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August 15 – Eugene, Springfield and Lane County Headlines

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Gov. Kitzhaber has  signed the medical marijuana dispensaries bill. | image marijuana.com
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  • #16 – Daryle Hawkins
    August 15, 2013

    Oregon Ducks wide receiver Daryle Hawkins, a redshirt senior from Omaha Central High School (Omaha, Nebraska), enters his fifth season in the Oregon program.
  • Hunnicutt competes at junior national
    Springfield High’s Carlos Hunnicutt competed at the 2013 Speedo Junior National Championships last week in Irvine, Calif. The three-time OSAA Class 5A state swimming champion qualified for his first Junior Nationals in three events, the 400-and 2
  • Symmonds makes splash at Worlds
    Youth bested experience on Tuesday at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Five-time U.S. champion, two-time Olympian and Springfield resident Nick Symmonds ran a stellar race in the men’s 800-meter final and appeared to have his first interna 
  • Emeralds routed for second night in a row, fall 13-2 to Boise
    The Eugene Emeralds can’t wait to leave Boise, Idaho. After two games against the Hawks, the Emeralds have allowed 25 runs, 30 hits and have only managed to scratch across 3 runs of their own. Leading the offensive explosion for the Hawks has bee 
  • Governor signs medical marijuana dispensaries bill
    Critics pushed Kitzhaber to veto the dispensaries measure saying it could lead to abuses. 
  • Man accused of impersonating a police officer at mall
    A man faces a charge of Impersonating an Officer after he displayed a badge and gun at Gateway Mall last month, claiming to be an undercover police officer, Springfield Police said.
  • Dry July Forces Owners of Loon Lake to Close Camping Season
    Oregon recently had its driest July on record and it is having some unforeseen consequences on the Oregon summer, including the closing of overnight camping at Loon Lake.
  • Oregon Ducks Soccer Picked 11th in Pac-12 Conference
    Oregon Ducks soccer team was picked to finish 11th in the Pac-12 Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll released this week. Oregon finished in 10th last season.
  • Former Oregon Ducks Golfer Robbie Ziegler Hired by University of Wisconsin
    Former Oregon Ducks golfer Robbie Ziegler has been hired on in a similar role by the University of Wisconsin. Badgers head coach Michael Burcin confirmed it.
  • George Walcott Named Head Track & Field Coach
    The Northwest Christian University athletic department announced on Wednesday that George Walcott has been named the new Head Coach for the NCU men’s and women’s Track & Field program.
  • Court offers youths a jury of their peers
    Before the start of official business at Cottage Grove’s Youth Peer Court, Judge Buck Kelty brought five fresh-faced defendants up to his bench. “In essence, you are being given a second chance,” Kelty said. “Had you been cited by a different agency, you might have wound up in a municipal or a circuit court. You’re getting a second
  • Case against city employee delivered to D.A.
    The Cottage Grove Police Department delivered evidence to District Attorney Bill Warnisher last week that police expect will lead to criminal charges for a former city employee. Police Commander Scott Shepherd said he’s confident that the results of an eight-month investigation into allegations of the embezzlement of funds from the City’s utility accounts will lead to charges

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You Didn’t Do Anything, So It Must Be The TV Weather Guy’s Fault.

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Through my years as a TV meteorologist I had contact with the viewers in person when I did the weather live-shots like at the Fair, etc., on the telephone, out and about town, and in the recent years by email. You would be amazed at the things they said. I’ll give you some of my favorites. It may seem strange, but they are the most caustic ones. I always kept the letters and emails to use as a reminder that if I ever got the idea that I was “God’s gift to TV weather” I could see what some of the viewers really thought of me.

Tim Chuey Hosting Easter Seals Telethon 1977 | Rick Wold Photo
Tim Cannon (Tim Chuey) Hosting Easter Seals Telethon 1977 | Rick Wold Photo

Let’s start when I worked in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I could blame it on the cold and snowy winters with hot summers and the occasional tornado, but I suppose it has something to do with me too. As my first example, this one seemed to recur every couple  of years reminding me of the movie “Groundhog Day.” I was working at my desk when I received a phone call from an upset viewer. I answered with my usual greeting: “Tim Cannon ( I was using an “air name” because the general manager at my first radio station didn’t like my real name) Weather, can I help you?” Her first words back to me were hard to understand because she started yelling. She was mad because the weather did not turn out to be what she wanted. I explained what my forecast was and that it was exactly what happened. (You don’t know how glad I was that my forecast was correct for that day.) She then proceeded to yell at me some more shouting that I didn’t know what I was talking about. I held the phone about 6 inches from my ear when she yelled and I could hear every word she screamed. That scenario repeated itself four more times and I was preparing to repeat my response one more time when she suddenly stopped, then said, and I quote, “I’m sorry I yelled at you. I was so frustrated that the weather wasn’t what I thought it should be. I know it’s not your fault, but I had to take it out on somebody.” It wasn’t unusual for angry viewers to say they were sorry and just frustrated.

