EUGENE, Ore. -- Hillary and Barack barnstormed Oregon in May, then the Beaver State helped put the first black man in the White House.
Snow hit late in 2008, snarling traffic and closing schools in Eugene and Springfield -- a minor inconvenience compared to the weeks-long siege the snow made on Portland and Seattle.
The University of Oregon looked ahead to big changes in the post-Frohnmayer years even before a succession plan for the football team and athletic department were unveiled.
And armed robbers joined metal thieves in the headlines as what appears to be a crime wave took hold of a region already facing early releases from jail and a series of justified officer-involved shootings.
Late 08 Snow Students in Eugene and Springfield missed three days of school the week before the holiday break, but the southern Willamette Valley missed the worst of a storm that froze Portland in ice and snow for two weeks.
UO President Dave Frohnmayer announced he would step down at the end of the 2008-09 school year. In his final year, Frohnmayer helped engineer a succession plan in the athletics department that will see head coach Mike Belloti become the athletic director and offensive coordinator Chip Kelly move to head coach.
Diane Downs Convicted child killer Diane Downs got her first shot at parole. Downs denied any role in the attack on her children 25 years ago -- and the parole board denied her parole for another two years.
Officer-involved shootings Between Sept. 1, when a new law took effect on investigation of use of deadly force by a police officer, and Dec. 8, law enforcement officers in Lane County used deadly force six times. Investigators found officers were justified in each case.
Unsolved fires A string of fires along 50 miles of Interstate 5 snarled traffic from Eugene to Salem in August. A month later, fires swept through fields in west Eugene, filling the sky with smoke and prompting evacuations. Just two days after that, a fast-moving firestorm bore down on Crescent Lake Junction east of Oakridge. The Kitson Fire exploded to the south of Oakridge. All were human caused. All remain unsolved.