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Owners of Mi Tierra, a family-run grocery store and restaurant, are on the hunt for a new location after their lease ends this month. They see it as a chance to expand.

Willamette River Festival

Tomorrow’s third annual Willamette River Festival is adding several new events focusing on indigenous culture in the Willamette Valley.

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President Trump’s latest salvo of tweets on China’s retaliatory tariffs isn’t making the markets any more stable, says Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

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The Oregon State Fair has been an end-of-summer tradition in Salem since the 1860’s. The 2019 edition kicked off August 23 with the usual variety of farm animals, fair food, and carnival rides.

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A fire at the popular hiking spot Mount Pisgah burned more than 50 acres last week, it was caused by a mower.

Springfield’s City Attorney calls for police to wear body cams. An unofficial count tallied more than 38 thousand people who are homeless in the Portland metro area. And we talk with reporter Melorie Begay about her recent reporting on hate crimes in Oregon.

Friends of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah

All trails at Howard-Buford Recreation Area are now open after temporary closures due to the Mount Pisgah fire. Visitors can access the Eastern Trailhead and parking area, as well as the entirety of trails 6 and 46.

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Public health officials in Oregon are asking medical professionals to be on the lookout for severe respiratory illnesses among people who use e-cigarettes.

Dustin Nagy

A new student production at Lane Community College will focus on bringing issues around suicide out of the shadows. “Lighting the Darkness: Stories of Suicide and Carrying On” is this Friday and Saturday at LCC.

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The Springfield City Prosecutor is recommending that city police look into using body cameras. 

City of Eugene

Campbell Community Center’s renovation and expansion will break ground tomorrow after its annual ice cream social.

Linn-Benton Community College

Linn-Benton Community College will break ground Thursday on a two-story addition to its Corvallis campus. The school says the project will include 20,000 square feet of additional classroom space, as well as expanded parking.

Victoria Tierney has a show of recent works up at the North Bend Library during the month of August, 2019.
Portrait of the Artist by Sandy Brown Jensen

Viz City interviewed Victoria Tierney on Wed. Aug. 14, 2019, and the show was broadcast on Wed. Aug. 21, 2019.

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Last week, a fire at Howard Buford Recreation area burned 51 acres of the east side of Mount Pisgah. The flame was sparked by a mower.

National Park Service

An Oakridge man pleaded guilty today to illegally killing an endangered gray wolf.

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The U.S. Geological Survey is giving more money to the University of Oregon to fund its work on an early earthquake warning system for the west coast.

City of Albany

The City of Albany is seeking public input as it updates its master plan for parks and recreation. The master plan helps the city focus its priorities for parks and recreational programs over the coming decade. The department is gathering input through an online survey and at public events.

Lane County Parks

A fire that burned nearly 50 acres at the Howard Buford Recreation Area was caused by sparks from a mower Thursday, according to investigators. The Oregon Department of Forestry, in cooperation with Lane County Parks, confirmed it was accidental.

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Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there’s been an increase in hate crimes nationally. The public has been shocked by incidents including the killings of 11 Jewish worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh and most recently 22 mostly Latino people at a Walmart in El Paso. But subtler messages have also contributed to the climate of hate. KLCC’s Melorie Begay takes a look at one incident that happened earlier this summer in Eugene.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

A new law signed this month by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will require pharmaceutical companies to create a statewide prescription drug take-back program. The goal is to prevent unused medication from ending in landfills, waterways or in the hands of people it isn’t meant for.

Some pharmacies and police stations already allow people to drop off their unwanted medicine, but the new law will require a robust statewide prescription take-back program, funded by the pharmaceutical industry.

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Howard Buford Recreation Area, including the Mount Pisgah Arboretum and all surrounding trails, are closed to the public at least through Monday, following a wildfire last week that burned around 50 acres and saw hikers evacuated from the park.

Devon Ashbridge with Lane County says fire crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry – South Cascades continue to work in the park. Officials will be removing all heat and hazards caused by the fire before visitors are allowed to return to the park.

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Clinical research funding for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders remains stagnant compared to the National Institutes of Health’s overall budget, according to a recent study.

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Oregon wildlife officials are reminding hunters to get rid of all scented lures that contain deer or elk urine by 2020.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, it’s a new state law aimed at keeping Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) out of Oregon.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Fire crews responded to a fire Friday afternoon south of Cottage Grove that was visible from I-5 and resulted in a southbound lane closure at milepost 167.

Oregon Department of Forestry

As of Friday morning, the Howard Buford Recreation Area- Mt. Pisgah fire is at least 75 percent contained.

Eugene School District 4J

The Eugene 4J School District is moving their meal services in-house. After more than 20 years of working with large food service companies, staff are trying out locally-sourced recipes.

A broken water main at the intersection of East Broadway and Hilyard Street in Eugene will severely restrict traffic movements at the intersection.

Brian Bull

Workers at McKenzie Willamette Hospital say they may strike.

Last weekend, counter-protesters outnumbered Trump supporters at a rally in downtown Eugene.

Oregon Secretary of State

A Roseburg man known for helping to stop a terrorist attack on a French train announced Thursday that’s running for Congress. In 2015, Alek Skarlatos and several others helped take down a gunman on a high speed train headed for Paris. The incident propelled him to worldwide fame, and landed him a slot on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars.”

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Animal welfare advocates are trying to save hundreds of cats on a rural homestead in Lane County. 

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People are being warned away from the Howard Buford Recreation Area – also known as Mount Pisgah - due to a wildfire that broke out Thursday afternoon.

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