Two Arrested in Thurston INET Drug Bust


On Tuesday March 3, 2015, members of Lane County Inter-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) executed a state search warrant at the 6400 block of Thurston Rd, Springfield, Oregon.

Investigators seized three firearms along with evidence of the unlawful manufacturing and delivery of heroin and marijuana, and unlawful possession of heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Investigators found the garage area of the residence had been modified structurally to conceal growing marijuana plants and the residence’s electrical systems had been modified.
The City of Springfield Building Codes Department was consulted and determined the modifications to the electrical system were unsafe and requested the Springfield Utility Board to respond to the location and cut power to the building.

Alexey Nicholas Erhart
Alexey Nicholas Erhart

Alexey Nicholas Erhart, a 27 year old male, was lodged in the Lane County Jail on Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacturing of Heroin within 1000’of a school, Unlawful Possession, Delivery, and Manufacturing of Marijuana within 1000’ of a school, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Child Neglect I, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Kelina Justine Duran, a 28 year old female, was taken into custody and lodged on an outstanding Deschutes County arrest warrant.

Additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation is continuing.

Kelina Justine Duran
Kelina Justine Duran

The Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Lane County Parole and Probation Department, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lane County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity is encouraged to call the INET tip line at (541) 682-6266.





Friday Night Blitz – October 31st

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EUGENE — On the October 31st, 2014 edition of the Friday Night Blitz, highlights include Marist at Springfield, Churchill at Crater, Corvallis at South Albany and ten other games.



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For the October 17th edition of KEZI Friday Night blitz, watch highlights of 11 games including our Game of the Week between North Medford & Willamette, Thurston & Sheldon, South Eugene, Roseburg, and more.

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Friday Night Blitz – October 10

For the October 10th edition of Friday Night Blitz, watch highlights from 12 games, including Willamette at Thurston, North Medford taking on Grants Pass and our Game of the Week, Marist at Eagle Point.

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Friday Night Blitz – September 5

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For the September 5th edition of Friday Night Blitz, watch highlights from 11 games including our Game of the Week between Sheldon and visiting Lakeridge.

Springfield Superintendent Talks Plans

9-2 SPRINGFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICTSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Summer vacation is ending for kids around town this week as the new school year begins. Tuesday the superintendent of the Springfield School District discussed her plans for the upcoming school year.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to increase student success in the Springfield School District,” said Dr. Hertica Martin, Springfield School District Superintendent.

That’s why Dr. Martin is coming up with a plan to increase achievement, accountability, and access.

Dr. Martin says the district tends to have lower dropout rates and higher graduation rates than other districts in the state, but graduation rates did go down in 2013, which the district is hoping to improve.

She says something that got in the way of student success in the past, furlough days, but those’ll no longer exist because of an increase in state funding.

Martin says she hopes this upward trend continue so the district can meet the state’s goal of having 80 percent of graduates continuing their education after high school by 2025.

“You know we’re moving in the right direction, so we’re looking forward to this school year to make a difference for kids,” Dr. Martin said.

She also talked about the district’s bond measure on the November ballot. The district is hoping voters will approve the $71.5 million measure to improve technology and expand classrooms so there’s room for full day kindergarten next year. It also hopes to replace Hamlin Middle School.

The district says at the beginning of the school year it’ll work on its bond measure and then will shift its focus to creating a new strategic plan.

Thurston High Inducts Alumni Athletes Into Hall Of Fame


After years of consideration, and a year of planning, Thurston High School will be inducting past student athletes into their Hall Of Fame this coming Saturday at a formal banquet at the school.

Thurston High School was founded in 1960 and has seen many successful student walk their halls.  In 1961, just one year after the school was built, Thurston Track took the State Championship.  In football, Thurston has won the Midwestern League title six times, the first one coming in 1969.  Thurston has won the title 7 times for Basketball, 4 times for Baseball – including a State Championship in 2009, and Thurston has won State in wrestling (2002), girls track and field (1970), boys cross country (1961), and girls soccer in (2012).