Another Wisconsin viewer really gave me a hard time. The phone at my desk rang and I picked up the receiver. I barely got out my “air name” when he started yelling. Again I had to hold the phone 6 inches from my ear to prevent blowing out my right eardrum. Since he kept repeating himself I finally figured out what he was yelling about. The night before I said the airport reported 1.5 inches of rain while the rain gage on his farm recorded 4 inches of rain. He kept yelling at me that it was impossible. Each time he’d get to the end of his rant I would explain that rain doesn’t fall out of clouds like a garden hose. His neighbor next door can get much more or much rain than he recorded. Plus more rain clouds could have moved over the airpoprt than his house. Again he yelled his point of view back at me. This went on for what seemed like forever, actually about 10 minutes, when I asked him a question.

Television Set From 1970s Bottom Large Dial With Numbers Is Channel Selector | www.koreaittimes.com
Television Set From 1970s
Bottom Large Dial With Numbers Is Channel Selector | www.koreaittimes.com

I said “Excuse me but do you have a dial on your TV that has a lot of numbers on it? This was well before we had remote control boxes for our TV sets. He suddenly stopped his tirade and stammered “Yes, I guess so, why?” I then said to him ” Do you know why God put those numbers on it?” He responds with a hesitant no. I then explained: ” It is there so that if you are not happy with what is on one number you can change to another one. I suggest that since you are so upset with me and I can’t satisfy you that you try a different number. He seemed somewhat stunned, grunted, and said goodbye. I thought that was that, but a co-worker overheard me saying all of that and he or she told the general manager. I was summoned to his office and  told never ever to say that to a viewer again. I agreed not to do it again and went back to work. I disagreed with the general manager’s take on the situation. I felt, and  still do, that there was nothing I could have said to satisfy the man so suggesting that he go to another station would probably be a good thing. He would find someone else who would say most of the things I did. The result is that the viewer would return to watching me because I would be more familiar to him. On a smaller scale it is a bit like the famous sports commentator Howard Cosell who became known as the guy people “loved to hate.” Viewers would disagree with him so vehemently that they wanted to throw something at the TV screen, but they kept coming back to watch him anyway. 

Now we get to a blast from the past “snail mail.” This was back in the day when email was in its early development. I had just started working at a TV station in Spartanburg, South Carolina when I received a scathing letter from a viewer. Just a little background first. When I took the job the guy I replaced stayed on for about another year taking a lesser position doing the Noon Show weather instead of the evening shows that I took over. Now back to the letter. This woman wrote one of the nastiest letters ever sent to me by a viewer. She explained that she turned on her TV and instead of the other guy, Ken, who felt like a part of her family, I was there after having stolen his job. She was infuriated. She told me ” Ken was like a member of my family and you will NEVER NEVER EVER EVER become a member of my family.” The words weren’t bad enough but she capitalized and underlined the NEVER NEVER EVER EVER so many times with her pen that she ripped a hole clean through the paper. I admit that I am a lousy letter writer. My handwriting is so bad you need a degree in Sanscrit to have a chance of reading it. Plus I was too busy (lazy?) to get it done. The way I always resolved the situation was to call the viewer on the phone. She lived in extreme northern Georgia within our broadcast area. I checked information and got her telephone number. I gave her a call. When she answered I said who I was and that I was responding to her letter. She told me that she almost had a heart attack having me on the other end of the line. She actually apologized to me for the letter explaining that her husband was a long-distance truck driver and had been gone over a week. During that week many things went wrong including her clothes washer dying and trouble with her kids.

