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Oregon Department of Transportation

The New Year will bring a one-of–a-kind program that will provide solar energy to Lane County residents who normally would not be able to afford it.

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Broken down and unused properties are more than just eye-sores—they may contain chemicals or other public health hazards. But testing for contaminates can be a costly process. A Eugene/Springfield coalition wants to help fund these assessments.

A brownfield is any type of previously developed property with real or perceived environmental contamination, like an old gas station, dry cleaner, or lumber mill. These properties are often found in low income and industrial neighborhoods.

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Thanksgiving usually means turkey.  But as families feast on big Butterballs from the grocery store, they might be watched from afar, by the main entrée’s freer, wilder cousins.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Rachael McDonald

If you were hoping for Oregon crab on your Thanksgiving table, you’re out of luck. Officials have delayed the opening of the state’s Dungeness Crab Season due to high levels of domoic acid. The toxin is blamed on warm water and algae blooms.

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Confrontations between local police and activists have left many injured, as the winter continues to turn frigid at a protest encampment on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Native American Group Raises Awareness

Nov 17, 2016
Julie Fink

The Native American Student Association of LCC, also known as NASA, is planning a conference on environmental racism against indigenous peoples.

The event will highlight issues such as the Oregon Liquefied Natural Gas and the Dakota Access Pipelines. NASA students Carolee Hefner (Lakota Sioux, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Kaukiutl) and Jordan Harrington (Klamath Modok) say the discussion of these conflicts is also important due to their wide impact outside of native communities.

National Park Service.

This weekend, a hunting event targeting coyotes is planned in Lake County.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, some conservationists want it canceled.  

Elliott State Forest Sale Attracts One Bid

Nov 17, 2016
Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Oregon’s attempt to sell off the Elliott State Forest has drawn only one bid. Wednesday the Oregon Department of State Lands disclosed the offer came from a Southwest Oregon timber company and Indian tribe.

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Environmentalists are trying to ban train shipments of oil and other fuels through Oregon cities, including Eugene.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Air Date: November 7, 2016

Are we at risk for metal contamination in our local air and water? Heavy metals from glass foundries have been found in Portland’s air and lead has been found in many school water fountains throughout Oregon including Eugene. Merlyn Hough, Director of Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) and Brad Taylor, Water Operations Manager for Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) will speak about the situation in the Eugene metropolitan area.

Merlyn Hough will speak to the following questions on air quality:

Ecotrust Forest Management

The Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians has acquired a 125 acre wetland area on the central coast between Florence and Reedsport. They plan to restore salmon habitat on the property.

Wind & Rain Hit The Coast and Willamette Valley

Oct 12, 2016
Kyra Buckley/KLCC

Western Oregon will see stormy weather the rest of the week and through the weekend. Winds along the coast could reach up to 80 MPH.

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Based on a recent poll, most Oregonians feel the state took wolves off the endangered species list too early. Conservation groups commissioned the poll.

Drought Weakens Oregon's Conifer Trees

Oct 9, 2016
Rachael McDonald

Oregon has seen record drought the last couple of years, and it’s taken a toll on the state’s conifers. But it’s not just water stress killing these trees—insects and disease that thrive in drier weather are just as deadly.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Four conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the Oregon Board of Forestry. They say the agency isn’t doing enough to protect a threatened seabird.

Lane County

This week Lane County Commissioners decided to change how weeds and invasive species are managed on roadways. This shift ends a "last resort" policy on the use of herbicides.

Brian Bull

Eugene’s newest middle school was made official today, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Roosevelt Middle School boasts a variety of eco-friendly features.

Brian Bull

Activists against the Dakota Access oil pipeline development in the Midwest held an international “Day of Action” today.  Among the dozen protest sites in the Pacific Northwest, was Cottage Grove.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Kyra Buckley

The University of Oregon Foundation announced it will stop its investments in carbon-based fuel sources. The decision comes after a robust campaign from students demanding the university divest from fossil fuels. But it is not clear what spurred the foundation's choice.

Rachael McDonald

Federal Judge Ann Aiken heard from attorneys Tuesday in a case that 21 young people have brought against the Obama Administration over climate change.  the audience for the hearing overflowed into two other rooms at the Eugene Federal Courthouse and in courtrooms in Portland.

Chris Orsinger

A project to restore wildlife habitat on the Willamette River near Eugene has reached a milestone.  Non-profit groups collaborated on Turtle Flats to reconnect 21 former gravel ponds.

Our Children's Trust

Twenty-one teens who’ve filed a lawsuit against the federal government over climate change will get another day in court Tuesday. The hearing is before Federal Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene.

Jolleen Brown, Lakota Tribal Member

Saturday in Corvallis, there will be a rally to show support for Native Americans protesting an oil pipeline project in the upper Midwest.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Lane County Waste Management

Lane County is updating its regional plan for what happens to its trash. It wants to hear from the public about solid waste.

Relations between federal land managers and residents of the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon have long been strained by disputes over the Bureau of Land Management’s forest plans. With another large forestry project now under consideration, JPR’s Liam Moriarty recently went on a field trip with BLM staff and Applegate residents to look at the proposed Nedsbar timber sale on Bald Mountain.

Oregon Department of Forestry

Cooler weather helped crews get a handle on a fire burning west of Junction City.

Regulators in Salem, gardeners in Portland, lab technicians in Washington — they've all been studying toxic lead this summer. Health regulators want to add one more group to that list: building contractors.

“As many as 50 percent of all poisoning cases result from some kind of renovation activities in homes," said Perry Cabot, lead specialist in Multnomah County's Public Health Department. "That is the next big thing that’s been really tackled, but not fully and not successfully yet around the country.”

Fire Near Junction City Expected To Grow Due To Heat, Wind

Aug 26, 2016
Oregon Department of Forestry

Lane County firefighters are being kept busy by a fire 10 miles west of Junction City.

Kira Hoffelmeyer

King Estate winery will officially be certified biodynamic this year. This is the latest in a long line of environmentally sound practices at wineries across Oregon.

KLCC’s Kira Hoffelmeyer takes a look at whether these efforts matter to wine drinkers and others in the industry.

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Timber companies in Oregon are closing access to their lands due to fire risks.

The News-Review reports that Roseburg Forest Products, D.R. Johnson in Riddle and Lonerock Timber in Camas Valley have either closed or reduced access to their lands until the hot and potentially combustible weather subsides.

Roseburg Forest Products released a statement Monday saying its closure will remain in effect indefinitely.

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