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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 …

Coos Bay woman violates order by responding to request for help

ROSEBURG — A Coos Bay woman who responded to a man’s request for assistance has been arrested for violating a restraining order that prohibits her from going near him. The News-Review reports Christopher Nelson of Coos Bay had trouble with his car Tuesday in Roseburg. He called 56-year-old Kathryn Leany …

KVAL morning co-anchors refuse to read controversial script

Two KVAL TV anchors in Eugene refused to read a controversial statement requested by the station’s owners that criticized other media for biased reporting. KVAL morning news co-anchors Lauren Lapka and Cameron Walker declined to read the same promotional statement that was read by dozens of news anchors last month …

Two injured in double truck crash near Goshen

Two people were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning with serious injuries from a head-on traffic crash south of Eugene, near Goshen. The crash occurred at 8:20 a.m. on Highway 99 South and Dillard Access Road. A Lane Forest Products dump truck collided with a pickup truck at the intersection, …

Marijuana dispute pits Josephine County against state of Oregon

SALEM — Officials in an Oregon county who have tried to restrict commercial marijuana growing are suing the state in federal court, asserting that while pot is legal in Oregon it remains illegal under federal law, which has supremacy. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Medford, escalates …

Parent concerns about A3 transition focus on consistency in programs and staff

SPRINGFIELD — “Keep the school the way it is as much as possible.” That was the main message voiced by about 85 parents of Academy of Arts and Academics students gathered Tuesday evening at the downtown Springfield school, also known as A3. The group was invited to the school as …

Lane County DA reluctant to prosecute cases involving Eugene police captain

The Lane County District Attorney’s Office has informed Eugene officials that it will be hesitant to prosecute cases that involve Eugene police Captain Sam Kamkar, the department’s second-in-command. In 2015, Kamkar allegedly took a photo of a female subordinate’s cleavage on his personal cellphone without her knowledge and then lied …

Elaborate scammers at it again

The elaborate scammers targeting Eugene Water & Electric Board business customers are back at it. EWEB said its received reports from at least a half-dozen businesses Tuesday who were told over the phone or in-person that their power will be turned off unless they make a payment within a half-hour. …

Possible sighting of mother before deadly SUV crash

MENDOCINO, Calif. — Authorities are investigating whether a surveillance video from Fort Bragg, California, shows a woman the day before her family’s sport utility vehicle was found at the bottom off a cliff along the Pacific Coast at a scenic viewpoint. Mendocino County Sheriff Lt. Shannon Barney told The Oregonian/OregonLive …

Corvallis shelter closes for season; leaves 50 fewer beds

CORVALLIS — The Men’s Cold Weather Shelter in Corvallis has been closed for the season, leaving the city with fewer beds to house the homeless. The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports the 50-bed shelter was intended as a stopgap until a permanent location is found. It’s not clear where the shelter will …

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