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On the November ballot, Lane County voters will be asked to decide whether or not to institute a new voting method, called STAR voting, for non-partisan elections.

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A judge has given the go-ahead for Lane County and the City of Eugene for a land-swap that involves a remnant of the original land deeded to the county by Eugene and Mary Skinner.

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Earlier this week, the Oregon Department of Forestry raised the fire danger level back up to blue or “moderate” in Lane County and parts of northern Douglas County. But, overall, it’s been pretty safe in the district this season.

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It seemed like fall in the Southern Willamette Valley – cooler mornings, overcast skies and even rain.

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With air quality worsening throughout the week, Lane County officials are urging people to be aware of the health effects of breathing smoky air. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there are even “clean air spaces” being made available.

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A draft of the parks master plan from Lane County Parks is now available for feedback. Residents can comment on what they’d like to see in local parks online and at six upcoming community meetings.

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Lane County has released a new online tool called the Garbage Guru. The search engine is designed to help residents understand if items are truly recyclable, therefore reducing the “wishful recycling” that has led to China restricting what materials it takes from the Pacific Northwest.

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Eugene Police are investigating multiple threats made against Lane County officials. They’re also seeking tips from the public.

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Two boat ramps on the McKenzie River near Springfield have been re-opened. They were closed for cleanup of an oil spill earlier this month. Lane County says the barriers blocking the river near Hayden Bridge have been removed and the river is open to boat traffic in that location. The Bellinger and Hendricks boat ramps are now open and accessible. Hayden Bridge boat ramp remains closed until further notice.

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Incumbent Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken has a challenger. All together, three board seats are in contention in the May Primary.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners will consider a ballot measure that would ban aerial spraying of pesticides. They’ve scheduled it for a May work session.

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The January 23rd Special Election is next week. Lane County election officials say as of today they’ve received 69,941 ballots.

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A deal reached last night  has ended a week-long strike by hundreds of Lane County workers.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, both sides seem mostly satisfied with the new three-year contract.

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Lane County says a tentative agreement has been reached with its largest employee union, AFSCME, after nearly 8 months of negotiations and a 7 day strike.

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Lane County officials say as of today, about 150 of nearly 700 striking workers have gone back to their jobs…enabling some services to start up again.  

Rachael McDonald

Lane County says it remains firm in its latest contract offer to workers represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The union has been on strike since Wednesday.

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Hundreds of Lane County workers are in their second day on strike Thursday. The union and county negotiators go back to the bargaining table Friday.

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Lane County’s largest employee union is on strike Wednesday. Negotiations between American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME, and county leaders went through the night but no agreement was reached by this morning.

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With Lane County workers authorized to strike next week, negotiations continue over a contract dispute between officials and unions.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, both sides say they want to avoid a strike.

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Labor unions and their supporters gathered in Eugene today to protest the lack of a contract between Lane County workers and management. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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This week, signage is going up all over Lane County parks, reminding people of the tobacco ban that went into effect this year.  

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday added policy language that bars its employees from using public funds to enforce federal immigration laws. The vote was a 5 to 0.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners and Eugene City Council have agreed to a land swap.
The agreement will provide for a site for a new County Courthouse on the former City Hall Site. The New City Hall will be built on the current Butterfly parking lot at 8th and Oak downtown.

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Lane County has the unhappy distinction of having the highest rate of traffic fatalities of any Oregon county. Leaders hope to increase road safety and heighten awareness of the problem.

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The EPA has awarded half a million dollars to a coalition representing Eugene-Springfield and Lane County, for possible clean-up of former or potential business sites.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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For the third year in a row, an independent audit shows Lane County has maintained jail bed and youth treatment facilities in accordance with a levy passed in 2013.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, backers hope this makes the case for renewing the levy in May.  

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Lane County Commissioners voted Tuesday to raise the legal age for tobacco purchase or possession from 18 to 21 years of age.  Lane is the first county in Oregon to make this change.

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Lane County’s credit rating has been given its best score ever.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners plans to ask voters to renew a public safety levy to fund jail beds. The 5-year levy will be placed on the May 2017 ballot.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a ban on smoking and tobacco use in all the county’s parks.

The ordinance includes an exception for ceremonial tobacco use by members of Native American tribes.

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