KMTR

Headlines

Nation faces shortage of resources to battle wildfires

Nation faces shortage of resources to battle wildfires
Still image from video shot August 12 by an air tanker working the Windy Ridge and Cornet fires in eastern Oregon. Via BLM

Dozens of large fires are burning in the Northwest, many of them out of control.

Residents have been evacuated. Homes have been destroyed.

And it's only August 17: the fire danger is forecast to be above normal through September.

The national group that coordinates the nation's wildland firefighting resources on Friday raised the National Fire Preparedness Level to 5, its highest level, for the first time in 2 years and only the 5th time in a decade.

Sheriff seeks driver with kids in car who fled deputies

Sheriff seeks driver with kids in car who fled deputies
The sheriff's office is trying to locate Justin Mark Pederson, 35, and Koda Marie Ellis, both of Veneta.

A driver of a car with two young children inside repeatedly sped away from deputies on Friday, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

The driver, his passenger and the two children have not been located.

Guitar stolen from Rascal Flatts recovered in Eugene

Guitar stolen from Rascal Flatts recovered in Eugene
Stolen backstage from the band Rascal Flatts on Friday, detectives on Sunday recovered the guitar in Eugene, the sheriff said.

Detectives recovered a $2,000 custom guitar stolen from the band Rascal Flatts backstage at the Willamette Country Music Festival, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said.

Bomb squad responds to Eugene apartments

The bomb squad responded to a Eugene apartment complex after management located a suspicious device in a recently vacated apartment.

Watch: Dog gets incredible encounter with orca off San Juans

Watch: Dog gets incredible encounter with orca off San Juans »Play Video
Photo courtesy: James Gresham

Boaters and their dog Sailor enjoyed an incredible encounter this month with endangered whales off of San Juan Island.

Discovery of salamander in amber sheds light on evolution

Discovery of salamander in amber sheds light on evolution
This is the only salamander fossil ever discovered that was preserved in amber, and it was found in an unlikely place - the Dominican Republic, where no salamanders survive today. Note the leg and foot, in lower center of image, that lacks normal toes. (Photo by George Poinar, Jr., courtesy of Oregon State University)

Findings about its brief life and traumatic end – it was just a baby – have been published in the journal Palaeodiversity, by researchers from Oregon State University and the University of California at Berkeley.

FBI, police seek endangered newborn and missing parents

FBI, police seek endangered newborn and missing parents
Levi Jerome Taylor (left) and Myra Maria Aguilar
The FBI and local police are searching for a Puyallup woman and her newborn baby after the woman gave birth at home over the weekend and hasn't sought any medical attention for her child.