen hold off Spartans
    Eli Lininger had 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead South Eugene past Marist, 39-37 Tuesday night in a nonleague boys basketball game at South Eugene High School. Josh Harper had a game-high 24 points for the Spartans, who missed a shot with 30 seconds
  • Millers grind out a win
    Trailing by three points and shooting just 34 percent from the field entering the fourth quarter, Springfield suddenly couldn’t miss. The Millers scored on their first eight possessions of the final quarter, making six shots and four straight fre 
  • Last year’s bitter ending fuels Churchill’s trip back to state
    With four starters back from a team that finished 22-6 and reached the Class 5A state tournament, Churchill got off to the start that everyone expected. The Lancers opened the season with a 92-point effort against Crescent Valley and went on to average
  • McKenzie regains share of league lead
    Makaila Hiddleston had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead McKenzie to a 48-32 girls basketball victory over Eddyville on Monday. McKenzie improved to 9-2 overall and 5-0 atop the Mountain West League standings. Breanna Jones led Eddyvill

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Tim Chuey Weather:

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Rain and mild today, but tonight it will change to cooler with falling snow levels.

Another upper level trough of low pressure (shaded “U” shape) has moved in along the coast as cold high pressure (shaded “Arch shape”) moves away from the Pacific Northwest. The next frontal system can be seen moving in with its warm front already past us and the cold front following behind it today. Snow levels will fall to about 1,000 ft. tonight through Thursday night, but I don’t expect the snow to stick enough to pile up any significant accumulation on the valley floor. We’ll have to keep an eye on that situation.

[gn_spoiler title=”ADVISORIES” open=”0″ style=”2″]A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM TODAY UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT FOR THE NORTHERN OREGON CASCADES AND THE CASCADES IN LANE COUNTY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM TODAY UNTIL 4 AM THURSDAY ABOVE 1,000 FT. FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTH OREGON COAST. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TODAY UNTIL 4 AM FRIDAY ABOVE 1,000 FT. FOR CENTRAL DOUGLAS COUNTY, EASTERN CURRY COUNTY, AND JOSEPHINE COUNTY, JACKSON COUNTY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TODAY UNTIL 4 AM THURSDAY FOR THE EASTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOTHILLS, THE SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON CASCADES, THE SOUTH OREGON CASCADES, AND THE SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS.  A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM UNTIL 1 PM TODAY FOR NORTHERN AND EASTERN KLAMATH COUNTY, CENTRAL, EASTERN, AND WESTERN LAKE COUNTY.[/gn_spoiler]

High: 45
Low: 30
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with showers today (0.50 in. of rain possible) and breezy (wind: SW 15-25 mph shifting W 10-15 mph in the afternoon), evening showers, rain and snow showers and colder tonight (0.15 in. of rain possible, 1 in. of snow possible, snow level 1,000 ft.), mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain or snow showers Thursday (under 0.01 in. of rain possible), a (40%) chance of rain and snow showers Thursday night (snow showers 1,000 ft.), mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of AM rain and snow showers Friday, a good (50%) chance of afternoon showers, then a (40%) chance of rain Friday night highs 45-38 lows 33-30. Mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Saturday, a good (50%) chance of showers Saturday night and Sunday, a (30%) chance of showers Sunday night, a (40%) chance of showers Monday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Monday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a (30%) chance of showers Tuesday highs 44-46 lows near 34. (seasonal averages high 46 low 34)

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

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October 17 – Morning Headlines

