During the last couple of weeks smoke from fires all over the state smothered the mid-valley making it unhealthy to event, and it even rained ash in parts of the valley. 

Because of several large wildfire the entire state of Oregon could use some (a lot of) rain. Once the rain starts coming back, it (hopefully) will mark the end of this destructive fire season. So, if it starts raining soon, don't complain as it should stop any more smoke from coming into the valley; however, there isn't much rain forecasted in the near future, but this is the Willamette Valley so we all know that it's on its way. 

With rain it's not unhealthy to step outside and get wet, with smoke it's best to avoid breathing it, which is hard to do when it's everywhere. The end of the fire season is of course dependent on the weather, and we can't control that. The air quality was so bad that some sports games got cancelled (game cancellations don't often happen for fall sports as they are usually reserved for springtime athletic activities).

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Speaking of sports, Lebanon's teams have returned to the field and the Lebanon Warriors football team who are coming off of a state championship (Lebanon's first football state title ever) and have one the first two games in pre-league games. Their first test will come this Friday when they take on Crescent Valley for the league opener. The mid-Willamette Conference has been the most competitive league in the Oregon state 5A classification for the past five years, and this year that appear once again to be the case. 

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The Lebanon Lady Warriors volleyball team also is coming off of their best finish in team history as they look to repeat going to the state championship. They are coming off of a loss to Corvallis last week, which is a team they lost to last year, but were able to best in the state tournament. All Lebanon teams are looking good, even the ones we don't have room to mention here. 

We're looking forward to covering Fall sports comprised of football, soccer, cross country and volleyball. Go Warriors! Also go East Linn Eagles! 

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If sports are back in full swing that means that also means the kids are back attending schools, which are located all over the city. So hopefully by now drivers are more aware of school zones, but still use caution as there will be more children crossing the street in school zones.

So keep an eye out for pedestrians especially during those times before and after school.

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