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Local Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield (Photo Gallery)
A semi-trailer loaded with a nearly 70-ton turbine rolled while taking the Highway 126 exit to 42nd Street in Springfield Wednesday morning, blocking the exit to westbound drivers for most of the day.

Crews will need a specialized crane to move the 50 foot long turbine before righting the trailer - a process which could take most of the day, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

ODOT also closed 42nd Street near the Highway 126 overpass as a precaution, should the turbine break loose and roll downhill.
Local Lawsuit alleges church allowed convicted child molester to work with kids in Lane Co. Lawsuit alleges church allowed convicted child molester to work with kids in Lane Co.
A lawsuit filed against the 7th Day Adventist Church alleges church officials knowingly let a convicted child molester work with Lane County children in the 1970's.

The lawsuit alleges the church let Les Bovee lead in both the Junction City and Veneta branches’ youth program “Pathfinder Club”, even though the man was convicted and sentenced for sexually abusing young boys a few years earlier.

The 7th Day Adventist church has not yet responded to phone calls for comment on the lawsuit.
Local Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons' Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons' (Photo Gallery)
The unveiling of the Simpsons mural in at 5th and Main in downtown Springfield came with cheers and a much-needed confirmation for residents.

“You win, yes. Springfield is home of the Simpsons,” said Yeardly Smith, the voice behind Lisa Simpson.

Just like the introduction to one of America’s favorite cartoons, the unveiling was paired with a performance by the Springfield band, school buses, and even some of the beloved characters from the show.

OSU researchers first to track Antarctic minke whales

OSU researchers first to track Antarctic minke whales
Antarctic minke whales. Photo by Ari Friedlaender, Associate Professor, Fisheries & Wildlife, Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center

Scientists for the first time have used tags to track the behavior of Antarctic minke whales and discovered that this smallest of the lunge-feeding whales utilizes the sea ice more than expected and feeds in ways unique from other species.

Deception Complex pushes air quality to red in Oakridge

Deception Complex pushes air quality to red in Oakridge
View of smoke from the Deception Complex as seen from a nearby helibase - Willamette National Forest photo

Smoke from the Deception Complex fire near Oakridge has pushed air quality warnings to moderate in the surrounding cities like Cottage Grove, Creswell, Eugene and Springfield. The "yellow" moderate level is still considered safe by the Lane County Air Protection Agency.

Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield

Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield

A semi-trailer loaded with a nearly 70-ton turbine rolled while taking the Highway 126 exit to 42nd Street in Springfield Wednesday morning, blocking the exit to westbound drivers for most of the day.

Crews will need a specialized crane to move the 50 foot long turbine before righting the trailer - a process which could take most of the day, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

ODOT also closed 42nd Street near the Highway 126 overpass as a precaution, should the turbine break loose and roll downhill.

Lawsuit alleges church allowed convicted child molester to work with kids in Lane Co.

Lawsuit alleges church allowed convicted child molester to work with kids in Lane Co.

 A lawsuit filed against the 7th Day Adventist Church alleges church officials knowingly let a convicted child molester work with Lane County children in the 1970's.

The lawsuit alleges the church let Les Bovee lead in both the Junction City and Veneta branches’ youth program “Pathfinder Club”, even though the man was convicted and sentenced for sexually abusing young boys a few years earlier.

The 7th Day Adventist church has not yet responded to phone calls for comment on the lawsuit.

Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons'

Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons'

The unveiling of the Simpsons mural in at 5th and Main in downtown Springfield came with cheers and a much-needed confirmation for residents.

“You win, yes. Springfield is home of the Simpsons,” said Yeardly Smith, the voice behind Lisa Simpson.

Just like the introduction to one of America’s favorite cartoons, the unveiling was paired with a performance by the Springfield band, school buses, and even some of the beloved characters from the show.

Royal Caribbean to hire 200 employees for entry level jobs

Royal Caribbean to hire 200 employees for entry level jobs

The Royal Caribbean hub in Springfield is hiring a wave of new employees for their busiest time of year.


Oregon's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country, and the mass hire could alleviate some of the job hunting stress for Lane County residents.


The cruise company looking to hire just over 200 employees for entry level jobs in their customer service and sales departments.

Eugene alternative school burglarized a week before classes start up

Eugene alternative school burglarized a week before classes start up

The Eugene Sudbury School, a K-12 alternative school, reported that someone had stolen nearly $5,000 worth of art supplies, computer equipment, and other educational equipment from their location in west Eugene.

School director Demian Schwartz noticed the school had been burglarized Sunday morning when she arrived to set up an open house before school starts up next week.

Nobody hurt when Amtrak train collides with truck in Salem

Nobody hurt when Amtrak train collides with truck in Salem

A Marion County sheriff's officer says a 64-year-old truck driver escaped unhurt when the cattle feed truck he was driving was hit by a northbound Amtrak train Monday afternoon at a rail crossing south of Salem.