Junction City, OR

Lane Co. Fatal, Sept. 27

On September 24, 2022 at approximately 1:27pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a serious motor vehicle crash on Camp Creek Rd. near milepost 2. Milepost 2 is in the general area of the Easy Ln. intersection. Deputies responded and learned that a black Toyota Tacoma driven by 26 year old Austin McKee of Springfield had been driving westbound on Camp Creek Rd. when it crossed over into the eastbound lane for an unknown reason and struck an eastbound Chevrolet Silverado pickup head-on. McKee was transported by paramedics to an area hospital in critical condition. The driver of the Silverado, 70 year old Larry Sidwell of Springfield, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The reason that McKee crossed in the oncoming lane remains under investigation. Evidence of drug use was located at the scene. McKee died at the hospital over the weekend as a result of his injuries.
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Two people are seeking to replace the outgoing Lane County Commissioner in District 1 – one handpicked by the outgoing official and one a previous challenger. Ryan Ceniga and Dawn Lesley are running for the seat covering West Lane County, which includes the communities of Santa Clara and a portion of the Bethel neighborhoods of Eugene, Dunes City, Florence, Junction City, Veneta, and the unincorporated towns of Lorane, Blachly, Mapleton, Elmira, Crow, Noti and many others in between.

Junction City, September 28 High School ⚽ Game Notice

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Eugene firework ban is said to have big impact on local non-profit's revenue

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Opponents plan lake removal rally

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Sweet Home volunteer goes to Florida to help with hurricane Ian

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Oregon Ducks set to host 5-star football visitor

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City Club of Eugene: Renaming Lane County

In the 19th century, hardy people of European origin trekked across the Rockies and found Oregon. They came, they saw, and they conquered. They took land from the Indigenous people. By 1848, when enough immigrants had moved there and the Oregon Treaty had been signed with Britain, Oregon was declared a U.S. territory. Joseph Lane was named its first governor, and he immigrated from his home in Indiana, arriving in 1849. Two years later, an area from the Willamette Valley to the coast was designated a county and named for Lane. Oregon became a state in 1859, and Lane served it in various roles for many years.

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