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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After the death of George Floyd, protests have erupted across the nation in response to racism and police brutality. In Eugene, an estimated crowd of 7,000-10,000 people peacefully came together on Sunday to promote equality. 

Lane Transit District

 

 

On Wednesday, Lane Transit District held a virtual public hearing on its proposed budget for next year. 

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LTD is projecting a $12 million reduction in employer and employee payroll taxes, fares, special services, and group pass program over the next year. Revenue that supports more than 80% of LTD’s annual operations. 

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Latinx community members make up 25% of Lane County COVID-19 cases, despite being 9% of the county’s total population. Now, the county is working to test more people.

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Although it’s too soon to tell, Lane County could be on track for phase two of reopening. The second phase could mean increased office work, larger public gatherings, and limited visitation to nursing homes.

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As K-12 schools complete the remainder of the academic year online, encouraging students to login for classes can be difficult. But the Eugene 4J district’s efforts to keep students engaged seems to be working.

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As school districts prepare for impending state budget cuts, they’re trying to find ways to lower costs. Now, Eugene 4J is looking at reducing some of its  programs. 

 

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eugene 4J school district is anticipating an $8.3 million reduction in state funding. To save funding for next year’s budget, the school district will implement scheduled furlough days.

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Since Governor Kate Brown approved Lane County’s first reopening phase, schools are figuring out how soon they can put students back in the classroom. For some Lane Community College students, they may be back on campus beginning next week. 

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Kate Brown is preparing state departments for budget cuts—including the Oregon Department of Education. For the Bethel School District, a 17% reduction in state funding would be a $6.5 million dollar budget cut. 

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For non-English speakers, a lack of signs representing their native language could prevent residents from coming to downtown Eugene. But a UO Spanish linguistics class looked at ways to make downtown signs more inclusive.

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On Tuesday, Lane County voters approved a Lane Community College bond measure. Now, the funds will be used to repair buildings and expand their programs.

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On Monday, the Springfield School Board unanimously approved an amendment to the 2019-2020 calendar. Beginning May 22, employees will have scheduled furlough days through July 31.

Oregon State University

 

If you’re a parent or teacher struggling with online learning, you may be in luck. Oregon State University’s Ecampus has published free reference guides on educational technologies and online teaching practices.

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As Oregon residents gear up for the 2020 presidential election, it is a defining moment for first time voters. Since Super Tuesday in March, four young adults in Eugene have explained how recent events will impact the way they will vote in the primary.

Lane Transit District

 

As the pandemic continues to impact the economy, Lane Transit District is also taking revenue hits. LTD is making staff reductions in order to balance their operating budget.

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For Lane County residents, next Tuesday’s election will include voting on a Lane Community College bond measure.

The almost $122 million project would upgrade the college’s facilities, and ultimately expand their programs.

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On May 19, Lane County residents will vote on a Lane Community College bond measure—a $121.5 million project to upgrade the college’s facilities and programs.

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Those who have faced financial hardships due to the pandemic, may be concerned about being evicted. But Oregon renters cannot legally face eviction for at least another month.

Eugene 4J School District

On Tuesday, the Eugene 4J School Board announced Cydney Vandercar as the finalist for interim superintendent for next school year. Vandercar currently serves as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services.

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For high school seniors who are uncertain about their future finances or juggling other problems due to the COVID-19 outbreak, deciding which college to attend may be overwhelming. 

But on Wednesday, the University of Oregon announced they will extend their freshman admittance deadline from the national date of May 1 to September 1.

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The University of Oregon plans to hold a live webcast of their spring university commencement in June. The UO made the announcement last week.

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On Monday, the University of Oregon announced that it is planning to be open for in-person instruction this fall. But campus instruction will look different.

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On Monday, the Eugene 4J school district budget committee held a virtual meeting about funding for next school year. During the discussion, Superintendent Gustavo Balderas says the district will probably lose about $17.5 million in state funding, and possibly more in the coming years.

University Of Oregon Athletics

 

Saturday, three more University of Oregon football players were chosen during the 2020 NFL Draft.

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On Monday, the Eugene 4J School District Budget Committee will hold the first of two virtual meetings about funding for next school year (fiscal year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). The first meeting will be broadcasted at 6pm on KRVM 1280-AM and on the 4J website.

Lane Transit District

 

Starting Monday, all Lane Transit District employees and vendors will be required to have their temperature taken before entering a District building or facility.

Centro Latino Americano

 

Over the past few weeks, the Trump administration has made many changes that impact immigrants.

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Across the country, racial and ethnic disparities have led to minorities being more likely to contract coronavirus. Lane County is no exception, with Latinx community members disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

University Of Oregon Athletics

 

Thursday, University of Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert was selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Herbert was picked by the Los Angeles Chargers, who selected him sixth overall.

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Due to Governor Kate Brown’s stay-home order, there have been less people parking downtown and getting parking tickets. But that means a loss in city and community revenue.

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