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With the expiration of Federal Timber subsidies and no State help in sight, Senator Wyden recommends struggling rural communities raise taxes. Is there another solution?
  • Veneta woman sentenced in fraud case
    A 57-year-old Veneta woman was sentenced Tuesday to four months of home detention and five years of federal probation for fraudulently obtaining Social Security and food stamp payments. Marjorie V. Miller admitted this summer to earning wages under one…
  • Former nurse in Springfield pleads guilty to creating false documents
    A former hospital nurse pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to commit mail fraud, admitting that she created fake prenatal and birth records to help a wanted sex offender obtain a new identity and Social Security card. Willy Gibson Whitebird also admi…
  • Judge rejects funding challenge
    A union challenge to Lane County’s use of Road Fund money to fund law enforcement hit a quick dead end when a judge rejected the petition almost as soon as it was filed. But that doesn’t mean the dispute is over. A lawyer for the county employee un…
  • Dunes City gears up for 50-year celebration
  • Wyden: Timber counties need to raise taxes
    Senator Ron Wyden says struggling rural timber counties should consider raising local taxes or finding some other revenue as part of a package to replace the expiring federal subsidies.
  • Duck men 11th at fall season finale
    Oregon’s men were 11th and Oregon State’s tied for sixth at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational on Tuesday, the final fall college golf tournament for the Ducks. Cal won with 806 overall, 20 ahead of San Francisco. OSU finished w…
  • Gibbons leads Churchilll rally
    Bre Gibbons had 21 kills and 23 digs and Churchill remained unbeaten in Midwestern League volleyball by rallying after losing the first two games to defeat Willamette 16-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-16, 15-12 Tuesday night at Willamette High School. Kendra Bod..

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Tim Chuey Weather:

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Plenty of sunshine heading our way today and Thursday, then the wet October weather returns.

High: 68
Low: 36
Forecast: Mostly Sunny

The Jet Stream airflow will move the storm track to ease up on the rain. A frontal system brought dwindling chances of rain behind it Tuesday, then things will dry out for a couple of days as high pressure at the surface and high pressure aloft combine to clear out the clouds for a while. By the end of the week a frontal system will move in returning the clouds and the chance of rain.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Partly cloudy and colder with patchy fog this AM, mostly sunny this afternoon, partly cloudy with patchy fog Wednesday night and Thursday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Thursday night, mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Friday, then a (40%) chance of rain Friday night highs 65-68 cooling to 64 Friday lows 36-46. A mix of clouds and sun with a (40%) chance of rain Saturday, mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Saturday night and Sunday, then mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of rain Sunday night through Wednesday highs 60-58 lows near 38. (seasonal averages high 64 low 41)

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

Sign My Petition or I’ll Lose My Job – Part One

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From Switzerland to Eugene: The History of the Oregon Initiative Process

2012 is an election year. From the presidential race to local ballot measures, voters are bombarded daily with candidates and issues to consider. In large cities around Oregon, you will often encounter a more personal method of campaigning: canvassing. If you have been to the DMV or a bus stop or public library, you likely have seen people canvassing. They approach with clipboards and colorful petition papers, asking if you are registered to vote and, if you are, to please sign your name and print your address for one issue or another. For the 2012 election, Oregon public advocates are attempting to get a total of 43 initiatives on the ballot.

Considering that the average petition requires 87,213 signatures to qualify for the ballot, this means the average Oregon voter has been or will be asked many times to sign many petitions. And you might wonder: Why am I being asked to sign? What am I being asked to sign? Who are these people? Do they get paid? Can I trust them?

What is this whole petition thing about?

In the next few days, EDN will take you inside the Oregon initiative process: the history, what canvassing jobs entail, and, most significantly, claims voters and former employees are making about one of Oregon’s leading canvassing companies.

How it all began

In 1902, the state of Oregon began a grand experiment in democracy. An overwhelming majority of its voters, 91 percent, approved an amendment to the state constitution, allowing a process of initiatives and referendums. The idea was to provide voters with two ways of directly changing Oregon statutes and the Oregon Constitution. The initiative process gives direct legislative power to voters, permitting any person to sponsor an initiative to enact or change laws or the Constitution. The referendum process, on the other hand, allows voters to reject legislation adopted by the Oregon Legislature. The overarching idea was to place ultimate authority to change Oregon law in the hands of its citizens.

According to the Oregon State Bar,

“The initiative is a direct democracy idea from Switzerland. In the 1800’s, the initiative process became a movement adopted by American Populist and Progressive political groups to challenge special interest groups.”

Oregon’s initiative process is a direct democracy idea from Switzerland.

Oregon was one of the first states to allow the use of the initiative process. Oregon was also the first state to place a statewide initiative on its ballot, in 1904.  University of Oregon Professor Daniel HoSang says the impetus behind this move was to free the electoral process from undemocratic influences. HoSang says,

It comes from a particular time, especially in the western U.S., where there was distrust of elected representatives, especially from the influence of big corporations. The idea was, if we could put the power back in the hands of people, we could get things done.”

