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Local Fox tests positive for rabies (New) Fox tests positive for rabies (Photo Gallery)
A fox tested positive for rabies for the first time in decades in Lane County.

"The 1960s would be the last confirmed, documented case that is well known," said Jason Davis with Lane County Health.

In Oregon, bats are often associated with the rabies virus.

An infected fox is unusual, and the community should be aware of the possible danger, Davis said.

"Foxes have more access to humans," he said. "Whereas a bat is airborne and while they do rest and interact with humans in some way, a fox could potentially pose more of a risk being in the bushes."
Local Deadly silence: The real look and sound of a drowning (New) Deadly silence: The real look and sound of a drowning (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Since before there was color in cartoons, TV shows have known how to sell a drowning, with dramatic music and a lot of splashing and screaming for help.

But in reality, a drowning person quietly slips below the surface.

Andrea Robertson, the safety officer for the City of Lynnwood, and some of her Red Cross certified lifeguards helped illustrate a drowning.
Local Deputies evacuate hotel after guest claims to have explosives (New) Deputies evacuate hotel after guest claims to have explosives
Deputies evacuated a hotel after a guest barricaded himself in his room and claimed to have explosives Monday, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

William Cameron, 50, exited through the window of his room at the Super 8 after talking to deputies for about 10 minutes.

The sheriff said Cameron’s room was heavily damaged, including broken appliances, electrical fixtures and furniture.

Deputies determined that Cameron was under the influence of methamphetamine, and a small amount of meth was found in his room.

Busy weekend for firefighters in Douglas County

Busy weekend for firefighters in Douglas County
DFPA and the Riddle and Tri-City fire departments responded to a fire in a chip pile Saturday afternoon behind DR Johnson Lumber Company in Riddle. The fire was contained to the chip pile and some surrounding grass.

Firefighters had a busy weekend in Douglas County responding to human-caused fires - including some supsicious blazes now under investigation.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association said the 4 fires in the Happy Valley Road and Looking Glass Road area since July 24 are under investigation as suspicious.

Three of the fires happened Sunday. All were kept to a fraction of an acre.

Other weekend fires were the result of unattended campfires, or remain under investigation.

Lightning in forecast as crews gain upperhand on wildfires

Lightning in forecast as crews gain upperhand on wildfires
Fire crews set controlled blazes to burn up fuels between roads or established fire lines and the front of an advancing wildfire. The goal: gobble up the available fuel and starve the wildfire. Photo by Dan Thorpe

Fire crews continued to gain the upperhand on large wildfires burning in Oregon, but the threat of lightning remains in the forecast as intense summer heat returns to the Northwest.

U of O: Four Ethiopian athletes missing from IAAF World Juniors

U of O: Four Ethiopian athletes missing from IAAF World Juniors »Play Video
Athletes run the 10,000m Tuesday night at the Oregon 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.

Four Ethiopian athletes competing in the IAAF World Junior Championships went missing Saturday morning, U of O communications director Julie Brown said Sunday. "There is no reason to feel that they are in harm's way," Brown said.

Pampered pooches living it up

Pampered pooches living it up »Play Video
High-end, exclusive pet boading can be found almost anywhere. The American Pet Products Association estimates owners will spend 4.73 billion on boarding and grooming this year alone. So what makes posh pet hotels so special? Mary Mueller has an inside look.

Claw machine for beer

Claw machine for beer »Play Video
You know those claw grab games where you can win a stuffed animal? Well, now there's a similar game, but with a very different prize. Justin Pazera shows us the Brew Buck'it.