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Lane County Fair opens Wednesday

Lane County Fair opens Wednesday »Play Video
Ready, set, go - to the fair

Rain or shine, the annual Lane County Fair kicks off Wednesday.

Crews were working to put the finishing touches on the midway before visitors arrive.

"There's always a lot of last-minute stuff that just can't get done until Tuesday," said Rachel Bivens with the fair, "but we're all used to it, and we all love it, and we thrive on it."

'Keyboard Kitten' reboots for Oregon adventure

'Keyboard Kitten' reboots for Oregon adventure »Play Video
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The "Keyboard Kitten" came to life for author Bob Welch early one morning last year with unexpected help of his own cat.

"One morning he literally walked across the keyboard, and he started typing letters and numbers and asterisks and such," Welch recalled, "and I said to myself: children's book."

Welch teamed up with his good friend and illustrator Tom Penix, and Comma the kitten's adventures in Oregon began.

One book just wasn't enough.

Comma is back in the sequel, "The Keyboard Kitten Gets Oregonized".

Sheriff: 2 bodies found in aftermath of house fire

Sheriff: 2 bodies found in aftermath of house fire
Photo courtesy South Lane Fire and Rescue

Two bodies found in the ashes of a Creswell-area house fire last week have not yet been identified.

"The fire burned so hot that at this point we don't even know if the bodies are male or female," Sgt. Carrie Carver with the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

The Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to identify the victims.

Traffic allowed on Hwy 26 after week-long closure due to wildfire

Traffic allowed on Hwy 26 after week-long closure due to wildfire
Traffic started moving on Hwy 26 east of Prineville on Tuesday, July 22, after a week-long closure due to fire.

An 18-mile stretch of highway closed by a wildfire July 15 opened to one-way traffic with a pilot car July 22.

Sub shop robbed at gunpoint

Sub shop robbed at gunpoint »Play Video
The robber was described as a white man in his 30s or 40s with a blond ponytail. He last seen wearing a black baseball hat, black multi-colored top, possibly grey baggy jeans and black tennis shoes.

A man robbed a sandwich shop at gunpoint Tuesday morning, Eugene Police said.

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."