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Crews demolish University of Oregon track grandstand

Jun. 23, 2018 11:39 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon has demolished the East Grandstand at historic Hayward Field as part of plans to build a new track and field stadium to open in 2020. Workers demolished the 93-year-old grandstand on Friday. The new Hayward Field is being funded by gifts from Nike-co-founder...

No longer behind a mask, Eugene umpire is being recognized

Jun. 23, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — After 31 years behind the plate as an MLB umpire, Dale Scott knows how to recognize a strike. Throwing one is, uh, another matter. When the Los Angeles Dodgers asked Scott to throw a ceremonial first pitch earlier this month, he was honored of course, but also a little apprehensive. His...

Increase in mosquitoes has officials on alert for viruses

Jun. 21, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials are preparing for a high number of mosquitoes in the air this summer. The Register-Guard reports the mild weather during the past winter and this spring in Lane County has led to a dramatic increase in mosquitoes in the county, which presents a higher risk for...

Ex-Oregon State student indicted in tweet-threat case

Jun. 20, 2018 3:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An ex-student accused of threatening a shooting at Oregon State University has been indicted on a federal charge. Christopher Strahan is scheduled to be arraigned in Eugene next week on a single count of making threatening communications. Authorities were alerted in February of...

Oregon teacher claims district's mascot violates state rules

Jun. 20, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon teacher has filed a complaint claiming a school district's new mascot is racist and violates rules prohibiting the use of Native American-themed images. The Marcola School District dropped its "Mohawk Indians" mascot in 2016 and later replaced it with the mustangs, the...

Some forest trails remain closed long after 2017 wildfire

Jun. 18, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

IDANHA, Ore. (AP) — Some trails in Oregon's Willamette National Forest remain closed because of damage from a wildfire that scorched the area last year. The Whitewater Trail into the Jefferson Park area remains closed. Other trails, including some in the Fall Creek area near Eugene, also are closed because...

Former Oregon football player found dead near crash site

Jun. 16, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Police in Oregon have identified the body of a man found after a car crash near a university's football stadium as a former University of Oregon football player. Police in Eugene late Friday said the body of 21-year-old Fotu Tuli Leiato was found in brush hours after a rollover crash in...

Eugene man helping homeless people with free haircuts

Jun. 16, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The buzz of the cordless clippers is barely audible over the din of traffic overhead as Jacob Lucas cuts the hair of a man seated at a picnic table at Washington-Jefferson Park. Attending to his work, Lucas, 36, described how he had frequently slept at the park, waking up with utter...

Body found in brush hours after Oregon rollover crash

Jun. 15, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene police say a body was found in heavy brush hours after a rollover crash in which the suspected drunken driver said he was not carrying any passengers. Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says the Kia sedan driven by a 22-year-old man rolled off the road at 2:30 a.m. Friday. The...

Man sentenced for transporting women to work as prostitutes

Jun. 14, 2018 1:32 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A man who authorities say brought two women from Idaho to Oregon to work as prostitutes has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison. The Register-Guard reports 36-year-old Anthony Jones was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in federal court to charges of...