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Workers displaced by mill fire meet with company

Workers displaced by mill fire meet with company »Play Video
People gathered Friday in the parking lot of the Swanson Group's Springfield Plywood and Veneer plant, where the fire continued to burn.

The 250 employees who saw their jobs go up in smoke along with the Springfield Plywood and Veneer plant last week met Monday with the owner of the mill.

Millworkers received one of their last paychecks at the meeting at Springfield High School.

A representative of Swanson Group said it would take at least 2 years to rebuild the plant.

Photos: Oregon wildfires as seen from space

Photos: Oregon wildfires as seen from space
In mid-July 2014, a combination of lightning, parched forests and hot temperatures fueled dozens of wildfires in Canada and the northwestern United States. According to the Canadian government, 102 uncontrolled fires were burning in British Columbia on July 17, and there were 13 more in Alberta. Across the border, 33 uncontrolled fires were active in Washington and Oregon. (NASA image)

NASA satellite images from the 2014 fire season and past major wildfires

Remembering former Gov. Victor Atiyeh: 'A great Oregonian, an historic governor'

Remembering former Gov. Victor Atiyeh: 'A great Oregonian, an historic governor' »Play Video
File photo of former Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh from a 2010 interview in Eugene.

Oregon's 32nd Governor Victor Atiyeh passed away at age 91.

Gov. Vic Atiyeh was the last Republican to serve as governor of Oregon, from 1979 to 1987.

Kitzhaber released this statement about Atiyeh's death Sunday evening - "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Governor Vic Atiyeh — a great Oregonian, an historic governor, and a remarkable human being."

'Keep Mexicans in Mexico' comment stirs up controversy at Salem rally

'Keep Mexicans in Mexico' comment stirs up controversy at Salem rally »Play Video

About two-dozen people lined the overpass with American flags and signs on Saturday afternoon for Salem's slice of the big national movement this weekend against illegal immigration.

The organizer of the Salem protest against illegal immigration distanced her group from one woman's statements.

"We have compassion for the people coming here. But it's important they know they can't stay," said Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, the group that helped organize Salem's event. "They need to return to their home countries."

Welcoming home the 971st Army Reserve: 'This is my 5th trip home and I've never had anything like this'

Welcoming home the 971st Army Reserve: 'This is my 5th trip home and I've never had anything like this' »Play Video

Crowds welcomed home the Army Reserve's 971st Movement Control Team Sunday with a ceremony at Elijah Bristow Park near Pleasant Hill.

The group of 20 uniformed service men and women spent the last year in Afghanistan. The special ceremony not only honored their service, but  also celebrated the passing of the torch.

The 971st’s Captain Matt Mitchell stepped down, issuing the new command to Captain Tom Dargan.

“We went out there with a lot of brave soldiers who didn't come back. Fortunately our group from Eugene all came back alive. Can't say that for everyone,” said former Captain Matt Mitchell.

 

Oregon fire crews fight over 825 square miles of wildfire

Oregon fire crews fight over 825 square miles of wildfire »Play Video

Oregon currently has over a dozen wildfires burning over 825 square miles of land. Many of the active conflagrations were sparked when lightning storms moved across the Pacific Northwest region on June 13 and 14.

Eugene FD: Flames from garage fire damage neighboring house

Eugene FD: Flames from garage fire damage neighboring house

Flames from a garage fire in the Bethel district charred the side of a neighboring house Saturday night, causing around $160,000 in damage, the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department said.

Duck My Ride prize goes to UO master's grad volunteering for her home country: 'She's an inspiration'

Duck My Ride prize goes to UO master's grad volunteering for her home country: 'She's an inspiration' »Play Video

Assa Traore’s story of dedication, perseverance, and love made her a clear candidate for the 4th annual Duck My Ride event, where a local auto body shop gives away a restored ride to a deserving family.

Traore moved to the U.S. from Bali, Africa to find a better life for herself and her four children.

“I received so much support when I came to the U.S.,” said Traore, wiping away tears. “Oregonians have helped me so much."

2nd annual Eugene Running Of The Bulls

2nd annual Eugene Running Of The Bulls »Play Video

The second annual Eugene Running Of The Bulls took place in Alton Baker Park this morning. With their skates laced and horns strapped to their helmets, the Emerald City Roller Girls were ready to chase runners through the 4-mile course.

Fees from the fun run help the Emerald City Roller Girls pay for track time, travel expenses, and uniforms.

Taste Of Home benefits Lane Co.'s foster children: 'It's important for us to get these kids out of foster care'

Taste Of Home benefits Lane Co.'s foster children: 'It's important for us to get these kids out of foster care' »Play Video

Foster care children are getting some support from wine lovers this weekend at the Taste Of Home at Sweet Cheeks Winery.

The non-profit group A Family For Every Child has helped find homes for over 300 of Lane County’s foster care children.

Rebecca Rhodes, a spokeswoman for the group, said there are currently 1,000 children from Lane County still waiting to find a home. Money raised at the Taste Of Home event goes to helping unite those kids with a family.

Howard Buford Recreation Area reopened after fire near Mt. Pisgah

Howard Buford Recreation Area reopened after fire near Mt. Pisgah
A firefighting helicopter drops water on a fire in Howard Buford Recreation Area, which includes Mount Pisgah.

The Howard Buford Recreation Area was reopened Saturday after officials closed the county park to let fire crews fight a wildland fire that consumed over an acre of land.

Attic fire spreads at South Eugene home

Attic fire spreads at South Eugene home

An attic fire inside a South Eugene home spread Saturday morning, burning a large portion of the back side of the house.

No one was inside the burning home when firefighters arrived on-scene, officials said.

Firefighters responded to the house on Lincoln Street just after 6:30 a.m. Saturday to find smoke billowing from the roof.