Elizabeth Gabriel

KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow

Elizabeth Gabriel is the second KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She covers stories related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Elizabeth is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in rhetoric and writing, as well as radio, television, and film. Her radio experience includes participating in NPR’s Next Generation Radio project. For the assignment, she profiled Kate Hellenbrand—75 at the time—who is known as “America’s Godmother of Tattooing.” She also has interned with the news department at KUT in Austin, TX, and most recently completed an internship with KRBD in Ketchikan, AK, where she worked as a news reporter and hosted Morning Edition. 

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The City of Springfield released a report Thursday detailing the findings of an investigation into the city police department’s use of force. The document includes a number of recommendations for the Springfield Police Department, but it ultimately concludes most of the officer’s actions were not considered excessive uses of force during the Jul. 29 protest in Thurston. 

Oakridge School District

 

The Oakridge School board meeting Monday will discuss the results of an investigation into the district’s superintendent. Many community members are wondering if the teacher’s association’s vote of no confidence will be addressed.

Oakridge School District

 

An inquiry into the Oakridge School District Superintendent has been completed after community members petitioned for her removal. The investigator reports the superintendent’s removal is not warranted.

Oakridge School District

 

The Oakridge School District announced Monday evening that the investigation into their superintendent has been completed and the results are available by request.

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As the Eugene 4J school district prepares for hybrid learning, the district is taking stock of their personal protective equipment. 4J plans to have different types of PPE in schools.

Eugene 4J School District

 

The Eugene 4J school district announced they will not resume in-person learning until staff for returning grade levels have the opportunity to be vaccinated.

Eugene 4J School District

The Eugene 4J school board unanimously voted Wednesday night to support the district’s efforts to begin hybrid learning. Some students could resume in-person school in mid-Mar.

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The City of Eugene’s Police Policy Ad Hoc Committee has until the end of Mar. to provide recommendations for policy changes. The group’s eighth meeting is Tuesday from 6-8pm.

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The City of Springfield’s investigation into the police department’s use of force is almost complete.

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School districts have been reevaluating their reopening plans since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced new in-person guidelines last week. The Eugene 4J district will provide an update on reopening during their next Wednesday board meeting.

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Some education staff in Lane County are preparing to get vaccinated this week after the county received 1,700 doses for educators. The Eugene 4J district is receiving about one-fifth of the doses needed to vaccinate all staff.

Denise Silfee

 

Applications to transfer schools in the Eugene 4J and Springfield School Districts are open. But the process of school choice can lead to segregated and underfunded schools.

Springfield Public Schools

Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Education recently announced new school reopening metrics, making it easier for students to return to in-person learning. The Springfield School District plans to have some students begin a hybrid learning model beginning next month.  

Oregon Department of Education

The Oregon Department of Education hired their first ever Director of the Office of Indian Education in December. April Campbell discussed what she plans to do in the new role.

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Residents who live along the McKenzie River can resume modified daily services from Lane Transit District beginning Sunday, Jan. 24. 

University of Oregon

 

The University of Oregon has received over $5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand programs across campus.

 

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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A group of local plaintiffs represented by the Civil Liberties Defense Center who are suing the City of Eugene and the Eugene Police Department for during Black Lives Matter protests in late May.

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The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission released the Statistical Transparency of Policing (STOP) report in Dec. 2020, reviewing which community groups are disproportionately stopped by police officers.

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Lane County Public Health is offering two free COVID-19 testing opportunities for Eugene 4J families and staff.

Lane Transit District

 

Lane Transit District will resume collecting bus fare on all routes starting Monday, Feb. 1.

Lane Transit District

 

The Lane Transit District has recently replaced a historical marker stationed along a bus route after it was defaced in July. The display is in honor of one of Eugene’s first Black families.

NextStep Recycling

 

As the New Year begins, it’s time to start thinking about ways to dispose of holiday waste. Lane County’s WasteWise has suggested ways to recycle electronics, trees and holiday packaging.

File photo

 

A professor at Oregon State University released a report last month that compared cigarette usage among racial and ethnic groups. Researchers found disparities in the effectiveness of anti-smoking measures.

Tim Akimoff / Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

 

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said they are seeing an increase in reports of sick birds on yards and at feeders. The ODFW recommends people disinfect bird feeders more often.

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The South Umpqua School District announced Tuesday that all schools will begin in-person instruction after the winter break.

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