Much has indeed been done since 1902. As of April 2010, the State of Oregon reported that Oregon voters have passed 118 of 348 initiative measures on the ballot and 23 of 64 referenda on the ballot. During the same period, the legislature has referred 419 measures to the people, of which 244 have passed.

Passing a law through the initiative process is not easy. The sponsor of the proposal, the chief petitioner, must first qualify the proposal to be on the ballot of a General Election. To do this, the chief petitioner must receive written approval from the Secretary of State to circulate signature sheets in order to collect signatures from registered voters. Chief petitioners must then obtain the necessary number of valid signatures and submit them to the Secretary of State no later than four months prior to the date of the next regularly scheduled General Election.

Article IV, Section 1 of the Oregon Constitution establishes the number of signatures required to qualify an initiative to the ballot. The number of active registered voter signatures required to place an initiative measure on the ballot is based upon a percentage of the total votes cast for all candidates for Governor at the last election in which a candidate for Governor was elected to a full term. The signature requirements for 2012 are: for statutory change, 6% (or 87,213); for an amendment to the constitution, 8% (or 116,284).

But for many reformers, this is a battle worth the hassle. In fact, many of the initiatives  since 1902 have held great significance for the state. Great battles of ideas have been waged within this democratic experiment. Phil Keisling, former Oregon Secretary of State, explains:

“The initiative process has often been a safety valve for ideas that have been thwarted through the legislative process. It has allowed citizens who cannot get issues addressed to go through the initiative process to do so. At the turn of the century, it was women’s suffrage. It took a while but it’s one of the most significant milestones. The initiative process finally got the legislature to do it. Or there’s the income tax. From 1920-1930, the initiative process helped abolish the state dependency on statewide property tax in favor of progressive tax.”

For a long time there were not many initiatives. In the early 1970s, for example, there were fewer than 20 initiatives in the whole country. But by 1996 there was a total of 22 initiatives on the Oregon ballot alone. When Phil Keisling was Secretary of State, he saw 50 initiatives get on the ballot. As the initiative process grew in scope and power over the years, so, too, did the stakes involved. As more groups become interested in pursuing their agendas through initiatives instead of the legislature, the costs and difficulties of successfully passing an initiative increased.

Enter the money

When chief petitioners want to get an initiative on the ballot, they face the daunting task of collecting almost 100,000 signatures to change a law, and over 100,000 to amend the Constitution. Originally, the people who would gather signatures were volunteers. For a while people could be paid to gather signatures. In 1935, Oregon prohibited the use of paid signature gatherers. However, in 1983 this prohibition was repealed. As special interest groups, corporations, and unions invested in the initiative process, money flooded the system.

Keisling says, “It’s almost now exclusively a necessity to pay for it. It’s now $300-400,000 for an initiative. The vote by mail initiative was the last to pass solely by volunteers. It’s happened, of course, because the courts have allowed it. As more people did it, the more common it became, starting in the 1990′s. When people get less inclined to sign, volunteers have a harder time doing it. The number of initiatives is down in the last decade. They are down because more and more people are leery of it. Also, it is out of reach for larger numbers of groups.”

Signature gathering is a big industry.

As the costs skyrocketed, the task of gathering signatures became a business. Groups started popping up everywhere. In 1998, there were 50 companies in California alone dedicated to gathering signatures for political efforts. In Oregon, companies included Arno Political Consultants, VOTE Oregon, the Signature Gathering Company of Oregon, and Democracy Resources.

As money flooded the system, the claims of corruption began—though money has been an integral part of politics since the beginning.

Professor HoSang says, “Money has influenced the initiative process for the last 75 years. Special interests have done this throughout the 20th century. It is not a current phenomenon. The notion of a golden period is just not true.”

But in recent decades, the influence of money on the initiative process has received significant attention. In 2002, Oregon voters agreed to amend the Constitution (Measure 26) to prohibit chief petitioners of initiative campaigns in Oregon from paying petition circulators on a per-signature basis, either directly or indirectly. The idea was that, when people are paid per signature collected, they have an incentive to cheat—make up signatures, lie about their petitions, and so forth.

