Graham Sprague en Bend Refinancing Saves Tax Payer Dollars <p>Bend is taking advantage of lower interest rates to refinance a public works loan and save tax payers dollars. The $10 million loan was originally taken out for two different projects.</p><p>The Transportation Improvement and Urban Renewal projects were originally funded by a loan from Bank of the Cascades. With this refinancing, the city expects to save approximately $817,000 over the life of the loan.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Graham Sprague 5008 at Bend Refinancing Saves Tax Payer Dollars Oregon Men's Basketball On A Roll <p>The Oregon Men’s Basketball team is currently undefeated, and is looking forward to their next game and the upcoming holiday.</p><p>After defeating UC Irvine 91-63, the Ducks are 10-0, with BYU coming up on Saturday. Last year’s team reached the Sweet Sixteen, but Assistant Athletic Director Andy McNamara says this team is better.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:15:03 +0000 Graham Sprague 5009 at Oregon Men's Basketball On A Roll Warmer Weather Coming This Weekend <p>Freezing rain is expected in the early afternoon Thursday, but normal temperatures will begin creeping up this weekend.</p><p>The South Willamette Valley should be experiencing warmer weather as early as Friday, with temperatures predicted to reach the mid 40s in the afternoon. Hydrologist Andy Bryant of the <a href=";lon=-123.6000#.UqoLi_vNk6w">National Weather Service</a> says despite some Friday night cold, the weekend should be warmer.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:21:30 +0000 Graham Sprague 4639 at Warmer Weather Coming This Weekend Frosty Temperature Will Soon Ease <p>The South Willamette Valley has experienced record setting lows this past week.</p><p>The area hasn’t felt anything this low since the early 1970s. With recorded temperatures reaching minus&nbsp; 10, some residents are fearful that the current frost will continue. Meteorologist Matthew Cullen is with the National Weather Service in Portland.</p><p>“Temperatures will gradually be increasing. So we’re still going to be on the cold side for the next few days, but will gradually coming back towards where we should be, kind of normal for this time of year.”</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:10:27 +0000 Graham Sprague 4420 at Frosty Temperature Will Soon Ease UO Group Proposes 2-Way Bike Lane On E. 13th In Eugene <p>A University of Oregon group has put together a proposal for changing the bike lane on Eugene’s East 13th Avenue from one way to two ways.</p><p><br />Called LiveMove, the group consists of students who focus on how transportation systems relate to community quality of life. Their newest idea relates directly with the new Capstone building downtown. The current bike lane only leads to campus, not back. Faculty Advisor Marc Schlossberg says the proposal wouldn’t lead to any construction.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:43:24 +0000 Graham Sprague 4153 at UO Group Proposes 2-Way Bike Lane On E. 13th In Eugene Eugene Airport Expecting Long Lines <p>Sunday is expected to be one of the busiest ever for travelers through the <a href="">Eugene Airport</a>. Wednesday, the airport experienced a five hundred passenger bump over a normal day.</p><p>On Wednesday, the airport saw security lines stretching to baggage claim and back. Airport Security Manager Kaitlin Hunter says passengers need to plan ahead.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:51:07 +0000 Graham Sprague 3803 at Eugene Airport Expecting Long Lines Whitaker Dinner Reducing Waste Through Reusable Utensils <p>The annual <a href="">Whitaker Dinne</a>r is trying to reduce its material waste, and has taken a big step towards doing so through reusable silverware.&nbsp;</p><p>The Lane County Master Recycler program came up with the idea of acquiring metal utensils about 3 years&nbsp; ago and finally reached their goal last month. 3,000 forks, 1,500 knives and 1,200 spoons have been collected to be used by the more than 2,000 people who attend the banquet. Coordinator Kelly Bell is glad to have their own set after relying on others for so long.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:34:57 +0000 Graham Sprague 3659 at Whitaker Dinner Reducing Waste Through Reusable Utensils Egan Warming Center Looking for More Room <p>The <a href="">Egan Warming Center</a> had to scramble Thursday to find another site. With temperatures below freezing the shelter was overwhelmed, but the vacant Parker Elementary opened its doors.</p><p>Only twice over the past five years has the Egan Center needed to move so quickly to find another place for the homeless people seeking refuge from the cold. Thursday night, one of their usual shelters was unavailable. Program Director Doug Bales says the elementary school was found through a group effort.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:55:01 +0000 Graham Sprague 3541 at Egan Warming Center Looking for More Room Bend Sewer System To Get Overhauled <p>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.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:35:16 +0000 Graham Sprague 3273 at Bend Sewer System To Get Overhauled Drill to Prevent Further Worse Spills <p>Members of the Army Corps of Engineers and EWEB worked together Wednesday in an oil spill response drill at Dexter Dam. The scenario depicted the failure of the dam’s powerhouse transformer, causing 58-hundred gallons of insulating oil to spill into the Middle Fork Willamette River. EWEB and the engineers were joined by fire departments and response teams from the surrounding towns and counties. EWEB spokesman Joe Harwood says the main goal of the exercise was to be prepared ahead of time.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:10:55 +0000 Graham Sprague 2997 at Drill to Prevent Further Worse Spills