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Lockout ends at rural fire district

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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

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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."


'The whole idea is to keep people from freezing and doing nothing'

'The whole idea is to keep people from freezing and doing nothing' »Play Video

It's a terrifying scenario: an active shooter on a school campus.     

"No one wants to talk about it or have to think about it, but active shooters are real in our society," said Eric Todd, Springfield school resource officer. "In this country, the numbers are growing dramatically, unfortunately."

According to NBC News, there were 28 school shootings in 2013.

And the American Academy of Pediatrics wrote in 2012 that "firearm related deaths continue as one of the top three causes of death in American youth."

Through several training exercises with the Springfield School District, Todd hopes to prepare educators for the worst.

Kids in crisis head back to school with help form Bags of Love

Kids in crisis head back to school with help form Bags of Love »Play Video
Bags of Love event August 14, 2014

Bags of Love held a picnic and play day at Emerald Park off River Road - and connected kids in crisis with school supplies.

Organizers said getting enough supplies to go back to school can be expensive, and they wanted to alleviate that worry so kids in crisis have one less concern.

Brewery staff pitch in on 52nd Habitat home in Eugene/Springfield

Brewery staff pitch in on 52nd Habitat home in Eugene/Springfield »Play Video

A crew from Ninkasi Brewing worked on a Habitat for Humanity home on Thursday.

The home is the 52nd Habitat project built in the Eugene/Springfield area.

It takes 6 to 8 months to complete a Habitat home.


Firefighters: 'She took one heck of a ride'

Firefighters: 'She took one heck of a ride' »Play Video
Alva Mae Hurst, 85, speaks about her ordeal after she drove her car off the road and down an 80-foot embankment.

Firefighters pulled 85-year-old Alva Mae Hurst from a ravine where her Cadillac took a nose dive late Tuesday night after rain left the road a little slick.

Dog shot in head by police officer

Dog shot in head by police officer »Play Video
Kiki the dog

Breonna Kerr, Kiki's owner, said the dog is a rescue, and they've had it since it was a puppy.

The family was out for dinner when a friend called Kerr and otld her the dog broke free from its chain in the backyard and was loose.

"I pulled in my driveway and there were 5 or 6 cop cars," Kerr recalled, "and my dog was cornered in my driveway and she had blood, like a gunshot to her head."

Fire marshal: Previous code violations repaired at mill destroyed by fire

Fire marshal: Previous code violations repaired at mill destroyed by fire »Play Video
Fire code inspection reports for the Swanson Mill, dating back to 2010.

The fire that destroyed a plywood mill July 17 started in one of the dryers used to remove moisture from the wood.

But the actual cause of the Swanson Mill fire has yet to be determined, said Mark Dahl, deputy fire marshal with the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department.

The fire department released inspection reports on the mill in response to a public records request.

In reports dating back to 2010, inspectors found code violations, including a lack of maintenance on the mill's sprinkler system; fuel storage violations; and various electrical problems.

LCC 'Beer and Bounty' dinner aims to raise $50K

LCC 'Beer and Bounty' dinner aims to raise $50K »Play Video
Beer. Food. Education.

Lane Community College students are preparing for the inaugural “Al Fresco! Beer and Bounty” dinner.

Ninkasi’s founding brewer worked with culinary students on the project, but people across several departments are involved in the event.

Construction technology students designed and built tables; hospitality students are coordinating service for guests; and those studying diesel technology and fabrication welding prepared the site.

Thunderstorms rain fire-starting lightning on Oregon

Thunderstorms rain fire-starting lightning on Oregon
Map of 72 hours worth of lightning strikes, through August 12, 2014. Courtesy Oregon Department of Forestry. Color codes: RED: within the past 0-1 hour | ORANGE: within the past 1-6 hours | YELLOW: within the past 6-12 hours | GREEN: within the past 12-24 hours | SEA GREEN: within the past 24-48 hours AQUA BLUE: within the past 48-72 hours | DARK BLUE: over 72 hours

Thunderstorms battered Oregon this week as the state experienced a period of "critical fire weather," as defined by the National Weathe Service Storm Prediction Center.

Mike Cafferata, Forest Grove District Forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry, put together a map of recent lightning strikes through the end of the day Tuesday. The agency shared the map on Facebook Wednesday.

Driver dead as motorhome careens down 150-ft. staircase at UW-Tacoma

Driver dead as motorhome careens down 150-ft. staircase at UW-Tacoma
Photo: Tacoma Fire Department
A motorhome went through several barricades and then careened down 150 feet of stairs at the University of Washington-Tacoma campus Monday afternoon.