“There’s something unsavory about putting a price per signature,” HoSang says.

While Oregon is one of 27 states with an initiative process, it is only one of a few states —Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming— that have banned paying per signature. The results are not exactly clear. To some people, like Keisling, this has cleaned up the process: “It’s taken the most direct, powerful incentive to cheat out of the equation.”

But to others, like HoSang, money is not the issue, per se. Rather, the problem is the process itself:

“In California they still pay per signature. But here in Oregon, where you can’t pay per signature, you still see people with four or five petitions shouting out two sentences for each. ‘Save our children!’ you know. The interaction is inevitably shallow and appeals to peoples’ base interests. There’s not a huge amount of difference in corruption between California and Oregon. It’s like any other campaign finance reform.”

Democracy Resources

Democracy Resources website (Portland)

Ultimately, whether signatures are gathered legally is up to the signature gatherers themselves and the companies that employ them. In Oregon, news stories appear every election cycle about corruption within the businesses. In 2006, for example, stories surfaced about canvassers paying homeless people to sign their petitions. Often it is difficult to pin point who is responsible for these violations, as the Portland Mercury reported about the incident:

“Many initiative campaigns…hire their petitioning work out to firms like the California-based Arno Political Consultants, which had the contract for the term limits and TABOR petitions, or local firm Democracy Direct, which was hired to run the redistricting of judges petition. These companies will then frequently hire the work out to subcontractors, who in turn hire the work out to sub-subcontractors. By the time these petitions hit the streets, it’s difficult to determine who is working for whom.

When some canvassing companies violate the rules, it can affect other companies.

“When voters hear about fraud, they get turned off from the whole process,” says Ted Blaszak, owner of Democracy Resources. “The most frustrating thing is that it’s just not hard to follow the law and treat your staff with respect.”

Blaszak’s company, Democracy Resources, has been prominent in Eugene the last few months. In fact, if you have been anywhere around Lane County, you have probably seen employees from the company. Dressed in brown vests with IDs hanging around their necks, they seem to be everywhere.

It’s less than a week until the July 6, 2012 deadline when canvassing groups must get their signatures to the Secretary of State to qualify their petitions for the Oregon ballots, so workers for Democracy Resources have been in full swing. “Are you registered to vote? Do you like kids and salmon? If so, sign.”

That’s their general approach. You will find them at the University of Oregon, the DMVs, the post offices, in the Wal-Mart parking lots, the Saturday Market, and the bus stations. They are hustling everyone they can for signatures. They are even at the beach in Florence, the OSU campus, and stationed around Roseburg.

Based in Portland, Oregon and run by Ted Blaszak, Democracy Resources says on its home page that it is “the national leader in signature gathering.” In the last twelve years, they say they have “qualified more than 50 measures for the ballot in states, counties, and municipalities across the nation.” This year in Oregon they are working on four different measures: 21, 35, 36, and 38 (the first two are for public schools and Oregon salmon fishing, the second two are for legalizing private casinos).

But while Democracy Resources claims to be the leader in signature gathering and the example of how it can be done ethically and legally, stories around Eugene have surfaced of another side to the company. With the economy in a recession and people desperate for jobs, the question arises:

What exactly does it mean to follow the law and treat your staff with respect?

PART TWO: Former and current employees of Democracy Resources have important answers to that question.
PART THREE: Are Voters getting the whole truth?

Note: Democracy Resources did not respond to numerous attempts on EDN’s part for comments or an interview on this or any other part of the investigative series.

Background, discussion and details are available on the R.L. Stollar, Journalist blog.

