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Gruning display caseBLUE RIVER: Know how many artifacts are on display at the U.S. Cavalry and American Indian Museum? You’re probably guessing because even the owners are boggled at the thought of trying to inventory them all. “Thousands” will have to suffice.
Displays inside the 5,000 square foot building cover the themes that have made lifetime collectors out of Ron and Coho Miner. Her interpretations of Indian life are on the left and Ron’s military focus is showcased to the right.

Life jacket exchangeSPRINGFIELD: The Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue program, in conjunction with the Emerald Valley Rotarians and Cabela’s, conducted their third annual Life Jacket Exchange for Lane County residents this past weekend.

McKenzie River Cleanup Saturday, July 13th

Gold dredgeSB 838, which would limit gold dredging along many Oregon waterways, is headed to Governor Kitzhaber’s desk following approval by both the House and Senate.

Kenneth LeeEUGENE: A Blue River man will spend over a dozen years in prison following sentencing in Lane County Circuit Court last Thursday. Kenneth Robert Lee, 47, will serve 17 1/2 years behind bars as an accomplice in the January death of 38-year-old Terry Fruichantie of Cottage Grove. Robert Paul Smith, 35, drew a life sentence with no parole option for the murder of Fruichantie.

Forest fireThe abrupt onset of summer weather has prompted two more Oregon Department of Forestry districts to declare fire season. The South Cascade District entered fire season this morning, and the Western Lane District will follow suit on July 2.

June 13: 4:14 PM: Hit & Run – 38000 block, McK. Hwy. Involved is an eastbound Toyota towing a Raptor that hit the coffee shop. Confirmed no injuries. Fascia board & gutter ripped off, planter ripped out & corner post was shoved into the building. 17:12: Owner advises part of the trailer, which struck her building, has been left behind. Est. damage is $7,000 – 10,000.  Cited in lieu of custody.

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