Tiffany Eckert http://klcc.org en Lane County Group Re-files Initiative To Limit GMO Crops http://klcc.org/post/lane-county-group-re-files-initiative-limit-gmo-crops <p>A Lane County group chose Earth Day for their latest legal move. Today (Tuesday) “Support Local Food Rights” filed its third attempt at an ordinance to protect area farms and limit certain agricultural practices.&nbsp;</p><p>Last month, a judge ruled that the previous version of the Lane County Local Food System Ordinance did not comply with pre-election requirements. Attorney Ann Kneeland says the county now has five days to decide if this newest incarnation is acceptable.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:00:06 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 12238 at http://klcc.org Lane County Group Re-files Initiative To Limit GMO Crops Youngster Challenges City Officials To Sleep Outside With Him For Two Nights http://klcc.org/post/youngster-challenges-city-officials-sleep-outside-him-two-nights <p>An unexpected voice has come forward advocating for the homeless in Eugene. 10 year old cancer survivor Keegan Keppner has spent the last 4 months trying to change the way people treat those with no place to sleep. He's met with legislators and Governor John Kitzhaber. Now, Keegan is challenging members of the Eugene City Council to join him for a "sleepover" of sorts. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke with the youngster about his unique proposal.</p><p>Keegan: "I'm gonna got to Mr. Ruiz…uh…where is he at dad?"</p><p></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:49:02 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 12023 at http://klcc.org Youngster Challenges City Officials To Sleep Outside With Him For Two Nights HUD Announces Millions In Funding For Homeless Projects http://klcc.org/post/hud-announces-millions-funding-homeless-projects <p>The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to support homeless projects in Oregon. The money will be spread across 118 programs this year. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke to one of the agencies providing critical housing and services to families in Lane County.</p><p> Catholic Community Services in Eugene is a basic needs provider. They sponsor McKenzie Transitions, which helps people take long term steps to move out of poverty. Tom Mulhern is Executive Director. He describes what the nearly $600,000 in HUD funding will do.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:53:29 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 11731 at http://klcc.org HUD Announces Millions In Funding For Homeless Projects Oregon Senator Speaks Out On Hobby Lobby Case http://klcc.org/post/oregon-senator-speaks-out-hobby-lobby-case <p>Last week, the US Supreme Court heard “Hobby Lobby vs Sebelius.” The case could allow for-profit companies to deny health insurance coverage to women for birth control and other services if-- the CEO has a moral objection. Today, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, business owners and women’s health advocates called on the land’s highest court to protect women’s health care.</p><p>Nearly fifty years ago, a landmark Supreme Court case ended state bans on access to birth control, ruling it was protected in the Constitution as a “right to privacy.”</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:08:25 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 11170 at http://klcc.org Oregon Senator Speaks Out On Hobby Lobby Case Wolves Stress Cows Out http://klcc.org/post/wolves-stress-cows-out <p>It may not come as a surprise to hear that wolves make cows nervous. Unlike bovine that haven’t ever had a run-in with a wolf pack, ones that have can experience stress-related illnesses. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports researchers with Oregon State University have found a way to measure the stress of a wolf attack on beef cows.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:36:27 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 9631 at http://klcc.org Wolves Stress Cows Out Land Advocates Protest Logging Bill http://klcc.org/post/land-advocates-protest-logging-bill <p>Conservationists from across the nation are in Eugene this weekend for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Public lands advocates took this opportunity to protest a logging bill sponsored by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. Today (Friday) more than 50 people marched from the Knight Law Center to the Federal Courthouse.</p><p> The protesters are opposed to plans to increase logging on public forestlands in western Oregon. Self proclaimed "tree sitters" are part of the rally. So are fishery managers and scientists.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 00:55:16 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 9044 at http://klcc.org Land Advocates Protest Logging Bill Whoville Homeless Camp Must Close http://klcc.org/post/whoville-homeless-camp-must-close <p>In a work session today (Wednesday) the Eugene City Council voted to shut down the homeless camp known as Whoville. The motion includes opening an alternate location in West Eugene.</p><p>Eugene City Manager John Ruiz moved that Whoville, currently located at Broadway and Hilyard, be closed by no later than April 1<sup>st</sup>. Ruiz also recommended authorizing a second "rest stop" at the Northwest Expressway location.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:24:16 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 8928 at http://klcc.org Whoville Homeless Camp Must Close Eugene Wants Community Input On New Community Court http://klcc.org/post/eugene-wants-community-input-new-community-court <p>In an effort to reduce costly jail sentences, the city of Eugene is planning to establish a Community Court for certain offenses. City officials are <a href="http://www.eugene-or.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1147">asking residents</a> to help choose which low-level crimes should be routed through the new system.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:41:09 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 8857 at http://klcc.org Eugene Wants Community Input On New Community Court Eugene Council Tables Talk Of Buying Amazon Headwaters Property http://klcc.org/post/eugene-council-tables-talk-buying-amazon-headwaters-property <p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:23:03 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 8532 at http://klcc.org Eugene Council Tables Talk Of Buying Amazon Headwaters Property Fern Ridge Middle School Evacuates After Bomb Threat http://klcc.org/post/fern-ridge-middle-school-evacuates-after-bomb-threat <p>A bomb threat prompted evacuation of Fern Ridge Middle School this (Wednesday) morning. Homeland Security brought in a bomb-sniffing K-9 to search. No explosives were recovered but the district’s emergency protocols were put to the test.</p><p>Fern Ridge Middle School administrators were the first to find the threat spray painted on two walls. Superintendent Dennis Fredrick arrived soon after.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:45:47 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 8125 at http://klcc.org Fern Ridge Middle School Evacuates After Bomb Threat