News http://klcc.org en Youngster Challenges City Officials To Sleep Outside With Him For Two Nights http://klcc.org/post/youngster-challenges-city-officials-sleep-outside-him-two-nights <p>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.</p><p>Keegan: "I'm gonna got to Mr. Ruiz…uh…where is he at dad?"</p><p></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:49:02 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 12023 at http://klcc.org Youngster Challenges City Officials To Sleep Outside With Him For Two Nights 911 Caller Reports Two Cougars Near Eugene's Maury Jacobs Park http://klcc.org/post/911-caller-reports-two-cougars-near-eugenes-maury-jacobs-park <p>Early this morning, a 9-1-1 caller reported seeing a mountain lion and a cub near Maury Jacobs Park in Eugene.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:59:17 +0000 Karen Richards 12001 at http://klcc.org 911 Caller Reports Two Cougars Near Eugene's Maury Jacobs Park Three Major Upgrades Needed For Bend's Sewer System http://klcc.org/post/three-major-upgrades-needed-bends-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 http://klcc.org Three Major Upgrades Needed For Bend's Sewer System Endangered Chinook Migrate Via Trucks Around Cracked Dam http://klcc.org/post/endangered-chinook-migrate-trucks-around-cracked-dam <p></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:25:32 +0000 Anna King 11974 at http://klcc.org Endangered Chinook Migrate Via Trucks Around Cracked Dam Financial Aid To Help Four Oregon Counties After February Ice Storm http://klcc.org/post/financial-aid-help-four-oregon-counties-after-february-ice-storm <p>Financial assistance is now available to repair utilities and roads in four Oregon counties after February's ice storm.&nbsp;</p><p>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 4<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Oregon's Office of Emergency Management, or O.E.M., announced the Public Assistant Grant Program to help repair property and rebuild infrastructure.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:41:48 +0000 Amanda Butt 11957 at http://klcc.org Financial Aid To Help Four Oregon Counties After February Ice Storm McKenzie Willamette Employees Protest In Front Of Hospital http://klcc.org/post/mckenzie-willamette-employees-protest-front-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 http://klcc.org McKenzie Willamette Employees Protest In Front Of Hospital David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach Live at KLCC http://klcc.org/post/david-jacobs-strain-and-bob-beach-live-klcc <p>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. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:27:53 +0000 Eric Alan 11954 at http://klcc.org David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach Live at KLCC Anonymous Donor Gives $400,000 for Homeless Camp in Eugene http://klcc.org/post/anonymous-donor-gives-400000-homeless-camp-eugene <p>An anonymous donor from Eugene has stepped forward with $400,000 to purchase property for a homeless camp in the city.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:37:40 +0000 Rachael McDonald 11921 at http://klcc.org Anonymous Donor Gives $400,000 for Homeless Camp in Eugene Next Step Founder Speaks of Struggles and Success http://klcc.org/post/next-step-founder-speaks-struggles-and-success <p>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.</p><p></p><p> Edited by Evelyn Thorne.</p><p><a href="http://storycatchers.org">storycatchers.org</a></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:54:33 +0000 Evelyn Thorne 11906 at http://klcc.org Next Step Founder Speaks of Struggles and Success Eugene May Implement Test of Traffic Change http://klcc.org/post/eugene-may-implement-test-traffic-change <p>The city of Eugene is trying to improve the safety of a portion of <a href="https://www.eugene-or.gov/SWillametteStreet">Willamette Street</a>. Three alternatives are being considered for the stretch between 24th and 29th avenues. The first would be to keep the busy street in its current configuration with 4 vehicle traffic lanes and no bike lanes. Another would turn the roadway into three lanes with bike lanes on each side. The center lane would be a turn lane. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:26:41 +0000 Rachael McDonald 11905 at http://klcc.org