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Tiffany Eckert

To help navigate the process of getting vaccinated where you live, here’s a handy reference guide.

Bethel School District

Kraig Sproles has been chosen as the next superintendent of Bethel School District in Eugene. 

  

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The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a bill that would require gun owners to keep their weapons locked up when not in use.

  

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Lane County has begun six projects intended to proactively reduce wildfire risks.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Last year, 911 dispatchers took 2 million emergency calls in Oregon-- responding to pandemic, floods, fires and a destructive winter storm. Governor Kate Brown honored 911 operators by declaring this Public Safety Telecommunications Week. (April 11-17, 2021)

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While many Oregonians are enjoying the warmer and drier weather as of late, state firefighters are wary. That's because the rate of fires is already ahead of normal this year.

Oregon Department of Forestry

The Lane Regional Air Protection Authority has suspended outdoor burning in Lane County for a week beginning Thursday, April 15, due to high fire danger.

  

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City council members were presented today with the results of a Eugene-area survey on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected locals.

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The Eugene 4J School Board has a suite of candidates vying for three positions on the May 18th ballot.

 

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The Eugene City Council voted unanimously Monday to hold a public hearing on an ordinance that would increase the capacity of temporary camping and parking sites.

Upslash

A few trends are popping up in the majority of new COVID-19 cases in Lane County. Officials say schools, churches and nursing homes are where they are seeing them.

Lane County Public Health

Lane County health officials announced Tuesday they will cease administering any Johnson & Johnson vaccines to residents until further notice from the Oregon Health Authority. 

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The Oregon House approved a bill Tuesday that would require mental health providers to inform parents or guardians when their teens are expressing suicidal thoughts.

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An independent review says Eugene’s Community Court is both cost-effective and efficient.

OHA Halts Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

Apr 13, 2021
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The Oregon Health Authority has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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A bill to require hospitals and prisons in Oregon to provide a vegan option at every mealtime will not be moving forward this legislative session.

  

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From the City Club of Eugene:

On May 18, voters in Eugene School District 4j will have the opportunity to choose among the candidates for three seats on the board. 

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Lane County will add two new microsites in Eugene for the unhoused at the end of April. While temporary, the county plans to reuse the sites for emergency shelter during the winter season.

On this week's Friday show we talk about the latest data on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, break-through cases among people who've been vaccinated, and more.


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The sun was bright and birds flew over the Willamette River while Project Manager Emily Proudfoot described the progress of the Downtown Riverfront Park project as she stood at the viewpoint where a path connects 5th Avenue to the water. 

  

  

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One of Oregon’s largest wineries has told its workers they must show proof they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine by May 20th. Many workplaces are considering this as pandemic restrictions loosen.

  

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Wildfire victims would not have to pay taxes on the cost of rebuilding their homes under a bill approved Friday in the Oregon House.

  

Avelo Airlines

The Eugene Airport is among 12 destinations chosen for a new, startup budget airline’s inaugural lineup. 

  

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Lane County is seeing a disproportionately high number of younger adults being adversely affected by COVID-19.

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Small to mid-sized restaurants hit hard by the pandemic will have relief soon. Two Oregon lawmakers shared the news in Eugene today.

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A bill to require Oregon drivers to use their headlights at all times was rejected Thursday in the state Senate.

  

Elizabeth Furse

KLCC's Barbara Dellenback speaks with former Oregon U.S. Representative Elizabeth Furse of Portland.

Representative Furse passed away on April 18, 2021. This conversation took place in January of 2021. 

Furse was the first African-born member of Congress. Her life as an activist began with anti-apartheid work in her native South Africa. She and Barbara talk about Furse's work for social justice and tribal rights. Furse served three terms from Oregon's First Congressional District.

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An alternative newspaper in Eugene is unveiling its foray into NFTs, or non-fungible tokens.  It’s to help offset advertising losses while also embracing an emerging digital art form.

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So you’ve gotten your first – maybe even second – vaccine shot against COVID-19, and want to show the world on social media. But authorities say not to post pics of your vaccination card.  

Our Community Birth Center

There are currently no free-standing birthing facilities operating in Lane County. But that is about to change. A non-profit midwifery birth center recently found a new space to call home.

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