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Oregon State Police volunteers are patrolling the neighborhoods around public schools in Lincoln County.

The OSP volunteers have been active in Lincoln County for more than 25 years. This is the first time they’ve specifically worked on school safety. They approached the school district after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut. Sue Graves is the Safety Coordinator for Lincoln County Schools. She says the volunteers go through background checks and training with OSP. They are not police officers and are unarmed.

Meeting:  Friday, October 4, 2013
Aired on KLCC:  Monday, October 7, 2013

Digital Privacy and the NSA - Who Is Reading Your E-mail and What You Can Do About It

Guest Speakers: Seth Woolley and Kyu Ho Youm

The first Friday Forum of October focuses on practical privacy in the digital age. Is privacy possible? If so, how can you protect yours?

Rachael McDonald

Homeless people who've pitched their tents around town in small communities they're calling "Whovilles" met with the Mayor of Eugene Monday. The group wants the city to lift or change its camping ban.

Currently a group of about 30 people is camped at Hilyard and Broadway in Eugene. Whoville representatives met Mayor Kitty Piercy and asked her if they can stay there. Police have cited the campers for violating Eugene's camping ban.

City Of Eugene Seeks Budget Input

Oct 7, 2013

The City of Eugene is inviting the community to attend workshops devoted to shaping the budget. Eugene is currently facing a significant gap due to the recent recession and low property tax revenues. The deficit in the general fund over the past four years has caused the city to decrease its expenses by $24 million. Last year, the city faced a similar gap of $5.3 million and was forced to dip into the reserve fund. There will be five workshops in all, the first at South Eugene High School on October 15th.

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts

The Newport Visual Arts Center is on a list of properties being considered for sale by the city of Newport.  The revelation of this in mid-September promptly sparked a mobilization by artists and arts advocates.  On Monday (October 7th), the issue is before the City Council once again. 

Derrick Tokos is Community Development Director for the City of Newport.  He says the city is experiencing a financial crunch, and there is currently little funding available to maintain its existing facilities or buy other property it needs.  This leaves Newport officials asking themselves:

Web Extra: Newport Visual Arts Center

Oct 7, 2013
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts

The City of Newport’s Visual Arts Center could be placed on the “for sale” list.  The city says it needs funds for other essential property purchases and is evaluating whether owning a Visual Arts space is appropriate.

The Visual Arts Center is managed by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.  KLCC's Eric Alan spoke with OCCA Director Catherine Rickbone about the emerging controversy.

Oregon Inmates Helped Fight Wildfires In 2013

Oct 6, 2013
Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Forestry

Hot-shot crews and volunteers weren’t the only ones fighting fires in Oregon this year. More than 800 inmates from the state’s correctional institutions worked side-by-side combating blazes.

The State Department of Corrections and the Oregon Department of Forestry have teamed up since 1951 to fight wildfires. Inmates go through the same nationally certified training course as civilians do. DOC Communications Manager Elizabeth Craig says the program benefits both the forests and the inmates.

Mina Wegner on the Saturday Cafe

Oct 5, 2013

Mina Wegner first stepped on stage with the Sugar Beets at age 11.  Tonight she celebrates her 18th birthday opening for them at Cozmic in Eugene.  She and her father Jeremy join Frank live on the Saturday Cafe.

 

Oregon Military Department Affected By Shutdown

Oct 4, 2013

Approximately 1,000 full-time personnel in the Oregon Military Department are being furloughed due to the government shutdown.

The Oregon Military Department is comprised of Citizen-Soldiers, Airmen, and civilians. The shutdown will affect training activities, equipment maintenance, and efficiency at military bases. Capt. Stephen Bomar says to maintain readiness they are forming plans in case the shutdown is prolonged.

The Oregon Mozart Players open their new season under the direction of Kelly Kuo on Saturday, October 5th in Beall Hall on the UO campus in Eugene. The program includes Mozart's "Coronation" piano concerto, featuring the acclaimed pianist Anton Nel, a native of South Africa now settled in Austin Texas. He stopped by the KLCC studios to visit with Eric Alan.

Cover Oregon

Oregon's health insurance marketplace is still not operating at full capacity.  Technical glitches coinciding with Monday's web-launch mean Oregonians won't be able to enroll online for at least a couple weeks.

On Thursday afternoon, KLCC's Jes Burns spoke to Ariane Holm spokeswoman for Cover Oregon, about what consumers can expect.

 

Tiffany Eckert

Homelessness came to the forefront locally two years ago when members of Occupy Eugene put the issue at the top of their list of concerns. Since then, advocates have continued to press for safe places for people to sleep. The new "Opportunity Village" is a pilot program aimed at giving people a second chance.  Its grand opening is Saturday (October 5, 2013.)

Astoria's New Renaissance

Oct 3, 2013
Lisa Smith

Thirty years ago, many viewed Astoria, Oregon as a grim, drug-infested and alcohol-infused place, down on its luck following the exodus of the canneries and lumber mills that once populated its riverfront. Back then, most travelers to Oregon’s North Coast passed through town along Highway 30 without stopping.

But in recent years, increasing numbers do stop, including several dozen cruise ships each year. So what, exactly, has happened to transform this once-struggling community into a must-visit destination?

"Grand Bargain" Passes Oregon Legislature

Oct 2, 2013

The so-called "Grand Bargain" has passed in Salem. Oregon lawmakers have approved all five of the bills on their special session agenda. The package includes targeted tax hikes and tax breaks, as well as cuts to pensions for some retired public employees.

Many of the bills passed with very narrow margins. And some lawmakers who voted for the measures said they were doing so against their better judgment. Here's Republican representative Sal Esquivel.