Coach Bill Dellinger  |  Photo University of Oregon
Coach Bill Dellinger | Photo University of Oregon

We spoke with Noland Peebles, ASB Student Government Advisor at Thurston about their upcoming event; his excitement could be heard in his voice,

“Our Athletic Director, Justin Stark and our Principal, Ed Mendelssohn got together and  – went for it with nuclear pellets – and have done a stellar job” Peebles said.

Nominees were drawn from the 1960’s and early 1970’s for their athletic accomplishments. The names were researched and the committee came up with 16 candidates;  8 names from the All State Track Team of 1961 went on the list.

In attendance for the ceremony, and being inducted into the Hall Of Fame, is Coach Bill Dellinger.  A prominent figure in Eugene and Springfield, Dellinger is a two time NCAA winner, three time All American and three time Pacific Coast Conference Champion.  Dellinger captured two world indoor records, six American-records, and competed in three Olympics: the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia, the 1960 Games in Rome, Italy and the 1964 Games in Tokyo, Japan.  Bringing home the bronze medal in the 5,000 meters during his final trip to the Olympics in Japan.

In order to give the event the respect and honor it deserves, the Hall of Fame Committee decided they needed someone with expertise in event planning to give them a hand. They reached out to Dawn Keeney, an experienced event coordinator and owner of Unforgettable Service & Events, an event coordination company located in Eugene. Keeney is known for her event work with the Childrens Miracle Network, Oregon Mozart Players, UO Dept. of Judiac Studies, MLD Technologies, Shlesinger & DeVilleneuve, the Eugene Symphony and others.

Peebles commended Keeney for pulling the event together for them,

“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, but if you could see our cafeteria and how Unforgettable is transforming it with the decorations, the floral arrangements, the linens, everything she has put together, it will look like a silk purse.  She (Dawn) has definitely helped make this as excellent, and pain free, as possible for us.”  

Dawn Keeley of Unforgettable Services
Dawn Keeney of Unforgettable Service & Events

Because it was their first induction ceremony, Thurston knew they wanted to have Hole in The Wall cater the event, but they also knew they didn’t want to serve the typical BBQ, as good as it is, they wanted something special for the event.  Keeney met with owner Gary Rodgers and his Chef’s Mary Moore and Ron Schrodt to put together a Hall of Fame worthy menu.  Keeney also coordinated with florists and bakers with specific instructions for the event, down to the hand painted cookies being served at Fridays reception. Twenty five student athletes, from all sports, will be serving and attending to the honorees.

The celebration kicks off Friday evening with a reception for the athletes at 6 p.m. in the Colts Lounge prior to the Civil War game between Thurston High School and Springfield High School.  The inductees will be introduced at the Civil War with the actual ceremony taking place at Thurston High School on Saturday evening.

Each sport will be represented and includes any state champions in their own sport.  This inaugural induction will be a large event, due to the fact that it is their first formal induction.  According to Peebles, subsequent years are intended to be done on a smaller scale, inducting 3 – 4 athletes each year.

Thurston High School is also building a brand new lower gym hallway for the Hall of Fame.

“There have been many wonderful donations from our community; Levitt’s and Subway for example are among the contributors.  The senior class of 2013 is one of the main donors to the fund.  It’s going to be a tremendous place of honor for our student athletes.”  Peebles said.

With the banquet and the new hallway, the cost is estimated to be between 20 and 25 thousand dollars, made possible by those donations. Friday evening, students of Thurston High will also be available to give tours of the school.

“With the Thurston shooting many years ago, it fractured some, some moved away, but it also proved the mettle of this community. To do something so impactful for the community now, it’s great.  I am proud to be a part of this, it’s a great place, great community. Come and be our guest to see our home” Peebles said.

Tickets for the Thurston Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and Dinner this Saturday, January 11th can be purchased for $20.00. Dinner will be served at 5:30 with the ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.  To purchase tickets please call 541-744-5000.

Thank you Dawn Keeney at Unforgettable Service & Events!

