Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Lane County

Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Pat Farr delivers his State of the County address Monday evening at 5 o'clock at the Lane Events Center.

Farr spoke earlier Monday with KLCC's Rachael McDonald. He says drafting a strategic plan for the county was one of the big accomplishments of 2014.

At Tuesday's meeting, the board will elect a new chair and take care of other New Year housekeeping items.

Anna King

For twenty years, Senator Ron Wyden has held a town hall meeting in each of Oregon's 36 counties. He starts 2015 with stops in Deschutes, Lane and Benton counties, among others.

Constituents communicate with elected officials many ways:  e-mail, Twitter, Facebook. Before the 114th Congress convenes, Senator Wyden will speak to people face to face in seven Oregon counties. Hank Stern is Senator Wyden's Press Secretary. He says the town hall meetings are conversational:

Opponents To Cowlitz Casino Prepare Appeal

Dec 26, 2014
Conrad Wilson / OPB

For more than a decade the Cowlitz Indian Tribe has tried to build a casino near La Center, in southwest Washington. But that effort has been slowed by a slew of lawsuits from local governments, gambling interests and even other tribes. Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled in favor of the Cowlitz. That clears the way for construction of the casino to begin. But the tribe’s victory could be short lived.

Less than 20 miles from Portland, off Interstate 5, there’s a grassy field surrounded by trees.

City of Eugene

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy has announced she won't run for mayor after her term expires in two years.
Kitty Piercy was first elected Mayor of Eugene in 2004.

Piercy formerly served in the Oregon legislature. During her tenure as mayor, she oversaw the revitalization of Eugene's downtown. Several people have expressed interest in running, including city councilors Chris Pryor, Alan Zelenka and Mike Clark.  

Lane County Certifies Measure 92 Recount Results

Dec 11, 2014

Wednesday, the Lane County Clerk certified the results of the vote recount for ballot Measure 92 which would require the labeling of genetically modified organisms. The recount showed little change. The results remain with more than 85,000 in favor and more than 62,000 against. These results follow a statewide recount of votes on the measure. The recount was required because the difference was within one half of one percent. State law requires close results to be automatically recounted.

Supporters Of Food Labeling Measure Concede Defeat

Dec 11, 2014
Lindsay Eyink

Supporters of a food labeling measure in Oregon have conceded defeat, more than one month after the election. Measure 92 would have required food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods. It produced the most expensive initiative campaign in Oregon history. The difference between the "no" and "yes" votes was so close, it triggered the first statewide recount in more than six years. KLCC's Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman says that recount is largely confirming the initial totals.

Lindsay Eyink

A judge has denied the request from supporters of a food labeling measure in Oregon to block the certification of election results.

Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods. It fell just 800 votes short in the November election, and a statewide recount is underway.

Supporters filed a lawsuit Monday to get the state to count around 46 hundred ballots that had been rejected for invalid signatures.


Federal District Court Judge Michael McShane will hold a hearing Thursday in the Newport Fisherman’s Wives’ suit against the U.S. Coast Guard. As theCoast Guard air facility in Newport is scheduled to close Monday, the timing is tight.

Dungeness crab season has started in Oregon and more boats are heading into the Pacific from Newport’s Yaquina Bay. Kevin Greenwood is the Manager of the Port of Newport. He says many people are concerned about the increased response time if troubled vessels can’t get help from Newport’s rescue helicopter:

John Rosman / OPB

Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana last month allowing home cultivation starting next summer. Master Gardener volunteers with Oregon State University have been reminded that they are not allowed to provide marijuana growing advice.

Master Gardeners with the OSU Extension offer home horticultural advice in Linn, Lane and Benton counties. Assistant professor of community horticulture Brooke Edmunds says volunteers are required to follow the university’s policies.

Lane County

Organizers must get a license to have a gathering with 1,000 to 3,000 attendees in rural Lane County.

The Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the ordinance concerning large outdoor events on private land. The license application requires organizers to demonstrate that they'll meet minimum health and safety standards, including noise and traffic impacts. Kier Miller is a senior planner with the county.