Dutch Bros. raises $25,744 for local man

Dutch Bros and its customers raised $25,744 May 29 for Jonathan Kollaer, a local man battling leukemia. Dutch Bros Albany donated all proceeds from the day to help Kollaer and his family with medical needs.

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A Tribute to Uncle Phil

In high school, I only dreamed of attending college, as I simply didn’t do well enough to apply anywhere. After spending one year in junior college, I started my journey at my dream school, the University of Oregon. I will...

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Deputy Weber Released From Hospital

weberKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — OHSU confirmed that Klamath County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Weber has been released from the hospital. He was released earlier this weekend.

Deputy Weber was injured in the line of duty after he was shot twice on august 27th during a routine traffic stop in Klamath Falls. He was shot in the face and side. Deputy Weber had to undergo reconstructive surgery on his face after the shooting.

The two people involved in the incident, William Parkerson and Kasey Pascoe, are facing attempted aggravated murder charges. The Klamath Falls community has rallied in support of weber.

The Klamath Public Employees Credit Union is setting up an account for anyone that would like to donate to deputy weber’s care.

OHSU Massive Donor Revealed

Still0903_00000PORTLAND, Ore. — The Columbia Sportswear founder revealed her soft side.

Gert Boyle confirmed she was the anonymous donor who gave $100 million to the Oregon Health and Science University for cancer research. Boyle says she slipped the OHSU leader a note in June about the donation.

“Then he called Phil, and I talked to Phil and said I just want you to know that the little old lady down the block also has gives money,” Boyle said.

Boyle says this donation is in memory of her older sister who was a researcher and died of brain cancer.

Eugene Boy Seriously Injured in Skateboarding Accident

Estacada OR – A 12-year old Eugene boy suffered a potentially serious head injury Saturday afternoon when he fell from his skateboard while riding on the entrance road into Milo McIver State Park near Estacada. 

On July 19, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., an OSP Fish & Wildlife Division trooper was on patrol in Milo McIver State Park when he was flagged down by a park ranger and told that a young boy was injured in a skateboarding accident. The trooper responded to the injured boy and provided initial emergency medical care until relieved by responding firefighters who ordered LifeFlight response. The boy was transported to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment of a possible serious head injury. 

The trooper learned the boy and a juvenile female were skateboarding down the hill on the entrance road followed by the boy’s aunt in a motor vehicle. The boy and girl both were going too fast and lost control, falling off their skateboards. Neither was wearing a helmet. The girl had a minor injury and didn’t go to a hospital. 

The boy’s name is not being released unless approved by immediate family. 

OSP and State Parks & Recreation Department urges all park visitors to be aware of park rules. Remember that all park area roadways are considered public roadways and all provisions of the Oregon Vehicle Code, ORS chapters 801 to 826, are applicable and enforceable. Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 736-010-0026 covers use of non-motorized vehicles, cycles, and similar devices in State Parks, stating that persons under 16 years of age are required to wear protective headgear when operating a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, rollover- or inline skate, or other wheeled, operator-propelled equipment that transports the operator on land. 

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March 1 – Morning Headlines


Morning Headlines

Carlos Emory scored a career high 21 points off the bench as Oregon took down Oregon State 85-75 on senior night at Matthew Knight Arena. image courtesy kval.com
Carlos Emory scored a career high 21 points off the bench as Oregon took down Oregon State 85-75 on senior night at Matthew Knight Arena. image courtesy kval.com
  • Bills would help timber counties that go broke
    The Legislature is working on bills designed to help rural timber counties that go broke if taxpayers refuse to fill the gap left by declining federal logging revenues. 
  • Charges reduced for Eugene woman
    A woman arrested in connection with a shooting in Eugene has been released from jail after a grand jury declined to indict her on assault or attempted murder charges. Kelly Gresham, 26, still faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm an
  • Ban teens under 18 from tanning beds? Oregon bill advances
    A House committee on Health Care voted unanimously Wednesday in support of House Bill 2896. The legilsation that would bar anyone under 18 from using tanning beds.
  • OHSU freezes hiring, blames automatic federal cuts

