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Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene City Council voted 6 to zero last night (Monday,) to enable property owners to enforce trespass laws on planter strips-- the areas of land between the curb and sidewalk. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the new provision will take effect immediately.  

Rachael McDonald

The forecast is calling for thunderstorms this week in western Oregon and fire officials say they’re prepared for possible fire starts. They’re also asking the public to take precautions to prevent human-caused fires.

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Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney said Tuesday that even if Republicans returned to the Capitol, there still would not be enough votes to pass a massive cap-and-trade bill.

Rachael McDonald

A popular hot springs east of Eugene that’s been closed to the public since last summer will re-open July 1st. 

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An online apartment locator and rental advisement service ranks Oregon first among states where it may be more affordable to rent than buying a home.

Recorded on: June 21, 2019

Air date: June 24, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Last fall, California’s then-Governor Jerry Brown had a warning to offer:

“This is not the new normal,” Brown said at a November 2018 press conference to update Californians about the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history. “This is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10, 15, 20 years.”

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene City Council will decide Monday on a proposed ordinance revision to give property owners the ability to remove people for trespassing in the planting spaces between the curb and the sidewalk.

A small homeless tent camp on 5th street in downtown Eugene is located in one of these “right-of-way” areas. It is unclear whether a decision to revise the city ordinance will affect how police will enforce trespass laws when dealing with the homeless.

Eric Jackson has been unhoused in Eugene or a year and a half.  

Tiffany Eckert

Homeless campers living in a row of tents in downtown Eugene say they are there in protest. The campers object to the lack of shelter in the city center and claim mistreatment by local business owners.

Senator Floyd Prozanski

As the walkout by Oregon Senate Republicans continues, longtime Eugene Democratic Sen. Floyd Prozanski says he thinks the tactic could signal a “new norm” for Oregon politics.

Senate Republicans have left the state in protest of a bill that would regulate carbon emissions. Their absence denies the majority Democrats a quorum, meaning the Senate can’t meet to vote on bills.

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Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement says they will step up efforts to deport undocumented immigrant families. Those families are likely to live in major U.S. cities who've been given orders for removal. 

Brian Bull

Oregon's Senate Republicans walk out to avoid voting on a Cap and Trade bill. It's the 2nd time they've wallked out this session. 

Rachael McDonald

Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio wants Congress to check President Trump’s actions in regard to Iran. He reintroduced his War Powers bill which clarifies that under the constitution, Congress must authorize military force. 

 NY Times bestselling author, Mary Roach, is known for her books about scientific topics with a humorous twist.

Oregon State University

Oregon’s public universities and community colleges are getting a funding boost thanks to a spending plan approved in the Oregon House Thursday. But the fate of the measure is uncertain amid political drama at the Capitol.

While the higher ed community was pushing for even more funding, the budget bill moving forward in the legislature included enough to allow some schools to partly dial back tuition increases set to kick in next fall.

KLCC 89.7 FM will broadcast live from the 50th Oregon Country Fair all day Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14,  2019.   Beginning at Noon on Saturday, KLCC will bring the music, fun and ambience of the Fair to everyone with a radio, computer or smart device!

Enjoy the Main Stage Music plus interviews with musicians, entertainers and other Fair characters.  

Karen Richards

Prescribed fire is one of the best tools to help prevent major blazes and help restore forest health. And many say we need more prescribed fire, not less. New smoke management rules in Oregon are aimed at changing that. KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke with OPB's Jes Burns about how the new rules are shifting the dynamic.

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JOB TITLE: KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow

JOB SUMMARY: The KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow will be responsible for covering topics associated with diversity, including race, access, class differences and culture in this unique fellowship program.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Hundreds of truckers and loggers held a protest at the Oregon capitol Wednesday to show their opposition to a bill that would regulate carbon emissions. House Bill 2020 was approved by the House on Monday and could come up for a vote in the Senate as soon as Thursday.

Log truck driver Steven Wilks of Tillamook says he’s concerned about his livelihood. “It would devastate all of Oregon because of the loss of jobs in all the rural areas,” he said.

John Thielking

Last week, the Eugene City Council passed an ordinance to fund community safety services with a payroll tax. Now, volunteers are gathering signatures to get the tax referred to voters.

Corvallis City Club

A community meeting will be held in Corvallis next Thursday in order to decide on bylaws for a homelessness advisory council. It’s designed to assess, plan and respond to homelessness issues in Benton County.


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Heavy winter storms damaged structures at the Oregon Country Fair site in Veneta this year. And KLCC’s own booth is no exception.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Gas-powered leaf blowers would be banned in Oregon under a bill that got a hearing Tuesday at the state capitol. But the measure is already dead this session.

Photo courtesy of Anne Bridgman

The Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County will observe World Refugee Day for the 3rd year in a row. The organization will focus on the growing number of asylum seekers at the southern U.S. Border.

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Oregonians could vote next year on whether to increase taxes on cigarettes and cigars. A legislative committee advanced a measure Tuesday that would hike the tobacco tax, and create a new tax on vaping products.

KLCC has won Excellence in Writing for three scripts submitted to the annual Murrows contest organized by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregon lawmakers have decided not to regulate kratom, a drug widely sold at convenience stores.

Doug Nadvornick

The KLCC news team was recognized with three national awards this weekend at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) conference in Washington, D.C.

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Women veterans lag behind men when it comes to signing up for their benefits, according to a state official.

From the City Club of Eugene:

In 1964 Lane County citizens voted overwhelmingly to establish Lane as a comprehensive community college (approving it 5,944 to 1,282. State-approved programs offer students preparation for employment in approximately 50 career areas: health careers such as paramedics, nursing and, flight technology, culinary arts and hotel and restaurant management, auto and diesel mechanics, manufacturing, business and computer careers, graphic design and multimedia careers, exercise science, as well as criminal justice and human relations careers

Photo courtesy of Clinton Begley

The Long Tom Watershed Council designed a new welcome road sign along Highway 126. It recognizes the area as Indigenous homelands.

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