Lane County

New Severe Thunderstorm Warning Cancelled

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
South central Linn County in northwestern Oregon…
Northern Lane County in western Oregon…

* Until 330 PM PDT.

* At 305 PM PDT, a severe thunderstorm was located 7 miles southwest
of Tombstone Summit, or 22 miles east of Sweet Home, moving north
at 30 mph.

HAZARD…Quarter size hail.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Damage to vehicles is expected.

* Locations impacted include…
Cascadia, Upper Soda and Green Peter Reservoir.

In Oregon this includes U.S. Highway 20 between mile markers 41 and
61.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

For your protection, it is best to move to an interior room on the
lowest floor of a building.

Who is Jacob Daniels

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Who is Jacob Daniels? Well, there aren’t many people who can say they work at the upper echelons of politics. That they participate in local politics. That they own their own law firm. That they represent notable clients throughout the State. That they are an equity partner in a recently launched research firm (that has already nabbed big clients). That they work remotely at a Washington, D.C. consulting firm from their office across the country in Creswell, Oregon, or as Jacob Daniels would prefer, from his couch in Creswell, Oregon.

Not many people do these things. But if they do, they certainly don’t do them at the same time, and if they are doing them at the same time, they don’t do it all by the age of 30…, unless you are Jacob Daniels.

Jacob Daniels is a friend of mine, and although I have always enjoyed watching him energetically operate, I never thought that it was newsworthy.

Jacob Daniels lawyer
Jacob Daniels

But last week I saw Jacob Daniels’ name appear in the news on three different fronts: On the cover of The Oregonian regarding a large political operation; both the Register-Guard and The Eugene Daily News reported that Jacob Daniels has been recently retained in a high-profile manslaughter case; and oddly enough, a ballot measure that Daniels had written in his hometown of Creswell had failed, receiving 44 percent of the vote.

Sure, sometimes I see Daniels on the news giving a legal opinion or talking about politics, but that’s just Daniels, he is always out there trying to get something done.

But it seems like this guy is in a real hurry to get things done.

Depending on what side you are on, you either think that Daniels is doing the Lord’s work, or you think he is the Devil. But regardless, he gets things done. I know, because I have been watching my friend for a long time.

Daniels is very proud that he attended Tulane Law School. You don’t have to spend much time with him before you hear from him that he went to Tulane. To some people, it comes across as arrogant. But if you know Daniels, you know that he is just a guy born in Cottage Grove, Oregon who can’t believe he has a seat at the table.

Following his graduation from Tulane Law School, Daniels returned home to work as the Deputy Research Director to former NBA star Chris Dudley’s 2010 campaign for Oregon Governor. On election night it looked like Dudley was going to become Oregon’s next Governor, but by morning John Kitzhaber had taken a narrow lead over Dudley and won a third term as Oregon’s Governor.

But then Kitzhaber turned around and appointed Daniels to the Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council at the age of twenty-five, and Daniels began to explore running for public office himself.

In 2012, at twenty-six years old, Daniels decided he wanted to join the Oregon House of Representatives. He entered the 2012 GOP primary for Oregon House District 11 against the popular Kelly Lovelace, who had spent his life running businesses in the district and working in the grass fields that serve as the backbone of Linn County’s economy. Daniels didn’t win that race, but he knocked on just about every single door in the legislative district, raised tens of thousands of dollars, and lost the race by 256 votes.

Following that race, Daniels was appointed to the City Council of Creswell, ran for election and earned a full term on the City Council. Daniels was subsequently elected twice as the City Council President. But Daniels didn’t feel he was a good fit on the Council.

In written answers to questions sent to Daniels, he wrote: “I left the Council because I was ticked-off about the passage of a budget. I got up and left during a meeting. While exiting I proclaimed that I was resigning. Looking back, I am really disappointed with the way I handled my exit. In hindsight I should have sat through the meeting and tendered my resignation the following day in writing. It had been a culmination of things. I believe that government should be inconsequential in our lives. I’m not anti-government. I just have a different outlook on government. In essence, I realized that a guy who wants to shrink government has no business running a government. There are a couple places for people with my outlook on government, such as lobbying tired Congressmen in the Rayburn Building  and fighting it out in the courtrooms.” [Editor’s note: The Rayburn Building is one of the major office buildings for members of Congress]

During Daniels’ brief flirtation with public office he started his own law practice, began handling family law and criminal cases, and continued his work in politics. Daniels earned a niche as a hardline researcher who found tiny pieces of evidence necessary to push numerous state legislators across the finish line to election or re-election. According to public campaign finance reports, Daniels now serves as general legal counsel to the political arm of the Oregon House Republicans.

Daniels and some of his research colleagues recently launched a firm called Oregon Research Consultants, LLC. In response to written questions, Daniels wrote: “I am very excited about Oregon Research Consultants. We have already finished our first project and we have a great team in place. Due to time constraints I am a minority owner of the firm, so I don’t speak on behalf of the firm, but we have nabbed a couple great clients and I expect good things.”