Old Fan Letters From Viewers | Tim Chuey Photo for EDN
Old Fan Letters From Viewers | Tim Chuey Photo for EDN

She explained that she turned on her TV set to see her favorite weather guy and instead I showed up. For her that was the last straw and she took out her typewriter and immediately wrote the letter. Now she asked me to burn the letter and apologized one more time. My response to her was ” I’m afraid I can’t do that.” She asked why and I told her that I have scrapbooks where I keep all of the letters, good and especially the bad, so if I get stuck on myself thinking I am something special I can take them out and read exactly what people think of me. It can be very humbling. She thanked me for calling her personally, said that I now had become her “new favorite weatherman,” and she would tell all of her friends to watch me too.

Let’s speed ahead to Eugene and a viewer who called me. I answered the ringing telephone in my weather center with :”Tim Chuey Weather, can I help you?” The response on the other end of the line was a loud: ” You ruined my boat trip!” My response was surprise and curiosity at the same time. I asked the man to explain what he meant. The story went like this.

Whale Watching Boat | Wikimedia Commons
Whale Watching Boat | Wikimedia Commons

He planned and paid for a boat trip at the coast (he didn’t tell me whether it was a fishing excursion or just sightseeing, possibly whale watching). He then went into a tirade about how my forecasts were never right and I didn’t know what I was doing. This lasted for at least 5 minutes. I then asked a very dangerous question. Dangerous for me that is. I asked exactly how did I ruin his boat trip. He explained that he booked and paid for the trip and when the day came for the excursion he saw my weather forecast the night before where I said there was a pretty good chance of rain at the coast. He said he took my word for it and didn’t go to the coast for the boat trip because he thought it would be cancelled due to the rain. He was mad because it didn’t rain and he missed the boat trip. According to him, in his strongest angry voice, the fact that he missed his boat trip was totally my fault. I thought for a minute and then started to give him my response. In a clam voice I started by asking him: “Why did you take my word for it and believe me this one time when you just spent 5 minutes telling me that I don’t know what I am talking about and my forecasts are always wrong?” I suggested that he was the one who made the decision not to go to the coast based on what he considered a good forecast from someone he didn’t trust anyway. He stammered a bit and had no answer except to say it was still my fault. That showed me once again that there are times when you can’t win no matter what you say. I went back to check on that forecast to see what I actually said. I said there was a good (50%) chance of rain at the coast for that day. If it were me, I would have gone to the coast anyway to see if the scheduled boat trip (that I already paid for) was on or cancelled. I assume he lost the money he paid for the trip because he didn’t call to cancel or even show up to see if the weather was bad enough for the trip to be cancelled by the company he paid. He is like so many other people today who refuse to take responsibility for their own decisions. I took responsibility for my forecast, but not for his poor decision.

These are just a few of the 37 years worth of my memories relating to the viewers I have valued so much over the years. I have always felt that I was OK with them taking out their frustrations out on me as long as it made them feel better. If I had to be like Ann Landers, Dear Abby, or even Dr. Phil it was my pleasure. I was picked on a lot as a child, so there isn’t anything you can say or do to me that wasn’t done way back then. It just rolls off my back. I enjoyed all of the work I did behind the scenes and in front of the camera, but equally as much I enjoy contact with the many “friends” I had as viewers. At times I really miss the job, but after having been on TV here for 17 years I am still recognized pretty much wherever I go and get a warm welcome. I hope that you will get to feel like we are friends through EDN and feel equally free to correct me if I say something you think isn’t correct, suggest stories that you would like me to tell, or suggest things you would like me to discuss. I’m sure that I will share more of these viewer complaints and compliments at some future date. Stay tuned.

Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can email me at: [email protected].

The Perfect 4th of July?

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It seems we have a long-term memory issue when it comes to the weather on Independence Day (July 4th). Where I grew up in Upstate New York it was usually a very warm to hot day and often enough cumulonimbus clouds around to produce a better light show than any fireworks display possible. That was then and this is now. Whatever that means.

Amazon Pool - a place to cool off | Tim Chuey Photo
Amazon Pool – a place to cool off | Tim Chuey Photo

Here in western Oregon that kind of July 4th just doesn’t seem to happen. Well, let’s say not that often. In my 21 years living in Eugene I have kept track of certain weather statistics. The National Weather Service provides this data that anyone can access. One of the days I have paid particular attention to is the 4th of July. I was surprised to hear so many people here, even native Oregonians, say that they expect the 4th to be a sunny and very warm day. In western Oregon it just doesn’t seem to happen that way as often as you might think. Nor is it as wet as folks in other parts of the country seem to think it ought to be.

