"He had a lot of joy. He had a lot of love," said Laurie. "I want to make sure that there's some kind of joy or some kind of light that comes out of all this darkness."
Debra Schwarz has been stuck living out of a tent since last week’s snow storm.
The Texan returns to her home state of Oregon periodically to sell blankets.
Normally, she is able to stay with relatives outside of Eugene.
However, last Thursday, her truck broke down along West 11th Avenue.
While many schools on Wednesday declared late starts or even closures for Thursday, the three largest local school districts - Eugene, Springfield and Bethel - said they would evaluate the situation on Thursday morning before making any decisions.
With snow melting and refreezing overnight and freezing rain possibly in Thursday's forecast, Eugene Police said they would like to remind drivers to be very careful on the roadways.
When Betty Else heard her heating system making strange noises, she knew she had to act fast. While she only had to wait a few days for repairs, many Lane County residents are being forced to wait much longer.
Repair experts say the majority of furnace issues they’ve seen have to do with frozen drain lines or backup heating systems failing.
A man fractured his lower leg in a logging accident Wednesday evening in a remote area off of Quartz Creek Road.
Freezing fog in the Willamette Valley and snow that has stubbornly stuck amidst sub-freezing temperatures claimed another school day Wednesday, the fourth day off for some districts since snow fell last Friday.
Warren Colvin hasn't had water for more than a day.
His pipes froze - and then burst.
Luckily, he did have water during the height of the snowstorm.
He noticed the problem while getting the newspaper.
"I heard a noise coming out of the well house that was not right," he said. "I walked over, opened the door and water was spraying everywhere."
Colvin is not alone.
Petersen's Plumbing is getting around 300 calls per day.
Our December cold snap is leaving many Oregonians shivering. Fortunately, you don't have to venture far to find a mug or a mitten. Plenty of places in Eugene will help you keep warm even on a bone-chilling day.
While his neighbors are hanging up Christmas lights, Tim Thoren is decorating his house with heat lamps.
"That's how we're getting into the holiday spirit here at the Thoren-Rice household," he said.
Most hummingbirds migrate for the winter, but the Anna's hummingbird sticks around town, visitng backyards and hummingbird feeders.
"They are like my children at this point," Thoren said.
But the bitter cold now has the birds fighting for their lives as prolonged freezing weather turns the nectar in feeders into ice.
"They try to eat off this and they can't, so they either go somewhere else or starve," he said.