Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

City of Eugene

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy wants Governor Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency in response to the housing crisis in Oregon.

Rachael McDonald

Wine grape growers in the South Willamette Valley wrapped up harvest a few weeks ago. It was ahead of schedule this year due to the early onset of heat this summer. Oregon winemakers are pleased with the flavor and yield of this year's grapes.

South Lane Fire & Rescue

Voters in Creswell and Cottage Grove are considering a bond measure in next month's special election. Measure 20-237 would fund new equipment for South Lane County Fire and Rescue.

St Vincent de Paul of Lane County

A new affordable housing complex will have a grand opening Tuesday. The Bascom Village Phase 1 is in North Eugene.

Oregon Department of Agriculture

Fall is one of the best times of year for home canning. The practice is especially popular with Oregonians who maintain their own gardens. Although home canning is a process that has been done for generations, those new to it need to follow careful instructions to prevent food borne illness. The Oregon Department of Agriculture warns botulism can be deadly if food is prepared incorrectly. John Burr is with the ODA's Food Safety Program. He says just boiling water is not enough to prevent botulism.

The Hynix Manufacturing Plant in Eugene – empty for the last seven years – has sold at auction for $20 million.

Oregon Employment Department

A rare thing happened to Oregon's workforce last month. It shrank by about 5,300 workers, the first decline in three years.

Oregon has climbed out of the great recession, steadily adding jobs in the past six years. The state gained nearly 50,000 jobs in the past 12 months. So what happened in September caught state economists off guard.

Governor Kate Brown is leading a state delegation to Asia this week to promote Oregon tourism, business, and food products.

The governor is taking her delegation to Japan, China and Vietnam on the 9-day trade mission. About 50 public and private sector leaders, including ones from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Travel Oregon, and the Port of Portland, will be on the trip. The delegation has seven business development meetings scheduled.


Oregon's recreational marijuana sales were higher than Colorado and Washington during their first week of sales. Pot stores sold more than 11 million dollars worth of the drug. That's according to the non-profit trade group "Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association." ORCA Executive Director Casey Houlihan says there were multiple factors contributing to the State's higher sales.

Civic Alliance

Eugene's Civic Stadium property was open to the public yesterday (Sunday) for the first time since a fire destroyed the historic grandstand in June. About 1,500 people visited for "Civic Community Day" to play games, reminisce and get a look at the master plan to rebuild the site. Civic Alliance Advisory Board member Derrick Johnson tells KLCC's Tiffany Eckert about the fire's effects and what the future holds.