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Field-burning opposition group forming in Eugene

With nine months left until the annual grass seed field burning sends smoke billowing into the Willamette Valley, a group that opposes the practice on health grounds is trying to gestate an opposition movement in Eugene.

Oregon Toxics Alliance said it will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 1150 Maxwell Road.

The agenda at the 90-minute meeting includes a description of health concerns, stories of people who suffer when the smoke comes, a discussion of the response from elected officials and a question and answer period.

For more information, call 465-8860 or write john@oregontoxics.org.

Overturned truck spills diesel fuel, closing exit

The southbound Interstate 5 exit ramp to eastbound Interstate 105 closed Tuesday after a truck overturned, spilling 50 gallons of diesel fuel.

The crash occurred about 9:30 a.m. as the truck attempted to leave I-5 at exit 194A, which takes traffic eastbound on I-105 toward Springfield.

While making the turn, the driver rolled the trailer he was pulling, which contained Hexamethylenetetramine, a flammable solid, packaged in 55-pound sacks.

The flammable material was not exposed.

The driver of the truck, Daniel Cutz, of Vancouver, Wash., was cited for careless driving and transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center for minor injuries.

American Freight Systems, of Vancouver, Wash., sent a recovery and a tow truck to the site to assist in the cleanup.

Vehicles southbound on I-5 trying to access I-105 eastbound were routed south past the closed exit to the Glenwood exit. State transportation officials reopened the stretch of road later in the day.

NORTHWEST

Groups reach tentative agreement on BPA rates

PORTLAND - Parties to the tussle between public and private utilities over the relatively cheap hydropower sold by the Bonneville Power Administration report a tentative deal, The Oregonian reported Tuesday.

Such an agreement could reduce the rates of most customers in Oregon, who buy from private utilities.

The paper said parties close to the talks disclosed the agreement would reinstate the BPA's payments to private utilities, suspended in May, at about 65 percent of their previous level.

The BPA sells low-cost electricity generated at 31 dams and a nuclear plant in the Columbia River basin, primarily to consumer-owned utilities that were given preferential rights to the power when the agency was established in 1937.

Since 1980, however, the agency has been required to address the disparity between its own cheap rates and those offered to residential customers by private utilities that have higher costs than the BPA.

$10,000 in marijuana seized in traffic stop

HINES - Oregon State Police say a traffic stop near Hines has netted more than three pounds of marijuana and the arrest of two California men.

Sgt. Brian Williams says the men were stopped Monday on Highway 20 in Eastern Oregon.

Williams stopped the pickup displaying Idaho license plates for a traffic violation. The pickup was driven by 47-year-old Alan Burke. The passenger was 50-year-old Robin Autry. Both are from Etna in Northern California.

The police said 3.4 pounds of marijuana, worth $10,000 at retail, were found in a utility box in the bed of the pickup truck.

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