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Portland tennis courts honor UO athlete: 'Alex grew up on these courts'

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The Berkeley Park tennis courts in Southeast Portland are being renovated to serve as a memorial for a University of Oregon tennis star that drowned last year near Eugene.

It was here that Alex Rovello started hitting tennis balls with his dad.

“This really helped us heal. We've been embraced by so many people that have joined this effort and hopefully other children will come to this tennis court,” said Alex’s mom, Geri Rovello.

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.

Family of missing Dundee, Ore. mom mounts massive social media campaign

Family of missing Dundee, Ore. mom mounts massive social media campaign »Play Video

Family and friends of a mother from Dundee launched an organized social media campaign after they say Jennifer Huston, 38, never came home on Thursday night.

By Saturday afternoon, the family's "Find Jennifer Huston" Facebook page had gained more than 2,000 likes.

Huston left her husband and two boys on Thursday evening to run errands but never returned, says her father, Bill Turner.

'The fires are getting bigger, they're getting hotter, they're more damaging'

'The fires are getting bigger, they're getting hotter, they're more damaging' »Play Video

Pacific Northwest fire crews are in the midst of a record-breaking fire season. Fire officials said the northwest could flare back up as temperatures start to climb in the coming weeks.


Crews are battling blazes that have already consumed a total exceeding 1,400 square miles of forest land in Oregon and Washington.

2014 Eugene Marathon: 'Every marathon you do teaches you something different'

2014 Eugene Marathon: 'Every marathon you do teaches you something different' »Play Video

Racers lined up along Agate Street outside Hayward Field before 6 a.m. Sunday, stretching out as the sun rose before the 2014 Eugene Marathon.

Riding for Chris Kilcullen: 'He started a lot of things in our community'

Riding for Chris Kilcullen: 'He started a lot of things in our community' »Play Video

Motorcyclists from across the Northwest will be taking a trip through Oregon this weekend for the annual Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Ride.

The ride honors fallen Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen, who died in the line of duty in 2011.

Friends and family say Chris was a pay it forward type of guy. The tour raises money for non-profits and a memorial scholarship fund, helping keep Kilcullen’s kind spirit and generosity alive. 

Eugene PD: Cal Young Road closed over hoax standoff

Eugene PD: Cal Young Road closed over hoax standoff »Play Video

Eugene Police say they closed down Cal Young Road Saturday after getting reports of a possible shooter or "man with bomb" at a house in the area.

Nearly a half-hour later, police officials at the scene csaid they believe the call was a hoax.

Runners prep for 2014 Eugene Marathon: 'They don't call it endurance running for no reason'

Runners prep for 2014 Eugene Marathon: 'They don't call it endurance running for no reason' »Play Video
Runners pass Hayward Field during the 2013 Eugene Marathon - Photo by Tristan Fortsch

Some of the racers in Sunday’s Eugene Marathon are getting some tips for the big day while picking up their race numbers at the Health and Fitness Expo at Matthew Knight Arena.

Race organizers expect nearly 6,000 runners from across the nation and world to hit the 26-mile course through Eugene.

“I look for races all over the country that are fun and challenging, and also fast and furious. So I love the scenery and I love to just get out there and run,” said Scott McLelland, a marathon runner from North Carolina.

Eugene PD: Now-deceased Grandmother suspect in 2-year-old's death

Eugene PD: Now-deceased Grandmother suspect in 2-year-old's death »Play Video

Police say they think a now-deceased grandmother is to blame after a toddler received a fatal dose of methadone in December.

Officers said 2-year-old Maxwell Maciejewski was unresponsive on December 8, 2013 when the boy's grandmother, Carol Lumsden, was performing CPR.

Investigators with the Eugene Police Department now say Lumsden is the one they suspect of giving the child a lethal dose of methadone.

"This has all been really hard on the family, and it’s nice that there’s some closure now," said Maxwell's uncle, Aaron Heuser.

Tests of possible mill fire debris find asbestos on Pleasant Hill property

Tests of possible mill fire debris find asbestos on Pleasant Hill property »Play Video
Tests from debris found on Jenny Jonak's Pleasant Hill property came back with a 20 percent Chrysotile reading - a type of asbestos.

Flames tore through the Swanson Mill on Thursday, July 17, nearly destroying the Springfield wood processing plant.

The next morning, Pleasant Hill resident Jenny Jonak said she found debris and ash on her 40-acre property that she believes floated downwind from the Swanson Mill fire. A contractor working on her land suggested she have it tested.

"They ran a test and found 20 percent Chrysotile in it - that's a type of asbestos. And my understanding is 1 percent or higher of asbestos is considered hazardous,” said Jonak.

 

Expect detours for Eugene Marathon course Sunday

Expect detours for Eugene Marathon course Sunday
The 2014 Eugene Marathon course map

The Eugene Marathon will bring thousands of runners and spectators to the streets of Eugene on Sunday.

And whether you are running, watching or even avoiding the race, the 26.2 mile run means road closures and traffic delays.