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September 12 – Eugene, Springfield and Lane County Headlines


Eugene, Springfield and Lane County Headlines

The hot weather pattern is coming to an end. | image Gary Breedlove
The hot weather pattern is coming to an end. | image Gary Breedlove


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June 25 – Morning Headlines

Lots of options this 4th of July.  Tim Chuey is predicting sunny and hot. No better place to be than at the lake: Dexter Lake!  The Dexter and Lowell rural fire departments host a music/bbq/fireworks festival that lasts all day.
Lots of options this 4th of July. Tim Chuey is predicting sunny and hot. No better place to be than at the lake: Dexter Lake! The Dexter and Lowell rural fire departments host a music/bbq/fireworks festival that lasts from noon to fireworks.  $10 per car, $2 for walk-ins, $7 chicken dinner and lots of sun and music.

Morning Headlines


  • #67 – A Look Back (Josh Sanford)
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  • Tri-City claims series finale
    When they needed the big hit, the Eugene Emeralds simply fell short on Monday night. In their final game of the series against the Tri-City Dust Devils, the Ems were unable to overcome a large lead, losing 7-5 before 1,225 at PK Park. Trailing 6-0 afte
  • Three Ducks Earn National Titles at USA Championships
    Former University of Oregon track stars Ashton Eaton, Matthew Centrowitz and Brianne Theisen each home individual national titles at the USA Track and Field National Championships this week.
  • Phil Knights’ Ducks Helmets Inspired Jet?
    A photo posted on Reddit features an Oregon Duck winged jet that could be Phil Knights.
  • Another hiker rescued after encountering snow on Pacific Coast Trail

    A search team on Sunday rescued a stranded hiker from a snowed-in section of the Pacific Crest Trail off McKenzie Pass Highway. Samantha R. Kennedy, 33, of Waldport, was in good condition with her dog when a seven-person tea
  • Eugene man accused of assault, bike theft in Washington-Jefferson Park
    A Eugene man was charged today with robbing and beating another man last week in Washington-Jefferson Park. Jason Alan Hoy, 36, is being held in the Lane County Jail in connection with the case. He allegedly used a stick to assault a 64-year-old man be
  • Lane County jobless rate drops to 7.8 percent in May
    Lane County’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 7.8 percent in May, down from a revised 8 percent in April, according to figures released Monday by the state Employment Department. Lane County’s May rate matched the statewide rate and wa
  • Portland Timbers Cruise to Victory Against Colorado
    The Timbers just keep on rolling. Their 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday afternoon moved them to the top of the table in the Western Conference and pushed their club record unbeaten streak to 15 straight games.
  • Man gets 5 years in Eugene carjacking case
    A Halsey man was sentenced this morning in Lane County Circuit Court to five years in prison for forcing two men to drive him around Eugene after he had threatened to shoot them. Jeramey Paul Ortega, 28, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of secon
  • Reedsport homicide suspect found hanged in jail
    An inmate found hanged in a Northern California jail as the suspect in the slaying of a woman in Oregon and two carjacking-related cases.
  • Bowl agreements between Pac-12 and Big Ten announced
    The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and the Holiday bowl have announced agreements between the Pac-12 and the Big Ten conferences to meet in their respective bowls during the 2014-19 post seasons. In a June 24 teleconference, it was announced that the Kraft F

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Sheldon and Thurston Advance, South Eugene Out


The 2013 OSAA Class 6A State Baseball Tournament officially kicked off yesterday with a slough of games that featured local teams looking to advance to Round 2. Sheldon, Thurston, and South Eugene all played games yesterday, with the Irish and Colts advancing while the Axemen were eliminated.

Starting their game at 4:30pm at Legion Field in Roseburg, No. 8 seed South Eugene tallied plenty of hits but couldn’t push any runs across the plate in a 6-0 defeat to No. 1 seed Roseburg.

Getting this started in the first, the Indians scored a run in their half of the inning to take an early 1-0 advantage. David Irvine singled to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a ground out, and scored when Zach Wyscaver reached on an error.

Roseburg would then strike for another run in the bottom of the third inning, as Irvine singled once again before being driven home on a double by Cody Watkins.

