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12:51 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Eugene Celebrates A Windy Earth Day

A tent in distress!
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

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.

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Politics & Government
6:49 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Youngster Challenges City Officials To Sleep Outside With Him For Two Nights

Ten year old Keegan Keppner and his step dad Steve Magray in the KLCC studios.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

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.

Keegan: "I'm gonna got to Mr. Ruiz…uh…where is he at dad?"

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cougar
1:59 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

911 Caller Reports Two Cougars Near Eugene's Maury Jacobs Park

Early this morning, a 9-1-1 caller reported seeing a mountain lion and a cub near Maury Jacobs Park in Eugene.

The 6:20 a.m. mountain lion sighting has not been confirmed. Eugene police visited the area after the call, and a state fish and wildlife trooper came later. Neither were able to locate the animals and there have been no further sightings. Brian Wolfer is the District Wildlife Officer.

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Infrastructure
1:46 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Three Major Upgrades Needed For Bend's Sewer System

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.

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.

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Wanapum Dam
7:25 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Endangered Chinook Migrate Via Trucks Around Cracked Dam

At Priest Rapids Dam workers practice transporting salmon in trucks. They'll have to transport hundreds of fish a day so the salmon can get past the lowered water and several dams.
Credit Anna King

The Columbia River will remain drawn down at least until June because of the cracked Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington. That means fish can’t reach their traditional ladders. Engineers are working on a fix. But this week, hundreds of Chinook salmon are being rounded up and loaded into tanker trucks to hitch a ride around the problem.

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Financial Aid To Help Four Oregon Counties After February Ice Storm

Credit Angela Kellner

Financial assistance is now available to repair utilities and roads in four Oregon counties after February's ice storm. 

It's been two months since the ice storm hit the Willamette Valley. But residents and businesses are still paying the price. Recently, federal aid became available for Benton, Lane, Linn, and Lincoln counties after President Obama declared the storm a disaster on April 4th.

Oregon's Office of Emergency Management, or O.E.M., announced the Public Assistant Grant Program to help repair property and rebuild infrastructure.

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Labor and Wages
4:18 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

McKenzie Willamette Employees Protest In Front Of Hospital

Protesters at Willamalane Park in Springfield across from McKenzie Willamette Hospital.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

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.

Workers chanted, played drums, and marched around the hospital. Ken Charpie  is a Medical Laboratory Scientist at McKenzie-Willamette. He says the raise employees are slated to receive won’t offset higher health care costs.

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Axe and Fiddle, The Belfry
3:27 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach Live at KLCC

Bob Beach (left, harmonica) and David Jacobs-Strain (right, guitar and vocals) in the KLCC studios.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

David Jacobs-Strain merges the blues with his own musical vision, including in acoustic duo shows with Philadelphia harmonica master Bob Beach. He’s also recently been recording in southern California with some stellar players, including bassist Viktor Krauss (of Lyle Lovett's Large Band), Greg Leisz and legendary drummer Jim Keltner.

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Homeless Issues
11:37 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Anonymous Donor Gives $400,000 for Homeless Camp in Eugene

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

An anonymous donor from Eugene has stepped forward with $400,000 to purchase property for a homeless camp in the city.

The $400,000 will be used to buy a piece of private property to create a place for homeless people to sleep. The donor has also asked that a health clinic be on site for residents and others in need.

Attorney Mary Broadhurst is a homeless advocate who's worked with SLEEPS and residents of the recently shuttered illegal Whoville camp. She says she's grateful.

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Storycatchers
7:54 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Next Step Founder Speaks of Struggles and Success

Lorraine Kerwood
Credit Next Step Recycling

Lorraine Kerwood is founder of Next Step Recycling, a Eugene-based organization that recycles electronics and provides technology and training to community members. For her Story Catchers interview, she spoke of her struggles with disability and Asperger's syndrome and the help she's received to become who she is today.

Edited by Evelyn Thorne.

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