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Local Warming centers to open as temperatures fall below freezing. Warming centers to open as temperatures fall below freezing.
The Egan Warming Centers plan to open Saturday, November 29, as temperatures are forecast to fall below freezing overnight.

Lane Transit District offers free rides to Warming Centers for people seeking shelter from the cold.

In Cottage Grove, the Beds for Freezing Nights coalition announced plans to be open Saturday and Sunday night.
Local Police: Woman's Black Friday haul a real steal Police: Woman's Black Friday haul a real steal
A woman loaded a shopping cart with $1,500 worth of electronics and clothes and walked out of a store amidst a crowd of Black Friday shoppers Friday morning, the Corvallis Police Department said.

Woman dies in Scappoose industrial explosion

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The Columbia County Sheriff's Office released this photograph, showing where the explosion happened.

A woman died in an explosion Thursday afternoon inside a building at Scappoose Sand and Gravel, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office said.

'Fireplaces don't draft like a wood stove, so you need dry wood'

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Conscientious Oregonians have been storing up firewood for the inevitable cool days of winter and the experienced wood-gatherers know that dry, seasoned firewood burns most efficiently, provides the most heat and smokes the least.

In fact, unseasoned wood is not suitable for open fireplaces, according to Steve Bowers, a forester with Oregon State University Extension Service.

How not to fry a turkey this Thanksgiving

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Portland Fire and Rescue Lt. Damon Simmons explains why you never put water on an oil or grease fire.

Fried turkey is a delicious way to prepare the bird for Thanksgiving, but it can also pose some serious fire risks if it is done incorrectly.

Shoppers line up early for 'Grey Thursday'

Usually it's the day after Thanksgiving that people associate with shopping, but some are calling the day “grey Thursday,” with stores offering deals a day early.

Humane Society: Keep an eye on pets during holiday

As guests swing by to drop off gifts or holiday tidings, it can create a lot of chaos for pets who aren't used to constant interruptions. In response, some animals try to bolt, and a constant stream of visitors can provide the perfect opportunity for animals to take off.

Oregon State studies lionfish: 'Why some species get eaten and others don’t'

Oregon State studies lionfish: 'Why some species get eaten and others don’t'
Kurt Ingeman, a researcher from Oregon State University, surveys reefs in the Bahamas to study the predatory nature of lionfish. (Image courtesy of Oregon State University)

If you live in lionfish territory in the Atlantic Ocean, the last thing you want to be is a small fish with a long, skinny body, resting by yourself at night, near the bottom of the seafloor.

If so, your chances of being gobbled up by a lionfish increase by about 200 times.