The following is an explanation of what the 4th of July has looked like, weather wise, over the last 20 years. I’ll hopefully not get bogged down in the numbers, but give you enough information to at least make you go “humm, I didn’t remember it that way.” Let’s start off with how many perfect days here were n the 4th of july for the last 20 years. The numbers break out basically 50/50. Ten out of twenty can be considered as Perfect with sunshine and temperatures of 80 degrees F and above. I classify 7 of the Independence Day Holidays as Unpleasant days to be outside celebrating, particularly on or near the water. Those days were characterized by mostly cloudy to cloudy skies with two days having rain and two with fog. Three of the days I consider to have been Mediocre with highs 73-76 degrees F with a fair amount of sunshine. The warmest July 4th over the last 20 years was in 2009 when the high was 93 degrees F and the low was 50 degrees F. The coldest Independence Day was in 2000 when the high only squeaked out 64 degrees F with a low of 44 degrees F and .16 in. of rain at the Eugene Airport to my .11 in. of rain in the rain gauge in my yard.

Hot Temperature in Eugene at Musgrove Mortuary | Tim Chuey Photo
Hot Temperature in Eugene at Musgrove Mortuary | Tim Chuey Photo

I could lay out each year or you, but I think you’d stop reading after a year or two. Let’s just put it into perspective.

The last “Perfect” July 4th holidays occurred in 2007, 2009, and 2011. With perfection coming every other year for the last six years it would seem this has to be one for the record books. It will be anyway because the National Weather Service keeps data from every day of every year. I’d say an historical 50/50 chance of a Perfect 4th of July isn’t too bad for the Pacific Northwest. And this one will be one to remember no matter what the weather and no matter what activities you engaged in. Hopefully it’s a holiday you enjoy.

Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can email me at: [email protected].

A Bolt From Out Of The Blue

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What can be as hot as 54,000 degrees F. with an average peak current of 30,000 amperes, and produces 500 megajoules of energy? Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a bolt of lightning. I already explained the many things that Oregon doesn’t have and I thought this time I would discuss one of our infrequent visitors lightning. Since I grew up in Upstate New York I was quite accustomed to the sound of thunder and the bright flash of lightning. Sometimes I actually miss thunderstorms with their rain pounding on the roof in waves and a bright flash of light followed closely by the loud crack or rolling thunder. I remember counting the seconds between the flash and the crash. Count the number of seconds, divide by five, and you get an approximation of how many miles away the strike was from your location. Using that as a measurement the closest I ever was to a lightning strike was about a quarter mile in Eau Claire, WI. That time my wife and I saw the flash and almost immediately heard the thunder crash so loud that it shook the window in the room and we both hit the floor at the same time.

Top of tree exploded by lightning strike at Resthaven Memorial Park
Top of tree exploded by lightning strike at Resthaven Memorial Park

The closest lightning strike for me here in Eugene occurred on July 12,2009 when a tree in a cemetery less than a mile from my house was struck and literally exploded into many pieces blowing the top off.

Now that we’ve seen the power lightning has I think it would be a good idea to explore what it takes to produce those dangerous but often beautiful lighting bolts that can crisscross the sky. Lightning is usually formed in a cumulonimbus cloud or thunderhead. It is the result of a build-up of electrical charges within the cloud. The upper part of the cloud which reaches into the colder part of the atmosphere forms ice crystals that are usually positively charged. Raindrops form in the lower portion of the cloud and they contain a negative charge.

Separation of charges in a cumulonimbus cloud| Diagramme foudre.png
Separation of charges in a cumulonimbus cloud| Diagramme foudre.png

As the cloud moves over the land the negative charge at the bottom of the cloud induces a positive charge at or near the surface. As you’ve heard many times before opposites attract and an electrical charge builds between the bottom of the cloud and the surface or something standing on the surface like a building, tower, or even a person standing outside. A leader comes down from the cloud toward whatever it is attracted to and an upward streamer moves from the object up to the cloud. When they meet the path to the ground is completed. A return stroke then follows the path back up to the cloud at an outrageous speed of 60,000 miles per second. That’s what forms the bright flash. The flash is actually moving from the object upward even though your eye sees it as striking down from the cloud. The noise of the thunder comes from he rapid heating and cooling of the air (expansion and contraction) around the lightning bolt.

Shows cloud-to cloud, cloud-in-cloud, cloud-to- air, and cloud-to-ground lightning.
Shows cloud-to cloud, cloud-in-cloud, cloud-to- air, and cloud-to-ground lightning.

