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Norwegian-born Oystein Baadsvik is the only known tuba player in the world to carve out a professional solo career. He brought his astonishing musical skills and humor to the KLCC studios in a live performance hosted by Eric Alan, before performing a solo recital in Beall Hall on Sunday, October 27th, and attending the Ducks/UCLA football game--his first American football game ever.

Winter Forecast Calls For Volatile Weather

Oct 25, 2013
OR Meteorological Society

Weather experts are gathering this weekend in Portland to give their long-range winter forecasts.
This winter has neither an El Nino nor a La Nina pattern. That is, it won't be warmer or cooler than usual. However, Steve Pierce, President of the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society, says it may mean more *interesting weather:

Pierce: "The valley locations from Portland down to say Eugene and Medford can actually see some of their biggest snowfall totals during the winter. And you can also see some of the more volatile weather in these neutral years."

Japanese Earthquake Will Not Cause Tsunami Here

Oct 25, 2013
OR Office of Emergency Management

At around 10 am today (Friday), a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the Japanese coast. Experts say there is no danger for a tsunami to hit the West Coast.

Althea Rizzo is with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. She says it's entirely possible the event was related to the 2011 Japanese earthquake:

The 20th annual Magic Barrel reading to fight hunger takes place at the Whiteside Theater in Corvallis on Friday, October 25th. Barry Lopez will emcee the event, as nine diverse writers gather to benefit Linn Benton Food Share. Lauren Kessler, whose most recent book is Counter Clockwise, visits with Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

US House Approves Small Port Dredging

Oct 24, 2013
City of Coos Bay

The US House of Representative has passed legislation that would provide harbor maintenance for small ports along Oregon’s coast.  A lack of federal funds has led to a major backlog on dredging and maintenance projects, threatening the economy of several cities.

Representative Peter DeFazio is one of 47 co-sponsors of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013.  He spoke on the House floor Wednesday.

Former Duck Arrested on Drug Charges

Oct 24, 2013
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Former University of Oregon football player Colt Lyerla has been arrested on drug possession charges.

Police say officers with the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team observed Lyerla snorting what appeared to be a white powder in his car on Wednesday night.  When police confronted him, the 20-year-old agreed to go to his home with officers to continue the investigation.  But instead, he ran into a nearby apartment.  Officers arrested Lyerla a short time later when he came back out.

Natural World: Stonefield Beach

Oct 24, 2013

Stonefield Beach Wayside is an isolated section of beach south of Cape Perpetua.  Because of an abundance of food, areas like this were densely populated for many centuries.

Vietnam: An Inner View

Oct 23, 2013

During his three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Marine, Mark C. Waszkiewicz took thousands of photographs, recorded home movies and sent long letters home, as well as being a soldier. His experience is coalescing into a multi-media project called Vietnam: An Inner View, which includes a movie, a memoir, a photobook and an album of songs created and recorded with Lea Jones. Welcome to the Jungle is a live presentation drawn from Vietnam: An Inner View at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Thursday evening, October 24th.

Wendy Jett

Two young women from the Middle East are attending Lane Community College this year. One is from Israel, the other from Palestine. They're working for peace through friendship.

Yaara Tal is 22 years old and comes from a kibbutz in southern Israel, near the Gaza Strip. Deema Yusuf is 18. She's from Nazareth, Palestine. Both took part in a camp for young women called "Creativity for Peace"-- which is geared toward promoting peace in the Middle East. Yusuf says the camp emphasizes communication.

Corvallis Property Tax Measure Up For Vote

Oct 22, 2013
City of Corvallis

November 5th, residents of Corvallis will vote on a levy to maintain library operations, among other city services.

If approved, the measure would increase property taxes by about 82 dollars per assessed $100,000 value. About one-third of the five-year levy is for the library. Other funds are earmarked for the Osborn Aquatic Center, three additional police officers, fire prevention and social services.

Beyond The Curb: How Recycling Works Best

Oct 22, 2013
Karen Richards

Recycling works because it's economically feasible. Someone makes money re-using your papers and packaging. To ensure recycling is also environmentally sound, consumers need to put the right things, in the right way, in the bin. Some of the no-no's may be surprising. To avoid mistakes, it helps to know what happens after you bring your recycling to the curb.

Lincoln County

As politics in Washington, DC have become increasingly partisan and dysfunctional, one county in Oregon could potentially move the opposite direction.   

On Election Day, November 5th, residents of Lincoln County will decide whether to change the way they elect their county commissioners.  

Currently commissioners in Lincoln County run partisan races – meaning they declare their candidacy as a Republican, Democrat or another political party.  If challenged within that party, they go through primary elections, and then move to the general ballot.

Meeting:  October 18, 2013
Aired on KLCC:  October 21, 2013

Maurice Cox, former City Councilor and Mayor of Charlottesville, VA, and now Director of the Tulane City Center Initiative in New Orleans, LA.

CREATE!

KLCC's Angela Kellner speaks with Liz Martin, Director of Development for CREATE!, a Eugene-based organization that partners with rural communities in Senegal, West Africa. CREATE! is the recipient of grant money from Dining For Women, a philanthropic organization with chapters in Eugene.

There is an informational meeting to learn more about Dining For Women Wednesday, October 23 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Lane Community College Downtown Campus.

The nice fall weather might inspire more people to take part in the first-ever "Oregon Drive Less Challenge."

The 12-day challenge kicks off October 21st. The goal is to reduce vehicle miles traveled by a half-million. This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and burn calories, says organizer Kelly Bantle.

