Environment

Environment & Planning

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.

Lincoln County (Washington) Sheriff's Department

Spokane, Washington, the state’s second largest city, found itself surrounded by flames (Monday) after high winds and heat Sunday caused the rapid spread of three separate wildfires. Correspondent Emily Schwing reports.

Lane County Air Quality Agency Says Smog Levels Are Rising

Aug 19, 2016
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As temperatures rise, so do smog levels, says the lane regional air protection agency or LARAPA.

Bethel School District

An official with Bethel School District in Eugene says recent lead testing has proven the majority of its water sources are safe, and schools will open come September.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Temperatures are expected to break 100 this week in the South Willamette Valley and the city of Eugene provides locations for individuals to cool off.

Brian Bull

The phrase, “back to school” spurs many families to grab school supplies.  Some may reuse stuff from previous years - such as an old backpack or calculator - in order to save some money. 

School districts cut costs and practice sustainability by reusing materials and equipment gleaned from freshly-demolished schools.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has the story.

Paddle Oregon

About 130 canoeists and kayakers embarked on 5-day trip down the Willamette River this Monday morning. The 16th annual Paddle Oregon started at Marshall Island in Eugene. It’s an 85 mile journey to the outskirts of Portland.

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