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Aaron Jones Memorial Service

Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

EUGENE, Ore. — A huge show of support Wednesday at Matthew Knight Arena as friends, family and former employees celebrated the life of Aaron Jones.

Jones played a major role in opening the volunteers in medicine clinic, for uninsured people. He also donated millions of dollars to help build the McKenzie Community Track and Field in Blue River.

Jones founded Seneca Mills more than 50 years ago, re-shaping the timber industry. Former employees say he was a great person.

“You saw him everywhere. He’d drive through and wave. He’d stop, greet you, ‘how are you doing’. He was a people person; he was right there with his crew,” said former employee Terry Jones.

Aaron Jones passed away last week. He was 92 years old.

August 22 – Morning Headlines

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Morning Headlines

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UO Baseball Coach George Horton contract deadline approaching.
  • DHS says sex-crime suspect not an employee
    A district manager for the Department of Human Services says a 23-year-old man accused of sexually abusing two girls under his case is not affiliated with the agency.
  • Postal employee alleges workplace discrimination
    A Hispanic maintenance supervisor at the downtown Eugene U.S. Post Office has filed a $300,000 lawsuit against the federal agency, saying he suffered racial discrimination and a hostile work environment in retaliation for his support of a black co-work…
  • Cameroon suit filed in Eugene
    It’s not clear whether Yves Michel Fotso has ever even been to Eugene. But that hasn’t stopped the jailed citizen of Cameroon from filing a $10 million federal lawsuit here, accusing his government of false imprisonment and torture. Fotso, the form…
  • Veneta man in critical condition after motorcycle collision with deer
    Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday evening’s critical injury crash involving a motorcycle and a deer on Territorial Highway south of Monroe.
  • Oregon gas prices approach $4
    If you own a motor vehicle, then you already know this story. The price of gasoline continues to climb.
  • Oakridge urged to fine residents who pollute
    Struggling to clean up the city’s sooty wintertime air, the City Council in 2007 passed an ordinance authorizing the city to fine residents who operate smoky woodstoves or fireplaces. In all the time since, however, Oakridge never has ac…
  • Seneca seeks bigger tax break
    Eugene lumberman Aaron Jones, owner of the wood-­burning Seneca Sustainable Energy LLC electricity plant north of Eugene, is asking a judge to intervene in his company’s tax-credit dispute with the state Department of Energy. Seneca Sustainable Ener…
  • Eugene’s north & west bank bike paths to undergo closures & construction
    While roadwork headaches continue for many drivers across Eugene, some new construction pains are getting ready to start up for bicyclists and pedestrians too on alternative transit pathways
  • Eugene barber shop lets customers name price
    A local barber shop recently began advertising free and discounted cuts to those who can’t afford full price. The owner says he’s always offered the service, but wanted to get..
  • Ducks will host fan day at Autzen
    Oregon will hold its annual football fan day at Autzen Stadium from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Players, cheerleaders and the Duck mascot will be on hand for autographs, though each fan will be limited to only one signed item per player. Also, this sea…
  • George Horton without contract extention as deadline looms
    George Horton – Head Coach of the Oregon baseball team since it’s rebirth in 2009 – is still without a new contract, and negotiations with the University are at a standstill with…

Keep Current: – EDN Headline News, Sports and Weather

Tim Chuey Weather:

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Our weather is so much better than so many other places in the US. Pretty close to average temperatures and no rain for the Eugene Celebration Friday through Sunday. “Raise the Roof.”

High: 77
Low: 48
Forecast: Mostly Clear but cool.

The high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape of blue arrows) has moved to the east and we will continue feeling cool for the rest of the workweek and in addition an upper level low  (“U” shape west of the ridge) is moving through the Pacific Northwest.  A cold front (position shown is Friday) will move through the Pacific Northwest Thursday cooling us down by a few degrees, then we’ll warm up a bit again through the weekend.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy this AM, partly cloudy this afternoon, mostly clear tonight, partly cloudy Thursday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, partly cloudy Thursday night, mostly sunny Friday AM, then partly cloudy Friday afternoon and night highs 77-74 warming to 78 Friday lows 48-50. Partly cloudy Saturday through Monday night, then a mix of clouds and sun Tuesday highs 80-77 lows near 50. (seasonal averages high 82 low 51)

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

The Saturday Morning Post

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Students can carry guns, you we aren't so sure about...