EWEB Approves Voluntary Smart Meters

Oct 2, 2013

After a crowded public hearing, the Eugene Water and Electric Board voted to install smart meters only for customers who request it. A number of people spoke in opposition to the wireless meters citing health concerns. EWEB spokesman Joe Harwood says there is no risk.

Harwood: “I’m frankly speechless. I don’t know how to respond to people that think that radio waves are going to somehow cause a health effect. It’s patently ridiculous.”

Rachael McDonald

A group called "Support Local Food Rights" is one step closer to placing a measure on the November 2014 ballot in Lane County. Their initiative would restrict Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, from being planted in the county.

The group's original ballot measure for its "Local Food System Ordinance" was rejected by the County Clerk because it addressed more than one subject.
Kneeland: "We're very excited that we've worked in cooperation with the county to submit an initiative that has been approved for the single subject rule."

APEL Extrusions.

Lane County has given a Canadian company a check for 100-thousand dollars as an incentive to expand to Coburg.

APEL manufactures aluminum extrusions in Springfield. It was looking to expand. Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken says the company was considering going to Arizona. The Board voted unanimously to offer APEL an incentive to re-locate to Coburg.

Special Session Bills Finally On The Move

Oct 1, 2013

The five bills on the agenda for Oregon's special legislative session are finally on the move. Nearly two full days after lawmakers arrived in Salem, a legislative panel voted Tuesday evening to advance the measures out to the floor. The full legislature could vote on them Wednesday.

http://defazio.house.gov/

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is blasting Republicans in the US House for forcing a government shutdown. 

But in a speech on the House floor Tuesday, the Democrat said he's even more concerned Republicans, with the support of wealthy contributors, are threatening to block an increase in debt ceiling.  

Project Homeless Connect

More than 200 people are expected to show up at the Project Homeless Connect in Newport this Friday.

It can be difficult for homeless people to get around the community to access services. Project Homeless Connect brings providers under one roof. Haircuts, dental care, clothing and help signing up for health care or benefits are a few of the offerings.

The government shutdown may not have immediate impacts on most Oregonians. But, officials say, if it continues for several weeks, veterans and others who depend on federal programs could be affected. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

Cover Oregon

Oregon's new health insurance marketplace-- part of the Affordable Care Act-- has run into some glitches on its launch day. Cover Oregon's online system is not functioning properly.

Cover Oregon is not correctly determining eligibility for tax credits, the Oregon Health Plan and Healthy Kids. The problem is expected to be fixed in a couple of weeks. Jason Davis with Lane County Health and Human Services says it's possible to get health coverage, just not through the website.

Oregonians for Immigration Reform.

Next to immigration reform, Latino advocates in Oregon say the second most important issue in their community is undocumented immigrants being allowed to drive legally. Currently they can't, but a new state law—set to take effect in January—would allow it. A group that aims to stop the law from taking hold and refer the question to voters, faces a deadline this Friday.

KLCC joins OPB's Think Out Loud for special simulcast

Oct 1, 2013
University of Oregon

On Tuesday October 1 at noon, KLCC will join Oregon Public Broadcasting for a special simulcast broadcast of Think Out Loud.  University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson will be in the KLCC studios live to talk about challenges facing the University and higher education today. 

We’ll have the latest news on the special session in Salem.  Plus UO professor Yong Zhao, who thinks K to 12 schools need to change, will be on the show. 

OPB’s Think Out Loud, live on KLCC, this Tuesday at noon.
   

10th Annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party

Sep 30, 2013

Over the course of the past decade, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party has grown to gather a wide array of national and regional talent in a context of performance, education and celebration. The 10th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party will be held October 4th-6th in Newport. Eric Alan speaks with Catherine Rickbone, Executive Director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the Jazz Party's presenting sponsor.

Meeting:  Friday, September 27, 2013
Aired on KLCC:  Monday, September 30, 2013

Guest Speakers: Representatives of Fred Meyer, the YMCA, and School District 4J to be announced

Eugene School District 4J categorized the 10-acre site as surplus property in 2002. About three years ago, 4J had three responses to its request for proposals to purchase, lease, or trade the property. All were declined.

Once again this fall, those who seek to preserve the historic stadium will vie with those who propose commercial and organizational developments.

Pixabay

The weekend brought two heavy rainstorms through western Oregon. The rain made this the wettest September on record in many parts of the state.

Eugene's rainfall was measured at more than 6 inches. The previous record for the month of September was about 5.5 inches in the late 1800s. Astoria got more than 10, also breaking its record for the month.

Andy Bryant is a hydrologist with the national Weather Service in Portland. He says two storms came through this weekend.

Lane Community College

Classes start Monday (September 30th) at Oregon's public Universities and community colleges.  Enrollment is down at Lane Community College. Lane has come to depend more on tuition and the school is facing a budget shortfall.

Ducks and Beavers Roll on a Rainy Saturday

Sep 29, 2013
KLCC

In the pouring rain last night at Autzen Stadium, The University of Oregon walloped California 55 to 16.  The game was essentially decided in the first quarter, when several Cal mistakes allowed the Ducks to open up a 27-0 lead.  The rain caused miscues and turnovers on both sides.  Oregon fumbled once – it was the first turnover by the ducks the entire season.

Oregon State was also victorious yesterday at home, defeating Colorado 44 to 17.  It was a day for the record books for Beaver quarterback Sean Mannion, who threw six touchdown passes and set a school record. 

Early rain arriving in Oregon will allow fall pile burning to begin in the Siuslaw National Forest.
The piles consist of woodland debris near roadways, and scenic areas in Oregon's forests. The practice is done every year in the fall to help prevent wildfires. Interagency Fire Staff Spokeswoman Nancy Ashlock says the reason they need to start now is because early rain makes the piles very receptive to moisture.

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