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Map outlines western Oregon landslide risks from a subduction zone earthquake

Map outlines western Oregon landslide risks from a subduction zone earthquake
Maps such as this now provide more information about landslide risks in the Oregon Coast Range following a subduction zone earthquake. (Image courtesy of Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries)

New landslide maps have been developed that will help the Oregon Department of Transportation determine which coastal roads and bridges in Oregon are most likely to be usable following a major subduction zone earthquake that is expected in the future of the Pacific Northwest.

The maps were created by Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, or DOGAMI, as part of a research project for ODOT. They outline the landslide risks following a large earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Civic Saved: City says Alliance raised $4 million to purchase stadium

Civic Saved: City says Alliance raised $4 million to purchase stadium
An artist's rendition of Eugene Civic Stadium restored for use as a soccer field and grandstands.

First-grader Leo Rickard raised $84 by asking friends and family to chip in to save Civic Stadium in lieu of birthday gifts.

Leo's donation - and $4 million-worth of others like it - have put the Eugene Civic Alliance in a position to complete the purchase of Civic Stadium from the Eugene 4J School District, the City of Eugene announced Friday.

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State AG temporarily suspends investigation into Kitzhaber, Hayes

State AG temporarily suspends investigation into Kitzhaber, Hayes
FILE -- Former Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said federal investigators have asked her to suspend her investigation into former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, while they conduct their own.

Forgotten Souls: Ashes of thousands remain at Oregon State Hospital

Forgotten Souls: Ashes of thousands remain at Oregon State Hospital »Play Video
The deteriorating copper canisters that once held the cremains now sit empty, the ashes transferred to ceramic tubes embedded along a memorial wall.

Brad Black and his wife were tracing their family tree through an online ancestry site when they learned his great grandfather had been committed to the Oregon State Hospital in 1930.

"We didn't know how he got there, how long he has been there," he said. "One thing led to another, we went on the website and took a look and there was Great Grandpa Elwood - he was there, you know, number 3009."

Black's family is not alone: The ashes of more than 3,400 people are still at the hospital.

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How do predators and prey live in harmony at Oregon Coast Aquarium?

How do predators and prey live in harmony at Oregon Coast Aquarium? »Play Video

After Keiko the killer whale left the Oregon Coast Aquarium in 1998, the aquarium split the tank into three parts and created the Passages of the Deep with sharks and bat rays to attract guests.

Some of the residents of the tank know each other in the open ocean.

For example, the Broadnose sevengill shark is a natural predator of the bat ray.
 

Police rescue lost dog

Police rescue lost dog

Officers who responded to a road rage situation Friday morning wound up rescuing a lost dog.

Suicide pact: 'About 20 first names, but again all in the same handwriting'

Suicide pact: 'About 20 first names, but again all in the same handwriting'
A copy of the letter sent home with students Thursday

A suicide pact circulated by a middle school student was inspired by a movie with a plot line similar to the 1978 Jonestown massacres, the school district said Friday.

Criminal charges are not expected to be filed.