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Homelessness
2:11 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Springfield Expands Homeless Car Camping

The Springfield City Council voted unanimously to expand the car camping program for the homeless. It is modeled after one in Eugene. Churches and businesses have been allowed to have one car or motor home on site but can now have three. Niel Laudati is the city’s spokesman.

Laudati: “The city provides a portable toilet and we do some trash service. It’s very inexpensive for us. But it gives people a chance to rest in a safer place and it’s worked out so well.”

OSU Spring Creek Project
2:06 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Paul Bogard, author of The End of Night

Paul Bogard

Paul Bogard is the author of the book The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.  He details the vital nature of pure darkness, and the increasing damage done by its absence in the modern world. He will speak at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library this Wednesday, October 9th at 7 p.m., in an appearance sponsored by OSU’s Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word.

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Lane County
1:39 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

County Moves Forward On Hiring New Administrator

Credit Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners will use a Washington State recruitment firm to find candidates for their new Administrator.

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Crime & Law
12:32 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Oregon State Police Volunteers Patrol Lincoln County School Neighborhoods

Two OSP Volunteers from Lincoln City – Sheridan Jones and Cindy Dorrell – pose with Oregon State Police from the North Area Command, Senior Trooper Carla Urbigkeit, back left, Senior Trooper Bryan Fitch and Lt. Justin McGladrey, back right.

Oregon State Police volunteers are patrolling the neighborhoods around public schools in Lincoln County.

The OSP volunteers have been active in Lincoln County for more than 25 years. This is the first time they’ve specifically worked on school safety. They approached the school district after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut. Sue Graves is the Safety Coordinator for Lincoln County Schools. She says the volunteers go through background checks and training with OSP. They are not police officers and are unarmed.

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City Club of Eugene
6:54 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Digital Privacy And The NSA

Meeting:  Friday, October 4, 2013
Aired on KLCC:  Monday, October 7, 2013

Digital Privacy and the NSA - Who Is Reading Your E-mail and What You Can Do About It

Guest Speakers: Seth Woolley and Kyu Ho Youm

The first Friday Forum of October focuses on practical privacy in the digital age. Is privacy possible? If so, how can you protect yours?

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Homeless Issues
12:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Whoville Residents Meet With Eugene Mayor

Whoville camp at Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Homeless people who've pitched their tents around town in small communities they're calling "Whovilles" met with the Mayor of Eugene Monday. The group wants the city to lift or change its camping ban.

Currently a group of about 30 people is camped at Hilyard and Broadway in Eugene. Whoville representatives met Mayor Kitty Piercy and asked her if they can stay there. Police have cited the campers for violating Eugene's camping ban.

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Budget
11:20 am
Mon October 7, 2013

City Of Eugene Seeks Budget Input

The City of Eugene is inviting the community to attend workshops devoted to shaping the budget. Eugene is currently facing a significant gap due to the recent recession and low property tax revenues. The deficit in the general fund over the past four years has caused the city to decrease its expenses by $24 million. Last year, the city faced a similar gap of $5.3 million and was forced to dip into the reserve fund. There will be five workshops in all, the first at South Eugene High School on October 15th.

Coast Arts
12:01 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Potential Newport Visual Arts Center Sale Prompts Concern From Arts Community

Newport Visual Arts Center
Credit Oregon Coast Council for the Arts

The Newport Visual Arts Center is on a list of properties being considered for sale by the city of Newport.  The revelation of this in mid-September promptly sparked a mobilization by artists and arts advocates.  On Monday (October 7th), the issue is before the City Council once again. 

Derrick Tokos is Community Development Director for the City of Newport.  He says the city is experiencing a financial crunch, and there is currently little funding available to maintain its existing facilities or buy other property it needs.  This leaves Newport officials asking themselves:

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Coast Arts
12:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Web Extra: Newport Visual Arts Center

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Executive Director Catherine Rickbone
Credit Oregon Coast Council for the Arts

The City of Newport’s Visual Arts Center could be placed on the “for sale” list.  The city says it needs funds for other essential property purchases and is evaluating whether owning a Visual Arts space is appropriate.

The Visual Arts Center is managed by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.  KLCC's Eric Alan spoke with OCCA Director Catherine Rickbone about the emerging controversy.

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Wildfires
10:41 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Oregon Inmates Helped Fight Wildfires In 2013

Inmates fighting the Douglas Complex fires in 2013
Credit Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Forestry

Hot-shot crews and volunteers weren’t the only ones fighting fires in Oregon this year. More than 800 inmates from the state’s correctional institutions worked side-by-side combating blazes.

The State Department of Corrections and the Oregon Department of Forestry have teamed up since 1951 to fight wildfires. Inmates go through the same nationally certified training course as civilians do. DOC Communications Manager Elizabeth Craig says the program benefits both the forests and the inmates.

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