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Health Care
3:46 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Umpqua Health Center Receives Affordable Care Act Grant

Credit Department of Health and Human Services

Four healthcare sites in Oregon were awarded grants from the affordable care act Thursday. The funds, totaling over $2.3 million, will be used to bring community-based care to those who need it most.

The Umpqua Community Health Center in Roseburg was chosen to receive 316-thousand dollars. The money will be used to open and provide support for a new clinic in Sutherlin. Development Director Brenda Lewis says north Douglas County is currently underserved. She's excited because the benefits from the grant will be felt quite soon:

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Human Interest
2:23 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Oakridge Donates Old Ambulance To African Nation

Oakridge ambulance to be donated.
Credit KVAL

The City of Oakridge is passing its good fortune on to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thursday, the City Council voted to donate an old ambulance filled with surplus medical supplies to the African nation.

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civic stadium
12:03 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Bottom Of The 9th For Civic Stadium Preservers

Civic Stadium sits unused in South Eugene.
Credit Jes Burns

People who want to save Eugene's historic baseball park are making a last ditch effort. They're raising money in hopes to convince city leaders to purchase Civic Stadium.

The goal is to raise 1 point 2 million dollars. The money would go toward purchase and restoration of the 10 acre site in South Eugene. Friends of Civic Stadium wants to preserve the playing field and 75 year old wooden grandstand. The non-profit has been fighting to preserve Civic for years. Dennis Hebert is president of the organization.

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Eugene International Film Festival
10:56 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

As part of the Eugene International Film Festival, Anthony Powell's award-winning documentary Antarctica: A Year on Ice screens at the Bijou Metro on Friday evening, November 8th. In this interview, Eric Alan speaks with Ben Bonnet, who appears briefly in the film, and has worked at Antarctica's McMurdo Station for several years. He talks about the strong community found there, the unexpected effects of constant winter darkness on sleep, and why polar residents dream of guacamole.

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Youth Education
7:59 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Youth Empowerment Symposium Kicks Off Sunday in Eugene

YEPSA members Elliot Glaser-Flynn, Denise Velasco and Aimee Fischer.
Credit Angela Kellner

Members of a Eugene-based youth empowerment group are hosting a symposium this weekend on issues of sexuality and gender identity.

Youth for the Education and Prevention of Sexual Assault (YEPSA) was created more than five years ago by two students at the Network Charter School in Eugene. After months of planning and fundraising, the group is ready to host the Youth Empowerment Symposium on Sunday and Monday. The keynote speaker is Cree Gordon who identifies as gender-queer and is HIV-positive. Network Charter School teacher Denise Velasco describes one of the highlights.

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Weather
6:53 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Strong Storm Knocks Out Power to Thousands in Oregon Thursday

Credit wikimedia

A strong storm hit the northwest Thursday morning, knocking out power for more than 10,000 customers, including Portland International Airport.

A microburst of wind is blamed for destroying a barn in Polk County. Heavy rain dumped an average of one-third of an inch in a short period of time.

Steve Pierce is President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. He says the weekend is looking good.

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November 2013 Election
10:59 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Corvallis Voters Approve Property Tax Boost

The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is one of the city services funded by Measure 02-86.
Credit wikepedia

Voters in Corvallis Tuesday approved a 5-year property tax levy to fund city services including the library, pool, senior center, public safety and social service organizations.

The levy will raise more than 3 million dollars per year. The measure passed narrowly with 52 percent of voters in favor. Measure 2-86 will charge property owners about 82 cents for 1000 dollar assessed value.

Julie Manning is Mayor of Corvallis. She is grateful to voters for approving the levy.

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UO School of Music and Dance
10:06 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Jazz Guitarist Mark Elf, Live at KLCC

Eric Alan, guitarist Mark Elf, and KLCC music director Michael Canning.

Guitarist Mark Elf has carved a distinguished career in the jazz world, with a career spanning over forty years. During that time, he's had nine consecutive albums reach number one on the national radio jazz charts, and performed or recorded with greats Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath and many others.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Natural World: Autumn at Finley Wildlife Refuge

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Summer birds have left the valley and winter birds are beginning to arrive.  Finley Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to experience the change of seasons.

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Lane E.S.D.
6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

School Superintendents React To Eugene 4J's Withdrawal from Lane E.S.D.

Fern Ridge Superintendent Dennis Friedrich.
Credit Fern Ridge Schools

The Legislature has given Oregon school districts the right to withhold funds from the Educational Service Districts that serve them.  ESDs provide special education, technological and instructional support to K-12 districts on a regional basis. Eugene 4j School District will withdraw from Lane ESD in July 2014. Beaverton and Hillsboro are also withdrawing in large part from theirs .

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