Desmond O'Boyle en Oregon Following Some High Beef Price Trends In The U.S. <p>Beef prices are at an all time high in the U.S. Industry officials are pointing to extreme weather, particularly drought as the main cause. Oregon's beef industry is seeing some, but not all of those trends.</p><p>USDA choice-grade beef jumped to a record high $5.28 a pound in February. That's up from $4.91 the same time a year ago. Will Weise is the CEO of the Oregon Beef Council he says Oregon isn't following the trend like other states.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:46:00 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 12087 at Oregon Following Some High Beef Price Trends In The U.S. Eugene Celebrates A Windy Earth Day <p>Despite rainy and windy conditions, hundreds of people celebrated Earth Day Saturday in the Eugene Water and Electric Board's downtown parking lot. The wind seemed to be more of a factor than the rain. Elizabeth Brown is with the organization "Our Children's Trust" who operated a booth at Earth Day. She says they tied their booth next to two adjacent ones.</p><p></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:51:54 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 12059 at Eugene Celebrates A Windy Earth Day Three Major Upgrades Needed For Bend's Sewer System <p>Three major upgrades are needed for Bend's sewer system, and they need to happen soon. That's according to results from two private engineering firms hired to provide modeling solutions.</p><p>Bend's Sewer Infrastructure Advisory Group was presented the results Thursday. The upgrades include a large gravity pipeline, a sewage pumping facility, and several pipe capacity upgrades in the northern part of the city. Assistant City Manager Jon Skidmore says in some areas, existing sewer pipes routinely approach overflow levels.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:46:43 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 12000 at Three Major Upgrades Needed For Bend's Sewer System McKenzie Willamette Employees Protest In Front Of Hospital <p>About 75 health care workers and union members protested in front of McKenzie Willamette Hospital in Springfield Thursday. The employees have been trying to negotiate a new labor contract since January when the last one expired.</p><p>Workers chanted, played drums, and marched around the hospital. Ken Charpie&nbsp; is a Medical Laboratory Scientist at McKenzie-Willamette. He says the raise employees are slated to receive won’t offset higher health care costs.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:18:18 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 11955 at McKenzie Willamette Employees Protest In Front Of Hospital Police Use Social Media To Try And Stop Party <p>The Marion County Sheriff's Department tapped into social media to extinguish a party before it started. Early Friday, the sheriff's office says it began receiving tips from community partners about a large party set to take place somewhere in Marion County. Police say the party was organized via Twitter using the trend #Project NAT. The Sheriff's office tried to prevent the party from happening by broadcasting information and contacting the organizer. Around 9:30 PM, police located the party near Packsaddle Park with a stage, bonfire, and alcoholic beverages. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:10:35 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 11639 at Police Use Social Media To Try And Stop Party Foreclosure Filings Spike In March <p>Home foreclosure filings in Oregon spiked last month. Four hundred and seventy four court foreclosures were filed in March compared to 295 in February. According to John Helmick, CEO of Gorilla Capitol, the increase was anticipated.</p><p>Helmick: "These are homes that have gone through the required mandatory mediation process, and so now they are able to file the foreclosures because under the new statute you have to go thought this mediation process before you can file the foreclosure."</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:01:08 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 11638 at Foreclosure Filings Spike In March Redmond Based Concrete Company Faces Penalties For Failing To Pay Workers Correct Wages <p>A Redmond-based concrete company has been barred from any public works contracts for the next three years. The company failed to pay a group of employees a prevailing wage.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:30:16 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 11604 at Willamette River Advocates To Tour River, Assess Health <p>A small group of volunteers are touring the Willamette River this weekend to highlight work that needs to be done to improve its health.</p><p>The Willamette River Blitz starts Friday in Eugene at Whitley Landing. Volunteers will paddle down the river stopping in Corvallis and Salem and ending in Portland Monday. Travis Williams is the Executive Director for the environmental group “Willamette Riverkeeper.” He says the purpose of the trip is to focus on needed improvements and to monitor habitat restoration.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:02:15 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 11530 at Willamette River Advocates To Tour River, Assess Health Skaters Flood Washington Jefferson Park <p></p><p>One park closed, and one opened today (Friday) in Eugene. After Police cleared the homeless camp "Whoville" about 5-6 hundred people flooded Washington Jefferson Skate Park in the afternoon to try out the new rails, half-pipes, and bowls.</p><p>The Park officially opened at 3 o'clock. About 100 members of the design company, Dreamland got to test the concrete while hundreds of enthusiasts waited on the other side of the fence. Chief Designer Mark Scott has been skateboarding his whole life and said the City of Eugene was great to work with.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:55:34 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 11171 at Skaters Flood Washington Jefferson Park Coos Bay Library Is Sinking <p>The Coos Bay Library is slowly sinking. Tuesday, the City Council heard presentations from firms hired to evaluate the structural integrity of the building.</p><p>Like many buildings in downtown Coos Bay, the library was built using pilings on soft "bay mud." After years of adding books and a new addition in 1998, signs of settling are evident. The City contracted with two consulting firms to perform geotechnical and structural investigations on the library. Coos Bay Mayor Crystal Shoji says the pilings holding the building up are half as tall as they need to be.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:15:39 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 11103 at Coos Bay Library Is Sinking