Those research skills became very important in former Representative Dennis Richardson’s 2014 campaign for Governor. Daniels came on as the campaign attorney and chairman of the debate preparation team and worked diligently to help Richardson connect the dots in the John Kitzhaber/Cylvia Hayes scandal – which included the campaign sending a letter to the FBI and United States Attorney urging a criminal investigation.

As the Kitzhaber/Hayes scandal began to grow, Daniels filed a petition to recall Governor Kitzhaber, at the age of twenty-nine.

For the few weeks following his effort to recall Governor Kitzhaber, both Daniels and national political operative Charlie Pearce eagerly poured flames on the fire with both the local press and national media outlets including NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, etc.

It is safe to say that Jacob Daniels has earned his spot at the table. The big question to ask is pretty simple. “What’s next?”

According to Daniels, “I just want my driver Patrick Dills to win the Championship on Saturday night at Cottage Grove Speedway.”

Patrick Dills and Jacob Daniels
Patrick Dills and Jacob Daniels

 

Missing and Endangered Juveniles

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Eugene Police are investigating a case regarding two missing juveniles, Kai Zen Christensen, age 13, and Kailila Meka Vray, age 15. The two juveniles were reported missing by their parents, who would like help from the media locating their children, and they would like to

Missing Eugene juveniles
Vray and Christensen

emphasize that the children are not in trouble. Police have information that suggests that the children are together and endangered. If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Christensen and Vray, they are asked to call the non-emergency line at 541.682.5111.

Protect Your Pet During 4th of July

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Protect your pet
Protect your pet from loud noises

Before heading out to celebrate the national holiday, take a few mitigation measures to protect your pet this 4th of July.  On the 5th of July, Lane County animal shelters become inundated with lost and runaway animals. It is the single busiest intake day of the year for animal shelters across the nation.

Fireworks and the loud noises associated with the evening entertainment, are uncommon noises that may frighten your animal. The fear is not just limited to domestic dogs and cats, it includes birds, reptiles and livestock. Knowing your pet better than anyone else, there are some measures you can take before your 4th of July celebrations.

  • Order sedatives from you veterinarian if required.
  • Keep your pet inside the house.
  • Avoid the noise. During fireworks, close windows and turn up the television volume.
  • Remain calm. Your pet will response to your ease.

In Lane County, the Human Society runs two two shelters, one that services the cities of Eugene and Springfield at 3970 West 1st Avenue Eugene, and outside city precinct at the Greenhill Humane Society at 88530 Greenhill Road. Both shelters run a combined web page which allows you to view which animals are at each shelter.

Unfortunately, less than 2% of all cats and 20% of all dogs are ever reunited with their family once they leave.

Protect your pet
Protect Your Pet from 4th of July fireworks

There are a number of commercially available devices that you can use to assist with identification if your pet does leave home.

Through Pethub, a QR identification code is which attaches to your pet’s collar. Once located, the code can be scanned with a smartphone to provide the owners particulars. S step up involved GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) Tracking through Pettracker will allow you to locate your animal away from home.

The best available identification process is to microchip your animal, before they ever need to be found.

Eugene Police Make Arrest with Help of K-9

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Friday, May 1st, at approximately 12:37 p.m., Eugene Police K-9 unit responded to a report of an Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the area of Royal and Echo Hollow. The suspect returned the vehicle to the residence a short time later and fled on foot.

Police officers located the suspect concealing himself near N. Bertelsen and Wood, and he was uncompliant with officer’s commands to come out and the K-9 was sent in after warnings.

 Natividad Valencia Contreras
Natividad Valencia Contreras

The suspect was subsequently bitten by the K-9 and taken into custody. The suspect, Natividad Contreras, Jr., age 19, of Eugene, was arrested for Unauthorized Use of Vehicle and transported to the hospital with minor injuries

County Health Rankings Released

EUGENE, Ore.– New health rankings are out! Researchers at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Wisconsin Population their annual nationwide, county by county study that gives an overall look at the community’s well being.

Among out neighboring counties, Lane County was the only county to move up in the rankings. It came in 16th place from 18th place last year, but Lane County Public Health says it’s too early to celebrate. When it comes to factors contributing to our health, like the rate of adult smoking, obesity and physical inactivity, the county came in lower than the state average. Public Health is working to improve areas of concern, and folks over at International Fitness in Eugene are encouraging everyone to be active.

“Fifteen minutes of physical activity a day, staying active, keeping the body active, using the muscles, will be good and beneficial so that’s something that I try to commit to,” said Robert Perez, General Manager at International Fitness.

Fitness Manager Jordan Lindsay adds, “I ride my bike to work a little bit more than I have in the past to give me just that extra 10 to 15 minutes of activity.”

