On this week's show Lane County Public Healths' Dr. Patrick Luedtke discusses the latest news on FDA recomendations on COVID-19 booster shots, vaccines for youth 5-11 years old, and takes listener questions.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown toured the University of Oregon’s COVID-19 testing operation in Eugene, Friday. 

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Oregon’s temporary emergency substitute teacher license allows schools to hire subs who don’t have a college degree. Area officials confirm they’re pinched for substitute help. 

Photo provided by Eugene-Springfield Fire.

A middle-aged man stranded on a bridge pier was rescued tonight by members of the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department.

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The Corvallis School Board decided Thursday night not to become the first district in Oregon to require COVID-19 vaccines for all eligible students.


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Skiers and snowboarders can dip gloved hands a little deeper into their waterproof pockets to skip long lift lines at Mt. Bachelor this winter, but U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is calling on the Central Oregon resort’s parent company to scrap its plan to charge people extra for premium access.

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Portland’s Reed College has reported only four positive COVID-19 cases since its fall semester began in late August.

Low case numbers seem to be a trend at many of Oregon’s private colleges and universities, even as thousands of students have returned to campuses in person.

Courtney Flatt

Salmon are now spawning in waters blocked by Grand Coulee Dam. It’s the start of a larger effort to reintroduce salmon into the blocked area.

Kaylee Domzalski

State Sen. Betsy Johnson is running for governor, but not with her current political party.

Monday is the deadline for healthcare workers in Oregon to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but state officials don’t expect noticeable staffing gaps in the southern Willamette Valley.


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Eugene’s 4J School Board unanimously approved a motion on Wednesday to increase compensation for transportation employees. 

City of Eugene

More officers and youth intervention programs were among some of the needs discussed at a Eugene City Council work session on Oct. 11. The meeting focused on the Community Safety Initiative.

Steven Burroughs

UPDATE: Oct. 15, 2021: The UO Marching Band has been put on "pause" by the University with consultation with Lane County Public Health. According to a statement from the UO, 14 members of the marching band have tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Winter means wood-burning for many rural and Native American communities, who often rely on stove-generated heat. But that can mean harmful emissions.  A $2.5 million grant will help Oregon State University researchers explore cleaner burning stoves.

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Two of Oregon’s most influential unions have bargained with the state to allow employees of the state executive branch more time to comply with Gov. Kate Brown’s mandate, which requires them to be vaccinated by Oct. 18 or risk losing their job.

Oregon State University

A prominent Oregon State University researcher and professor was arrested late last week.

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Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner says he wants to bring School Resource Officers back to the city’s schools.

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If you drove by Hendricks Bridge County Park today, you might’ve seen emergency crews wading out in the McKenzie River with containment booms.  Rest assured though, this was not an actual fuel spill.


A new emergency rule allows Oregon school districts to hire substitute teachers who don’t have a bachelor’s degree. It’s meant to address a 43% drop in the number of registered subs statewide.  

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Oregon taxpayers can now find out how much of a kicker they’ll get when they file their taxes next spring.


On this edition we speak with Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software, one of the largest tech companies in central Oregon. A family company that her father started in Silicon Valley, Sabrina took over the top spot a decade ago and has grown the business planning and email software company into a global player with customers for its LivePlan, Outpost and B-plan software products in 180 countries. We talk about growing a global business, managing a family company and her views on what Eugene and Lane County need to do to become an even bigger player in the tech industry.

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Affordable housing is among the issues U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is discussing on his latest tour of Oregon. 

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The Oregon State Hospital has been in contempt of a court order for more than a month as it has failed to admit people with significant mental illnesses who need long-term treatment.

Janet Van Ham

After months of very public exploration, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has taken his most meaningful step to date toward running for Oregon governor.

City of Eugene

The city of Eugene is drafting new rules for what is known as “middle housing”—duplexes, triplexes, cottages, and row houses. 

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Newport is seeking public input on how to spend a final round of urban renewal dollars in the city’s South Beach neighborhood.


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The White Bird Clinic in Eugene has weathered a lot of adjustments and challenges since the pandemic hit the area last year. But they’ve since managed to overcome a lot for their clientele.

Oregon’s Cascades got a couple inches of snow over the weekend and now there’s frost expected tonight (Monday) in the lower elevations.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon has surpassed more than 4,000 deaths related to COVID-19.

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Salmon have returned to spawn in the waters of Finn Rock Reach in the McKenzie River. For those who worked over the summer to improve habitat there, it's a reason to celebrate.