October 19 – Morning Headlines

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  • Police seek woman who fled scene after hitting bicyclist
    Eugene police said they are looking for a female driver who fled the scene on foot after her white Jeep collided with a bicyclist at First Avenue and Jefferson Street around 4:10 p.m. today. The bicyclist, a 74-year-old man from Eugene, was taken to a …

     

  • SWAT team officers strike wrong house in robbery investigation
    Two weeks before Eugene police arrested a woman on charges that she repeatedly robbed local Bi-Mart pharmacies for pain pills, SWAT team officers raided a Junction City home and took another woman into custody after circumstantial evi…

     

  • Mentally ill robber gets four-year prison term
    A mentally ill man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for the June 24, 2010 robbery of the same downtown Eugene bank he’d robbed 2½ years earlier. Employees of U. S. National Bank, 1717 W. Seventh Ave., recognized Thomas Joseph Burgoyne f…

     

  • Reward offered in illegal elk killing near Florence
    A reward of up to $700 is being offered for information that helps state police investigators identify the person responsible for the illegal killing of a trophy elk near Florence. The six-point bull elk was found dead in a field off North…

     

  • Woman, 63, gets 18-month prison term for Social Security fraud
    A Cottage Grove woman was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for stealing nearly $850,000 in federal retirement benefits intended for her father, who disappeared more than 26 years ago. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan also ordered Martha …

     

  • ‘Perhaps they should really be occupying something more meaningful’
    Mobile farm stands got a move on Tuesday, setting up shop across the street from their usual Tuesday Market location to accomodate the tent city of the Occupy Eugene protesters.

     

  • School looking into harassment allegation
    Creswell High School officials are investigating reports of harassment alleged to have occurred on a school district bus following a weekend soccer game. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Tuesday that it is letting the school…

     

  • Forest Service planning timber sale in Brice Creek watershed
    The Cottage Grove Ranger District staff invites the public to attend a field trip on Oct. 27 to view potential harvest areas in the Brice Creek Watershed. The District’s Lisa Winn said the trip will be an opportunity for the public to engage

     

  • Men’s golf ties for first at Alister MacKenzie Invitational
    The No. 2 Oregon men’s golf team continued its blistering start to the fall season at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in Fairfax, Calif. on Tuesday, tying with No. 19 California for the tournament championship. Both Oregon and California shot …

     

  • UO: 141 fans ejected from Autzen during Oregon-ASU game
    A season-high 141 spectators were ejected Saturday from Autzen Stadium during the Oregon-Arizona State football game, according to statistics released today by the UO. Eleven of the ejected fans were also cited or arrested for alleged illegal behavior …

     

  • Autzen capacity: 54,000. Last game’s crowd: 60,050. How’s that work?
    Duck fans set an Oregon football record last weekend for attendance at Autzen Stadium when over 60,000 fans showed up to watch the game. But the capacity of Autzen stadium is only 54,000.

     

Tim Chuey Weather:

Say goodbye to the sun and hello to clouds and at least a slight chance of precipitation.

High: 67
Low: 46
Rain: 20%

high pressure ridge (“arch” on the orange jet stream line) is strengthening up to give us some more dry days. High pressure at the surface combined with the upper air ridge to give us the benefit of sunshine. Another upper level low (“U” shape on jet stream line) will start to move in today and a more frontal systems will push through by Thursday and the weekend to bring back the rain and cooler temperatures.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis:  Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of drizzle this AM, just mostly cloudy this afternoon and tonight, then mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Thursday through Friday night highs 62-67 lows near 46. Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Saturday, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of rain Saturday night, cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Sunday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Sunday night, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Monday and Monday night, then just mostly cloudy Tuesday highs 68-64 lows near 47. (seasonal averages high 63 low 41)

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

August 3 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

 

  • Early Morning Water Rescue
    Water rescue units responded at 3:20 this morning – an individual was reported in distress in the water near Skinners Butte Park.
  • Cottage Grove woman pleads guilty to $850K benefit fraud
    Prosecutors say an Oregon woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than $850,000 in government money during a 26-year theft of her missing father’s retirement benefits.
  • Possible heirs to Trent School property come out of the woodwork
    PLEASANT HILL — Seven weeks ago, the Pleasant Hill School District was having trouble finding any heirs of a 19th-century couple who sold a part of their Dexter land claim to serve as a site for now-historic Trent School. That’s no longer a problem…
  • Eugene Police Looking for Bank Robbery Suspect
    EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Police Department (EPD) is searching for a woman who allegedly robbed a bank Monday afternoon.   The robbery happened at Pacific Continental Bank on River Road at about 4:50 p.m.   EPD says the woman demanded cash and showe…

