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Man gets 10 years for arson in fire west of Eugene

Oct. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

MAPLETON, Ore. (AP) — A man who started a fire west of Eugene near Mapleton in August will serve 10 years in prison. Elias Pendergrass, of Mapleton was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to first-degree arson, KCBY-TV reported. The district attorney’s office said Pendergrass must also...

This booking photo released Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, by the Eugene, Ore., Police Department shows suspect Zachery Ty Bryan. Bryan, the actor who played the oldest son on the long-running 1990s sit-com “Home Improvement” was arrested Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Oregon and faces charges of strangulation and assault.  (Eugene Police Department via AP)

'Home Improvement' actor Zachery Ty Bryan arrested in Oregon

Oct. 17, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Zachery Ty Bryan, the actor who played the oldest son on the long-running 1990s sit-com “Home Improvement” was arrested in Oregon and faces charges of strangulation and assault. The Eugene Police Department said officers were dispatched to a North Eugene apartment Friday...

University of Oregon says winter term will be largely online

Oct. 14, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon said Tuesday that winter term courses will continue to be largely remote and online. The university in Eugene said it will continue to offer some classes in-person, such as science labs and physical education courses, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. Thoe...

FILE - In this 1982, file photo, is Jim Weaver in Oregon. Weaver, a former Democratic congressman for Oregon’s 4th District who was a tireless advocate for environmental preservation, has died after a life dedicated to Oregon politics. Weaver died early Tuesday morning, Oct. 6, 2020, and had been in a care facility for some time, The Register-Guard reported Wednesday. He was 93. (The Register-Guard via AP)

Former Oregon Congressman James "Jim" Weaver dies at 93

Oct. 7, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — James Weaver, a former Democratic congressman for Oregon’s 4th District who was a tireless advocate for environmental preservation, has died. He was 93. Weaver died early Tuesday morning, The Register-Guard reported Wednesday. No cause of death was given. But his wife told the...

Dozens of University of Oregon students positive for virus

Oct. 6, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon is reporting that dozens of students have tested positive for COVID-19. The university’s website showed on Monday that 57 coronavirus cases had been confirmed in the previous four days alone. On Tuesday, the university reported 12 more cases. for a total...

Eugene elementary school teacher named teacher of the year

Sep. 30, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An elementary school teacher in Eugene has been named Oregon’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, making her the first Bethel School District teacher to win since the award program started in 1955. Nicole Butler-Hooten was honored by the Oregon Department of Education on Tuesday...

Man charged with hate crime in stabbing of Black man

Sep. 19, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Colorado man has been indicted on federal hate crime charges after a Black man was stabbed in the neck in an eastern Oregon restaurant, prosecutors said. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a grand jury in Eugene this week indicted 26-year-old Nolan Strauss on one charge of committing...

A rock climber, lower right, ascends a rope on a cliff at Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne, Ore., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Smoke from wildfires continue to blanket Oregon and the U.S. West. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Storms in Oregon cause thousands to lose power

Sep. 18, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several thousand people were without power early Friday as thunderstorms moved through the area KOIN reports that asbout 5,000 had no power in Linn County at about 4:30 a.m. Most of the outages are around Lebanon and Albany, but there is a number in Corvallis and Monmouth as well. There...

The August Complex Fire burns near Lake Pillsbury in the Mendocino National Forest, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Latest: Southern California forest fire burns near homes

Sep. 17, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 8 p.m. WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. — A stubborn, growing wildfire in mountains northeast of Los Angeles is moving toward homes. Evacuation warnings were issued Thursday evening for the small forest town of Wrightwood on the fire’s northeast side....

This Sept. 10, 2020, photo provided by Erik Withalm shows the roll gates on the Leaburg Dam opened to release water and drain the lake behind the dam during the Holiday Farm Fire east of Eugene, Oregon. The local utility opened the dams to prevent wildfire debris and downed trees from snagging on the gates, but the move deprived the nearby Leaburg Fish Hatchery of fresh water. The hatchery was forced to release more than 1 million steelhead, chinook salmon and trout into the McKenzie River to save them. (Erik Withalm/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)

Fish in Oregon hatcheries die, released early as fires rage

Sep. 17, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As wildfires raged through Oregon, staff at fish hatcheries around the state raced to try to save – or prematurely release – millions of chinook salmon, steelhead and trout being raised in captivity to preserve fragile fish species, state officials said Thursday. About...