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Proposed Springfield urban growth boundary expansion clears key hurdle

SPRINGFIELD — A state panel has given a boost to the city’s growth plans. The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission voted Friday to approve Springfield’s proposed urban growth boundary expansion, more than a year after the Springfield City Council voted to add two large tracts of land totaling 257 …

Washington governor rejects permit for Vancouver oil-by-rail terminal

SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday rejected a permit for a massive oil-by-rail terminal proposed along the Columbia River, saying the risks and impacts outweighed the need for and potential benefits of the project. Inslee said he agreed with the recommendation of a state energy panel, which unanimously …

Model train show chugs into Eugene carrying a message of safety

The Willamette Cascade Model Railroad Club hosted its 39th annual train show this past weekend at Valley River Center, setting up lifelike model trains to chug along railroad displays for people to enjoy. But along with the fun, the train show carried a serious message about railroad safety. “About every …

Science Factory now the Eugene Science Center

The Science Factory, a longtime Eugene institution, is now named the Eugene Science Center, and that is just one change among many at the children’s interactive museum and planetarium near Alton Baker Park. Its executive director, Tim Scott, said Wednesday that the popular place for school field trips, business meetings …

Historic Luper Cemetery again victimized by vandals

You can see where Mary S. Lyman was buried in 1870 at the young age of 26 — it’s written on her headstone at the Luper Pioneer Cemetery located off River Road in north Eugene. But her footstone, which sat at the gravesite for more than a century, went missing …

Long-ago debate on city auditor has returned to forefront

Does the city of Eugene need an auditor to provide deeper scrutiny of city operations? The question is all the buzz in Eugene civic circles. But it is hardly new: It was first raised — and squelched — more than 15 years ago. Now it has flared to life afresh, …

Crews fighting large structure fire on Royal Avenue

Police and fire officials are asking the public to avoid the area of Greenhill Road and Royal Avenue in west Eugene for a large structure fire at Armur Electrostatic Powder, a sandblasting business located at 6191 Royal Ave. Eugene-Springfield Fire spokeswoman Rachel Anderson said the fire is expected to burn …

Officials reduce size of Eagle Creek fire closure area

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mt. Hood National Forest officials say they have reduced the area closed by the Eagle Creek fire, allowing access to campgrounds, lakes and trails. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports as of Friday the public can now access more than 23 square miles previously closed because of the historic blaze, …

Man sues tavern near University of Oregon campus for $3.75 million

A popular watering hole near the University of Oregon is being sued for $3.75 million by a man who says a freak injury at the bar has left him unable to pursue “a host of attractive, lucrative careers” in music and medicine. Winston Martin asserts in a lawsuit filed in …

LaVoy Finicum’s family sues federal government

PORTLAND, Ore. — The family of a rancher fatally shot by Oregon State Police during the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge alleges in a federal lawsuit that he was “deliberately executed by a pre-planned government ambush.” The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland seeks at …

Oregon triples penalties for underage marijuana sales

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced Thursday that it was temporarily increasing penalties for pot shops that sell marijuana to minors. This comes on the heels of statewide compliance checks that found three Lane County stores in violation of OLCC rules. “The early results are unacceptable and we’ll keep holding …

Weyerhaeuser, others to pay $4 million to restore Everett habitat

SEATTLE — Three companies have agreed to pay almost $4 million to restore habitat damage caused by mill and manufacturing operations in Everett that date to the early 20th century. Weyerhaeuser Corp., Jeld-Wen Inc. and Kimberly Clark Corp. have operated pulp and paper mills, machine shops, casket builders and other …

Springfield School District saw big on-time graduation rate increases in 2017

Oregon’s graduation rate — despite being the third-worst in the country for the second year in a row — is improving. In 2017, Oregon saw its graduation rates increase by about 2 percentage points, to about 77 percent, up from 75 percent in 2016. Between the 2009-10 and 2016-17 school …

Apartment building on fire in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood

An apartment building at 771 West Seventh Avenue caught fire late Wednesday afternoon, with smoke visible from Delta Highway near Valley River Center. People were injured after reportedly jumping from the second story of the building to escape the blaze, according to radio traffic. The Highway 99 North exit from …

Indictment returned, not-guilty pleas entered in Springfield murder case

A Springfield man charged with fatally shooting a friend after allegedly taking psychedelic drugs has pleaded not guilty to seven felonies filed in the case. Jordan Wyatt Ledbetter, 23, entered the pleas Monday in Lane County Circuit Court, where he was arraigned on a seven-count indictment returned by a grand …

Lane County DA says fatal shooting by deputy was a lawful use of force

Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow has determined a deputy’s use of force in the fatal shooting of a Eugene man last week was lawful, announcing her decision in a press release Wednesday after an investigation by the Interagency Deadly Force Investigative Team. Lane County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Smith, a …

Man indicted on fraud charges by Eugene grand jury allegedly told victims he represented a secret group that had included John F. Kennedy, Queen Victoria, Golda Meir and Chiang Kai Shek

A man accused of defrauding investors, including Oregon residents, out of more than $900,000 told victims he represented a secret, ultra-rich group that had included world leaders John F. Kennedy, a pope and Queen Victoria. The man also told investors that he kept more than $800 billion in assets in …

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