Benton County slipped to third place from first place last year. Coos County slipped to 29th place and Douglas County ranked 32nd out of 33 counties.

Deerhorn Road Reopens After Mudslide

mudslideSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A section of Deerhorn Road is open again after being closed for hours, blocked by a mudslide. The land gave way during overnight storms.

County crews were clearing the section after the mudslide early Tuesday morning knocked down 12 trees and blocked part of the street about half a mile from Highway 126. People who live nearby say they’re not surprised a mudslide happened

County officials say they were alerted at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday morning of the situation.

Nearby residents say slides have happened here before so, they’re not shocked but they say they didn’t expect it from Monday’s weather conditions.

“It didn’t seem like it was raining that hard but it’s pretty steep and the ground is pretty wet above the road way,” said Kathleen Stearns, a nearby resident.

“I was driving into town and couldn’t drive the way I usually do, so I turned around and went the other way and on the way back, thought that I just had to see what’s going on,” said another nearby resident, Mike Maher.

Officials say safety is their top priority, so they’re working carefully, but efficiently so residents can have road access.

County officials say this is the only mudslide they’ve heard of and they’re working to stabilize the ground by removing any extra weight and pressure.

Spring Break Kids Camps and Activities

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Wondering what local kids camps and activities you can enroll your children in during the upcoming spring break?  Well, here is a partial list with links to more information.


Water Polo Camp
8th grade & younger (must be able to swim 15 yards)
Echo Hollow Mar 23-27 M-F 8-11am $50
See http://www.eugene-or.gov/rec

Tots Soccer AcademyAges 3-5
Petersen Barn Park Mar 23-27 M-F 1230-130pm $40
See http://www.eugene-or.gov/rec

Spring Survivor
Grades K-5
Sheldon Community Center Mar 23-27 M-F 730am-6pm $26/day or $177/week
See http://www.eugene-or.gov/rec

Camp Arrowhead
Ages 10-15
Petersen Barn Community Center Mar 23-25 M-W 9am-330pm $100
See http://www.eugene-or.gov/rec

Skateboard Spring Break
Ages 10-18
WJ Skate Park (150 Jefferson) Mar 23-26 M-Th 9am-2pm $50
See http://www.eugene-or.gov/rec

Construction & Contraption Camp
Ages 6-9
Petersen Barn Community Center Mar 23-27 M-F 9am-4pm $155
See http://www.eugene-or.gov/rec

Spies vs Ninjas vs Huntresses
Ages 6-9
Petersen Barn Community Center Mar 23-27 M-F 9am-4pm $155
See http://www.eugene-or.gov/rec

Lego Robotics Camp
Ages 9-14
Eugene Sudbury School Mar 23-27 M-F 11am-2pm $150
See http://www.eugenesudburyschool.org/product/l91ww/

Spring Wings and Crawly Things!
Ages 6-9
Nearby Nature/Alton Baker Park Mar 23-27 M-F 830am-330pm $210/members, $250/nonmembers
See http://www.nearbynature.org/events/spring-break-camp

Gymnastics & Circus Arts Camps
Ages 4-12
Bounce Gymnastics Mar 23-27 M-F 9am-1pm, 1-5pm $22/half day, $37/full day, Circus: $25/day
Extended care available 8-9am ($5/day) and/or 5-6pm ($5/day)
See http://www.bouncegymnastics.com/camps-schools-out/

List compiled by: Nikole Gipp

No Response Outside of Fire Districts

2-16 fire mapVENETA, Ore. — Local fire districts say in rural areas, with few homes, it’s not uncommon to be outside of a fire district. If there’s a house fire crews will not respond.

A map showing all the boundaries for fire districts in Lane County shows jagged district lines, that don’t always back up to another district because in uninhabited areas, there aren’t people paying taxes for fire services.

South Lane Fire and Rescue says there are hundreds of homes near their district, along either Row River Road or London Road that do not belong to a fire district.

Rural districts, like Lane Fire Authority and South Lane Fire and Rescue say people who live in these areas outside of district do have options to get fire coverage. They can either annex into a neighboring district, contract with a district, or create their own fire department.

“Look at your tax statement. If you just look on your tax bill it will list out every district: fire district, water district, sewer district, library district, road district. Any district that you’re paying taxes to will be listed on a single line item on your tax bill,” said Chief Terry Ney, Lane Fire Authority.

South Lane Fire says they did send a medic to the scene of the fire in Dorena, they say if human life is in danger during a fire even outside of its district they will send fire trucks.

The first call to the Dorena fire said someone was inside and trapped, so fire trucks were on their way. But, a neighbor notified the 911 center that the man was outside and no longer in danger, so the fire trucks did not respond.

Ambulance services are provided to all parts of the state, regardless if the house is in a fire district or not.

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