May 10 – Morning Headlines



Jerry Fruichantie's green thumb gets him into trouble. Pot Plantation exceeded it's medical marijuana grow permit grow limits. photo: KVAL
  • Man who tried to flee via river is sentenced
    A 34-year-old Eugene man was sentenced today to 14½ years in prison in connection with a series of January auto thefts, car crashes and high-speed chases that ended when a police dog bit him on a buttock as he tried to flee into the Willamette River. …

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Tim Chuey Weather:

A frosty start to your Thursday and the temperatures will be below average. Get ready for a warm-up beginning Friday with a good looking weekend ahead.

High: 80
Low: 33
Rain: frost

There will be a cool down continuing today due to an upper level trough of low pressure(“U” shape on yellow line) that’s approaching from the Gulf of Alaska and a weak frontal system that has moved through the Pacific Northwest. Then it’s back to high pressure with sunny and warmer conditions again Friday into next week.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Areas of frost in the outlying areas early this AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, clear tonight, sunny and warmer Friday afternoon, clear Friday night, sunny and warmer Saturday, then mostly clear Saturday night highs 60-80 lows 33-45. Sunny Sunday, mostly clear Sunday night, mostly sunny Monday, partly cloudy Monday night, mostly sunny in the AM, partly cloudy Tuesday afternoon and night, then mostly sunny Wednesday AM and partly cloudy Wednesday afternoon highs 83-70 lows 45-42. (seasonal averages high 66 low 43)

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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February 8 – Morning Headlines



  • Eugene Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing Landlord
    A man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for murdering his landlord.   Miguel Angel Chavez pleaded guilty in January to killing 55-year-old Deborah Ann Stone.   Stone was found buried in a shallow grave in her backyard in Decembe…
  • Man shot by officer in critical condition
    The man shot by a police officer in a west Eugene mobile home park on Monday is in critical condition and was identified today as Mark Richard Jones, 31, address unknown. Eugene police Chief Pete Kerns said that at the time of shooting, Jones was in an…
  • Senate passes bill for marine reserves
    The Oregon Senate comfortably approved a bill on Tuesday that would start the process of establishing a marine reserve off Cape Perpetua just south of Yachats, as well as two others, one at Cascade Head near Lincoln City and one at Cape Falco…
  • Audit: Oregon schools fund overdrawn by $76 million
    Auditors say an Oregon state agency has improperly distributed $76 million from an account that boosts school funding.
  • Police not giving up on 10-year-old murder case
    The building in which the brutal slaying apparently occurred now sits vacant, and the lead investigator retired several years ago. But Eugene police say they haven’t forgotten about Azucena Terrazas — and haven’t given up on finding her killer. D…
  • Oregon Announces Presidential Candidates to be on May Ballot
    Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown has announced which Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will be on Oregon’s primary ballot.   President Barack Obama will be the sole Democratic candidate.   Newt Gingrich, Ron Pau…
  • New Eugene police station behind schedule
    The Eugene Police Department planned to move to their new headquarters at 300 Country Club Road by March or April. But a hold up in starting the renovations and obtaining a building permit is pushing back the cops’ move-in to July.

Tim Chuey Weather:

It’s back to sunshine for a couple of days and then the clouds and rain will return.

High: 60
Low: 35
Rain: some

high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on the yellow line) has been dominating our weather pattern, but some weak storms will sneak by. A weak frontal system moved through the Pacific Northwest falling apart as in spread a little wetness over Oregon, then another frontal system will be bringing a chance of showers back later in the week and a third frontal system will move in for the weekend.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: A mix of clouds and sun this AM, mostly cloudy this afternoon and evening, partly cloudy with patchy fog late tonight and Thursday AM, partly cloudy in the afternoon and Thursday night, mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Friday, partly cloudy Friday night highs 52-60 cooling to 53 Friday lows 40-35. A mix of clouds and sun with a (40%) chance of rain Saturday, mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Saturday night through Sunday night, then mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Monday through Tuesday highs 54-46 lows 35-32. (seasonal averages high 50 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:

