The hotel in Springfield is now operating under the general name Eugene-Springfield Hotel for the time being, and is still honoring all reservations, the manager said.
She also added the owners are hoping to meet with Red Lion officials about possibly opening a franchise at the property, but they are also reaching out to all hotel franchises at the time.
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As the push for a minimum wage hike makes its way to the senate floor, some local business owners are worried about what it could mean for their own employees.
“If it’s not set up correctly or indexed to something that makes sense then it artificially drives up the cost for everyone else,” said business owner Dan Egan.
The bill hasn’t hit the Senate floor yet, however some Democrats in congress say it could be in the $9-$10 range. There hasn’t been a national increase to minimum wage since 2009, when it jumped to $7.25 an hour.
In the course of 30 years, the number of on-duty firefighters and paramedics hasn’t changed much for the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department. They operate with about the same staff as they did in 1985, said Lane Professionals Firefighters Association president Mike Barnebey.
The same can’t be said for their response calls, which have risen around 700 percent since the 80’s.
As the debate over medical marijuana heats up across the state, Oregon parents Jimmy and Maria Ferris say it has dramatically improved the life of their 18-year-old son Kyle.
Kyle has severe autism. His father, Jimmy, said Kyle was unresponsive to most medications, suffering from multiple seizures a day with very little change in his behavior.
Both parents agree, medicinal marijuana use made for a very positive change in Kyle's life.
"The last time that he saw the doctor he actually turned to the doctor and waved and said goodbye," said Maria. "He was amazed at that, (Kyle) had never done anything like it."
A Toledo woman faces multiple charges after she crashed into a telephone pole before driving into a creek Friday morning, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.
Police arrested Gerald Roy Strebendt Thursday night for the murder of 53 year-old David Crofut on January 29.
Strebendt claimed self-defense in the shooting death of David Paul Crofut, 53, after a minor traffic accident at South 57th and Bob Straub Parkway in Springfield on Wednesday, January 29.
Springfield Police Sgt. David Lewis said Strebendt’s arrest stemmed from discrepancies between his account to 911 dispatchers and multiple witness testimonies.
"It just doesn't add up, that someone should have been shot in the incidence,” said Sgt. Lewis. "When we were notified about the indictment and the warrant, we actually when out looking for him.”
Police took a woman in for a mental health examination early Saturday morning after they say she led state troopers on a low-speed chase through Springfield. The woman eventually stopped her car after police punctured all four of her tires with spike strips, officials said.
Johan Gillette took the stand Friday, describing his relationship with his father.
Gillette is on trial, accused of murdering his father James and his father's partner Anne McLucas.
Johan testified that he went to his father's home to get water on the morning of September 7, 2012.
He believed his father to be gone, and McLucas to be visiting family in Boston.
However, after being beckoned into his dad's bedroom by James Gillette, a heated discussion took place.
Johan claimed James threatened to kick him and Asia Seaton off the property.
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Time is running out to apply for private health insurance through Cover Oregon, the state's health insurance exchange. Individuals have one week left to sign up if they want coverage by Apr. 1. and the final deadline is March 31.
Local dance crews are putting a hip-hop spin on popular fairy tales at the Hult Center Saturday night. The show is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ZAPP Academy of Dance.