    Oregon Health & Science University says it will freeze hiring because of federal budget cuts, higher pension costs and lower payments expected from state and federal health care reforms. OHSU announced the hiring freeze on Thursday
  • Oregon House votes to extend photo radar in work zones

    The Oregon House has voted to allow police to use photo radar in highway work zones — even when there are no workers on site. State lawmakers voted in 2007 to allow photo radar in work zones but only when construction crews are pres
  • VA selects Chad Drive site for clinic
    The Veterans Administration has chosen a site at the northwest Corner of Chad Drive and Old Coburg Road in Eugene as the site for a 99,896 square foot medical clinic to serve veterans. The clinic is scheduled to open in February 2015, according to the
  • North Eugene High School dropping Gates Foundation experiment
    North Eugene High School hosts a meeting tonight parents to explain why the school is abandoning its “three schools within a school” project, an experiment paid for by a Gates Foundation grant. North is one of many schools across the countr
  • Ann Curry shares insights into journalism during Ruhl Lecture
    “It’s so good to be home,” Ann Curry said, standing in front of a room packed with journalism students and community members alike. The NBC foreign correspondent returned to her alma mater the University of Oregon on Thursday to deliv
  • Oregon basketball beats Oregon State 85-75 in Civil War 

    Carlos Emory scored a career high 21 points off the bench as Oregon took down Oregon State 85-75 on senior night at Matthew Knight Arena.  The Ducks came back from a halftime deficit for the sixth time this season to earn their 23rd vict
  • Oregon Women’s Track and Field Running Away From the Competition
    The Oregon women’s indoor track and field team will be looking to cap an impressive season by winning their fourth consecutive indoor championship in a couple of weeks. Before the championships, however, the Ducks will look to add a few more runners at
  • Sheldon Irish Women Crush Barlow Bruins
    The Sheldon Irish girl’s basketball team advanced to the next round of the OSAA 6A Girls Basketball State Championships, defeating the Barlow Bruins by a score of 80-34. Sheldon will now head to Beaverton to play the No. 2 seed, Beaverton.

Keep Current: – EDN Headline News, Sports and Weather

Tim Chuey Weather:

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Look for a mild and dry day today with the hope of some afternoon sunshine.

An upper level trough of low pressure (Shaded “U” shape) will bring us back to the rainy weather, but for now an upper level ridge of high pressure (Shaded “Arch” shape) will keep the rain away for your Friday and allow the warm air being pushed in by the warm portion of a frontal system that is sliding through. Another frontal system will move in Saturday (position shown is Sunday) continuing the chance of rain.

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High: 63
Low: 35
Forecast: A (30%) chance of drizzle this AM, mostly cloudy and warmer today, partly cloudy this evening, mostly cloudy with patchy fog late tonight and Saturday AM, a slight (20%) chance of showers Saturday afternoon (0.20 in. of rain possible), evening rain, showers Saturday night (0.20 in. of rain possible), a (40%) chance of AM showers, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday afternoon, then partly cloudy at night highs 63-49 lows 40-35. Partly cloudy Monday, mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Monday night, rain likely (60%) Tuesday, a good (50%) chance of showers at night, showers likely (60%) Wednesday, then mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Wednesday night and showers likely (60%) Thursday highs 55-50 lows 38-35. (seasonal averages high 54 low 36)

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.

Supporting Natural Health Care in the New Oregon Health Plan


In anticipation of federal mandates from the Affordable Care Act (AKA, “Obamacare”), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is preparing to develop an integrated healthcare delivery system, with special attention to enrollees of the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) and Medicare. The stated goal of this program (accessible here: CCO Charter) is to create a “health care system where Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) are accountable for care management…for each organization’s members.” These CCOs are to be guided by the “Triple Aim”:

1) improve the lifelong health of all Oregonians;
2) improve the quality, availability, and reliability of care; and
3) lower or contain the cost of care.

However the new CCOs are organized, ensuring an adequate primary care workforce will be a critical requirement for success. Primary care providers (PCPs) form the backbone of healthcare, and provide basic healthcare services – including initial assessment and treatment, referral to specialists, prevention counseling, and vaccination. In the last several decades, however, the percentage of physicians entering primary care has steadily declined. The lack of these providers has been directly related to how much less they are reimbursed than MDs and DOs (doctors of osteopathy) that choose to enter specialties (surgery, radiology, anesthesiology).

