Date: 06/20/2012 10:38 AM
Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Mt. Hood Skibowl owner Kirk Hanna has agreed to pay $500,000 to a bicycle rider he struck and injured while driving drunk in Portland in 2010. The Oregonian reports the payment to cyclist Robert Skof is unusual because no lawsuit had been filed. Hanna left the scene and later pleaded guilty to drunken driving and hit-and-run charges in a plea deal that resulted in a 30-day jail sentence.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy has arrested a man suspected of setting 15 small roadside fires in a wooded area about eight miles southwest of Riddle. KPIC reports 21-year-old David Neet of Riddle was arrested by a deputy responding to the scene who stopped Neet’s van. He was jailed on arson charges with bail set at $750,000.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A temporary bridge that carried Interstate 5 traffic over the Willamette River from 2004 to last year is gone but still useful. ODOT says dismantled beams are being used or saved for similar bridge work. The Register-Guard reports the state salvaged about 320 of the concrete and steel beams. About 50 of the beams will be used for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge on a path between Eugene and Glenwood.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Nearly one-third of the $10 million budget for the eight-day Olympic Track and Field Trials at Eugene is being spent on security. Oregon track coach Vin Lananna isn’t talking about specifics, but he told The Register-Guard plans would include dealing with protesters. The trials begin Friday.
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