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EWEB to Raise Rates in February

Dec 2, 2015

EWEB customers will pay more for electricity and water starting in February. Tuesday Eugene Water and Electric Board commissioners approved a rate increase and called for a citizens’ advisory committee.

Junction City

Winnebago is coming to Lane County. The recreational vehicle company will move into the former Country Coach facility in Junction City.

Rachael McDonald

Two fires this summer had a big impact on the Eugene Community. A late June arson fire destroyed Civic Stadium's historic grandstands. In August, the building that was home to a bowling alley went up in flames. Two businesses on either side of Southtowne Lanes have been shuttered since the fire.

Recorded on: November 20, 2015

Air Date: November 23, 2015

Eugene’s City Council will soon consider a proposal to expand the urban growth boundary near Clear Lake Road in West Eugene. The proposed zoning changes are part of the Envision Eugene land use update, which has job growth as a central objective. The City has worked to identify economic development focus areas where our community can build upon regional strengths. One of those focus areas is food and beverage production, processing, and distribution.

WA Fish & Wildlife

Oregon's Dungeness crab season usually opens December first. A toxin has been found in some crab in southern Oregon and it's uncertain if the season will be delayed.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's jobless rate dipped to 6 percent in October, down from 6.2 percent the month before.
The state Employment Department says Oregon gained 2,100  jobs, led by construction, manufacturing, professional services and leisure and hospitality.

Auction.com

Following weeks of speculation, the buyer of the former Hynix manufacturing plant in Eugene has been announced. Avago Technologies-- a developer of semiconductor products-- will close the deal sometime this month.


Auction.com

Ending weeks of speculation, the buyer of the Hynix manufacturing plant in Eugene has been announced.

Recorded on: November 6, 2015

Air Date: November 9, 2015

Panelists at the City Club Friday Forum will discuss burgeoning opportunities to grow our local food economy. Their topics will include the level of economic benefit, jobs, and tax revenues that a focus on agriculture and food can generate. They will point out economic sectors that could be further stimulated by the growth of our local foods industry.

In response to public outcry, the Eugene Water and Electric Board has dropped a proposal to raise its flat rate for electricity by $10.

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The waiting list for a federal program that helps people pay utility bills opens Monday in Lane County. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Newport Now Top West Coast Port For Commercial Fishing

Nov 1, 2015
www.terragalleria.com

Newport is now the dominate west coast port for commercial fishing, landing 124 million pounds of commercial fish.

Newport landed more fish and gave the most money back to the fisherman last year. That's according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Astoria has been the top west coast port by quantity since it overtook Los Angeles in 2012. Kevin Greenwood is the General Manager of the Port of Newport. He says since the Port was able to increase revenue from fishing, the commercial docks need to be upgraded.  

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.

Fall Means Home Canning For Oregonians, Just Do It Safely

Oct 18, 2015
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.

Auction.com

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 Pot Sales Higher Than Colorado And Washington

Oct 9, 2015
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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.

http://defazio.house.gov/

Today (Monday), trade ministers from the United States and 11 other countries reached agreement on the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership. Oregon’s Congressman Peter DeFazio, however, continues to oppose it.

DeFazio issued a statement calling the TPP “the biggest, worst trade deal in history.” He’s been speaking against the TPP for years. If passed, it would phase out tariffs and other barriers to trade between the United States, Japan, Vietnam and others. In June, DeFazio said the TPP has the same problems as earlier policies, like the North American Free Trade Agreement:

Copyright, Boeing Co.

World War II marked a turning point for the city of Seattle. Boeing built thousands of B17 planes at a facility on the Duwamish River. At one point, 30,000 people reported for work there, assembling the planes that would help the allies defeat the Nazis. But with most of the young, white men overseas, Boeing was forced to expand its hiring criteria.

Chris Lehman

Starting October 1st, adults in Oregon will be able to walk into a medical marijuana dispensary and buy pot for recreational use.

Job Market Not Easy To Enter For Older Workers

Sep 27, 2015
AARP Oregon

Finding a job in today's market if you are over 55 isn't easy. Changing demographics and a surge of college-educated millennials competing for jobs mean older workers need to be on their game to be considered.

According to a report released by the AARP, workers age 50 and older value stability at work more, and are 40% less likely than younger workers to change jobs even if an opportunity comes up. Joyce DeMonnin is a Spokeswoman with AARP Oregon. She says employers' discriminating against hiring older workers is a real problem.

Lane County Adds Jobs in August

Sep 23, 2015
Oregon Employment Department

Lane County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly in August. It’s the first decrease after three consecutive increases.

Courtesy of Nyhus Communications

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with titans of Northwest commerce this week on their home turf: Think Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon. Visits from Chinese dignitaries are often accompanied by announcements of deals or sales.

Oregon Ranks Amongst Top States For Organic Exports

Sep 20, 2015
www.oregonorganiccoalition.org

Oregon ranks eighth in the nation for certified organic farms according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A recently released survey is showing expanded growth and an international interest in organic exports.

Karen Richards

Officials broke ground on a new affordable housing complex in north Eugene today (Monday). Phase two of Bascom Village will be sure to fill up quickly.

Near County Farm Road and Coburg Road, earth movers clear the ground for the second half of the Bascom Village community, which will have 48 units.

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