Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

Tiffany Eckert

CORRECTION: Containers that are marked with a 5-cent redemption value will still be accepted for return in Oregon.
The state bottle bill program has corrected a press release sent out Monday that incorrectly stated 5-cent containers would no longer be redeemable.
The sale of beverage containers with a 5-cent refund value will no longer be allowed after September 30th.
 

Time is running out for Oregonians who’ve put off turning in their bottles and cans for redemption. Beverage containers marked with a 5-cent refund value must be redeemed before the end of the month.

Karen Richards

Work has begun at the Civic Stadium site on Amazon Parkway in South Eugene. The historic stadium, destroyed by fire in 2015, will become Civic Park, a recreation complex.  


Karen Richards

Ride sharing services Lyft and Uber finally have a green light in Eugene and Springfield. Late last week, both companies applied for licenses. Lyft’s was granted Tuesday, with Uber set to launch tomorrow (Thursday).


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Eugene Water and Electric Board plans to eliminate its tiered rate system for electricity. The 5 EWEB commissioners indicated their support for a fixed rate at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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It’s easy for Oregonians not to think about how their favorite products get to store shelves. But as KLCC’s Alec Cowan reports, a shortage of truck drivers could start affecting everything sold in the United States.

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As wildfires continue to burn across Oregon and other parts of the Pacific Northwest, tourism officials are urging people not to be scared off from local attractions.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, their appeal comes before Labor Day weekend -- the last major travel period for summer.

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A new report from the USDA shows this fall could be a record setting harvest for hazelnuts in Oregon. As KLCC’s Alec Cowan reports, this may mean a bigger international footprint.

Tea Company Connects Springfield With Northern India

Aug 23, 2018
Young Mountain Tea Company

A local entrepreneur and University of Oregon graduate has established a tea importing business in Springfield. This unique company works directly with tea farmers in India and is aimed at supporting rural communities. He founded this mission driven business to address international tea labor issues. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer has this story.

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The Eugene Water and Electric Board is using its recent property sale to help pay for its Carmen Smith Hydroelectric Project. The $100 million retrofit of the McKenzie River dam is EWEB’s largest construction project ever built.

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Eugene-based tea company Yogi moved into its new west-Eugene building last week. 

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Oregon has more cannabis than it can sell, and that’s causing prices to plummet. That from an industry firm tracking cannabis trends. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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After hearing from the community, St. Vincent de Paul is withdrawing its proposal for a Youth House on Bethel School District Property.

Washington Apple Commission

When did you last buy a Washington-grown Red Delicious apple? With so many other varieties, maybe it’s been awhile. But did you know Red Delicious is still the king of Washington? Each year, they out-pound every other variety grown. But now, a major market for the plentiful Red Delicious is in jeopardy.

The Oregon Food Bank has funded a fix for what could have been a loss of access for low-income people to farmer’s markets in the state.

Oregon Employment Department

Last year unemployment in Oregon dropped to its lowest rate since 1976. 2017 also saw the lowest jobless rate for youth in the state.

The overall rate sits at 4.1 percent, and unemployment for teens saw over a ten percent drop from the year before.

Obie Companies

The Eugene City Council heard testimony on a proposed $60 million dollar expansion to the 5th Street Public Market Monday night. 

Recorded On: July 13, 2018

Air Date: July 16, 2018

Funding the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) has been a challenging topic for many years. The current estimated shortfall between expected revenue and anticipated pension payments is 25 Billion dollars. That raises a lot of questions.How did we get here? What has been done within legal requirements to reduce that gap and how will the State and local governments cover the difference? What will it take to resolve the issue?

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For the first time since Lewis and Clark arrived on the coast, Oregon has a salt works. Located in Netarts, it's typical of a significant and growing number of artisanal food manufacturing businesses around the state.

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Two places in Oregon are expected to be major areas of economic growth, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

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Oregon is experiencing continued job growth and record low unemployment. However, as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there’s challenges ahead.

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If all 180 square feet of her home could be covered in purple, Alice Gentry would be thrilled. But the tiny home isn’t just for her. Her dog Sissy is there too.

Eugene’s Emerald village tiny house community is holding an open house for newly finished homes Friday.

In March Gentry moved into Emerald Village, a community of 22 tiny homes ranging from 160-300 square feet in Northwest Eugene. The village will commemorate the completion of 14 of their 22 homes at the open house.

Recorded On: June 22, 2018

Air Date: June 25, 2018

What is cryptocurrency and what is Bitcoin? Is this something we can bank on for the future of commerce? A local security expert visits City Club to explain the complex world of cryptocurrency.

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After 93 years, the East Grandstand of Hayward Field is coming down. Early this morning, excavators began clawing and battering the facility into oblivion. KLCC’s Brian Bull was there, and has this report.

Recorded On: June 15, 2018

Air Date: June 18, 2018

Downtown Eugene will see a $60 million development begin this year. The expansion of the 5th Street Public Market will replace a parking lot with an 82-room boutique hotel, a 113-unit apartment building, and a three-story retail and office complex.  It will be built on land owned by Lane County, and leased to Obie Companies.

Casey Barrett, Vice President of Obie Companies, visits City Club of Eugene to give an update on the proposed expansion and lay out the plans.

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The Hilton Eugene will be rebranded, following one of Lane County’s largest real estate deals. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Amy Simons

Following the January sale, The Register-Guard became a GateHouse paper, now the only one in Oregon. However, the holding corporation owns 10-percent of daily papers nationwide. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert spoke to a former editor at her hometown, Missouri newspaper who experienced a GateHouse takeover.

Chip Price

Longtime readers of the Register-Guard were shocked earlier this year to learn their hometown, family-owned newspaper was sold to GateHouse Media. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert wanted to find out more about how the new corporate owner operates and what other changes may be in store for The Register-Guard.

Tiffany Eckert

KLCC CONTINUES TO COVER THE IMPACT AND CHANGES AT THE REGISTER-GUARD FOLLOWING THE SALE OF THE NEWSPAPER TO GATEHOUSE PUBLISHING. TODAY, WE DUSTED OFF THE FOLLOWING STORY WHICH FIRST AIRED 7 YEARS AGO ON FEBRUARY, 17, 2011.

KLCC's Tiffany Eckert takes a regional look at the state of the newspaper job market and the evolution of the industry.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Homeless people often lug their belongings with them everywhere they go – which can make them vulnerable to theft. But now the City of Eugene and St. Vincent de Paul are offering them a place to stash their personal items. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene Newspaper Guild is a labor organization for journalists and other media workers. Right now, the union is in ongoing contract negotiations with GateHouse publishing, the new owner of The Register-Guard.

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