Lightning displays can be beautiful, especially at night, but they can also be deadly. We should be thankful that there are four major categories of clouds: within-a-cloud, cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-air, and cloud-to-ground. If all we had were cloud to ground lightning strikes people all over the world would be constantly ducking and weaving to keep away from the deadly electrical charges. Many people have studied lightning but Benjamin Franklin is probably the best known. His key on a kite string experiment was performed to prove that lightning was naturally occurring electricity. He did get shocked during one of his experiments and I have heard that some scientists say Franklin was very lucky he didn’t get electrocuted flying his kite with the key on the string.

Painting of Ben Franklin's lightning experiment | hqdefault
Painting of Ben Franklin’s lightning experiment | Benjamin West

Others who have tried to duplicate Franklin’s experiment have reportedly been  electrocuted and I have heard they died trying. I know of a true story that happened in the Midwest. A farm worker loved flying kites, but he got tired of constantly having to replace kites lost when the string broke in the wind. So, “Mr. genius” decided to use a large spool of industrial strength copper wire figuring it was much stronger than string and he would never lose a kite again. Well, he used his copper wire and ran it out so the kite was so high he could hardly see it. I’m sure you already figured out what comes next. Lightning struck his kite, followed the copper wire down to his hands, and instantly electrocuted him. His death reminds me of my favorite quote from the movie Forrest Gump “Stupid is as stupid does.” Lets clear up some myths about lightning. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Wrong. If the target still stands it can be struck again and quite often is. As long as you stay inside during a thunderstorm you are safe from lightning. Wrong. Lightning has been known to strike people through windows and it can strike a telephone, cable, or power line and follow it into your house through the wire. A neighbor of mine in Memphis, TN, about twenty five years ago, had the bolt of lightning strike the power line into the house and burned the inside of their dishwasher, fried the toaster, and blew out the microwave oven all of which were connected into the same circuit. Here in Eugene while working as Chief Meteorologist for KVAL-TV lightning struck the TV tower and blew out all of the computers in the building along with their connections to the news control room. My weather computers were not harmed and I was a bit cocky about mine being the only ones not knocked. About an hour later I realized mine did work but I had no new data coming. That was also the day that one of the communications satellites died backing out a lot of medical pagers and other devices. That just happened to be the satellite that transmitted data to my system. Lesson learned. Don’t make fun of someone else’s problem because it just might become your problem too. There were, incidentally, only two booms heard which means only two possible strikes occurred, but at least one caused a lot of damage. There are other ways to produce lightning. Dust storms and forest fires can produce the elements needed to produce lightning and another example is the eruption of Mt. St. Helens on May 18, 1980.

Mt. St. Helens Eruption with lightning at top | Charlie Palmer
Painting of Mt. St. Helens Eruption with lightning at top | Painting by Charlie Palmer

Pyroclastic explosions spew various sizes of material from large boulders to fine particles of dust and ash. Sending hot gasses upwards of 6 miles into the colder part of the troposphere added to the particulates equals a good recipe for lightning above the cone of the volcano. Now that we’ve seen the dangers of lightning I think we should discuss what you can do to be more protected from it’s deadly charge. What if you are outside without shelter of any kind? The National Weather Service recommends that you immediately squat down putting your hands over your ears.

The National Weather Service emergency lightning safety position. Sorry that's my best crouch.
The National Weather Service emergency lightning safety position. Sorry that’s my best crouch.

That way you are a smaller target and if you do get struck the charge would pass through your body more quickly, hopefully doing less damage. Is a car a safe place to be in a thunderstorm? If you can’t get to a building a car is a relatively safe place. Don’t touch any metal inside and the metal shell of the car will shield you. The same goes for being a passenger in an airplane flying in or near a thunderstorm. Most of the strikes to the body of the plane have no effect, but a strike to one of the engines could do some serious damage. If you are inside a building remember to stay away from windows and stay off the telephone or any electrical equipment as long as the storm is near you. Can lighting effect more than one person at a time? It certainly can. During a baseball game a thunderstorm built up and lightning struck the pitcher. The lightning continued along the ground and knocked down the entire infield. There is one man who is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being struck 7 times (from 1942 until 1977) and living to tell his story.

