Karen Richards http://klcc.org en Global Ambassadors Host International Athletes http://klcc.org/post/global-ambassadors-host-international-athletes <p>People around Eugene or the University of Oregon in the next week may hear more foreign language speakers than usual. &nbsp;There are thousands of athletes and coaches here for the World Junior Track and Field Championships. Helping orient those visitors is a group of U of O student ambassadors.&nbsp;</p><p>("Welcome to Eugene" in Japanese) ("Welcome to Eugene" in Italian)</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Karen Richards 17743 at http://klcc.org Global Ambassadors Host International Athletes Local Start-Ups Begin Acceleration Program http://klcc.org/post/local-start-ups-begin-acceleration-program <p>In Eugene, eight selected startup companies began a journey toward potential long-term success this week. Thanks to a new public and private collaboration, they'll use the next 12 weeks to create a plan and then implement it.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:58:17 +0000 Karen Richards 17598 at http://klcc.org Local Start-Ups Begin Acceleration Program Federal Funds Allocated For Oregon's Outdoor Areas http://klcc.org/post/federal-funds-allocated-oregons-outdoor-areas <p>The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been distributing money to the states for 50 years. Last week, Governor Kitzhaber announced Oregon's 2014 allocation.</p><p>Oregon will receive over 650 thousand dollars this year, to be used to acquire land and develop outdoor recreation areas. The amount is on par with funding over the past few years. Chris Havel is with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. He says the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been remarkably long-lived, supporting thousands of projects over the years.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Karen Richards 17139 at http://klcc.org Federal Funds Allocated For Oregon's Outdoor Areas Country Fair Food Booth Staffers Savor Their Jobs http://klcc.org/post/country-fair-food-booth-staffers-savor-their-jobs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oregon Country Fair is a place people can escape their everyday lives. One of the larger industries at the fair is food service. Many people leave their normal jobs to work at the fair's various food booths.</span></p><p>Merrill Smith works at La Tortilla, better known as "€œthe chalupa booth." He runs a bakery in Ashland. But most of his employees this weekend are not in food service. Smith says his workers are flight attendants, yoga instructors, tree planters, and parents. He enjoys working here because...</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:20:00 +0000 Karen Richards 17366 at http://klcc.org Country Fair Food Booth Staffers Savor Their Jobs Young Track And Field Athletes Earn Right To Represent Team USA http://klcc.org/post/young-track-and-field-athletes-earn-right-represent-team-usa <p>After Friday night's fireworks, the patriotic weekend continued at Hayward Field. The country's best track and field athletes under 20 competed Saturday and Sunday for a chance to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships.</p><p>The U.S. has never hosted a world championship track meet. In two weeks, Eugene will welcome junior athletes from 212 countries. This weekend, several local competitors earned their right to compete for the United States at the event.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:15:00 +0000 Karen Richards 16954 at http://klcc.org Young Track And Field Athletes Earn Right To Represent Team USA USA Junior Track Championships Free To Attend This Weekend http://klcc.org/post/usa-junior-track-championships-free-attend-weekend <p>Before the world comes to Eugene later this month, the U.S. has to select its athletes. This weekend, the best American track and field competitors under age 20 will compete at Hayward Field.</p><p></p><p>Only the top two U.S. finishers from this weekend will go to the World Junior Championships. There will be plenty of local talent to root for. Five current U of O athletes and five freshmen recruits will compete on their home track. One of the veteran Ducks is Maggie Schmaedick, a 2013 Sheldon High School graduate. She enters Sunday's 5K race with the country's fastest junior time.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:42:46 +0000 Karen Richards 16744 at http://klcc.org USA Junior Track Championships Free To Attend This Weekend Boaters Encouraged To Give Feedback To Oregon Marine Board http://klcc.org/post/boaters-encouraged-give-feedback-oregon-marine-board <p>Do you kayak, canoe or paddle? The Oregon State Marine Board is looking for input from non-motorized boaters. They’ve been on the road since early June and are in Eugene today (Tuesday) and in Bend Thursday.</p><p>Scott Brewen is a director with the Oregon State Marine Board. He says for the first time in the state’s history, non-motorized boating is more popular than motor-boating:</p><p>Brewwen: “In all different types of boating from flat water to white water, kayaking, canoes, stand up paddleboard, we’re seeing growth in all areas so it’s pretty exciting.”</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:10:57 +0000 Karen Richards 15780 at http://klcc.org Boaters Encouraged To Give Feedback To Oregon Marine Board Burn Ban Starts Monday In Most Oregon Counties http://klcc.org/post/burn-ban-starts-monday-most-oregon-counties <p>This weekend is the last chance for backyard and open burning in many places in Oregon. Lane, Linn, Benton and Marion Counties have all declared June 15 as the last day.</p><p>Neil Miller is with the Oregon Department of Forestry. He says early this year, they considered starting the burn ban sooner than usual. But spring rains relieved their concerns about fire danger:</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:21:01 +0000 Karen Richards 15536 at http://klcc.org Burn Ban Starts Monday In Most Oregon Counties Visitors Appreciate Track Town USA On Day One Of NCAA Competition http://klcc.org/post/visitors-appreciate-track-town-usa-day-one-ncaa-competition <p>Eugene is used to hosting big track and field events. But what does coming to Track Town mean to the thousands of visitors here for the NCAA Championships?</p><p></p><p></p><p>The first day of competition was sunny and warm. Most newcomers to Track Town USA complemented Oregon's natural beauty:</p><p>Mareno: "Lavonne Mareno, I'm from Corpus Christie Texas. We love the trees. Eugene is awesome."</p><p>Hamilton: "Fisher Hamilton from Lake Charles Louisiana. It's beautiful. I didn't know it was going to be this pretty I knew it was going to be awesome but it's unreal, it really is."</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:20:37 +0000 Karen Richards 15419 at http://klcc.org Visitors Appreciate Track Town USA On Day One Of NCAA Competition Housing Complex Creates Program To Reward Kids' Good Deeds http://klcc.org/post/housing-complex-creates-program-reward-kids-good-deeds <p>An innovative program at Westmoreland Village in Eugene may have positive impacts for families and property managers. Today (Friday) marks the launch of "Uncle Bear."</p><p>The program is the brainchild of Amy Price, the resident manager of Westmoreland Village. She was looking for a way to improve community at the 450-unit complex near 16<sup>th</sup> and Arthur.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:46:54 +0000 Karen Richards 15136 at http://klcc.org Housing Complex Creates Program To Reward Kids' Good Deeds