Already having established a 2-0 lead, the Indians managed to push four more across in the fifth to separate themselves for good. Layne Westwang was the first runner plated in the inning, scoring on an error by South Eugene right fielder Alex Wectawski that allowed him to score from second after he walked and stole the base. Kody Matthews then walked to put runners on the corners for the Indians before Myscaver launched a decisive, three-run home run that gave Roseburg their 6-0 win.

South Eugene's 2013 campaign was ended on Monday | (South Eugene Baseball/
South Eugene’s 2013 campaign was ended on Monday | (South Eugene Baseball/

Joe Schindler got the loss in the game, pitching six innings while giving up five hits, six runs, and two walks while striking out five. Two costly errors by South Eugene didn’t help his cause.

Playing as a No. 2 seed, the Thurston Colts saw much more success than South Eugene, as they downed No. 7 seed Newberg by a score of 7-4. Playing at home, the Colts managed to push across all seven of their runs in the second inning while not allowing Newberg to rally back into the game.

Kyle Watson got things started in the second for Thurston, launching a lead off double to left-center that just missed clearing the fence. He would then be driven home by Rocco Ferrari for the first run of the game after Newberg recorded one out in the inning. Tyler Hutchinson extended the Colts’ lead to two right after they tacked on their first run of the game, finding a triple down the right field line that plated Ferrari.

Thurston then capitalized on a crucial error that allowed a runner to reach base that would eventually cross the plate and give the home team a 4-0 advantage. Scoring three more runs in the inning, the final run of the game came across when a pickoff attempt by Newberg resulted in an errant throw that scored Shane Quarterley.

The Colts managed six hits in the inning while tallying just one more for the rest of the game. Their win advanced them to the second round of the playoffs, where they will be pitted against No. 6 seed Lakeridge tomorrow.

No. 1 seed Sheldon was also victorious in their game, cruising to the tune of an 11-2 triumph of triumph over No. 8 seed Canby.  The Irish held a lead the entire game thanks to a three-run second, a one run fifth, and eight in the sixth.

Dylan Lewis got things going for Sheldon in the second, leading off with a double. Gaje McDaniel was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second for the home squad. He would be putout at second, however, on a fielder’s choice by Justin Brabham that gave the Irish runners at the corners with one down. Mike Ralston then recorded the first RBI of the game, singling to right to plate Lewis and advance Brabham to third. David Bellamy gave the Irish two more runs right afterwards, sending a triple into right field that scored both Brabham and Ralston.

Gaje McDaniel tips his helmet on his grand slam | (MWathletics/
Gaje McDaniel tips his helmet on his grand slam | (MWathletics/

Canby showed some fight in the fourth, however, as they managed to push two runs across on a two-RBI double by Austin Piert that pulled the visitors within one.

Extending their lead to 4-2 with one run in the fifth, Sheldon exploded for eight runs in the sixth to separate themselves from Canby for good. Brabham got things started in the inning, leading off with a single before moving to second on a passed ball. Advancing to third on a ground out by Ralston, he was plated on a Bellamy single that gave Sheldon a 5-2 advantage. Bellamy would eventually come around to score as well on a fielder’s choice that extended the Irish lead to four. Reaching first on that play, Brett Nielsen saw himself plated after a single by Connor Strahm and back-to-back walks to Dylan Lewis and Mitch Lewis. Now up 7-2 with two outs and the bases loaded, McDaniel launched what would be the big hit in the game, crushing a grand slam over the left field wall to blow the game open at 11-2. 

That was more than enough for Ralston to secure the win on the hill, as he pitched six innings of four-hit and seven strikeout baseball. Taylor Alie finished the game on the hill for the Irish, pitching a seventh that saw him surrender no runs. Sheldon’s win advanced them to round two in the playoffs, where they will take on No. 5 seed McMinnville on Wednesday.

The 5A baseball playoffs will begin on Wednesday as well, with North Eugene coming in as a No. 8 seed while being matched up against No. 1 Hermiston. Their game is scheduled for a 4:30pm first pitch at Armand Larive.

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