 

Tim Chuey Weather:

Our pleasant weather continues. Temperatures will hang around normal or just a little below.

trough of low pressure (“U” shape) will move through followed by a weak high pressure ridge (“arch” shape) for clearing, then another trough will follow close behind. A surface frontal system will push inland today.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis:  Partly cloudy this AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy tonight, cloudy Thursday AM, a mix of clouds and sun in the afternoon, partly cloudy at night and Friday AM, mostly sunny Friday afternoon, then mostly clear Friday night highs 85-80 lows 53-55. Mostly sunny Saturday AM, partly cloudy in the afternoon through Sunday AM, mostly sunny Sunday afternoon, mostly clear Sunday night, partly cloudy Monday AM, mostly sunny Monday afternoon, mostly clear Monday night, partly cloudy Tuesday AM, then mostly sunny Tuesday afternoon highs near 80 lows near 54. (seasonal averages high 84 low 52)

The Summer allergy season  is over for the most part.  Mold will remain Moderate.  (Provided by Allergy and Asthma Research Group) (Provided by Allergy and Asthma Research Group)

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

 

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June 15 – Evening Update

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June 15 – Evening Update

Tim Chuey Weather: A mix of clouds and sun this afternoon with a slight (20%) chance of sprinkles, mostly cloudy tonight and Thursday AM, partly cloudy in the afternoon, mostly cloudy Thursday night and Friday AM.

EPD Receiving Influx of Fraud Calls »
EPD Receiving Influx of Fraud Calls Eugene Police are cautioning residents to be extra diligent in scrutinizing their bank account transactions.

Oregon House votes for free tuition for foster kids – The state House has voted to allow former foster children to attend Oregon public universities and community colleges for free.

Bank of America apologizes to Oregon homeowners – Bank of America is apologizing for mistakenly accusing 5,000 Oregonians of being late on property taxes and saying they might be risking foreclosure. – historcially the least of BofA shortcomings. –ed.

Bill would charge state workers for healthcare – Some in the Oregon House are proposing that state workers cover a portion of their health care costs. – wonder how this will go… –ed.

County to send Duck to collections if he doesn’t pay up – State police cited All-American Duck football player Cliff Harris for speeding and driving with a suspended license in May while driving a car registered to Duck quarterback Darron Thomas.

FBI visits woman who wrote to ‘suicide kit’ seller – The FBI is investigating a local woman who wrote a letter of support to a California woman who sold a so-called suicide kit to a Eugene man who used it to kill himself.

Springfield seeks citizens for walk-bike panel – The City of Springfield is looking for Springfield residents to serve on a Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Eugene firefighters fight to save their engine company – Several Eugene firefighters are going door to door, as they try to drum up community support for making sure staffing levels stay the same at one of the busiest fire stations.

Oregon Senate votes to require teacher standards – The Oregon Senate has approved a bill requiring the state to develop performance standards for teachers. – wonder who gets to write those rules. –ed.


EPD Receiving Influx of Fraud Calls

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EPD Receiving Influx of Fraud Calls

Eugene Police are cautioning residents to be extra diligent in scrutinizing their bank account transactions.  Central Lane 9-1-1, which serves a large portion of Lane County, has received around 30 calls (EPD has received more than a dozen calls) today alone reporting fraudulent charges appearing in their bank account.  The majority appear to be withdrawals from ATMs in California.  Investigators are still looking into the case but initial reports indicate a pattern of activity similar to a card skimming operation, or a breach of secured customer data.

Financial Crimes Investigators are taking this opportunity to remind everyone the best way to help safeguard your accounts is to remain actively aware of charges and examine statements for out of place transactions.

If individuals find that they have been a victim of fraudulent charges, unrelated to any other crime (i.e. theft of cards in a burglary or stolen from a car clout) they should immediately report it to both their bank and the police department of the city in which they reside.

Also: use caution if you receive a notice or alert regarding your account and any fraudulent activity.  Never give out your social security number, credit card or band account numbers, or provide any personal data such as passwords or drivers license numbers by email, login, text, or over the phone.  Contact your bank or credit card company directly instead.