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Traffic allowed on Hwy 26 after week-long closure due to wildfire

Traffic allowed on Hwy 26 after week-long closure due to wildfire
Traffic started moving on Hwy 26 east of Prineville on Tuesday, July 22, after a week-long closure due to fire.

An 18-mile stretch of highway closed by a wildfire July 15 opened to one-way traffic with a pilot car July 22.

World Championships in Eugene: 'No other city has this kind of cachet'

World Championships in Eugene: 'No other city has this kind of cachet' »Play Video
Flags of participating nations fly at Hayward Field in Eugene

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.

Workers displaced by mill fire meet with company

Workers displaced by mill fire meet with company »Play Video
People gathered Friday in the parking lot of the Swanson Group's Springfield Plywood and Veneer plant, where the fire continued to burn.

The 250 employees who saw their jobs go up in smoke along with the Springfield Plywood and Veneer plant last week met Monday with the owner of the mill.

Millworkers received one of their last paychecks at the meeting at Springfield High School.

A representative of Swanson Group said it would take at least 2 years to rebuild the plant.

Photos: Oregon wildfires as seen from space

Photos: Oregon wildfires as seen from space
In mid-July 2014, a combination of lightning, parched forests and hot temperatures fueled dozens of wildfires in Canada and the northwestern United States. According to the Canadian government, 102 uncontrolled fires were burning in British Columbia on July 17, and there were 13 more in Alberta. Across the border, 33 uncontrolled fires were active in Washington and Oregon. (NASA image)

NASA satellite images from the 2014 fire season and past major wildfires

Gallery: Flags of Oregon 14

Gallery: Flags of Oregon 14
The 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships come to historic Hayward Field July 22 through July 27.

Athletes from around the globe meet at the IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field this week, the event's first appearance on U.S. soil.

This gallery includes the flags of the nations participating in Oregon 14

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Photos: Pemberton Music Fest brings big names to Northwest

Photos: Pemberton Music Fest brings big names to Northwest
About a four hour drive from Seattle, Pemberton Music Festival is nestled under tree covered mountains in Pemberton, British Columbia. After an eight year hiatus, the biggest names in music and tens of thousands of fans came out for the three day festival with acts such as Outkast, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Snoop Dog and more. July 18-20th 2014. (Joshua Lewis / KOMO News)

About a four hour drive from Seattle, Pemberton Music Festival is nestled under tree-covered mountains in Pemberton, British Columbia. After an eight year hiatus, the biggest names in music and tens of thousands of fans came out for the three day festival with acts such as Outkast, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Snoop Dog and more. 

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.