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The weekend brought two heavy rainstorms through western Oregon. The rain made this the wettest September on record in many parts of the state.

Eugene's rainfall was measured at more than 6 inches. The previous record for the month of September was about 5.5 inches in the late 1800s. Astoria got more than 10, also breaking its record for the month.

Andy Bryant is a hydrologist with the national Weather Service in Portland. He says two storms came through this weekend.

Lane Community College

Classes start Monday (September 30th) at Oregon's public Universities and community colleges.  Enrollment is down at Lane Community College. Lane has come to depend more on tuition and the school is facing a budget shortfall.

Ducks and Beavers Roll on a Rainy Saturday

Sep 29, 2013
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In the pouring rain last night at Autzen Stadium, The University of Oregon walloped California 55 to 16.  The game was essentially decided in the first quarter, when several Cal mistakes allowed the Ducks to open up a 27-0 lead.  The rain caused miscues and turnovers on both sides.  Oregon fumbled once – it was the first turnover by the ducks the entire season.

Oregon State was also victorious yesterday at home, defeating Colorado 44 to 17.  It was a day for the record books for Beaver quarterback Sean Mannion, who threw six touchdown passes and set a school record. 

Early rain arriving in Oregon will allow fall pile burning to begin in the Siuslaw National Forest.
The piles consist of woodland debris near roadways, and scenic areas in Oregon's forests. The practice is done every year in the fall to help prevent wildfires. Interagency Fire Staff Spokeswoman Nancy Ashlock says the reason they need to start now is because early rain makes the piles very receptive to moisture.

Friday, the Oregon Education Investment Board unanimously selected Dr. Nancy Golden as Oregon's Chief Education Officer.

Dr. Golden has been Interim Director since August. The former Springfield Superintendent will be  overseeing Oregon's entire public education system, from pre-K through college, to ensure students reach the state's 40-40-20 goals. That is, by 2025, all students will earn a high school degree.

In celebration of the National Geographic's 125th anniversary, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO Campus hosts the exhibit National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, through December 31st. One of the photographers represented in the exhibit, Sam Abell, stopped by KLCC to talk with Eric Alan about photographing the west, and Sam Abell's personal photographic journey. 

Cover Oregon

On Tuesday, October 1st, Oregon launches its health insurance exchange program-- a key piece of President Obama's health care overhaul. It's called Cover Oregon.

Michael Cox describes the program in a nutshell:

Cox: "Cover Oregon is an online marketplace where customers can come, shop for health insurance, compare plans side by side, access financial help, and get enrolled in coverage, starting in October."

Cox is a communications specialist with Cover Oregon.
He says their goal is to make the process easy.

Lane County has released a report on the investigation into fired County Administrator Liane Richardson.

U.S. Department of Energy

Fifty years ago Thursday, President John F. Kennedy stepped off a Marine helicopter into the dry heat of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. He was there to see the massive new N Reactor. The reactor was the first to produce both plutonium and power in the U.S. As Correspondent Anna King reports, the visit also was part of Kennedy’s efforts to de-escalate the Cold War.

Hanford worker Bill McCullough remembers Sept. 26, 1963 clearly when President Kennedy came to visit.
Bill McCullough: “It was a very hot day, and we hit bumper to bumper traffic.”

Oregon Capitol Building Turns 75 Years Old

Sep 27, 2013
Chris Lehman

You've seen those safety posters marking so many days since a workplace injury. Oregon's state capitol building could have one that says "75 years without burning to the ground!" The original two went up in flames. Now, a series of events scheduled next week will mark the 75th anniversary of Oregon's third and longest standing state capitol. The celebration comes as lawmakers consider a $300 million overhaul.

Frankie Bell is perhaps the ultimate state capitol tour guide. She's worked in the building for more than half its existence.

Obamacare Calculator

Sep 26, 2013

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins Oct 1. See how the changes affect you with this Obamacare calculator.

Matt the Electrician plays KLCC

Sep 26, 2013
Matt the Electrician

Austin singer/songwriter Matt the Electrician has just released a new CD called It's a Beacon It's a Bell. He is touring to support the disc, and he stopped by the KLCC studio to play and talk with KLCC's Eric Alan.

The Eugene Symphony opens its 48th season on September 26th with the sights and sounds of Spain, including music from DeFalla, Debussy, Ravel and Bizet. Eric Alan talks with pianist Orion Weiss, who is featured on DeFalla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and with the Eugene Symphony's music director and conductor, Danail Rachev.

seiu

The Oregon University System and its classified workers have reached a tentative agreement on a 2-year contract, averting a threatened strike on the first day of classes. The agreement was reached at 2:30 Thursday morning .

BLM

The Bureau of Land Management is in the scoping stages of a proposed logging project east of Eugene near the town of Vida.
 