The Saturday Morning Post



  • Records detail officer’s DUII
    Court records indicate that Eugene police officer Derek DeWitt’s blood alcohol content was at least .15 percent — or nearly twice the legal limit — when Sunriver police arrested him for drunken driving on Sept. 4. While documents contained in DeW…
  • Suspect in kidnapping surrenders
    A fifth suspect in the alleged kidnapping of a man in the Marcola area is now in custody, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Jared Youngblood, 19, of Springfield turned himself in, the sheriff’s office said. Kody Lawrence, 22, of Spring…
  • Group Petitions to Limit Corporations’ Free Speech Rights
    A petition is making its way through Eugene in the hopes of amending the U.S. Constitution.   The group “We the People”, which has similar interests to Occupy Eugene, is gathering signatures.   They want the city to pass a resolution that states …
  • Educators Will Rally to Support Schools
    Oregon educators will hold a rally in support of public education on Saturday in Eugene.   Congressman Peter DeFazio and Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will speak at the rally.   Local labor groups and community members will also be part o…
  • Protester finds missing man
    A member of the Occupy Eugene movement helped police locate a missing nursing home patient Friday morning. The 75-year-old man had walked away from a care facility in the West 28th Street neighborhood Thursday evening. Using the department’s A Child …
  • Soccer – Oregon squanders chances against Washington in hard-fought draw
    The Oregon Ducks Women’s Soccer team (7-7-2, 2-4-1 Pac-12) failed to put away a feisty opponent in the Washington Huskies (6-6-4, 2-3-2 Pac-12) drawing 1-1 on Friday night at Pape Field. After a scoreless 80 minutes, Oregon jumped out in front w…
  • Volleyball ends four-game skid; topples Cougars in come-from-behind win
    The No. 18 Oregon Ducks pulled off a come-from-behind win over the Washington State Cougars tonight. The Ducks nearly notched a fifth-straight loss as they fell down two sets in the first half against the Washington State Cougars. But the Ducks came ou…
  • Prep football: Sheldon 56, Thurston 14
    Sheldon found plenty of different ways and players to score touchdowns. The top-ranked Irish got eight touchdowns from eight different players, including three defensive scores, to beat Thurston 56-14 in Southwest Conference football Friday night at Sh…

Tim Chuey Weather:

Lots of clouds and just a slight chance of showers for your weekend.

High: 68
Low: 43
Rain: 20%

An upper air trough of low pressure (“U” shape on jet stream line) is moving through and a frontal system off shore will stall over the Northern reaches of the area waiting until today or Sunday push through to keep the chance of rain and cooler temperatures with us. High pressure will take over and bring back the sun, for a while at least, early next week.

WEEKEND METEOR SHOWER: The Earth has entered a stream of debris from Halley’s comet, source of the annual Orionid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak this morning with more than 15 meteors per hour. It will continue for the next few days too. Check for links to a live meteor radar, sky maps and observing tips. Good luck finding them through the clouds, but remember you need to be away from the city lights to see much of anything.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis:  Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain today and tonight, cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Sunday AM, a (30%) chance of rain in the afternoon, a slight (20%) chance of showers and colder Sunday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Monday, then partly cloudy Monday night highs 68-56 lows 48-33. Patchy AM frost, mostly sunny Tuesday, partly cloudy at night, patchy AM fog, partly cloudy Wednesday and Wednesday night, a mix of clouds and sun Thursday, mostly cloudy at night, then mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Friday highs 58-65 cooling to near 60 Friday lows 34-45. (seasonal averages high 61 low 40)

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:

Higher education budget shrinks

Under a budget approved by legislators, Oregon universities will receive less funding from the state in the coming two years than they received a decade ago. The spending plan for 2011-13 cuts the general fund allocation for the Oregon University System by 14 percent from the current budget and is …

June 23 – Morning Headlines


June 23 – Morning Headlines

  • Tim Chuey Weather – It’s back to more “normal” temperatures followed by slow warming. Mostly cloudy today with a slight (20%) chance of areas of AM light rain or drizzle, a slight (20%) chance of showers and cooler this afternoon, mostly cloudy tonight, AM clouds, a mix of clouds and sun Friday afternoon, mostly cloudy in the evening, then partly cloudy Friday night, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday, partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy Saturday night Saturday night highs 66-75 lows 46-50. A mix of clouds and sun Sunday, mostly cloudy Sunday night and Monday AM, a mix of clouds and sun Monday, mostly cloudy in the evening, partly cloudy Monday night, and Tuesday, then partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Tuesday night and Wednesday highs 70-75 lows 48-52. (seasonal averages high 75 low 48)