Headlines

  • EWEB’s power contract can be secret, judge rules
    The Eugene Water & Electric Board is within its rights to keep secret from the public the agency’s contract to buy power from the Seneca wood-burning electricity plant in Eugene, a Lane County Circuit Court judge has ruled. Judge Karsten Rasmusse…
  • Springfield woman jailed after shot fired in home
    A 64-year-old woman was taken to jail this afternoon after she fired a gunshot into her wall while arguing with her drunken son, Springfield police said. Cheryl Lynn Rattenborg faces charges of first-degree attempted assault, third-degr…
  • Lifeguards prevent a drowning at YMCA
    Lifeguards at a Eugene YMCA got quite a scare Friday morning, when they rescued a 6-year-old floating face down in one of their pools.   It was lifeguards’ quick action that might have saved the girl’s life. Kids in one of the childcare prog…
  • Robbery reported at Churchill Market
    Three people reportedly robbed a west Eugene convenience store around closing time Thursday night, police said. A store clerk told police the three robbers — one of whom may have been a woman — robbed Churchill Market at 2101 Bailey Hill Road about…
  • Big-time poachers end up avoiding jail time
    The Oct. 1 start of Oregon’s deer hunting season was supposed to start “jail season” for a Springfield father and son convicted of leading the state’s largest ever deer poaching ring. But Rory Donoho, 60, and Shane Donoho, 37, weren’t locked …
  • State to UO: Police force, yes; guns, maybe
    The board of the Oregon University System authorized the University of Oregon to create a police force but required a community conversation on whether or not those officers will carry guns.
  • EWEB Billing Discrepancy Explained
    EWEB is offering an explanation for a billing discrepancy in the Hawthorne Estates neighborhood.   The utility says it underestimated August bills for that neighborhood in north Eugene. EWEB used August 2009’s bills to estimate how much wate…
  • Lane County invited to help clean up river
    Organizers for the Great Willamette River Clean Up in Eugene-Springfield area are expecting between 150 to 200 volunteers to help clean the Willamette River of garbage from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Great Willamette River Clean Up begins at Island P…

Tim Chuey Weather:

If we’re lucky our Saturday will be dry enough for outdoor work or play. The Beaver game should be dry, but the rain should return by nightfall.

High: 68
Low: 47
Rain: 30%

An upper air trough of low pressure (“U” shape on the orange jet stream line) is moving to the east and high pressure (“arch” shape) will help dry us out for just a bit today. A frontal system will move in along with another low pressure trough setting up along the coast bringing back more clouds and precipitation.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy this AM, partly cloudy this afternoon, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of evening rain, mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) late tonight (under 0.01 in. of rain possible) and Sunday AM, cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Sunday afternoon, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of evening rain, a (40%) chance of rain late Sunday night,  cloudy with rain Monday (Columbus Day), then a good (50%) chance of rain Monday night highs 68-60 lows 47-50. Mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Tuesday through Thursday, then mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Thursday night and Friday highs 64-60 lows 49-46. (seasonal averages high 68 low 42)

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

September 27 – Morning Headlines

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Drivers experiencing the new Alder Street Layout...

