Local Business Wins International Award

Liquor ListVENETA, Ore. — A Veneta-based company is making headlines around the world, even winning a contest put on by

The website is called, and it’s kind of like “Craigslist” but for rare and hard-to-find adult beverages.

The business owner says he and his team entered their website into the Go Daddy contest last month.

It went up against hundreds of businesses from around the world and won first place.

Since it’s launch in 2013, the website has become an international hit with the bigg user bases in Mexico, Great Britain, and Canada.

“It’s very exciting for us. We’re hoping that, just like any venture, that it continues growing for us,” said Danial Christensen, owner. has been mentioned in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and

The prize from Go Daddy is a 2-year promotional package, and also five hours of phone consultation with a top executive from Go Daddy.

Christensen says he hopes to gain more skills from it and take his business to the next level.

Dog Quarantined After Attack in Veneta

Still0302_00000VENETA, Ore. — The city of Veneta says a pitbull involved in an attack Friday is currently quarantined in its home for the next ten days.

The city says it issued citations to the owner, for dog at large and for an unlicensed dog.

Sheri Ascariz says she was walking her dog, Hachi, in the 87000 block of 8th Street in Veneta when a female dog got through the fence and attacked her dog.

It was all caught on a neighbor’s surveillance camera.

Her dog has stitches around its neck, and on its leg. She has a broken finger that will require surgery.

Neighbors living in the area say they’re concerned about the situation.

“I’m just afraid that he’ll come through the fence and get our dogs and our dogs are tiny. SO he’d kill them for sure and my grandchildren are no longer allowed to come over to my house,” said neighbor Carol Aitchinson.

KEZI 9 News talked with the owner of the pitbull Monday. He says until he has the opportunity to discuss this issue with the other family involved he has no further comment. He wants this to be civil and deal with the other family.

The city of Veneta says it will conduct an investigation into this attack during the next ten to twelve days to determine if the dog is considered a dangerous dog.

If it is deemed a dangerous dog it will be removed from the city limits of Veneta.

Concern In Veneta Following Dog Attack


Still0301_00001VENETA, Ore. — Members of a Veneta community are concerned about a dog living in their neighborhood, after they say it attacked a woman and her dog Friday.

Sheri Ascariz says she was walking her dog, Hachi Friday when a pitbull ran out of its yard and allegedly attacked them, completely unprovoked.

She says her finger was nearly cut off, her dog has dozens of stitches on his neck and legs. The entire attack was caught on a neighbor’s surveillance camera.

Now, her family and neighbors are concerned because they thought the dog was taken out of the home.

“Trying to get him better, trying to get me better. Trying to get back to our normal routine. Our main focus is just for justice to be served. For that dog to be taken out of our neighborhood to where we can feel like our safe little neighborhood again,” said Ascariz.

Neighbors say this dog has caused problems in the past, one man says he’s presented to the city council and sheriff’s office about the dog as well.

A Cup for a Cause in Veneta

cup of joe2VENETA, Ore — A cup for a cause Thursday in Veneta; a huge outpouring of support for the families impacted by the fatal crash on Highway 126 near Mapleton, one week ago.

Folks from all over came to Cup of Joe for a fundraiser benefiting the families of Abby Boydston and Olivia Nicol. People could order up a frothy drink and get a tasty treat donated by Hello Cupcake. Cup of Joe says they’ve received $800 dollars in just donations alone.

Employees say the fundraiser is the least they could do for the families.

“It really hits close to home and it makes you want to try to do whatever you can even though it’s not going to help necessarily with emotions, but financially it might take a little bit of that burden off,” said Hayley Durbin, the shop’s Assistant Manager.

There’s another fundraiser Friday night to help the victims’ families. It’s happening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Alpha Bit Cafe in Mapleton. Half of all sales will be given to the families of Abby and Weston, the two teens who died in the crash.

Detailing Tragedy: Crash Survivor Speaks

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VENETA, Ore. — After five days in the hospital, a Mapleton student is finally back home following last week’s deadly crash on Highway 126.

15-year-old Olivia Nicol is talking about the wreck that killed two of her classmates and the support that immediately followed.

In an emotional interview KEZI 9 News Reporter Sarah Hurwitz sat down with Olivia and her mother, Terri Nicol Tuesday night.

