Politics & Government

General Election 2014
10:13 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Signature Gathering Efforts Begin In Bid To Establish "Tom McCall Day"

Former Oregon Governor Tom McCall
Credit Oregon Historical Society

An effort to honor a former Oregon governor is shifting into second gear.  This week, organizers are beginning to collect signatures to get an initiative establishing Tom McCall Day on the November 2014 ballot.

Tom McCall was governor from 1967 to 1975 and during that time, chalked up an impressive record as a champion of the environment.  

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City Club of Eugene
6:15 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Managing O & C Timberlands: An Industry Perspective

Credit Rachael McDonald

Friday, November 15, 2013
Air date: Monday, November 18, 2013

Debate over the definitions of prescribed uses of the O&C forestlands has been going on since the late 1980s. Despite years of discussion, agreement about how much relative weight should be given each use remains unsettled. The debate has recently flared anew as revenues from O&C timber harvests shrink and Congressional programs to replace those revenues have proved unreliable, insufficient, and likely soon-to-be nonexistent.

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Politics & Government
10:35 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Bend Sewer System To Get Overhauled

The city of Bend is currently in the planning stages for a new sewer system. This new infrastructure is being set up with help from the community.

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Politics & Government
11:46 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett is Stepping Down

Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett.
Credit Lincoln County

An Oregon district attorney, who's internationally recognized for his work to curtail methamphetamine manufacturing, is leaving his job.

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City Club of Eugene
6:30 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

City Club of Eugene: GMO's - State or Local Control?

Recorded on Friday, November 8, 2013

Airing on Monday, November 11, 2013

Farmers and consumers don’t always see eye-to-eye when it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Two viewpoints on the business and politics of 21st-century Lane County agriculture are on tap for the City Club of Eugene on November 8.

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Gun Control
3:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Moms Unhappy With Decision To Lift Gun Ban In St. Helens School District

Credit courtesy of Moms Demand Action

The decision to lift a firearms ban in Oregon’s St. Helens School District near Portland has some moms unhappy. 

The newly-elected school board decided to reverse its decision to ban firearms on campus for teachers who have Concealed Handgun Licenses. The ban was implemented by the previous board last March. Sarah Finger McDonald is a spokeswoman for the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action, a gun control advocacy group. She says the District was vague about its intentions to lift the ban.

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Eugene Budget
3:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Eugene Seeks Budget Solutions

Credit City of Eugene

Eugene budget planners are trying to find a long-term solution to recurring financial shortfalls. Last spring city voters rejected a proposed fee to pay for services. The city faced a $5.2 million dollar budget shortfall. Currently it's tapping into reserves to fund libraries, recreation and other services.

Ken Beeson is a citizen member of the Budget Committee. He says over the past 5 years the city has reduced its general fund by about 24 million dollars.

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Politics & Government
6:57 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

U.S. Senate Passes Employment Anti-Discrimination Act, Championed by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley

UO students Whitney Logue and Connor Gagner met with Sen. Jeff Merkley (middle) Friday to celebrate senate passage of the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act.
Credit Angela Kellner

College students and business leaders joined Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Friday in calling on congress to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On Thursday the senate passed the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act.  It passed by a 2-to-1 margin with 10 Republicans joining Democrats. Senator Merkley helped pass Oregon's workplace protection law in 2007 when he was speaker of the Oregon House. He says not all states offer the same employment protections for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans-gendered.

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November 2013 Election
10:59 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Corvallis Voters Approve Property Tax Boost

The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is one of the city services funded by Measure 02-86.
Credit wikepedia

Voters in Corvallis Tuesday approved a 5-year property tax levy to fund city services including the library, pool, senior center, public safety and social service organizations.

The levy will raise more than 3 million dollars per year. The measure passed narrowly with 52 percent of voters in favor. Measure 2-86 will charge property owners about 82 cents for 1000 dollar assessed value.

Julie Manning is Mayor of Corvallis. She is grateful to voters for approving the levy.

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Springfield Police Dept
11:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Springfield Hires New Police Chief

Medford Deputy Chief Tim Doney has been hired to be Chief of Police in Springfield.
Credit City of Springfield

Springfield has hired a new Chief of Police. Medford Deputy Police Chief Tim Doney will start his new job  in December.

47-year-old Doney has been with Medford PD for 25 years.  The chief position had 50 applicants and Doney was chosen from 4 finalists. Springfield City Manager Gino Grimaldi says Doney's extensive experience was a big factor.

Grimaldi: "You look for 2 things. His experience as an officer is one. The other thing you look for is experience. Leadership and leadership potential."

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