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UO researchers: Wildfire employment helps build local economy

Wildfires can leave behind a charred landscape, however University of Oregon researchers find it also provides a building opportunity for local communities.


Cassandra Moseley, a spokesperson for the U of O’s Ecosystem Workforce Program, said research shows wildfires provide positive impacts to the local labor market.


“That can be people that run big pieces of equipment or fire crews who are supporting them providing food and lodging and other technical support for large fires,” said Moseley.

NFL player's video sparks conversation about domestic abuse: 'They can share their stories'

NFL player's video sparks conversation about domestic abuse: 'They can share their stories'
Many abuse victims have taken to social media this week in conversations using #whyIstayed and #whyIleft.

The criticism following a video of NFL star Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious opened up a conversation on why people stayed in abusive relationships and their decision to leave the abuser.

Peggy Whalen said many of the shared stories are familiar. Abusers often say they will change, and victims will often want to believe that from the person they love. In some cases, she said, victims stay because the abuser threatens them or their children's lives. 

Some are calling the trending conversations behind #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft powerful, courageous, and a "hashtag of hope".

Police: 81-year-old shoots boat when men use his private dock

Police: 81-year-old shoots boat when men use his private dock

An 81-year-old man fired his shotgun at an aluminum boat Monday afternoon when two boaters used the man's private dock along the Siuslaw River to load their disabled boat onto a trailer, Oregon State Police said.

$10,000 grant aims to help unemployed mill workers find jobs after fire

$10,000 grant aims to help unemployed mill workers find jobs after fire
Mill workers wait for a chance to talk to prospective employers at a job fair nearly two weeks after their jobs went up in smoke in the Swanson Mill fire July 17.

Workers displaced by the Swanson Lumber mill fire may soon get a shot at a new job after the Lane Workforce Partnership received a $10,000 grant to help them through job training programs.

K-9 unit finds man illegally camping near Corvallis fire

K-9 unit finds man illegally camping near Corvallis fire
John Reno Cerruti
John Reno Cerruti

A K-9 unit helped arrest a man Saturday night after firefighters found he was illegally camping near the 85 acre fire that burned through Chip Ross Park in north Corvallis.

Firefighters working to put out small parts of the fire in Chip Ross Park found an illegal camp site at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, the Benton County Sheriff's Office said.

A deputy reportedly talked with one of the campers at the site, later identified as John Cerruti, and found the man was carrying methamphetamine.

Cerruti sprinted away and lost the deputy in the brush, sheriff's officials said.

Photos: Hunting for treasures at the Coburg Antique & Vintage Fair

Photos: Hunting for treasures at the Coburg Antique & Vintage Fair
Hundreds of antique dealers filled the streets of Coburg, Ore. with collectibles Sunday for the town's 27th annual Antique and Vintage Fair. The event, put on by the Coburg Antique Mall, draws thousands to the town to hunt for those hard-to-find pieces from years gone by - Photo by Tristan Fortsch

Hundreds of antique dealers filled the streets of Coburg, Ore. with collectibles Sunday for the town's 27th  annual Antique and Vintage Fair. The event, put on by the coburg Antique Mall, draws thousands to the town to hunt for those hard-to-find pieces from years gone by.

'We're calling the chili the Timberhill 150, based on the fire from Friday night'

'We're calling the chili the Timberhill 150, based on the fire from Friday night'

Competition at the 7th annual Benton County Chili Cook-Off was heating up the Benton County Fairgrounds Sunday as teams of the county’s public safety officials brought their best culinary prowess to chili connoisseurs.

Former U of O football player arrested for DUII

Former U of O football player arrested for DUII
Colt Lyerla was arrested on Sept. 6 on suspicion of DUII, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. (Washington County Sheriff)

Former tight end for the University Of Oregon, Colt Lyerla was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of DUII, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

750 acre fire west of Cottage Grove has the 'recipe of a tough fire'

750 acre fire west of Cottage Grove has the 'recipe of a tough fire'
"I remember Oxbow, 8.20.66 I hope we can stop this one quickly," said Paul Dailey, who sent in this photo.

Fire crews are working through the tough terrain west of Cottage Grove to fight the nearly 750 acre Yellow Point Fire. "Low humidity, high temperatures, very tough terrain and a lot of timber - so all the ingredients and recipe of a tough fire," said Tom Fields of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Police: Suspect in custody after shots fired at Springfield yard sale

Police: Suspect in custody after shots fired at Springfield yard sale
The yard sale near the corner of 41st and A Streets where Springfield Police say a man was shot.

Officers have a suspect in custody shortly after he allegedly shot a man Sunday afternoon at a yard sale in a Springfield neighborhood, police officials said.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he is in stable condition, police said.

Police at the scene told our reporters the incident started when a man walking to the yard sale heard a couple fighting and decided to intervene.

This is a developing story, updates will be posted as information comes in.

Wildfire smoke makes for unhealthy conditions in Western Oregon

Wildfire smoke makes for unhealthy conditions in Western Oregon
Smoke seen along the foothills taken near Coburg, Ore. Sunday morning.

The smoke from Oregon wildfires caused air quality around the Eugene/Springfield and Oakridge areas to diminish Sunday afternoon, proving to be unhealthy for some people.

85 acre wildfire contained after evacuating north Corvallis homes

85 acre wildfire contained after evacuating north Corvallis homes
Homes in north Corvallis evacuated by fire near Chip Ross Park - Photo from Justin Quinn Photography

An unchecked wildfire forced families to evacuate their homes in north Corvallis Friday night, the Corvallis Police Department said. Officials downgraded the evacuation order to level 2 at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, allowing families to return home.