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7 UO students earn Fulbright scholarships
Seven students from the University of Oregon have received Fulbright scholarships and will study abroad this academic year.
The UO on Tuesday identified the students as Gina Blackburn, Catherine Gifford, Lucy Gubbins, Brian Guy, Jade Snelling, Jason Tashea and Adhiraj Vable.
Seventy-six UO students have received the highly competitive scholarship over the past 16 years.
Collision with deer injures motorcyclist
MONROE A Veneta man was hospitalized with critical injuries after his motorcycle slammed into a deer on Territorial Highway south of Monroe on Monday night.
The crash involving 35-year-old Adam Scott Hansen happened at 7:50 p.m. Hansen was headed north on a 1989 Honda motorcycle that struck a deer in a traffic lane, state police said.
A LifeFlight helicopter transported Hansen to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.
Hansen was in critical condition on Tuesday, police said.
Hansen was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The deer was found dead at the scene.
The highway was closed for more than three hours after the wreck, police said.
Snags in fire areas may burn until fall
While progress toward containment continues, it's possible that snags and large logs within the Buckhead and Evangeline fires in the Oakridge area of the Willamette National Forest will continue to burn until the fall rains arrive, U.S. Forest Service officials said Tuesday.
The burning snags and logs are difficult to extinguish because they are in areas too hazardous for ground crews to enter, officials said.
Meanwhile, on the 11-acre Bobby Fire near Waldo Lake, crews were using hand-held heat detectors to help identify hot spots that can then be extinguished.
"We need to make sure this fire is dead out before leaving it due to its location within a high wind-prone area along the crest of the Cascades," Incident Commander Randy Green said.
The 292-acre Buckhead Complex of fires are considered to be 65 percent contained, the state Department of Forestry reported. Personnel on the fires on Tuesday totaled 236.
About 425 people are still assigned to the 142-acre Butte Fire, burning in both the Deschutes and Umpqua national forests near Windigo Butte and north of the Mount Thielsen Wilderness. That fire is also 65 percent contained.
Register-Guard and news service reports