It wasn’t easy for Olivia and Terri to talk about what happened last Thursday, they’re emotionally and physically drained.

They spoke about what they remember about that day and how the community is pulling together after it lost two of their own.

“Our community is one of the best communities you could have. So strong. And everyone loves each other. It’s one big family honestly,” said Olivia.

The community made sure to show that love while Olivia was in the hospital.

“RiverBend set up a whole separate room right beside her room and it was filled all the time with her friends, my friends, sometimes with people we didn’t even know,” said Terri.

Country music star Tim McGraw even sent a video to Olivia.

For Olivia and her Terri the support has been overwhelming.

Olivia was the sole backseat survivor in last week’s fatal crash in Mapleton.

“It’s weird to think about. Like I survived in the backseat but the two people next to me didn’t. So yeah like my mother said a miracle,” said Olivia.

But this outpouring of support is all too close of a reminder of the tragedy that took the lives of Olivia’s friends Abby Boydston and Weston Bowman.

“I saw them, Abby and Weston afterwards when I was like yelling for help you know I saw them that was hard. Very hard for me because the car was upside down and just kind of dangling there ya know. That was hard,” said Olivia.

Olivia was one of five teens on their way to breakfast Thursday morning, when their car went off the road and hit a tree.

“I was bleeding. I didn’t have any of my like instincts ya know to know that like ok you just got in a wreck your body’s not ok kind of thing,” said Olivia.

“I see my daughter’s name come up. I answer it. ‘hey honey,’ and I kind of hear background noise and it was a man’s voice that said, I don’t know if I can keep it together sorry but your daughter has been in a really bad auto accident and she’s calling for you,” said Terri.

A mother’s worst nightmare.

“I just screamed at them tell me my daughter’s alive,” said Terri.

Terri says she did everything she could to get to the scene and ended up sprinting down the highway to get to her daughter.

Olivia suffered broken ribs, collar bone, teeth as well as a punctured lung and concussion.

Through all of that Olivia and her mom say she was one of the lucky ones, as they try to find strength after the loss of Abby and Weston.

“One day at a time, just got to take it in strides kind of thing. Because it doesn’t just go away that feeling doesn’t just leave. You have to work for that semi OK,” said Olivia.

A memorial service was held for Abby and Weston Tuesday night in Mapleton.

Olivia and her mom were at the service.

Terri says she also wants to speak out about the safety of Highway 126 she says it needs guard rails.

June 26 – Morning Headlines

EPD put the clampdown on crosswalks yesterday.  Where are they today?
EPD put the clampdown on crosswalks yesterday. Where are they today?


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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.

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  • #67 – A Look Back (Josh Sanford)
    With no current player on the Oregon roster wearing #67, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Josh Sanford. Sanford is the last player to don the #67 jersey for the Ducks not currently on the roster. Before joining the Ducks, Sanford was
  • 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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To My Surprise Groucho Marx Had It Wrong.

Groucho Marx - "You Bet Your Life" |
Groucho Marx – “You Bet Your Life” |

As I was growing up in Rochester, NY I really enjoyed seeing the Marx Brothers’ movies on TV  ( I wasn’t born when the movies were first in theaters) and then the Groucho Marx TV show “You Bet Your Life.” If you have read any biographies of the Marx Brothers and especially Groucho’s autobiography you know they did have some escapades that would make a sailor blush. For me Groucho was and still is my favorite. I particularly liked to use one of his quotes when asked to join a service club. The quote is “I wouldn’t want to join an organization that would have me as a member.” It usually gets a laugh. What I found out was most of the members were just like me in many ways. The real reason I I used that excuse was that for 37 years on TV my schedule didn’t allow for time to attend meetings. I have belonged to church choirs, and still do, but when I was working I could not attend the evening rehearsals. They would record my part on tape and then I would play the tape at home and while driving my car. Today that is called distracted driving, but I felt that if I got killed in a car accident at least I might have a better chance at Heaven because I was singing a hymn when I died. Actually I’m just kidding about that, sort of.

