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Springfield has chosen a new City Manager. Nancy Newton was extended an offer this week. She’s currently the Assistant Executive for Sacramento County in California. 

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A retired University or Oregon administrator has filed to run for Mayor of Springfield in the May 2020 primary.

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Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg faced a standing room crowd last night (Monday) to present the 2020 State of the City Address. While she lauded the success of multiple city projects, departments and partners in 2019--the mayor’s message had a strong focus on the future.

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Springfield’s historic Dorris ranch will see renovation efforts by Willamalane funded by a $20 million bond measure passed in 2012. The public park is set on a working orchard within city limits and is a point of pride for Springfield residents.

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At her State of the City address Thursday evening, Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg emphasized the city’s desire to maintain a hometown feel, but welcome new businesses and residents.

 


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A group of people from Weed, California protested in front of Roseburg Forest Products headquarters in Springfield Tuesday. They’re asking the company to drop a lawsuit against them and not sell their water rights. 

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A groundbreaking spacecraft has also just broken a record.  NASA says the Parker Solar Probe is “alive and well” after skirting by the sun at a distance of 15 million miles…closer than any other craft, including Helios B in 1976.

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The Springfield City Council unanimously voted Monday night to abandon its contract to rent municipal county jail beds to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. KLCC's Alec Cowan reports.

Springfield Police Investigating Potential Hate Crime

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The Springfield Police Department is investigating a potential hate crime. KLCC’s Deonna Anderson reports.

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Following an oil spill, people are warned to avoid an 8-mile stretch of the McKenzie River -from Springfield’s Hayden Bridge to Eugene’s Armitage Park- until further notice. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Springfield voters are considering whether to renew a public safety levy in the November 7th special election. The levy was originally approved by voters in 2006 and it funds the city’s jail.

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The fitness industry has a history of reinventing itself. Jazzercise was all the rage in the 1980s. In the 2000s, CrossFit became mainstream. One current trend is toward more targeted workouts. Here we check in with three specialized gyms opening or expanding in the Eugene / Springfield area.

Ten years ago, Mason Williams was the featured performer for the first event at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Now he returns as a guest at the theater’s 10th anniversary gala on Saturday, May 20th. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about his career, including the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, his instrumental hit “Classical Gas,” his art projects and a new movie he’s in with Tom Hanks and others. 

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Downtown Springfield is highlighting its business scene tomorrow.  The third annual “First Day of Springfield” event will benefit not only a non-profit group, but local shop owners.   KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Real estate and investment firm JLL is announcing the sale of the Shoppes at Gateway in Springfield. 

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In 2008, KLCC’s Angela Kellner reported on efforts to revitalize downtown Springfield. Business owners cited crime, parking and lighting as a few of the challenges impeding their success. Nine years later, Kellner follows up on efforts to fix those problems. 

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In Springfield faith and service organizations continue to help homeless folks find shelter and get in to housing. They also help low income people pay rent. There’s little to no emergency shelter available in the city, and thousands of names are on the wait list for subsidized housing.

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KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks to Sunshine Kesey, daughter of Ken Kesey, about their family life, Kesey’s wrestling start at Springfield High School and his indelible mark on a generation.

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Improvements to Springfield's Glenwood district have been in the works for decades. This spring, the Franklin redevelopment plan breaks ground. While progress is being made, officials say continued momentum depends on conditions beyond their control.  


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If trends in haircuts are any indicator, the Eugene-area economy is doing just fine. Here, several barbers and stylists speak about their businesses, the impact of students, and ... hair tattoos. 

 

 

The city of Springfield and Oregon Department of Transportation have reduced the speed limit on a deadly 40 block stretch of Main Street. Police plan to work with drivers to build awareness.

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Springfield residents will vote on two tax measures in November. One is a gas tax for street repairs. The other is a local tax on pot sales.

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  Fictional candidate Thomas Jerry is running to become Oregon’s first Third Senator, in the interactive murder mystery comedy Murder on the Campaign Trail.  Candidate Jerry (as channeled by actor William Campbell) visits with Eric Alan and details his unusual platform positions on oil, guns, marijuana and the Supreme Court. The play runs through April 30th at the Springfield Holiday Inn. 

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Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg delivered her State of the City address Monday evening at the Wildish Theater. She focused on the “hometown feel” of the community.

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Renowned author and Merry Prankster Ken Kesey grew up in Springfield. The city recently commissioned a two-story, photo-realistic mural to honor their hometown son.

The City of Springfield is installing a two-story, photorealistic painted mural of Ken Kesey downtown on the side of the Odd Fellows Building, current home of PlankTown Brewing. It was designed by Craig Ferroggiaro of Willamette Valley Color, and will be painted by Old City Artists, who also installed the nearby Simpsons mural. Craig Ferrogiaro speaks with Eric Alan about capturing the essence of Kesey, and the inspiring creative challenge of working with existing architecture.

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Springfield’s City Council voted unanimously last week to add a fire renewal measure to the fall ballot. The property tax levy would give a five-year extension to one expiring in June.

City spokesman Neil Laudati says merging Eugene and Springfield’s fire departments has saved money by consolidating the Fire Chief and Fire Marshals office:

Laudati: “But when you talk about the renewal of the levy, it’s specific to Springfield, it’s specific to having five stations in Springfield. So this levy is for the cost of the operation of a fifth station in Springfield.”

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Wood product manufacturers in Springfield and Eugene now have preferential access to federal development funds. Local leaders head to Washington, D.C. tomorrow [Tuesday] to help advance their goals.

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Springfield is growing and changing. The city won an award this week from the American Planning Association for its Phase I Glenwood Refinement Plan. KLCC's Rachael McDonald speaks with Mayor Christine Lundberg.

The Springfield City Council has asked staff to act promptly to improve safety on Main Street following a vehicle incident last month that killed three children.

The children, ages 4, 5 and 8, were in the crosswalk at Main and 54th on February 22nd when a pick-up driver struck and killed them.  The children’s mother, also struck, is recovering.  The incident is under investigation. 

In the past decade, 14 people have died on the wide corridor in collisions involving a mix of pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists:

(Grimaldi) “The goal is to get that to zero.”

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