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Bellotti makes donation to school

University of Oregon head football coach Mike Bellotti has donated $75,000 to the university for the Autzen Stadium expansion and the library.

Bellotti, who led the Ducks to their most successful season ever last year, gave $50,000 to the stadium project and $25,000 to the university's Knight Library. Both the athletic department and the College of Arts and Sciences matched the library gift, raising the total to $75,000.

UO Librarian Deb Carver said the gift will create the Bellotti Family Fund, with the donation from the College of Arts and Sciences put to use immediately. The remainder will be placed in an endowment she hopes will grow to $325,000 in the next year and eventually reach $1 million.

"My family and I felt we were blessed and wanted to give something back to the university, both to the athletic department and to the university itself," said Bellotti, head coach since 1995. "We felt the library is something used by all students so maybe our gift could do the greatest good there."

Man pleads guilty

in helicopter case

A 45-year-old Eugene man who blocked a helicopter from taking off from atop Spencer Butte in April pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree criminal mischief in a plea bargain that could lead to dismissal of the charges.

Craig Torell Miller must pay $3,375 to Reforestation Services Inc. of Salem for delaying the helicopter for 2 1/2 hours after its pilot landed on the butte because of low visibility. Miller also must complete a diversion program before his guilty plea can be withdrawn and the charge dismissed, Deputy Lane County District Attorney Paul Graebner said.

The pilot called the sheriff's office on April 20 to report weather had forced him to land. He then said a man had positioned himself near the helicopter's tail rotor, preventing it from taking off.

The helicopter is equipped for the agricultural application of herbicide and Miller told the pilot that he disapproved of the herbicide application and wouldn't allow the helicopter to leave, the sheriff's office said.

After sheriff's deputies and Eugene police officers hiked to the summit, Miller remained by the helicopter and refused to move. Several other people were present during the incident, but didn't interfere with the aircraft's operation, Sheriff's Sgt. Byron Trapp said.

REGION

National forest

has new numbers

The Willamette National Forest has new phone numbers. To reach the main office, call 225-6300. The fire dispatch center is at 225-6400.

The old numbers will continue to work through summer. For now, district office numbers won't change.

The forest office also has reorganized its Web site. The recreation section has a "trip planning" focus that divides the forest by the major highways that intersect it.

Recreation opportunities are listed for these general areas as well as for certain destinations, such as Opal Creek and Waldo Lake.

The site features details on forest trails, campgrounds and other popular areas. It also has information on forest offices, maps, recreation passes and permits, scenic byways, forest facts and history, trees and old growth, wildfire, employment and more.

The Web site is at www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette.
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Date:Jun 14, 2002
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