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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.

storycatchers.org

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Transportation
7:26 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Eugene May Implement Test of Traffic Change

The city of Eugene is trying to improve the safety of a portion of Willamette Street. 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.

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Homeless Issues
6:31 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Rest Stops Provide Community

Eugene Safe Spot is on Roosevelt Blvd.
Credit Community Supported Shelters

There've been huge changes in the homeless community in the last 2 years and this rest stop I think is among the most positive things that have ever happened for homeless people on the west coast

Earlier this month police broke up a high profile homeless camp in Eugene called Whoville. The people who lived there said they felt safe and part of a community. The city has established a pilot program for legal camping. They're called"rest stops". So far there are two. They're creating community for people who need a sense of connection.

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Law Enforcement
9:03 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

City of Florence Interviewing Six Finalists for Chief of Police

The City of Florence is looking for a new chief of police. One of the finalists is Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner.

The Interim Chief of Police in Florence is Lynn Lamm who was appointed after Ray Gutierrez retired. The chief oversees 22 employees, including 9 officers.

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Jordan Cove
6:22 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Southern Oregon Natural Gas Project Brings Environmental Debate

An artist’s rendering of the Jordan Cove facility on Coos Bay.
Credit Jordan Cove Energy Project

There is so much natural gas coming out of the ground in North America that companies are looking for ways to get it to growing economies in Asia and beyond.

One of these companies wants to make Oregon the first place on the West Coast to export natural gas.

But before construction can begin, federal energy regulators must size up the environmental consequences.

The Jordan Cove Energy Project would start with a pipeline carrying natural gas more than two hundred miles from south-central Oregon to a coastal port town: Coos Bay.

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Hult Center, Florence Events Center
6:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Eugene Symphony Guest Conductor Grant Llewellyn

Grant Llewellyn

Guest conductor Grant Llewellyn, a native of Wales, will join the Eugene Symphony for their April performances in Eugene and Florence. He also is participating in extensive artist residency programs this week as well. He speaks with Eric Alan about the experience.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Lincoln Gallery

OSLP Lincoln Gallery

Terry Way and Sandy Jenson visit Lincoln Gallery in Eugene. It's sponsored by Oregon Assisted Living Program.

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Crime & Law
6:17 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Pair Of Teens Suspected In Creswell Cinder Block Attack

Car hit Sunday by cinder block on I-5 in Creswell
Credit Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police have identified two teenagers they believe are responsible for throwing a cinder block of an I-5 overpass in the Creswell area early Sunday morning.  

The cinder block hit the windshield of a car traveling on the interstate and injured a passenger.  It hit 30-year-old Tiffany Becker in the face.  She was taken to the hospital, and subsequently released.    

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Budget
3:43 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Tax Day Protestors Urge Elected Officials To Fight Climate Change, Not War

Kelsey Juliana speaks Tuesday in front of the Eugene post office.
Credit Karen Richards

Tuesday, several local activist groups rallied in front of Eugene’s downtown post office to call on Congress to redirect the country’s tax dollars.

The theme of this year’s tax day gathering was “Fight Climate Change, Not War.” As local taxpayers mailed their returns to the IRS, leaders of social and environmental groups took turns speaking and singing. They asked the government to spend less on defense and allocate more for the environment.

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