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Two Eugene area women who had been hiking in Nepal when the earthquake hit Saturday contacted their families early Tuesday morning. The 21-year old Thurston High grads are alive and safe.

Amber Brazil and Alicia Scroggins were hiking in Nepal's Langtang National Park when the earthquake hit. Their families were worried.

Jennifer Brazil says Amber's father got a phone call from their daughter.
 
Brazil: "He didn’t have a lot of information. I think she wanted to get that phone call out of the way. But they were unharmed, safe, and obviously ready to get home."

Sam Rufener, former Woodgrain worker

Last November, the roof caved in at Woodgrain Millwork in Prineville after heavy snow. In the second of two reports, we look at working conditions at the mill. Former Woodgrain workers describe an environment where building maintenance was lax and the roof leaked for years.

Eugene filmmakers Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas speak with Eric Alan about their two feature films, and the human connection between them. Tall as the Baobab Tree explores the lives of the first girls to be educated in a Senegalese village, while Tracktown tells a story about running, set in Eugene. (Alexi Pappas is a two-time NCAA All-American runner, as well as a filmmaker.)  Tall as the Baobab Tree screens on Thursday, April 30th, as part of the Cinema Pacific Film Festival in Eugene.

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Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken is exploring a run for Oregon governor. He announced Monday his Political Action Committee has changed its name to "Sid Leiken for Governor".

In a news release, Leiken says Oregon is ready for a fresh start and new leadership. Leiken, a Republican, is looking to the 2016 special election.

Democrat John Kitzhaber resigned amid questions over the role of his fiancé Cylvia Hayes earlier this year. Kate Brown, as Secretary of State, replaced him.

It's been decades since Oregon had a Republican governor.

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Two young women from the Eugene  area are among the missing after Saturday's earthquake in Nepal. Amber Brazil and Alicia Scroggins are graduates of Springfield's Thurston High School.

 

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The City of Eugene is launching a new program, E-Build, that allows people to apply for building permits on-line. The goal is to make the process more convenient and save paper.

People planning commercial and residential building projects formerly had had to go to the city building permit office with piles of paperwork. With E-build, the process can be done on the computer. Laura Hammond is with the City of Eugene.

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Last November, the roof caved in at Woodgrain Millwork in Prineville, Oregon after heavy snow. In part one of this two-part investigation, we look at the circumstances around the roof collapse. Former Woodgrain workers describe an environment where building maintenance was lax and the roof leaked for years.

Recorded on: April 24th, 2015

Air Date: April 27th, 2015

Educators, administrators, policy makers, researchers, and parents in Eugene and across the nation are engaged in a lively debate about the Common Core State Standards and testing. The two separate but related issues include the Smarter Balanced tests now used in Oregon. In February, City Club members heard UO Professor Jerry Rosiek critique these initiatives, particularly noting the danger of relying too heavily on any system of testing to assess school productivity.

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Lincoln County is celebrating the renovation of one of its covered bridges Monday. The Chitwood Covered Bridge is one of about 800 historically recognized covered bridges in the U.S.
 

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Friday the Bureau of Land Management released a menu of options for managing its public forests in Western Oregon. At stake are 2.5 million acres. They’re called O&C Lands because they were once owned by the Oregon and California Railroad. This is being closely watched by conservation groups, timber companies and local governments:

Timber sales on O&C Lands traditionally provided a lot of money for counties in Western Oregon. But that funding nearly dried up in the 1990s. That’s when a number of endangered species protections went into effect.

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