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To show their ongoing commitment for racial justice, the Eugene-Springfield NAACP celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a drive-thru rally on Monday. The event saw more than 200 vehicles pass through.

Mountain Rose Herbs

E-commerce company Mountain Rose Herbs has purchased the Phoenix Industrial Park in the Whiteaker area of Eugene. The purchase of the 12-acre campus was finalized on December 31, 2020. 

City of Springfield

At their Tuesday meeting, the Springfield City Council plans to choose an interim mayor to replace Christine Lundberg who stepped down last summer. 

Living Less Unsustainably: Dishwashers

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John Fischer / KLCC

Hi, Climate master John Fischer here with KLCC's Living Less Unsustainably.

Isn't it nice when a labor saving machine you might feel guilty about turns out to be better for the environment than the old tried and true method?

An energy star dishwasher uses 3 gallons of water to do a load. That's half the amount consumed in hand washing the same dishes. New dishwashers have internal water heaters, and a cleanable filter to keep the wash water clean.

Program Date: Jan. 15, 2021

Air Date: Jan. 18, 2021

From The City Club of Eugene:

As the new year dawns, communities throughout the Oregon Coast face unique economic challenges and opportunities.

Love Cross / KLCC

The University of Oregon has seen a spike in students and employees testing positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks.

191 people associated with UO have tested positive in the past 14 days. That includes 103 on-campus students, 85 off-campus students and three employees. 

In all of December, the university reported a total combined 103 students and employees with positive test results.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon has its first case of the new, more contagious U.K. variant of COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority announced on Friday.

Eugene/Springfield NAACP Branch #1119

Eugene Police are looking for tips on a van stolen from the local NAACP last weekend. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said increased vaccine shipments will not arrive next week. The head of the state health authority said this puts vaccination efforts “at grave risk.”

Facebook-Sen. Dallas Heard

An Oregon lawmaker is getting some push back for his movement to target people who file complaints about businesses that are not following safety guidelines.

Alachua County (public domain) /

On this week's Friday show, Lane County Public Health's COVID response Incident Commander Steve Adams and Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke speak with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about the vaccine rollout. 

Brian Bull / KLCC News

Eugene Police Auditor Mark Gissiner will retire at the end of January. Gissiner has served in the position for 12 years.

Province of British Columbia /

As COVID-19 vaccines are administered across Oregon, a big part of their reception by residents will depend on messaging.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

The ground floor windows of the Oregon capitol have been covered with plywood in advance of potentially violent demonstrations over the next few days.



Oregon State University’s virtual Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations will include a speech and Q&A with a civil rights activist. Angela Davis will be OSU’s virtual keynote speaker.

Andy Nelson / Register-Guard / pool

Some Oregonians affected by the September wildfires are still without reliable phone service.

Environmental Groups Challenge Delisting of Gray Wolf

Jan 15, 2021
Jacob W. Frank / National Parks Service

Environmental groups are challenging the Trump administration’s decision to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list. 

Jonathan Levinson / OPB

Lawmakers heed the advice from Oregon State Police and FBI in delaying gathering for the 2021 session.
Oregon state lawmakers are preparing for the possibility of another armed protest at the Capitol in Salem and will delay gathering in-person on the first day of the 2021 legislative session.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News


The Eugene 4J school district unanimously approved a COVID-19 temporary leave program during their Wednesday school board meeting. This comes after the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act expired on Dec. 31.

Oregon Health Authority

Lane County Public Health officials announced they will hold two COVID-19 vaccination clinics this weekend. The mass vax opportunities are only for high-risk health care providers in a specific group.

Brian Bull / KLCC News


After schools closed for winter break, Gov. Kate Brown announced on Dec. 23 that school reopening restrictions would shift from mandatory to advisory recommendations. This was with the goal of having more schools statewide return to some form of in-person learning by Feb. 15. 

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News


Athletics will resume for Eugene 4J school district students on Jan. 25. Director of High School Education Andy Dey said some sports, such as football, basketball, dance, cheer, and wrestling will not have competitions.  

Lane Community College


Lane Community College’s virtual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will include a speech from an activist known as the “father of environmental justice.” Dr. Robert Bullard hopes to inspire the next generation of environmental activists of color.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The damage left by Oregon’s 2020 wildfires will pose risks and challenges for years, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Spotted Owl Habitat Protections Severely Cut Back

Jan 14, 2021
Bradley Parks / OPB

The Trump administration has slashed protections for imperiled northern spotted owls on 3.4 million acres of Northwest forests, opening up the land to additional logging.

Jonathan Levinson / OPB

The deployment comes as federal authorities warn of possible armed protests in every state.

Capitol Racquet Sports, Inc.

A fitness center in Salem has been fined for operating out of compliance and willfully exposing employees to COVID-19. It’s the largest penalty related to the pandemic issued to an Oregon employer.

Brian Bull / KLCC News

In preparation for possible pro-Trump protests in Eugene in the coming days, Police Chief Chris Skinner briefed city councilors on plans during a Jan. 13 work session.

Francis Eatherington / Cascadia Wildlands

A Eugene conservation group is concerned about Bureau of Land Management plans to log in areas burned in the September wildfires.