Eugene Downtown Lions Club Banner | Tim Chuey
Eugene Downtown Lions Club Banner | Tim Chuey

We moved to Eugene in 1992 and rented a house for a year. In 1993 we bought a larger house because we needed to move my mother here as she was living alone in Upstate New York after my Father’s death. We needed help to find a house and my boss recommended his real estate agents, a couple, Dave and Nancy Haverstock, also known as “Mr. & Mrs. Real Estate” and who now work with John L. Scott Real Estate. They showed us some houses and we found the one that became our home. As it happened, Dave was a member of the Eugene Downtown Lions Club and he invited me to be his guest at one of their weekly Noon meetings. I had been a guest speaker countless times over the years all over the country, but this was the first time I didn’t have to eat quickly and prepare for my presentation. This time I had the opportunity to watch the members have a very lively meeting often interrupting their president with laughter and comments. Recently I was surprised when our club president passed out pins for years of service and my name was called for a 20-year-pin. I can’t believe I have been a member that long. As a service club the Eugene Downtown Lions perform so many good works it’s hard to write them all down.

Children's Miracle Network -Lions Guest House | Tim Chuey
Children’s Miracle Network -Lions Guest House | Tim Chuey

The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Here are some examples: the Community Services Committee collects applications from groups or individuals in need and they decide on a case-by-case basis the ones that we can help within our budget. We have a group of members who deliver “Meals On Wheels,” we helped found and fund the Children’s Miracle Network – Lions Guest house for Sacred Heart Hospital’s patients families (a place to stay so they can be near their patient family member), we donate to the Gales Creek Camp for Children with diabetes, and we have a Sight and Hearing Committee that has a budget to help needy people get hearing aids, glasses, examinations, and even cataract surgery. Our Environmental Services Committee has work parties who clear blackberries, clean up debris, and plant trees at the Delta Ponds. These are just some of the reasons the Eugene Downtown Lions Club needs the support of the community.

The Eugene Downtown Lions Club’s annual raffle is almost over. This is week 7 of 7 weeks of selling tickets. Please help the Lions help others. Buy a ticket for just $5.00 and you could win one of these 7 great prizes:

1) a $3,000 Travel Voucher 2) a Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair (value $1,400) 3) Apple iPad (value $729) 4) Specialized Sirrus – Man’s Bicycle (value $650) 5) Specialized Vita – Women’s Bicycle (value $650) 6) & 7) Bi-Mart Gift Certificates (value $500 each). The drawing will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday June 29,2013 at Bi-Mart at 18th and Chambers. You do not have to be present to win. Winners will be notified by phone if they are not present at the drawing. A maximum of 4,000 tickets will be sold. All of the proceeds (100%) go to fund the club’s many local projects. 

Eugene Downtown Lions Selling Raffle Tickets  | Tim Chuey
Eugene Downtown Lions Selling Raffle Tickets | Tim Chuey

Tickets will be on sale at Bi-Mart at 18th Avenue and Chambers Street from 10AM until 6 PM Tuesday June 25th through Friday June 28th and then on Saturday June 29th from 10 AM until 4 PM when the drawing will take place. I am the lucky guy who gets to call the winners immediately by cell phone if they are not present at the drawing. You can’t imagine how much fun it is to tell people they have won. The truth be known, when you buy a ticket, you are already a winner in our eyes and the eyes of those receiving our services. For more information on Lionism and the Eugene Downtown Lions Club check out the Club’s website. If you are interested in attending a meeting just shoot me an email and w’ll set it up for you.

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

April 1 – Morning Headlines


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  • Crash of stolen car leads to power outage for EWEB customers
    A total of 183 Eugene Water & Electric Board residential customers awoke to no power on Easter morning after a stolen car struck a power pole on Royal Avenue east of Oak Hill Cemetery Road. The vehicle, a silver sedan, was stolen within the Eugene
  • Woman files whistleblower lawsuit
    A former Versalogic employee is suing the company for $700,000, claiming she was fired after reporting unwanted advances by a fellow worker. The suit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court by an attorney for Karina Pedder, who worked at the tech compan
  • Right of way annexation could spur Glenwood development
    At first glance, Springfield’s plan to annex two strips of Franklin Boulevard right of way doesn’t seem like a major step. But the 2.1 miles comprises all of Franklin Boulevard right of way within Glenwood. And, if the Spri
  • Crash victims’ familyplan memorial at W. 11th & Bertelsen intersection
    Four years after a deadly car crash killed four people in west Eugene, family members of the victims and local businesses are coming together with a new plan to build…

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We’ll see lots of clouds but just a slight chance of showers today. I would have made up some cute April Fool’s Day headline, but our weather can be wacky enough that the joke could actually be true. So you’ll only get the true forecasts.

