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Photo by Eric Alan

The Eugene Concert Choir completes its 40th anniversary season by featuring Celtic Spring with the Willis Clan on Saturday, April 25th at the Hult Center in Eugene. The Willis Clan includes twelve siblings from Nashville who merge Irish music and song and dance. They’ve gained international attention through winning the Today Show Sound of Music Singing Family Contest on NBC, and placing first in the 2013 International Irish Music Festival Competition in Dublin.

Eugene is celebrating Earth Day a little late this year. Organizers were forced to cancel the traditional event held at the downtown EWEB parking lot because of changes to the Eugene Springfield Fire Department's permit requirements. In response, activist Sabrina Siegel decided to celebrate the Earth in Alton Baker Park Saturday. She says this is a critical time for the planet.

Siegel: "Our leaders aren't caring about the planet, they're not caring about us, and they are not taking the necessary actions to preserve things and to turn things around."

City of Florence

Tom Turner will leave his job as Lane County Sheriff at the end of April. He'll take the job of Florence Police Chief May 1st. KLCC's Rachael McDonald asked him why he made the change.

Corinne Boyer

National Help a Horse Day is this Sunday. It began to help raise awareness about horse abuse and neglect. A large rescue in Lane County cares for several horses and is currently at capacity. KLCC's Corinne Boyer visited the Oregon Horse Rescue to check out the efforts of the nonprofit. 

Just west of Eugene, 49 horses graze on 70 acres. David and Jane Kelly founded Oregon Horse Rescue in 2012. David, a former city councilman, says the rescue began with four horses that were in bad shape. Some of the horses are available for adoption, but many of them are permanent residents.

Photo by Hiroshi Iwaya

An interview with violinist Monica Huggett , who is celebrating her twentieth year as artistic director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra. They’ll perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons along with other music from Vivaldi, Locatelli and Locke in the Chamber Music at Beall series on Tuesday, April 28th on the UO campus.

Whooping Cough is on the rise in Oregon. Deschutes County health officials report more than 20 cases since the first of the year. Lane County has confirmed nine.

The bacterial infection, Pertussis, is also known as whooping cough. The Chinese named it the "hundred day cough"—because of the severe spells it elicits.

(Cough sounds…)

According to the World Health Organization, 195,000 children die from the disease each year. Whooping cough is easily spread through coughs and sneezes.

Karen Richards

Construction trucks are at work on the site of the new Roosevelt Middle School in South Eugene. Current sixth graders should be able to start eighth grade on the new campus.

Bonds approved in 2013 funded the rebuilding of four aging Eugene schools. Superintendent Shelley Berman says the recent groundbreaking is an exciting moment:

Berman: “We’re moving ahead in a very rapid way around Roosevelt. We hope that we’ll get it open in fall of 2016. I know that they’re beginning to move dirt and will be setting the foundation fairly soon.”

City of Eugene

For the first time in 6 years, Eugene is not looking at a budget shortfall.

The 516-million-dollar proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 maintains the city's current level of services. The Sheldon branch of the Eugene Public Library will get another year of funding.

Twyla Miller is the city's Acting Budget and Analysis Manager.

Miller: "Our revenue picture really has improved. So, we are seeing property tax revenues in particular at pre-recession growth levels. And our general fund is almost 70 percent funded by property taxes."

Kari Greer / U.S. Forest Service

Nearly a quarter-million acres of forest burned in last summer’s fires in and around the Klamath National Forest in (northern California’s) Siskiyou County. The U-S Forest Service is proposing a recovery plan that includes salvage logging and other elements critics say will damage wildlife habitat and make future fires more likely.
 

City of Eugene

On Earth Day, the Eugene City Council passed a resolution urging state lawmakers to implement a carbon tax to help fight climate change.

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