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WOW Hall
6:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Darol Anger & the Cascadia All-Stars, Keepin' It In the Family Holiday Show

Darol Anger and the Cascadia All-Stars

Master violinist Darol Anger presents his 2nd Annual “Keepin’ It In the Family” Holiday Show with the Cascadia All-Stars at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Sunday, December 21st. Darol talks with Eric Alan about the West Coast acoustic sound, as applied to winter spiritual holidays and the Grinch. The Cascadia All-Stars include Darol Anger, Emy Phelps, Alex and Tatiana Hargreaves, Wes Corbett, Jake Joliff, Mila Phelps-Friedl and Ethan Jodziewicz.

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Science & Technology
12:17 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Oregon State University Seeks Computer Algorithms To Catalog Plankton Data

Credit www.oregonlive.com

Oregon State University needs help cataloging tens of millions of plankton photos. The university is offering 175 thousand dollars for computer algorithms that will sort the photos.

The National Data Science bowl was announced on Monday. The competition was initiated to seek the classification of plankton data gathered from a Florida expedition last summer.

Jessica Luo, a PhD student based at the Hatfield Marine Science center in Newport says the plankton photos are used to study the predator and prey relationships between larval fish.

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City of Eugene
11:05 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Kitty Piercy Won't Run For Fourth Term As Eugene Mayor

Mayor Kitty Piercy
Credit City of Eugene

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy has announced she won't run for mayor after her term expires in two years.
Kitty Piercy was first elected Mayor of Eugene in 2004.

Piercy formerly served in the Oregon legislature. During her tenure as mayor, she oversaw the revitalization of Eugene's downtown. Several people have expressed interest in running, including city councilors Chris Pryor, Alan Zelenka and Mike Clark.  
 

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Ashland Rabbi Clears Up Religious Misconceptions This Hanukkah Season

Rabbi David Zaslow
Credit kolaleph.org

It's Hanukkah, and Rabbi David Zaslow of Ashland takes a few minutes to correct misunderstandings by both Christians and Jews about their own -- and each others -- religions.

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Weather
4:51 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Bay Area Weather Causes Canceled Flights In Eugene

Credit KVAL.com

United Airline flights Monday and Tuesday from Eugene to San Francisco were canceled due to weather conditions in the bay area. KLCC's Claude Offenbacher spoke about it with the Airport's Assistant Director Cathryn Stephens.

Stephens said the configuration of the San Francisco airport means rain as well as fog can wreak havoc. They cause incoming delays. These backups then lead to cancellations.

Stephens:  "So they start having weather down there, and they start having to slow down their arrivals and their departures, their capacity goes way down."

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3:51 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Feel good. Make a year-end gift now!

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Close out your year with a good feeling by making a tax-deductible contribution to KLCC.  Join your fellow KLCC listeners in helping assure that KLCC is here for you in 2015!

Also, did you know that a gift to KLCC qualifies for a tax credit through the Oregon Cultural Trust? Learn how it works at here.

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Lane County
12:16 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Lane County Board Bans E-Cig Sales To Minors

Credit Lane County

Lane County Commissioners Tuesday voted 3 to 2 to regulate the sales of e-cigarette products. The ordinance would establish tobacco retail licensing and ban e-cigarette sales to minors.

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Environment
7:16 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Court Case Is The Latest Battle In Water Wars Of The Skagit River

Richard Fox and his wife, Marnie, want to build a house and garage on their property near the Skagit River. The state says they can't have access to the water necessary to approve their building permit.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / Earthfix

It may be pretty wet this time of year in the Northwest, but that hasn’t stopped an ongoing battle over water in Washington’s Skagit river valley.

Richard and Marnie Fox want to build a new house on their land, but they can’t get a building permit. The state says there’s not enough water in the area to support any more new residences without endangering salmon - especially during the drier parts of the year.

The Foxes are taking legal action. Their case will go before a judge on Tuesday.

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Springfield Public Schools
1:41 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Springfield Public Schools Asking For Middle School Specs

Credit Angela Kellner / KLCC

The Springfield School District is seeking input on the new Hamlin Middle School. It’s been 20 years since the district replaced a middle school, and its education specifications need to be updated before starting the design process. The new middle school is scheduled to open in fall, 2017. Public forums take place Tuesday and Wednesday at two times and locations. For details, visit the Springfield Public Schools website here.

The forums are scheduled:

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Power Outage
1:28 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

EWEB Launches Text-Based Outage Reporting System

People text donations, they text votes to reality shows, now they can text a power outage. In time for winter weather, the Eugene Water and Electric Board has launched a new reporting service.

EWEB spokesman Joe Harwood says when their system was overloaded in February’s snowstorm, they started working on a solution. During that storm they also had to educate some younger customers who didn’t know they had to tell EWEB when their power was out:

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