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Eugene man dies when car hits utility pole

NOTI - The sole occupant of a car died Saturday morning after crashing into a power pole along Highway 126 about five miles west of Noti, the Oregon State Police said.

At about 6:15 a.m., a 1990 Honda Accord driven by David Michel Cacho, 26, of Eugene, was eastbound on Highway 126 near milepost 37. While negotiating a right-hand curve, the vehicle crossed the westbound lane and tumbled down a short embankment, where it collided with a power pole.

Cacho was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said he was using a shoulder restraint harness but not a lap belt.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.

The westbound lane was closed for part of the morning for investigation. Oregon Department of Transportation and Lane Rural Fire District personnel assisted at the scene.

NORTHWEST

Coastal housing demand boosts building jobs

PORTLAND - Construction jobs are increasing on the Oregon Coast to keep pace with a hot real estate market, officials say.

Increased demand for new housing boosted the number of construction jobs by 11 percent last year in Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Coos and Curry counties, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

The five primarily coastal counties added 366 construction jobs in 2005, for a total of 3,560 jobs.

By comparison, the Portland metro area added 4,500 construction jobs but the overall increase amounted to 8.3 percent.

``We have low interest rates and a real estate sales boom that signals to builders and developers that it's time to put more on the market,'' said Erik Knoder, a regional state economist.

Coos Bay saw the largest growth, with a 63 percent increase in permits issued in 2005.
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Date:Apr 16, 2006
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