Karen Richards

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Karen Richards has been a KLCC reporter since the fall of 2012.

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Karen Richards

The first day of school looked a bit different for staff and students in Eugene today [Friday], but after 18 months of changing protocols, teachers are well prepared.


Karen Richards

Many of us are still dealing with poor air quality this week. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an alert through Thursday afternoon for Central and Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley.

  

  

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Summer is also roadwork season in Oregon. The City of Eugene is taking on some big repairs this year.

  

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Oregon’s farm production depends on field workers to tend and harvest the crops. New technology could affect farmworkers for better or worse.  


Karen Richards

Growing crops is already a field with a lot of inherent risk. Add Oregon’s increasing heat waves and wildfire smoke, as well as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s obvious farm workers are on the front line in multiple ways. KLCC’s Karen Richards has this report on the future of farm work, the first in our series, “Workin’ It.”

 


Karen Richards

For many Olympic track and field athletes, the next stop after Tokyo will be Eugene. The Prefontaine Classic is August 20th and 21st at Hayward Field.


Eugene Civic Alliance

Pending approval, federal funding is on its way to Civic Park in Eugene to help the venue build an audience.

  

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An Oregon native who set a shot put world record at the Olympic Trials is headed to Tokyo. Ryan Crouser competed in Eugene in high school, and said he appreciates having grown up in a place that knows track and field. 

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The World Athletics Championships will come to the United States for the first time in 2022. With just under a year until the 10-day competition at Hayward Field in Eugene, preparations are speeding up.

  

Karen Richards

Eugene and Springfield residents can now get back to the stacks and browse books. Local public libraries opened their doors this month.


Karen Richards

The U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials brought extra shoppers and diners to Eugene. Then, Oregon’s COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, allowing for greater capacity. But it’s still a long haul back to normal for some businesses.

  

Joshua Gurnick (USATF IMC)

The Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene were delayed Sunday due to excessive heat, after heptathlete Taliyah Brooks fainted before the javelin throw.

 

Yet neither heat nor the delay stopped athletes from having outstanding performances.

Karen Richards

While there won't be a free festival area outside Hayward at the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, there will be a food court for ticketed fans. KLCC checked in with one company that jumped at the chance to be there.  


Karen Richards

For fans with Olympic Trials tickets, information about the event has been slow to come and sometimes confusing.

Karen Richards

Day One of the NCAA Track and Field Championships was the first chance for many out-of-town fans and coaches to experience the new Hayward Field. Here's an audio postcard.


Karen Richards / KLCC

 

Nine women and 15 men from the University of Oregon qualified for next week’s NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. The meet, which runs June 9th to 12th will be the first at the new stadium to invite ticketed fans.

Scott Touchette

A woodworking class at Springfield High School stepped up to build a Japanese arch for the race walk at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June.


Karen Richards

With no fans at sporting events, the past year has been lean for hotels and restaurants near the University of Oregon. Businesses expect a boost from two big track and field meets in June, but there are also challenges.


Karen Richards

A bond that would have helped rebuild the McKenzie School District’s 70-year-old elementary school failed to pass in Tuesday’s special election.


Karen Richards

Voters turned down a Lane Fire Authority levy last November. Advocates hope a smaller levy and better messaging will help them pass a property tax increase May 18th.


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TrackTown USA has news for spectators of this summer’s U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene. CEO Michael Reilly said in a statement Thursday that based on Hayward Field’s capacity and current health protocols, they cannot honor the number of tickets already sold.

 

KLCC

The University of Oregon sent an email to graduating students Tuesday announcing the addition of two in-person events to this spring’s commencement ceremonies.

Karen Richards

The Eugene Ballet moved to its new location at 16th and Pearl about two months ago. As KLCC’s Karen Richards reports, it’s artfully stretching into a place designed for its needs.

 


Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

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

 

Ocean Conservancy

A new report from the Ocean Conservancy said nearly 100 percent of volunteers found PPE at coastal cleanup sites, including in Oregon, with face masks the most common item. 

 


Karen Richards / KLCC

Friday and Saturday’s Hayward Premiere meet featured some Oregon wins, plenty of PR’s, and some wide-eyed expressions of awe from visiting athletes and guests as they took in the new stadium for the first time. 

Madison Wilson, Eugene Public Library Foundation

The Eugene Public Library may soon be lending the internet. KLCC has more on a campaign to raise money for portable wifi hotspots.

 


Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash

The CDC and the Oregon Health Authority recently announced classrooms can reduce physical distancing from six feet to three. Decisions now fall to each district whether and how to change in-person learning.

  

Karen Richards

The new Hayward Field has been ready and set for quite a while; now, it’s nearly “go” time. The University of Oregon announced today (Wednesday) the venue will host its first invitational meet, the Hayward Premiere, on April 2nd and 3rd. 

Minto Island Tea Co.

A new “Farm2Food” accelerator grant in Oregon and Washington aims to help women farmers expand their businesses. Amy Gilroy with the Oregon Department of Agriculture said the program is the first of its kind. 

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