Ranger Roy Sullivan survived being struck by lightning 7 times | Oddee.com
Ranger Roy Sullivan survived being struck by lightning 7 times | Oddee.com

Roy Sullivan started working as a park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia back in 1936. After being struck a number of times people stayed away from him for fear of being struck with him. They began calling him the “Human Lightning Rod.” The last time he was struck he was fishing and just after being struck a bear came up and tried to steal the trout he had on his fishing line, but he had the strength and courage to hit the bear with a tree branch and keep his fish. Does the storm have to be overhead for you to get struck by lightning? No. That is where the title for this column is derrived. “A bolt out of the blue” is a lightning bolt that comes from a storm that is not overhead, but can be 10 or more miles away. If you can hear thunder or see even the glimmer of the lightning in the distance you are at risk for being struck. Stay indoors until the storm is well away from your area. Just in case you were wondering, the odds of being struck by lightning are computed to be 1 in 10,000. I’ll bet Roy Sullivan would have some choice words to say about that. Be safe out there.

Suggestions for future column topics are welcome. Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can email me at: [email protected]

April 30 – Morning Headlines

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  • Oregon lawmakers OK bill cracking down on protests against logging
    A pair of bills aimed at curtailing protests by environmental activists that disrupt logging projects in state-owned forests was comfortably approved today by the Oregon House. House Bill 2595 would create a new “interference” crime which w 
  • Arson suspect released
    A man accused of trying to torch an apartment and then crashing his car while fleeing the scene drunk was released from jail Sunday due to lack of space. Matthew Scott Devinney, 28, of Eugene was being held on charges of attempted first-degree arson, m
  • Plastic bag ban takes effect Wednesday
    Paper or plastic? Soon, you won’t have that option. The bag ban officially goes into effect Wednesday, May 1.
  • Eugene police officer earns statewide kudos for DUII enforcement
    Eugene Police Officer Ryan Stone has been named 2012 DUII enforcement officer of the year at the DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference held this past weekend in Bend, the Eugene Police Department announced today. In 2012, Stone a 
  • Springfield School Board offers top job to Minnesota educator
    The Springfield School Board is in negotiations with Minnesota educator Hertica Martin to replace retiring Superintendent Nancy Golden. The board hopes Martin, currently the executive director for elementary education in Rochester Public Schools, will
  • Suspicious object closes rest area
    A container used for the game of geocaching caused the closure of a freeway rest area Sunday when it was reported as a suspicious object. The container, an ammo can, was in a tree at the Gettings Creek Rest Area 14 miles south of Eugene. A person conce
  • Students ‘crowdfund’ bike racks for school
    Students at Sheldon High School turned to the Internet in an attempt to raise money to replace the school’s bicycle racks

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April 29 – Morning Headlines

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An invasive South American creeping water primrose is wreaking havoc in the Delta Ponds.  How did it get there?
An invasive South American creeping water primrose is wreaking havoc in the Delta Ponds. How did it get there?
  • Lawsuit alleges wrongful death
    The mother of a Veneta woman who died from drug toxicity is seeking almost $2 million in damages from a Eugene doctor she accuses of prescribing her daughter too many painkillers. The suit names Dr. Roy M. Blackburn and the Oregon TLC Pain Management c
  • Invasive plant threatens Delta Ponds
    An invasive South American creeping water primrose is wreaking havoc at a Eugene park that the city and other government agencies have spent $9 million trying to turn into a showcase of native-species ecological restoration. Known as Ludwigia hexapetal
  • House votes to make brewer’s yeast state microbe
    The state Legislature is considering honoring brewer’s yeast as the state microbe
  • The Dining Room celebrates 10 successful years
    Celebrating Food For Lane County’s downtown meal site, The Dining Room turns 10 years old, and to praise it’s success, they had an open house
  • Jordan Hasay smashes Pac-12, Oregon records in 10,000 meters

    Oregon senior Jordan Hasay broke the Pac-12 and long-standing UO school record at 10,000 meters Sunday at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, running 32 minutes, 6.64 seconds to finish sixth overall and second among colleg
  • Four-run rally lifts Ducks past UCLA in Pac-12 softball

