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Springfield students beautify rain barrels while learning about water conservation

SPRINGFIELD — “Every drop counts.” That’s the working motto for about 325 fourth-graders in the Springfield School District who have been slowly painting 44 rain barrels for the last several weeks in honor of Earth Day on April 22. More than 20 students in Kelsey Moore’s fourth-grade class at Maple …

Eugene’s public utility gives city a week to close riverfront land deal

The city of Eugene’s year-old agreement to purchase the downtown riverfront property from the Eugene Water & Electric Board may be in trouble. EWEB commissioners voted Tuesday to extend the deadline to close its sale of the 16-acre property to the city by just one week, to no later than …

Family missing on trip from Oregon to Southern California

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say a family of four has been missing since last week while on a road trip from Portland, Oregon, to their home in Santa Clarita, California. San Jose police said Tuesday a relative called on April 8 to report the Thottapilly family missing. Police say the …

Columbia CEO to pay $1.5M for new Portland homeless shelter

PORTLAND — Columbia Sportswear chief executive Tim Boyle is donating $1.5 million for the construction of a new homeless shelter in Portland. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the 100-bed shelter will be on city property under the Broadway Bridge. Boyle’s donation will go to Oregon Harbor of Hope, a nonprofit run by …

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 …

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