    The Pollen forecast for the Eugene/Springfield Area is for weeds to be low, and trees to be moderate, and Grass to stay to very high. (Provided by Allergy and Asthma Research Group)


  • Without debate, school board approves $309 million budget
    After perhaps the most tumultuous and painful year in school district history — one that saw the closure of four elementary schools and tentative pink slips to more than 100 teachers to address a record $21.7 million shortfall — the Eugene School B…
  • New county budget means loss of 57 jobs
    Faced with rising costs and falling revenue, the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted narrowly Wednesday to trim the work force in the coming year by almost 4 percent, or 57 positions. But the budget approved for 2011-12 also assumes millions of do…
  • Investing in the future of Kidsports
    A $250,000 endowment makes the future for the “everybody plays” organization a little brighter.
  • Illegal dumping of paint will cost BLM thousands
    Hundreds of gallons of industrial paint illegally dumped along a back road near Marcola will cost the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as much as $10,000 to clean up. The BLM, which manages 288,000 acres in Lane County, learned late last week about the p…
  • Eugene Mission Sees Homeless Population Increase
    If it seems like there’s more and more homeless people in need, you wouldn’t be wrong according to one Eugene shelter. Directors at the Eugene Mission say compared …


Without debate, school board approves $309 million budget

After perhaps the most tumultuous and painful year in school district history — one that saw the closure of four elementary schools and tentative pink slips to more than 100 teachers to address a record $21.7 million shortfall — the Eugene School Board unanimously approved Super­intendent George Russell’s recommended budget …

May 25 – Evening Update


May 25 Evening Update

Tim Chuey Weather: Mostly cloudy tonight with a good (50%) chance of showers (0.10 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with showers likely (60%) Thursday AM, rain likely (60%) in the afternoon (0.10 in. of rain possible).

Oregon Senate votes to expand bottle redemption – The Oregon Senate has voted to expand the bottle deposit system to cover containers holding energy drinks, tea and most other beverages.

Oregon Senate approves kicker switch to credit – The Oregon Senate has approved switching the kicker refund from a check to an income tax credit.

Cougar hunting bill dies in Oregon Senate – A proposed bill to reintroduce some hunting of cougars with hounds has died in the Oregon Senate after getting an easy nod in the House. – what will the college boys do.  –ed.

Cuts loom for Bethel School District – The district’s budget committee is earmarking reductions now that the district knows it has just $47 million to work with next school year.

Ore. Rep. proposes alternative to plastic bag ban – An Oregon Representative proposed the state meet certain recycling goals instead of banning plastic grocery bags.

Oregon horse euthanized after signs of virus – The state veterinarian’s office says an Oregon horse that showed signs of the Horse Herpes virus was euthanized in an effort to top the spread of the deadly equine virus.

EPD recovers stolen vehicles at property west of Junction City – Eugene police detectives served a search warrant this morning at a rural property west of Junction City, and recovered 10 stolen cars and a recreational vehicle.

Cloverdale Chapel gift sale raises $300 for Creswell School District – Whimsical, elegant, amusing, spiritual, practical – almost any type of gift a recipient would want to have could be found at the Cloverdale Chapel & Meetinghouse’s fifth annual gift sale, held May 22 to benefit the Creswell School.

Two Creswell students win essay contest awards – Two of the six award winners in this year’s Siuslaw Bank essay contest for Lane County second through fifth grade students, which drew 512 submissions, were from Creswell. Here’s all the winners! – future EDN writers.  –ed.

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May 24 – Evening Update


May 24 Evening Headline Update:

Tim Chuey: Partly cloudy this evening, becoming mostly cloudy with rain developing late tonight (0.25 in. of rain possible), rain Wednesday (0.50 in. of rain possible), showers likely (60%) Wednesday night (0.10 in. of rain possible)

Donate to help struggling schools in Eugene’s 4J district – The Eugene Education Fund is letting people donate to help schools after a failed attempt to pass a city income tax.

Lane County homeless count – The numbers are out from January’s one night homeless count in Lane County.

