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River of Rain Flows to Oregon

Oct 20, 2017
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The National Weather Service said the region will be seeing its major first rain of the season this weekend.

Recorded On: October 13, 2017

Air Date: October 16, 2017

What happens at Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) affects all residents of Eugene and customers living up the McKenzie River, and EWEB has a new strategic plan. What changes are in store for your supply of electricity and water? More importantly, what changes are in store for your monthly bills? Is Eugene assured of a steady supply of clean, affordable power? Can we have a power supply that simultaneously makes both economic and environmental sense? Can carbon pricing really work for EWEB?

The Chetco Bar fire, near Brookings on Oregon’s south coast, simmered for weeks in the scars of previous fires in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness before breaking out in mid-August. As the fire raced across the landscape, driven by high winds, the firefighting effort came under growing criticism.

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The coolest part of Eugene is in the south hills. We’re talking temperature here. A researcher collected data on urban heat islands and shares strategies for ways to help cool our cities and adapt to climate change.

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Opponents of aerial herbicide spraying in Lane County have submitted stacks of petitions they say have more than 15,000 signatures.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the proposed ballot measure would put a ban on the practice. 

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Friday is the first day of autumn and with recent rains it looks like fire season is winding down.

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Governor Brown has designated this SepticSmart Week.  This month also marks the first anniversary of a program that’s helped 30 Oregon families repair or replace failing septic systems.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Smoke from nearby forest fires have blanketed communities throughout the Willamette Valley, and air has been classified as “unhealthy” for the Eugene-Springfield area for Saturday.

Bending a rusted, gnarled piece of wire gate just above her head, Carol Van Strum ducked into the old, dark shed where she kept some old, dark secrets.

"This was my bear deterrent," she said of the makeshift gate.

She shined a lantern past a stack of hay bales, lighting up a row of decaying cardboard boxes that housed what's left of her document trove.

"This is where the worst of them were," she said. "This whole, it was just filled. And you can see the state of them. This is what they all looked like."

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Residents of the South Willamette Valley should get relief from poor air quality this afternoon (Tuesday). But the smoky air is expected to return for Labor Day weekend.

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Sunday Is Deadline For Cheap Senior National Park PasSunday is the deadline to purchase a lifetime senior pass to national parks for $10 dollars. After that, the price shoots up to $80.

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Prior to Monday’s solar eclipse, we talked to an Oregon State University researcher about how the event might affect the world’s largest mass migration. KLCC’s Brian Bull has an update. 

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As the moment of the total solar eclipse approaches this morning people are gathering to watch the moon pass over the sun. While thousands are in the path of totality, Eugene is expected to experience more than 99 percent totality. KLCC’s Brian Bull climbed Spencer’s Butte early this morning to get a good view.

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Monday's solar eclipse is drawing crowds to many public areas, including parks.  So Lane County officials are asking locals and visitors alike to “pack it in and pack it out”, so excess garbage and waste is kept to a minimum. 

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Here’s an eclipse story for the books. On August 11, 1999, a total eclipse touched the tip of the United Kingdom at Cornwall. Oregonian author and counter-cultural icon, Ken Kesey, and his band of Merry Pranksters planned a festival to coincide with the solar event. They loaded their techno-color bus on a ship and forty Pranksters traveled “across the pond” to see what they could see.

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While millions of people will be looking up to witness the solar eclipse this Monday, some will be monitoring the ocean for its effects on what an Oregon researcher calls the “largest mass migration on the planet”, among other things.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Oregonians can expect some relief from the string of very hot days we’ve been experiencing. The National Weather Service is forecasting a cooling trend as we head into the weekend.

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This Wednesday could be among the hottest days on record in Eugene.There’s an excessive heat warning in effect for the Willamette Valley and south-west Oregon this week.

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Researchers at Oregon State University have embarked on a long term study of an elusive threatened seabird along the west coast. The goal is find out more about the marbled murrelet to better inform conservation efforts.

Oregon Lags Behind in Wind and Solar Energy

Jul 27, 2017
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A report issued by the Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center shows that despite rapid growth of renewable energy facilities in Oregon, the state still lags behind the rest of the country in solar and wind energy.

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It’s been more than a decade since White-Nose Syndrome began ravaging bat populations across the East Coast. Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given out more than a million dollars in grants to 37 states, to monitor and study the fungal disease. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this now includes the Pacific Northwest.  

Eugene's First Community Bee Count Saturday

Jul 12, 2017
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There are over 500 species of bees in Oregon, 250 of which can be found in the Willamette valley. You can help count them at the first annual community bee count being held in Eugene Saturday, July 15.


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Conservation groups are cheering Monday after the Joint Ways and Means Committee in Salem advanced $100 million in bonds to protect the Elliott State Forest.  Eugene-based Cascadia Wildlands has been fighting for years to keep the forest from being logged.

Rachael McDonald

A trial date has been set for the climate lawsuit brought against the federal government by 21 young people. Federal Judge Ann Aiken  will hear the case beginning February 5th in Eugene.

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Both folks and fish can have their way, thanks to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Siuslaw National Forest’s new mitigation project at Bull Creek.


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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) wants volunteers in the Mid-Willamette Valley to help determine what is in their groundwater.

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On Saturday, Land Trusts around Oregon are encouraging people to “Walk the Land”. The idea is to bring people to special natural areas that aren’t always open to the public and highlight the work of conservation groups. For a preview, McKenzie River Trust Executive Director Joe Moll took KLCC’s Rachael McDonald to their largest property, Green Island, north of Eugene on a windy day.

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The first weekend of summer is going to be a hot one in Oregon. Clear, sunny skies are forecast with highs in the mid-90s in the Willamette Valley.

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Fire restrictions are in effect beginning today on more than a million acres in Douglas County.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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The Oregon Coast Aquarium has been ranked among the top ten in North America. As part of our 50th Anniversary Road Trip Series, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert shares the sights and sounds during a private tour of Newport’s 25-year old aquarium.

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