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A bus driver who worked for Lane Transit District since 2003 was arrested Thursday for calling in a bomb threat. Traffic was shut down traffic for more than an hour near the University of Oregon.

Photo by Eric Alan

Lane Arts Council presents Fiesta Cultural, a county-wide initiative that celebrates Latino arts and culture. It will include events in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove, beginning with the First Friday Art Walk on September 4th. In celebration of that, the cumbia band Los Cumbiamberos visited the KLCC studios in trio form, including Samuel Beccera, Neri Rodriguez and Cesar Gutierrez. They’ll perform at the Second Saturday Art Walk in South Eugene on September 12th. Also joining the fun was Liora Sponko, Executive Director of Lane Arts Council.

Karen Richards

Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Eugene 4J's new superintendent, addressed teachers, staff and administrators from the district this [Thursday] morning. Most were meeting him for the first time.

The response to the new Superintendent was overwhelmingly positive. His speech received a standing ovation, unusual for a back to school presentation. Doug Doerfert directs the band at South Eugene High School:

Doerfert: "I felt it was very inspirational, just to see a different background from another superintendent."

A former Register-Guard reporter is suing the newspaper's publishing company for firing her.
 

The lawsuit says Serena Markstrom Nugent was terminated after she became pregnant. The suit claims the firing amounts to gender discrimination.

Chris Wig Announces Eugene City Council Run

Sep 2, 2015

Lane County Democratic Party Chair Chris Wig announced Tuesday that he is running for Eugene City Council. He is vying for the ward one seat currently occupied by George Brown. Brown hasn’t yet announced if he is seeking another term.

Chris Wig works as a drug and alcohol counselor and is a founding member of a Latino community action group. He has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

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Fire crews battling the Canyon Creek Complex of fires near John Day say people who've been evacuated for weeks can now return to their homes. Evacuation alerts were lifted Wednesday but some residents must still be on notice to leave if conditions change.

John Kallas is one this country’s foremost experts on wild foods, and the author of the new book Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate. He speaks with Eric Alan about increasing nutritional diversity and our connection to the earth through wild foods. He’ll give a free talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Wednesday, September 2nd.

Photo by Mary Goree

Ensemble Mik Nawooj is a hip-hop orchestra that includes acoustic strings and woodwinds, 2 MCs, funk drums and a lyric soprano, all led by Korean-born composer and pianist JooWan Kim. They’ll bring their unique music to Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Friday, September 4th.  JooWan Kim speaks with Eric Alan, in an interview that includes some of the ensemble's groundbreaking music.

A Deschutes County truck is being used in a natural gas refueling study. The truck will be plugged in to a residential gas line to refuel every night.

The technology was developed by the OSU Cascade campus in Bend. The Deschutes County truck has a bi-fuel system allowing it to use natural gas and gasoline. Chris Doty is Deschutes County Public Works Director.

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A longtime Oregon lawmaker has died. Ed Fadeley passed away Sunday evening of complications from heart failure. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert has this remembrance.

In the state legislature, Ed Fadeley represented the people of Lane County for 26 years. He started his political career in the Oregon House in 1960 then joined the Senate. He rose to Senate President in ’83 but lost the post to John Kitzhaber after two years.

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