Claude Offenbacher http://klcc.org en A Piece of My Mind (#9): Uphill Or Downhill? http://klcc.org/post/piece-my-mind-9-uphill-or-downhill <p></p><p>I’m Claude Offenbacher with "A Piece of My Mind"</p><p>My wife and I travel the trails of lower Mount Pisgah.&nbsp; We hike them clockwise.&nbsp; But recently, by way of a change, we reversed course and walked them counter-clockwise.&nbsp; Demanding uphills became casual downhills; downhills were now uphills.&nbsp; The trails hadn’t changed -- only how we chose to approach them.&nbsp;</p><p>Each day engages us in countless choices. Most are routine.&nbsp; We resolve them with little conscious thought.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Claude Offenbacher 17986 at http://klcc.org A Piece of My Mind (#9): Uphill Or Downhill? Lane County Fair Opens A Five-Day Run http://klcc.org/post/lane-county-fair-opens-five-day-run <p></p><p>The Lane County Fair opens today at the Eugene fairgrounds and runs through Sunday.&nbsp; It’s all about finding your thrill, your groove, your cuteness, and the goofy in you. We know because the fair’s website, <a href="http://atthefair.com">atthefair.com</a>, tells us so.&nbsp; To learn more about the fair and all the things you’ll find there,&nbsp; KLCC’S Claude Offenbacher speaks with Assistant Fair Manager Rachel Bivens:</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Claude Offenbacher 17962 at http://klcc.org Lane County Fair Opens A Five-Day Run New Eugene City Hall Designers Discuss Their Vision http://klcc.org/post/new-eugene-city-hall-designers-discuss-their-vision <p>The latest design for a proposed new <a href="http://www.eugene-or.gov/cityhall">Eugene City Hall</a> was unveiled Monday at&nbsp; a City Council work session by Rowell Brokaw Architects of Eugene and the Miller Hall Partnership of Seattle. The building would be constructed on the site of the existing city hall, closed nearly two years ago. John Rowell, a principal architect in the Eugene firm, and Project Manager Kaarin Knudson discuss the new municipal center.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Claude Offenbacher 17555 at http://klcc.org New Eugene City Hall Designers Discuss Their Vision State Rep. Phil Barnhart on Taxes, Schools, Global Warming And More http://klcc.org/post/state-rep-phil-barnhart-taxes-schools-global-warming-and-more <p></p><p></p><p>State Representative Phil Barnhart serves Oregon House District 11 in Salem.&nbsp; A Democrat, he's been in Salem since 2001.&nbsp; His constituents are in Central Lane and Linn counties, including parts of Eugene and Springfield.&nbsp; Barnhart is hosting three issue town halls in Eugene this summer.&nbsp; They deal respectively with pathways to prosperity, education funding and global warming and jobs:</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Claude Offenbacher 17098 at http://klcc.org State Rep. Phil Barnhart on Taxes, Schools, Global Warming And More Protect Your Pets From Fireworks Trauma http://klcc.org/post/protect-your-pets-fireworks-trauma <p>Independence Day can be a traumatic time for pets.&nbsp; Kelly Darnell has her own story about her pet dog, Sandy:</p><p>Darnell:&nbsp; “Every Fourth of July she would be in the bathtub.”</p><p>Kelly Darnell is Eugene’s Interim Animal Services Manager.&nbsp; She says when fuses are about to be lit, before your pet’s exposed to the rocket’s red glare – and blare – put them inside and…</p><p>“turn on the TV, turn in on a fan, so they can’t hear it as much.&nbsp; If they have a fear of fireworks, certainly not taking them to fireworks.”</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Claude Offenbacher 16675 at http://klcc.org Protect Your Pets From Fireworks Trauma Lane Transit and ATU Agree on 3-Year Contract http://klcc.org/post/lane-transit-and-atu-agree-3-year-contract <p></p><p>Lane Transit District and the Amalgamated Transit Union reached agreement on a three-year labor pact hours before its existing contract expired.&nbsp;</p><p>The new contract was arrived at just in time to meet the current contract’s July first expiration.&nbsp; It grants annual cost of living increases of two, two point 75, and 3 point 35 percent respectively through 2017.&nbsp;</p><p>L-T-D’s &nbsp;Andy Verbora says its labor negotiations have come a long way from 2005, when the union went on strike:</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:10:09 +0000 Claude Offenbacher 16650 at http://klcc.org Lane Transit and ATU Agree on 3-Year Contract A Piece of My Mind: Car Squawk http://klcc.org/post/piece-my-mind-car-squawk-0 <p></p><p>Here’s a piece of my mind I call&nbsp; “Car Squawk,” three small complaints from behind the wheel of my 2010 Honda Fit in Eugene.&nbsp; Maybe this will resonate with you.<br /><br />First, it’s hard to avoid playing bumper cars as I park in the city garage closest to KLCC. I contort my body out after squeezing into a tortuously narrow space made narrower by an adjacent<br />intruding truck.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Squawk number two:&nbsp; I’m behind a driver stopped at a red light.&nbsp; He’s clueless he can now legally turn <u>left</u> onto an empty one-way street.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Claude Offenbacher 15334 at http://klcc.org A Piece of My Mind: Car Squawk Eugenians Reflect on "Freedom Summer" Fifty Years Later http://klcc.org/post/eugenians-reflect-freedom-summer-fifty-years-later-0 <p></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Claude Offenbacher 15342 at http://klcc.org Eugenians Reflect on "Freedom Summer" Fifty Years Later Eugene Physician Offers Patients Shared Appointments http://klcc.org/post/eugene-physician-offers-patients-shared-appointments <p></p><p>Dr. Lorne Bigley, a family physician for 24 years practicing in Eugene, is offering his patients shared appointments.&nbsp; He discusses what's involved in serving eight to twelve patients at one time in one room.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Claude Offenbacher 14921 at http://klcc.org Eugene Physician Offers Patients Shared Appointments Steve Boynton Prepares to Assume Lincoln County Superintendency http://klcc.org/post/steve-boynton-prepares-assume-lincoln-county-superintendency <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Steve Boynton, 40, will assume the superintendency of the Lincoln County Schools July 1st. He's been superintendent of the Arlington School District, east of the Dalles, for four years. Boynton replaces Tom Rinearson in a district that spans 55 miles of the Oregon coast.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Claude Offenbacher 15053 at http://klcc.org Steve Boynton Prepares to Assume Lincoln County Superintendency