Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

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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.

Program Date: April 2, 2021

Air Date: April 5, 2021

From The City Club of Eugene:


April 1 is the start of pink shrimp season across the Pacific Coastline. Seafood industry officials hope it’s one that’ll offset the pandemic’s effects on markets that began a year ago. 

Saturday Market


The Eugene Saturday Market opens this weekend on April 3. With its return comes a few changes.

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The operators of the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene are disputing claims that they “gave up” the business months ago, and are contesting the termination of their lease.

Lane County Farmers Market

For the first time in decades, the Lane County Farmers Market will temporarily move to a new location in Eugene. The change comes as the city plans to begin work on its town square project in May.

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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Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Springfield is looking to hire dozens of lifeguards in an effort to reopen their waterpark and expand hours.

Oregon State University

Restaurants in Benton County are preparing to open their doors to in-person dining this Friday for the first time since last fall.


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A new carrier is coming to the Eugene Airport: Southwest Airlines.

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It’s been a week since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown lowered Lane County’s coronavirus risk level from extreme to high, putting indoor dining back on the table. Owners in Springfield and Eugene say although capacity is limited, they’re seeing a sharp increase in business.

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Benton County officials are continuing to push the state to change the way it calculates risk levels for COVID-19. Their latest comments came Thursday evening during an online town hall.


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Stores in Linn and Lincoln Counties must accept bottle returns again.

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After two weeks, workers at The Rawlin memory care facility in Springfield have ended their strike. And half say they’re resigning from their jobs.

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Benton County doesn’t think it belongs in the “Extreme Risk” category of the state’s coronavirus risk levels. They’re asking the state to reconsider the way it determines those designations.


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A Eugene couple who began offering free food nearly a year ago are readying to open a community café with similar goals of addressing food insecurity. They’re hoping to offer more than a meal.

Onward Eugene

A $500-thousand grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce will help entrepreneurs and startup companies in Eugene. The initiative is aimed at helping the economy bounce back from the pandemic.


Springfield Creamery just celebrated 60 years in business. The maker of Nancy’s Probiotic Foods was founded by Sue and Chuck Kesey in 1960.

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A worker’s strike at a Springfield memory care facility launched today.  Employees are demanding increased staffing, training, and wages.

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Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream joins other businesses opening in the 5th Street Public Market expansion. They are having a grand opening this weekend. 


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Like many industries, Oregon’s wineries have taken an economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. But one owner isn’t crying sour grapes.

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Eugene’s skyline has a flashy new feature as of tonight.  At 6:00pm, a few dozen people gathered near the new Gordon Hotel as its large rooftop sign was ceremoniously turned on. 

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Employees at a Springfield memory care facility say they’re going on strike, after management refused to recognize their union.

Lane County Farmers Market

The Lane County Farmers Market opens its winter Market this Saturday (Feb. 6).

Lane County Farmers Market

The Lane County Farmers Market opens its winter Market this Saturday (Feb. 5).


A Springfield restaurant was fined Wednesday more than $9,000 for defying the state’s COVID-19 restrictions by allowing indoor dining.


The Rawlin

Workers at a memory care facility in Springfield are seeking to unionize. They delivered a petition to management Monday.

Oregon’s unemployment rate rose in December. It’s the first monthly increase in seven months.


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Oregon’s commercial Dungeness Crab season is a little topsy-turvy, so far.

Mountain Rose Herbs

E-commerce company Mountain Rose Herbs has purchased the Phoenix Industrial Park in the Whiteaker area of Eugene. The purchase of the 12-acre campus was finalized on December 31, 2020.