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Trooper finds fugitive, 4 lbs pot during traffic stop along I-5

Trooper finds fugitive, 4 lbs pot during traffic stop along I-5
The trooper arrested the driver - Thomas Garza, 48, from Talent, Ore. (above left) - on charges of Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. During the stop, the trooper discovered that the passenger - Anthony J. Balascio, 43, of Allen, Texas (above right) - was wanted on a felony warrant for Unlawful Possession and Manufacture of Marijuana. He was arrested without incident.

A state trooper stopped an SUV for multiple traffic violations - and found a fugitive from Texas and 4 pounds of pot inside the rig Wednesday, Oregon State Police said.

Totem poles back at Oregon Zoo

Totem poles back at Oregon Zoo
Loesy, a totem pole restored by the artist and installed at the Oregon Zoo. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

Two Native American totem poles that loom tall in Oregon Zoo history have reappeared on the zoo campus — newly refurbished, brightly painted and more striking than ever.

The totem poles — one crafted by Chief Don “Lelooska” Smith and another by father-and-son artists Rex and Ray Losey — have been at the zoo for decades, becoming familiar visual cues for visitors over the years.

They were relocated last year as the zoo began a major transformation, breaking ground on both Condors of the Columbia, which opened in May, and Elephant Lands — a sweeping expansion of the zoo’s Asian elephant habitat that will quadruple the animals’ space and dramatically enhance their daily experiences.

Oregon State prof wins Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication

Jane Lubchenco, the University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies at Oregon State University. (Photo courtesy of Oregon State University)

Climate One at The Commonwealth Club on Thursday announced that Jane Lubchenco, the University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies at Oregon State University and former NOAA administrator, will receive the fourth annual Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication.

The $10,000 award is given to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear and compelling fashion. It was established in memory of Stephen H. Schneider, a pioneer in the field of climatology.

During her tenure with NOAA, Lubchenco helped lead the nation through the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, 770 tornadoes, 70 Atlantic hurricanes, six major floods, three tsunamis, historic drought and wildfires, prolonged heat waves and record snowfalls and blizzards.

Body of missing hunter found near large waterfall

Body of missing hunter found near large waterfall
TJ Anderson

The body of 20-year old Travis Joseph Anderson, missing since October 9 in the Squaw Creek Drainage area Near Tiller, Oregon, was found near a large waterfall Wednesday afternoon.

Roseburg infant receives new heart

Roseburg infant receives new heart
Baylee Brynn

After waiting 90 days in a Seattle hospital, seven-month old Baylee Brynn of Roseburg has finally received a heart transplant.

Brynn's family says she got her new heart Sunday, and the six-hour operation was a success.

Raging Grannies ask Eugene City Council to reconsider camping ban

Raging Grannies ask Eugene City Council to reconsider camping ban »Play Video

Nearly a half-year after Eugene closed the Whoville homeless camp, the local social activist group Raging Grannies asked city councilors to lift the city’s camping ban.

“If you don't have a place to sleep, you really don't have a place to be. I mean what happens is they're being arrested for sleeping which is a human necessity and a human right,” said Raging Granny Barb Prentice.

Firefighters rescue man pinned between cars in parking lot

Firefighters rescue man pinned between cars in parking lot »Play Video

A man got stuck between his car and another vehicle in a store parking lot Tuesday morning.

The man got out of his car in the Bimart parking lot on River Road as the vehicle was still moving, said Captain Steven Kropf with Eugene-Springfield Fire.

Afraid of Ebola? How to fight your fear

Afraid of Ebola? How to fight your fear »Play Video
Images like this out of Africa won't help you calm down if you're afraid of Ebola. Limit your consumption of media reports to gain control of your fear, an expert advises.

If you are feeling some anxiety about Ebola, you're not alone.

Concerns over the virus have swept the nation.

If you're filled with fear at the thought of Ebola, Dr. Ryan Scott with Vista Counseling says your best bet may be to limit your consumption of Ebola information.

Happy 50th birthday, LCC

Happy 50th birthday, LCC »Play Video
Construction 1968. Photo courtesy LCC

Lane Community College celebrates 50 years Wednesday afternoon with a special ceremony.

The ceremony starts at 4 p.m. in the Center for Meeting and Learning, Building 19, main campus, 4000 E. 30th Avenue in Eugene.

The public is invited to enjoy refreshments in the lobby starting at 3 p.m.

Driver charged with DUII after crash

Driver charged with DUII after crash
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Officers arrested a driver on suspicion of DUII after he ran a stop sign and hit another car, police said.

Police: Man spent 6 months breaking into cars near Spencer Butte

Police: Man spent 6 months breaking into cars near Spencer Butte »Play Video
James Edward Walters

A man suspected of breaking into cars at trailheads for Spencer Butte faces multiple counts of identity theft, police said.

Eugene Police arrested James Edward Walters on Monday after weeks of searching for him.

"We knew it was him about two or three weeks ago," said Det. Mike Rustik. "We've been looking for him because we had the plate of his car."

Walk Zone in downtown Eugene bans wheels from sidewalks

Walk Zone in downtown Eugene bans wheels from sidewalks »Play Video
The downtown Walk Zone

Signs are going up proclaiming a Walk Zone in downtown Eugene.

"In the downtown area where we have a lot of pedestrians, you cannot skateboard or ride your bicycle on the sidewalk," explained Lee Shoemaker with Eugene Public Works.

This "walk your wheels" zone went into effect August 29. It spans Lincoln to Pearl streets and 8th to 13th avenues.

City workers will put up 100 signs in the Walk Zone this week, weather pemiting.

But not everyone is on board.

Wind Advisory issued for Willamette Valley

Wind Advisory issued for Willamette Valley

A wind advisory is in effect for the central Willamette Valley and the Portland/Vancouver Metro Area between 3 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.