Bantle: "May not work for everyone's schedule all the time, but even just taking your bike down the street to the store, can really save on money on the road and also help trim our waistlines."

Birds of Chicago, led by the husband and wife team of J.T. Nero and Allison Russell, toured Europe this spring with Midwestern guitarist and songwriter Peter Mulvey. By sheer coincidence, their Oregon tours overlapped, with Peter Mulvey performing at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis, and Birds of Chicago at Cozmic in Eugene, both on Friday, October 26th. They reunited in the KLCC studios for a live performance, hosted by Eric Alan.

U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Peter DeFazio was in Eugene today (Friday) to give a recap of the government shutdown and look forward to the next legislative hurdles.

Congressman DeFazio expressed relief to be at home for a long weekend, and to be done with what he called the disruptive, unnecessary and expensive shutdown. DeFazio said tourists, timber workers and retirees were among those who contacted him with questions and concerns over the past three weeks. He said the shutdown caused a broad range of unexpected consequences.

There are plenty of places to get food poisoning: potlucks, restaurants, even your own kitchen. This time of year, public health officials warn sports fans that a tailgate party can be a breeding ground for food borne pathogens.

Karl Denson visits KLCC

Oct 17, 2013

KLCC's Eric Alan talks with Karl Denson, leader of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. The band is in Eugene to play the WOW Hall tonight. They are touring a show featuring Zach Deputy called "Soul Spectacular: A Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party".

Zorro the Ballet

Oct 17, 2013

Ballet Fantastique opens their new season by bringing the legendary character of Zorro into the ballet world, with original choreography and live music by the world fusion band Incendio, and violinist Kim Angelis. Ballet Fantastique's executive director, co-producer and choreographer Hannah Bontrager joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, along with Incendio guitarist Jean-Pierre Durand. Zorro the Ballet runs Friday October 18th through Sunday October 20th at the Hult Center in Eugene.

Reality Kitchen creates community for intellectually and developmentally disabled young adults in Lane County, including job training, as well as creating other community-building events and programs. Reality Kitchen recently moved locations, opened a food cart, formed a partnership with Food for Lane County, and has begun to host their Acoustic Reality open mic sessions in their new location. Jim Evangelista, director of Reality Kitchen, and Acoustic Reality host Carl Falsgraf visited KLCC to speak with Eric Alan.

Rachael McDonald

A paving project on a portion of Eugene's Willamette Street includes new bike lanes and some other changes.

The project includes the stretch of street between 18th and 23rd avenues. It's the portion that passes by the shuttered Civic Stadium. Reed Dunbar is a transportation planner with the City of Eugene.

Veneta just hit a milestone. For the last four years, the city has been planning and constructing a pipeline to connect with Eugene Water and Electric Board's distribution system. Tomorrow (Thursday) the community will celebrate their success in securing a long term water supply.

National Earthquake Drill Thursday

Oct 16, 2013
The Great Shake Out

Thursday morning, Oregonians will participate in a national Earthquake Drill. Organizers of the Great Shake Out are encouraging everyone to take part.

Linda Cook is Lane County Emergency Manager. She says it's inevitable that earthquakes will affect our region.

Cassandra Profita

Climate change models are predicting hotter summers in the Northwest. And experts say the health risks from that heat are higher in places known as urban heat islands. In the third installment of our series, ‘Symptoms of Climate Change,’ EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita explains how dark pavement and rooftops in these city neighborhoods make hot weather more hazardous to human health.

Stephens: “Oh, kitty you’ll have to get down. Come on. Shoo.”

Oregonians will be considering a relatively thin ballot in the coming weeks, dominated by local measures.

In Eugene, voters in the 4000 households in the River Road Park and Recreation District will decide whether to continue supporting their community center.  

The River Road Park and Recreation District covers about 8 square miles in north Eugene. The district's original tax base eroded over the past few decades as the City of Eugene annexed properties in the area.  

Timber companies filed a lawsuit Monday against the federal government. They claim there is no legal reason to suspend logging during the partial government shutdown.

The American Forest Resource Council joined Murphy Timber Company, High Cascades Inc., and South Bay Timber in the lawsuit. It seeks an injunction to lift the ban on logging during the government shutdown. AFRC Spokeswoman Ann Forest Burns says there is no provision in the contracts that says logging must be stopped on projects already approved. She says the lack of timber will hurt workers and mills.

U of O Gets To Keep Ken Kesey's Collected Papers

Oct 15, 2013
University of Oregon Library

The collected papers of novelist Ken Kesey will stay at the University of Oregon. The final acquisition was announced today.

Ashley Ahearn

Every year, during the warmer months, blooms of algae dot Northwestern waters.
Some of that algae can release toxins, which poison shellfish and the people who might eat those shellfish. In recent years, toxic algal blooms have been more potent and lasted longer. That has scientists trying to understand how our warming climate could be contributing to the problem.

Jacki Williford: “Hi, come on in.”

Jacki Williford and her family live in the suburbs east of Seattle.

Her 7-year old son Jaycee runs by in a Seahawks jersey teasing his little sister.

A Woman's Quest To Prove Coding Is More Than Nerdy

Oct 15, 2013
Lucy Ohlsen

It’s a no-brainer that you have to be able to use a computer to get most jobs today. Public schools in Eugene encourage students to use technology as an educational tool. Kiki Prottsman is a local woman who hopes to inspire young people to become more than just users.

These middle schoolers are at math and computer science camp.

 “It's fun, but sometimes you miss a friends sleepover or a birthday party or something. But you make up to it. Like, your friends won't be there in the future but your education will be."

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