    Samantha Pappas hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to cap a four-run rally and give fourth-ranked Oregon a 7-5 victory over No. 16 UCLA on Sunday at Easton Stadium. The victory gave the Ducks (40-7, 15-3 Pac-1
  • Marty pulls away to win women’s Eugene Marathon
    The Boston Marathon tragedy weighed heavily on Jaymee Marty the past couple of weeks as she finished her training for the seventh annual Eugene Marathon. It was in the exact spot where the first bomb exploded on April 15 that Marty’s mom had watc
  • Laney shows plenty of heart in winning Eugene Marathon
    Approximately 7,800 runners registered for Sunday’s Eugene Marathon and Half-Marathon, and early on, first-time marathoner David Laney was sardined among them, waiting for the pack to thin out so he could get a look at the leader. But when the co

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April 28 – Sunday Headlines

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Salpino!  Eugene Marathon
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  • Spring Game: What You Missed on the Field
    When you watch a game on TV or observe in the stands, there’s going to be pieces of the game you miss out on. Here I’ll dive into the key parts of the game you may have missed.
  • Soccer Spring Exhibition Ends in 0-0 Draw
    The Oregon Ducks women’s soccer team tied Oregon State 0-0 in an exhibition game after what was a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Pape’s Field in Eugene, Oregon.
  • Photos: Oregon Spring Game
    The Oregon Ducks put the exclamation point on spring ball with a high-scoring 65-10 game in front of 36,000+ Ducks fans. The Spring Game saw huge performances from wide receiver Bralon Addison, DE/OLB Christian French and RB Byron Marshall. All photos
  • Barner and Boyett Drafted in Sixth Round
    Oregon’s Kenjon Barner and John Boyett were selected in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft, with Barner going to Carolina and Boyett to Indianapolis. Barner and Boyett round out an Oregon draft class that saw five former standouts drafted, with Dion J
  • Two-homer Day for Ryon Healy Lifts Oregon Past Stanford, 6-4
    It was a great day at the plate for Ryon Healy who blasted two home runs to give the Ducks a 6-4 win over Stanford and the series victory.
  • Photos: Baseball vs Stanford
    The Oregon Ducks took care of business on Saturday to the tune of a 6-4 win at home over Stanford. The win gives the Ducks the series clincher and keeps them strong in the hunt for first place in the Pac-12 conference and a chance at hosting a regional
  • Ducks’ Offense Plows Through Spring Game
    Oregon’s football team finished out its spring football practices with an explosive offensive performance during its Spring Game on Saturday at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks offense roared to a 65-10 win over the Oregon defense.
  • LeGarrette Blount Finds New Home in New England 
    Legarrette Blount, a former Oregon Ducks running back, has been traded by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the New England Patriots in exchange for speedster Jeff Demps and an NFL Draft pick. Blount was extremely productive in his 2010 campaign but has sinc

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Are Oregon rivers too hot for Salmon? The EPA is being tasked with finding out. (image cascwild.org)
Are Oregon rivers too hot for Salmon? The EPA is being tasked with finding out. (image cascwild.org)
  • Leadership of Lane Metro Partnership is focus of dispute
    Lane Metro Partnership, the nonprofit agency that spearheads business recruitment in Lane County, is in turmoil amid efforts to oust the agency’s longtime executive director, Jack Roberts, and temporarily replace him with a Lane County government
  • Oregon unemployment at 8.2%
    State officials say Oregon’s unemployment rate inched downward to  8.2 percent last month.
  • Creswell shed fire under investigation

    Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a Monday night blaze that destroyed a shed attached to a Creswell home. South Lane County Fire and Rescue crews responded to the fire at 33878 Walnut Lane at 9:50 p.m. Firefighte
  • Versatility will help Marist boys at state meet
    Liam Henshaw has proved himself to be one of the naton’s top decathletes in his high school class. Twin brothers Coleman and Kaelen Byrum will soon move on to that event as well. The versatility of those three, along with senior sprinter Colton B
  • Jessica Moore Named NFCA Division I Player of the Week
    Oregon softball’s Jessica Moore has earned quite the honors this week, being selected as the NFCA Player of the Week after her impressive efforts in the circle this past weekend. Aside from a perfect 2-0 record against the Wildcats, Moore closed out th
  • Propst Earns Player of the Week Honors
    Shannon Propst has been named the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week after her weekend efforts against Fresno State and St. Mary’s helped lead the Ducks to their first conference victories of the season. Propst tallied 14 points over the weekend on eigh

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Nathan Asman of Hamilton Beach at the Sundance Film Festival
Nathan Asman of Hamilton Beach at the Sundance Film Festival