Oregon developer faces federal charges over sawmill – An Oregon developer already facing state charges involving a former sawmill in the town of Sweet Home has been indicted on federal charges related to the mill.

Oregon Senate votes to hike low-income electric fee – The Oregon Senate has voted to hike electric bills to help low-income families.

Bill would make Oregon estate tax 1 of highest – Oregon would have one of the highest estate tax rates in the nation under a proposed bill in the Legislature that opponents say could actually help them eliminate the tax.

Oregon legislature votes support for new VA Hospital – Lawmakers in the Oregon House of Representatives have expressed their solid support for Oregon veterans by unanimously approving House Joint Memorial 26.

Kitzhaber signs bill targeting insurance paperwork – Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill aimed at reducing paperwork burdens for doctors.

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May 16 – Evening Update


The Evening Update for May 16th:

Tim Chuey: Slight (20%) chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers late at night (under 0.10 in. of rain possible, more in thunderstorms), a slight (20%) chance of showers in the AM, a good (50%) chance of showers Tuesday afternoon (under 0.10 in. of rain possible).

Who is funding campaigns for and against city income tax?
The groups campaign for and against Eugene’s proposed city income tax for schools raised over $170,000 combined.

Oregon House approves child prostitution crackdown
A proposal to impose harsh fines on people who pay to have sex with minors is on its way to Oregon’s governor.

Ballot deadline nears on dozens of Oregon measures
Oregon voters are deciding whether to pay higher taxes to keep teachers in classrooms and inmates in jails.

Lane County Agencies Receive Homeless Grants
Two Lane County programs will share more than $150000 in funding to combat homelessness. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is handing out the grants.

Mohawk, Springfield crews recognized for saving woman’s life
The windstorms that swept across the southern Willamette Valley on March 13 left tens of thousands of people without power – and trapped a women under a 130-foot tall Douglas-fir tree that came crashing down across her home.

Springfield Superintendent Requests 5% Pay Cut
Springfield School Superintendent Nancy Golden has asked to a five percent pay cut to help with the district’s ailing budget, despite receiving high marks from the Springfield School Board. – thats called stepping up. –ed.

Do criminals know the police schedule for Veneta?

March 8 – Evening Update


Here is this evening’s headline update:

The Weather Forecast – Tim Chuey
Our rainy weather continues in waves through the weekend. (Updated 4:30PM). A Weather Warning is in effect till Wednesday Afternoon.
Pimps prowl Eugene for girls to lure into sex slavery
Sex traffickers find their victims right in the heart of downtown Eugene, according to an undercover police officer. They stake out public places like the bus station and the library looking for vulnerable girls.
Springfield’s School Board Votes to Close 6 Schools
After months of meetings, public forums and discussions, Springfield’s School Board will cast its vote on the closures of six schools on Tuesday evening.
Kitzhaber signs budget rebalance, 4 other bills
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed the first bills of his term.
Broker of marijuana licenses faces tax charges
An Oregon man who describes himself as the nation’s largest broker of licenses for medical marijuana has been arrested and charged with failure to pay state income tax
Rogue Valley pear grower hits hard times
A late spring frost last year and tight money this year have led one of the Rogue Valley’s major pear industry players to lay off half its year-round staff.
Greyhound bus rear-ends Jeep on I-5
Three people in a Jeep Libery suffered minor injuries when a Greyhound bus rear-ended the SUV on Interstate 5 early Tuesday morning.
Airport artwork coming down for temporary landing
The artwork by the late David Joyce, called “Flight Patterns,” depicts a number of flying people in the A concourse at the Eugene Airport. The work will be refurbished while the wall is repaired later this year.
Major triathlon coming to Eugene area
Eugene is known for its track and field legacy, so much so that it’s been called Track Town USA for decades. The city is also known as a mecca for bicyclists.
Three arrested after indoor marijuana garden discovered in home
Eugene police said they seized more than 10 pounds of marijuana from 25 plants after serving a search warrant early this morning at a home north of Sheldon High School.
Eugene man admits Lee Corso mascot head theft
A Eugene man has pleaded guilty to stealing an oversized mascot head of ESPN broadcaster Lee Corso from the Oregon State University campus during last December’s Civil War football game, court records show.