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Oregon 14 World Championships in Eugene: 'No other city has this kind of cachet'(New) World Championships in Eugene: 'No other city has this kind of cachet'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
The track world - literally - has arrived in TrackTown USA with this week's IAAF World Junior Championships, dubbed Oregon 14.

"We may not be a large city Barcelona or New York City for that matter, but what we are is a city that believes in the sport and has for many, many years," said Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA.

That belief started a bid three years ago to bring the World Juniors to Eugene.

Eugene becomes the first city to host the event in the U.S.

Willamalane hosts Oregon 14 Welcome Party

Willamalane hosts Oregon 14 Welcome Party »Play Video
Oregon 14, the first time the juniors worlds have been held in the United States

Willamalane Park and Recreation District is set to welcome more than 1,750 youth athletes from around the world at the Oregon14 Welcome Party on Monday, July 21, at Island Park in Springfield.


The free public event, set from 7 to 9 p.m., is a kickoff party for the IAAF World Junior Championships Oregon at Hayward Field.

1,600 athletes. 175 countries. 1 Track Town

1,600 athletes. 175 countries. 1 Track Town »Play Video
The Oregon 14 athletes medal

Final preparations are underway for the first day of competition and opening ceremonies of the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships at historic Hayward Field.

This is the first time the championships have been held in the U.S.

All 1,600 athletes and 175 countries have arrived and are now on campus.

Remembering former Gov. Victor Atiyeh: 'A great Oregonian, an historic governor'

Remembering former Gov. Victor Atiyeh: 'A great Oregonian, an historic governor' »Play Video
File photo of former Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh from a 2010 interview in Eugene.

Oregon's 32nd Governor Victor Atiyeh passed away at age 91.

Gov. Vic Atiyeh was the last Republican to serve as governor of Oregon, from 1979 to 1987.

Kitzhaber released this statement about Atiyeh's death Sunday evening - "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Governor Vic Atiyeh — a great Oregonian, an historic governor, and a remarkable human being."

Northwest wildfires take 'shine' out of Midwestern sunshine

Northwest wildfires take 'shine' out of Midwestern sunshine
Photo: Jonathan Yuhas, KSTP-TV.

The wildfires raging across Washington, Oregon and Idaho are not only bringing a dense, smoky haze to much of the area just to the east of the Cascades, but its effects are being felt over 1,000 miles away across the Upper Midwest.

Welcoming home the 971st Army Reserve: 'This is my 5th trip home and I've never had anything like this'

Welcoming home the 971st Army Reserve: 'This is my 5th trip home and I've never had anything like this' »Play Video

Crowds welcomed home the Army Reserve's 971st Movement Control Team Sunday with a ceremony at Elijah Bristow Park near Pleasant Hill.

The group of 20 uniformed service men and women spent the last year in Afghanistan. The special ceremony not only honored their service, but  also celebrated the passing of the torch.

The 971st’s Captain Matt Mitchell stepped down, issuing the new command to Captain Tom Dargan.

“We went out there with a lot of brave soldiers who didn't come back. Fortunately our group from Eugene all came back alive. Can't say that for everyone,” said former Captain Matt Mitchell.

 

Duck My Ride prize goes to UO master's grad volunteering for her home country: 'She's an inspiration'

Duck My Ride prize goes to UO master's grad volunteering for her home country: 'She's an inspiration' »Play Video

Assa Traore’s story of dedication, perseverance, and love made her a clear candidate for the 4th annual Duck My Ride event, where a local auto body shop gives away a restored ride to a deserving family.

Traore moved to the U.S. from Bali, Africa to find a better life for herself and her four children.

“I received so much support when I came to the U.S.,” said Traore, wiping away tears. “Oregonians have helped me so much."

2nd annual Eugene Running Of The Bulls

2nd annual Eugene Running Of The Bulls »Play Video

The second annual Eugene Running Of The Bulls took place in Alton Baker Park this morning. With their skates laced and horns strapped to their helmets, the Emerald City Roller Girls were ready to chase runners through the 4-mile course.

Fees from the fun run help the Emerald City Roller Girls pay for track time, travel expenses, and uniforms.

99-year-old golfer still hitting the links

99-year-old golfer still hitting the links »Play Video
An elderly Missouri man is living out his golden years on the links. The 99-year-old is rarely seen without a golf club. And, as Frank Cusumano shows us, it could be what keeps him going.