Headlines

  • Non-Eugene Resident Emergency User Fees
    The Eugene city council voted in favor of charging a fee for fire and ambulance services if patients live outside of Eugene city limits.   The vote was unanimous and according to city estimates, the new fees should bring in $12,600 mo…
  • Vehicle and trailer block northbound I-5 in Eugene
    All lanes of northbound Interstate at milepost 191 south of Eugene were temporarily blocked last evening by an overturned vehicle pulling a trailer. Northbound traffic was directed off the freeway onto Franklin Boulevard, then onto the Ferry Street…
  • LRAPA fines Seneca in wake of failed pollution control test
    A new wood-burning electricity plant just north of Eugene has flunked a small part of its initial pollution control test — and, consequently, it’s paid the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency a $9,856 fine. The problems are related to emissions of …
  • Springfield settles police suit
    The city of Springfield will pay $50,000 to settle a $622,000 federal lawsuit filed by a man who claimed that two police officers used excessive force when arresting him in January 2009. David Pernell Sutton alleged that he suffered a broken shoulder w…
  • Springfield Police Arrest Predatory Sex Offender
    Springfield police want to let parents know they arrested a predatory sex offender.   The Springfield School District sent a letter home to parents on Friday warning them about Randy Tompkins.   Officers arrested him Friday eveni…
  • Man Arrested for High Speed Chase in Stolen Car
    Lane County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man after they say they chased him going 80 to 100 miles per hour in the Santa Clara area.   Deputies say they’d just gotten a stolen car report when they saw the car and followed it.  …
  • Gas Leak Shuts Down Part of Oak Street
    Part of Oak Street was shut down while emergency crews took care of a gas leak.   Construction crews hit a gas line on 18th Avenue and Oak Street where they are building an apartment complex.   Oak Street was shut down from 18th Avenue to Ci…
  • Eugene Proposes Amendment to Land Use Code
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a place to build a new outpatient clinic in either Eugene or Springfield, and Eugene wants that to be in their city.   But there’s a little issue with Eugene’s zoning.  The VA n..
  • Gateway Post Office Creates New Zip Code
    A change in under way at the local branch of the U.S. Post Office.   Hundreds of customers are getting their addresses changed because of the creation of a new zip code.   Monday, when customers at the Gateway Post Office ca…
  • Commission Postpones Decision About Oakway Cell Tower
    Discussions continued Monday about the proposed cell phone tower at the Oakway Golf Course, but the Eugene Planning Commission took no final action.   Commissioners mulled over the conditions they could set for the proposed AT&T …
  • Gas Prices Dropping
    The Lundberg Survey says the national average of gas in the U.S. dropped 12 cents over the past two weeks.   Analysts say crude oil prices have gone down, but the current average is still 85 cents higher than it was a year ago.   Acc…
  • City Admits Alder Street Might Need Some Tweaking
    The city says the newest street design in the University of Oregon area might need some tweaking.   The changes to Alder Street are causing some confusion among drivers.   It seems like the biggest confusion to the new street desi…
  • LaMichael James named Pac-12 player of the week
    After setting the Oregon single-game rushing record with his 288-yard outburst on Saturday, junior running back LaMichael James was chosen as the Pac-12 player of the week on offense, the conference announced Monday. James also set the school record wi…

Tim Chuey Weather:

After a pretty good chance of AM showers for your Tuesday the chance of precipitation will drop until late Thursday night when slight chances return.

An upper level trough of low pressure has moved in along the coast bringing the chance of rain with it. A frontal system is pushing through the Pacific Northwest but it looks like most of the precipitation will be concentrated to our North. A break and yet another frontal system will come in later in the week to increase the chances of precipitation again.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers this AM, a slight (20%) chance of showers in the afternoon, mostly cloudy in the evening,  partly cloudy with patchy fog late at night and early Wednesday AM, mostly sunny Wednesday afternoon, mostly clear Wednesday night, mostly sunny, mostly clear in the evening, mostly sunny Thursday, mostly clear in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain late Thursday night highs 69-83 lows near 50. Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Friday and Friday evening, then a slight (20%) chance of showers late Friday night, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday AM, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of  showers Saturday through Sunday AM, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday afternoon, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday evening, a (30%) chance of rain late Sunday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a (40%) chance of rain Monday highs 72-77 lows near 50. (seasonal averages high 74 low 45)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

August 11 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

  • EmX Opponent Uses 27-Year-Old Report to Back his Cause
    EUGENE, Ore. — An opponent of EmX’s expansion down West 6th and 7th Avenues in Eugene says a 27-year-old environmental assessment backs up his argument.   Brian Weaver says EmX would reverse what the old report accomplished.   H…
  • Man’s body found in lake south of Florence
    FLORENCE — Lane County sheriff’s officials are working to determine what caused the death of a man whose body was found this afternoon in Woahink Lake, south of Florence. A detective and a number of deputies responded to the scene after learning th…
  • 4J Accepting Short-term Lease Proposals for Civic Stadium
    EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School Board turned down a number of proposals by groups wanting to take over historic Civic Stadium for the long-term.   So that decision led to another plan.   Now the old ballpark is up for short-term lea…
  • State to review EmX impacts on Sixth and Seventh avenues
    In response to complaints from opponents of Lane Transit District’s EmX project in west Eugene, the Oregon Department of Transportation will analyze the traffic impact of adding buses to state-owned Sixth and Seventh avenues. An LTD official describe…
  • Eugene, Springfield fire departments closer to unification
    An agreement signed Tuesday afternoon puts a significant new piece of a merger of the two departments into place.
  • Springfield mayor opens her office during Art Walk
    SPRINGFIELD — People interested in having a word with Mayor Christine Lundberg can drop by her office Friday evening for an informal visit. Lundberg, appointed in December by her fellow councilors to lead the city after longtime Mayor Sid Leiken was …
  • Willamette Street Repairs Enter Next Phase
    EUGENE, Ore. — The first phase of the Willamette Street repair project is nearly complete from 29th to 46th avenues.   In preparation for the next phase, northbound traffic has been shifted to Donald Street.   One lane of Willamette remains open to …
  • Seneca Sawmill buying Swanson’s Noti mill 
    Seneca Sawmill Company plans to complete the deal in mid-September to buy the Swanson Group’s Noti sawmill.
  • Green chases a hoop dream to LCC
    At the end of the day, Levi Green is more than happy to be playing basketball again next season. After finishing his prep career at Springfield this year, Green signed his letter of intent to play basketball next season at Lane Community College in lat…

Tim Chuey Weather:

Pleasant weather for the Scandinavian Festival in Junction City. No major chance in our weather until Monday when w’ll get more clouds and possible showers at the coast and and South.