Don’t forget to take off those studded tires! Today April 1st is the deadline. The fine is pretty steep so get them off before you get caught.

An upper level high pressure ridge (shaded “Arch”shape) gave us plenty of sun and warm temperatures, but a low pressure area (shaded flattened out “Crescent” shape) that’s been sitting offshore is sliding eastward south of us giving us a chance of showers. A frontal system broke apart and slide south of us just like the last one did.

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High: 67
Low: 45
Rain: 20%
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers today and this evening, mostly cloudy tonight, a mix of clouds and sun Tuesday, partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday, then mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Wednesday night highs 63-67 lows 45-47. Mostly cloudy rain likely (70%) Thursday, showers likely (70%) Thursday night through Friday night, showers Saturday, then mostly cloudy with showers likely (70%) Saturday night and Sunday highs 62-56 lows 47-42. (seasonal averages high 59 low 38)

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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October 26 – Morning Headlines


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Traces of radioactive cesium from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster have been detected in west coast albacore tuna.
  • Veneta begins work on new water supply
    The city broke ground this week on a 9.6-mile pipeline to carry McKenzie River water that it is purchasing from the Eugene Water & Electric Board. If all goes well, the EWEB water could be flowing to the thirsty city as soon as August, C
  • Pearl Street partial closure for four weeks starting Monday
    The Eugene Water and Electric Board will begin its process Monday of repairing the water main that runs under Pearl Street and between East 17th and 19th avenues, closing the right lane of Pearl Street for the next four weeks. The left lane of traffic
  • First-half goals lift Huskies past Ducks
    Allie Beahan and Lindsay Elston scored in the first half to lead Washington to a 2-0 Pac-12 women’s soccer victory over Oregon on Thursday night. Kari Davidson earned the shutout for the Huskies (10-6-2, 3-5-1). Scout Libke, Bri Pugh and …
  • South Eugene’s Sara Tsai survives fast pace for title
    South Eugene’s Sara Tsai made it two-for-two in Southwest Conference cross country championships. The sophomore passed Sheldon’s Maggie Schmaedick with about 800 meters to go to win the girls district title in 17 minutes, 31.08 se…
  • Oregon’s cross country’s Annie Leblanc happily ends up in Eugene
    Oregon’s Annie Leblanc is not your typical freshman. First, the French-Canadian middle-distance runner from Repentigny, Quebec, is 20 years old, giving her a level of maturity uncommon among newcomers to the U.S. collegiate system. Second, in her sti..

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You’ll have a good chance of rain today and the weekend for that matter.

High: 62
Low: 44
Forecast: Rain Returns

Here are your preliminary Saturday College Football Forecasts: You’re going to need the rain gear for both locations.

Ducks vs Colorado at Autzen Stadium 12:00 PM – Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain at kickoff increasing to rain (80% chance) as the game progresses, Temperature 53 warming to 58 by games end, Wind: Light.

Beavers at Washington CenturyLink Field Seattle, Washington 7:15 PM – Mostly cloudy with rain at times, then rain likely (60%) by the end of the game, Temperature hovering near 52, Wind: S 10 becoming Light.

high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape offshore) dried us out Thursday, but it is moving  away from us and low pressure will return for more rain chances today through the weekend. A frontal system will ride slowly into Oregon with the warm front first then later the cold front bringing increasing chances of rain for the weekend into next week.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with patchy fog this AM, cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain this afternoon (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), a slight (20%) chance of rain tonight (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Saturday AM, rain in the afternoon (0.10 in. of rain possible), rain likely (60%) Saturday night (0.10 in. of rain possible), rain Sunday, then rain likely (60%) Sunday night highs 62-57 lows 48-44. Mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) Monday through Thursday highs 62-56 lows 48-45. (seasonal averages high 60 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.

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