Politics & Government

Politics & Government
1:39 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Timber Companies File Suit To Restart Logging

Timber companies filed a lawsuit Monday against the federal government. They claim there is no legal reason to suspend logging during the partial government shutdown.

The American Forest Resource Council joined Murphy Timber Company, High Cascades Inc., and South Bay Timber in the lawsuit. It seeks an injunction to lift the ban on logging during the government shutdown. AFRC Spokeswoman Ann Forest Burns says there is no provision in the contracts that says logging must be stopped on projects already approved. She says the lack of timber will hurt workers and mills.

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City Club of Eugene
9:27 am
Mon October 14, 2013

When And Where Is Sleep A Legal Right?

Meeting:  October 11, 2013
Aired on KLCC:  October 13, 2013

Guest Speakers: Alley Valkyrie, activist and community organizer; Pat Farr, Lane County Commission; and

Professor Ofer Raban, University of Oregon School of Law

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Budget Gap
6:35 am
Mon October 14, 2013

City Of Eugene To Host Meetings Addressing Budget Problems

Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett
Credit Photo Courtesy of The City of Eugene

The City of Eugene is facing a multi-million dollar gap in its budget, so it's asking residents' help to shape a solution. A series of community meetings starting this week are being held at local high schools to discuss the situation.

Last year, Eugene voters defeated a City service fee. To balance the budget, funds were transferred from its Reserve account. But, that fix was only supposed to fill the gap for one year. City Councilor Claire Syrett says if they are not able to find some new solutions, they might be back in the same position as last year.

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Food and Agriculture
8:54 am
Sun October 13, 2013

March Against Monsanto Rally In Eugene

Protesters at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza
Credit Photo by Desmond O'Boyle

About three hundred people attended a rally in downtown Eugene Saturday as part of a worldwide "March Against Monsanto" protest.

Concern has steadily grown over the use of Genetically Modified Organisms being used in farming practices. The agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto is the main proponent of such practices. The Oregon Senate has approved a bill limiting the ability for counties to ban the use of GMO's. Organizer and spokeswoman Sabrina Siegel says politicians need to stop taking money from big businesses.

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Lane County
1:39 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

County Moves Forward On Hiring New Administrator

Credit Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners will use a Washington State recruitment firm to find candidates for their new Administrator.

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City Club of Eugene
6:54 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Digital Privacy And The NSA

Meeting:  Friday, October 4, 2013
Aired on KLCC:  Monday, October 7, 2013

Digital Privacy and the NSA - Who Is Reading Your E-mail and What You Can Do About It

Guest Speakers: Seth Woolley and Kyu Ho Youm

The first Friday Forum of October focuses on practical privacy in the digital age. Is privacy possible? If so, how can you protect yours?

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Homeless Issues
12:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Whoville Residents Meet With Eugene Mayor

Whoville camp at Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Homeless people who've pitched their tents around town in small communities they're calling "Whovilles" met with the Mayor of Eugene Monday. The group wants the city to lift or change its camping ban.

Currently a group of about 30 people is camped at Hilyard and Broadway in Eugene. Whoville representatives met Mayor Kitty Piercy and asked her if they can stay there. Police have cited the campers for violating Eugene's camping ban.

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Budget
11:20 am
Mon October 7, 2013

City Of Eugene Seeks Budget Input

The City of Eugene is inviting the community to attend workshops devoted to shaping the budget. Eugene is currently facing a significant gap due to the recent recession and low property tax revenues. The deficit in the general fund over the past four years has caused the city to decrease its expenses by $24 million. Last year, the city faced a similar gap of $5.3 million and was forced to dip into the reserve fund. There will be five workshops in all, the first at South Eugene High School on October 15th.

Government Shutdown
4:19 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Oregon Military Department Affected By Shutdown

Approximately 1,000 full-time personnel in the Oregon Military Department are being furloughed due to the government shutdown.

The Oregon Military Department is comprised of Citizen-Soldiers, Airmen, and civilians. The shutdown will affect training activities, equipment maintenance, and efficiency at military bases. Capt. Stephen Bomar says to maintain readiness they are forming plans in case the shutdown is prolonged.

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Politics & Government
7:41 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

"Grand Bargain" Passes Oregon Legislature

Oregon Capitol Building.

The so-called "Grand Bargain" has passed in Salem. Oregon lawmakers have approved all five of the bills on their special session agenda. The package includes targeted tax hikes and tax breaks, as well as cuts to pensions for some retired public employees.

Many of the bills passed with very narrow margins. And some lawmakers who voted for the measures said they were doing so against their better judgment. Here's Republican representative Sal Esquivel.

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