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  • Proposed city fee put on hold
    The city of Eugene’s politically floundering proposal to charge residents and businesses up to $120 a year to help fund city government has been put on indefinite hold. Originally scheduled to be voted on by the City Council on Monday night, the
  • Lane County executives decline pay boost
    Lane County administrator Liane Richardson and county counsel Stephen Dingle said Friday evening that they will be declining for now the big raises that the county’s human resources department said were needed to make their pay competitive. With
  • OSP arrest man for DUI crash near train tracks
    Driver and passenger both ran off after the crash, but were later tracked down by troopers
  • Barred from owning animals
    A longtime breeder of Persian cats is now banned from owning any domestic animals for the next 15 years — the main provision of a plea bargain that led her to be convicted of trying to kill two felines by tossing them into the 
  • Sex offender accused of masturbating in front of mother and child
    A sex offender faces charges of public indecency after police say he masturbated in front of a mother and daughter in a laundromat in Springfield in December 2012
  • Corban edges NCU men
    Andrew Evans scored 23 points and Dustin Moore added 20 to lead Corban University to a 67-60 men’s basketball victory over Northwest Christian on Friday night. The advantage came at the three-point (8-for-15) and free-throw (11-for-
  • Ducks’ DMR teams sweep races

    Oregon’s women’s distance medley relay team set a national season best, and Jeramy Elkaim won the men’s 5,000 meters to lead the Ducks at the UW Invitational indoor track and field meet on Friday night at the Dempsey I more…
  • Oregon breaks into Pac-12 women’s basketball win column

    The Pac-12 dry spell for the Oregon women’s basketball team is finally over. Ariel Thomas narrowly missed a triple-double, scoring 20 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out eight assists and hit the clinching free thr 
  • Reserves help Churchill stay perfect in MWL boys hoops
    Churchill found its leading scorer and more off the bench. Andrew Bennion scored 12 points to spark the Lancers to a 57-43 win over Willamette Friday night in Midwestern League boys basketball at Willamette High School. “It is always great to com
  • Report: Artis out indefinitely with foot injury
    The Register Guard is reporting that freshman guard Dominic Artis will be sidelined indefinitely  with a foot injury. Artis has averaged just over ten points per game for the Ducks in his 19 starts.  Jonathan Loyd is

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Showers will be the watchword for today and the rest of the weekend into next week.

An upper level low (shaded “U” shape) has moved in along the coast. A frontal system has pushed its way through the Pacific Northwest and is being  followed by another front. The upper level trough of low pressure will then move eastward across the Pacific Northwest pushing clouds and showers our way.

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High: 44
Low: 34
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with showers today (0.10 in. of rain possible), cloudy with showers likely (70%) this evening, showers likely (60%) late tonight (under 0.10 in. of rain possible) and Sunday AM, a good (50%) chance of rain Sunday afternoon, rain likely (60%) Sunday night and Monday AM, a good (50%) chance of showers in the afternoon, then mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Monday night highs 44-42 lows 34-39. Mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Tuesday and Tuesday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a (30%) chance of showers Wednesday, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Wednesday night through Thursday night, then mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Friday highs 44-50 lows 35-32. (seasonal averages high 49 low 35)

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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The EPD returns to downtown.
The EPD returns to downtown.

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Tim Chuey Weather:

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The rain and milder temperatures will continue today through Sunday into next week.

An upper level low (shaded “U” shape) has moved in along the coast. A frontal system has pushed its way through the Pacific Northwest and is beig  followed by another front. The upper level trough of low pressure will then move eastward. A frontal system (position shown is Sunday) will be moving into the Oregon Saturday bringing even more rain with it.

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High: 49
Low: 35
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with rain today (0.25 in. of rain possible), showers likely (70%) tonight (0.10 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with showers Saturday (0.15 in. of rain possible), showers likely (70%) Saturday night (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Sunday, then showers likely (60%) Sunday night highs 49-42 lows 40-35. Mostly cloudy with  showers likely (60%) Monday, a good (50%) chance of showers Monday night, a (40%) chance of showers Tuesday and Tuesday night, a (30%) chance of showers Wednesday and Wednesday night, then mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Thursday highs 40-47 lows near 35. (seasonal averages high 48 low 35)

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

Benefit For Autism

When the weather forecast is bad and the news is bad, there is always music. In this case it’s an album of exceptional local Eugene talent whose proceeds benefit the Kindtree Autism Rocks charity. Support Autism, the arts, and a bright spot in your day.

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