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Entertainment Lane County Fair opens Wednesday Lane County Fair opens Wednesday(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Rain or shine, the annual Lane County Fair kicks off Wednesday.

Crews were working to put the finishing touches on the midway before visitors arrive.

"There's always a lot of last-minute stuff that just can't get done until Tuesday," said Rachel Bivens with the fair, "but we're all used to it, and we all love it, and we thrive on it."
Local 'Keyboard Kitten' reboots for Oregon adventure(Updated) 'Keyboard Kitten' reboots for Oregon adventure(Photo Gallery)(Video)
The "Keyboard Kitten" came to life for author Bob Welch early one morning last year with unexpected help of his own cat.

"One morning he literally walked across the keyboard, and he started typing letters and numbers and asterisks and such," Welch recalled, "and I said to myself: children's book."

Welch teamed up with his good friend and illustrator Tom Penix, and Comma the kitten's adventures in Oregon began.

One book just wasn't enough.

Comma is back in the sequel, "The Keyboard Kitten Gets Oregonized".

'CASA does valuable work supporting kids in need'

'CASA does valuable work supporting kids in need' »Play Video
Full City Coffee Roasters donated 100 percent of its sales Monday to the non-profit group CASA.

Lane County has over 1,000 children in foster care.

About a third of those kids require a court appointed special advocate, or CASA. 

And recruiting and training those volunteers takes money.

High-speed chase races Eugene to Cottage Grove to Creswell

High-speed chase races Eugene to Cottage Grove to Creswell
James Carl Voshell

A driver in a stolen car sped away from police in at least 5 Oregon cities before running over a spike strip and continuing on 3 wheels at 90 mph.

A police officer used his patrol car to ram the man's vehicle and bring it to a halt.

Then the suspect took off on foot.

He made it a half a block.

Photos: Facebook fans have Oregon covered

Photos: Facebook fans have Oregon covered
Cameron Ollivant photo of sunset from Ferry Street Bridge

We asked our KMTR Facebook fans for some cover photos representing western Oregon. Take a look - we'll add more later as time allows.

Coast Guard rescues hiker trapped by tide atop cliffs at state park

Coast Guard rescues hiker trapped by tide atop cliffs at state park »Play Video
The hiker exits the rescue basket and takes a seat inside the Coast Guard helicopter

A helicopter rescued a hiker trapped by the incoming tide at an Oregon state park on Sunday.

Summer sun brings risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke

Summer sun brings risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke »Play Video

Extreme heat is the most common cause of weather-related deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, killing more people on average each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.

Man uses AK-47 stock to deflect blows from machete

Man uses AK-47 stock to deflect blows from machete
Lincoln County Jail booking info for Juan Bruno-Antonio

Investigators said Juan Bruno-Antonio, 29, was intoxicated when he quarreled with Juan Lopez-Sanchez, 28, at the Nye Street home where they live.

The two separated, but Bruno-Antonio returned with a machete, police said.

Lopez-Sanchez defended himself with the stock of his AK-47, deflecting multiple blows from a machete.