Brian Bull / KLCC

Lane County has begun dispersing Pallet shelters to its cities, including loaning several to smaller communities. The temporary structures are part of an effort to increase non-congregate shelter options for the unhoused.

Program date: November 20, 2020

Air date: November 23, 2020

From the City Club of Eugene:

Oregon Sea Grant /

This year’s commercial Dungeness crab season typically starts at the beginning of December. But that’s been put off by at least two weeks.  

Oregon Dept. of Fish & WIldlife /

State officials say recreational razor clam harvesting is now closed from the Columbia River to the California border.

Brian Bull / KLCC

In past years, the Eugene Mission has done a blow-out Thanksgiving feast for people who are low-income or homeless. But  the pandemic has changed those plans.

Eugene Education Foundation

The Eugene Education Foundation recently received a $100,000 donation from a retired 4J educator. The funds will establish a program to help 4J students who have experienced severe trauma.

Melorie Begay

On this week's show, we ask Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Lane County Senior Public Health Officer, about the governor's two-week freeze, the surge in cases of COVID-19 in Oregon and locally, masks, and when to get tested. 

Music for the Friday Show by Asleep Verified Picasso.

Copyright 2020 KLCC.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Oregon’s senior senator is blasting Republicans for lack of movement on a coronavirus relief package.

Democrat Ron Wyden said during an interview with KLCC Friday that he just can’t understand why Senate Republicans and the president aren’t acting quickly on a new COVID-19 stimulus bill.

Andy Nelson / Register-Guard/pool

The agency that regulates utilities in Oregon is giving phone companies until the end of next month to re-establish land line telephone service in areas affected by wildfires.

Sean Nealon

Teams from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon recently partnered to test a random sample of residents in Eugene-- for COVID-19. The results are in.

Egan Warming Center on Facebook

As temperatures decline, Egan Warming Center is keeping a watchful eye on the forecast. The Eugene/ Springfield organization is struggling amidst the pandemic to help the unhoused find shelter from the cold.

University of Oregon

This week, the University of Oregon expects to conduct more than 3,500 COVID-19 tests. All Residence Hall students are required to take a self-administered nasal swab test. And it’s voluntary for off-campus students.

Brian Bull / KLCC News

The surge in coronavirus cases and the governor’s new lockdown means students statewide are not allowed to have indoor workouts. The Eugene 4J School District also announced during their Wednesday board meeting they do not anticipate returning to in-person school until well after the New Year.

Lane County Farmers market

Both the Lane County Farmers Market and the Eugene Holiday Market are remaining outdoors to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. The idea is to create a safe, festive atmosphere where people can buy local.

Brian Bull / KLCC

To date, the City of Eugene has received nearly $8 million in federal coronavirus relief funds. The bulk of it went to the Emergency Operations Center.


The Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Springfield announced on Wednesday they're issuing another round of furloughs, affecting 144 employees. An official says the decision is a result of the two-week ‘freeze.'  

Provided by Lori Tapahanso.

This Friday (November 20)  will see the virtual premiere of a new Native American theatre company in Eugene.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, women are the fastest growing population in the military today. So, the demand for equitable, high-quality health services for women has also increased. Recently, the Roseburg V.A. System made some additions-- just for female vets.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, says despite the encouraging news this month on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the fight against the coronavirus is far from over.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene Parks and Open Space has made some temporary changes in response to Governor Brown’s statewide freeze.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A Eugene hotel -among other sites - could become a shelter for people displaced by the Holiday Farm Fire. 

Eugene Police Dept.

Eugene Police are seeking tips on further possible victims of a man sentenced on sexual abuse charges.

Tiffany Eckert

Even with the recently relaxed metric requirements for returning K-12 students to the classroom, Public Health officials say a steady increase in positive COVID-19 cases is keeping Lane County off track for making the grade to reopen schools any time soon.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Some local governments are closing their offices to the public during the two-week “statewide freeze” enacted by Gov. Kate Brown.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Grocery stores in Oregon won’t have to accept bottle returns for the next couple of weeks.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

Eugene City Councilors listened to a presentation about the progress the Police Policy Ad Hoc Committee has made so far during their Nov. 9 work session. At the end of the meeting, the city council approved the extension of the committee and to pay members while working on ad hoc subcommittees.

Melorie Begay

This Friday at 3:30, we'll again have Lane County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke in the KLCC studios to answer your questions about COVID-19. We'll discuss more good news about the vaccine, how the governor's two-week freeze may help to curb the spikes in COVID-19 in Oregon, and more. 

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon’s unemployment rate fell once again in October. But the shutdown of some businesses due to the coronavirus could put the brakes on the rebound.

Brian Bull / KLCC

People in eight Oregon counties affected by this year’s wildfires can have debris and ash removed for free.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Following Gov. Kate Brown’s 14-day "freeze" placing restrictions on some businesses and activities, the Eugene Family YMCA will pause all on-site services except for childcare. Gyms are required to remain closed during the "freeze" in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.