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Cottage Grove man still missing

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
Hank Vaughn Canaday, 37, was initially reported missing on Jan. 9.

Mr. Canaday is still missing, although we have information that as of approximately 10:00pm on Tuesday 01/10/16, he was on foot on Franklin Boulevard in Eugene, near PC Market of Choice. Eugene PD, Springfield PD, and Oregon State Police have been given this information.

According to

Libraries on the road to closure in Douglas County

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
Inclement weather did not stop the Douglas County Commissioners from holding a public hearing concerning the possible closure of the county's library system on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
For over an hour, the commissioners heard from the public and offered their own understanding of the impending funding crisis set to hit the library system this summer.
"Know this: We

Annual Bald Eagle Count to be held Saturday

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
The annual bald eagle count will be held Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The Coast Fork Birders will be meeting at 78405 Cedar Park Rd., Cottage Grove. The Alison Center leads the count and will visit Dorena Reservoir and Cottage Grove reservoir. The weather is forecasted at 45 degrees on Saturday, so dress warm and bring snacks.

Taylor pump project adds $127,000

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
Under the management of the newly sworn-in mayor Jeff Gowing, the Cottage Grove City Council approved a change order just over $27,000 for upgrades to the Cottage Grove Water Pump Station at its first meeting of the year.
The million-dollar project, also known as the Taylor Pump Station, hit a snag when Pacific Power altered the path of service

South Lane School District plans to choose a name by month's end

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
The school district is getting close to naming the new elementary school that is in the process of being built off of 10th St. The district has opened online voting polls for six different possibilities.
Communications Director Garrett Bridgens says that the website has over 2,000 votes, more than the city's 2016 election participation.
Unlike the elections, however, the

School board debates budget

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
South Lane School District's budget discussion was one of the more intensely debated topics during this first school board meeting of 2017. This year's budget has the potential to effect certain programs in certain school and even have days cut from the school year.
The winter weather hasn't helped the situation either.
For budgetary reasons, there was talk

Winter Weather Closures and Delays for Monday, January 9, 2017

Modified: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
UPDATED 8:37am
• South Lane Sch. Dist. - Closed. Many roadways are still too slick.
• Head Start of Lane Co. - Agency is closed. No Staff. Head Start estarα cerrado hoy. El personal
no se presentara a trabajar.
• Creswell Christian School and Child Care Center - 2 Hours Late
• Creswell Sch. Dist. - Closed

OSP Urging Safe Travels After Responding to Over 750 Traffic Incidents In 36 Hours

Posted: Sunday, Jan 8th, 2017
In the past 36 hours we have had responded to over 750 traffic incidents statewide. These include 91 road hazards, 266 disabled vehicles, and 394 reported crashes. Most were weather related. Fortunately no lives were lost but we are still urging motorists safe travels during this storm.
If traveling is not necessary, please don't. If it is necessary please

Winter Weather delays and closures for January 7, 2017

Modified: Saturday, Jan 7th, 2017
• ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - With the hazardous driving conditions, chains are now required on Interstate 5 through the Eugene metro area (mp 184-209) for all vehicles over 10K gross vehicle weight. Traction tires are allowed in place of chains on vehicles under 10K GVW and not towing. All towing vehicles must use chains. Freezing rain, sleet and

Agencies warn against winter storm set to hit this weekend

Posted: Saturday, Jan 7th, 2017
According to the National Weather Service, an ice storm is set to hit Lane County this weekend, effecting roadways and utilities. As a result, local agencies are gearing up and preparing for the worst, warning residents to stock up on supplies early.
EPUD Public Relations Coordinator Patty Jo Angelini said, "We would rather people be safe than sorry. That

Winter Storm Watch for Cascade Foothills in Lane County, Oregon

Modified: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
WINTER STORM WATCH From 6:00am PST, Sat Jan 7 until 6:00am PST, Sun Jan 8
Winter storm watch in effect from Saturday morning through late Saturday night for the central coast range of Oregon... Lane county cascade foothills... And the south Willamette valley including the Eugene metro area... The national weather service in Portland has issued a winter storm watch

Truck and train collide south of Creswell

Posted: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
A woman was struck by a train in Creswell on Thursday and, according to South Lane Fire and Rescue, will live to tell the tale.
The unidentified woman was driving a pickup truck on Highway 99 and Davisson Rd. when a train struck her vehicle.
"Fortunately the train was going pretty slow when it happened," said South Lane Fire

Winter Weather Delays & Closures

Modified: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
Municipal Court - January 5, 2017 - Cancelled

• Lane Co. Circuit Court - Closed
• U.S. District Court - Eugene - Opening at noon

Lane Transit District

Winter weather causes havoc

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2017
Snow fell on the southern Willamette Valley early Wednesday morning and by mid-afternoon, South Lane Fire had answered calls for six car crashes between Drain and Creswell.
"Once I saw the storm had settled into Cottage Grove and wasn't going to lift, I brought in extra staffing," said South Lane Fire Chief John Wooten.
Emergency personnel expected heavy

A Year in Review: 2016

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2017
Voters' first contact with the decision to build a new elementary school came on the May 17 primary election ballots. The question was put forth on whether or not to approve Bond Measure 20-249, which would replace Harrison Elementary School, fund deferred maintenance and upgrade security and technology around the district.
Initial estimates placed construction of

Drain Mayor Resigns

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2017
Drain Mayor Suzanne Anderson is leaving her post after being re-elected in November.
Her resignation was effective December 31.
"For health reasons, she resigned," Drain City Manager, Carl Patenod confirmed.
The city rang in the New Year without a mayor but Drain City charter allows the city council to fill the position.
According to Patenod, that process will

Q&A with the new City Mayor

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2017
Why make the jump from councilman to mayor?
My term was up and I got on city council to learn and my goal was, ultimately, to be mayor. When Monroe ran last time I didn't feel I was ready at that point so I just sat in my position and learned more. When he decided not to run again it

Special Weather Statement for Cascade Foothills in Lane County, Oregon

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2017
Snow possible late tonight and Wednesday in the south Willamette valley and on the central Oregon coast... A low pressure system moving across northern California will bring the threat of snow to the south Willamette valley and the central Oregon coastal regions late tonight and Wednesday. While snow at low elevations is expected to be generally light... Accumulations of up

Douglas libraries may close

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 3rd, 2017
A fight over access to public libraries is brewing in Douglas County after voters denied a ballot measure that would form a tax district to continue offering library services. As a result, several area libraries may cease operation.
"Right now there is no plan," Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice said.
"The measure was voted down by a vote of

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