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'You've got 18,000 people converging on an area that are all looking to have a good time'

'You've got 18,000 people converging on an area that are all looking to have a good time' »Play Video
Banning booze from campgrounds has helped cut crime at the festival, the sheriff said.

housands of people are putting on their boots and cowboy hats for the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival.

The event brings about 18,000 people a day to the small town of Brownsville.

Habitat for Humanity doesn't just build houses

Habitat for Humanity doesn't just build houses »Play Video

Qualifying homeowners can receive free help maintaining their homes.

"A Brush With Kindness" started about two years ago through Habitat for Humanity.

Since then, they've been able to help about 8 houses a year in the Springfield-Eugene area.

Don Griffin, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, said the program helps make sure people not only have a decent place to live but can maintain it for as long as they need.

Passing train likely started pair of brush fires near Roseburg

Passing train likely started pair of brush fires near Roseburg
The fire burned near the railroad tracks, likely ignited by a passing train

Sparks from a passing train likely started two fast-moving brush fires along Roberts Mountain Road on Friday, one of which briefly threatened a home. 

Summer 2014 tied for warmest on record for Eugene

Summer 2014 tied for warmest on record for Eugene

Has this summer been hotter than usual?

"After digging through some data," the National Weather Service in Portland said Friday, "the answer to this question is a resounding yes.

So far, 2014 has tied 1990 as the warmest summer on record in Eugene.

This summer has been the hottest on record for Portland and Salem.

Police: Missing man requires medication, doesn't speak English

Police: Missing man requires medication, doesn't speak English
The Albany Police Department is now asking the public for help locating 43-year-old Yevgeniy Leonidovich Ilnitskiy.

A man who requires medication and does not speak English walked away from a care home Monday and hasn't been seen since.

North Polk site doesn't qualify for use as a homeless rest stop

North Polk site doesn't qualify for use as a homeless rest stop »Play Video
The City of Eugene has determined land off North Polk Street cannot be used as a homeless rest stop. The City Councilors tentatively approved the site for this purpose in July. Advocates wanted to use private funds to open the Nightingale Health Sanctuary on the property to give 15 people a place to live.

The City of Eugene has determined land off North Polk Street cannot be used as a homeless rest stop.

Photos: $3.5 million private island in San Juans for sale

Photos: $3.5 million private island in San Juans for sale

Is your honey's birthday coming up? What about a back to school gift? Nothing says 'I Love You' or 'I'm Proud of You' like a private island. Ram Island in the San Juans is for sale for $3.5 million with Kent Meeker Inc.  

Auburn police: Tests show blood on ripped-up flooring is human

Auburn police: Tests show blood on ripped-up flooring is human »Play Video
Police investigate a site off 55th Avenue South in connection with the discovery of blood-soaked flooring, carpeting and towels, after receiving a tip from the public. Nothing of interest was found at the second site.
Tests at the Washington State Patrol crime lab have confirmed that the blood on ripped-up flooring and clothing found along an Auburn roadway is human, say Auburn police officials.

Students hold vigil on UO campus for teen shot by police

Students hold vigil on UO campus for teen shot by police »Play Video
Students took a picture with their hands up.

University of Oregon students gathered at the Erb Memorial Union amphitheatre Thursday evening for a candlelight vigil and moment of silence for Mike Brown, the teen shot and killed by police in Missouri a week ago.

Lockout ends at rural fire district

Lockout ends at rural fire district »Play Video
Chief Steve Rhodes

Volunteer firefighters are back on the job effective Thursday night after being locked out of the fire station by the fire district board.

Arson suspected in fire at Eugene school

Arson suspected in fire at Eugene school »Play Video
Fire damage to the Pathfinder School on the Kennedy Middle School campus

There is a $500 reward in the investigation into an apparent arson fire at a Eugene school.

The fire did minor damage to the exterior of the Pathfinder School on the campus of Kennedy Middle School off Bailey Hill Road.

Family spots rare, 25-foot shark in Puget Sound

Family spots rare, 25-foot shark in Puget Sound »Play Video

A family boating off the coast of Edmonds spotted a rare, 25-foot Basking shark Saturday as it swam up to their boat. The last confirmed sighting of a Basking shark in Puget Sound was about 14 years ago, a local researcher said.

Dog shot by police: Chief responds to criticism

Dog shot by police: Chief responds to criticism »Play Video
Kiki the dog

Some people gathered outside the Springfield Police Department on Thursday to protest the shooting of a dog by an officer on Tuesday.

The dog survived but faces additional veterinarian bills.

Springfield Police Chief Tim Doney said the police department is full of dog lovers, himself included.

"I speak with a little bit of insight because I've had a dog shot and killed by someone," he said, "and I also was mauled by a Rottweiler, and I know in those particular cases that sometimes you have just seconds to think and make a plan of action."