News

Recorded On: November 8, 2019

Air Date: November 11, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

David A. Baker

A feature-length documentary directed and produced at Oregon State University in Corvallis-- could have environmental impacts around the world.

Tiffany Eckert

Last week, Egan Warming Center created a pop-up shelter due to an unseasonal cold snap. KLCC spoke with regional warming centers about their preparations as winter approaches.


Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

Nearly 700 Hamlin Middle School students attended an assembly Wednesday to honor veterans. During the event, students learned about soldier’s contributions and sacrifices.

Andrea Johnson (Courtesy of NCAP)

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), a $30,000 Environment Justice grant. The Eugene-headquartered organization will use the funds to help Benton County and Lane County farmworkers.

City of Eugene

With the final steps of an action planning phase at hand, City of Eugene officials are asking for public input on the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Before her coverage of the Parkland Shooting earned her a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, Tonya Alanez was an editor-in-chief for Lane Community College’s student newspaper, The Torch.  She’s also a “Duck”, having graduated from the University of Oregon in 2003.  Alanez stopped by KLCC studios yesterday after speaking engagements at her alma mater.  KLCC’s Brian Bull asked her about her early life before becoming an acclaimed journalist.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Several Oregon legal rights groups, advocates, and law professors filed amicus briefs in support of a Eugene resident, Thursday. This comes after a Lane County Circuit Court Judge denied their petition to identify as nonbinary.

Eugene Public Library

As Eugene children and families ring in the New Year, they will also celebrate waived library fines.

U.S. Dept of Energy / Flickr.com

A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist with Oregon ties says it’s tough times for both people of color and the press. 

U.S. Forest Service - PNW / Flickr.com

An air quality advisory for much of Oregon and southwest Washington that was initially expected to last only through Tuesday night, has now been extended for at least a week.

Eugene School District 4J

There are two new additions to 4J's budget committee. Juan Carlos Valle and Maya Rabasa were selected by the Eugene School Board to serve three year terms.

Tiffany Eckert

Every two years, qualified applicants are chosen to receive housing subsidies under the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program. Most know it as Section 8. On November 12th the Wait List will re-open in Lane County. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports how dire straits in the rental market has prompted the public housing authority to “work outside of the box” to get more low-income individuals and families into permanent housing.

Ari Denison

On November 9th and 10th, Eugene Ballet will present Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, with a live score played by Orchestra NEXT. KLCC's Lauren Purcell-Joiner sat down with conductor Brian McWhorter to talk about Orchestra NEXT, the upcoming performance, and the collaboration between the two performance groups.

Lauren Purcell-Joiner: You were there at the very beginning of Orchestra NEXT, is that correct?

Brian McWhorter: Yeah. Sarah Viens and I cofounded Orchestra NEXT in 2012.

LP: What made that project come together.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

This story has been updated.

Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies, Oregon State Police and the Eugene Police responded to a shooting in the River Road area at 1:13 p.m. Wednesday. Three adults were wounded and the shooter is confirmed to have killed himself with a gun.

Brian Bull, ODOT, Melorie Begay / KLCC, Oregon Dept of Transportation

Last night, voters across the KLCC listening area made their voices heard on a number of ballot measures.  KLCC's Anni Katz has a summary of what went down Election Night, across a six-county area.

Lebanon Fire District

The Lebanon Fire District will move forward with plans to build a new replacement station after Linn County voters approved a $16 million bond, Tuesday night.  

City of Corvallis/Police Dept.

Benton County made its case to voters to create a taxing district specifically to cover 911 emergency dispatch services.  And voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 20-303 last night, with 61 percent saying “yes”.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Voters in Deschutes County have renewed a tax for funding a program that alleviates dust in the Newberry Estates Special Road District in La Pine.

Brian Bull / KLCC

More than 70 percent of unincorporated residents in Lincoln County voted to renew a levy to retain access to libraries in nearby cities, Tuesday night. The measure is estimated to generate around $ 1,975,083 in property taxes over the next 5 years.

Brian Bull/KLCC News

Douglas County voters approved an increase in property taxes to hire a full-time Fire Chief/Paramedic for the Tenmile Fire District, Tuesday night. 

Oregon Dept of Transportation / flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The City of Coburg will increase its fuel tax from three cents to six cents per gallon.

Brian Bull / KLCC

With 82 percent approving of a measure in the November 5th special election, voters have decided that the City of Eugene’s new payroll tax will be capped. 

Melorie Begay / KLCC

As of 1:00 pm today, Lane County Elections officials say they've counted 27,126 ballots so far that've arrived at their main office.  That’s a 22 percent return from registered voters.

Courtesy of Stephanie Judeen

A group of at least five horse owners is looking to pursue legal action against Lane County. Their horses are part of the 61 horses that were seized from a Creswell property last week. 

Homes for Good

Lane County’s public housing authority, Homes for Good, has announced the Section 8 Wait List for rental assistance vouchers will soon re-open. It’s the first time in two years. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

ODOT

Last February’s heavy snowstorm disrupted many communities across Lane County, including the city of Oakridge. Thousands of downed trees closed Highway 58 for almost a week.  Residents also coped with power outages and a stuck train.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Poor air conditions across the region have led agencies to announce smoke bans and advisories. 

John Fischer

Master Gardener John Fischer here with KLCC's Good Gardening.  I try to give you lead time when I pass on ideas to help your garden be more productive or attractive.  But it 's easy to lose track of tasks for the future when the present is so demanding. 

Recorded On: November 1, 2019

Air Date: November 4, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Severe weather, wildfires, and seismic events often lead the news; no place is free from the risk of natural disaster.  Utility services to homes and businesses—water, electricity, natural gas—are among the most critical factors that determine the amount of damage and the time it takes to recover.  In some cases, the failure of utility infrastructure makes the difference between an unusual event and a disaster.

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