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Local 9-1-1 caller reports cougar and cub at Maurie Jacobs Park 9-1-1 caller reports cougar and cub at Maurie Jacobs Park
A caller reported seeing a mountain lion and its cub playing near the entrance to Maurie Jacobs Park to 9-1-1 dispatch workers this morning, Eugene Police said.

Officers responded to the park, however they couldn't find any evidence the cat had been there.

LaneCo residents increase e-waste recycling 27%

LaneCo residents increase e-waste recycling 27% »Play Video
E-waste

Lane County is one of the top leaders when it comes to recycling electronics.    

Oregon residents recycled slightly more electronics in 2013, according to the department of environmental quality.

Lane County saw a 27 percent increase in the last year.

Proposed Starbucks drive-thru doesn't worry local coffee stands

Proposed Starbucks drive-thru doesn't worry local coffee stands »Play Video
Espresso shot in progress

The City of Eugene confirmed that Starbucks has proposed locating a drive-thru coffee shop near the corner of Coburg Road and Chad Drive.
 
Local drive-thru coffee stands said doing business this way instead of having a store front equates to convenience for the customer.

'We're just kind of expanding the opportunities for play out there'

'We're just kind of expanding the opportunities for play out there'
The upgrades are part of a 2012 $3.6 million bond measure approved by voters.

Construction is about to start at Willamalane Sports and Recreation Center.

The upgrades are part of a 2012 $3.6 million bond measure approved by voters.

Prep Athlete of the Week: Tad Doty

Prep Athlete of the Week: Tad Doty »Play Video
Tad Doty

Clutch, versatile and reliable: those are just few words Junction City baseball coach Tony Stavros uses to describe Tad Doty

So where does the leadership quality come from? Doty said it all started his freshman year, when he was the lone underclassmen surrounded by older players on the varsity team.

Watch KMTR NewsSource 16 Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for Prep Athlete of the Week.

'If it can make a magnitude 2.3, it can probably make a much larger earthquake'

'If it can make a magnitude 2.3, it can probably make a much larger earthquake' »Play Video
Scientists believe Mount Hood's magma chamber can go from "cold storage" to mobile in a matter of months.

A swarm of small earthquakes on Mount Hood has captured the attention of state geologists and rattled the nerves of some nearby residents.

The quakes started Sunday evening and have been rumbling directly beneath the town of Government Camp.

Photos: Aftermath of March 27, 1964, Good Friday quake in Alaska

Photos: Aftermath of March 27, 1964, Good Friday quake in Alaska
Wreckage of Government Hill School in Anchorage. The south wing of the building, shown here, collapsed into a graben at the head of the landslide. Slip of the graben block is shown by displacement of the roofline.

The earth shook for 4 1/2 minutes on March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m. as the largest earthquake in U.S. history tossed and bent Alaska. The 9.2 magnitude earthquake killed 15 people. Another 113 died in tsunamis, including 4 in Oregon. The damage was costly: $113 million in 1964 dollars, more than $2.3 billion by today's standards.

State police: Alcohol may be involved in crash that killed dispatcher

http://media.kmtr.com/images/032714.fatal.i5_mp24.jpgMEDFORD, Ore. -- A 58-year-old dispatcher on her way home from work was killed in an accident caused by a wrong way driver on I-5 early Thursday morning, according to state police.

Authorities say alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

At about 3:17 a.m. on Thursday, State police, Jackson County Sheriff's deputies and EMS crews were called to the scene in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 24.

Authorities say a silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Richard Webster Scott, 32, of Grants Pass, was driving northbound in the right hand southbound lane of I-5, when it ran head-on with a southbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by Karen Lee Greenstein, 58, of Ashland.

State police say Scott was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries.

Greenstein was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police: Criminal investigation opened into man's death

Police: Criminal investigation opened into man's death
Police said they have opened a criminal investigation into the death of Russ Penn, found Monday at his home in West Eugene. Penn, shown in this screengrab from his Facebook page, was 61. The identities of people who commented have been obscured in this photo.

The death of a man found at his home Monday is being investigated as a crime, police said Thursday.

Eugene Police identified the deceased as Russell Lee Penn, 61. Officers found Penn dead at his Archie Street home in West Eugene on Monday.

Police said they withheld Penn's name while notifying his family. Other details and investigation about the case are not yet available, police said.

Anyone with information relevant to this case is asked to contact Detective Jennifer Curry at (541) 682-5166, or Detective Mel Thompson at (541) 682-5187.

Lost & Found: 'I couldn't have gone another day'

Lost & Found: 'I couldn't have gone another day' »Play Video
Eugene Lanz

Eugene Lanz went to take a few photographs on Sunday when something went wrong.

"I got my car stuck in the snow," the 73-year-old said.

Lanz called 911 on Monday to say he was on a lonely, remote road and needed help.

But before he could say where he was, his phone cut out.

He was stuck and alone.

"All I had in the line of food was four mints," he said.

Oregon won first-ever NCAA national title 75 years ago today

Oregon won first-ever NCAA national title 75 years ago today
People packed the streets of Eugene in March 1939 to welcome home the Tall Firs, the first-ever NCAA national basketball champions

They're all gone now, those Tall Firs.

But 75 years ago March 27, the University of Oregon basketball team made history.

The team from Eugene beat Ohio State 46-33 in the first ever NCAA championship game in 1939.

John Dick, one of three starters over 6-foot-4 and the team's lead scorer in the championship, shared his story in January 2011. He died the following September at the age of 92.

"People on both sides of the street, the whole way," Dick said of the response back home. "I couldn't believe it. I don't know where they all came from."