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. 

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.

University of Oregon

 

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.

Centro Latino Americano

 

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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Public gatherings for the 50th Earth Day celebration today were not an option due to social distancing. But 350 Eugene held an electric car parade to keep up spirits.

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On Wednesday, Lane Community College held a virtual board meeting to discuss their bond measure to improve LCC facilities. Now, the board is finalizing steps before the May primary.

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Lane Community College is coping with decreased enrollment and reductions in revenue due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the LCC education board meeting, Wednesday, members discussed the future of the college and financial impacts from COVID-19.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, non-essential surgeries have been put on hold. That includes life-altering procedures, such as gender affirming surgeries. On Tuesday, Basic Rights Oregon held a town hall to hear patients’ questions about their procedures. 

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On Wednesday, Lane Transit District board members were supposed hold a public hearing and listen to a staff presentation on a modified proposal to update bus routes. But the new route proposal for Eugene and Springfield has been put on hold.

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On Monday, the University of Oregon announced 282 employee layoffs due to lost revenue from the COVID-19 outbreak. These departments include housing and dining, the EMU, athletics, PE and Rec, and the access shuttle program.

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Last month, President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in order to help offset the impending recession. Now, Oregon colleges will also receive a cut of the money.

 

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As Oregon teachers and students are preparing to begin remote learning for the rest of the school year, a Springfield principal explained what online classes will entail.

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Public closures in Lane County have made it difficult for at-risk residents to access supplies without potentially exposing themselves to COVID-19. But the Lane County Mutual Aid Network is working to reach more people.

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On Tuesday, the Eugene 4J School Board approved including input from employee groups for their interim superintendent search.

Springfield Public Schools

 

Due to public closures from the COVID-19 outbreak, Oregon K-12 schools will begin remote learning on April 13th. Urban and rural school districts are providing devices and internet access to help families with the transition.

Lane Transit District

 

Beginning Thursday, Lane Transit District is requiring all passengers wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth. 

Oregon State Government

 

As of today, the Oregon Health Authority reported another COVID-19 death in Oregon. This raises the state’s death toll to 27.

Eugene 4J School District

 

The Eugene 4J school district has added more locations for free breakfast and lunch while schools are closed.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Today, Lane County Public Health announced more positive COVID-19 test results. This brings the number of cases to twenty-eight. 

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If you drive by the University of Oregon, in Eugene, you might see construction workers still on campus. That’s because Governor Kate Brown's stay-home order did not ban construction.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Oregon is making adjustments to prepare for financial hardships. On Thursday, the UO held a virtual town hall for employees to address concerns about funding.

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Last night, the Eugene 4J school board unanimously approved a contract with external consultants to help with the selection process for the one-year interim superintendent position.

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