An upper level trough of low pressure (“U” shape on orange line) off Vancouver will swing through today with more clouds.  A short lived high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on orange line) will follow and warm us up a bit. A weak frontal system will move in with no serious effect Friday. The Perseid meteor shower peaks Thursday through Saturday, but the nearly full moon will probably spoil the show. Another frontal system will approach the coast Sunday and move in Monday bringing the chance of showers to the coast and Southern areas of Oregon.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, clear tonight, mostly sunny Friday, clear in the evening, partly cloudy Friday night, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, mostly clear in the evening, mostly cloudy late Saturday night, a mix of clouds and sun Sunday, partly cloudy Sunday evening, then mostly cloudy Sunday night highs 83-85 cooling to near 80 Sunday lows 47-52. A mix of clouds and sun Monday, partly cloudy Monday evening, mostly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday AM, partly cloudy Tuesday afternoon and evening, mostly cloudy Tuesday night, then a mix of clouds and sun Wednesday highs 75-78 lows near 53. (seasonal averages high 84 low 52)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

 

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May 6 – Morning Headlines

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The local headlines as of this morning:

Tim Chuey: Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain this afternoon, a good (50%) chance of rain this evening, rain likely (60%) late tonight (0.10 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with showers likely (60%) Saturday (0.10 in. of rain possible) through Sunday night highs 60-55 lows 44-40.

UO eyes campus upgrade
The University of Oregon could soon launch a huge overhaul of student recreation and activities facilities if it can win quick state approval of a $160.5 million plan to expand two key buildings.

Three demonstrators arrested at Seneca plant
Lane County sheriff’s deputies arrested three protesters Thursday morning during a demonstration outside the new Seneca Sustainable Energy wood-burning power plant off Highway 99.

Teachers balk at district offer
The offer keeps getting a tad better, but for the Eugene Education Association it’s still not good enough. Not even close.

NextStep Recycling launches community computer lab for low income residents
A new project from a technology focused Eugene non-profit is putting computer education and internet connections into the hands of low income Lane County residents with the hope of opening doors for kids, teens and adults.

Dutch Bros. Raise Money for Kilcullen Family
Dutch Bros. is stepping up to help Officer Kilcullen’s family. Springfield, Eugene and Junction City Dutch Bros. locations will donate all proceeds from sales Friday to benefit Officer Kilcullen’s wife and two children.

Local area Dutch Brothers locations

May 5 – Evening Update

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As Eugene Beer Week special event “Cinco De Mayo” festivities get underway, here are the local headlines:

Tim Chuey: Partly cloudy, increasing chance of rain.

EDN posts Thursday Recommendations Ok, technically it isn’t a headline yet, but you do need to know about it.

Oregon Senate panel links ‘kicker’ to capital gains
The bill would ask voters to reduce the “kicker” checks they get when state revenue exceeds projections. In a compromise, lawmakers linked the changes to a reduction in capital gains taxes.

Charge dropped against Kidsports coach
Eugene city prosecutors last week dismissed their case against a Kidsports youth basketball coach who had been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly scuffling with an opposing coach who confronted him during a game.

Change of plea, sentencing for Duck football player Friday
The University of Oregon football player accused of breaking into a stranger’s home in a “confused and disoriented” state early Sunday morning is expected to change his plea and face sentencing Friday.

Eugene artists turn empty storefronts into temporary art galleries
Paula Goodbar, Peter Herley and Marc Gunther are the founders of the Eugene Storefront Art Project (ESAP), which installs art displays in empty storefronts to create a more vibrant downtown experience.

Seneca Biomass Plant Opening Protested by Activists
The Seneca Biomass plant held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am, Thursday to celebrate the completion of the wood-waste burning power plant.

Car break-ins soaring in Eugene
They may be petty crimes but they are happening in big numbers across Eugene . According to the Eugene Police Department, the number of car break-ins has soared over the last month.

Charges against kidsports coach dropped.