Veneta

Brian Bull / KLCC

Nearly 70 cats have now been rescued from a beleaguered homestead near Veneta.

Corum Ketchum / City of Veneta

Small cities like Veneta may not have the established and concentrated business scene that larger places like Eugene or Salem have, but that’s not stopping civic planners. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on a “pop up” retail district launching this weekend. 

Lane County Sheriff

The Oregon Country Fair is this weekend in Veneta and Lane county sheriff’s office is mobilizing their traffic control to deal with the massive expected crowds.

Oregon Country Fair

Oregon Country Fair kicks off its 50th year on Friday in Veneta. The three-day festival is expected to draw its largest crowd in history.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Startups in rural Lane County are getting a boost, through a new hire at one of the region’s non-profits.

Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police are searching for a multi-colored pickup truck that has endangered people around Veneta.

Tiffany Eckert

There’s a new non-profit in town-- but by design-- it won’t stick around.  Volunteers on Wheels is made up of people who travel from place to place in two brightly painted school buses. They find volunteer projects in every town they visit. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, this mobile non-profit has already logged 2,000 collective hours helping out in and around Eugene.

Lane County

Lane County Commissioners have dropped plans to place a public safety levy on the May 17th ballot. The proposal would have funded more sheriff patrols in the rural communities west of Eugene.

Angela Kellner/KLCC

The Oregon Country Fair is the proud new license holder of a low-power radio station. KOCF, Fern Ridge Radio, 92.5 FM, has been in the works for about two years. The community radio station celebrated a milestone July 3rd when it was finally time to install the antennae on the roof of the fire station in Veneta.

Karen Richards

After two recent bond defeats, Fern Ridge school buildings have only fallen into further disrepair. Bond proponents in Veneta and Elmira have high hopes their measure will pass in May.

The Fern Ridge School District serves a growing community of about 10 thousand people in Walton, Noti, Veneta and Elimira. The 26-million dollar bond would pay for facilities and technology. Almost half the funds would be used to replace Elmira Elementary School. Jackie Turle is the principal there. She says the 65-year old building isn't healthy for kids or staff.

Charlie Ruff

A suspected arson fire did extensive damage to a large wooden dragon sculpture at the Oregon Country Fair site in Veneta late last week.

The dragon near the entrance to the Oregon Country Fair is familiar to people who've visited the annual three day festival. OCF General Manager Charlie Ruff says the dragon's head and tale are still intact but the middle of the wooden structure was destroyed. Ruff says it's a blow because the dragon is an important feature at the fair.

Karen Richards

A three-year collaboration between state, county, and local groups has come to fruition in Veneta. First Call Resolution, a growing Oregon-based company, has moved into its new space and is now hiring.

"First call resolution" refers to the company's goal of solving a customer's question within one phone call. Today, the call center received two 50-thousand dollar business development checks, one from the state and one from Lane County.

This is the company's fifth center. President John Stadter says all the locations are in small Oregon communities: