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March 7: 6:43 PM: Burglary – 8600 block, Thurston Rd. Caller advises deceased’s family responded to location & took the patient’s purse, which included a set of keys to complainant’s house. The family has made entry several times to pick up deceased’s property without caller’s permission. The family has also taken several items that belong to caller. Citizen self report.

EWEB logoEugene Water & Electric Board customers should be wary of a “phishing” scam that attempts to convince people to wire money to a bogus business to avoid interruption of electric or water service.

Jan. 28: 7:55 AM: Assault – 50000 block, McK. Hwy. During call male could be heard hitting female & victim screaming for him to get off her. 08:04 Female is on the line advising that she was in a verbal dispute with her boyfriend – no assault. He just threw her purse. 08:47: Info relayed - OSP dispatching. 09:44: No one is at location.

** 2/8/13 ** Dates changed again by Lane County Public Works

Bridge closures moved to Feb. 25, 26 & 27

Map of Homestead CampgroundBLUE RIVER: Efforts to reintroduce Chinook salmon in about 24 miles of high quality spawning and rearing habitat at Cougar Reservoir have included the construction of a truck fish and haul facility. The structure is part of an ongoing program to capture adult fish below the dam and transport them by truck to various locations above it, where they are released.

The trap and haul operation extends from late May to mid-October. The current method for “unloading” the fish from the transport trucks can be limited by terrain and poor access to desirable pools. Officials say this results in excessive and rough handling of the fish during the release process and increases the physiological stress on them. As a result, mortality rates are elevated and spawning success is reduced.

Leaves in compostBy Denise Ruttan

Photo by Tamara Hill-Tanquist
Leaves are one material that can be used in the "brown layer" of a lasagna garden.

Unlike its name suggests, "lasagna gardening" is not about pasta.
Also known as sheet mulching, it's a no-till, no-dig gardening method that turns materials like kitchen waste, straw and newspapers into rich, healthy compost.

 

Face of Blue River DamPhoto Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Discussed for decades, the addition of a generator to the Blue River Dam could become a reality.

BLUE RIVER: The off-again, on-again plans to add a hydroelectric generator to the Blue River Dam have been revived by Qualified Hydro 15, LLC of Boston, Massachusetts. The Eugene Water & Electric Board analyzed the economics of the project several times since construction was halted in 1994 but was not able to come up with an economic justification for moving forward.

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