To help fill the gap, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants have been trained at higher levels of knowledge and responsibility, and now offer primary care with varying levels of independence. In Oregon, nurse practitioners may practice independently but physician’s assistants are required to have a portion of their charts reviewed by supervising physicians. Regardless of their degree or level of training, all PCPs are expected to recognize situations beyond their scope and training, and to refer to other providers as needed.

Naturopathic physicians are similarly licensed by the state of Oregon to act as independent primary-care providers, and have authority and responsibility to diagnose and treat disease, order lab tests, refer to specialists, prescribe pharmaceuticals, and administer vaccinations. In addition, NDs have significant training in evidence-based botanical medicine, mind-body interactions, nutrition, and physical medicine that few MDs, nurse practitioners, or physician’s assistants have ever been exposed to. Training is a 4-year program, and requires all of the same pre-medical sciences that MDs and DOs take before starting their programs.

Recognizing the training NDs have undergone, the state of Oregon gives NDs broad authority and responsibility to practice independently.

Currently, the Oregon Health Authority credentials naturopathic physicians to act as primary care physicians through the Oregon Health Plan’s “Open Card” program. In most counties, however, the Oregon Health Plan is administered through local managed-care organizations. Despite ND’s legal authority and the recognition of the Oregon Health Authority, most of these local managed-care plans do not cover NDs in any capacity.

There is some logic to this resistance – most NDs offer therapies that are outside mainstream medical thought. Whether these therapies have evidence to support their use, have fewer side effects, or are less expensive, it is understandable that publicly-funded health plans might be reticent to cover such “alternative” therapies. Naturopathic doctors are also trained and licensed to provide “conventional care,” and naturopathic licenses hold NDs legally responsible for the patients that seek care. If somebody has a urinary tract infection and cranberry juice hasn’t solved the problem, NDs will call in the prescription for an antibiotic.

And what about those “alternative” therapies that NDs are so (in)famous for?  Debate certainly rages about the validity of many approaches, especially more esoteric approaches such as homeopathy and acupuncture, but when researchers have asked “real-world” questions about how NDs perform when managing patients (which is really where the rubber hits the road), results are almost uniformly positive – and include tremendous cost-savings. A 2010 study conducted by researchers affiliated with the University of Washington, found that patients using alternative therapies for such common conditions as fibromyalgia, menopause, and back pain spent up to $1410 less on healthcare for their conditions than on patients that didn’t use alternative therapies.

Several studies conducted by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and sponsored by the Canadian Postal Service have found that postal employees offered care by naturopathic doctors had comparable costs when working with an MD, but frequently had greater productivity at work and fewer side effects from conventional pharmaceuticals. Conditions studied so far have included rotator cuff problems, back pain, anxiety, and heart disease risk factors (blood pressure and high cholesterol) – all very common conditions seen in primary care.

Naturopathic physicians have the numbers to play a significant role in helping to alleviate the primary-care shortage. There are presently about 700 naturopathic physicians licensed in Oregon, and 22 in Lane County alone (most of those 22 are doing primary care in one form or another). The naturopathic college in Portland graduates about 80 new NDs each year – approximately the same number of primary-care MDs that graduate from OHSU. With increased opportunities to offer care within the state of Oregon, many NDs that would otherwise leave will be more likely to stay within the state.

There would be other benefits to incorporating NDs into the new Coordinated Care Organizations. It would become easier to share ideas and knowledge with other providers already firmly ensconced within the conventional medical world. Best practices from the realm of “alternative” medicine will have a better chance of saving the system money. Most importantly, the goal is to see patients living healthier lives.

On Wednesday, October 12, from 6-8pm at Campbell Senior Center (155 High Street), the Oregon Health Authority is seeking input from citizens in Eugene and surrounding areas about the future of publicly-funded healthcare in Oregon.  Give your support to the inclusion of NDs as primary-care providers in the new system.

– Bill Walter ND

Dr. Bill Walter, ND

In addition to his private practice at Golden Apple, Dr. Walter works with Lane County Community Health and HIV Alliance to provide wound care to underserved individuals on the streets of Lane County.