Home Canning Hobby Leads To Near Fatal Medical Mystery

Sep 26, 2013
Austin Jenkins

Home canning is regaining popularity as part of the local food movement. If done right, families can enjoy home grown fruits, vegetables and even meat all through the winter. But if done wrong it can be devastating, if not deadly. A lawyer for the state of Washington recently learned that lesson the hard way.

Lane Community College

Classes begin next week at Lane Community College. LCC President Mary Spilde talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about expectations for the coming year. The college is experiencing a drop in enrollment which means a possible $2 million budget deficit. But Spilde is hopeful the legislature will restore some state funding to community colleges when it meets for a special session in Salem Monday.

The New KLCC.org

Sep 25, 2013

If you are reading this, you have discovered our new website!  We hope our new site enhances your online experience, bringing you more content, details, and images of the stories and music you enjoy on KLCC.

Jacob Lewin

Classes begin next week at state universities around Oregon. This year Oregon becomes one of 15 states with a tuition equity program. That means some young undocumented immigrants will be paying in-state tuition rates rather than out-of-state rates that are three to
four times higher.
 

City of Eugene

Filing opened earlier in September for candidates hoping to run for local office.  There was a smattering of activity, but the only incumbent to declare candidacy early on was Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart.

Now two more incumbents have made it official.

Eugene City Councilor George Poling says he will run for a fourth term.  Poling represents Ward 4 – northeast Eugene – and currently serves on the LTD–EMX Steering committee and the Travel Lane County Committee. 

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Matisyahu, "Spark Seeker"

Sep 24, 2013

Matisyahu rose to stardom with his unique combination of reggae, hip-hop, rock, and spirituality. He then shocked the Chasidic Jewish community by shaving off his beard, letting go of the traditional clothes, and opening up his spirituality to other influences. His latest release, Spark Seeker, is a multi-layered album produced in Israel and Los Angeles with producer Kool Kojak. Before his performance at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre in Eugene, Matisyahu spoke to Eric Alan about his personal and musical evolutions. Passages from Spark Seeker are merged with the interview.

Pilot Program Designed To Help Seniors Make Home Upgrades

Sep 24, 2013

A pilot program from the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation, or NEDCO, is focusing on helping seniors with home upgrades.

“Aging in Place” started a few months ago as collaborative effort between the state of Oregon and NEDCO. So far, they have allocated more than $175,000 to home improvement projects. NEDCO’s Community Lending Director Lynn Meyer says a lot of seniors have been dealing with deferred maintenance or medical issues.

Author Keith Scribner has been the recipient of a New York Times Notable Book of the Year award, as well as being chosen for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Series. His new novel, The Oregon Experiment, details the life of a family moving to a small Oregon town from the East Coast. Eric Alan talks to Keith Scribner, before his coastal appearance in the Writers On the Edge Series.

City of Eugene.

The Eugene City Council Monday voted 6 to 2 to allow small homeless camps. I spoke with City Councilor Claire Syrett Tuesday to get more details on the ordinance. Syrett says it was proposed by City Manager John Ruiz who will bring the council a list of potential sites on public or private property or religious and non-profit organizations.
Claire Syrett spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

First, it was Washington and Colorado. Now, Oregon is in the running to legalize marijuana. Supporters are gathering signatures for a pair of initiatives to allow pot for recreational purposes. But here’s something that hasn’t happened in any other state: Oregon lawmakers are actually thinking seriously about taking on the issue.

Halie Loren has just released a new recording in the U.S. called "Simply Love". It has already reached #1 on the Japanese billboard Jazz chart, having been released there some time ago. Ms. Loren visited the KLCC studio to play with her trio with Matt Treder on piano, and Mark Schneider on bass. She plays a CD release party this Saturday night at the Wildish Theatre in Springfield.

Rachael McDonald

The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill to sharply increase logging in national forests. It includes a plan drafted by members of Oregon's congressional delegation to raise money for beleaguered counties.

The O & C Bill sets aside about million acres of Oregon's public land for preservation. Another million or so would be managed under the state forest practices act. Timber harvest revenue would help counties like Lane. Sid Leiken is Chair of the Lane County Board of Commissioners.

Federal Cuts To Food Stamp Program Will Hurt Oregon

Sep 23, 2013

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to cut nearly 40 billion dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAPS. The decision will influence more than 800,000 Oregonians currently enrolled in the program.

Jessica Robinson

Take a drive down any highway in the Northwest, and you'll pass signs for dozens of small towns. There are more than 700 cities under 10,000 people in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Many of these towns came about because of railroads or timber or mines and now they're trying to figure out what comes next. Today, we begin an occasional series on Northwest small towns.

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