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Eugene woman arrested on suspicicion of causing motel room fire

SPRINGFIELD — A Eugene woman has been arrested in connection with a fire in a motel room last week. Lucinda Madrid Trammell, 44, on Saturday was arrested on charges of first-degree felony arson and methamphetamine possession. She was booked into the Lane County Jail. Trammell and another woman were staying …

Oregon snowpack below average heading into April

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s snowpack is below average heading into April despite snow and cooler weather last month. The Capital Press reported Monday that all basins are behind on snowpack and most are measuring between 40 and 70 percent of normal levels. The areas close to the Columbia River have …

Eugene officials announce recycling changes for city residents

The list of items that Eugene residents can put in curbside recycling just shrunk, city officials announced on Monday. All refuse haulers in the city will no longer pickup: Plastic number 3 through 7. Paper cartons, such as milk and juice containers. Some haulers had previously taken the cartons, also …

Abandoned bicycles a problem for Coast Guard, ferries in Seattle

SEATTLE — Bicycles left on Washington State Ferries are causing problems for ferry and Coast Guard operations. Officials say when a passenger leaves a bicycle behind, Coast Guard and ferry personnel treat like a potential distress situation until the bicyclist can be confirmed safe. This wastes tax-payer dollars and could …

Community steps up to help Springfield’s Dorris Ranch replace stolen items

SPRINGFIELD — Rain and wind didn’t keep Lane County residents from giving back to their community Sunday at Dorris Ranch, where a steady stream of people dropped off vintage goods similar to those that recently were stolen from a small cabin and a shed on the property. Volunteers held the …

High-wind warning issued for Willamette Valley, surrounding areas

Wind, rain and hail moved through parts of the Eugene-Springfield area on Saturday morning, and even more blustery conditions are forecast for later in the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning for much of the Willamette Valley and surrounding areas. The warning is in effect from …

California man gets prison time in Oregon for sex crimes against underage girls

A California man will serve prison time for sex crimes against underage girls, Eugene police said. Dylan Michael Ruhs, 26, was sentenced Monday in Lane County Circuit Court after he pleaded guilty to 10 charges including seven counts of luring a minor, two counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency …

Ex-University of Oregon football coach Willie Taggart sells his Eugene house

In his only year as the University of Oregon’s football coach, Willie Taggart implored his players to “do something.” This month Taggart did something with his former Eugene house: He sold it at a loss of nearly $200,000. Taggart likely isn’t losing sleep over the transaction. His Florida State University …

Missing trail runner found near Lowell

LOWELL — A missing trail runner has been found after a night on the Hardesty Trail near Lowell. The man, whose name has not been released, was found shortly before 9:30 a.m. and medics are currently evaluating his condition, according to Lane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Carrie Carver. Carver said the …

Vets crowd town hall to learn about changes coming to Eugene VA clinic

Three new hires, the possibility of urgent care and the potential of longer hours are changes in the work at the Eugene Veterans Affairs clinic, its temporary leader said. Roseburg VA Healthcare System Interim Director David Whitmer held a town hall Thursday night in the packed lobby of the clinic …

Former Eugene Mission Executive Director Ernie Unger dies at 83

One night in 1959, Ernie Unger prayed near a stack of lumber. A millworker in Springfield at the time, Unger’s prayers were for the fledgling Eugene Mission, about to lose its home at the current site of the Hilton Eugene. Unger would leave the mill to work at the homeless …

Windstorm expected to hit Lane County on Saturday

It’s a quintessential spring weekend in Eugene, so of course it’s time to bring on the heavy rain and high winds. The National Weather Service says a late-season storm is expected to barrel through Lane County on Saturday, opening day of the Saturday Market in Eugene and just in time …

Eugene man who shot state trooper gets 20-year prison sentence

Seconds after being shot in the chest last September by an ex-con in a stolen car, Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Gerald Ellis picked himself up from the ground, radioed to colleagues that he’d been shot, got back into his patrol car and immediately gave chase. Other officers later captured …

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