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Economy
7:18 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Number Of Lane County Unemployed Ticks Up

Mill fire in Springfield.
Credit Angela Kellner

The number of unemployed people in Lane County increased by more than 650 between May and June.  The unemployment rate remained the same at 6.8%.

But that could change in July, after this month's mill fire in Springfield.

Oregon Regional Economist Brian Rooney says Lane County has been in a period of positive employment growth.  But he calls the unemployment numbers for June…

Rooney: "A little bit of a step back."

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Eugene Sick Leave
1:34 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Lane County Board Acts Against Eugene Sick Leave Ordinance

The Lane County Board of Commissioners listened to public comment Monday before approving three ordinances that would effect Eugene's efforts to pass a sick leave ordinance. Commissioner Pete Sorenson was traveling and did not vote.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Board of Commissioners has made the unprecedented move of barring cities in the county from passing laws that impact employment. The vote Monday morning is meant to pre-empt the City of Eugene's efforts to pass a sick leave ordinance.

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Obituary
6:45 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh Dead At Age 91

Credit Photo from the Pacific University archives

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh has died. The 91-year-old passed away Sunday evening at Portland's Providence St. Vincent Medical Center of complications from renal failure. Atiyeh served two terms as governor from 1979 until 1987. He became one of Oregon's most respected Republican political figures and relished his role as an elder statesman. But he still kept a hand in politics.

 

January 10, 1983. Two months after winning re-election in one of the most lopsided gubernatorial races in Oregon history...

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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

The Oregon Country Fair: Rooted in Philanthropy

Meeting Date: July 18, 2014

Air Date: July 21, 2004

In 1969 in an apple orchard outside of Eugene, a handful of local people held a benefit for Children’s House, a community alternative school. That philanthropic event, billed as the Renaissance Faire, grew into the Oregon Country Fair (OCF). In the decades since, the Fair has been incorporated as a nonprofit organization with thousands of volunteers and six employees. Every July, hundreds of entertainers, performers, and handcraft artisans come together to co-create a lively festival.

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World Junior Championships
2:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Global Ambassadors Host International Athletes

Adjoa Quansah is working with delegations from Ghana, Liberia, Namibia, and Sierra Leone.
Credit Karen Richards

People around Eugene or the University of Oregon in the next week may hear more foreign language speakers than usual.  There are thousands of athletes and coaches here for the World Junior Track and Field Championships. Helping orient those visitors is a group of U of O student ambassadors. 

("Welcome to Eugene" in Japanese) ("Welcome to Eugene" in Italian)

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Wildfires
9:49 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Okanogan County Residents Look For Remnants Of Lives In Burned Homes

An entire block of what residents describe as “nice, two-story homes” was destroyed in the fire.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Residents of fire-ravaged central Washington say they're in a “state of shock.” Fires destroyed more houses over the weekend and prompted additional evacuation notices. Now, some people are sifting through the rubble of their former homes. Jessica Robinson has more from Okanogan County.

Kelsey Verbeck and her husband grabbed a few items before evacuating their home in Pateros, Wash. A diaper bag for their newborn. Work clothes for the next day.

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Fish & Rivers
9:19 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Update - Warning To Avoid Willamette River Lifted

Lane County Emergency Management has been notified by the Department of Environmental Quality the lab results for the water samples taken from the confluence of the Springfield Mill Race and Willamette River at Island Park down to Alton Baker Park do not show any past or present public health threat.  The advisory to stay out of the water has been canceled as of Sunday (7/20)  morning.

An abnormal number of fish deaths prompted the State of Oregon to warn people from eating the fish or going in the water Friday. The cause of the fish deaths is still unknown.

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Wildfires
8:50 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Power, Phone Outages Add To Confusion In Fire-Threatened Towns

Volunteers at an emergency aid shelter in Brewster, Wash., bring in a new load of bottled water.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Quickly moving wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres in Oregon and Washington have pushed those states to the top of the national priority list for firefighting resources. Officials say 127 houses and other structures in the Northwest have been consumed by wildfires –- though there are reports of many more destroyed. Jessica Robinson reports from central Washington, which has seen some of the worst of the damage.

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Eugene Sick Leave
6:00 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Monday Could Be Pivotal for Eugene's Sick Leave Ordinance

Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich
Credit Lane County

Lane County residents might be tempted to call in sick to work Monday to get to two important public hearings. Both of them have to do with Eugene's proposed sick leave ordinance. The public is invited to comment on three Lane County ordinances put forward in reaction to Eugene's efforts. The first exempts the county from Eugene's ordinance. The second exempts other cities in Lane County. The third actually prohibits municipalities from passing labor laws.

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Politics & Government
12:01 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Oregon Governor's Race: The First Debate

GOP challenger Dennis Richardson (left) and incumbent Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber debated in Salem Friday.
Credit Michael Clapp/OPB.

The first gubernatorial debate of the 2014 general election between incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican State Representative Dennis Richardson took place July 18, 2014 at the Salem Convention Center. It was sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

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