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Local 'Fireplaces don't draft like a wood stove, so you need dry wood' 'Fireplaces don't draft like a wood stove, so you need dry wood'
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.
Local 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' (Photo Gallery)
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.

Vancouver PD: Officers shoot, kill armed arson suspect

Vancouver PD: Officers shoot, kill armed arson suspect »Play Video

Officers shot and killed an armed man outside a burning Vancouver apartment complex late last night after getting reports that he started the fire while in a fight with a woman. 

Some retailers refuse to open on Thanksgiving day

Some retailers refuse to open on Thanksgiving day »Play Video
Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson owns 10 locations of The Mac Store in the Pacific Northwest.

Some of his stores are in malls that will be open on Thanksgiving day.

His stores won't be open, however.

"Enough is enough," he said. "We're completely gobbling up Thanksgiving in the name of additional commerce. We're not going to participate."

Local reaction to Ferguson: More discussion, less violence

Local reaction to Ferguson: More discussion, less violence »Play Video
Alexis Lawrence

Alexis Lawrence anxiously waited for the announcement Monday evening.

"I was at home with the rest of my roommates and we had a couple of friends over while watching CNN, patiently awaiting for the decision of the verdict," said Lawrence, a member of the Black Student Union. 

When the news broke that a grand jury declined to indict a police officer of any criminal conduct in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Lawrence felt disappointed.

"We were all very sad, tears began to run from our faces," she said. "We were just really ashamed with how our justice system works in America."

Woman chasing dog hit, killed by freight train

Woman chasing dog hit, killed by freight train »Play Video
Witnesses told police the woman was chasing her dog when she was hit and killed by a train.

A woman died after being hit by a train as she tried to catch her dog as it ran across the tracks Monday night, Eugene Police said.

Police identified the victim as 35-year-old Shannon Rae Essick after making a public appeal for help.

Police: Homeowner shoots returning thief’s SUV with shotgun

Police: Homeowner shoots returning thief’s SUV with shotgun »Play Video
Salem resident Bradley Russell stands in the bushes outside his house, where he waited early Tuesday morning for thieves to return and steal from his home.

A thief hit a homeowner in the leg with an SUV early Monday morning as the man was pointing a shotgun at the vehicle to stop him from driving off, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

Busy week at Eugene Airport; TSA says leave fake bombs, real drugs at home

Busy week at Eugene Airport; TSA says leave fake bombs, real drugs at home »Play Video
The Eugene Airport

If you are flying this Thanksgiving or expect guests arriving by plane, be prepared: about 14,000 people will travel through the Eugene Airport this week.

“Thanksgiving is one of our busiest travel times here at the Eugene Airport,” said Tim Doll, Eugene Airport Director. “Our entire team here at EUG is ready for the influx of passengers.”

The busiest day is forecast to be Sunday, November 30, with nearly 1,600 departing passengers. An average day sees 1,280 passenger.

'Seeing them more themselves, more radiant and expressive - what could be better?'

'Seeing them more themselves, more radiant and expressive - what could be better?' »Play Video

While the kids are shaking their bodies, they're also shaking away their troubles.

Sparkplug Dance founder Rachael Carnes teaches the program at the Relief Nursery.

She said they're teaching kids how to express their emotions, especially the negative ones, in a healthy manner.

O Heroes and Oregon senator team up for turkey drive

O Heroes and Oregon senator team up for turkey drive »Play Video

Sen. Ron Wyden and athlete volunteers from the University of Oregon joined St. Vincent de Paul on Saturday.

The charity plans to feed thousands of low-income familes in Springfield and Eugene by providing them with turkey or ham plus other fixings for a holiday dinner.

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